Message from the Organisers
Dr. Woo-Jong Kim
Chair OC
DM Engineering Co., Ltd
Prof. Junho Song
Vice-Chair OC
Seoul National University


The IABSE Korean Group is excited to invite you to the IABSE Conference, Seoul 2020, which will be held November 9-10 in Seoul, South Korea. During the past 30 years, the infrastructure in Korea has undergone dramatic growth. More than 60 cable-supported bridges were constructed in this period and about 20 more bridges are currently under construction. During this boom in construction, Korean engineers have worked with overseas engineers to construct world-famous infrastructures such as the Third Bosporus Bridge, the Chacao Channel Bridge, and the Canakkale Bridge.


During this development, engineers and researchers have been aware of the necessity to prepare resilient and sustainable strategies and solutions for the infrastructure design and maintenance that are based on a knowledge of various risks and uncertainties. The principle of “as low as reasonably practicable” (ALARP) is now applied to some risk issues for mega-infrastructure projects. However, the types and levels of risk have yet to be discussed thoroughly by engineering and academic societies for infrastructures that include bridges, buildings, tunnels, and ocean and energy structures. Since the issues involving risk are basically based on probability and an understanding of the infrastructures, the systematic interactions between structural identification, monitoring, knowledge-based maintenance, and the management of large amounts of data management are required to develop ‘risk intelligence of infrastructures’.


The Korean Group of IABSE invites you to this special event. The Scientific Committee will invite a balance of keynote speakers and experts from engineering and academic societies, in order to discuss and share practical ways forward in this area by providing single or limited numbers of parallel sessions for the sake of concentration. This attempt is encouraged by the IABSE’s new strategy of hosting problem-focused events. The organizers hope to derive a Seoul 2020 Agenda for ‘risk intelligence of infrastructures’ through this conference. We are looking forward to your interest and support.



About The Organisers


The Korean Group of IABSE chaired by Prof. Ho-Kyung Kim together with Seoul National University, the Insitute of Bridge & Structural Engineers, and  the Korea Bridge Design & Engineering Research Centre are organising the IABSE Conference Seoul 2020. The Organising Committee is chaired Chair of Organizing Committee Dr. Woo-Jong Kim, DM Engineering.




Secretary: Prof. Wonsuk Park (Mokpo National University)


Korean Institute of Bridge and Structural Engineers (KIBSE)
#1003, Sejong Building 25
Gwanak-ro 13-gil, Gwanak-gu
Seoul, 08787

Tel: +82 2 871 8395




Organising Committee

to be listed.






Seoul, Soul of Korea


Centre of politics, economy, and culture for six centuries.
Seoul is a historically cultural city, and has served as the capital of Korea for more than 600 years. It is a metropolis with a population of more than 10 million. Being one of the world’s largest and most advanced cities, Seoul serves as the political, economic, and educational hub of Korea. The city lies in a natural basin surrounded by a series of mountains and hills, and its grandeur and magnificent scenic beauty makes it one of the most attractive metropolitan cities of the world. Aside from enjoying a bustling pace of life and modern architecture, the residents of Seoul take great pride in a number of invaluable cultural assets that showcase the city's long history. (


Gwanghwamun                                                         Han River



The conference venue will be the Convention Center of the Hoam Faculty House located at Seoul National University. Direct limousine bus services between the Incheon Airport and the Hoam Faculty House (duration: about 1.5 hrs) are available in intervals of approximately 30 minutes.


Grand Room, Convention Center                                   Hoam Faculty House


General Programme

To facilitate problem-oriented in-depth discussions, main topics will be discussed in organised sessions, which will be combined with general and poster sessions over two days. The organised session will be opened by a keynote lecture, which will be followed by presentations from experts. Before the Closing Ceremony, a special session will be provided to wrap up the presentations and discussions.


Social Programme

A Welcome Reception will be held on November 8, 2020 and the Conference Dinner on November 9, 2020.




Accommodation is available at the conference venue, the Hoam Faculty House. Participants can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with a view of the Gwanak Mountain. Alternative accommodations are available in downtown areas with access to public transportation.