Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan, July 22nd-24th, 2008

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 1st & 2nd International Workshop on Lifetime Engineering of Civil Infrastructure were held in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan, November 9-11, 2005, for honoring the career of Prof. A. Sarja & November 28-30, 2007, for collaboration between Yamaguchi and Hunan, respectively. The major concerns in both workshops focused in the 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 were presented. The workshops have given us 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.

The 3rd International Workshop on Lifetime Engineering of Civil Infra-structure -honoring the career of Professor Sumio Hamada- will be held again at Yamaguchi University in Ube, Japan, July 22-24, 2008. The major concerns in the 3rd Workshop will focus in almost the same topics of previous one. That is, it will be discussed again from another points related to maintenance strategies for civil infrastructures, because lifetime engineering of civil infrastructure is becoming one the most important issues in the sustainable development of societies not only both countries but also all over the world. Additionally, we will have a Honoring Session for celebrating Professor Sumio Hamadafs great career in this research area over the many years.

Ayaho MIYAMOTO (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
Sumio HAMADA (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
Sang-Ho LEE (Yonsei University, Korea)
February, 2008

Language & Proceeding

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.