About This Workshop

Object & Scope

Lifetime engineering of civil infrastructure is becoming one the most important issues in the sustainable development of societies all over the world. In advanced countries the benefits of long-term management of civil infrastructure has been recognized by the experts of the discipline. An example of this was Lifetime Thematic Network (Lifetime Engineering of Buildings and Civil Infrastructure), a recently ended project financed by the European Commission (chaired by Prof. Asko Sarja, VTT), which activated national, European and worldwide development processes in lifetime engineering issues. Another example is IABMAS (International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety) which is trying to bridge the gap between theory and practice on bridge management sector worldwide. However, "the practice" is not prone to change without heavy reasoning and education. Therefore, further research, innovations and international collaboration are needed to promote transfer of lifetime engineering into the decision-making.

The first International Workshop on Lifetime Engineering of Civil Infrastructure - honoring the career of Prof. Asko Sarja - was held also in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan, November 9-11, 2005.

The major concerns in this 2nd workshop - collaboration between Yamaguchi and Hunan - will address different aspects of lifetime engineering and provide a forum for efficient exchange of ideas about integrated lifetime management of civil infrastructure systems. Among many topics, the latest information processing technologies and intelligent structural health monitoring techniques applied to civil infrastructure management will be presented. The workshop gives an excellent opportunity to establish fruitful international collaboration between the participants and their organizations, and to discuss the challenges we are facing with our ageing civil infrastructure.

Ayaho Miyamoto
Yamaguchi University, (Japan)

September, 2006

Language and Proceedings

The official language of the workshop is in English. All papers shall be written and presented in English. After the workshop, the Proceedings will be published and sent to all participants.