Upcoming IABSE Webinars
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Upcoming Webinars:


Duo-IABSE webinar: Bridge Collapses - Lessons Learnt

(A Bridge between Academia and Profession)


Date: 12 November (Friday), 2021, 15-16.30 hrs (CET).

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After registering you shall receive the Zoom meeting link, before the webinar.



Camillo Nuti, full professor at Roma Tre University in Italy,  was a member of the technical commission appointed by the government after the collapse of the Polcevera Bridge, He followed in detail the investigations in the first month after the event. 


Jonathan McGormley, principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in UShas been involved in multiple bridge failure investigations with an emphasis on fatigue and fracture issues.



Maria Pina Limongelli, Politecnico di Milano, Dept. of Architecture, Built Environment and Construc. Eng., PhD, Assoc. Prof.


Salvatore Di Bernardo,  is the president of Ciorba Group a US based transportation company with a specialty in bridge inspection, asset management and design .


Failures of structures are often tragic events, but they also represent opportunities to improve our understanding. The collapse of the Polcevera Bridge, Riccardo Morandi’s masterpiece, inaugurated in 1967, was a shock for Italian Engineering and an immeasurable tragedy that involved human losses as well as the substantial direct and indirect cost associated.


What can we learn from these tragedies?


The failure of a bridge often focuses the nation’s attention on the state of our existing bridges and triggers discussions on infrastructure: design, inspection and management, environmental impact. Investigations of bridge failures occurred in US in the last 40 years have shown that, interestingly, fatigue and brittle fracture have not led to the collapse of bridges that are often due to other causes. In Italy a strong impulse, at governmental as well as professional level, came from consciousness of the importance of knowledge of detection of deterioration of infrastructures and introduction of tools to deal with such items.

In this webinar the recent history of some catastrophic failures of bridges will be reviewed, to see what lessons can be learned and to assess the role that maintenance and inspection procedures may have played in these events.


Duo-IABSE webinars: a bridge between academia and profession


The Duo-IABSE webinars is an initiative of TG1.9 of IABSE Commission 1, aimed to provide a forum  for the presentation and discussion of hot topics related to bridge and structural engineering. An academic and a practitioner, experts on the theme, will be invited to present and discuss it from the perspective of the academia and of the profession. Questions from the public will provide the chance to further widen the forum.



16 November 2021: Webinar (in German), organised by the Austrian Group of IABSE


Topic: Linienkreuz U2xU5 – „Ein Mehrwert für Wien“

U2xU5 line interchange - "An added value for Vienna".

Registration Link: Click Here.

Time: 13-14 hrs (CET).


Speaker: Dipl.-Ing. Martin Hrunek, Wiener Linien, Abteilungsleiter B67 – Ingenieurbau und Großprojekte/Management, Head of Department B67 - Civil Engineering and High-Volume Projects/Management.

Moderators: Alfred Strauss, Alois Vorwagner, Roman Geier and Efi Apostolidi


Mit der U-Bahnbaustelle U2xU5 startet das wichtigste Öffi-Projekt in Wien seit dem Spatenstich für die U1 vor fünfzig Jahren. Gleich zwei U-Bahn-Projekte werden dabei auf einmal realisiert. Die Bauarbeiten im Herzen Wiens sowie der Umbau von Bestandsbauwerken stellen dabei eine spannende Herausforderung bei der Umsetzung des Projektes dar, in die Herr Dipl.-Ing. Hrunek in diesem Webinar einen Einblick gewährt. Der Vortrag findet in Deutsch statt.


The U2xU5 underground construction site marks the start of the most important public transport project in Vienna since the groundbreaking ceremony for the U1 fifty years ago. Two underground projects are being realized at once. The construction work in the heart of Vienna and the conversion of existing buildings represent an exciting challenge in the implementation of the project, which Dipl.-Ing. Hrunek will provide an insight into in this webinar. The webinar will be held in German.




Nov.-Dec.2021 Online Course (in German) provided by the Austrian Group of IABSE (registration required, with fees):


Under the guidance of Prof. Rainer Flesch, an online course on "Structurals Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering for Practical Use" will be offered by Austrian Standards in November and December 2021 (in German only). Other lecturers are: Prof. Peter Bauer, Werkraum Ingenieure ZT GmbH; Robert Veit -Egerer and Lukas Moschen, FCP/VCE ZT GmbH; Benedikt Tappauf, tappauf.consultans Gmbh; Branko Rusnov, engineering consultant for civil engineering; Michael Reiterer, REVOTEC ZT GmbH; Karoline Alten, Marian Ralbovsky and Alois Vorwagner, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH.

ontent of the course:


The analysis and assessment of buildings and infrastructure structures subjected to structural dynamic loads is gaining importance with the increasing demands on structures as well as natural disasters. Additional loads due to wind or architectural trends towards slender or tall structures influence the building behavior and can lead to building defects and building damage if designed incorrectly. Earthquakes with significant destructive potential are fortunately rare in Austria. In most cases, the damage is minor, but there are regions with zone classification 4. In such areas, buildings may be destroyed or severely damaged.


This course will focus on how to calculate the building dynamics correctly and how to plan and build according to EN 1998.

The course will take place in blocks in November and December 2021, the course language is German. For more details, course program and registration, please visit the website of Austrian Standards plus GmbH: https://austrianstandards.swoogo.com/705967