IABSE Newsletter - September 2020


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IABSE Newsletter Sept. 2020


IABSE Symposium Wroclaw 2020 – Online

IABSE Symposium Wroclaw 2020 – Online The IABSE Symposium Wrocław 2020 is just around the corner and will be held online on October 7-9, 2020. We are pleased to inform you that the Preliminary Programme is now available on the Symposium website. We cordially invite you to discover this excellent Technical Programme by downloading it here.. Join us for this first virtual IABSE Symposium by registering here..

Note for Authors and Presenters: Please, check your status, as well as the anticipated schedule of your presentation. Authors of accepted papers have to register as soon as possible to have their papers published in the Symposium Proceedings. The official Symposium PowerPoint Template and ZOOM Virtual Background are available for authors on the Symposium website.

For Young Engineers: originally a parallel event to the IABSE Symposium Wrocław 2020 International Steel Bridges Competition, ISBC 2020 was going to be held, but due to Covid-19 it will now be replaced with a competition ‘VIRTUAL BRIDGES’. More information about this event will be announced very soon on the symposium website. In the meantime read the article about principles and outcomes of the ISBC 2020 competition here..



IABSE's 1st Online Conference was a 2-Day Single-Track online conference that took place on 2-3 September 2020, on Zoom Webinar Platform. The Conference was inaugurated by Prof. H-M Koh (Co-Chair of Organizing Committee), and followed by a Welcome Address by Prof. Y. Ge (President of IABSE, Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee), and an introduction by Prof. Limin Sun (Co-Chair of Scientific Committee).

The programme consisted of four Keynote sessions and four Topic sessions, with 16 invited speakers. The Conference attracted 330 registered international participants and almost 900 local daily viewers on an online channel with a Chinese translation in China.

This conference was a collective initiative of the Chinese, Japanese and the Korean Group of IABSE to financially support IABSE during this pandemic. It was offered FREE to all IABSE members and for a nominal fee to non-members including free membership to young engineer participants.

We are proud that this pilot online Conference received very good feedback from the participants despite the challenging hours for participants from Europe, US and other parts of the world. Read the complete report of this Conference in the upcoming SEI November 2020 issue. www.iabse.org/Online2020

IABSE would like to give a big thank you to the Chinese, Japanese and the Korean National Groups, the PCO - Bridge Magazine, participants, and to all the sponsors for making this Conference a big success!

Feedback received from Brazil, from Prof. Flavio Barbosa (IABSE Member):

"IABSE provided an important forum to discuss the post COVID-19 world situation, with multidisciplinary regards and expectations about this topic. Technical sections addressing the subject helped to understand the theme and its impacts on the construction and design of structures, as well as the need to adapt to existing ones. Especially for Latin America in general, it became evident that it was necessary to look for different or complementary alternatives to those that have been taken in countries in other regions in the face of COVID-19, due to a different reality with less financial resources and higher levels of inequality."

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Call for Abstracts – IABSE Congress Ghent 2021

Submit your Abstract before 15 October 2020 here..

The organisers of the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021, are sticking to the original conference dates and guarantee to all participants that the Congress will take place. They will prepare a combination of an onsite and online conference format for participants to choose from.  The online part will include live-streaming all sessions and will allow attendees and speakers to participate from home as well as onsite. An “online-only” registration at greatly reduced fee will also be offered. The IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 will be an event to remember in whatever way you wish to participate.

‘Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs’ is a broad and innovative theme. Since this is a main event of IABSE, a large variety of Sub-themes is offered and everything in the bridge and structural engineering world will be covered, including some societal needs such as responding to a worldwide pandemic. However the deadline for the submission of Abstracts is approaching and I invite you to submit your abstract by October 15, 2020. We are sure that everybody will be able to find a sub-theme where they can submit an abstract explaining worthwhile aspects of their daily work or research activities. Do not let current uncertainties influence your decision to submit your abstract www.iabse.org/Ghent2021


IABSE Webinar Series

On 18 September 2020, 14-16 hrs, Zurich time: This Webinar was held on the topic 'From Quality Control to Decision-Making on the Management of Bridges and Structures: What's Next?'

Speaker and Moderator were Jose Matos, Asst. Prof. University of Minho, Portugal (IABSE Vice President) and Poul Linneberg, Assoc. Technical Director, Operation and Maintenance, COWI, Denmark. The webinar was attended by 140+ participants online and had a successful Q&A round. You can view the recorded Webinar which was also telecasted live in IABSE's Facebook page. 

IABSE Members and Task Groups, Commissions are welcome to organise Webinars, contact us with a topic, if interested at: bose@iabse.org


IABSE TG3.6: Artificial Intelligence in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
Submit your presentation proposal by 1 October 2020.

March 24-25, 2021, Virtual Conference

2020 event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the work for AI in AEC conference 2021, Helsinki, March 24-25, 2021 www.aiaec.net continues by the organizing committee having some of the members from the Task Group. The high international interest towards the 2020 event, showed that AEC industry has clear lack of this kind of global conference. Our industry is now ready to take the next step in AI deployment and move from building the foundation towards creating the value from data and AI. 


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IABSE Conference Seoul 2020

Risk Intelligence of Infrastructures will be held from 9-10 November 2020. New: IABSE Conference Seoul 2020 originally planned as a ‘classical’ in person conference, will now be held as an Online/Offline Hybrid Conference.



IABSE 2020 Congress Christchurch

The OC is committed to running the IABSE 2020 Congress from the 3 – 5 February 2021 as a virtual event. It is working with an innovative virtual platform which will be including many features, and paper presentations can already be be viewed on demand from mid-January. Read the update from OC here..



IABSE 2021 Ghent

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Click here to submit your abstract before 15 October 2020.

