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August 2021


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Virtual IABSE Congress Ghent 2021! Register now, click here..

The organisation of the IABSE Congress in Ghent is in its final stages. The organisers are preparing to welcome Congress participants using their custom-built Virtual Platform that will simulate IABSE onsite Congress experience. In addition, the Congress programme has been carefully planned to adapt and accommodate as many participants across the globe considering different time zones (see time conversion table below). Keynotes Lectures are spread out to different time zones as well to maximise lively discussions between participants.

Congress Programme
Now available: Complete Congress Programme (Draft 24.08.2021) - download here…

Time Conversion Table

Message from SC and the Technical Programme: here..

Join the IABSE Congress to discuss Structural Safety and Reliability with respect to climate change; circularity, re-use and sustainability of structures; and Emission-Free Building of structures.

Learn, Contribute and Share your knowledge and skills in Structural Engineering with fellow members. It's the best way to complement your education and profession for a successful career in structural engineering.

More information:
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Final Invitation: Download here..

IABSE Annual Meeting

Due to the still unpredictable situation of the Coronavirus pandemic, IABSE Technical Groups and Non-Technical Groups are advised to meet online again this year, similar to in 2020. The TC will meet twice this year on 6 & 27 September 2021. The Executive Committee on 13 October 2021 and the Permanent Committee will be on 19 October 2021.

Submit your Abstract by 30 August 2021
Click here to submit.

The IABSE Congress Nanjing 2022 “Bridges and Structures: Connection, Integration and Harmonisation” will be held on 21-23 September 2022 and is organised by the Chinese Group of IABSE in cooperation with Tongji University, Jiangsu Provincial Transportation Engineering Construction Bureau Southeast University, and Nanjing Public Works Construction Center. The Congress will maintain a traditional onsite format with an option to participate online.

The Scientific Committee, chaired by Professor Dong Xu invites authors wishing to participate, to submit their abstracts to the topics:
  • Future Trends and Innovations in Material
  • Design and Construction
  • Assessment, Strengthening and Management
  • Sustainability, Durability and Harmonisation of Structures.
All detailed sub-themes are listed on the website.
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IABSE Task Group (TG) Spotlight of the month!
TG 5.2: Key Performance Indicators, Chair, Jose Matos - message
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Jose Matos (Portugal)
Vice Chair: Ye Xia (China)

The Task Group aims to define a glossary of KPI, identifying which KPI to address when assessing a structure and how to compute and value for each. The team will also evaluate on how to apply the KPI to other kinds of structures. The Task Group shall primarily look into the following aspects (KPIs) for different structure types: Reliability and Safety; Health and Politics; Environment; Availability and Maintainability; Costs.

The Task Group proposes to deliver the following results:
- Development of 1-2 Special Session(s) at IABSE events in 2019 (IABSE Symposium Guimaraes March 2019 & IABSE Congress New York Sept. 2019), and further integrate it on a joint Special Issue of SEI (to be organized with other COM5 members);
- Development of a SED, in printed and online format, which integrates a Glossary /Terms and Definitions of KPI as well as examples of application into different structure types (planned for September 2022). 

Click here to visit Task Group 5.2 webpage
IABSE Lecture Series: New Videos added on 'Advanced Bridge Engineering'! Click here (Free access)
Image Caption IABSE Lecture Series has been enriched by 7 Lecture Videos on 'Advanced Bridge Engineering' by Prof. Dr. Shunichi Nakamura, Prof. Emeritus from Tokai University, Japan; and Vice President of IABSE. It is free access for all. IABSE's mission is to disseminate knowledge and exchange international expertise, take advantage of this resource from our eLearning Lecture series. Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3, Lecture 4, Lecture 5, Lecture 6, Lecture 7.
IABSE Webinar: Second Generation Eurocodes, 1 Oct. 2021 (Friday), 14-15.30 hrs (CET). Webinar details and Registration (Free): Click here

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This Webinar is being organised by the Finnish Group of IABSE, chaired by Dr. Risto Kiviluoma. The Eurocodes are European standards specifying how structural design should be conducted within the European Union (EU). Their development was started in 1990 by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) upon the request of the European Commission. Eurocodes were taken officially in use from 2006–2010 in each EU country. The second generation of the Eurocodes is currently under development by CEN/TC250 and is planned to be in use 2026–2028.
In this webinar organised by the Finnish Group of IABSE, moderated by Dr. Risto Kiviluoma, with speakers: Prof. Steve Denton, and Dr. Mariapia Angelino from UK, you shall get the opportunity to watch and discuss live about the second generation Eurocodes with the contributors working on it. Registration is for free, spread the word and join IABSE in its mission for sharing knowledge worldwide.
National Groups
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15 July 2021

A webinar was organised by the Argentinian Group of IABSE, with the speakers: Dr. Ing. Matías Valenzuela (Chile NG, Chair), Ing. Martín Polimeni (Argentina NG, Chair), Arq. Adriana Guisasola (Argentina), and Ing. Daniel Quiroga (Argentina). IABSE's Argentinian Group which was restarted a couple of months back, has been regularly organising online events to promote membership in the Latin American region, along with neighbouring NGs.

