September 2 to 3, 2019, the IABSE Annual Meetings were held prior to the IABSE Congress, at the Silman’s Office—located right next to the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC. Over 134 committee members came to participate from all over the world. Although Sept. 2, was a public holiday in the US, Silman’s office wasn’t empty at all —every meeting room was packed with enthusiastic IABSE members, who had flown in from all over the world to take part in the IABSE Annual Meetings!
Committees, Commissions, Task Groups and Board members greeted each other as friends and family members and commenced with their productive meetings to discuss the future contribution and activities of the association. On Tuesday afternoon, the Permanent Committee met and elected Jose Matos, Portugal as a new Vice President.
On September 4, 2019, over 700 structural engineers along with 47 accompanying persons from 48 different countries were welcomed at the Javits Center in New York City for the IABSE Congress 2019 New York. Celebrating IABSE’s 90th Year Anniversary, there was no better place to mark this milestone event than in New York City—home to some of the world’s most iconic structures. Under the theme “The Evolving Metropolis”, structural engineers were invited in the paraphrased words of Oliver Wendell Homes, the famous US Supreme Court Associate Justice from the early 1900s, “to stretch one’s mind to a new idea such that it never regains its original dimensions.”
The US Group of IABSE awarded two Young Engineer Paper Winners: Haipeng Lei, China for his paper "Simplified Interactive Flexure - Shear Design Method for Concrete Beams Based on Plastic Stress Field" and to Johanna Ruge, Germany for her paper "Models as Design Tools - Physical Models and Their Epistemic Value".
Read the complete article about IABSE's Annual Meetings and Congress Report, in the forthcoming SEI November issue.