The deadline for submitting proposals for the organization of mini symposia and special sessions
has been extended to April 1, 2009.

Prospective mini-symposia will be organized in consideration of the following items:

  1. There are typically five presentations in a single session.
  2. A mini-symposium is normally composed of no fewer than three sessions on a single topic of substantial current interest and importance in bridge maintenance, safety, and management.
  3. Speakers should be selected primarily for their current contributions to the topic area.
  4. Speakers should be as representative of researchers in the area as possible.
  5. A mini-symposium organizer may speak as part of the mini-symposium that he or she is organizing.
  6. Mini-symposia are discouraged in which most of the speakers come from the same organization or if all co-authors on the papers being presented in a mini-symposium are from the same organization.


Futuristic Bridge Maintenance Technologies
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Chung-Bang Yun
Daejeon, Korea

Billie F. Spencer Jr.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois, USA

This mini-symposium focuses on futuristic technologies for bridge maintenance.  The objectives are two-folded.  The first is to provide a forum for presenting the current status of R&D activities in the futuristic and multi-disciplinary technologies for bridge maintenance.  The second is to explore the possibility for the future collaborations in research and education on the emerging subjects among the participants.  Four to five sessions are under organization. They are 1) Structural Control and Robotics for Bridges, 2) Guided-waves Methods for Bridge SHM, 3) Intelligent Wireless Sensors for Bridge SHM, 4) Optical Fiber Sensors for Bridge SHM, and 5) Vibration-based SHM of Bridges.


Session 1. Structural Control and Robotics

Session Organizers: Satish Nagaragiah (Rice Univ.) & Hyungjo Jung (KAIST, Korea)

Session 2. Guided-waves Methods for SHM

Session Organizers: Hoon Sohn (KAIST, Korea) and another

Session 3. Intelligent Wireless Sensors for SHM

Tentative Session Organizers: Tomonori Nagayama (Univ. Of Tokyo, Japan) and Jeong-Tae Kim (Pukyung National University, Korea)

Session 4. Optical Fiber Sensors for SHM

Tentative Session Organizers: Kisoo Kim (Hongik University, Korea) and another

Session 5. Vibration-based SHM

Tentative Session Organizers: Soobong Shin (Inha University, Korea) and another



Monitoring and Assessment of Bridges using Novel Techniques
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Alfred Strauss
University of Natural Resources
Vienna, Austria

Dan M. Frangopol
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA


Assessment and monitoring concepts for bridges become more and more important in the intervention planning (e.g., maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, replacement) for new and existing bridges. Nevertheless, there is still a strong demand for the development and efficient use of novel techniques for monitoring and assessment of bridges. These techniques affect intervention and maintenance strategies and in consequence cost optimization concepts. Therefore, the objective of this Mini-symposium is to highlight the recent developments in science and practice and to formulate the next necessary steps.


This Mini-symposium provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss novel techniques regarding assessment, monitoring and maintenance techniques of bridges.


Authors developing  with novel techniques regarding the assessment and  monitoring of bridges should submit 300-word abstracts to the chairs of the Mini-symposium by May 31, 2009.


Selected, high quality papers, presented in the mini-symposium will be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal "Structure and Infrastructure Engineering - Maintenance, Management, Life-Cycle Design & Performance".



Present and Future of Bridge Inspection and Evaluation
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Sreenivas Alampalli
New York State Department of Transportation
Albany, NY, USA

Anil K. Agrawal
New York, NY, USA
Mohammed Ettouney
Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
New York, NY

There has been renewed emphasis on bridge inspection methods and practices used to ensure the safety of highway bridges across the United States after the recent collapse of the I-35 W Bridge in Minneapolis, MN.  This session will review the current state-of-the-art and current-state-of-the-practice including use of NDT methods where visual inspection may not be adequate to identify issues with bridge elements, advanced methods to minimize the inspection times while maximizing safety of traveling public and reducing uncertainty of inspection findings, practices used and planned by State highway agencies to make sure critical findings from bridge inspections are addressed, and the programs initiated to improve inspection methods for understanding how bridges actually perform are addressed and explored in this session.  The papers and presenters will be logically assembled to cover all these issues and will be presented by state personnel responsible for bridge inspections, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and researchers working in this area. 

