Report Young Engineers Colloquium in Munich
On Friday, April 13th, 2018 the 5th Young Engineers Colloquium organized by both the German and Austrian group of IABSE took place at Bundeswehr University in Munich. The presenters from Algeria, Austria, England, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland and Germany showed the results of their work. The outcomes from their research and practice were presented in oral presentations as well as poster sessions accompanied by elevator pitches.
The event was opened by Prof. Gerald Siebert, chair of the German Group of IABSE, greeting the international audience. Warm welcome words from Prof. Peter Maydl, chair of Austrian Group of IABSE and Prof. Karl-Christian Thienel, Vice-President of Bundeswehr University Munich followed. Afterwards Dr. Tobia Zordan from BOLINA Ingegneria Ltd. in Italy presented an inspiring keynote speech about „Ruled Freedom and Value Protection: leading concepts for a sustainable built environment“, explaining how structural engineering is expanding more in the direction of “know how” instead of “know why”.
A total of 28 papers were presented. The variety of topics were covered. From basic principles of mechanics through innovative bridge and building engineering to digital and parametric design. After the presentations, the participants visited the laboratory for Structural Engineering at the Bundeswehr University, where YEC participants could learn about the ongoing research at the university as well as witness impact and ball drop test on laminated glass. The day continued with a Get Together followed by the award ceremony. Two prizes in category long oral presentation and three prizes in category poster were awarded. The ceremony ended with a presentation from Mr. Oliver Lauw, managing director on the A94 project, giving a short introduction on the project. It was one of the technical site walks visited on Saturday.
The German and Austrian Group of IABSE would like to thank all the sponsors for their support. The involvement without which it would be impossible to organise this great event, has been sincerely appreciated. If you would like to know more about this event and you would like to support the next one in year 2019 in Berlin, please contact the organizing committee via YEC2019(at)iabse.de.