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FRP short course to take place at Ghent University in January 2017


From 23 to 27 January, an FRP short course will take place at Ghent University.

Combining the advantages of high strength, light weight, easy application and outstanding durability characteristics, Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement technique has increased in popularity in the construction sector. Occupying a share of 17% of the global composites market, composites in construction have become one of its main sectors. In addition, FRP has gained recognition as non-traditional reinforcement and is entering mainstream design codes, such as fib Model Code 2010.

This course is a great occasion to examine both the design and the application of FRP reinforcement in new constructions as well as in rehabilitation. It is taught by acknowledged international experts in FRC. The aim of the course is to provide participants with specific knowledge and skills, allowing them to consider, design and apply systematically FRP reinforcement.

Several fib members will be speaking on this occasion. On the 23rd, Prof. György L. Balázs will discuss the Micromechanics of FRP, their constituent materials and their relationships. 

On the 24th, Dr. Christoph Czaderski will give a talk entitled: “Bond of FRP to concrete, material testing and QC of FRP”. For her part, Prof. Renata Kotynia will examine FRP prestressed applications. 

On the 25th, Prof. Stijn Matthys will discuss flexural strengthening design while Prof. Joaquim A. O. Barros will address shear strengthening design. In the afternoon, Prof. Thanasis Triantafillou will consider confinement and seismic retrofitting.

On the 26th, Prof. Lluis Torres will address FRP flexural reinforcement. For his part, Dr. Maurizio Guadagnini will consider FRP shear reinforcement and Prof. Valter Carvelli will discuss the durability of FRP reinforced concrete structural elements.

For more information, please visit the official website.


fib Model Code 2020 Workshop to take place in Cape Town


An fib Model Code 2020 workshop will take place in Cape Town on 24 November 2016.

Several fib members will be taking part in this event. Prof. Harald Müller will give the opening talk. Prof. Joost Walraven will give an introduction to fib Model Code 2010, highlighting the new developments that were incorporated in it. Prof. Vyatcheslav Falikman and Prof. Norbert Randl will then discuss future developments.

Dr. Stuart Matthews will then introduce the aspirations for fib MC2020. Prof. Giuseppe Mancini will discuss ways to advance the reliability concepts and models for existing concrete structures. Mr. Frank Papworth will address ways to advance the verification of durability of new and existing structures. Prof. Tamon Ueda will examine conservation and remedial work.

Prof. Hans Beushauen will address the issues with existing concrete structures in Africa. Prof. Walraven will then draw a technical roadmap for fib MC2020 and Mr. Gerrie Dieteren will outline the procedure for fib MC2020.

Prof. Hugo Corres Pereitti and Prof. Beushausen will conclude the workshop with overview remarks.


The fib Symposium “Performance-based approaches for concrete structures” will be held in Cape Town from 21 to 23 November 2016


Centro OvaleThe fib Symposium "Performance-based approaches for concrete structures" will be held in Cape Town from 21 to 23 November 2016.

On this occasion, several fib members will be giving keynote lectures. Prof. Jost Walraven (honorary president of the fib and COM9 deputy chair) will discuss the design of concrete structures according to the Model Code for Concrete structures 2010. Prof. Frank Dehn (Presidium member and COM4 chair) will examine performance-based approaches for mechanical concrete properties. Prof. Konrad Bergmeister (Head of Austrian delegation and convener to Task Group 2.8) will address safety and performance concepts for concrete structures. Dr. Christoph Müller (Task Group 7.5 member) will consider durability requirements for concrete, today and in the future.

Dr. Stuart Matthews (COM3 chair and Task Group 10.1 convener) will present a conference entitled "A new development in structural codes: towards a general code for both new and existing concrete structures". Prof. Petr Hajek (COM7 chair and convener to Task Group  7.1) will discuss sustainable concrete and sustainable concrete structures. Mr. Steinar Helland (COM4, 5, 8, and 9 member) will present a conference entitled: "Performance-based service life design in the 2020 version of the European concrete standards – Ambitions and challenges". Dr. David Fernández-Ordóñez (fib Secretary General and convener to Task Group 6.3) will address the performance of the structures with precast elements.

For more information, please visit the official website.


The fibUK will be holding its annual conference on developments in structural concrete under the theme: Smarter use of concrete.


The UK group of the International Federation for Structural Concrete aims to investigate smarter uses of concrete from three perspectives: (1) researchers setting out on a journey of discovery of improved concrete applications, (2) international fib commissions turning the state of the art research into industry-ready guidance, and (3) practitioners bringing innovation and best practice to their projects to achieve award-winning results.

At this occasion, several fib members will be speaking.

Akio Kasuga will present the recently published Bulletin 77 – “Corrugated-steel-web bridges” –, which offers a complete overview of the state of the art, including historical and technological background and many examples of these very special bridges.

Tor Ole Olsen will discuss floating structures, demonstrating the advantages they have over fixed structure in many cases and the way we can benefit from concrete marine structures. The future bulletin will provide guidance as to some aspects of design and construction that are specific to floating structures.

Hugo Corres Pereitti will introduce Task Group 6.5’s (precast concrete bridges) future bulletin, discussing conceptual design, continuity details of precast decks and the lateral instability of precast beams.

In the afternoon, Hugo Corres Pereitti will be reviewing high speed rail viaducts (examining conceptual design, detailed design and construction of different types of high speed rail viaducts), while Akio Kasuga will be discussing potential alternatives to non-metallic concrete bridges (i.e. fibre-reinforced concrete and aramid fibre tendon) in order to avoid corrosion and deterioration.

The conference will be held at the Institution of Structural Engineers in London on 16 November 2016. For more information, please visit the official website.


Short course on Precast Concrete in Krakow


Seiun BridgeThere will be a short course on Precast Concrete in Krakow and several members of the fib will be speaking on this occasion.

Stef Maas – Chair of fib Commission 6 and deputy for the fib's Belgian National Member Group – will be giving a lecture on planning and design of precast concrete structures and a presentation of the planned fib-bulletin about design of precast prestressed hollow core floors.

Barry Crisp – member of numerous Commission 6 Task Groups – will present a practical approach to precast buildings.

George Jones – Task Group "Precast concrete in tall buildings" convener – will discuss how to achieve benefits from precast concrete in taller buildings.

Ronald Klein-Holte – Task Group "Hollow core slabs" member – will present the future revision of EN1168: "Precast concrete products. Hollow core slabs".

David Fernández-Ordóñezfib Secretary General and Task Group "Sustainability of structures" convener – will discuss the sustainability of precast structures as well as the development of the Model Code 2020.

Wit Derkowski – Commission 6 Deputy Chair and Head of Delegation of fib's Poland National Member Group – will give the concluding talk of this short course.

The course will take place on 3 November 2016. For more information, the program is available here

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