Five sessions are planned for the Mini-Symposium as described below:

Session 1:  Current Status of Bridge Inspections and Bridge Programs
Moderators: Dr. Ettouney

Session 2:  Future Directions in Bridge Inspections: Owners Perspective - Panel Discussions, Moderators: Dr. Sreenivas Alampalli

Session 3: Artificial Intelligence and Visualization in Bridge Inspection and Management, Moderators: Prof. Jan Bein and Prof. Ali Maher

Session 4:  Rational Based Inspections, Inspection Reliability, and Designing for Inspectability, Moderators: Dr. Agrawal and Dr. Genda Chen

Session 5: Advanced NDT/NDE Methods for Bridge Evaluation
Moderators: Frank Jalinoos and Dr. Hamid Ghasemi



Research and Applications in Bridge Health Monitoring
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F. Necati Catbas
University of Central Florida
Florida, USA
Joan R. Casas
University of Catalonia
Hitoshi Furuta
Kansai University
Dan Frangopol
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA, USA

This mini-symposium is the continuation of a successful mini-symposium conducted in IABMAS 2008 in Seoul, Korea. Bridge health monitoring (BHM) is typically used to track and evaluate performance, symptoms of operational incidents, anomalies due to deterioration and damage, as well as health during and after extreme events. It is possible to capture seasonal and environmental changes not readily apparent from intermittent tests. Bridge health monitoring, which is a special case of structural health monitoring, can be expected to integrate sensing technologies, analysis methods and information technology for infrastructure management.

There are numerous real-life BHM applications around the world. New advances in sensor and information technologies and the wide use of the Internet make BHM a promising technology for better management of bridges. Large-scale applications have been presented at a number of specialty conferences and workshops. In spite of the recent activity in this area and the successes achieved, this technology is not gaining acceptance by bridge owners and practicing engineers. We need to close the gap between theory and practice. There are many challenges remaining that must be overcome for successful BHM applications. As a result, there is still a lot of research to bee conducted and then demonstrated before routine applications of BHM can be expected to take place.

This mini-symposium if focusing particularly on the research needs for BHM systems and benchmark studies, and integration of BHM analysis methods for decision making. The mini-symposium covers the following topics and other related topics in the broad area of "Research and Application for Bridge health Monitoring."

      • Long term monitoring applications of bridges
      • Management and maintenance oriented monitoring applications - Research in reliability based bridge health monitoring
      • Research in local and global monitoring for bridges
      • Benchmark studies for collective research
      • Research in novel technologies such as GPS, computer vision, novel materials


New Procedures for Bridge Rehabilitation
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Victor Popa
Bucharest, Romania


The bridges as all the things in the world are more or less damaged during their operation. There are a lot of reasons (including environmental aggressiveness) that generates the bridge damages. To maintain the bridges in safety operation conditions they sometimes have to be rehabilitated by repair or both repair and strengthening.

There are a lot of techniques and procedures which could be applied for the bridge repair and strengthening. The main purpose of the Mini-Symposia is to share the experience in this domain and to find new techniques and materials in order to rice the quality of rehabilitation and to ensure the durability of the bridge construction.



Measurement Systems for Bridge Weigh-in-Motion (B-WIM)
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Baidar Bakht
JMBT Structures Research Inc.
Ontario, Canada

Aleš Žnidarič
Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dean K. McNeill
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada

Assessment of performance and estimation of the remaining service life of bridges relies upon a thorough understanding of the structure’s current condition and knowledge of the loads to which it is being subjected. Weigh-in-motion (WIM) is an important tool for monitoring traffic loads traveling over bridge and road infrastructure, and informs the prediction of remaining service life of structures. While mature technologies exist for roadway applications, development of widely applicable WIM technology for bridges remains an open research activity. Current efforts in the area of bridge-WIM rely primarily on the use of strain gauges applied to the structure, with the resulting strain measurements being used to infer the weight of passing vehicle loads. While extraction of reliable vehicle weights for simpler, single or multiple-span bridges has been achieved, further effort is needed to bring about methods for WIM on large and more complex structures. This symposium will address current research efforts in the development of WIM systems for bridges, with particular focus on the use of the response of the structure to infer vehicle loads.

