Meeting Geneva

Location and Dates

The 1st Integrated MC + WG meeting of COST TU1406 Action entitled “Quality specifications for roadway bridges, standardization at a European level (BridgeSpec)” will be organized at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), Switzerland in 21-22 September 2015.

Centre International de Conférence Genève (CICG) 17 rue de Varembé CH 1211 Genève 20 Phone: +41 (0)22 791 91 11 Fax: +41 (0)22 791 90 64 GPS Coordinates: 46.220628 (lat) 6.138675 (long)
How to get to CICG

The access to the CICG is facilitated by good public transport services from the international airport as well from the Cornavin main railway station, in downtown.

The Geneva airport, located 4 kilometres from the city is easily reachable by public transport: train and bus; taxi or shuttle. Train ride from the Airport to the central railway station in the city (Gare Cornavin) takes 6 minutes, bus about 20 minutes. Many Car Rental companies operate at the airport. Highway is connecting airport with the city, and there are plenty of various parking options.

On arrival, you can claim a free Unireso ticket for 80 minutes for public transport in Zone 10 - Tout Genève (central Geneva area, including Airport and most hotels). The ticket machine for free tickets is located at the baggage reclaim hall. You will need to provide a valid plane ticket in case of control by the ticket inspection.

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Figure 1. Travelling from the airport to CICG.
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Figure 2. CICG surroundings

Public transport from the international airport:

  • Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Vermont"
  • Bus n°28 : Bus stop "Nations "

Public transport from Cornavain main railway station:

  • Bus n°5 : Bus stop "Vermont"
  • Bus n°8 : Bus stop "UIT"
  • Tramway n°15 : Stop "Nations"

Useful websites:

The objectives of the WG meeting are to develop a common understanding of the aims and ideas of COST Action TU1406 within the Action network and their dissemination. Further and according to the Scientific Work Plan, the WG meeting aims at the characterization of WPs and their interaction, in particular of WP1, bridge performance indicators, WP2, target values, and WP3, quality control plans.

This meeting has several objectives, such as:

  • to initiate a discussion upon the systematizing of knowledge on quality control plans for bridges in order to achieve an overall state-of-art report;
  • to establish a wide set of quality specifications aiming to assure an expected performance level;
  • to collect and contribute to up-to-date knowledge on PI, including technical, environmental, economic and social indicators;
  • to develop detailed examples for practicing engineers on the assessment of PI as well as in the establishment of performance goals, to be integrated in the developed guideline;
  • to make a scientific discussion on proposed PI and thresholds, “Call for Participants” for clustering and organizing the PI with respect to the different life phases and assessment levels of road bridges and to provide final comments/suggestions by participants;
  • to define the content of a technical report on PI associated with WG 1;
  • to define all activities together with a detailed time schedule, necessary to adequately start with the PI database (i.e. to define PI inputs, formats and subjects, as well as the requirements for users, thresholds and goals that need to be valuable for practitioners and for scientific research, etc.);
  • to define a procedure for a reasonable comparison of the large disparity of PIs in Europe (e.g. in the quantification and specifications of goals)
  • to present WG leaders and allow them to express their ideas, demands, strategies, and expectations relating to their WG;
  • to allow participants to present some contributions relevant for a specific WG (e.g. their experiences related to other PI research activities, etc.);
  • to present expectations of WG members related to the results of PI survey;
  • to allow participants to present themselves their scientific work in form of poster sessions.

The programme includes presentations, invited speakers, poster sessions and bazaars related to WG1, WG2 and WG3.

The detailed programme is provided in the meeting  booklet.

The meeting is mainly dedicated to WG members of COST TU1406 Action. However it will be kept open to interested participants who wish to share their experience on discussed topics.

All participants are kindly asked to use an online Registration Form. The registration should be performed by August 31st, 2015. However, early registration is highly appreciated.

Costs and Reimbursement

COST organization provides a certain amount of financial means for organizing such meetings and to reimburse participants. This includes for example accommodation costs, meals, transport expenses, etc. For more information about travel reimbursement request please visit the following webpage. .

Since Management Committee. members, WG leaders, and invited speakers are automatically included, a limited number of other participants will be reimbursed due to the limited financial funds available. Remaining seats for reimbursement will be given to highly suitable applicants and early applications will be assigned priority.

Contributions and Templates

All participants are expected to actively participate in the meeting through oral or poster presentation.

  • The oral presentations template can be downloaded  here.
  • Instructions for preparing posters can be found in the  booklet and the corresponding template can be downloaded  here.

A special award will be given for best poster.

Presentations should be mailed to


Local organizers suggest using the following listed hotels for accommodation, as they are conveniently located near the venue:

Auteuil Manotel ****
33, rue de Lausanne CH-1201 Genève
Tel. +41 (0)22 544 22 22
Fax +41 (0)22 544 22 99

Hotel Cristal***
4, Rue Pradier,CH - 1201 Genève

Best Western Strasbourg ***
10, Rue Pradier CH-1201 Genève
Tel: +41 (0)22 906 58 00
Fax: +41 (0)22 906 58 14

Hotel Intercontinental *****
7 - 9 Chemin du Petit Saconnex, CH - 1209 Genève
Tel: +41 22 919 39 39
Fax: +41 22 919 38 38

Hotel Cornavin ****
23, Gare De Cornavin, Bd James Fazy, Genève
Tel: +41 (0)22 716 12 12

Kipling Manotel***
27, rue de la Navigation CH-1201 Genève
Tel.+41 (0)22 544 40 40
Fax +41(0)22 544 40 99

Hotel Les Nations ***
62, Rue Du Grand Pre
Genebra, Suíça
Tel: +41 22 748 08 08

N'vY Manotel ****
18, rue Richemont, CH-1202 Genève
Tel: +41 (0)22 544 66 66
Fax: +41(0)22 544 66 99

Hotel Lido **
8, Rue de Chantepoulet CH - 1201 Genève
Tel: +41 22 731 55 30
Fax: +41 022 731 65 01

Royal Manotel ****
41, rue de Lausanne, CH-1201 Genève
Tel: +41 (0)22 906 14 14
Fax: +41(0)22 906 14 99

Hotel Mon Repos ***
131, rue de Lausanne, CH -1202 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 909 39 09
Fax: +41 22 909 39 93

Hotel Warwick ****
14, Rue de Lausanne, CH - 1201 Genève
Tel: +41 22 716 8000
Fax: +41 22 716 8001

Accommodation prices can be found in the meeting  booklet.

Rooms with special price will be available for a limited time for the participants through the following accommodation request form , which is available on a first come first serve basis. That means that if there is no more standard room available, the hotel will give you a bigger room for a more expensive price.

If you are interested in this conditions, please fill in the form and mail it to