The Istanbul Bridge Conference 2014 will be held between August 11 – 13 in Istanbul Hilton Hotel with the aim of providing a discussion platform for the international bridge community to find solutions for many problems and to develop ideas for new forms of bridge design and construction methods.
The recent demands for longer spans and high speed railroad bridges in Turkey attracted the international bridge designers and contractors attention once more as happened in the past around 1970’s and 1980’s. In the next ten years, four major suspension bridges is planned to be built in Turkey with main span lengths close to 2000 meters. The Turkish bridge engineering community has recently been very active in terms of new projects and designs other than these suspension bridges.
In the mean time, the international bridge community has been recently faced with many challenges in design and construction of bridges. These challenges in design and construction of the bridges have resulted in numerous advances in bridge technologies such as longer spans, use of new systems and materials, which were once unimaginable. The bridge design codes have also been calibrated to account for the uncertainties involved in design and construction.