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fib YMG meeting


The fib’s first International Young Members Meeting will take place from 21 to 23 April 2017 in Madrid, Spain. It is organised by ACHE’s fib Spanish Young Members Group.

Registration is now open (see flyer). Young engineers from every country are encouraged to participate in order to increase their international network. 

The workshop will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017. The programme includes talks by important fib members – fib President Hugo Corres Peiretti, fib Presidium member Dr Akio Kasuga, and fib’s Secretary General David Fernández-Ordóñez – as well as YMG presentations for Spain, Norway, UK, Netherlands, Hungary and Serbia and a technical visit at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. 

For more information, please refer to the official flyer:





Congratulations to Randall W. Poston



fib member Randall W. Poston, Ph.D., P.E., S.E. has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr Poston is a structural engineering consultant in Austin, Texas and currently serves on fib Commission 5, Reinforcements. His expertise includes investigation of structural failures, evaluation of corrosion of steel in concrete, structural concrete repair and strengthening design, and nondestructive testing of structures.

In describing Dr Poston's inclusion in the 2017 class, the NAE cited his development of diagnostic and repair technologies for concrete structures and leadership in concrete building code development. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer in the U.S. Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/ implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

An internationally recognised expert in structural engineering, Dr Poston has established himself as one of the preeminent structural consultants in the United States. Dr Poston has authored and delivered hundreds of papers and presentations related to the structural engineering industry and championed the repair of existing structures for upwards of 30 years.

As past Chair of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 318 Structural Building Code (2008-2014), Dr Poston oversaw a monumental effort to completely reorganise the concrete code, the first undertaking of its kind in the history of ACI. In 2014, he was recognised for his efforts by ACI with the Henry L. Kennedy Award for "...outstanding technical and administrative leadership in guiding ACI Committee 318 through the arduous and largely unique process of reorganising the ACI Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete." The same year, one of his repair projects, Courthouse Square Complex Renovation, received the International Concrete Repair Institute’s Award of Excellence. This marked consecutive years of receiving the award, as the Houston Hobby Airport Parking Structure was honoured in 2013. Other past projects led by Dr Poston that received recognition include the Champion International Parking Structure Repair in Stamford, CT (2000 ICRI Award of Excellence), Marina del Rey Sea Wall Repair in Los Angeles (2002 ICRI Project of the Year), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Exterior Restoration Project in New York (2009 ICRI Award of Excellence).

Dr Poston earned a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 1984, a Master of Science in Structural Engineering in 1980, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, With Highest Honours, in 1978, all from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2014, Dr Poston was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering. This followed being elected to the Academy of Distinguished Graduates at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering in 2008.


2017 fib Presidium



The fib is pleased to present its new Presidium members. Prof Hugo Corres Peiretti (Spain) of FHECOR Ingenieros Consultores will be president of the fib from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018.

Mr Tor Ole Olsen (Norway) of Dr. techn. Olav Olsen will be deputy president for the same period.

The immediate past president until December 2018 is Prof Harald S. Müller (Germany) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

The four elected members are Prof Josée Bastien (Canada) of the University of Laval, Ms Iria Doniak (Brazil) of ABCIC, Dr Akio Kasuga (Japan) of Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co Ltd and Prof Aurelio Muttoni (Switzerland) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

The co-opted members for a period of two years are Prof Marco di Prisco (Italy) of the Politecnico di Milano, and Mr Larbi Sennour (USA) of The Consulting Engineers Gr., Inc.

Prof Frank Dehn (Germany) of MFPA Leipzig GmbH, and Prof Stephen Foster of the University of South Wales, Australia are the Deputy Chairs of the Technical Council until 31 December 2018.

The fib would like to thank Mr Gordon Clark of Ramboll for his dedication as Immediate Past President and for his present commitment with the fib as Commission 10 “Model Codes” Chairperson.


Congratulations to Koji Sakai


Koji Sakai

The fib congratulates long-time fib member, former fib Presidium member and fib Medal of Merit recipient Prof Koji Sakai on becoming an ACI Honorary Member. Prof Sakai received this honour “for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the global concrete community, including his highly successful efforts to launch a global and collaborative dialogue on the environmental considerations related to the design and construction of concrete”.

Prof. Koji Sakai completed his Master degree and PhD at Hokkaido University, where he later worked as a research associate as well as associate professor. He became full Professor in 1998 at Kagawa University. He retired from Kagawa University in March 2014 and founded the Japan Sustainability Institute in Sapporo, Japan.

His most recent professional activities include the chairing of fib Commission 3 “Environmental aspects of design and construction” from 2002 to 2010 and the founding of the ACI Concrete Sustainability Forum in 2008. He is also the chair of the ISO technical committee TC71 SC8 (Environmental management for concrete and concrete structures), which he founded in 2007. More recently, in 2013, he founded a new fib International Conference on Concrete Sustainability (ICCS), the third of which will be held in Prague in 2020.

Prof Sakai’s other awards include Yoshida Prize, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (1997), CONSEC’04 Distinguished Award (2004), the Meritorious Deed Prize, awarded by the Japan Concrete Institute (2005), and the CANMET/ACI Award (2006).



fib Symposium in Maastricht


Logo fibsymposium2017.jpegfib Symposia are excellent occasions to share knowledge on the latest international developments in concrete and concrete structures. This edition of fib Symposium presents several innovative changes to appeal to a larger audience, namely practice professionals and students.

Practice professionals (designers, engineers, architects, project leaders, etc.) will be able to take part in the Symposium through project presentations. Those interested may discuss a difficult project they undertook or are currently working on with a short presentation and photos/design drawings to share the challenges they met and the solutions they applied.

The students will be able to get involved in the Symposium. The international student competition S-CO2DE CO2DE (Sustainable COncrete COnstruction DEsign) will take place during the symposium. Participants are challenged to find means to improve the sustainability of concrete structures. They can address material issues, structural concerns or any other level, such as manufacturing or exploitation of concrete structures. The teams will introduce their ideas through a short film and a poster that will be shown at the exhibition of the symposium. The winners will be announced during the Symposium. 

Early bird registration is available until 1 March 2017. For more information, please visit the official website.

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