IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 (ePDF)

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IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 – Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs

Themes and Topics

Anticipated sub-themes are amongst others:

  • Structural safety and reliability with respect to climate change
  • Circularity, re-use and sustainability of structures
  • Emission free building of structures

Description

IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 – Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs
22-24 September 2021, Ghent, Belgium

The Scientific Committee of the IABSE Congress Ghent 2021 is pleased to offer the structural engineering
community an interesting technical programme to discuss and contribute to the theme ‘Structural
Engineering for Future Societal Needs’. Future societal needs comprise building and maintaining safe and
reliable buildings and infrastructures while coping with the effects of climate change in a world with scarcer
resources and satisfying the ambition to reduce mankind’s CO2 footprint.
Sub-themes are therefore amongst others:

    • Structural safety and reliability with respect to climate change
    • Circularity, re-use and sustainability of structures
    • Emission free building of structures

Our call for sub-themes resulted in four interesting special sub-themes connected to the main Congress theme:

  • Enhancing resilience of civil infrastructure to hurricane and thunderstorm hazards under changing climate
  • Structural bearings and anti-seismic devices: innovation, standards and
    testing requirements
  • Towards extending the service life of existing concrete infrastructure
    through advanced assessment methods
  • Concepts and methods for the performance assessment of existing structures.

Besides these sub-themes, also the following ones are part of the programme: All types of bridges, Large span structures, Light-weight
structures, High-rise buildings, All structural materials, Structural health monitoring, Design for earthquakes, Case studies, Failures and forensic engineering, Strengthening and retrofitting, Dynamics of structures, Innovative structures, Fatigue and fracture, Structural analysis and optimisation, Parametric design, Structural behaviour under fire conditions, Soil-structure Interaction, Exceptional loads on structures, Safety, reliability and risk, Architecture of structures, Additive manufacturing.

The Congress takes place online and all papers are presented orally, either pre-recorded or live, with discussion afterwards. All written papers submitted were peer-reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Apart from the opening session containing one keynote presentation, a keynote session containing two keynote presentations and the closing session containing one keynote presentation, there are
normal parallel sessions and a Pecha Kucha session. To accommodate all sessions and speakers, parallel sessions run online in 8 breakout rooms on the three main Congress days. Keynote Speakers introduce relevant topics to the Congress theme and/or give a state-of-the-art overview on these topics. We are pleased that four esteemed Keynote Speakers have confirmed to contribute to our Congress (See page 23).

The technical programme has attracted all those involved and interested in the state of the art and
the future of bridge and structural engineering. We received just over 400 abstracts which resulted in
about 270 papers to be presented. We can present an interesting technical programme and invite you
to contribute to this IABSE Congress and join us online.

Bert H.H. Snijder, Scientific Committee Chair, The Netherlands
Bart De Pauw, Scientific Committee Vice-Chair, Belgium