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NEW IABSE Publication: 
‘Assessment, Upgrading and Refurbishment of Infrastructures'

The IABSE Conference ‘Assessment, Upgrading and Refurbishment of Infrastructures’, Rotterdam, May 6-8, 2013, attracted 560 delegates from 48 countries. The Report has been published, including 6 Keynote Lectures and 262 Papers.

The five main conference themes encompassed: Load Carrying Capacity and Remaining Lifetime; Assessment of Structural Condition; Modernisation and Refurbishment; Materials and Products; Structural Verification. The papers are classified according to 24 subthemes, due to the numerous approaches, concepts and systems being developed for keeping infrastructure reliable. The report reflects the high standard of the conference repeatedly expressed by the Scientific Committee members.

Keynote Lectures:


• Ton Vrouwenvelder, The Netherlands
Reliability Aspects of Assessment and Upgrading
•  Andrew W. Herrmann, USA
ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
• Airong Chen, China
Maintenance and Safety of Large-Scale Bridges
• Carmelo Gentile, Italy
Long-term Dynamic Monitoring of the Historic “San Michele” Iron Bridge (1889)
• Jean-Marie Cremer
Complexity, Ingenuity, Creativity
• Thomas Vogel, Switzerland
Assessment, Upgrading and Refurbishing – A Consolidated Approach.


All contributions have been collected in a book and on a CD and can be ordered at: , or

‘Assessment, Upgrading and Refurbishment of Infrastructures’
IABSE Conference Report Vol. 99

6 Keynote Lectures and 262 Contributions in English
Book 645 pages and CD (with full length papers)
Format 170 x 240 mm                                         
ISBN: 978-3-85748-123-9
Published: May 2013
Price incl. mailing costs:  IABSE Member:  CHF 90. - / Non-Members:  CHF 150.-  

The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), founded in 1929, IABSE deals with all aspects of planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of civil engineering structures. To fulfil its mission, IABSE organises conferences and publishes a quarterly journal, Structural Engineering International, as well as books and reports. The Association has a number of technical groups and presents awards in recognition of outstanding contributions in the domain of structural engineering.