Jacques Combault, France

The Executive Committee of IABSE has awarded Honorary Membership to Jacques Combault, France. The Award was presented at the Permanent Committee meeting on September 19, 2011, “in high appreciation of his outstanding and dedicated services to the Association”.

Jacques Combault, earned his Masters in engineering from the École centrale de Lyon, France in 1967. He subsequently worked with the company Campenon Bernard until 1993. For more than 20 years, he was a key designer and technical director of Vinci, where he provided major innovations in the fields of pre-fabricated concrete and steel–concrete composite bridges. Jacques Combault has taught at the Centre des hautes études de la construction, the École nationale des travaux publics, the École supérieure des travaux publics, and at the École nationale des ponts et chaussées since 1988. Today he works as a technical advisor and is Technical Director of Finley Engineering Group, Florida, USA. He has played a major role in the construction and design of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa, the Brotonne Bridge over the Seine, the Rion-Antirion Bridge, Greece, and the world’s longest cable-stayed span, the Sutong Bridge, China. Among several honours, he was awarded the fib Medal of Merit in 2004, and named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2009 by the French President on the recommendation of the French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development, and Land Management. Since joining IABSE in 1987, Jacques Combault has always been very active within the Association. He has been a Member of many Scientific and Organising Committees for IABSE Conferences and is currently a Scientific Committee Member for the 2012 IABSE Conference in Cairo. He was Chair of Working Commission 3 on ‘Concrete Structures’ (1993 -2001) and Member of the Technical Committee of IABSE (1997–2001). First Vice-President of IABSE from 2011-2006, he then became President of IABSE from 2007-2010 and Member of the IABSE Administrative Committee. Under his presidency he consolidated the attractiveness and visibility of IABSE through the higher involvement of National Groups and Young Engineers. Under his presidency the By-laws were amended in 2008 and following conferences were held: the Helsinki Conference 2008, the Chicago Congress 2008, the Bangkok Symposium 2009, the China Workshop and Bridge Tour 2009 , the Dubrovnik Conference and the Venice Symposium 2010.