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IABSE Newsletter
February 2021

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Welcome to the Year of the Ox!

The year has leaped forward without the leap year! The virtual IABSE Congress Christchurch 2020 took place earlier this month, from 3-5 February 2021, which was very successful with 293 online participants and almost 1800 views. Congratulations and thanks to the commitment of the Organising and Scientific Committees led by Alessandro Palermo and Anthony Abu for preparing a very interesting event in a new format and to the PCO for providing a technologically advanced platform that delivered a smooth and user-friendly virtual IABSE Congress. The Congress Proceedings should be available by next month.

Preparations are now in full swing for the upcoming IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 (22-24 September 2021) where we are hoping to meet most of you in person! And for IABSE Symposium Prague 2022 on 25-27 May 2022, the 'Call for Abstracts' just opened, last weekend on 20 February 2021, with the theme "Challenges for Existing and Oncoming Structures (CEOS)".

SEI February 2021 has been dispatched! Due to the Covid-19 lockdown and Brexit, a delay in delivery may occur. But, you can always read the journal online (Members Area - SEI Online). The Editorial has been written by Bangladesh National Group Chair, Saiful Amin, which discusses connecting engineers during the pandemic. This issue has recent research and structure related papers, including an article about eminent structural engineer Armando Rito. IABSE News section has several interesting articles, including 'Looking back on 2020' by Chep Uytiepo, IABSE Executive Director; 'IABSE National Groups - The Key to Growth' by Ian Firth, British Group Chair; Reports on Conferences by the respective OC/SC Chairs; Interviews by Commission 6 Chair, Xin Ruan and TG 6.1 (Effect of Climate Change on Infrastructures) Chair, Andre Orcesi, and Vice-Chair, Allan O' Connor. There's more for you to read and discover!

We are also glad to report SEI's paper download has gone up by 37% over the last few months. IABSE is again reinventing and doing more to connect structural engineers. Our list of Webinars, organised by Task Groups and National Groups, is getting longer by the month: Click Here for Information and Registration. Most of our webinars are for free and are broadcasted live on IABSE's Facebook page. After that, the videos are added to our eLearning page. Let's stay in touch and not forget to involve more students, as they are our future. IABSE Student Membership is available for just 20 CHF annually.
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Stay Well! Alles Gutes! Kia Ora! Mantenerse bien! Baochi Lianghao!
IABSE Secretariat
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IABSE Congress Ghent 2021: Final Invitation coming on 1 March 2021!

The theme of the Congress is “Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs”, comprising building and maintaining safe and reliable buildings and infrastructures under the effects of climate change in a world with scarcer resources and the ambition to reduce mankind’s CO2 footprint. Future Societal Needs can be divided into two parts, “Structural safety and reliability with respect to climate change” and “Circularity, re-use, and sustainability of structures”. The majority of the congress presentations will cover these two sub-themes in normal presentation sessions, poster sessions, poster ”elevator pitch” sessions, discussion sessions, a Pecha Kucha session and special sessions. Technical programme: Click Here! 
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Preliminary Invitation and Call for Abstracts!

IABSE Symposium Prague 2022: 
Challenges for Existing and Oncoming Structures (CEOS) will be held on 25-27 May 2022 and is organised by the Czech Group of IABSE in cooperation with Czech Technical University in Prague. The Organisers look very much forward to welcoming us to the historical city right in the heart of Europe, to exchange the latest developments of bridge and structural engineering with respect to the advanced and new methods of design and analysis. This will be a classical onsite symposium, with the option to participate online for those who wish.

The Scientific Committee, chaired by František Wald, cordially invites authors wishing to participate, to submit their abstracts to the sub-themes: Advanced models of structures and bridges coming design standards; bridges and footbridges; advanced solutions for refurbishment and strengthening; new and innovative materials, technologies and structural solutions; standards for refurbishment, and building information modelling for life of structures. More traditional topics listed on the symposium website may also be addressed.

Submission of abstracts is now open until 15 May 2021 at www.iabse.org/Prague2022.

Submission of abstracts deadline: 15 May 2021 / Notification abstract acceptance: 30 July 2021 / Submission of papers deadline: 1 October 2021 / Early Bird Registration: 28 February 2022 / Deadline Authors registration: 28 February 2022 / Symposium: 25–27 May 2022.
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Upcoming IABSE Webinars in 2021: Have you registered? Do you wish to sponsor any of these webinars?

