Structural Engineering for Future Societal Needs


Assessment, Upgrading and Refurbishment of Infrastructures

There are many reasons for challenging the engineering society for proposing and developing methods, tools, solutions and ways for implementing the refurbishment and modernisation of infrastructure. Among them are the need to assure functioning of the infrastructure during the necessary upgrade, the limited financial means, the heritage value, the use of new materials, the confinement of space and most certainly the reliable assessment of the condition and load-carrying capacity of structures. This is why there is such a large variety of concepts and systems in this field, which constitutes an excellent theme for a conference. The Dutch and Belgian Groups of IABSE have pleasure in having organised the Rotterdam Conference 2013, which promises to be an exciting event. The programme includes 6 keynote presentations on the selected themes and more than 260 oral presentations from over 46 countries.

After our first successful joint event, the IABSE Antwerp Symposium 2003, we once again are joining efforts in organising this conference, which will now take place at the conference centre ‘De Doelen’ at the centre of Rotterdam and is easily reached by public transportation. May is the flowering season in the fields of Holland and many historic centres are nearby. Besides the technical programme, the conference offers you a variety of activities, such as an exhibition, technical excursions, social programme, etc. The backing by sponsors, cosponsors, supporting organisations and the Recommending Committee makes it possible to give all participants a warm welcome.

Structures for high-speed railway transportation

The objective of the Symposium was to provide a forum for scientists, designers and contractors from around the world to meet and discuss current and future practice and research on issues related to high-speed railway transportation, and also to exchange ideas on future structural solutions. This objective was successfully met, since the call for papers resulted in the submission of about 300 abstracts, from which 180 were accepted for preparation as papers.

The main Symposium themes were: bridges, tunnels, stations and buildings, geotechnics, track building, environmental issues, as well as monitoring and more general discussions. The first theme ‘Bridges’ was so successful that it had to be subdivided into three themes : bridges-general, bridges-dynamics and bridges-special topics.