Session 1: On the use of BWIM and SHM in bridge management

1. Theoretical Basis for a BWIM system
Baidar Bakht, Aftab Mufti and Hughes Vogel, University of Manitoba, Canada

2. Field Application of a BWIM system on Winnipeg Perimeter Highway
Aftab Mufti, Baidar Bakht, Evangeline Murison, Hughes Vogel, University of Manitoba, Canada

3. Integration of BWIM in bridge management
Reed Ellis, Stantec Consulting Ltd., Aftab Mufti, ISIS Canada, Roger Cheng, University of Alberta, Gamil Tadros, JMBT Structures Research Inc., Canada

4. Site-Specific Truck Effects Based on WIM Measurements
Merek Kozikowski and Andrzej Nowak, University of Nebraska, USA

5. Statistical Analysis of Measurement Histories to Evaluate Vehicle Weights
Dean McNeill and G. Rutherford, University of Manitoba, Canada

6. Vehicle Loading and Effect on the Tsing Ma Bridge using WIM Data
You-Lin Xu, Zhi-Wei Chen and Kai-Yuen Wong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Session 2: BWIM technology and bridge assessment

1. Latest practical developments in the B-WIM technology
Aleš Žnidarič (, Igor Lavrič ( and Jan Kalin (
Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute
Dimičeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

2. Applications of B-WIM technology to bridge assessment
Aleš Žnidarič (
Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute
Dimičeva 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Eugene J. OBrien (
School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering
University College Dublin
Newstead, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

3. Extreme Traffic Loading on Bridges
Bernard Enright (
Civil Engineering, Dublin Institute of Technology
Bolton Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Eugene J. OBrien (
School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering
University College Dublin
Newstead, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Tony Dempsey (
Roughan ODonovan
Arena House, Arena Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18, Ireland

4. Using Weigh-In-Motion Data for Modeling Maximum Live Load Effects on Highway Bridges
Michel Ghosn (
Steinman Hall, Room T-101
The City College of New York/CUNY
160 Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031, USA

Bala Sivakumar (
HNTB Corporation
5 Penn Plaza, 6th Floor, NY 10001-1810 New York, USA

5. Bridge capacity assessment by combined proof-loading and WIM data
Joan R. Casas ( and Juan D. Gómez (
Polytechnic University of Cataluña
Modulo C1, Campus Norte UPC, Grand Capitán, s/n, SP-08034 Barcelona Spain

6. Evaluating the remaining lifetime of bridges by means of B-WIM
Markus Petschacher (
PEC - Petschacher Consulting, ZT-GmbH
Am Hügel 4, A-9560 Feldkirchen, Austria



Bridge Management Tools and Research
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Leo Klatter
Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management
Utrecht, The Netherlands


Bridge management is highly dependant on information and the quality of this. Information on inventory, condition, performance, maintenance need, etcetera. A special feature of infrastructures like bridges is the extreme long life-time of often a 100 years or longer. During this life-time many changes occur; deterioration and repair, changes in traffic use and societal demands. Historical events can have it effects many years later. These characteristics form a huge challenge to the tools for information like inspection and monitoring techniques, information systems as well as to the organization of these.

The mini-symposium addresses these topics in three sessions:

      1. State of the art of BMS (Bridge Management Systems)
        The results of glossary of the BMS's of the world that is being compiled by the BM committee will be presented.

      2. Advanced tools
        Promising developments will be presented in this block

      3. Discussion session on needs and future development
        This session will be different from regular sessions. It consist of some short introductions, followed by a well facilitated, plenary discussion


Uncertainty in Bridge Damageability Modelling
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Masanobu Shinozuka
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA, USA


Bridge damageability under seismic condition is often expressed in the form of seismic fragility curves.  The fragility curves play a major role in the predictive simulations of  bridge damage and resulting degradation of  traffic flow capability of highway transportation networks under future damaging earthquakes. Such simulations are useful for pre-event assessment of seismic disasters on which optimal emergency response strategies can be developed by government agencies to mitigate potential earthquake disasters.There are however a number of sources of uncertainty associated with bridge fragility models currently in use.  This mini-symposium will serve as a forum in which new information is presented and exchanged in order to identify the sources of the the uncertainty and quantify their contributions to the total level of uncertainty in the assessed seismic performance of the highway network. This Mini-Symposium will also encourage  presentations on the uncertainty  involved in the damageability modelling under other hazards such as wind, vessel collision, and scouring.



