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Workshop Summary

The Second International Bridge Seismic Workshop (II IBSW)

The much anticipated Second International Bridge Seismic Workshop was successfully held in the Tongji University in Shanghai, China on November 17-19, 2017 with a technical visit to Fu-Tong Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge, on the last day.  The workshop was hosted by the International Association of Bridge Earthquake Engineering of Washington, DC, USA and Tongji University of Shanghai, China; co-chaired by Prof. Jianzhong Li  and Dr. W. Phillip Yen.


More than 100 participants actively participated in the workshop, including 84 officially registered attendees. In addition to the Chinese participants, many came from various regions around the globe to the workshop, including United States, Italy, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan.  47 technical presentations were presented with the workshop theme of “Seismic Resilience and Performance”, also included were 9 keynote presentations covering the bridge experimental testing results, analytical studies and theoretical developments to improve resilience and performance.


The workshop provided a great vehicle to the bridge engineering practitioners, academic researchers, bridge owners and policy makers to:

  • Exchange updated technology focused in the bridge seismic engineering

  • Establish national and international task collaborations

  • Enlighten the future visions and research directions in improving bridge seismic performance and resilience

  • Explore the opportunities for younger researchers and students to learn and meet with world experts in the Bridge earthquake Engineering area.


Many of the technical discussions were aimed at improving research results, designing and retrofitting guides and codes; taking place during technical sessions as well as the time in between sessions. Many potential international cooperative tasks were discussed to further aid in future collaboration, including, faculty/student exchange and joint research projects.

The workshop received excellent reviews from the attendees, who are already looking forward to the next workshop. Due to representatives from various member regions expressing their willingness to host the next workshop, the steering committee will have to review the corresponding proposals and before decide on the next workshop’s location and time, which will be announced as soon as a decision is made.

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