5th International Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures
27 – 29 August 2019 in Potsdam, Germany
Venue: Dorint Sanssouci Berlin-Potsdam
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Attend the SMAR 2019 conference and meet experts from all over the world.


The International Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures, SMAR 2019, will provide a forum for international scientists, engineers, enterprisers and infrastructure managers to present and discuss the state-of-the-practice and recent advances in testing and monitoring technology, in structural modelling and assessment methods, and in the application of advanced materials for structural rehabilitation. The conference will provide a platform for exploring the potential of international cooperation.

SMAR 2019 is the fifth conference and will be sponsored jointly by the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Germany, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), Switzerland, the Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey, the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII), the International Institute of FRP in Construction (IIFC), the International Association for Bridge Maintance and Safety (IABMAS), RILEM and Sensors – Open Access Journal.


  • Structural health monitoring
  • Performance and damage assessment
  • Damage control, repair and strengthening
  • Durability issues as related to harsh environments
  • Shape memory alloys in civil structures
  • Practical applications and case studies
  • Visionary concepts

Our Sponsors and Exhibitors

Gold Sponsor Silver Sponsor
proceq S&P

List of Exhibitors

Proceq AG
S & P Clever Reinforcement Company AG
BS2 Sicherheitssysteme GmbH
Polytec GmbH
re-fer AG
Kiwa GmbH
Lunitek SRL
TFB Diagnostic Systems AG
HBM – Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH
SECOPTA analytics GmbH
Strucinspect / Palfinger Structural Inspection GmbH
SHM System Sp. z o.o. Sp. kom.

Special Sessions

For deeper discussion on special topics, the SMAR 2019 programme will included various special sessions:

  • Strengthening, Monitoring and Life-cycle Assessment of Metallic Structures
    organised by Dr. Elyas Ghafoori from Empa, Switzerland
  • Durability and Corrosion Monitoring of Concrete Infrastructures
    organised by Prof. Dr. Ueli Angst, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • SHM between Research and Application: New Concepts for New Technologies
    organised by Prof. Yuri Petryna from Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • Testing‚ Inspection‚ Monitoring and Repair of Offshore Wind Energy Converters
    organised by Dr. Matthias Baessler and Ronald Schneider, BAM, Germany
  • Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) for Engineering Applications
    organised by Dr. Moslem Shahverdi from Empa, Switzerland

The topics and details for these sessions will be updated regularly.

Keynote Presentations

Speaker Topic
Prof. Janet Lees
University of Cambridge, UK
Mismatches between design and condition assessment in reinforced concrete with or without FRP strengthening
Prof. Danièle Waldmann-Diederich
University of Luxembourg
Potential of the Deformation Area Difference (DAD)-Method for Condition Assessment of Bridge Structures
Prof. Joaquim António Oliveira de Barros
University of Minho, Portugal
Extending the Strengthening Potentialities of Near Surface Mounted Technique: From Experimental Evidence to Advanced Numerical Simulations
Prof. Eugen Brühwiler
EPFL, Switzerland
Adding value to bridges by monitoring and UHPFRC technology
Prof. Baochun Chen
Fuzhou University, China
Damage Control, Repair and Strengthening of Concrete Bridges in China
Prof. Ahmet Yakut
METU, Turkey
Recent Advances on Assessment of Seismic Performance of Existing Structures

Mirko Roš award for the best papers

The Mirko Ros Award will be announced to 

  • 1 paper in the field of “monitoring and assessment” and
  • 1 paper in the field of “rehabilitation of civil structure"

Selected best papers will be proposed for publication in a Journal Special Issue of the Polymer Journal (online, open access) or in the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Springer) or in the Journal Engineering Structures (Elsevier), dedicated to SMAR 2019 conference.

Visa Requirements

Visa required?

Visitors for many non-EU countries need a visa.

You should apply immediately to the German consular office or embassy in your country in order to avoid delay and other inconveniences. The visa application procedure can take up to severeal months.

For more detailed information please see the official website of the Federal Foreign Office or contact the German embassy of your country.

Official Invitation

Holders of some passports may require an official to obtain a visa.

We assist you by processing an official invitation letter on request. Therefore we need the following information:

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number

After payment of the registration fee, we will process your request for issuing the official invitation. We will send it to you by e-mail. If you need the hard copy of the invitation letter by express delivery service, we will charge a service fee of 50.- €.

If you need an invitation letter to apply for visa, please fill in the form and send it by e-mail to tagungen@dgzfp.de

Key dates

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: Extended until 31 January 2019
  • Abstract acceptance notification: February 2019
  • Submission of full length papers: 31 March 2019
  • Paper acceptance notification: 31 May 2019
  • Registration and payment of presenting authors: 15 June 2019
  • Early bird registration: 14 June 2019
  • Submission of final revised papers: 15 July 2019
  • Pre-conference scientific tour: 26 August 2019
  • SMAR 2019 conference: 27 – 29 August 2019

Conference Chairs

Dr. Rosemarie Helmerich
BAM, Germany

is a senior researcher at the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Berlin, Germany, and a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam. She is a guest lecturer at Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China, Sustainable and Innovative Bridge Engineering Research Center (SIBERC), China. Rosemarie received her Engineering diploma from Slovak Technical University Bratislava, Slovakia and her doctoral degree from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. She has been active in several fields of engineering research reaching from fatigue testing to non-destructive testing. The field of activity was national, but in many cases international, e.g. in the European integrated cooperation projects Sustainable Bridges, CHEF and SmartEN or as member of the advisory committee in the European railway project MAINLINE. For more information please visit BAM and ResearchGate websites.

Prof. Alper Ilki
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

is a professor of structural engineering at Istanbul Technical University. The main theme of his academic studies is the seismic behaviour of reinforced concrete and masonary structures, as well as seismic design, assessment and retrofitting. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 international journal papers and more than 150 international conference papers. He has supervised 11 completed PhD theses and more than 50 MSc theses. Other than acting as a reviewer or guest editor for more than 40 international reputable scientific journals, he is associate editor or editorial board member of Bulletin of New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering, International Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, Arabian Journal of Science for Engineering and Technical Journal of Chamber of Civil Engineers, among few others. He also co-edited two international books published by Springer titled Seismic Risk Assessment and Retrofitting, and  Seismic Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Structures. More information is available on ITU or ResearchGate websites.

Prof. Masoud Motavalli
Empa, Switzerland

is the head of the Structural Engineering Research Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology, EMPA and lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH-Zurich. He is a professor at the University of Tehran, Iran, Faculty of Civil Engineering, as well as adjunct professor at the Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He organised or co-organised several successful international conferences, such as CICE2008 in Zurich, SHMII2009 in Zurich, SMAR2011 in Dubai, SMAR2013 in Istanbul, SMAR2015 in Antalya and SMAR2017 in Zurich. He is the founder of SMAR conference series. For detailed information about his research field and publications, please refer to Empa and ResearchGate websites.


Please find all committees here.