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2022

 

News from the French Group of IABSE (AWARDS)

 

Albert Caquot Prize awarded to Akio KASUGA: 

 

The NG of IABSE represented in France by AFGC (French Association of Civil Engineering) has just awarded its Albert Caquot Prize which rewards an engineer for his entire career, in particular for his scientific and technical work and for his projects and achievements, but also for his moral qualities and his influence in the construction world. This prize is awarded every other year to a French engineer and the other year to a foreign engineer. For the year 2021,  the Albert Caquot Prize was awarded during the General Assembly of AFGC on the 24th of March 2022 to Akio KASUGA of Sumitomo Mitsui Construction and was awarded by Bruno GODART (AFGC President) and Michel Moussard (chairman of the International Affairs Committee of AFGC).

 

Michel Moussard (left) and Bruno Godart (right) awarding the Albert Caquot Prize and Medal to Akio KASUGA, on March 24, 2022.

 

Presentation of Akio KASUGA by Michel Moussard:

 

Akio Kasuga has devoted his entire career to structural engineering, particularly the design and construction of bridges. After graduating with a doctorate in engineering from Kyushu University, he joined Sumitomo Construction in Tokyo in 1979 as a junior design engineer, and rose through the ranks to his current position as executive vice president and Chief Technology Officer. From the start of his professional life, he has always had a strong interest in innovation through research and development. In 1990, he played a key role in the design and construction in Japan of the first extradosed bridge ever built, the Odawara Blueway Bridge Project, in Kanagawa based on a concept presented by the French engineer Jacques Mathivat in the FIP notes. Since that first important achievement, its activity has always been devoted to optimization and innovative design, both through research and development and through design and construction. Akio Kasuga notably contributed to the development in Japan of another French invention: corrugated steel webs, a concept introduced by Pierre Thivans in the 1980s, still within the very creative design office of Campenon-Bernard. More recently, he has developed the “butterfly web” concept, a type of openwork web in fiber-reinforced prestressed concrete without reinforcement, and a non-metallic bridge concept with cement-free concrete, in order to meet the challenge of sustainability. His whole research activity led him to file more than 80 patents in the field of bridge engineering. He has also taken on a number of responsibilities within our professional community: as a lecturer at the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Nagoya University, Kyusyu University, etc. with the publication of a large number of technical papers, and as a long-time active member of the fib, of which he is now president.”

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odawara Blueway Bridge (1994)   (Photo Akio Kasuga)

 

The Seiun Bridge (2004)   (Photo Akio Kasuga)

 

Awarding of AFGC Prizes:

 

During the General Assembly, the French NG of IABSE and AFGC have also awarded the “AFGC Prize” intended to reward one or more engineers, researchers, academics or competent personalities for the achievement of a remarkable work in the scientific, technical or operational field. This Prize was awarded to: Véronique Bouteiller (Gustave Eiffel University);  Mathieu ARQUIER (STRAINS); Guillaume DANAN (EGIS); Adélaïde FERAILLE-FRESNET (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées).

 

Conference on the construction of off-shore wind turbines: This awarding of prizes was preceded by a conference on the construction of off-shore wind turbines in France by two engineers of EDF Renewable Energies: Stéphane BESNARD, Chief of the Department of marine;  structures and geosciences; Dalal HANI TAGHIA, Senior engineer for offshore structures.

 

New President of AFGC:

 

Claude Le Quéré, the new president of AFGC

 

The board of directors of the French Association of Civil Engineering elected on April 5, 2022 its new president  Claude LE QUERE for a four-year term. She succeeds to Bruno Godart who is retired from Gustave Eiffel University and who wanted to “pass on the baton”, after two terms and 8 years as President. Claude Le Quéré, a former student of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, began her career at SETRA and then joined EGIS in 2010 where she is currently Director of the Structures Department.

 

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2021

 

Webinar on 14 October:

 

Presentation of the SED n°17 on Extradosed Bridges by the French Group of IABSE


Thierry Duclos and Serge Montens, members of the French Group of IABSE, and who were part of the IABSE working group that wrote the SED n°17 on Extradosed bridges, presented this document during a webinar organised by the French Group and AFGC (French Association of Civil Engineering). They presented the chapters of the SED : Generalities - including a history, conceptual study, analysis, structural study: the Japanese experience, extruded cable technology, construction, costs, data and examples. 

 

They reminded that the conceptual idea of this type of bridge was formulated by Jacques Mathivat in 1987, and that in France there are 2 extradosed bridges built:the St-Rémy de Maurienne bridge on A 43 and the "Rivière Trois Bassins" bridge in the island of La Réunion.
This webinar attracted about fifty persons who asked many questions.

