NATO-ARW 983112

First Announcement & Call for papers
NATO Advanced Research Workshop:
Damage Assessment and Reconstruction After Natural Disasters and Previous Military Activities *

October 5 - 9, 2008
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Co-organized by:
Secteur Génie Civil et Environnement
LMT-Cachan/ ENS-Cachan, France
Gradjevinski fakultet, Sarajevo
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

June 1, 2008: Deadline for abstracts submission
June 10, 2008: Notification of final acceptance
July 1, 2008: Deadline for early registration
The NATO-ARW venue is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo. The city urban area provides homes to the population of close to half a million over a spread of more than 20 km along the Miljacka river. Sarajevo, which is located in the center of the country, has been the major crossroad on migrations path and conquests by Eastern Roman Empire, Slavs, Jews from Spain, Turkish and Austro-Hungarian Empires, each leaving their imprints and contributing to the rich cultural heritage and a number of monumental buildings that still remain in the city.

Travel plans: Sarajevo can easily be reached by a direct flight from most European capitals. More information on alternative travel plans can be obtained from the meeting web page (see bellow)

Hotels: The city of Sarajevo provides a wide variety of accommodation possibilities, including the NATO-ARW hotel “Saraj” [make reservation either by: Tel. +387(0)33233500, Fax.+387(0)33229510, or web].
Abstracts should be send by June 1, 2008.

(c/o NATO-ARW)
ENS-Cachan, LMT/ GCE
61, av. du president Wilson
94235 Cachan cedex, France
Tel.: +33(0)1 47 40 22 34 / 39
Fax: +33(0)1 47 40 22 40


Prof. Muhamed ZLATAR
Gradjevinski fakultet
ulica patriotske lige 30, 71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia - Herzegovina
Tel.: +387(0)33278400
Fax: +387(0)33200158
To provide a critical assessment of the current knowledge and indicate new challenges that are brought by the present time in dealing with frequent man-made and natural disasters, resulting in damage to structures, infrastructure and human environment. The common ground for all the problems of this kind from the viewpoint of scientific contents, which also justifies putting them on the same basis and addressing them within the same meeting, is the need to provide a quick assessment of the destructive action and its consequences, quick reconstruction of infrastructure and human environment, as well as the new basis for a sustainable development of affected areas. The present threat of the terrorist attacks or accidental explosions, the local military conflicts, the climate change which brings strong stormy winds or yet the destructive earthquake motion that occurs in previously inactive regions, are several examples of the kind of disastrous situations we seek to address, along with the best way of reducing their negative impact. Proposed NATO-ARW seeks to construct a forum for the exchange of ideas among the world leading scientists dealing with different facets of this class of complex problems. Among them, specialists in structural damage detection, structural engineering and rapid reconstruction, reparation and durability of structures, as well as treatment of water and soil pollution, should all contribute to the successful accomplishment of the environment damage reduction goal set for this meeting. Although we will address mainly the short-term reaction to treating the negative consequence of disasters, the potential benefits are very likely to affect the long-term goals, such as sustainable development of the affected areas and prevention of disruptive massive emigration flux.
Breysse D., University of Bordeaux, France
Brühwiler E., Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, Switzerland
Ibrahimbegovic A., Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Paris, France
Leger P., Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Mang H. Technical University of Wienna/Academy of Science, Austria
Matthies H., Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Moranville M., Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Paris, France
Owen D.R.J., University of Wales, Swansea, UK
Schweizerhof K., University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Verbic B., University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Villon P., University of Technology Compiègne, France
Ibrahimbegovic A., ENS Cachan, France
Zlatar M, University of  Sarajevo, Bosnia
Leger P.,  EP Montreal, Canada
Matthies H., TU Braunschweig, Germany
According to the preliminary program, the introductory keynote lectures of the first day of this NATO-ARW should set the contents and the boundaries as well as indicate the main issues concerning the damage representation and controlled destruction of a heavily damage engineering structures after natural and man-made disasters. The keynote presentations of the second day will address the techniques for quick reconstruction for buildings and deployable structures providing relief in disaster-struck areas. The keynote presentations of the third day will concern the discussions of reliable experimental techniques for damage detection of different kind of engineering structures. A special emphasis is put on reliable damage estimates, either from short-term actions after natural and man-made disasters (such as strong earthquake ground motion, explosions or fires), or damage which stems from long-term action of aggressive environmental conditions to engineering structures and infrastructure (such as wear, corrosion, pollution etc). The keynote lectures of the fourth and fifth day will focus upon the research efforts related to one of the national priorities of increasing security in the Bosnian water management, transportation system and infrastructure rebuilding. The issues in constructing the probabilistic bounds for quantifying uncertainty in operating conditions, inspections and parameters of complex structural systems and infrastructure will also be discussed, along with the corresponding experimental and computational procedures.

In summary, the NATO-ARW topics to be addressed are:
A - damage of complex structures, damage identification, controlled destruction, quick reconstruction
B - damage identification and exploitation of partially damaged infrastructure, water resources, soil pollution
C - case studies of natural and man-made disasters: (explosions, fires, earthquakes, land-slides, stormy winds, tsunamis ..)

The final program will also include a number of oral and poster presentations from other participants, thus providing them with an excellent opportunity to discuss their ideas in front of a very distinguished audience of keynote lecturers. Moreover, all accepted papers will be published in the form of extended abstract in a book of proceedings along with the textbook containing the full-size papers contributed by keynote lecturers. Special issues of scientific journals in structural engineering and infrastructure are also planned for publication of selected participant contributions.
Prospective authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of up to approximately 1500 words (6 pages) to Professors Adnan Ibrahimbegovic or Muhamed Zlatar by June 1, 2008, containing the title of the proposed communication, the full address (including an e-mail) and the name of the corresponding author. The authors are encouraged to indicate to which main conference topic (referenced with letters A to C) their contribution should be related. Submission can be made either by regular mail or by e-mail.
NATO-ARW registration package (for industry and outside participants: total cost 365 Euros, without accommodation 100 Euros) includes: the proceedings of keynote lectures and abstracts of other participants, admission to complete scientific program, welcome reception, lunches, dinners, coffee breaks and full-accommodation cost. The prospective participants are asked to register by filling in the NATO-ARW registration and accommodation form (available at the NATO-ARW web site) and pay the fees prior to NATO-ARW. Early registrations are encouraged to avoid late registration charges of 25%.
Optional excursions for registered accompanying persons will be organized during NATO-ARW concerning a wide variety of choices, either in Sarajevo, a city with a rich cultural life, or a number of tourist attractions within an easy reach from Sarajevo. More information will be given in the Final Announcement and through the meeting web page. Pre-registration for participants and accompanying persons is required.
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Registration fee:
Fees without accommodation for industry and outside participants: 100 €
Accomodations (hotel Saraj):
  - 1 person (room with city-view): 440 €**
  - 1 person (room without city-view): 365 €**
  - 2 persons (room with city-view): 330 €/per person**
**includes registration fee!
Payment instructions:
Payment should be effected as follows/ Currency EUR
Beneficiary's Bank (Field 57): Raiffeisen bank dd BiH Sarajevo
Swift code: RZBABA2S
Address: Daniela Orme 4, Sarajevo, BiH

Details of Beneficiary: (Field 59)
Account no. of Beneficiary: IBAN CODE: BA391610600000708954
Name of Beneficiary: Gradjevinski Fakultet Univerziteta U Sarajevu

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Room: 1 person (room with city-view): 440 €**
1 person (room without city-view): 365 €**
2 persons (room with city-view): 330 €/per person**