Performance-Based Asset and Risk Management of the Highway Infrastructure System
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A. Emin Aktan
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA, USA


The societal challenges presented by aging civil infrastructures in the US are pervasive - cutting across our nation’s transportation, water, and power systems. Many industrialized countries in the world face similar problems. Although focusing events such as the 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and the 2005 inundation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina received much attention, these events are in fact just warning signs for societal risk due to the failure of infrastructures that have been long under-funded, and components of which were maintained, repaired or replaced without recognizing them as interconnected, interdependent, multi-scale and multi-domain systems.

As an example, on December 23, 2008 a 44-year old 66-inch water main break in Bethesda, MD created a 4-ft high torrent on the highway, trapping 15 vehicles. Helicopters used buckets to save some of the drivers, while the county's Swift Water and Technical Rescue teams used boats and ropes for others. Serving 1.8 million suburban Maryland customers, the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission has been plagued by an increasing number of water main breaks. In 2007 these reached a record of 2,129. Many of the older urban water and sewer utilities in the Eastern USA face similar problems. When we consider that congestion costs the U.S. over $200 billion per year (USDOT 2006), over 80,000 U.S. bridges are designated as structurally deficient (FHWA 2007), 41% of wastewater utilities are not solvent (USGAO, 2004), and over 1/3 of water utilities routinely defer maintenance due to insufficient funds (USGAO 2004), and the increasing frequency of power blackouts covering large urban areas, the increasing enormity of the problem becomes clear.

There have been recent calls and promises of significant funding for infrastructures, most notably as a part of President Obama’s economic recovery package. However, a valid question that keeps coming up relates to prudent and transparent decision-making for selecting alternative strategies for infrastructure financing or revenue generation, as well as for prioritizing expenditures for existing infrastructures for repair, rehabilitation, replacement, decommissioning, as well as removal from use and converting to green space. Infrastructure planning, engineering and management decision-making is an extremely complex problem since we now recognize that decisions involving “multi-domain systems” may lead to many unintended consequences over different time-scales. While we recognize the need for a systemic approach to infrastructure decision-making, and we have even borrowed the term “asset management” from economics and finance as a term for such an approach, we still face major challenges before we can formulate a set of universal principles for asset management.

Asset management is a complex paradigm, requiring stakeholder consensus on the values, policies, strategies and tactics related to infrastructure services, performance metrics and associated management trade-offs. No single discipline and certainly no one sub-discipline can claim ownership of this problem. A multi­disciplinary group of engineers, scientists and stakeholder representatives from academe, government and industry have to join forces to develop consensus definitions and principles for infrastructure asset management. Some of the Sessions that would come together in this mini-symposium to dissect the problem of infrastructure asset management are tentatively listed in the following.

An Analysis of the Highway Transportation Infrastructure in the USA
Organizer and Chair: Hamid Ghasemi, FHWA This Session is expected to review the statistics, conditions and performance of the Highway Transportation Infrastructure in the USA. Facts regarding owners, jurisdictions, financing and revenue sources and current management approaches will be analyzed. Resource needs and current vision of the FHWA to deal with any challenges will be summarized. Presenters are anticipated from Pavements, Bridges and Operations/ITS Research groups in addition to some select state DOT representatives.

Current State of Highway Transportation Asset Management in North America
Organizers and Chairs: Stephen Gaj, FHWA and Chris Wade, Director of Infrastructure, Calgary This Session will offer an overview of the current status of asset management in the USA and Canada. Various activities by Federal and State agencies, AASHTO and TRB in USA and efforts in Canada by CRC, various agencies and municipalities will be presented.

Current State of Highway Transportation Asset Management in Europe (2 Sessions)
Organizers and Chairs: Leo Klatter, Centre for Public Works, the Netherlands and Jens Sandager Jensen, COWI A/S, Denmark, Helmut Wenzel, VCE, Austria This Session will summarize and synthesize the current status of asset management in various European Countries. We anticipate presenters from Denmark, the Netherlands, GB, Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland to be invited for these Sessions.

