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GUEST EDITORIAL

 

Gintaris Kaklauskas

 
DOI: 10.3846/1822-427X.2008.3.113-114
 

Head of Dept of Bridge and Special Structures
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Saulëtekio al. 11, 10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
E-mail: Gintaris.Kaklauskas@st.vgtu.lt

 

 

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 sections:

  • Building materials and their technology;

  • Building technology and management;

  • Structural engineering and bridges;

  • Optimisation of structures and new computation methods;

  • Geotechnics;

  • Fire protection and Ergonomics.

The keynote speakers gave three scientific presentations at the plenary meeting of the conference:

  • 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.

Gintaris Kaklauskas

 

 

 

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