Chilean Group of IABSE


Dr. Eng. Matias A. Valenzuela
Av. San Martin 1080, Depto 92 2520033 VINA DE MAR CHILE


Dr. Hernan Andres Pinto
Avda. Brasil 2147 VALPARAISO Valparaiso CHILE

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The recently formed Chilean National Group, under the chairmanship of Matias Valenzuela, has been very active this year and has similar plans for next year too. The Chilean NG organised three technical meetings this year: (1) In July, a Technical Course "Bridge Inspection - TU COST 1406", organised with the support of European Team, with a lecture given by leading engineer Amir Kedar. This training course considered the ‘Performance Indicators and Quality Control applied on Seminario Bridge (Chile)’, and was followed by a meeting for IABSE Task Group 5.2. (2) In July, another Technical Construction Workshop on “Expansion Joints”, took place with the support of the Ministry of Public Works and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and finally (3) in August, the II Maintenance Seminar focusing on ‘Management Systems and Forensic Engineering’ was organised with the support of the National Bridge Committee and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Other activities that were also recently organised or are in preparation for 2020 include: (1) In Oct, 1, 2019, Santiago, Chile: A Seminar on “Timber Bridges” focussing on ‘Code Design and Pathologies’, organised with the support of SEC and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (2) in January 14, 2020, Santiago, Chile: A Workshop on “Railway Bridges” which is planned to be an exchange meeting with the owner of the Railway infrastructure. The Chilean NG is working hard for its most important activity planned for next year (3) in November 25-28, 2020, to be held in Viña del Mar, Chile, “The III Bridge Congress on Design, Construction and Maintenance”, which will have a special session on IABSE. Download the brochure..

August 21-22 - Latin American Seminar on ‘Bridge Engineering Design, Construction, and Maintenance’ is planned for August 21-22, 2018 at the Centre for Advanced Studies and Extension, CEA PUCV, Santiago, Chile. This Seminar will be jointly organized by the Chilean IABSE Group, and others. For further details please contact Chair, Chilean Group Matias Valenzuela at: matias.valenzuela(at) Scope: This meeting allows to strengthen ties and academic - professional development in this area with the countries of our region, promoting their participation in: design, construction and maintenance, of bridges. The bridges engineering professionals of Latin America are invited to send their proposals of this topics. The Seminar is aimed at presenting the state of the art of bridge engineering and research of each country participating in the subject, ending with a workshop to analyze future lines of collaboration and regional development.

Foundation Chilean Group of IABSE
IABSE welcomes the Chilean Group founded on Oct. 17, 2017 in Santiago. Members in Chile met for the first time to attend their Founding meeting and elected as Chair Matías A. Valenzuela. The Group has established its mission, vision and strategy. The Group plans to strengthen the collaboration among members of IABSE in Chile and the National Bridge Committee, including promotion of IABSE activities, publications, and knowledge repository to Chilean civil engineers, more..