The Congress will be held 22-24 September 2021. The OC guarantees to organise a great event in different formats for participants to choose from to ensure their safety. 

Click here for the latest update on all IABSE Events

SEI Special issue on Dynamics and Aerodynamics of Slender Structures - Abstract Submission Ongoing - Extended till October 15!

Dynamic and aerodynamic studies have been occupying an increasing space in the design, analysis and characterization of slender structures. Leveraged by enormous advancements in computational resources, storage capacities and data transmission bandwidths, digitalization has supported new approaches to modelling, simulation and visualization of dynamic effects on structures. This has facilitated the optimized use of materials, shapes and systems in radically new designs. The characterization of different types of complex dynamic actions (wind, pedestrian, traffic), the rigorous numerical analysis of their effects, but also the identification of the structural condition through dynamic response measurements of aged structures have seen considerable developments in the last few years. Read further description here.


National Group Events



IABSE-JSCE Online Conference on Advances in Bridge Engineering-IV, 26-27 August 2020

Bangladesh Group of the IABSE, in collaboration with the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, organized this conference online and had the active support of six co-organizers, five associate organizers, and three supporters. The conference also co-hosted an international symposium with the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, titled Quality Assurance in Engineering Education through Accreditation-II, which ran online in parallel. For details: Click Here


United States

IABSE Future of Design NYC 2020, 15-29 September 2020

US Group of IABSE presents Future of Design NYC for the fourth time in September 2020.  The theme of Future of Design NYC 2020 is Acceleration & Deceleration. Designers and related built environment professionals are often caught between the fast-paced flexibility that a project demands and the slow pace of change of industry practices.  This year’s program will evaluate the effects of acceleration on the built environment and on designing with social responsibility; it will also explore ideas and innovative practices that developed as a result of - or in an attempt to better harness - those shifts. It will approach these issues from perspectives of both engineering and architecture, in order to contextualize designers’ voices in transformative built environment initiatives. FoDNYC 2020 will occur as a series of 5 events hosted online, from September 15th - 29th. Check our website and social media (Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) as we provide updates on program sessions and speakers. 



Bridge Engineering Talk and Hands-on Session, 21 November 2020  - Upcoming!

The event (paid webinar) is being organized by the Institute for Infrastructure Engineering and Sustainable Management (IIESM) and Faculty of Civil Engineering (FCE) – Structural & material engineering division Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in association with the Department of Standards Malaysia (JSM), Malaysian Group of IABSE, Concrete Society of Malaysia (CSM) and Road Engineering Association of Malaysia (REAM) will be held at the Grand BlueWave Hotel, Shah Alam. Speakers and facilitators are from well-known civil and structural engineering consulting firms, and government bodies in bridge engineering. Register by 13 November here: aniza659@uitm.edu.my (This is a paid Webinar). For details: Click Here



IABSE Webinar 2020 – Special Session Organized within the project „ATCZ190 SAFEBRIDGE“, 23 October 2020 - Upcoming!

Free Participation via Zoom. Register by 20 October 2020 at:  H87500_safebridge@boku.ac.at and safebridge@vut.cz.

14:00 – 14:10 Opening of Special Session within the IABSE Webinar

14:10 – 14:20 Introduction to the ATCZ190 SAFEBRIDGE project – Advanced analysis of existing reinforced and pre-stressed concrete bridges: Nonlinearity, reliability, safety formats, life-time aspects

14:20 – 14:35 Czech bridge case studies – Methodology and application

14:35 – 14:50 Austrian bridge case studies – Methodology and application

14:50 – 15:00 Discussion

IABSE as well as non IABSE members are welcome. The session is addressed to Czech and Austrian strategic partners, designers, bridge technicians and administrators and other participants interested in advanced methods for assessment of existing bridges. Registration Form and details: Click Here



2nd International Conference on Concrete and Steel Technology, Engineering and Design (CASTED 2020), 22-24 October 2020 - Upcoming!

The Philippine Group of IABSE is inviting the members of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), especially from ASEAN Countries to this event, upcoming Webinar by Andreas Lampropoulos, from IABSE Task Group 1.1 on ‘Improving Seismic Resilience of Reinforced Concrete Structures.': Click Here!


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Deadline: 31 September 2020.

IABSE offers new joiners 50% discount on their first year of membership. Share with your colleagues! Register now on and use promo code IABSESTRONG.

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Members News and Topical Interviews 

Jose Matos, IABSE Vice President, is sharing videos from the recent EuroStruct webinars to IABSE Members:

1. Improvement of Bridge Inspection in Germany: Click Here

2. Probabilistic Modelling Traffic Loading for Higher Tier Assessment of Bridges: Click Here

H.H.Subbarao, IABSE Vice President, was the moderator for a Lecture series on 'Cable-Stayed Bridges' which started from 5 September till 17 October 2020 via Zoom, and was organised by the Indian Association of Structural Engineers (IAStructE). There will be a series of recorded Lectures by IABSE Member and German Bridge Specialist, Holger Svensson. Click Here

Dan M. Frangopol has been elected to the National Academy of Construction of the United States (NAC). The Academy has approximately 350 individual members selected through a rigorous peer nomination and election process which represents all sectors of the built environment: Click Here.

We thank our Members for sharing knowledge and information!

Connect and Share! For any recent Member News, or Company news, please send us the new article by end of the month for inclusion in next month's Newsletter. If you wish to share any important online resource which could benefit our members, or share a talk on an interesting topic, please send it to bose@iabse.org. We would particularly encourage our IABSE Members to share their knowledge and experience with our young members during this lockdown period with either 'live webinars' or 'pre-recorded lecture sessions'. All the more reason to stay connected and inspired! Please contact us if interested.



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