Mini Symposia

MS01 - Innovations and world leading research and practice in Bridge Management Systems

Bridge Management Systems are not only a software system that is a useful tool to help Road Authorities manage their bridge stock but it also describes the overall approach a Road Authority takes to manages its bridges including inspection, maintenance and testing. There are numerous software systems used across the world to assist with bridge management from bespoke systems developed by a Road Authority to commercial systems developed by consultants. There are even more sys tems from the perspective of how a Road Authority manages its bridge stock, many of which have developed over a number of decades. A major challenge that many countries and regions are facing is the integration of these systems into an overall national system to ensure optimisation of the entire network instead of having individual goals, objectives and priorities. This mini-symposium aims to bring together academics and practitioners to explore innovations and world leading research and practice in Bridge Management Systems.


MS02 - Innovative Methods in Strengthening of Concrete Bridges

Concrete bridges are being subjected to increasing demands such as: population growth, higher volumes of commuter and freight traffic and heavier vehicles. Further, environmental deterioration, damage and design defects all contribute to the rise of existing structures which require strengthening. Traditional bridge strengthening methods such as externally bonded steel plates, concrete and steel jacketing have largely been superseded by fiber reinforced polymers (FRP’s) due to their light weight, high tensile strength, resistance to corrosion and durability. There is currently a need for further studies into state of the-art bridge strengthening technologies and the aim of this session is to focus on the latest research, development and field applications in the area of strengthening of concrete bridges using FRP and other innovative technologies.


MS03 - Developments and trends in composite steel-concrete structures

Composite steel–concrete structures are widely used throughout the world in building and infrastructure applications. This SS aims to provide an overview of some of the recent research carried out in this field dealing with new structural systems, modelling techniques and design methodologies. In particular, attention will be devoted to the structural response of composite members and floor systems, innovative shear connection, serviceability limit state design, theoretical models and experimental studies.


MS04 - Strengthening, Monitoring and Life-cycle Assessment of Steel Bridges

There are a large number of metallic structures, such as railway and highway bridges and off-shore structures, which are aging because of fatigue and corrosion damages. The increasing service loads and harsh environmental conditions make these structures even more vulnerable. There is clearly a need for studies that aim to develop feasible retrofitting techniques for the strengthening of metallic members.

This mini-symposium will share new research results about static and fatigue strengthening of metallic structures using traditional and advanced materials and will provide a platform for re-searchers to discuss their research results and to enhance future collaborations in this topic.


MS05 - Advancements in performance assessment, monitoring, and management of bridges under fatigue deterioration

This special session will handle the recent advancements in performance assessment, monitoring, and life-cycle management techniques of bridges deteriorating under fatigue effects. Advanced methodologies for characterizing and quantifying the effect of fatigue on the structural performance of highway and railway bridges are emphasized. Approaches focusing on the application of non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring for damage diagnosis and prognosis under fatigue deterioration of bridges constructed from traditional and novel composite materials are of special interest. Papers dealing with life-cycle management issues including inspection, repair, retrofit, and maintenance optimization will also be part of this session.


MS06 - Footbridges: Advances in Vibration Serviceability Assessment

Recent decades have seen a significant increase in problems associated with the vibration serviceability of long slender footbridges. These problems stem from much-improved analysis and design rules, which result in highly-efficient structural forms. Unfortunately, our understanding of human-induced loading has not increased at the same rate, and so problems are observed with cutting-edge designs. Fortunately, the last decade or so has seen a tremendous increase in research attention, outputs, and knowledge dedicated to resolving this problem. The aims of this mini-symposium are to: (1) Provide a forum for further dissemination and discussion of research advances in the area; (2) Provide an outlet for industry case studies and best practices in footbridge vibration serviceability design, and; (3) Improve visibility of this specialized field amongst the wider bridge engineering community. Researchers in the field are encouraged to submit their work to this mini-symposium. Practitioners are particularly encouraged to share their case studies and best practice solutions also. Melbourne is a city of footbridges - an ideal venue for this informative mini-symposium.


MS07 - Recent Advances in Bridge Design and Construction

Bridge construction methods have evolved from traditional construction methods to more recently developed methods such as Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods to overcome many challenges that arise due to extended periods of construction and site constraints. Consequently, bridge design procedures and details are being evaluated and revised to accommodate the additional loads and other concerns that arise due to the specific bridge construction/replacement technology being implemented and/or site constraints. During past several years, many innovative approaches have been developed and implemented. This session will aggregate the state-of-the-art practices, lessons learned, performance, and research.


MS08 - Submerged Floating Tunnels and Underwater Tunnel: design, safety and maintenance issues

The Submerged Floating Tunnel (SFT) is an innovative infrastructure for water crossing, connecting shores while floating retained by appropriate systems below the water surface. SFT is an attractive solution, competing with traditional crossing techniques, due to economic and environmental advantages. However at present there are no SFT built in the World although the relevant technologies are well known, and widely employed, in fields like Oil & Gas, Marine engineering, Underwater Tunnels. The aim of this SS is to provide a global forum for discussing recent researches and developments related to SFTs, with specific emphasis on design, safety and maintenance issues.


