The Technical and Research Group of IBMS 2018 welcomes authors who have done pioneering research and have established various procedures and systems that are part of the themes of IBMS 2018. Authors are requested to submit their abstracts of not more than 500 characters as per guidelines and specified date.
Based on the scrutiny, selected authors will be intimated to submit their final paper which shall be presented. Authors whose contributions are good but not presented will also be intimated to submit their papers which shall be included in the IBMS 2018 Knowledge Document will  be published and released in the conference

Key Dates


30th January 2018


15th February 2018


30th March 2018


15th April 2018

Themes for Technical Session

One key note speaker will be selected from among the papers submitted for each theme

Topic 1

Deterioration Modelling for bridges in Tropical Environment.

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Deterioration is an ongoing process and happens in all the structures especially in concrete from the day it is cast and till it fails. Deterioration models assist Bridge management implementers to predict the future of specific bridges with respect to its present condition in the given geometrical environment. Sufficient research is available in other geography however impact within the tropical climate is an emerging scenario. In recent years topics such as robustness, resilience, sustainability, life cycle assessment have shifted into the focus of engineering societies. Many concepts have been developed. Yet, accurate and physically based prediction models and modelling concepts for the time dependent behaviour and deterioration of concrete structures, which are quintessential inputs, are still scarce. This Session covers current research made in the modelling of deterioration in tropical climate zone in bridge management. The session aims to bring together academics, practitioners and researchers to deliberate on the newer model or modification to the present available deterioration models with respect to Bridge Management Systems. Under the Chair of Sachin Joshi the session is expected to be very interesting and informative. His research within IBMS shall be the trend setter for this session.

CHAIR: Mr. Sachin Joshi

Topic 2

Risk Analysis & Optimization of Fund allocation.

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Once the deterioration prediction takes place, it is important that Risk evaluation is done to decide which of the bridge stock needs attention in the immediate future and which of the bridges can be attended to in differed time period. Ageing and deteriorating bridge stock call for more intense inspections and maintenance. As the use of the network intensifies, demands of network performance increase. Means and resources are scarce both in terms of money and trained staff. The introduction of (elements of) risk management will help to make bridge management more effective and efficient. This Session covers current theoretical efforts made in the assessment and future prediction of risk involved in bridge management. The session aims to bring together academics and researchers to deliberate on the innovations that are being propagated in risk management with respect to Bridge Management Systems. Under the Chair of Prof. Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh the session will bring to the front various innovation that institutes are presently conducting research.

CHAIR: Prof. Siddhartha Ghosh

Topic 3

Management of large database for bridges.
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The management of bridge networks is a challenging aspect for any organisation in any country. Assessment, insight and understanding of large bridge stocks collectively or in a network are becoming increasingly important.  As the number of bridges in a network increases, management of large database becomes a challenge to engineers and software designers. On the other hand, such databases can collectively provide a powerful tool to investigate how a bridge stock is behaving collectively.  Data mining and analytics become significantly relevant problems and solutions that cater to such large stock of bridges become more involved. For example, IBMS has over 154,000 bridge structures only on National Highways which is just 2.5% of road network in India. There is variety around the assessment techniques, business practices, governance guidelines and other aspects that have not been looked into in detail yet. This Session covers current efforts (theoretical and in practice) addressing in the solving and investigating these issues and aspects within bridge management. The session aims to bring together academics, practitioners and researchers scientist from world over to deliberate on the problems of large database. The Chair of this session Prof. Vikram Prakashi intends to create a discussion around this topic and also focus on current efforts in relation to this topic in EU through COST Action  TU 1406 focused on standardization of maintenance of road bridges.

CHAIR: Prof. Vikram Pakrashi

Topic 4

Role of BMS in decision making within government departments.
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This Session covers the experience of various government bodies which are on the learning curve of the making Indian Bridge Management system (Or any new BMS) work as a decision making tool. How BMS assists in planning and statistical data mining and can provide a important tool to government department. The session aims to bring together academics, and government department officials from world over to deliberate on the various decision making capabilities of Bridge Management Systems. Under the Chair of Sitaram Sagi Raju the session will bring the network of various government departments from State PWD, Various Urban planners, Border Roads, Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways from India and also from South Asian countries.

CHAIR: Mr. Sitharam Raju Sagi

Topic 5

Network Level decision making in relation to heavy vehicle access and permitted weights. OD/ OWC movement monitoring.
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Over dimension movements and Over weight consignment movement poses a challenge the world over. Many countries have evolved many regulatory protocol to enable such movement possible without compromising on the safety of the bridge structure. Collapse of bridge during such movement is not very common but have occurred in the past. The session aims to bring together academics, and government department officials from world over to deliberate on the various decision making and regulatory protocols for OWC/ ODC movement within the gamut of Bridge Management Systems. Under the Chair of Alok Bhowmik the session will bring the network of various government departments from India and also from South Asian countries to discuss the regulatory mechanism best suited for such movement.

