Conference objective

Exchange of knowledge and experience about buried flexible steel structures in road and railway engineering gathered in recent years.

 

Topics

  • Research and development in the field of buried flexible structures
  • Theory and design of buried flexible structures
  • European standardization in the field of buried flexible structures
  • Geotechnical aspects in the design and construction of flexible structures
  • Best practices in design and construction of buried flexible structures
  • New technical solutions
  • Value engineering – practical applications
  • Durability and maintenance aspects of buried flexible structures
  • Sustainable growth and buried flexible structures
  • Use of flexible structures in retrofitting old bridges

 

Conference outcomes

  • What possibilities will recent research and development bring in the field of buried flexible structures?
  • What are the new areas of application for buried flexible structures?
  • What is the best way to design buried flexible structures?
  • What is the influence of the soil in the design and construction of buried flexible structures? Reviews of existing standards and codes across Europe and North America. Eurocode considerations.
  • What are the current limits of applications (spans, shapes, corrugations)?
  • What are the specific features for applications and design in roads and railways?
  • Design in sloping terrains. Experience and suggestions.
  • Fatigue in flexible structures. Current findings and design application.
  • What are the best examples of design, construction and aesthetics of flexible structures?
  • What are the maintenance and durability issues related to hundreds of thousands of built flexible structures across the globe?
  • What are the best bridge and culvert management practices for flexible structures?
  • What are the environmental aspects of using buried flexible structures?
  • How does life-cycle and sustainability issues affect buried flexible structures?
  • What are the advancements in corrosion protection systems?