IABSE Newsletter - January 2020


January 2020

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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

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events


IABSE Bulletin: Case Study 2 Published!


Interview with Dr. Andreas Lampropoulos, introducing Case Study 2: Click here!

Case Studies on Conservation and Seismic strengthening/retrofitting of Existing Structures Recent earthquakes have demonstrated that despite the continuous developments of novel materials and new strengthening techniques, the majority of the existing structures are still unprotected and at high seismic risk. This document contains a collection of nine case studies from six different countries with different seismicity (i.e. Austria, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Nepal and New Zealand). Various types of structures have been selected with different structural peculiarities such as buildings used for different purposes (i.e. school buildings, town hall, 30 storey office tower), a bridge, and a wharf. Most of the examined structures are Reinforced Concrete structures while there is also an application on a Masonry building.

Read More: Click here!

Members can download their free copy from the Members Area from February 1, 2020 onwards.

Pre-order your Hard Copy by February 5: secretariat@iabse.org

Note: Make sure you also read SED 12 which was Case Studies of Rehabilitation, Repair, Retrofitting, and Strengthening: Editors: Prof. M. Bakhoum, Dr. Juan A. Sobrino, 2010 (Available in Members Area and Online Shop).


IABSE Conference Seoul 2020

on “Risk Intelligence of Infrastructures” 
November 9-10, 2020

Abstracts Submission by January 31, 2020, Submit now!


Risk Analysis & Multi-Hazard Assessment
- Design consideration for natural and man-made disasters
- Assessment of reliability, risk and resilience 
- In-operation performance evaluation of structures 
- Risk assessment and management of multi-hazards 
- Risk-informed decision making and management 
- Financial solutions for infrastructure risk management

Data Intelligence & Field Informatics
- Value of Information (VoI) 
- Smart operation and effective maintenance 
- Information modeling framework for infrastructure 
- Data-driven evaluation of structural conditions and

- Monitoring techniques concerning structural conditions 
- Identification of structural damage, properties and loads 
- Advances in NDE/NDT for assessment 
- Automatic data processing of large databases

Further Information: Click here!

IABSE Symposium New Delhi 2021

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

Abstracts Submission by: March 30, 2020, Submit now!


The Indian Group of IABSE invites you to participate in the IABSE Symposium 2021!

Civil and structural engineers and associated professionals wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract related to the Symposium Themes and Topics below.

The Changing Skyline
- Multi-Disciplinary Planning and Integration
- Smart Planning and BIM for Tall Buildings
- Notable Architects Structures
- Elevated Transportation Structures
- Green Buildings, Environmental and Sustainability Issues

Underground Structures
- Corridor Planning and Integrated Multi-Modal Transport System
- Geo-technical Features and Soil-Structure interaction
- Temporary and Permanent Structures: Design and Construction
- Transportation in the Digital Age
- Tunnel Asset Management and Monitoring
- Operation and Maintenance of Metro System.

For more information, visit the Congress website: Click here!



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!


Case Study 2
Pre Order now!

Case Studies on Conservation and Seismic strengthening/ retrofitting of Existing

Recent earthquakes have demonstrated that despite the continuous developments of novel materials and new strengthening techniques, the majority of the existing structures are still unprotected and at high seismic risk. The repair and strengthening framework is a complex process and there are often barriers in the preventative upgrade of the existing structures related to the cost of the applications and the limited expertise of the engineers.

Download free copy from Members Area and pre-order your hard copy preferably by February 5, 2020 at: secretariat@iabse.org

IABSE Publications
Online Shop: 
Buy here!

News from National Groups

IABSE Membership Statement as on January 1, 2020 - Recently Published.

Across all National Groups: Click here!

National Groups





Costa Rica


South Africa

The Netherlands



Logo's of National Groups

National Groups can download their logos from their webpage on the
IABSE website



December 20, 2019

President meets Chair

IABSE’s newly elected President, Prof. Yaojun Ge visited the world-famous Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada and had discussions with Prof. Greg Kopp, Director of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory. During this visit, the Canadian National Group Chair, Prof. Michael Bartlett of UWO, also met the President along with SeĢbastien Maheux, a student of UWO and representative of the IABSE YEP Board.

Further information: Click here!

Costa Rica


November 29, 2019

New National Group!

Initiated by IABSE Vice-President Carlos Mendez, the Costa Rican Group of IABSE, was successfully founded on November 29, 2019. IABSE Country Representative Prof. Jorge Gutierrez and five other IABSE members in Costa Rica have met to formalise the founding of their National Group and have elected their officers as follows; Chair: Daniel Ureña Muñoz; Vice-Chair: Randal Crawford; General Secretary: Manuel Mauricio Cruz.

Further information: Click here!

The Netherlands


January 30, 2020

Seminar, “Connect - Digital technologies and the end of the civil engineer?”, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Upcoming event!

For further information about this event contact the National Group Chair, Bert Hesselink: secretariat@iabse.org

South Africa


January, 2020

New Chair!

After successfully serving as the Chair for the NG, Chris Jurgens stepped down as the Chair in December 2019, and the new NG Chair elected is Roman Lenner, who is a Senior Lecturer at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. We wish him and his National Group good luck and thank Chris Jurgens for his dedicated service.

Further information: Click here!



November 21-23, 2019

Scientific Conference

The Bulgarian Group of IABSE supported the 3rd International Scientific Conference on the “Preservation of Cultural Heritage” in Sofia, Bulgaria and dedicated it to the 90th anniversary of IABSE. Members of the group had presentations related to different heritage structures and their preservation for the future generations. The National Group also took part in different activities of the Chamber of Engineers in the Investment Design of Bulgaria.

Further information: Click here!

Belgium, France and
The Netherlands


March 13-14, 2020

Young Engineers Colloquium (YEC2020), Factory Forty, Brussels, Belgium

Abstract submission by February 14, 2020 !

IABSE's three National Groups are looking forward to receiving interesting project descriptions from young engineers under 35 years of age (born 1984 or later). Please submit/inform young engineers to submit a two-page paper in English by 14 February 2020 to YEC2020@iabse.be.

Further information:
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Robert Ratay, passed away quietly in the company of his family in New York City after an extended illness, in early January 2020. He was an active IABSE member who not only attended several IABSE conferences but also actively contributed to SEI issues as well as workshops on the topic of 'forensic structural engineering'. Heartfelt condolences! A memorial is planned for February 8 in New York City.

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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