Press Release

August 31, 2018

 41st IABSE Symposium Guimãraes, Portugal, March 27-29, 2018
‘Towards a Resilient Built Environment - Risk and Asset Management’

The IABSE Symposium Guimarães 2019 ‘Towards a Resilient Built Environment - Risk and Asset Management’ will be held on March 27-29, 2019. The Symposium aims at providing an international forum for the debate on—among others, issues such as the sustainability of the built environment, risk assessment and asset management in infrastructures. In addition to Future Trends, the Symposium shall focus on cutting-edge issues, such as: Novel Management Tools for the Built Environment, Lifecycle Quality Control of Infrastructures, Advanced Frameworks for a Sustainable Built Environment and Risk Analysis Procedures. The Symposium is thus targeted at attendees from different stakeholders, respectively, from academia to industry.

Besides the Symposium activities and technical visits; pleasant social programmes have been organised to enjoy the historic city of Guimarães—which was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2001. Preceding this Symposium, the final conference of COST Action TU 1406 on ‘Quality specifications for roadway bridges, standardisation at a European level’ (, shall also be held from March 25-26, 2019.

Keynote Speakers

How will ‘Digital Technology’ change asset management in the railways?
Andy Doherty, Chief Technology Officer, for Network Rail, UK

Risk and Resilience of Civil Infrastructure Systems under extreme events
Mitsuyoshi Akiyama, Professor of Civil Engineering at Waseda University, Japan

Digital Construction: Building the present—creating the future, changing the way we create our built environment
Menno de Jonge, Director Digital Construction of Royal BAM Group, The Netherlands

We need more accurate and more useful environmental assessment of infrastructure
Arpad Horvath, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, USA

Bridges and Structures: Design Practice and New Trends
António Reis, Professor of Bridges and Structural Engineering at the University of Lisbon, Technical Director of GRID International Consulting Engineers S.A., Portugal

Themes and Topics 

      1. Novel management tools for the built environment
      2. Lifecycle quality control of new and existing infrastructures
      3. Advanced frameworks for a sustainable built environment
      4. Risk analysis procedures, from theory to practice
      5. Future trends in structural engineering

Topics are related, but not restricted, to important issues as the sustainability of the built environment, risk assessment and asset management in infrastructures.

Young Engineers 

Young Engineers Award
Participants born in/after 01/01/1985, may benefit from a reduced registration fee. Any principal author registered as a Young Engineer, who personally presents his or her paper at the Symposium, will be considered for recognition by a jury, who will select two best contributions (oral or poster) which will each receive a prize.

During the Symposium, a competition aimed at promoting the development of new ideas (e.g. innovative products, materials, techniques, software, services, etc.) applied to the structural engineering will take place. Symposium participants can take part in this competition according to the rules, listed on the conference website.

IABSE Happy Hour 
An icebreaker challenging game bringing together two generations, Young and Senior Engineers shall also take place, composed of groups of six participants randomly selected at the registration stage. The event will be held at the Cloisters of the Alberto Sampaio Museum and shall include a structural engineering quiz with an interactive platform, ambient music, and cocktail. Awards will be granted to the best performance.

Technical Visits
      A. The Municipal (football) Stadium of Braga
      B. The Porto Cruise Terminal

  Important Information:
  Topic: Towards a Resilient Built Environment - Risk and Asset Management
  Date: March 27 - 29, 2019
  Venue: Villa for Cultural Centre, Avenida D. Afonso Henriques, 7014810-431 Guimarães, Portugal
  Download Final Invitation:
  EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEES offered until December 15, 2018
Sponsorship and Exhibition info.:

About IABSE - International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
Founded in 1929, operates on a worldwide basis and deals with all aspects of planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of civil engineering structures. The mission of IABSE is to exchange knowledge and to advance the practice of structural engineering worldwide in the service of the profession and society. To fulfil its mission, IABSE organises conferences and the owner of high quality journal, Structural Engineering International (SEI); publishes books reflecting the work of its Technical Groups; creates Task Groups, as required by new needs and technological progress; offers activities within National Groups of IABSE; supports Young Engineers with a programme, and presents annual Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements in structural engineering.

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For more information, please contact: 
Brindarica Bose
Publications and Communications Manager 
IABSE c/o ETH Zurich
Hoenggerberg HIL E21.3 
8049 Zurich 

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