This Special issue of “The
Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering” contains
expanded versions of selected papers presented at the 9th
International Conference “Modern Building Materials,
Structures and Techniques”, held in Vilnius on May 16–18,
2007. The first international conference on Modern Building
Materials, Structures and Techniques was held in 1991, just
a year after Lithuania had restored its independence. Two
annual conferences took place in 1992 and 1993; in the
period from 1993 to 2001 the Conference was organised every
second year. At the 7th Conference (2001), it was decided to
make the Conference triennial. All the conferences were
organised by Civil Engineering Faculty of Vilnius Gediminas
Technical University (VGTU) and took place at this
university. A special tribute should be paid to the Dean of
Civil Engineering Faculty of VGTU Prof. Povilas Vainiûnas
who has successfully organised all the Conferences held so
far. Enthusiastic support of the former Rector of VGTU Prof.
E. K. Zavadskas, a Vice-Rector at present, should be also
acknowledged. Since 1995, the Conference has been organised
jointly with the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, and in 2001
the IABSE Lithuanian National Group also joined the
organising team. The International Association for Bridge
and Structural Engineering as well as the Board of the
Association of European Civil Engineering Faculties are the
official sponsors of the Conference.
The increasing number of the
participants witnessed the growing prestige of the
Conference: 458 researchers from 25 countries participated
in the 9th International Conference “Modern Building
Materials, Structures and Techniques”. The Conference aimed
at summarising the progress in theoretical, numerical and
experimental research related to various problems of civil
engineering. During this three-day conference, 193 oral
presentations and 58 posters were presented in the six
Building materials and
Building technology and
Structural engineering and
Optimisation of structures
and new computation methods;
Fire protection and
The keynote speakers gave three
scientific presentations at the plenary meeting of the
H. Mang, the President of
Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2003-2006: Computational
mechanics of building materials and structures.
H. Pasternak, J. Meinz,
Brandenburg Technical University (Germany): Adhering of
steel constructions - advantages and possibilities.
Won-Suk Jang, M. J.
Skibniewski, Maryland University (USA): Wireless
network-based tracking and monitoring on project sites
of construction materials.
The most relevant issues of
modern civil engineering science and practice are addressed
during each of the now well-established conferences.
Presentations cover a broad variety of topics, such as
research and production of materials and structures, use of
innovative structural solutions in buildings and civil
engineering works, application of new and efficient
computation methods, optimisation of structures and
construction techniques, decision-making in construction,
quality management, construction management and economics,
advanced technologies for construction of constructions
works, geotechnical problems, human safety, ergonomics and
fire protection for buildings and structures.
This special issue is devoted
to the research carried out in the Baltic countries
regarding bridge and road engineering. The topics of the
papers appearing in this issue of “The Baltic Journal of
Road and Bridge Engineering” are analysis and computation,
decision-making problems and quality control.
I would like to thank the
authors of the papers for their patience and support during
the preparation and revision of the manuscripts: it was a
real pleasure to interact and cooperate with each of them.
The help of the reviewers is highly appreciated, too. The
following Special Issue would not have been possible without
enthusiastic support of Prof. Donatas Èygas, the
Editor-in-Chief of “The Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge
Engineering”. Finally, professional handling of the
publishing matters by Assoc. Prof. Daiva Þilionienë, the
Journal Managing Editor, should be also acknowledged.