MS09 - Vibration-based structural health monitoring of bridges: research and applications

Due to a practical need and a growing interest by both researchers and professionals, in the last years vibration-based methods are increasingly employed as advanced inspection tools for evaluating the structural health of bridges. Several monitoring systems installed in bridges utilize real-time or near-real-time responses to vibrations to make informed decisions related to the health of the structures. These data have a strategic importance both for the advancement of knowledge on the behavior and performance of structures under vibrations and for the calibration of realistic and reliable numerical models that are aimed to reproduce the structural behavior and to formulate a diagnosis about possible damages. Furthermore, the possibility to assess the health state based on data recorded on the monitored structure opens new avenues in maintenance policies, shifting from a traditional ‘scheduled maintenance’ to a ‘condition-based maintenance’, carried out ‘on demand' or ‘automatically’, basing on the current structural condition. The session deals with theoretical and computational issues and applications of vibration based structural health monitoring and welcomes contributions that cover, but are not limited to, algorithms for identification and damage detection, real time monitoring systems and projects, experimental tests, real world applications, instrumentation and measurements methods and tools, integration of vibration-based techniques in procedures for risk assessment and emergency management. Such a session will provide a venue for exchange and share new ideas, recent advances and applications of vibration-based methods for bridge monitoring and will also provide a chance to establish and enhance future collaborations on this subject.


MS10 - Corrosion and Safety of Existing Concrete Bridges

The aim of this Mini-Symposium is to attract papers that deal with the use of advanced computational and/or experimental techniques for enhancing our knowledge to model, analyze and predict the steel corrosion and safety of deteriorating concrete bridges in an aggressive environment. For existing bridges, multiple environmental and mechanical stressors lead to deterioration of structural performance. Such deterioration will reduce the service life of bridges and increase the life-cycle cost associated with maintenance actions. This Mini-Symposium covers current theoretical and experimental efforts made in the assessment and future prediction of performance, maintenance and strengthening of existing concrete bridges.


MS11 - Special Elements in Bridge Construction and Practice

Some elements in bridges are considered secondary and hence their design and construction is often overlooked compared to other prominent ones. Although such special elements are often sources of severe problems and may jeopardize performance and safety, however, their design and construction is often based on more practice and little theory. Such special elements may include (but not limited to): joints, bearings, approach slabs, deck paving, parapets, reinforced earth elements…etc. New papers dealing with design and construction practices of such and similar elements are welcomed from researchers and practitioners to present recent techniques, theoretical and practical developments, the state-of-practice, and to provide a platform to discuss and share issues related to such elements. This will result in advancing the current state of knowledge and practice leading to more economical and better performance bridges.


MS12 - Bridge Safety Evaluation and Risk Assessment: Code Requirements vs. Practical Considerations

The principles and methodologies in bridge safety evaluation and risk assessment may vary in different regions of the world, resulting in quite different code requirements. The practical considerations to satisfy these code requirements are even more diverse. Current performance-based bridge safety evaluation trends to be more reasonable for risk-informed decision-making in bridge rehabilitation and retrofit. Thus, development of the performance-based code requirements itself becomes critical. This MS/SS brings bridge engineers and researchers around the world to share and exchange their practices to provide a new avenue for improving the code requirements in bridge rehabilitation


MS13 - Advanced computational and experimental techniques for extreme load performance of bridges

Bridge structures are usually designed under a wide range of uncertainties, regarding the extreme loads that they are required to sustain during their service life. One of the major challenges facing structural engineers, today, is to develop creative ways to reduce the risk of catastrophic damage due to these extreme loads, and to enhance the resiliency of urban infrastructure. However, this requires the prediction of the structural response from the linear-elastic range to levels approaching collapse and thus poses significant challenges. This mini-symposium focuses on the development and use of advanced computational and experimental techniques for structural assessment and evaluation of bridges under extreme loads.


MS14 - Steel Bridge Rehabilitation

In this special session, papers on evaluation, assessment, repair and retrofit of fatigue and corrosion damage in steel highway and railway bridges are presented and discussed. We have a huge number of steel highway and railway bridge structures especially in the urban area and across rivers and straits. Some of those bridges suffer various types of fatigue and corrosion damage, but replace of them should be too expensive, and restriction or close of the traffic could be hardly allowed. Therefore, rehabilitation of those structures becomes of great importance in the near future.


MS15 - Bridge Loading – Measurement and Modelling

Loading is the most variable term in the structural reliability problem. Since resistance modelling is fairly well understood, in the assessment of existing bridges in particular, the accurate estimation of loading can obviate or reduce the need for replacement and rehabilitation measures, potentially offering bridge owners (and society) enormous savings. Continuiiung on from the success of this mini-symposium at IABMAS 2014, this mini-symposium will examine all forms of loading for pedestrian, highway, and railway bridges, including, but not limited to, long- and short-span bridges, vehicle and traffic modelling and measurements, dynamics, statistical analysis, earthquakes, pedestrians and non-linear modelling methods. Those involved in the measurement and modelling of loading, both static and dynamic and the calibration of theoretical models, are particularly encouraged to submit their work for presentation in this mini-symposium.


MS16 - Bridge Monitoring: Techniques and results regarding bridge condition and loading

Over the last years, monitoring to new and existing bridges is applied more often, frequently called about “structural health monitoring”. But how far are we with these techniques? What techniques are being applied and what do the results tell us about the condition of the bridge? This session aims at bringing together international experiences related to bridge monitoring and focuses on the information that can be achieved with it. Presentations addressing monitoring techniques, the combination of embedded structural monitoring and load testing of bridges, or the integration of “structural health” monitoring and weigh-in-motion measurements are also welcomed for this session.


Mini-Symposium organized on behalf of the SEI/ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems, Task Group 2 on Reliability-based Structural System Performance Indicators.

  • Key Dates
  • Call for Abstracts Closed
  • Registration Open November 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance of Abstract 15 September 2017
  • Full Paper Submission open 15 September 2017
  • Full Paper Final Submission Deadline 17 November 2017
  • Notification of Full Paper acceptance 18 December 2017
  • Final Paper Submission12 January 2018
  • Early bird Registration closes 2 March 2018
  • Conference 9-13 July 2018

IABMAS 2018 Hosted by

Vic Roads

Mondash University

Swinburne University

RMIT University