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PCI hosts 3rd fib Congress and announces Call for Papers

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has been selected to host the Third International fib Congress and Exhibition scheduled to take place in 2010 in conjunction with PCI’s Annual Convention and National Bridge Conference, set for May 29 to June 2, 2010, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., outside Washington, D.C. The last fib congress was held in 2006 in Naples, Italy.


Fib is an international organization whose goal is to research and develop practical applications that advance the technical, economic, aesthetic, and environmental performance of concrete construction. This goal is certainly shared by PCI,” said PCI president James Toscas.


 The International Federation for Structural Concrete (Fédération Internationale du Béton or fib) is headquartered at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. It was created in 1998 from the merger of the Euro-International Concrete Committee (Comité Euro-International du Béton) and the International Federation for Prestressing (Fédération Internationale de la Précontrainte).


Abstracts sought

As part of its collaboration, PCI has announced a Call for Papers for possible presentation at the fib/PCI event. The combined program will include over 100 technical sessions featuring peer-reviewed papers. Abstracts for these papers are being accepted through June 15, 2009. Authors of selected papers will be notified of acceptance from the Scientific Committee around mid-July 2009. Final full-length papers are due November 15, 2009. Papers will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee for final acceptance.  Abstracts should be submitted electronically to and more information can be found at


Abstracts should be written in English and be no longer than 300 words. They should adequately describe the topic, confirm the author’s willingness to present the paper personally if it is selected, and identify the intended presenter if multiple authors are listed.


Authors may submit papers on any topic related to concrete. Suggested topics include:

  • Large projects and innovative structures
  • Design and construction
  • Modeling and design
  • Underground and foundation structures
  • Composite and hybrid structures
  • Prefabrication
  • Plasticity in design of concrete structures
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer reinforcement
  • Blast protection and structural integrity
  • Response of concrete structures to high temperatures and fire
  • Concrete materials and admixtures
  • Self-consolidating and high-performance concrete
  • Reinforcing and prestressing materials and systems
  • Durability of concrete structures
  • Safety of concrete structures
  • Monitoring, residual life evaluation, and repair
  • Sustainability
  • Architectural and environmental design
  • Preservation of old concrete masterpieces
  • Failures and construction accidents
  • Model codes and standards
  • Connections and anchorage to concrete
  • Case studies
  • Construction aspects
  • Bridge aesthetics, coatings, and colors
  • Bridge repair and rehabilitation
  • Bridge design and retrofitting for seismic forces
  • Bridge materials—self-consolidating, lightweight, high strength
  • Accelerated bridge design
  • Bridge design-build
  • Bridge prefabrication
  • Bridge post-tensioning technology
  • Bridge project case studies
  • Bridge research in action

“This international event with engineers, researchers, and stakeholders from around the world will truly be a unique opportunity to share information, network, and build relationships,” said Toscas. “The International fib Congress and Exhibition, held only once every four years, is always a major event for the concrete industry. Given the challenges of the economy, now is the time to take advantage of this audience representing the global concrete industry.”


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