European Symposium - Bridge Safety in Europe - spring 2021
International Symposium · Bridge safety in Europe
At the Palais de l'Europe, Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg
Architects, Project Managers, Project Owners, Engineers, Town Planners, Experts, Contractors, Manufacturers, Academics, Researchers, Professors, Students.
Under the patronage of the European
Construction Industry Federation (FIEC)
Bridges - Fundamental to economic and social development
According to our estimates, there are about 800,000 road bridges in the European Union. They are emblematic of engineers’ know-how and have always been essential to ensure the connection of people and economies by guaranteeing the functioning of our transport networks.
Most of them were constructed from the 1950s onwards. They consist of two main materials: concrete and steel. These are impacted by fundamental laws of physics and chemistry. Corrosion is the most common symptom of structural deterioration, of which the consequence is a weakening of the resistance of bridges.
These structures are ageing, and we have observed a continuous degradation of their condition during the past two decades.
The restricted operation or temporary closure of bridges not only has socio-economic consequences, given that bridges are strategic crossingpoints. A lack of maintenance may also result in their collapse and even human fatalities as has happened on several occasions in the past.
It is not too late to raise awareness of their vital importance and to put in place the right measures in order to restore our bridges’ structural robustness. Budgets for infrastructure and future investments in new structures must take into account regular maintenance. Maintenance must also be part of the education of future technicians and engineers.
The conference on 10 and 11 June in Strasbourg, under the aegis of European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), is an opportunity to assemble the relevant stakeholders in order to raise awareness on this crucial issue and to exchange on the techniques allowing for efficient maintenance, thus making bridges secure structures for the long term.
Discover the program of the two days of the event!
Simultaneous French/English translation will be provided
Presentation and animation
Opening of the Symposium
Opening Speech by FIEC Elect President
Presentation of the Trans-European Transport Network
Round Table on the European Transport Policy and its financing
With the participation of:
- Representative from the European Commission (DG MOVE)
- Dominique Riquet (Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism)
- Catherine Trautmann (North-Sea Baltic TEN-T Corridor Coordinator, former Mayor of Strasbourg and former Culture and Communication French Minister)
- Thomas Bauer (FIEC elect President)
An example in France: Bridges management in the Eurométropole of Strasbourg
Presentation of the "Bridges" assets and management model
14h00 : German Model
Juergen Krieger (BAST)
14h30 : Dutch Model
Fred Westenberg (Consultant)
15h00 : Belgian Model
Pierre Gilles et Paul Meekels (Walloon and Flemish Ministries)
15h30 : Spanish Model
Alvaro Navareño (Transports Ministry)
16h00 : Break and exchanges with the exhibiting companies
16h30 : Italian Model
Pietro Baratono (Transports Minister)
17h00 : Swiss Model
Jean-Marc Luisoni (Consultant)
17h40 : Luxembourg Model
Frédéric Oliveira (Transports Minister)
18h10 : French Model
Georges Tempez (CEREMA)
Departure by boat to the gala evening in the historic centre of Strasbourg.
The consequences of climate change
The effects of ageing on civil engineering structures
The use of new materials for structural reinforcements
The Green Deal and the challenges of the adaptation of infrastructure
Which training programmes for young people?
* FIEC : European Construction Industry Federation
The number of places is limited to per day.
The number of seats at the gala dinner is limited to .
Council of Europe
Avenue de l'Europe, 67000 Strasbourg
Date to be defined · from 8:00 a.m.
Association Le Pont
Engineering structures supervisor
Eurométropole de Strasbourg
Lycée Le Corbusier
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