In March 2016, UPC Barcelona welcomed members of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) for Day 2 of their 2016 summit meeting, with Day 1 having been held in Helsinki, Finland. TRUSS ESR’s, JJ Moughty (ESR10) and António Barrias (ESR11), attended the summit meeting in UPC., which dealt with the theme of Global Risk in Structural Engineering. Keynote speakers included IABSE members from both academic and professional environments from across the Globe and covered a range of current problematic topics, including; seismic risk of urban areas in Europe, wind design of highway bridges in China and natural disaster guidelines for South America.
March (14th-15th) also saw UPC hosting the 3rd COST TU1402 Workshop on Quantifying the Value of Structural Health Monitoring. The COST Action aims to enhance the benefit of structural health monitoring through the utilization of applied decision analysis to assess the value of SHM. It also strives to improve operation and life-cycle integrity management of structures and facilitate more cost efficient, reliable and safe strategies for maintaining and developing the built environment to the benefit of society.
Both the IABSE summit and COST Action workshop provided the ESR´s with an understanding of a broad range of state-of-the-art developments in the SHM and risk assessment community, while also providing access to supportive and innovative networking communities that will no doubt be of use to their respective projects in the near future.