Current State of Highway Transportation Asset Management in the Far East (may be 2 Sessions)
Organizers and Chairs: Hyun-Moo Koh, Seoul National University, Korea, Hitoshi Furuta, Kansai University, Japan and Ou Jinping, Harbin Insititute of Technology, PR of China. This Session will summarize and synthesize the current status of asset management in various Far Eastern Countries. We envision presenters from Japan (3), Korea (3), PRChina (2), Australia and New Zealand (2).

Highway Transportation Asset Management: Towards the Future
Organizers and Chairs: Ali Maher (Rutgers), Emin Aktan, Frank Moon, Patrick Gurian and Franco Montalto (Drexel/IIS), Dan Frangopol (Lehigh), Samer Madanat (UCBerkeley), Ross Corotis (UC Boulder), Louise Comfort (U of Pitt), and Susan McNeil (University of Delaware)

1. Identification of the Multi-Domain Infrastructure System:
Human Elements: Institutions, Culture/History, Organizations, Individuals
Natural Elements: Climate, Environment, Air, Water, Soil, Plants and Animals
Engineered Elements: Highways, Bridges, Safety, Operations and ITS

d. Sustainability: Ecology, Society, Economy. The goal of the above Sessions would be to identify the systems that come together in multi-domain infrastructures from the viewpoints of their respective experts. System-identification has been a research area in electrical engineering and structural mechanics, offering great potential for validated modeling and simulations of multi-domain systems for scenario analysis. In this Session experts from each domain will discuss the terminologies, world-views and mind-models that prevail. Can we develop and share a common language and value system? Given that Sustainability is emerging as a value system promising to link each domain of infrastructure systems, how this paradigm may be leveraged as the principal objective function for asset management will be explored. European, US and Canadian research on Sustainability will be presented.

2. Roadway to Sustainable Asset Management:
Performance Metrics incorporating Uncertainty and Risk
Data and Modeling Needs for Performance Based Asset and Risk Management
Technology Integration Needs and Technology Development Strategies
Panel: International Organization for Research, Development and Demonstrations



Symposium on Bridging the Data Gaps for Effective Management
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Hamid Ghasemi
Federal Highway Administration
McLean, VA, USA


Evaluation and measurement of bridge performance is the most critical attribute in addressing bridge deficiencies and in providing the ability to design and build bridges with optimal life cycle costs, higher performance, lower maintenance, and generally optimal operation in the future; however, there are gaps in knowledge due to data uncertainties. Uncertainty in measuring bridge performance is not well defined, understood or documented. It relies too heavily on expert opinion and not on objective data and is based on significant assumption or generalization based on a very simplistic understanding of bridge behavior.

To enhance our knowledge of bridge performance, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has initiated the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program. The LTBP Program is an ambitious 20+ year research effort that is strategic in nature with specific short and long-term goals. The program will include detailed inspection, periodic monitoring, evaluation and testing, and forensic investigation of representative samples of bridges throughout the United States to capture and document their performance. The program will result in a high-quality, quantitative database, which will lead to the development of improved life-cycle cost and performance models, better understanding of bridge deterioration, improved effectiveness of maintenance and repair strategies, support for improved design methods and bridge preservation practices, and development of the next generation of bridges and bridge management tools.

This symposium will focus on four topics related to activities of the LTBP program:

1) Session 1- Enhancing Bridge Performance (Chair: Saiidi and Ghasemi)
Dr. Ali Maher, Rutgers University
Mr. John Hooks, Bridge Technology Consultant
Dr. Michael Brown, Virginia Transportation Research Council
Dr. Andrew Foden, Parsons Brinckerhoff

2) Session 2- Technology for Improving Evaluation and Monitoring of Condition and Performance (Chair: Aktan and Penrod)
Dr. Nenad Gucunski, Rutgers University
Dr. Frank Moon, Drexel University
Mr. Frank Jalinoos, FHWA
Dr. Helmut Wenzel, Vienna, Austria

3) Session 3- Performance-Based Asset Management (Chair: Maher and Wenzel)
Mr. Butch Wlaschin and Mr. Steve Gaj, FHWA
Dr. Dan Frangopol, Lehigh University
Mr. Larry Cullari, FHWA
Mr. Matthaeus Djorney, Siemens

