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Le Méridien
St. Julians.
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St. Julians
Argotti Botanical Gardens
The Eleventh International Conference
on Civil, Structural and Environmental
Engineering Computing
St. Julians, Malta
18-21 September 2007
Final Call-for-Participation
This is the eleventh in the CIVIL-COMP series of conferences concerned with the application of computers to civil, structural and environmental engineering. The first Civil-Comp Conference was held in 1983. The conference will provide a forum for the presentation and dissemination of recent developments in the use of computers in civil, structural and environmental 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, structural and environmental engineering projects will be particularly welcome. In addition, it is hoped that significant research and review papers on civil, structural and environmental engineering computational research topics will be presented.

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

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 Models - 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 - Space, Tension and Shell Structures - Soil-Structure Interaction (static and dynamic) - Buckling and Stability - Linear and Non-linear Dynamics - Analysis of Semi-rigid Connections - Environmental Engineering - 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 - Sustainable Urban Environments - Water Resources Enginering - Enviromental Modelling - Mobile Computing - GIS - Virtual Reality - Structural Control - Fracture Mechanics - Modelling of Concrete Durability - Rock Mechanics - Offshore Structures - Computer Controlled Site Instrumentation - Quality Assessment - Optimisation - Structural Optimisation and Sensitivity Analysis - Numerical Modeling in Geotechnics - Monitoring of Structures & Buildings - Real-Time 3D Simulation - Computer Supported Collaborative Design - New advances in Structural Health Monitoring Technologies - Fuzzy Methods.

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.

Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. Papers may be submitted directly to the Conference Editor or via 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.
  • Computational Methods, Experimental Validation and Engineering Applications in the field of Structural Control,
    organised by Prof. V. Gattulli, Universita degli Studi di L'Aquila, Italy (gattulli AT
  • Decision-making and performance in construction management,
    organised by Prof. N.F. Pan, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan ROC (pan AT
  • Computational Methods for Concrete Structures,
    organised by Dr A.F. Ashour, University of Bradford, UK (a.f.ashour AT
  • Computational methods in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering,
    organised by Prof. P.J. Fox, Ohio State University, USA (fox.407 AT
  • Steel and Composite Steel/Concrete Structures,
    organised by Prof. L.F. Costa Neves, University of Coimbra, Portugal (luis AT
  • Structural Optimisation and Sensitivity Analysis,
    organised by Prof. A. Csebfalvi, University of Pécs, Hungary (csebfalv AT
  • Probabilistic Approaches to Structural Mechanics,
    organised by Prof. M. Karama, CMAO, M2SF, ENIT, Tarbes, France (moussa AT and Prof. A. Elhami, LMR, INSA Rouen, St Etienne du Rouvray, France (abdelkhalak.elhami AT
  • High-Speed Trains: Vehicle and Railway Track Dynamic Analysis; Related Enviromental Problems,
    organised by Dr Z. Dimitrovová with Prof. J. Ambrósio and Dr. J. Pombo, Universidade Nova, Caparica, Portugal (zdim AT
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 Conference Chairmen is Professor Barry H.V. Topping (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary).

