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The Ninth International Conference
on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing

Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands
2-4 September 2003

"At the interface of industrial and academic research..."

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This is the ninth in the CIVIL-COMP series of conferences concerned with the application of computers to civil and structural engineering. The first Civil-Comp Conference was held in 1983 making this the 20th anniversary Civil-Comp Conference. The conference will provide a forum for the presentation and dissemination of recent developments in the use of computers in civil and structural engineering. A major objective of the conference will be to link research and innovative ideas to engineering practice.

Short to medium length papers describing the application of computers to civil and structural engineering projects will be particularly welcome. In addition, it is hoped that significant research and review papers on civil and structural engineering computational research topics will be presented.

The range of topics considered by the Conference will include: Professional Issues for Engineering Computer Users - Misuse of Computers - Data Management and Retrieval Systems - Software Standards, Quality Assurance and Benchmarking - Model Verification and Validation - Uncertainty - Human Computer Interaction - Data Acquisition and Control Systems - Structural Engineering including steel, bridge, composite, reinforced concrete and masonry structures - Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering - Structural Integrity - Formfinding, Topology and Structural Morphology - Cable and Fabric Structures - Soil-Structure Interaction (static and dynamic) - Buckling and Stability - Linear and Non-linear Dynamics - Analysis of Semi-rigid Connections - CAD (including steel, concrete, masonry and composite) - Transport and Highways Engineering - Geotechnical Analysis and Design - Foundation Engineering - Dam Engineering - Slope Design - Ground Vibration - Construction Automation and Robotics - Construction Management - Project Management - Management Systems - Civil Engineering Surveying - Civil Engineering Management - Lifetime Costs - Productivity - Quality Assessment - Optimisation

A list of computing technology that may be described with respect to the above domains includes: Integrated Design Systems - Information Technology - Parallel and Distributed Processing - Supercomputing - Heterogenous Computing - Simulation - Computer Aided Design - Graphics and Design - Safety Analysis - Product Modelling - Optimization - Information Systems - Virtual Reality - World Wide Web Applications - Visualisation - Simulations and Modeling - Decision Support Systems - New Algorithms - Computational Technology - Genetic Algorithms - Neural Networks - Decision Support Systems - Product Modelling - Design Integration - Grid Computing - Mathematical Software - OOP - Adaptive Methods.

The conference runs concurrently with the Seventh International Conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence to Civil and Structural Engineering. Participants may attend sessions from either conference.

Special Sessions
Several special sessions will be organised at this Conference. Papers may be submitted directly to the Conference Editor or to any of the special session organisers if you wish to participate in their session. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date. Please also notice the important dates below.

  • Computational techniques in composite materials structural analysis, organised by Dr A. Riccio, Italy.
  • Static and dynamic analysis of steel and composite structures, organised by Professor P.C.G da S. Vellasco, Brazil.
  • Computer Aided Design and Analysis of Cable and Membrane Structures, organised by Dr P. Ivanyi, Scotland.
  • Analysis and Design of Concrete Structures, organised by Professor A. Samartin, Spain.
Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including ten to sixteen papers and an optional special lecture are welcome. Please complete the following session proposal form and send it to the conference editor at the address below.

Conference Editorial Board
The members of the editorial board for this conference are: Professor H Adeli, USA; Dr A M Alsugair, Saudi Arabia; Dr A J Aref, USA; Dr C E Augarde, England; Professor A N Baldwin, England; Professor C C Baniotopoulos, Greece; Professor M R Barnes, England; Dr J Baugh, USA; Professor A A Becker, England; Dr D W Begg, England; Professor A Benjeddou, France; Dr F A Branco, Portugal; Dr J Bull, England; Professor O Bursi, Italy; Dr F Cai, Japan; Dr R Carneiro-Barros, Portugal; Dr J M A Cesar de Sa, Portugal; Dr S Chandra, India; Professor Y K Chow, Singapore; Professor G Cooper, England; Professor G De Roeck, Belgium; Professor G Degrande, Belgium; Professor M C Deo, India; Professor J Ermopoulos, Greece; Dr W Ferguson, Scotland; Dr M A Fischer, USA; Professor L Fryba, Czech Republic; Dr M Fuchs, Israel; Dr H Furuta, Japan; Dr P Gardner, England; Professor D Grierson, Canada; Dr R M Guedes, Portugal; Dr M N S Hadi, Australia; Professor P Hajela, USA; Dr M Hirokane, Japan; Professor G Hofstetter, Austria; Dr S H Hsieh, Taiwan; Dr D C K Huat, Singapore; Dr P Ivanyi, Scotland; Professor M Ivanyi, Hungary; Dr B A Izzuddin, England; Dr P Jayachandran, USA; Dr D S Jeng, Australia; Dr E Kameshki, Bahrain; Dr M Kaminski, Poland; Professor A Kaveh, Iran; Dr T Kerh, Taiwan; Dr E Kita, Japan; Professor S Kmet, Slovakia; Dr H G Kwak, Korea; Dr A K H Kwan, Hong Kong; Professor D Le Houedec, France; Professor P Leger, Canada; Dr C J Leo, Australia; Professor A Y T Leung, Hong Kong; Professor R Levy, Israel; Professor H L Li, Hong Kong; Professor J Y R Liew, Singapore; Professor Y Liong, Singapore; Dr P Love, Australia; Dr W Z Lu, Hong Kong; Mr J L Mackerle, Sweden; Dr R I Mackie, Scotland; Dr J L Marcelin, France; Professor K Marti, Germany; Professor R E Melchers, Australia; Professor J C Miles, Wales; Dr S A Mirza, Canada; Professor B Moeller, Germany; Dr M Muniz de Farias, Brazil; Dr G Muscolino, Italy; Dr S T Ng, Hong Kong; Dr T Nouri-Baranger, France; Dr K Orsborn, Sweden; Professor M Papadrakakis, Greece; Professor H Pasternak, Germany; Dr M Pavlovic, England; Dr M Phiri, England; Professor A Ramanezianpour, Iran; Professor M Raoof, England; Dr Y Ribakov, Israel; Dr A Riccio, Italy; Dr C M Romanel, Brazil; Professor M L Romero, Spain; Professor R L Sack, USA; Professor M P Saka, Bahrain; Professor A Samartin, Spain; Dr L M Santos Castro, Portugal; Dr T Sayed, Canada; Professor N E Shanmugam, Singapore; Dr L Simoni, Italy; Professor S Singh, USA; Professor V P Singh, USA; Dr T T Soong, USA; Dr R Spallino, Germany; Dr B Stok, Slovenia; Dr N K Subedi, Scotland; Dr C Syrmakezis, Greece; Dr I Takahashi, Japan; Professor D Thambiratnam, Australis; Professor H R Thomas, Wales; Professor B H V Topping, Scotland; Dr D Tran, Australia; Dr G Turvey, England; Dr P Vallini, Italy; Professor C M Wang, Singapore; Dr Y B Yang, Taiwan; Dr J Q Ye, England; and Professor A Zingoni, South Africa;