4) Session 4- Panel Discussion: Linkages between Performance Measures, Bridge Management and System-Wide Asset Management-- Challenges to Integration
Mr. Butch Wlaschin and Mr. Stephen Gaj, FHWA
Mr. Richard Dunne, NJDOT
Ms. Sandra Larson, Iowa DOT
Mr. Mike Keever, Caltrans
Dr. Lawrence Bank, NSF
Dr. Emin Aktan, Drexel University
Dr. Felix Wu, NIST



Computational Prediction and in Field Validation of Bridge Performance
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Fabio Biondini
Politecnico di Milano
Milan, Italy

Franco Bontempi
University of Rome La Sapienza
Rome, Italy
Pier Giorgio Malerba
Politecnico di Milano
Milan, Italy

Computational nonlinear analysis methods are usually required to realistically predict the serviceability and ultimate structural behavior of bridge structures. For reliability and safety evaluations, these methods must allow a proper modeling of the unavoidable uncertainty related to the geometrical and mechanical parameters of the structural problem. Moreover, a time-variant formulation of the nonlinear analysis is often necessary to properly account for the effects induced by mechanical and environmental damage and by eventual repair and maintenance interventions under uncertainty. To validate these computational methods, the results of the numerical prediction need to be compared with the evidence from in field testing and measurements. Contributions presented at this Mini-Symposium are expected to deal with recent advances for numerical prediction and in field validation of bridge performance in damaging environments.



Management and Maintenance of Long Span Bridges
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Airong Chen
Tongji University
Shanghai, China

Dan Frangopol
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA, USA



Long span bridges are always key connections on highways. It is important to maintain the performance of long span bridges by appropriate management and maintenance activities.

The mini-symposia is aim to provide an international platform to exchange experience and the last researches about management and maintenance of long span bridges, such as safety and condition assessment, management and maintenance strategy optimization, design strategy considering maintenance, using of monitoring system and data, strategy for extreme events, est.

Session titles:

  • Safety assessment for key component of long span bridge
  • Life time management strategy for long span bridge
  • Monitoring and inspection techniques for long span bridge
  • Management of extreme events for long span bridge



SmartEN Marie Curie ITN - Smart Management for Sustainable Human Environment
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Toula Onoufriou
Cyprus University of Technology
Lemesos, Cyprus

Rosmarie Helmerich
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Berlin, Germany



The SmartEN Marie Curie Initial training Network (ITN) is an EU funded programme which aims to train the next generation of research leaders in the field of smart proactive management of the built and natural environment by effectively developing and integrating novel wireless sensor network and digital signal processing technologies with non-destructive evaluation and proactive management for the benefit of a sustainable human environment. The SmartEN consortium comprises of 15 leading organizations (universities, research institutes and companies) and 9 distinguished scientists from around the world. The project encompasses research and training programmes for 19 Marie Curie Fellows as well as horizontal integration multi-disciplinary research projects in key application areas. The mini-symposium presents research in a number of key areas from within the scope of SmartEN ITN.

Session 1: A Research Framework for SmartEN and Application Issues

With the following presentations:

1. SmartEN – A Research Framework on Smart Management for Sustainable Human Environment
Toula Onoufriou* (Cyprus University of Technology/ Cyprus), Anthony G Constantinides (Imperial College/UK), Anastasis Kounoudes (Signal Generix/Cyprus)
[*corresponding author: ]

2. Capabilities of non-destructive testing of RC structures
Rosemarie Helmerich*, Ute Effner, Martin Friese, Frank Mielentz (BAM/ Germany).
[*corresponding author: ]

3. Structural robustness as design principle
Fabio Casciati* (University of Pavia/Italy), Lucia Faravelli (University of Pavia/Italy), Sara Casciati (University of Katania/Italy).
[*corresponding author: ]

4. Optimization of Life-Cycle Preventive Maintenance Strategies using Genetic Algorithm and Bayesian Updating
Elia Tantele*, Toula Onoufriou (Cyprus University of Technology/Cyprus)
[*corresponding author: ]

5. Predicting the life of reinforced concrete structures in severe marine environments
Robert E Melchers* (University of Newcastle/ Australia, Chun Q Li (University of Greenwich/ UK).
[*corresponding author: ]

Session 2: SHM and Proactive Management

With the following presentations:

1. Role of structural health monitoring in Pareto optimization of bridge management strategies
André D. Orcesi (LCPC/France), Dan M. Frangopol* (Lehigh
[*corresponding author:]

