Location and dates

The conference will take place at the Auditorium of the School of Engineering of the University of Minho, located in the Campus de Azurém, University Avenue, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal.



University of Minho, Campus de Azurém

Fig.1. University of Minho, Campus de Azurém



The venue is in walking distance from the city centre.



University of Minho, Campus de Azurém

Fig.2. University of Minho, Campus de Azurém – inside plan



Founded in 1973, the University of Minho welcomed its first students in the academic year of 1975/76. At present, the University is renowned for its competence and quality of teaching staff, excellence in scientific research, wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses offered and for its high level of interaction with other institutions.

For these reasons, UMinho has a central role in the region and is an important reference for the country and a recognised partner in the European and global scene. Located in the north of Portugal, the University has a campus in Braga and two others in Guimarães, Azurém Campus and Couros Campus.



Location scheme of the meeting Venue

Fig.3. Location scheme of the meeting Venue



Originating from the ancient Roman town of Bracara Augusta, Braga is currently the third largest city in Portugal. Guimarães is known as the "cradle of the nation" and is classified as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

The University's organisational structure is flexible and conducive to innovation and interdisciplinary research on emerging topics. The teaching and research courses and the Schools and the Institutes are the basic structure of the University: Schools of Architecture, Sciences, Health Sciences, Law, Economics and Management, Engineering, Psychology, Nursing, and the Institutes of Social Sciences, Education and Arts and Human Sciences.

The courses and research projects have a strong international reputation. UMinho is a targeted research university, committed to the value chain of knowledge, in other words: Research, Development and Innovation. It also points to the socio-economic environment, with many successful partnerships in research, cultural and socio- economic development projects.

Internationalisation is a strong commitment and international activities are quite intense, not only within the EU and Portuguese Official Language African Countries (PALOP), but also with several other countries on different continents. The academic year of 2010/2011 was marked by the introduction of a wide range of courses which extended to distance-learning programmes and evening classes. This educational offer had a great social impact and opened the University to a new public, within the framework of demand and quality which has always been the hallmark of this Institution.

Guimarães is a Portuguese city located in the District of Braga, in the north and sub-region of Ave (one of the most industrialized sub-regions of the country), with a population of 52,182 inhabitants. The municipality is bordered to the north by the municipality of Póvoa de Lanhoso, to the east by Fafe, to the south by Felgueiras, Vizela and Santo Tirso, to the west by Vila Nova de Famalicão and to the northwest by Braga.



Location scheme of the meeting Venue

Fig.4. Guimarães



It is a historical city, with a crucial role in the formation of Portugal, and that counts more than a millennium since its formation, when it was designated as Vimaranes. Guimarães is one of the most important historical cities in the country, and its historical center is considered Cultural Patrimony of Humanity, making it definitely one of the largest tourist centers in the region. Its streets and monuments breathe history and delight those who visit it. Today Guimarães was able to reconcile, in the best way, the history and consequent maintenance of the heritage with the dynamism and entrepreneurship that characterize the modern cities.

Guimarães is often referred to as "cradle city of Portugal", due to the fact that the administrative center of the Portucalense County was established by D. Henrique and his son D. Afonso Henriques to have been born in this city and fundamentally for the historical importance that the Battle of São Mamede, waged on the outskirts of the city on June 24, 1128, had for the formation of nationality. However, the needs of the Reconquest and protection of southern territories led this same center to Coimbra in 1129. The "Vimaranenses" are proudly treated by "Conquistadores", fruit of this historical heritage of conquest begun precisely in Guimarães.

How to get to Guimarães

By Plane


A useful link for airway connections to Porto is: http://www.ana.pt/en/opo/flights-destinations/airlines/airlines-and-destinations

Direct bus


GETBUS operates a direct service between Porto Airport and Guimarães, costing €8.00 each way or €14.00 return. There are seven or eight buses each way depending on which day of the week. The journey takes 50 minutes and is the quickest way. Tickets can be bought on line or from the bus driver. At Guimarães tickets are also sold at the Mondinense ticket office in the bus station.