The members of the editorial board for this conference are: Prof. H. Adeli, USA Dr. N. A. Alexander, UK; Dr S.A. Alghamdi, Saudi Arabia; Mr J.M. Alonso, Spain; Prof. M. Alshawi, UK; Prof. D. Ambrosini, Argentina; Assoc Prof. R. Amor, New Zealand; Dr L. Andersen, Denmark; Prof. C.J. Anumba, UK; Prof. T. Arciszewski, USA Prof. A. J. Aref, USA Dr A.F. Ashour, UK; Dr C.E. Augarde, UK; Prof. Y. Ayvaz, Turkey; Dr A. Bahreininejad, Iran; Prof. J.R. Banerjee, UK; Prof. C.C. Baniotopoulos, Greece; Prof. A. Baratta, Italy; Prof. R.C. Barros, Portugal; Dr B. Basu, Ireland; Prof. J.W. Baugh, USA Dr R. G. Beale, UK; Prof. A. A. Becker, UK; Prof. J. Bencat, Slovakia; Prof. A. Benjeddou, France; Dr V. Berkhahn, Germany; Dr J. Blachut, UK; Prof. N.M. Bouchlaghem, UK; Prof. P. Bouillard, Belgium; Dr. R. Bouzidi, France; Prof. D.A. Bradley, UK; Prof. F.A. Branco, Portugal; Dr. M.F. Bransby, UK; Dr M Bruen, Ireland; Dr J.W. Bull, UK; Dr.-Ing. C. Butenweg, Germany; Dr P. Cacciola, Italy; Dr F. Cai, Japan; Prof. F. Casciati, Italy; Prof. J.M.A. Cesar de Sa, Portugal; Prof. C. Chaleeraktrakoon, Thailand; Dr S. Chandra, India; Dr. A.A. Chanerley, UK; Dr A. P. Chassiakos, Greece; Dr J. Cheng, China; Prof. Y.K. Chow, Singapore; Prof. D.K.H. Chua, Singapore; Dr A. Clement, Hungary; Prof. I. Colominas, Spain; Dr I. Corbi, Italy; Prof. A. Csebfalvi, Hungary; Prof. J.G.S. da Silva, Brazil; Prof. L. Damkilde, Denmark; Asst. Prof. J. de Brito, Portugal; Prof. G. De Matteis, Italy; Prof. G. De Roeck, Belgium; Prof. W.P. De Wilde, Belgium; Prof. G. Degrande, Belgium; Prof. M.C. Deo, India; Prof. P.R.B. Devloo, Brazil; Dr Z. Dimitrovová, Portugal; Dr. M. Dolenc, Slovenia; Prof. A. Ebrahimpour, USA Dr D.J. Edwards, UK; Prof. N.N. Eldin, USA Dr.-Ing. A. Elenas, Greece; Prof. A. El-Hami, France; Dr A.I. Elsheikh, UK; Prof. L.Z. Emkin, USA Prof. J. Ermopoulos, Greece; Dr D. Eyheramendy, France; Dr M.J. Fadaee, Iran; Prof. M. de Fatima Farinha, Portugal; Associate Prof. B. Feijo, Brazil; Prof. P.J. Fox, USA Prof. D.M. Frangopol, USA Prof. T. Froese, Canada; Dr R. Fruchter, USA Prof. L. Fryba, Czech Republic; Prof. M.B. Fuchs, Israel; Dr E. Gal, Israel; Dr. P. Gardner, UK; Prof. V. Gattulli, Italy; Dr H.P. Gavin, USA Prof. R.I. Gilbert, Australia; Prof. A.T.C. Goh, Singapore; Dr P. Gosling, UK; Prof. D.E. Grierson, Canada; Dr. Z.W. Guan, UK; Prof. M.N.S. Hadi, Australia; Prof. P. Hajela, USA Prof. N. B. Harmancioglu, Turkey; Dr M. Hartnett, Ireland; Prof. T. Hegazy, Canada; Dr M. Hirokane, Japan; Prof. M. Hjiaj, France; Prof. G. Hofstetter, Austria; Prof. Y. Itoh, Japan; Dr P. Ivanyi, Hungary; Prof. B.A. Izzuddin, UK; Dr M.S. Jaafar, Malaysia; Prof. P. Jayachandran, USA Dr. D.S. Jeng, Australia; Dr T. Ji, UK; Prof. X. Jia, USA Dr E.S. Kameshki, Bahrain; Dr M. Kaminski, Poland; Prof. A. Kaveh, Iran; Prof. T. Kerh, Taiwan; Dr A.I. Khan, Australia; Prof. E. Kita, Japan; Prof. S. Kmet, Slovakia; Dr. K. Krabbenhoft, Australia; Prof. H.G. Kwak, Korea; Dr J. E. Laier, Brazil; Prof. R. Landolfo, Italy; Prof. K.H. Law, USA Prof. D. Le Houédec, France; Dr C.K. Lee, Singapore; Dr S.J. Lee, Korea; Dr I.D. Lefas, Greece; Prof. P. Leger, Canada; Dr V.M A. Leitao, Portugal; Dr. C.J. Leo, Australia; Dr. M. Leps, Czech Republic; Prof. A.Y.T. Leung, Hong Kong; Prof. R. Levy, Israel; Prof. J. Y. Richard Liew, Singapore; Prof. S.Y.Liong, Singapore; Dr J. Logo, Hungary; Dr P.B. Lourenco, Portugal; Prof. P.E.D. Love, Australia; Dr J. Wei-Zhen Lu, Hong Kong; Dr R. I. Mackie, UK; Prof. C.E. Majorana, Italy; Prof. M. Malafaya-Baptista, Portugal; Prof. Dr. K. Marti, Germany; Prof. J.C. Martinez, USA Prof. F.M. Mazzolani, Italy; Prof. S.L. McCabe, USA Assoc Prof. K.J. McManus, Australia; Prof. G. Meschke, Germany; Prof. J.C. Miles, UK; Prof. S.A. Mirza, Canada; Assoc. Prof. E.S. Mistakidis, Greece; Prof. A. Miyamoto, Japan; Prof. B. Moeller, Germany; Prof. R. Montenegro Armas, Spain; Prof. G. Montero Garcia, Spain; Dr I. Mura, Italy; Prof. G. Muscolino, Italy; Prof. J.-P. Muzeau, France; Prof. T. Nakai, Japan; Associate Prof. R. Navon, Israel; Prof. Luis F Costa Neves, Portugal; Dr A. Palmeri, Italy; Prof. N.-F. Pan, Taiwan; Prof. M. Papadrakakis, Greece; Prof. M. Pastor, Spain; Dr B. Patzak, Czech Republic; Dr C. Pellegrino, Italy; Dr M. Phiri, UK; Dr B. Picoux, France; Dr J. Pombo, Portugal; Dr R. Powell, UK; Prof. A.J. Puppala, USA Dr M.Y. Rafiq, UK; Dr S. Rajasekaran, India; Prof. A.A. Ramezanianpour, Iran; Prof. M. Raoof, UK; Dr Y. Ribakov, Israel; Dr. A. Riccio, Italy; Dr C. Romanel, Brazil; Prof. M.L. Romero, Spain; Dr. D. Rypl, Czech Republic; Prof. R.L. Sack, USA Prof. F. Saje, Slovenia; Prof. M.P. Saka, Turkey; Prof. E. Salajegheh, Iran; Prof. A. Samartin, Spain; Prof. L.M. Santos Castro, Portugal; Dr. E.J. Sapountzakis, Greece; Prof. T. Sayed, Canada; Prof. K. Schilling, Germany; Prof. N.E. Shanmugam, Singapore; Prof. K.-J. Shou, Taiwan; Prof. L. Simoni, Italy; Prof. S. Singh, USA Prof. M.J. Skibniewski, USA Prof. M. Skitmore, Australia; Prof. I.F.C. Smith, Switzerland; Prof. T.T. Soong, USA Prof. J.E. Souza de Cursi, France; Dr R. Spallino, Germany; Prof. C.C. Spyrakos, Greece; Prof. C.A. Syrmakezis, Greece; Prof. I. Takahashi, Japan; Dr. T. T. Tanyimboh, UK; Prof. A. Tesar, Slovakia; Prof. D. Thambiratnam, Australia; Dr D. Theodossopoulos, UK; Prof. G. Thierauf, Germany; Prof. H.R. Thomas, UK; Dr D. Tran, Australia; Asst. Prof. Y. Tsompanakis, Greece; Dr G.J. Turvey, UK; Prof. N A Tyler, UK; Prof. Y. Uematsu, Japan; Dr L. S. Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, UK; Prof. G. Venter, South Africa; Prof. H. Voss, Germany; Prof. W. Wagner, Germany; Prof. G.A. Walters, UK; Prof. C.M. Wang, Singapore; Dr A.S. Watson, UK; Prof. T.P. Williams, USA Dr P.K. Woodward, UK; Prof. R.-C. Xiao, China; Prof. Y.-B. Yang, Taiwan; Dr J.Q. Ye, UK; Prof. C. Yilmaz, Turkey; Prof. Q.L. Zhang, China; Prof. A. Zingoni, South Africa; and Prof. P.P. Zouein, Lebanon.

