fib: What's happening? 2022

Author: Various authors

Date published

1 August 2022

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fib: What's happening? 2022


Various authors

Date published

1 August 2022


Various authors



This annual update provided an overview of the ongoing work from two fib commissions.

fib: what’s happening? is organised by the UK Group of fib (The International Federation for Structural Concrete). The commissions instigate research on structural concrete and publish industry guidance that goes beyond what established codes can offer. 

In this update, expert speakers cover what's happening on:
  • Commission 6: Update on the work of fib Task Group 6 – Robert Wheatley, Technical director, Atkins
    • A summary of the work undertaken by fib Task Group 6, including the joint fib/PCI report into the Lateral Stability of Long Span Precast Beams
    • A comparison of the latest examples of using Ultra High Strength Precast Concrete for bridge construction.
  • Commission 8: Durability of concrete structures: present and future perspectives – Jose C. Matos, Assistant Professor, University of Minho
    • An overview of the current and future perspectives of several topics such as durability planning and through life aspects, exposure zones and climate change and eco-efficient concrete durability.
    • A look at the commission 8 current organizational structure, the main outcomes (past and future), future events, and, the corresponding contribution into Model Code 2020.
Dr Robin Oval, researcher at Princeton University and winner of the fibUK Coolest Concrete Competition, presents on The ACORN, the SQUIRREL and the OAK – a segmented concrete shell system as circular sustainable building floor thanks to automated construction, computational design and digital fabrication.



Andy Truby is a practicing structural engineer and a Director of TrubyStevenson Ltd.  Andy works principally in the buildings sector and has a particular interest and expertise in post-tensioned concrete structures.  He has been member of the of fib Commission 1 “Concrete Structures” for several years and acts as Convenor for Task Group 1.3 “Buildings”.

Robert Wheatley is a Technical Director for Atkins with 35 years of experience in the planning, design, assessment and strengthening of bridge and civil engineering structures including complex arch bridges and steel box girder bridges. He has particular expertise in the requirements ‘design and build’ contracts, working for contractor clients to optimise buildabilty and Design for Manufacture and Assembly. He has worked on fib Task Group 6.5 Precast Bridges since 2014.

Jose C. Matos, Assistant Professor at University of Minho, graduated and obtained PhD in civil engineering, in the field of probabilistic-based assessment of existing structures. His research fields are asset management, life-cycle costs, risk evaluation and sustainability. He is author or co-author of more than 250 publications in international conferences and journals. Participate in international committees, as well as in national and international projects. Chairman of fib Commission 8, Vice-President of IABSE and EuroStruct Past-President.

Dr Robin Oval is currently a researcher at Princeton University. After graduating from École des Ponts ParisTech, Robin completed a PhD in computational design of structural patterns at École des Ponts and ETH Zurich. Then, Robin moved to the University of Cambridge as a postdoctoral research associate to work on automated construction of concrete shells. Robin also gained industry experience in structural engineering at Bollinger + Grohmann in Frankfurt for a year. 


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