Metro and train


By metro and train it is straightforward and inexpensive, but slower. Take the METRO DO PORTO Line E from the Airport to Campanhã station. Trains run about every 20 minutes for most of the day on weekdays, every 30 minutes at other times including weekends and holidays, from around 6am until just after midnight. That will take about 33 minutes and costs €2.60 - a Z4 (four zone) ticket. More details at the METRO DO PORTO website. By the way, don't throw away your 'ANDANTE' ticket if you are coming back to Porto. It is rechargeable. You can use it until it wears out and saves you €0.60 on each subsequent ticket of the same type. Tickets are sold at the Airport tourist office, but if it's not open you will need some coins for the ticket machines.

At Campanhã walk round from the Metro station to the main railway station of CP, Portuguese Railways. That takes only a couple of minutes.

From there, local electric trains of the Porto Urbanos network run to Guimarães about once every TWO hours, with extra trains on weekday rush hours. The journey takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes and will cost €3.20. There are simple to use ticket machines in the hall; there were long lines at the ticket office all three times I was there. The machines take notes as well as coins. NB these tickets are NOT VALID on Intercity trains. Urbanos trains are (mostly) bright yellow!

First train from Porto São Bento is at 06:20 on weekdays, 07:20 at weekends and holidays and the last train is at 23:20 daily. These stop at Porto Campanhã five minutes later. Be sure to check timetables at the Portugal Railways Official website.



Federal Highway Research Institute - BASt surrounding area

Fig.5. Train stations between Porto and Guimarães



Trains from Guimarães to Porto start at 05:48 on weekdays, 06:48 at weekends and holidays, with the last train at 22:48 daily.

If you plan to spend some time in Porto before moving on, the trains to Guimarães start at the city centre SÃO BENTO station. This historic building is in the heart of the city (it has a Metro station also) and is worth a visit in its own right!


By bus from Porto city centre


The bus fare is nearly double the train fare.

The Arriva 'Rápida' bus service (route 500) also runs between Porto and Guimarães, making the trip in about 50 minutes. Buses run every 1 - 2 hours on weekdays, less frequently at weekends. Timetable here. The Porto terminal for Arriva is in Rua Régulo Magauanha close to the Trindade metro station.

TRANSDEV also has a local bus service between Porto (Campo 24 de Agosto) and Guimarães with six buses on weekdays, three on Saturdays and two on Sundays and holidays.

Objectives

In the first year of COST Action TU1406 the main focus was on the screening process of existing European documents and establishing a database for PIs. The second year of the project was focused on technical and non-technical bridge performance goals, followed by the establishment of quality control plans, applications to case studies and recommendations for guidelines in the third year.

The conference will be dedicated to the following topics:

- These target groups are the end users who will be able to exploit the outcome of COST Action TU1406 by applying the developed methodology to their assets in order to be maintained in an upscale level.

- In order to transmit the required information in a direct and clear manner to end users TU1406 is organizing

- In order to reinforce this cooperation, COST Action TU1406 is organizing an Owners Meeting at BASt, Brüderstraße 53, Bergisch Gladbach (near Cologne) in Germany the 22nd of November 2018.

Programme

The programme can be dowloaded here.

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.

Please book your flight and hotel as soon as possible in order to find cheap solutions.

Accomodation

The local organizers recommend using the following listed hotels for accommodation, conveniently located near the venue.



Santa Luzia Arthotel****
Rua Francisco Agra, 100
4800-157 Guimarães
http://santaluziaarthotel.com/en/santa-luzia-arthotel

Special rate for reservation requests identified with “COST TU 1406”:

Tipology

Single Duplo

Comfort

80,00 €

90,00 €

Prestige 110,00 €

120,00 €



Hotel de Guimarães****
Rua Eduardo Manuel De Almeida
4810-440 Guimarães
http://www.hotel-guimaraes.com/EN/hotel.html

Hotel Fundador***
Av. D. Afonso Henriques, 740
4810-912 Guimarães
http://www.hotelfundador.com/EN/home.html

Hotel Toural****
Largo António Leite de Carvalho
4800-153 Guimarães
http://www.hoteltoural.com/en/hotel-toural.html

Stay Hotel****
Av. Dom João IV 631, S. Sebastião
4810-532 Guimarães
https://www.stayhotels.pt/stayhotelguimaraescentro/en/home
Keynote Speakers
Panel 1
 

Title: What can we get from COST Actions?
Date: Monday, 25th March 2019 - 08:45 – 10:15
Abstract: COST is mainly oriented to networking between European countries, with special focus on the inclusive countries, young researchers, industry and female participation. The main outcomes are the possibility of common methods and approaches all over Europe to specific problems affecting Europe as a whole. In the panel will be discussed if and how these subjects can be achieved, what are their impact in society, both from the perspective of COST officials as well as from experiences of active participants in COST Actions.