CHAIR: Mr. Alok Bhowmick

Topic 6

Performance assessment of existing bridges.
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Assessment of existing bridges is a real life challenge when sufficient historical data and design data is not available. Assessment and monitoring concepts for bridges is important for the intervention planning (e.g., maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, replacement) for bridges. Nevertheless, there is still a strong demand for the development and efficient use of novel techniques for monitoring and assessment of bridges. Such innovations in techniques result in cost optimization. The session aims to bring together academics, practitioners and researchers to deliberate on the newer model or modification to the present available techniques  with respect to Bridge Management Systems. Under the Chair of Sachin Joshi the session is expected to be very interesting and informative. His quest for new technique shall propel the session.

CHAIR: Mr. Sachin Joshi

Topic 7

Quality Control needs for inventory/inspection & performance data of bridges.
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Bridge maintenance and management without quality control and audits on the performance are likely to result in lower efficiency. For efficient operation of Bridge Management Systems, it is important to have a appropriate operational guidelines, standardizations and protocols for maximum benefit. The requirements and challenges within a BMS and between different BMS (which may interact with each other) can be varied and the challenge lies in addressing such variations when designing, changing or implementing standardization guidelines. The Chair of this session Prof. Vikram Prakashi intends to create a discussion around this topic and focus on initiatives undertaken by various regulatory bodies which provide code-based, institutional or other normative framework to various aspects of BMS. Prof. Pakrashi also intends to focus on current activities on this topic in EU through COST Action  TU1406 , as the leader of Working Group 5 (WG5) on Drafting of Guidelines and Recommendations.

CHAIR: Prof. Vikram Pakrashi

Topic 8

Modelling and Analysis of bridge structure with defects.
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Innovation in designs also reflect on our capabilities to analyse the old bridge structure. None other than Chair Atul Bhobe is more capable to dwell on this topic due to the vast experience from the design aspects of bridges and the experience arising from his involvement in BMS for the past many years. This session will deal with various Computational nonlinear analysis methods which are usually required to realistically predict the serviceability and ultimate structural behaviour of bridge structures. For reliability and safety evaluations, these methods must allow a proper modelling of the unavoidable uncertainty related to the geometrical and mechanical parameters of the structural problem when defects exists. Moreover, a time-variant formulation of the nonlinear analysis is often necessary to properly account for the effects induced by mechanical and environmental damage and by eventual repair and maintenance interventions under uncertainty. To validate these computational methods, the results of the numerical prediction need to be compared with the evidence from in field testing and measurements.

CHAIR: Mr. Atul Bhobhe

Topic 9

Climate Changes and Extreme events- How to address them in BMS and Quality Control.
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Extreme weather events, High impact hurricanes, tropical storms of severe intensity, prolonged intense temperatures, are all occurrences which have been upcoming with frequent regularity. Recent events in Mumbai, Chennai, Caribbean islands, Florida etc are mute examples of how weather is playing havoc with infrastructure. Such events occur the world over and Bridge Engineers will have to prepare themselves for the impact and effect of such repeated occurrences.
In the short term the frequency of such occurrences need to be redefined and in long term proper solutions for surge in water level, high/ low temperature exposure, flash floods, landslides, snow avalanches, etc are causing damage to bridges and need solutions for event related damages.
Bridge Management systems will have to cater to change in frequency and severity of such occurrences and then evaluate the performance of the bridge structure to such frenzy. Also the various predictive models need to address these changes and surges of the nature wrath.
This session in IBMS is aimed to draw the attention of the delegates and engineers to the alarming nature of the damage that occurs and the evolution of all future predictive tools incorporating these vagaries of nature.

CHAIR: Lt Colonel S. Banerjee
CHAIR: Prof. Siddhartha Ghosh

Topic 10

Evaluation of existing bridges where data (Historical and As-built) is not available.
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Evaluation and measurement of bridge performance is critical attribute in addressing bridge deficiencies and in providing the ability to design and build bridge remedial systems with optimal life cycle costs, higher performance, lower maintenance, and generally optimal operation in the future; however, there are gaps in knowledge due to data uncertainties. Uncertainty in measuring bridge performance is not well defined, understood or documented. It relies too heavily on expert opinion and not on objective data and is based on significant assumption or generalization based on a very simplistic understanding of bridge behaviour. Under the chair of Prof. Nirjhar Dhang the session shall try and create a guideline for such evaluation techniques. This session aims to bring together academics, practitioners and researchers to deliberate on the newer evaluation techniques available techniques with respect to Bridge Management Systems.

