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Bridge Maintenance, Safety Management, Health Monitoring and Informatics

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The number of deteriorating bridges is increasing worldwide. Costs of maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of these bridges far exceed available budgets. Maintaining the safety of existing bridges by making better use of available resources is a major concern for bridge management.

 Internationally, the bridge engineering profession has taken positive steps to develop more comprehensive bridge management.

 It was therefore considered appropriate to bring together all of the very best work that has been done in the field of bridge maintenance, safety, management, lifecycle performance, health monitoring, informatics and cost at the Fourth International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management (IABMAS’08), held in Seoul, Korea from July 13 to 17, 2008. The First (IABMAS’02), Second (IABMAS’04) and Third (IABMAS’06) International Conferences on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management were held in Barcelona, Spain, July 14–17, 2002, Kyoto, Japan, October 18–22, 2004, and Porto, Portugal, July 16–19, 2006, respectively. The International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS), which serves as the organizing association of IABMAS’08, encompasses all aspects of bridge maintenance, safety and management. Specifically, it deals with : 

health monitoring and inspection of bridges; bridge repair and rehabilitation issues; bridge management systems; needs of bridge owners, financial planning, whole life costing and investment for the future; bridge related safety and risk issues and economic and other implications. 

The objective of IABMAS is to promote international cooperation in the fields of bridge maintenance, safety, management, life-cycle performance and cost for the purpose of enhancing the welfare of society. The interest of the international bridge community in all these fields has been confirmed by the high response to the call for papers.

 In fact, more than 660 abstracts were received at the Conference Secretariat. About 70% of them were selected for final publication as full-papers and presentation at the Conference within four plenary sessions and 72 technical sessions. 

Compared to IABMAS’06 the total of number of papers scheduled for presentation has increased from 421 to 465. IABMAS’08 covered all major aspects of bridge maintenance, safety, management, health monitoring and informatics including advanced materials, ageing of bridges, assessment and evaluation, bridge codes, bridge diagnostics, bridge management systems, composites, design for durability, deterioration modeling, emerging technologies, fatigue, field testing, financial planning, health monitoring, high performance materials, innovations, inspection, life-cycle performance, load capacity assessment, loads, maintenance strategies, new technical and material concepts, nondestructive testing, optimization strategies, prediction of future traffic demands, rehabilitation, reliability and risk management, repair, replacement, residual service life, safety and serviceability, service life prediction, strengthening, sustainable materials for bridges, sustainable bridges, informatics, and whole-life costing, among others. Bridge Maintenance, Safety, Management, Health Monitoring and Informaticscontains the lectures and papers presented at IABMAS’08. 

It consists of a book of abstracts and a CD-ROM containing the full texts of the lectures and papers presented at IABMAS’08, including the T.Y. Lin Lecture, eight Keynote Lectures and 456 technical papers from 32 countries. 

This set provides both and up-to-date overview of the field of bridge engineering and significant contributions to the process of making more rational decisions in bridge maintenance, safety, management, life-cycle performance, and cost for the purpose of enhancing the welfare of society.

On behalf of IABMAS, the chairs of the Conference would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere thanks to the authors, organizers of special sessions and mini-symposia, and participants for their contributions, to the members of the Conference Scientific Committee for their dedicated work, and to the members of the Local Advisory and Organizing Committees for the time and effort they have devoted to making IABMAS’08 a successful event.

 Finally, we would like to register our sincere thanks to all the sponsors of IABMAS’08.