Moderator
Joan Casas
Technical University of Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTech)
Spain
Rapporteur
Yiannis Xenidis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Greece
Paulo Lourenço
University of Minho
Portugal
Helmut Wenzel
VCE Vienna Consulting Engineers ZT GmbH
Switzerland
Stefan Weiers
European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation
Belgium
Bart Veys
COST Association
Belgium
Paul Lüchinger
Dr. Lüchinger + Meyer Bauingenieure AG
Switzerland
Elena Dumova Jovanoska
University "Ss.Cyril and Methodius"
North Macedonia

 

Panel 2
 

Title: The situation of road bridges in Europe, what can we do better?
Date: Monday, 25th March 2019 - 10:45 – 12:15
Abstract: Bridge failures such as one that recently occurred in Genova raise the anxiety of general public, which puts the pressure on road authorities to respond to inquires related to the quality of their bridge inventory. In the most cases the readily available data on bridges allow only qualitative information such as average condition state or percentages of bridges or deck areas in each condition state. The founded quantitative information on bridge safety and serviceability is not readily available not even for newly constructed structures although safety and serviceability criteria govern the bridge design. It seems not very reasonable that this information is not stored in the databases let alone updated based on inspection and monitoring results. The panel will discuss the possible ways to store and process design and inspection/monitoring data in order to assess safety and serviceability and based on it to decide upon maintenance intervention. Additionally, the information on safety and serviceability would be at the owner's fingertips and is readily available in case of inquiries.

Moderator
Rade Hajdin
University of Belgrade
Serbia
Rapporteur
Matej Kušar
University of Ljubljana
Slovenia
Rui Coutinho
Infraestruturas de Portugal
Portugal
Christian Honeger
ASFINAG
Austria
Arjen van Maaren
Rijkswaterstaat – Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat
The Netherlands
Sam Beamish
Kier Highways Group
United Kingdom
Panagiotis Panetsos
Egnatia Odos S.A.
Greece

 

Panel 3
 

Title: Status on the performance assessment of bridge structures across Europe
Date: Monday, 25th March 2019 - 13:30 – 15:00
Abstract: For bridges and engineering structures, there are performance indicators established for their components and whole systems. Indicators can be qualitative or quantitative based, and can be obtained during principal inspections, through visual examination, non-destructive testing, semi-destructive testing or temporary or permanent monitoring system, analyses techniques, etc.. Hence, the main objective of this session is to discuss the most recent knowledge on performance assessment procedures. This session will then focus on: (i) performance assessment procedures; (ii) assessment before and after an intervention; (iii) assessment before and after an hazard; (iv) performance indicators; (v) may we use thresholds for decision making?; (vi) from performance indicators to KPIs; and (vii) using models to forecast performance. Also focusing on new approaches to quantify and assess the bridge performance, as well as quality specifications to assure an expected performance level, in order to improve bridge management strategies, and financing asset management of ageing structures in Europe.

Moderator
Alfred Strauss
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
Austria
Rapporteur
Ana Mandić Ivanković
University of Zagreb
Croatia
Konrad Bergmeister
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
Austria
Martin Käser
Baudirektion Kanton Zürich
Switzerland
Michal Venglár
Slovak Technical University (STU) in Bratislava
Slovakia
Viet Ha Nguyen
University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Luís Oliveira Santos
National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC)
Portugal
Poul Linneberg
COWI
Denmark

 

Panel 4
 

Title: What are the expectations for society?
Date: Monday, 25th March 2019 - 15:30 – 17:00
Abstract: This panel will discuss different aspects of asset management strategies, including bridge performance goals, which may vary according to technical, environmental, economic and societal factors. It will focus on the need for agencies to measure bridge performance against objectives on structure and network level, taking into account other aspects than technical. This challenging task for the owners is requiring development of quantifiable methods to satisfy multiple performance goals, in order to develop trade-offs between the aspects, numerous objects and maintenance options.