Click Here for Information and Registration for the following Webinars

1. Risk-based asset management and the potential of UHFB in railway bridge construction from the point of view of the infrastructure operator; Web meeting, 4 March 2021. Language: German. Speaker: Dipl.-ng. Herbert Friedl, SBB AG - infrastructure, Head of Asset Management in Civil Eng. Organised by the Austrian Group of IABSE. Register (no fees).

2. Artificial Neural Networks (ANN): Applications to confined concrete columns and shear in beams; 15 March 2021. Organised by the Philippine Group of IABSE. Register.

3. Parametric Structural Design with Isogeometric Analysis; 9 April 2021 (Friday), Speaker: Dr. Anna Bauer, Germany; Moderator: Prof. Jan Wium. Language: English. Organised by the South African Group of IABSE. Register (no fees).

4. Ultra-High-Performance-Concrete (UHPC); 30 April 2021 (Friday), 2021, Speaker: Prof. Lukas Vrablik, Czech Republic; Moderator: Prof. Roman Lenner, South Africa. Language: English. Organised by the South African Group of IABSE. Register (no fees).
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SEI Editorial Board Meeting

The first meeting of the year took place on 8 February 2021, with members participating from Germany, Croatia, Canada, Brazil, Greece, France, the USA, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Japan, UK and Switzerland. A special welcome was extended to the two new members Helder de Sousa, from Portugal, and to Roman Lenner from South Africa, by the Chair, Guido Morgenthal. Present and upcoming SEI issues and topics were discussed in details. As per recent statistics, SEI's paper downloads have increased by 37% and the acceptance rate of papers as of 2021 is 23%. We have two upcoming Call for Abstracts, one of them is for SEI 2022 August issue (below).

Call for Abstracts: Climate Change Effects on Structures and Infrastructures
Submission of Abstracts: 15 April 2021.


Submit your abstract here:
https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sei

Climate change has long been recognised as a serious phenomenon with severe implications for the planet, its inhabitants, and our built infrastructure. There is strong evidence that global warming-induced changing climate may significantly affect the long-term performance of structures and infrastructure facilities.
Read about the full 'Call for Abstracts' Here.

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Austria

4 March 2021

Austrian Group of IABSE is co-organising another webinar. The Swiss Federal Railways - SBB - manages a remarkable infrastructure system with over 6,000 bridges with more than 17000 retaining walls and over 400 tunnels. These structures alone represent a replacement value of around 30 billion Swiss Francs. 

Philippines

24 February 2021


On 24 February, 15 March 2021, the Philippine Group of IABSE is conducting a series of Webinars and the one conducted in February was on the topic: Structural Analysis and Design Using Advanced Software: A Six-Storey Building Application. The Webinar organised for March will be on the topic 'Artificial Neural Networks (ANN): Applications to Confined Concrete Columns and Shear in beams. Read more here.

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Argentina 

8 December 2020

The Argentinian Group of IABSE was revamped last year. This is also a note for other NGs who have not been active lately, to revamp their activities, choose a new team, and start working again with the mission to exchange knowledge connect globally.

Brazil

7-11 June 2021

This Congress was postponed from last year and is being co-organised by the Brazilian Group of IABSE, which will take place this year in June. You shall find further information here: 
cbpe2021@cmeventos.com.br www.cbpe2021.com.br

 

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Costa Rica

24 February 2021

The recently formed Costa Rican group has been actively promoting the association and regularly hosting webinars, in February the topic of their webinar will be 'Non-destructive Tests in Bridges Evaluation. 

Denmark

24 February 2021

Danish Group of IABSE is organised a Webinar on the topic: Køge Nord Station (TP49) - From Design Competition to Traffic Hub in Operation. This Webinar was organised with no fees. K
øge Nord Station won IABSE Denmark's Structural Award in 2019. 

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Watch the Webinar: Click Here
Spain Task Group 4.14 and the National Group of Spain came together to organise a highly attended webinar on the topic 'Incremental Launching Multispan Steel Bridges'. Speaker was Javier Martinez and Moderator was Rafael Martinez. This Webinar was sponsored by Mammoet.


 
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IABSE Webinar on the topic 'Use of Structural health Monitoring in Condition Assessment of Bridges: Potential & Challenges' was conducted on February 12, 2021, moderated by Prof. Eleni Chatzi (ETH Zurich Switzerland), Prof. Vikram Pakrashi (University College Dublin). Presentors were, Prof. Costas Papadimitriou (University of Thessaly, Greece) and Dr. Panagiotis Pantetsos, Egnatia Odos SA (Greece). This Webinar was sponsored by Polytec.


 
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Malaysian Group of IABSE, chaired by Paul Mullins and IABSE Vice President Jose Matos recently conducted a Webinar.

 
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