Contribute to fib Model Code 2020

Published: 06/08/2018

The International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) is seeking academic contributions to a new edition of its internationally recognised Model Code for Concrete Structures.

Dr Stuart Matthews FIStructE, Convenor of fib Task Group 10.1: fib MC2020, explains.

Help develop a world first structural code

fib Model Code 2020 (MC2020) will be the first structural code to integrate both the provisions for the design of new concrete structures with the through-life management and care of existing concrete structures - going beyond recent ISO codes, such as ISO 16311.

Academic contributions essential

Academic expertise relating to the structural engineering of concrete structures old and new will be crucial to its success. 

Input about theoretical and conceptual developments, advances in analytical and modelling procedures, new materials, advances in computational procedures, life cycle performance and sustainability assessment, structural monitoring, service life design, durability modelling and assessment, as well as robustness, are all sought. 

We would therefore like to invite members of the Institution’s UK academic community to contribute, adding your expertise to our MC2020 Action Groups which focus on specific technical topics including:

AG1    Databases
AG2    Shear and punching 
AG3    Bond 
AG4    Durability & service life design
AG5    Detailing 
AG6    Fire
AG7    Seismic design & assessment
AG8    Non-linear finite element modelling (AG: NLFEM)
AG9    Structural health monitoring and testing (AG: SHM and testing)
AG10    Robustness
AG11    Fatigue 
AG12    Impact and explosion

Have real impact on industry practice

Participation in international code development work is an excellent way to give your work real impact on construction industry and professional practice: The fib Model Code (first edition 1970) and the related fib technical bulletins have a long history of influencing the development of CEN (eg. EC2 the Eurocode for concrete structures) and ISO codes (eg. ISO 16204: Durability - Service Life Design of Concrete Structures), as well as others such as the Asian and African Model Codes.

Support your other research proposals

Participation in this work can provide useful support for your other research proposals, showing the real part your work plays helping to shape future practice.

What’s involved

Many of the relevant Action Groups are likely to be held in Europe and further afield, but we expect that most work will be progressed online, supported by periodic meetings as appropriate. fib work is undertaken on a voluntary basis and we cannot support travel or other expenses.  

Get in touch

If you are interested in making a contribution please get in touch by 31 October, expressing your interest and the topic affected by your research. You’ll then be put in touch with the head of the relevant Action Group, fib commission or task group.

fibUK is seeking academic members

fibUK is fib’s UK National Member Group - it works to ensure that the UK is represented in the development of new international concrete design standards.
If you are an academic with relevant expertise to offer, and you would like to join fibUK, contact the fibUK secretary.
Academic membership costs just £490 and includes six issues of Structural Concrete and three bulletins a year.


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