 

Technical Days 2021

 

The AFGC and French Group of IABSE are organizing their Technical Days from 8 to 9 June 2021 " Civil Engineering facing the challenge of green growth" as an on-line event. Download the Programme..

 

GC’2021 technical days of the AFGC

 

On the 8 & 9 June of 2021, the French Group of IABSE represented in France by AFGC, the French Association of Civil Engineering, organized the GC’2021 technical days of the AFGC which are held every 2 years. This year, the theme of our days was “Civil Engineering facing the challenge of green growth”. OECD defines the green growth with the objective of fostering economic growth and development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the environmental resources and services upon which our well-being depends.

For the first time, these technical days were organized online. The 45 selected conferences were divided into 7 sessions which dealt respectively with:

1. Life cycle analysis, environmental impact and biodiversity,

2. Circular economy, recycling, optimization and valorization

3.  The national research project FASTCARB on the Accelerated Carbonation of Recycled Concrete Aggregates

4. The national research project PERFDUB on the performance-based approach to the durability of concrete structures

5. Innovation

6. Durability of structures, monitoring and maintenance

7.  "Posters" session.

These technical days were introduced by a Keynote lecture delivered by Dominique BIDOU on the subject «  From the factor 4 to the green growth ».

A little more than 100 participants were present each day and could ask questions to the speakers.

 

News from the French Group of IABSE (AWARDS)

 

The NG of IABSE represented in France by AFGC (Fench Association of Civil Engineering) has just awarded its Albert Caquot Prize which rewards an engineer for his entire career, in particular for his scientific and technical work and for his projects and achievements, but also for his moral qualities and his influence in the construction world. This prize was awarded to Claude BESSIERE of the INGEROP Company.

 

Presentation by Bruno Godart (NG chair) of the Albert Caquot Prize and Medal to Claude Bessière on March 16, 2021.

 

The NG of IABSE and AFGC have also just awarded its “AFGC Prize” intended to reward one or more engineers, researchers, academics or competent personalities for the achievement of a remarkable work in the scientific, technical or operational field. In 2021, this Prize was awarded to Sylvain Chataigner from Gustave Eiffel University, Denis Davi from Cerema and Aurélie Vivier from Systra Consulting and Engineering, this latter having published a paper in a recent issue of SEI on the difficulties on earthquake design due to standards limits on an extensive offshore bridge, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway in Kuwait .

 

For the first time, the French NG and the Youth Commission of the AFGC have created, with the support of the Association of Civil Engineering Universities (AUGC), a "Young AFGC Award 2021" competition. The objective is to promote the civil engineering profession among students, technicians and engineers under the age of 35. Last May, the candidates pitched in front of a jury comprised of around ten personalities from the field of civil engineering: professionals, scientists, teachers, researchers, in the presence of Michel Virlogeux.

The award ceremony to the winners will take place next September.

• The first “Young Engineer Prize” was awarded to Loriana Pace for leading the rehabilitation work of the Kennedy Corniche in Marseille;

• The second ex-aequo “Young Engineer Prize”  were awarded to Arnaud Bouard for the design and construction of the Viaduct over the Mayenne, and to Mariano Ferrari for the construction of fiber-reinforced concrete segments for one of the tunnels of the Grand metro of Paris.

• The “Student” award went to Florian Oulhen (19 years old) for the creation of configurators of prefabricated concrete products in a BIM.

 

Loriana PACE

 


2020

Young Engineers Colloquium 2020 - YEC2020 – October 23rd of 2020 - ONLINE

On the 23rd of October 2020, the Belgian, French and Dutch National Groups of IABSE jointly organized their Young Engineers Colloquium 2020 (YEC2020) in an ONLINE edition. After a successful first colloquium in March 2019, the Belgian and Dutch Group invited the French National group to join for this second edition as initially planned on the 13 and 14th of March 2020 in Brussels. However, The COVID-19 virus forced the organizers to look for alternatives and finally on the 23rd of October, a successful ONLINE edition was hold. YEC2020 is especially meant for young engineers to exchange knowledge internationally, with the focus on Belgium, France and the Netherlands. This colloquium offered young engineers the opportunity to present their interesting research, engineering or construction projects to an audience of fellow engineers from the structural engineering sector. The event was sponsored by 7 Belgian and Dutch sponsors and attended by 43 participants.
Download the report.         Download the photos.

 


March 13-14 - Young Engineers Colloquium (YEC2020)

Factory Forty, Brussels, Belgium

IABSE's three National Groups are looking forward to receiving interesting project descriptions from young engineers under 35 years of age (born 1984 or later). Please submit/inform young engineers to submit a two-page paper in English by 14 February 2020 to YEC2020@iabse.be. Further information: Click Here..