Submission of Papers
Papers are invited on the conference themes and all aspects of computing in civil and structural engineering. Authors will be eligible for reduced conference fees. Two copies of an extended abstract (1,000 words) of proposed papers should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than the abstract submission date (see important dates). Authors will be notified of acceptance by the abstract acceptance date. Final acceptance will be based upon review of the full length paper which must be received before the full paper deadline. Abstracts should be sent by email, fax or post to the special session organisers or by post only to the Conference Editor:

Prof. Barry H.V. Topping
School of Engineering
Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton
Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, UK
Tel: 44(0)1786 870 191
Fax: 44(0)1786 870 192

All abstracts should be accompanied by an abstract submission form. Please refer to the Abstract Submission page for further instructions on submitting abstracts.

The conference has a strict "No Paper - No Podium" rule (i.e. conference presentations can only be made if they have a corresponding accepted paper in the proceedings).

Conference Proceedings
The conference proceedings (camera ready format) which will be available on the first day of the conference will be published by Civil-Comp Press. A selection of papers will be published in special issues of Computers & Structures and Advances in Engineering Software. The procedure for submitting papers for these journal special issues will be available at the conference.

Important Dates
Please take note of these important dates when planning your participation to this conference:

All special session proposals are due1 December 2002
Abstract submission deadline14 March 2003
Notification of abstract acceptance5 April 2003
Full paper deadlineas advised by editor
Last day for author registrations8 July 2003
Programme is released15 August 2003
The conference2-4 September 2003
Altough the abstract submission deadline has passed, late abstracts may still be considered. Please contact the editor directly by phone, fax or email.

Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is Zuiderduin Hotel in Egmond-aan-Zee, near Alkmaar on the North Sea Coast in the Netherlands. The hotel is within 25 minute train ride from Amsterdam Central Station and accessible from Amsterdam International Airport. All presentations, lunches and coffees will be at the hotel. For information on how to get to the venue, click here.

Conference Fees
The conference registration fees include:

  • the full Civil-Comp Press / Saxe-Coburg Publications Conference Proceedings Package
  • morning coffee, lunches, afternoon tea on all three days of the conference
  • the conference dinner on the evening of 3rd September 2003
The conference fees are as given in the following table:

Registration form received and fees paid
before 1/5 20031/5-8/7 2003after 8/7 2003
author/student350 UK Pounds400 UK Pounds500 UK Pounds
non-author450 UK Pounds450 UK Pounds500 UK Pounds
special package500 UK Pounds550 UK Poundsnot available

The special package is for the registration of one author plus one young researcher from the author's department or institute. The young researcher must be less than 30 years old on the first day of the conference and should provide documentation of his/her age (e.g. photocopy of passport) with the registration form. Please note that this special package is only available until 8 July 2003 and payment in full must be received by this date. For details of the method of payment see this registration form.

Please note that it is the responsability of all participants to take out full insurance to cover all expenses, including registration fee, in the event that they are unable to travel for whatever reason. Details of the cancellation policy are given on the registration form.

The conference runs concurrently with the Seventh International Conference on the Application of Artificial Intelligence to Civil and Structural Engineering. Participants may attend sessions from either conference.

Accommodation is available at the Zuiderduin Hotel. Booking of hotel accommodation is looked after by LGCE, PO Box 83005, 1080 AA Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 20 6793218, Fax: +31 20 6758236, Email: The booking form contains all special conference rates. It should be sent together with payment to LGCE before 15/7/2003.

Additional Items
A 4 course dinner buffet (including coffee and one drink) will be organised on the evening of 1 September. This is the evening before the start of the conference. Tickets for this dinner buffet are available from Civil-Comp at the price of 16 UK Pounds each. Please mention this on your registration form if you wish to purchase any tickets. These tickets must be paid for by 10th August.

Additional tickets for the Conference Dinner on the evening of 3 September are also available. If you wish to bring your partner along to the Conference Dinner, you can purchase these tickets from Civil-Comp at the price of 50 UK Pounds each. Please also mention this on your registration form if you wish to purchase any tickets. These tickets must be paid for by 10th August.

Social Programme
A complimentary visit to the Alkmaar cheese market is organised on Friday 5 September 2003. If you care to stay an extra day after the conference, transport to the market and afterwards back to the hotel and to the Alkmaar train station will be arranged.

During the conference a special programme of guided visits will be presented to accompanying persons. Details of the tours and booking of tickets can be found on the tours page.