IABSE Newsletter December 2019


December 2019

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Important Dates

Next Conference:

IABSE Wroclaw 2020
‘Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges’
May 20-22, 2020


IABSE Christchurch 2020
‘Resilient Technologies for Sustainable Infrastructures’
September 2-4, 2020


IABSE Seoul 2020
‘Risk Intelligence of Infrastructures’
November 9-10, 2020
Preliminary Invitation available


IABSE New Delhi 2021
‘The Changing Skyline and Underground Structures’
April 14-16, 2021
Preliminary Invitation available


IABSE Ghent 2021
‘Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs’
September 22-24, 2021

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SED 17 on Extradosed Bridges Published !


Interview with Mike Schlaich, introducing SED 17: Click Here!

SED 17: Extradosed bridges can be an elegant and economical solution for bridges with spans ranging between 100 and 250m. This novel type of cable-supported bridges has become quite successful in recent years first in Japan and then all over the world. Experienced members of the international bridge community have come together in Working Commission 3 of IABSE to share their knowledge and to prepare a SED which provides the reader with guidance and practical advice that was not available so far. This book contains useful information regarding conceptual and structural design, analysis, construction, cost and typical properties of Extradosed Bridges. Edited by Mike Schlaich, co-authors include: Andreas Apitz (coordinator), Thierry Duclos, Akio Kasuga, Serge Montens, Jose Turmo, Chithambaram Sankaralingam and Juan Sobrino.

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Members can download their free copy from the Members Area.

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IABSE Symposium Wroclaw 2020

on ‘Synergy of Culture and Civil Engineering – History and Challenges’ May 20-22, 2020


The main goal of the Symposium is the creation of a forum for debate on the development of bridge and structural engineering as part of worldwide culture, and on current challenges in this area. The Symposium shall be focusing on significant issues, such as Civil Engineering Structures as Monuments of Culture and Technical Development; Condition Assessment of Contemporary and Historical Structures; Conservation, Upgrading and Management of Contemporary and Historical Structures as well as the Future of Civil Engineering Structures.

Last November 27 - 29, was the “Wroclaw Bridge Days 2019”, the most significant local bridge conference in Poland and the OC for IABSE Symposium in Wroclaw took this opportunity to invite Chep Uytiepo, Executive Director, to join the event as part of his pre-conference site visit. Chep was pleased to see how the event was very well organised with almost 500 participants organised by the same local organisers led by Prof. Jan Bien, Prof. Jan Biliszczuk and Dr. PaweĊ‚ Hawryszków.

The OC is excited to welcome the Symposium participants to the beautiful city of Wroclaw, also known as “The City of Hundred Bridges” and the exciting program they are preparing for the participants. There will be a Bridge Competition as well for the students. Watch out for more information

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About the City of Wroclaw: Click Here! 

IABSE Symposium New Delhi 2021

on ‘The Changing Skyline and Underground Structures’,
September 2-4, 2020


Indian Group of IABSE invites you to join in 2021!

Preliminary Invitation published
Abstracts Submission by: March 30, 2020

Notification of Abstracts Acceptance: April 30, 2020
Submission of Full Papers: June 30, 2020

Main topics: 'The Changing Skylines' and 'Underground Structures'

For more information, visit the Congress official website: Click Here!



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SED 17 - Extradosed Bridges

Structural Engineering International (SED):

Extradosed bridges can be an elegant and economical solution for bridges with spans ranging  between 100 and 250m. This novel type of cable-supported bridges has become quite successful in
recent years first in Japan and then all over the world. 

Experienced members of the international bridge community have come together in (Working
Commission 3) of IABSE to share their knowledge and to prepare a SED which provides the reader with guidance and practical advise that was not available so far. This book contains useful information regarding conceptual and structural design, analysis, construction, cost and typical
properties of Extradosed Bridges. 

Table of Contents: Click Here!


IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium Japan, China, Korea and Hong Kong 2019 (ePDF) 

Download free copy from Members Area.

IABSE Publications: Buy Here!

Coming Up in 2020!