CHAIR: Prof. Nirjhar Dhang

International Authors at IBMS 2018

Vidushi Bansal
Vidushi Bansal
Senior Software QA Engineer at Turbonomic Inc, New York

Senior Quality Assurance engineer having 6+ years of experience in defining QA strategies, leading the QA team,
coordinating with diversified teams and managing the offshore QA team. Skillset also includes:
• Extensive knowledge backed with experience about cloud, virtualization, hyperconvergence and storage hardware
• Expert in building automation frameworks and scripts using Python to replace manual testing wherever possible
• Extensively involved in regression, functional, negative, performance, integration, and integrity testing
• Skilled in working on GUI projects and testing web application using REST API’s
• Committed to team building – representing company in career fairs, interviewing candidates and mentoring juniors
• Customer facing experience for 2 years including requirement gathering and providing technical support

Rajat Jain
Rajat Jain
Team leader - Popli Design Group, New York - Biennial and Interim Inspection of Bridges, NYSDOT Region 9

Mr. Jain has over eight years of experience in inspection and design of various commercial, residential, and industrial building projects in both public and private sectors. His extensive experience include bridge design and inspection, construction inspection, measurements and surveys, and development/review of shop drawings and specifications.

Currently, Mr. Jain is leading the special inspection group of a well established upstate NY firm for NYC projects. He is also working as the team leader for inspection of New York Department of Transportation bridges. The duties include team building, client facing, project bidding and performing special inspection as and when needed.

Dr. Sujeeva Setunge
Dr. Sujeeva Setunge
professor and the Deputy Dean Research and Innovation for the school of Engineering at RMIT University

Sujeeva Setunge is a professor and the Deputy Dean Research and Innovation for the school of Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia. In her current role she is leading the research portfolio of seven Engineering disciplines at RMIT University. Prior to this appointment she has been the professor and head of Civil Engineering discipline at RMIT.  Before joining RMIT University she has been a lecturer and Senior lecturer at Monash University where she also completed her Ph.D in structural Engineering.

Sujeeva currently contributes to teaching structural design courses in the Civil Engineering program at RMIT.   Her current research interests focus on disaster resilience and optimised asset management of buildings, bridges, drainage and seaport infrastructure and development of innovative and sustainable construction materials using nano-science based technologies.  She is currently leading seven industry funded projects in these areas.

Sujeeva is the chair of the research committee of the Centre for Pavement Excellence- Asia Pacific and a committee member of the UNISDR working group on construction policy and practice for disaster resilience. She is a fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered professional Engineer.

Dr. Dilan Robert
Dr. Dilan Robert
lecturer in Civil Engineering at RMIT University.

Dr Dilan Robert is a lecturer in Civil Engineering at RMIT University. He obtained his first degree (2005) from Moratuwa University, Sri Lanka and the PhD degree from University of Cambridge, UK in 2011. Prior to his current position at RMIT, he has worked 2 years as a geotechnical engineer in the UK and 2 years at Monash University, Australia as a research fellow. Dr Robert has published over 50 peer reviewed technical papers in soil-structure analysis since 2011.

Dr. Vikram Pakrashi
Dr. Vikram Pakrashi
Lecturer in Structural Engineering, School of Engineering

Dr. Vikram Pakrashi is a lecturer in structural engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, University College Cork. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Engineers, Ireland. Vikram’s research interests are in dynamical systems and infrastructure maintenance management. He is the director of Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory in the School of Engineering, UCC. Vikram is a Civil Engineering graduate from Jadavpur University, India and he received his doctorate from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He was a postdoctoral research fellow in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and was then employed as a chartered civil engineer in Roughan and O’Donovan Consulting Engineers. Vikram is the founder of Engineers Without Borders (EWB)– Ireland: UCC Chapter and is a member of the National Executive Committee, EWB-Ireland as the head of learning.

Nigel Powers
Nigel Powers
Project Director – North Western Projects, VicRoads, Wendouree, Victoria, Australia

Nigel is currently the Project Director – North Western Projects for VicRoads and leads the development and delivery of over $1B AUD worth of road infrastructure projects in the North and West of the State of Victoria. He has over 16 years experience with bridges and structures and has fulfilled various roles including the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of bridges and other road structures.
Nigel has a passion for bridges which has led to leadership roles on the Austroads Bridge Task Force and the Standards Australia Committee reviewing AS5100 – Australian Bridge Design Code. He also has a passion for working with academia to further research in the industry which has led partnering with various Universities to undertake research on bridge maintenance, management and rehabilitation. In 2014 Nigel formed the Australian branch of IABMAS and is the founding President.