United Kingdom

15 October 2021
Nethercot Prize Nominees deadline 

The IABSE British Group is delighted to announce that entries are now open for the 2021 Nethercot Prize. Early career architects, engineers, and designers (expected to be under 35 and based in the UK) are invited to submit a single author paper that critically examines the process of designing a new structure or the process of adapting an old one. Storytelling is a key skill to successfully convey ideas during a project. This award aims to encourage the written communication skills of the participants and highlight the excellent project work that is carried out by IABSE early career professionals. Further details. The deadline is 15th October 2021.



29 September 2021
Mini seminar on New Storstrøm Bridge and Site Visit.

Storstrøm Bridge Construction Site and Visitor Center, Brovejen 16, 4760 Vordingborg. Registration by 21st September: Please include name, affiliation and whether you are a personal member of IABSE. Registration fee: The mini-seminar is free for personal members of IABSE, DSBy, NVF and for students. There is a registration fee of 500 DKK for all other participants.

Programme: Click Here for full details
15.00 - 15.15: Welcome and Introduction to IABSE by Tina Vejrum
15:15 - 16:15: "Cable Stay Bridge Design" by Nikolaj Rask Pedersen and "Viaduct design, dynamics, and construction" by Luca Cargnino.
16:15 - 17:45: Site visit (please bring PPE).
17:45 - 18:00: Closing remarks by Tina Vejrum (Chair, NG).
18:00 - 19:00: Drinks and snacks.
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REMINDER: Last five days to submit!
Competition to design the new IABSE Awards trophy!

With the new IABSE Awards being launched this year we need a new trophy, so we are asking IABSE members for design ideas. Selection and judging will be done by the Awards Committee and if they like your idea, they shall work with you to get it made, and it will become the IABSE Awards trophy for the foreseeable future.  

The trophy must be easy to manufacture, durable and affordable, easy to hold in hands, and stand on a surface. It should also include the words "IABSE Awards" and reflect something of the essence of engineering structures but not be recognisable as a particular structure.

Please submit your idea on no more than two A4 pages to to arrive before 1st September 2021.


Did you forget to renew your IABSE Membership?
Please renew now, so that you can receive SEI November issue on time and SEDs which are in production! Here are the details:

To renew your IABSE Membership now:

     1. Please click here to log in to your profile using your username and password.
Note: If you forgot your password, click here to request for a link to reset.

     2. Once logged in, select MY MEMBERSHIPS and click PAY to pay using CreditCard.

To pay via bank transfer, click DUES OWED, print the invoice or click here for IABSE's Bank details and follow the instructions. Note: Make sure to add your IABSE Member ID (or email address) for our reference. The invoice in PDF can be downloaded anytime from your profile.


Mageba and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge:
Since the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge in New York was mentioned in last week’s article on the replacement of the finger joints at the George Washington Bridge, you may also want to read additional details about our Verrazzano project. In a nutshell, the largest of the joints for the double-decked suspension bridge accommodate deck movements of 2,700 mm (approx. 9 ft). That makes them the largest-movement finger joints ever supplied by mageba.

British Group's Podcasts: In 'IABSE in Conversation's' latest is a talk to Catherine Ramsden,  founding Director at Useful Studio, which is a London based Social Enterprise of architects, designers and practitioners. Click Here to watch.

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Infrastar Training School on Fatigue and Reliability Analysis of Structures - Training for Assessment of Risk to be held at Centrale Nantes (France) from 26-29 October 2021.

Registration is now open. Submit your application here by September 17, 2021.
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Virtual Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference:
With Emphasis on International Experiences
8-10 December 2021

The focus of this conference will be on international experiences in the fields affecting accelerated bridge construction in general, including international case studies and projects; prefabricated bridge elements, systems, and technologies; use of advanced materials such as ultra-high-performance materials, innovative construction methods and techniques; policies; contracting methods; and marketing strategies that will facilitate accelerated construction of bridges using various materials and techniques. ABC projects successfully completed outside the U.S. will be presented.  The 2021 conference will be  fully virtual. Those interested in presenting at the conference should submit a one-page abstract by 27 August 2021.

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