The Outstanding Paper Award

The Outstanding Paper Award (OPA) is remitted each year to the author(s) of a paper published in the preceding year’s issues of the IABSE Journal Structural Engineering International (SEI), encouraging and rewarding contributions of the highest quality. Starting with the 2011 Outstanding Paper Award, it is presented in the categories ‘Technical Report’ and ‘Scientific Paper’.


2016: Category Technical Report:
"Diagnosis, Assessment and Repair of the Mathilde Bridge Close to Collapse during a Fire"
     Bruno F. Godart, Jacques Berthellemy and Jean Pierre Lucas, France, SEI 3/2015 (August), pp. 331-338.
           Category Scientific Paper:
  "Design of Soil-Steel Composite Bridges"
     Lars Pettersson, Esra Bayoglu Flener, Hakan Sundquist, Sweden, SEI 2/2015 (May), pp. 159-172.
2015: Category Technical Report:
  "Hybrid Bridge Structure Composed of Fibre Reinforced Polymers and Steel"
     Martijn Veltkamp and Jan Peeters, The Netherlands; SEI 3/2014
           Category Scientific Paper:   "Retrofitting of the Historic Castagnara Bridge in Padua, Italy, with Fibre Reinforced Plastic Elements"
     Otello Bergamo, Gaetano Russo and Stefano Donadello, Italy, SEI 4/2014
2014: Category Technical Report:   “Rehabilitation of the Suspension Bridge over Zambezi River in Mozambique
     António Reis and Claudio Baptista; SEI 1/2013
           Category Scientific Paper:   “Vibration Mechanisms and Controls of Long-Span Bridges: A Review
     Yozo Fujino and Dionysius Siringoringo; SEI 3/2013
2013: Category Technical Report:
  “The Immersed Tunnel and Bridges of Busan–Geoje Fixed Link”
     Sangkyoon Jeong and Jechun Kim; SEI 1/2012
           Category Scientific Paper:   "Codes for Safety Assessment of Existing Bridges—Current State and Further Development
     Dawid F. Wisniewski, Joan R. Casas and Michel Ghosn; SEI 4/2012
2012: Category Technical Report:   Creating the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, New Zealand
     P. Ch. Mulqueen SEI 4/11
           Category Scientific Paper:   "Swiss Federal Roads Office Guidelines for Integral Bridge"
   W. Kaufmann and M. Alvarez, SEI 2/2011

2011: 'The Aerodynamic Behaviour of the Deck of Stonecutters Bridge, Hong Kong'
          Doris M.S. Yau and Michael C.H. Hui, China. Published in SEI 2/2010

2010: 'Design of Mechanically Reinforced Glass Beams: Modelling and Experiments' 
          A. B. Ølgaard, J. H. Nielsen and J. Forbes Olesen, Denmark. Published in SEI 2/2009

2009: 'Design and Experimental Investigation of the Joints of Inclined Struts for the Widening of Bridge Deck Slabs' 
          Philippe Menétrey and Eugen Brühwiler, Switzerland. Published in SEI 4/2008

2008: 'Pedestrian Lateral Action on lively Footbridges: A New Load Model' 
          Fiammetta Venuti, Luca Bruno and Paulo Napoli, Italy. Published in SEI 4/2007

2007: 'Time Variant Structural Performance of the Certosa Cable-Stayed Bridge' 
          Fabio Biondini, Italy, Dan M. Frangopol, USA and P. Girogio Malerba, Italy. Published in SEI 3/2006

2006: 'Temperature in the Box Girder of the Normandy Bridge' 
          Jean-Michel Lucas, Michel Virlogeux and Claude Louis, France. Published in SEI 3/2005

2005: 'Mechanical Properties and Remaining Strength of  Corroded Bridge Wires'  
         Shun-Ichi Nakamura, Keita Suzumura and Toshimi Tarui, Japan. Published in SEI 1/2004

2004: 'Elasto-Plastic Model for Timber-Concrete Composite Beams with Ductile Connection'  
         Andrea Frangi and Mario Fontana, Switzerland. Published in SEI 2/2003

2003: 'Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Historical Churches' 
          Stefano Sorace and Gloria Terenzi, Italy. Published in SEI 4/2002

2002: A Re-definition of Stiffness of Reinforced Concrete Elements and its Implications in Seismic Design 
         Tom Paulay, New Zealand. Published in SEI 1/2001

2001: Aerodynamics of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge - 60 Years Later 
         Allan Larsen, Denmark. Published in SEI 4/2000

2000: Design and Construction of the Millennium Dome 
         Ian Liddell and Paul Westbury, UK. Published in SEI 3/1999

1999: Tension Chord Model for Structural Concrete 
         Peter Marti, Manuel Alvarez, Walter Kaufmann and Viktor Sigrist, Switzerland. Published in SEI 4/1998

1998: Rehabilitation of the Mexico City Cathedral
         Roberto Meli and Roberto Sanchez-Ramirez, Mexico. Published in SEI 2/1997

1997: Economic Considerations of Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structural Concrete Buildings 
         Luis Garcia, Colombia. Published in SEI 4/1996

1996: Tuned Vibration Absorbers for "Lively" Structures
         Hugo Bachmann and Benedikt Weber, Switzerland. Published in SEI 1/1995

1995: Solar Thermal Electricity Generation
         Jörg Schlaich, Germany. Published in SEI 2/1994

1994: Traffic Loads on Bridges
         Ton Vrouwenvelder and Paul Waarts, The Netherlands. Published in SEI 3/1993

1993: Carbon-Fibre-Reinforced Polymers: Modern Materials in Bridge Engineering
         Urs Meier, Switzerland. Published in SEI 1/1992

1992: Gibraltar Strait Crossings - A Challenge to Bridge and Structural Engineers
         Philip Chow and T.Y. Lin, USA. Published in SEI 2/1991