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Message from the Organising Committee

                                                     Alp Caner
                                                               Chair, OC 
Mustafa Can Yücel
Vice Chair, OC


We extend to the world-wide community of all bridge and structural engineers our invitation to the IABSE Symposium 2023 in Istanbul. The two-day event will be followed by a technical tour to the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, currently the world’s longest central span of 2023 m, on April 28, 2023. The symposium will bring together the global bridge engineering fellowship to discuss the latest developments in design, construction, maintenance and health monitoring of long span bridges. More than 100 international speakers are expected to attend the symposium from different parts of the world to exchange opinions and experience represented by long span bridges.

The International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) is the principal host for the Symposium in collaboration with the Turkish National Group that will support the event. The Turkish National Group, Turkish Bridge and Structural Engineering has been founded in 1955 to promote high standards for every aspect of modern bridge engineering in the country. Since the beginning of its activities, it has also served as the Turkish Group for IABSE. The Association has provided an elevated professional forum for the national as well as the global community of bridge engineers. By offering a variety of channels for communication, members of the group can exchange professional and scholarly ideas and join international discussions platforms.

Objective and Scope

Design and construction of long span bridges has a long history of more than 200 years. The famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York has been built in early 1900’s and is still serving millions of people who live on either side of East River that it spans. Over the years a succession of record breaking main spans have been built in many parts of the world culminating in the completion of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge in western Turkey. Surely its span length record will be broken someday as engineers face greater challenges to build more impressive bridges to meet peoples’ increased needs.

The objective of the symposium is to identify differences in design and construction practices of long-span bridges built over the past 100 years. In this scope, new and older bridge designs, maintenance techniques, inspection methods, repair and rehabilitation techniques, seismic retrofit methods and use of digitalization in bridge engineering will be discussed.

Symposium Format

The event will set aside two days for technical presentations and a third day for the technical tour of the 1915 Canakkale Bridge.

Who should attend?

Academics, professional engineers, bridge owners and students should attend the many different events to discuss the challenges in long span bridges and meet their peers.

Organising Committee

Alp Caner (Chair)
Mustafa Can Yucel (Vice Chair)
Polat Gülkan
Bruno Briseghella
Stoyan Ivanov

Social Programme

Conference Dinner 

     Istanbul Dinner Boat Tour of Suspension Bridges (26 April 2023)


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