Case Studies on Conservation and Seismic strengthening/
retrofitting of Existing

Next in the series of Case Studies (IABSE Bulletins).

News from National Groups

IABSE National Groups Activities: Published in SEI 2019

National Groups








October 9, 2019

Mini seminar – New Storstrøm Bridge, Batching Plant and Prefabrication Yard

The Danish Group of IABSE hosted a seminar on the New Storstrøm Bridge, Batching plant and Prefabrication yard. The seminar presented the current construction activities for the largest ongoing bridge project in Denmark – The New Storstrøm Bridge. The topic of the seminar was the Contractor's work with the concrete batching plant and the prefabrication yard, which will be the backbone of the bridge construction for the years to come.

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Upcoming - March 25-26, 2020!

The AI and Data-driven Design in Structural Engineering, Helsinki

Organised by the Finnish Group of IABSE, together with Finnish Association of Civil Engineers (RIL) this Workshop shall also mark the ending event for the IABSE Task Group 3.6 – Artificial Intelligence in Structural Engineering.

Further information: Click Here!



November 29, 2019

Symposium in Bridges and Structural Engineering in Brazilian Northeast

On November 29, 2019, about 90 students and engineers were present in DNIT Auditorium, Salvador, Brazilian State of Bahia, to attend the first Symposium in Bridges and Structural Engineering in Brazilian Northeast (I Seminário de Pontes e Estruturas do Nordeste do Brasil), which was promoted, and co-organised by ABPE (Brazilian Association of Bridges and Structures – Brazilian Group of IABSE)

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October 25, 2019

The newly formed Colombian Group of IABSE met for the first time after its inception in August, and discussed their plans for 2020. They first have to legalize the group by registering to the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and plan to launch the first NG seminar/congress on bridge engineering for the first semester of 2020.

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Concluding Remarks for IABSE's
90th Anniversary in 2019


The year 2019 was a special year for IABSE as it celebrates its 90th Anniversary! The celebration began during the IABSE Symposium Guimaraes where the IABSE President Fernando Branco presented a special report on IABSE's History. Followed by slicing of 90th Anniversary cake and IABSE flag was handed over to Jose Matos, Chair of the Portuguese Group of IABSE and to passed around National Group Chairs around the world and to travel to IABSE Congress in New York. During the Opening Ceremony, the short video of NG Chairs, speaking at their native language while passing the flag was presented. It was followed by the unfurling of the first IABSE flag received from the Japanese Group in Tokyo in 1976. This is the first flag carrying the emblem of IABSE Logo which symbolizes "Humanity". Finally, the celebration ended with the slicing of the 90th Anniversary cake distributed to all participants at the coffee break. Watch the video here (Video)

This year also marked the beginning of Yaojun Ge's 3 year term as President of IABSE, the announcement of 44 Task Groups, and the restructuring of Young Engineers Programme. These are just a few examples of all the milestones that were achieved by IABSE Members together this year.

All 2019 issues of SEI journal marked with 90th Anniversary logo on the front cover to commemorate this occasion. The year is ending with publishing a new IABSE Bulletin, SED 17, edited by Andreas Lampropoulos and Mike Schlaich and in making available for members three Young Engineers Colloquium Proceedings (The Netherlands; Germany and Poland; Japan, China, Korea and Hong Kong).

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General Call for Members - News!

News from Maurer: Special bearings for the modernized Helsinki Olympic Stadium 

The historical Helsinki Olympic Stadium is subjected to fundamental modernization and roofing while preserving its visual appearance. In order to achieve this goal despite monument protection, architectural conditions, significant wind loads and high safety requirements, MAURER has developed special MSM® Uplift Spherical Bearings. Read full report: Click Here!


Helsinki Olympic Stadium with building site storage in front of the listed
and renovated facade. Photo: MAURER

IABSE Members are welcome to send us information about any recent achievement (individual or your company/university) and we try to shall feature you or your company here. Please report on news from your country as well by month end for inclusion in next month’s Newsletter, website, Social Media and SEI. We are happy to promote and assist you in your activities and spread the news across IABSE community!

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