( I ) Objectives of IABSE e-Learning: The main objective of the e-Learning project is to provide an additional forum at IABSE for exchange of information and knowledge in Structural engineering. This forum should be available to a much wider group than members of the IABSE using the most recent available technologies, and also it could help IABSE in reaching a wider audience and in fulfilling its missions and objectives. IABSE e-learning project could provide -in addition to publications and conferences- an additional channel for the exchange of knowledge and experience in Structural Engineering. It should help IABSE to fulfill its mission and objectives.
( II ) Current and Proposed Contents and Activities: Current activities include: (1) Lectures, (2) Animations, (3) Videos, (4) IABSE YouTube Channel, (7) Glossary/Translator (Multi-Language Technical Glossary for Structural Engineering), (8) Database on Structures Worldwide (from Articles in SEI Journal), (10) Links to useful web-resources (11) Other Activities, (12) New Ideas and New proposals are under consideration preparation by IABSE e-Learning Board.
The IABSE Lecture Series on Internet include: Lectures, Short courses. For each presentation, there are four possibilities: View online, Download, Print Handouts (copies of the slides), Print References (articles from IABSE publications, relevant to the topic of the presentation).
( III ) Parts and Sections: The IABSE e-Learning Project is a Multi-Component System including 3 Parts, sub-divided into 12 sections.
-- Part A: Audi-Visual Activities, Part B: Databases, Part C: Other Activities
Part A: Audi-Visual Activities
1- Lectures (40 Lectures, total duration: 26 hours)
2- Animations (17 Animations ; total duration: 8 minutes)
3- Videos (5 Videos, total duration: 2 hours)
4- IABSE YouTube Channel
5- Member Contribution with Videos (Under Construction)
6- Interactive Webinars (Under Construction)
Part B: Databases
7- Database on Structures Worldwide (from Articles in SEI Journal), Journal (570 Articles)
8- Glossary/Translator (Multi-Language Technical Glossary for Structural Engineering), and English Pronunciation Proposal (12 Languages, 700 entries)
9- Hall of Contributions: Articles and Information about Eminent Structural Engineers. Interviews with & about Structural Engineers and Structural Engineering (Under Consideration)
Part C: Other Activities
10- Links to useful web-resources,
11-Other Activities: such as e-Books, Encyclopedia of Structural Eng., (Under Discussion)
12- New Proposals to be considered.
( IV ) Potential Users and Benefits: IABSE e-Learning could be useful for:
- For Undergraduate Civil Engineering and Architectural students: presentation of new Structural systems, with dimensions, photos, discussions.
- For Graduate Students: the Lectures could be very useful to deepen their knowledge about courses they are studying.
- For Senior or Junior Practicing Engineers, the Lectures could be thought as equivalent to: Weekly/Monthly Lectures presented on recent advances in Structural Engineering Topics, at the Engineering Institutions and Associations, and Continuing Education about specific Topics.
- For Civil and Structural Engineering Students,
- For Architectural students,
- Undergraduate and Graduate Students,
- University Professors,
- For Senior and Junior Practicing Engineers.
- The Lectures, Animations & Videos could be useful to deepen the knowledge about the courses the students are studying, and as an introduction to recent developments to the practicing engineers.
- The “Database” (& above activities as well) could provide information on the current and new Structural Systems, with dimensions, photos, discussions, and on new materials. This information could be useful particularly in the Conceptual Design Phase.
- The “Links to useful resources” could present an organized way for searching for additional resources on a particular topic.
- Lectures could be thought as equivalent to: Weekly/Monthly Lectures presented on recent advances in Structural Engineering Topics, at the Engineering Associations. Also, as Continuing Education about specific Topics.
( V ) Initial proposal
Initial idea published in IABSE Structural Engineering International, SEI Volume 9, Number 2, May 1999, Page (85), Editorial, Article entitled “Information Technology and IABSE Lecture Series”
( VI ) Committees:
IABSE Technical Committee approval of Initial Proposal ( May 1999) in March 2006.
In September 2006, a committee was established to follow up the work on the "IABSE Lecture Series". The members of the committee were: Joerg Schneider, Tobia Zordan, and Mourad M. Bakhoum. This committee was responsible for the developments and the selection of the contents currently available on the e-Learning website.
Since May 2008, the IABSE e-Learning Board is in charge of Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Communications,….
Currently also in charge of Main Ideas, New proposals, and new implementation.
IABSE e-Learning board is reporting to IABSE TC
Implementation on website, continuous Maintenance and Updates by ACE IT Department.
( VII ) Acknowledgments and Thanks:
(1) The trust and support of the Lecturers who provided presentations, especially recorded for the IABSE Lecture Series, in particular in the preliminary phase (2006 to 2008) is acknowledged. (2) Members of the Technical Committee, Executive Committees of IABSE, and the support by the IABSE Secretariat. (3) IABSE Foundation Council for its partial financial support (Sept.. 2006 to Sept. 2011) mainly to record KeyNote Lectures from IABSE Conferences. (4) The website and its content in the format currently shown would not exist without the research and studies, large efforts, continuous maintenance, immense care, dedication, and financial support provided by IT experts in Cairo ( ACE IT Department).
( VIII ) Interim Website for Development and Studies
Started in April 2006 by ACE IT Department, Processing of contents and implementation, maintenance by ACE IT Department
Note: “Preliminary-experimental phase” Label was removed on 01 September 2019. Your comments and suggestions will be appreciated. You are most welcome to provide your contributions, which will be considered for uploading on this website by the IABSE e-Learning Board. [ email: firstname.lastname@example.org ]
( IX ) Updates:
Initial Proposal: May 1999 (SEI Journal), Implementation Start: November 2005, April 2006. Main updates: December 2006, April 2007, May 2008, August 2008, March 2009, April 2010, May 2011, September 2011, May 2019, August 2019, September 2021 (Change Flash to Video, Jun. to Sept. 2021 with Prof. Schneider), Update Website March 2022].
(Latest updates 31 August 2019, Sept. 2021, March 2022)