Themes and Topics


Civil engineering is constantly innovating, and for several years this innovation has been oriented towards sustainable development. The ecological transition, which aims, in particular, at adapting transport and land planning, developing new sources of energy, preserving and restoring ecosystems, promoting the circular economy and less dependence on rare resources, already has many impacts on the design, construction and operation of civil engineering works. The development of megastructures and megaprojects are part of these impacts and need to be address in the light of our future.

The preservation of our build environment represents also a crucial aspect for the sustainability of our societies and we have to facilitate rational approaches and promote new trends for innovations in the field of assessment, conservation, rehabilitation, operation, and adaptation of structures. The Symposium will explore these topics for all types of structures, including buildings, bridges, civil engineering infrastructures and other important structures.


1- MEGASTRUCTURES: A RADICAL PARADIGM SHIFT OR SIMPLY A CHANGE OF SCALE?  
  • Arcology
  • Macro-engineering
  • Autonomous buildings
  • Bionic architecture
  • Earthship
  • Underground projects
  • Climate change adaptation and disaster resilience
 

 
2 - TODAY’S AND TOMORROW’S MEGASTRUCTURES AND MEGAPROJECTS
 
  • Megaprojects and risk
  • Megaprojects as economic stimulus program
  • Sea-crossing bridges and tunnels
  • High-speed railway structures
  • Tall buildings and structures
  • Large-scale sporting events
  • Floating structures
  • Power plants megaprojects
  • Historical megastructures
 
   
3- NEW TRENDS FOR INNOVATIONS IN THE CONSTRUCTION, THE PRESERVATION, THE EXPLOITATION AND THE UPGRADING OF STRUCTURES
 
  • High and very high-performance materials
  • Smart materials and structures
  • New methods of design
  • Performance Based Design
  • Reliability and risk
  • Long design lifetime
  • Design for durability
  • Design for robustness and resilience
  • Design against extreme and exceptional loading
  • Project delivery models
  • Innovative construction methods
  • Modular and pre-fabricated construction
  • Additive printing construction
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Forensic engineering
  • Structural control and monitoring
  • Strengthening and requalification of structures
  • Codes and guidelines
  • Management of structures
 
   
   

Eric Tabarly Bridge - Michel Royer-Muller