Countdown to iBridge 2018


The Third Istanbul Bridge Conference (iBridge2018) will be held in Istanbul Hilton during November 5 – 6, 2018. Like its predecessors,  iBridge 2018 is intended to provide a continued discussion platform to develop safe, sustainable and economically feasible solutions to be followed in bridge research, design and construction worldwide. The current engineering challenges faced by the international bridge community will be debated. There will be special sessions on the collapse of Morandi Bridge in Genoa and the new Canakkale 1915 Bridge which will surpass the world span length record when it is completed. That such a conference is held in İstanbul, a metropolis that straddles two continents separated by a strait, now crossed by three major suspension bridges, is emblematic of the significance of modern transportation requirements for increasingly mobile societies.

During the Istanbul Bridge Conference 2018, the expected attendance will be evenly distributed among the design engineers, construction engineers, academics, producers and students as observed in the past conferences with more than 400 participants from 25 different countries. The social events will reinforce the conference’s impact on the international bridge community. The organizers are in contact with publishers for a book that will collect selected papers presented at the conference into a convenient reference volume.

The choice of location, ease of travel, wonderful accommodation, unmatched historic backdrop and all other highlights that Istanbul offers promise to contribute to the success of this conference. We hope that participants will have the chance to experience many new unforgettable memories during the Istanbul Bridge Conference 2018 in Turkey.

With our sincere regards,

Polat Gülkan
Chair of the Scientific Committee

Nurdan Apaydın and Alp Caner
Chairs of the Organizing Committee

Program at a Glance

November 5, 2018 (Monday)
09:00-09:30Opening Session
ENVER İSKURT (Deputy Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure)
ABDULKADİR URALOĞLU (Director General of Turkish Highways)
09:30-11:00PLENARY SESSION - 1915 Çanakkale Bridge
– the longest suspension bridge in the world –

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ersin Arıoğlu (Yapı Merkezi)
Sezgin Küçükbekir (General Directorate of Turkish Highways)
Seçil Cam (Tekfen)
11:00-11:30Coffee Break
11:30-13:00PLENARY SESSION hosted by General Directorate of Turkish Highways (KGM)
Special Bridges of Turkish Highways

Session Chair: Aydın Doğan (Deputy Director General of Turkish Highways)
PLENARY SPEAKER: Nurdan Apaydın (General Directorate of Turkish Highways)
Sina Kızıroğlu (General Directorate of Turkish Highways)
Alp Caner (Middle East Technical University)
Yeşim Esat (General Directorate of Turkish Highways)
Maintenance and Management of long span cable supported bridges: problems and solutions
Airong Chen - Tongji University, China
14:40-15:40- Technical Sessions
15:40-16:10Coffee Break
16:10-17:40- Technical Sessions
- Course on Live Load Models - Congested Traffic at Long Span Bridges hosted by BridgeWiz
(offers 1.5 Professional Development Hour certificates to attendees)
November 6, 2018 (Tuesday)
09:00-10:40PLENARY SESSION hosted by IABMAS Turkey
Structural Health Monitoring

Once upon a time in Italy: the tale of the Morandi Bridge
- Michele Calvi (Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, Italy)
Re-birth of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa
- Bruno Briseghella (Fuzhou University, China), Camilo Nuti (University of Roma Tre, Italy), Ivo Vanzi (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy)
Can Novel Technologies Mitigate Bridge Failures?
- Necati Çatbaş (University of Florida, USA)
10:40-11:10Coffee Break
11:10-13:00- Technical Sessions
Towards International Specifications for Long Span Suspension Bridges 
Khaled Mahmoud (BTC, USA)
14:40-15:40- Technical Sessions
15:40-16:10Coffee Break
16:10-17:40- Technical Sessions
November 7, 2018 (Wednesday)
Technical Tour – 1915 Çanakkale Bridge
November 8, 2018 (Thursday)


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    Abstract Submission
    – June 11, 2018
    Paper Submission
    – August 31, 2018
    Early Registration
    – October 15, 2018


    The Istanbul Bridge Conference will be held in Istanbul Hilton Bosphorus Hotel.