Invited Lectures
A list of the invited plenary and special lectures is available from this page.
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. (Only papers presented at the conference are eligible for special issue publication.)
Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is Hotel Le Méridien St. Julians, 39 Main Street, Balluta Bay, St Julians STJ 15, Malta. This 5-star hotel is situated in the grounds of a 19th Century Maltese Villa on the seafront of the picturesque Balluta Bay. It is located 200 metres from the centre of St Julians, you are within walking distances of authentic cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs and the main shopping area of Sliema. Malta's capital, Valletta, is just 8km away and the hotel is on the main bus route to the city. Malta International Airport is 12 km from the hotel.

All presentations, lunches and coffees will be at this location. For information on how to get to the venue, click here.

Accommodation is available at Le Méridien St. Julians. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel. Special conference rates have been negotiated with the hotel if you use the special rate booking form available from this page. September is high season in Malta. Many hotels are overbooked during this period, it is therefore vital that you book your hotel room as soon as possible in 2007. You may also book your accommodation directly with your travel agent, in the conference hotel or any other hotel in St. Julians.
Please check with your travel agent or the Maltese embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter Malta. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time.

With the current international situation it is difficult for many countries to issue visas without undertaking a lengthy process. In the case of Malta, we understand that you may require a letter of invitation from a Maltese organisation. This is usually provided by the Hotel that you will be staying in. If you are staying in Hotel Le Méridien St. Julians, please send your request for a visa invitation letter directly to the Hotel for the attention of Michael Grima. Please state in your request your full name, address and passport number. Also you will need to provide your hotel booking confirmation. Visa invitation letters will only be issued to participants with confirmed hotel bookings.