Moderator
Irina Stipanovic
University of Twente
The Netherlands
Rapporteur
Niels Peter Høj
HOJ Consulting GmbH
Switzerland
Anders Carolin
Trafikverket – Swedish Transport Administration
Sweden
Bojan Vivoda
Motorway Rijeka-Zagreb d.d.
Croatia
Sharon Callanan
Irish Rail
Ireland
Nicolas Bardou
VINCI Autoroutes
France
Ralph Holst
BASt – Federal Highway Research Institute
Germany

 

Panel 5
 

Title: Innovation on the Quality Control of bridges
Date: Tuesday, 26th March 2019 - 08:30 – 10:00
Abstract: The transport system represents a fundamental factor for the economic and social development, as it allows the quick, safe and easy exchange of passengers and freight. For the most part, this mobility is sustained by the network of roads and highways providing high level of service and flexibility. Road bridges are key elements in terms of safety and functionality for the whole infrastructure. The ageing and deterioration of these components exacerbated by climate change from one hand and the increasing traffic intensities and loads from the other hand, make them the bottlenecks of the transportation infrastructure. Decision making about replacing or repairing, when and how to repair each individual structure, is a common and difficult management issue for asset managers. To maintain a high quality of service, there is a significant need for Quality Control procedures that allow road administrations to better manage their infrastructure stock. Performance related to the effects of climate change and extreme events in general must be carefully accounted for in order to support decision policies oriented toward a sustainable, redundant, robust and resilient approach to bridge management. Innovation in the field of quality control of bridges can follow different paths. One of, is the definition of indicators able to describe the system performance with respect to current and future actions related not only to the structural function itself but to the entire system considering also societal, environmental and economic issues. Indicators must be able to translate data collected on the system into information useful for decision making. Efficiency in the performance assessment is therefore another important aspect of innovation mainly related to the availability of technologies. The last path to innovation follows the definition of advanced forecasting models about the future structural performance, based on the information related to the current conditions. These topics will be discussed in the panel by experts in the different sectors.

Moderator
Maria Limongelli
Politecnico di Milano
Italy
Rapporteur
André Orcesi
IFSTTAR
France
Helena Gervásio
University of Coimbra
Portugal
Guido De Roeck
KU Leuven
Belgium
Michael Faber
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Denmark
Boulent Imam
University of Surrey
United Kingdom
Markus Hoffman
Technical University of Vienna
Austria
Ignacio Piñero
Tecnalia
Spain

 

Panel 6
 

Title: How quality control of bridges is performed outside Europe
Date: Tuesday, 26th March 2019 - 10:30 – 12:00
Abstract: In this panel we will discuss how quality control of existing bridges is performed outside Europe. The participants of the panel come from five different continents and will shortly present the main bridge maintenance management challenges currently identified in their countries. We will discuss the different management strategies and the way the roadway authorities (bridge owners) are handling the challenges. It will be interesting to see the differences between the strategies and the ways quality control of the existing bridge network is performed. In addition, the question of what type of Performance Indicators and Key performance indicators can be used in each country and if data currently collected, processed and used is sufficient. We will try to understand if the methodology suggested in COST TU1406 can be used and what may be the benefit from it.

Moderator
Amir Kedar
Kedmor Engineers Ltd
Israel
Rapporteur
Sander Sein
Tallinn University of Technology
Estonia
Xin Ruan
Tongji University
China
Marcelo Marquez
Department of Roads of the Ministry of Public Works
Chile
Andy Ng
VicRoads
Australia
Nisrine Makhoul
Notre Dame University
Lebanon
Sylvester Jijingi
Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
Nigeria
Ademir Santos
ADS – Engineering and Innovation
Brazil

 

Panel 7
 

Title: What’s next?
Date: Tuesday, 26th March 2019 - 13:15 – 14:45
Abstract: This panel will give an overview of what was discussed in previous panels, namely, related to performance assessment of bridges, establishment of goals at different levels, framework for quality control and novel aspects, and international overview. It will be also pointed out the pros and cons of this Action, being the main results be further used in future Actions. Finally, a common strategy for sustainability will be established in order to maintain the covered topics at different levels.

Moderator
José C. Matos
University of Minho
Portugal
Rapporteur
Vikram Pakrashi
University College Dublin
Ireland
Joan Casas
Technical University of Catalunya (UPC-BarcelonaTech)
Spain
Rade Hajdin
University of Belgrade
Serbia
Alfred Strauss
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
Austria
Irina Stipanovic
University of Twente
The Netherlands
Maria Limongelli
Politecnico di Milano
Italy
Amir Kedar
Kedmor Engineers Ltd
Israel