2. Use of sensors for efficient design of seismic protection techniques for monuments
Christis Chrystostomou*, George Christodoulou, Renos Votsis, Nicolas Kyriakides (Cyprus University of Technology/Cyprus)
[*corresponding author: ]

3. Reference-free health monitoring system using chaos theory
Hitoshi Furuta*, Yasutoshi Nomura, Koichiro Nakatsu, Hiroshi Hattori, Yuki Teramae (Kansai University/ Japan)
[*corresponding author:]

4. SHM in Integrity Management of Deterioration Prone Concrete Structures
M. Imran Rafiq* (University of Surrey/UK)
[*corresponding author: ]

5. Role of monitoring in life-cycle assessment, prediction, proactive management, and optimization of deteriorating structures
Dan M. Frangopol*, Nader Okasha (Lehigh University/USA)
[*corresponding author:]

Session3: Research and training Challenges in SmartEN and Sensors for Infrastructure

With the following presentations:

1. Research and Training Challenges within SmartEN Marie Curie ITN
Toula Onoufriou* 1, Anastasis Kounoudes 2, Anthony G Constantinides 3, Antonis Kalis 4, Nicholas Mousoulides 1, Elia Tantele 1, Christis Chrysostomou 1.
1: Cyprus University of Technology/Cyprus, 2: Signal Generix/Cyprus, 3: Imperial College London/UK, 4: Research and Education Laboratory in Information Technology/Greece
[*corresponding author: ]

2. The Application of Pervasive Sensing to the Management of Traffic and Air Quality in Urban Areas: An Overview of the MESSAGE Project
Robin North, Jeremy Cohenm, Neil Hoose, John Polak* (Imperial College London/UK).
[*corresponding author: ]

3. Smart Wireless Sensor Technology for Continuous Health Monitoring of Structures
Anastasis Kounoudes (Signal Generix/Cyprus), Antonis Kalis (Research and Education Laboratory in Information Technology/Greece), T`oula Onoufriou (Cyprus University of Technology/Cyprus), Anthony G Constantinides (Imperial College London/UK).
[*corresponding author: ]

4. Issues in wireless monitoring of bridges
Anne Kiremidjian*, Allen Cheung, Haeyoung Noh (Stanford University/ USA)
[*corresponding author: ; ]

5. Data processing for information extraction in wireless sensor networks
Glauko Feltrin* (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, Switzerland)
[*corresponding author: ]




European Approach on Integrated Infrastructure Risk Management (IRIS)
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Helmut Wenzel
VCE Holding GmbH
Vienna, Austria



IRIS is a large collaborative research project under the 7th framework program of the European Commission. The concept of IRIS is to focus on diverse maintenance and safety problems as well as to transform its specific requirements into integrated and knowledge based safety technologies, standards and services. IRIS is determined to consolidate and generate knowledge and technologies which enable the integration of new safety concepts related to technical, human, organizational and cultural aspects. The construction industry, and particular bridges, is a key element, where the development works will be focused on.

The mini symposium (MS15) will reflect the current practice of bridge monitoring, maintenance and safety assessment in Europe as well as the latest results of the development work focussed on integrity and lifetime assessment


1. Current Practice in European Damage Detection Methodologies

2. Real Time Decision Support Systems

3. Infrastructure Asset and Risk Management in Europe

4. Experimental Verification and International Demonstration



Peter Furtner - Practical implementation of SHM with a special focus on the end user's needs

Reinhard Stumptner - Case Based Reasoning Systems for Comparative Assessment

Dion Siringoringo - Dynamic Characteristics of an Overpass Bridge during Destructive Testing

Andrea Del Grosso - Reliability of SHM Procedures and Decision Support in Infrastructure Management

Ki Your Koo - Production of Non-Linear Finite Element Model for a Hybrid Suspension Bridge

Robert Westgate - Recording and Simulating Environmental Effects upon a Suspension Bridge

Gian Paolo Cimellaro - Health monitoring of a smart base isolated benchmark cable stayed bridge using symptom approach

Michael Döhler - Crystal clear data fusion in subspace system identification and damage detection

Carsten Ebert - Experiments for damage detection by subspace identification on a tied arch bridge

