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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.


HPC/CIC in Tromsø, Norway


The HPC/CIC is a combination of two events that will be held in Tromsø, Norway: 11th HPC and 2nd CIC. The first will take place from 6 to 7 March 2017 and the second from 7 to 8 March. Delegates can participate at one or both events.

HPC focuses on High Performance Concrete. The term itself implies more than strength: it denotes concrete that performs exceptionally well, ranging from rheology in fresh state to durability both as material and in construction processes/structures. Esthetics and architectural expression are also central in HPC.

The 2nd Concrete Innovation Conference focuses on the needs expressed by both the industry and the society, such as energy saving, reduced CO2‐emission, resources use, efficient construction and higher performance to lower cost.

The main themes covered during these conferences are Environmental friendliness (sustainability), Buildability (efficient construction techniques), Structural performance and Service life.

An innovation contest will take place at the occasion of the HPC/CIC. It challenges the participants to present novel, but not limited to, innovative solutions that demonstrate how the concrete industry contributes to meet the future challenges of the society. The best solutions will be displayed for international media.

For more information, please visit the official website.


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 Peiretti 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.

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