Gianluca Ruocci - A statistical method for masonry arch bridges damage detection

Robert Veit-Egerer - Evaluation of input-energy dependence on the key performance parameters extracted from ambient vibration measurements with regard to structural assessment

Luca Gioanola - Proposal of a Workers and Scaffolds Monitoring and Risk Mitigation System for Building Sites

Fritz - Web Based Monitoring and Assessment of Bridges and Structures

Monika Widmann - Requirements for the Fatigue Assessment of Large Steel Bridges

Helmut Wenzel - Common misconceptions in Structural Health Monitoring



Safety and Management of Bridges in Mexico
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David De Leon
Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico
Toluca, Mexico


Old bridges in Mexico were designed without following seismic provisions. In addition, bridge deterioration, overloading due to heavy traffic and economic and demographic growth produce an increment on the risk exposure of many bridges, some of them located on areas with high seismic hazard.

Managers and operators of the Mexican bridge system are realizing about the need to rely on better methods and techniques to asses the safety and performance of bridge infrastructure and cost-effective strategies to optimize scarce resources for maintenance.

This mini-simposia will address the current trends of bridge research at three Mexican institutions.



COWI Group Mini-Symposium - Cable Supported Bridges
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Jens Sandager Jensen


Mini-Symposium Cable Supported Bridges:

Major Cable Supported Bridges are usually the crucial elements to the road and railway infrastructure. Very often they constitute a part of critical links between highly habited areas. As a consequence their closure or traffic capacity reduction causes major inconveniences for the users and result in significant losses to the economy. Furthermore, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation is rather costly. Therefore, the design, maintenance, man-agement and rehabilitation of this kind of structures are complex and chal-lenging tasks. Consequently, they have to be performed using state-of-the-art technical solutions and the best practice gained over many years of ex-perience.

The Mini-Symposium will present the experience collected by engineers during involvement in design, maintenance, rehabilitation and management of major Cable Supported Bridges all over the world. Several papers will present state of art and best practice case studies related to the maintenance, management, rehabilitation and design of Cable Supported Bridges.

Paper no. 1
Title: Imagination, Good Engineering and saving Money
Authors: Keith Kirkwood, Peter Buckland, Kam Deng and Jon Eppell

Paper no. 2
Title: When Major Bridges Need to Carry More and Heavier Loads
Authors: Keith Kirkwood and Peter Buckland

Paper no. 3
Title: Dehumidification of Suspension Bridge Main Cables
Authors: Matthew Bloomstine and Ove Sørensen

Paper no. 4
Title: Structural Health Monitoring Systems - Great Belt Bridge
Authors: Niels Bitsch, Jacob Laigaard Jensen and Jacob Egede Andersen

Paper no. 5
Title: Structural Health Monitoring for Bosphorus Bridges
Authors: David MacKenzie, Neil McFadyen and Simon de Neumann

Paper no. 6
Title: Surfacing for orthotropic bridge decks
Authors: Neil McFadyen and Jørn Blumensen

Paper no. 7
Title: Bridge Bearings and Joints
Authors: Ove Sørensen and David MacKenzie

Paper no. 8
Title: Bridge Hanger deterioration
Authors: David MacKenzie, Neil Adamson, Matthew Bloomstine and Ove Sørensen

Paper no. 9
Title: Replacement of Suspension Bridge Suspenders and Main
Authors: Ove Sørensen, Matthew Bloomstine and Peter Buckland

Paper no. 10
Title: Bridge Barrier Systems
Authors: David MacKenzie, Ove Sørensen and Niels Bitsch.



Lifetime Design of Super Long Span Bridges
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Hyun-Moo Koh
Seoul National University


Super long span bridges are expected to meet special requirements due to their socio-economical importance, harsh environment, structural complexity and uniqueness. Among these, the lifetime of long span bridges, which is demanded to be more than 150 years in typical, is a key issue in bridge engineering including materials, design, analysis and maintenance. This mini-symposium intends to review and discuss the current issues and the state-of-the-art technologies focusing on the lifetime design of cable supported long span bridges. Crucial topics, such as design specifications, long-term performance and risk analysis, and durable concrete and lifetime steel design methods, will be covered. The super long span bridge project, a 7 year-R&BD project funded by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of Korea, will also be introduced in which core engineering technologies are developed based on lifetime design concept.