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Vancouver is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in North America. Its kaleidoscopic cultural scene reflects the West Coast's diversity and cosmopolitan spirit. Whether in the performing, visual, literary or media arts, this positive multicultural influence fuels events throughout the Lower Mainland.
From First Nations artworks to smoked salmon and quirky clothing designed by the city's up-and-coming new fashionistas, Vancouver has a basket full of tempting and original shopping options for visitors. And it's not just souvenirs that will fill your suitcase; the city is divided into several distinctive shopping areas, each with their own specialties.

Climate – and What to Wear
Vancouver enjoys warm, comfortable summers with moderate temperatures that are tempered by sea breezes.  June daytime temperatures linger just above 20º Celsius (70º Fahrenheit). Evenings, especially in the surrounding mountains, can be cool, so it's best to pack a light jacket and sweater. 

Vancouver enjoys a reputation as being one of the most accessible cities in the world among travelers with special needs. Whether using wheelchairs, white canes, seeing eye dogs or hearing aids, Vancouver leads the way in making the area a more livable place for people with disabilities through its progressive transportation systems, innovative housing and recreational opportunities.

Canada has two official languages - English and French. English is the predominant language in British Columbia. Vancouver is multicultural and also multilingual. After English and Chinese, the most common mother tongue languages spoken are Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Tagalog (Filipino) and Spanish.

Time Zone
Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone. Daylight savings time is in effect from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.

Metric Measures
Canada follows the International Metric System. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights, velocity are expressed in metric units. Distance is measured in kilometres.

Outlets and voltage (120 volts) are the same as in the United States. Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

For the fifth-straight year, Vancouver has been ranked the “most livable city in the world”.  Surrounded by sparkling water on three sides and nestled alongside majestic coastal mountain ranges, Vancouver is situated in an exceptional natural and picturesque environment. In 2010, Vancouver was the host city for the XXI Olympic Winter Games and Paralympics. 
Vancouver has the smallest carbon footprint of any major city in North America and is a leader in green building planning and technology. Vancouver is not only rated for tangible infrastructures, but has a natural beauty and a rich multicultural heritage. Its beauty, sophistication, people-friendliness makes it a popular meeting place and tourist destination.


Travel to Vancouver

Flying to Vancouver


Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a barrier-free North American airport that handles non-stop international flights daily to and from Europe, Asia, Oceania, the United States, and Mexico, and national flights within Canada. 


Due to its proximity to Asia, YVR is the major gateway between Canada and Asia, with more trans-Pacific flights than any other airport in Canada. For travelers from the United States, YVR is one of eight Canadian airports that have U.S. Border Preclearance facilities.

YVR operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

International flights to and from YVR include:

Europe              Air Canada, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa Airlines, Scandinavian SAS
Asia/Pacific      Air China, Cathay Pacific Airways, Air Canada, China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qantas Airways
United States    American Airlines, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines

For more information regarding airlines to Vancouver, including airline reservations phone numbers, please visit “Airlines at YVR & Destinations” at

Visas and Entry into Canada

Visitors from many countries do not require a visa to visit Canada (for example, United States, Japan, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, among others). For a full listing of “Visa exempt travelers”, see

However, citizens from some countries require a visa to visit Canada. For a listing of countries whose citizens require a visa, see

Other important information for all visitors to Canada may be found at

Letters of Invitation from the ACMBS-VII conference are given by request upon full payment for registration fees.

Airport Arrival

Vancouver Airport is ranked among the top ten airports in the world. It has been awarded the Skytrax Best North American Airport in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and The Best Airport in North America in 2012. Signage in the terminal buildings are in English, French and Chinese.

Green Coat Ambassadors

YVR Green Coat Ambassadors are available throughout the terminal from 6am-10pm every day to provide information and service to travelers. They are recognizable by their bright and distinctive green vests or jackets.

Getting to UBC

The ACMBS-VII conference venue and accommodations are located at The University of British Columbia (UBC), approximately 30 minutes from the airport. You can get to UBC by taxi, public transport, or car (rental). Taxis are the easiest and quickest way to get to UBC from the airport.


Taxis to UBC take approximately 30 minutes. Taxis are queued outside the domestic and international arrival gates and are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. If you are arriving from an international destination or the U.S.A., the taxi departure bay is outside the building on the same level. The approximate fare (in 2012) to UBC is between $30.00-$40.00 CAD, credit card or cash.  All taxis that pick up passengers from the airport are fully licensed.  Take the taxi to the conference check-in centre at Gage Towers at UBC. The address is:

            Gage Towers at UBC
            5959 Student Union Boulevard
            The University of British Columbia, Vancouver



Rapid Rail, or “Canada Line Skytrain”

Alternatively, you can take the above-ground monorail rapid rail, called the Canada Line Skytrain, from the airport into the city of Vancouver. All Skytrains leaving the airport head towards “Waterfront” Station.

Once in Vancouver, you would need to transfer to a west-bound public bus to UBC campus. The final stop is UBC’s North Bus Loop, across the street from Gage Towers, where the conference check-in centre is located. The same ticket is used for both the Skytrain and the local bus.
The Canada Line Skytrain runs every seven minutes from YVR-Airport station during peak hours and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours. Total travel time from the airport to UBC is approximately 50 minutes. 
The fare is $8.75 CAD (2012). Remember to keep your validated ticket for inspection purposes and to use as a transfer ticket. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes.

Information on where to purchase tickets and directions on how to get to the Canada Line Skytrain from the arrivals terminals can be found at
Information on current bus fares, schedules, and transit planning can be found at
After getting off the #99 Bus at its final stop at UBC (North Bus Loop), walk north across the street to the Gage Towers front desk check-in area. The address is:

            Gage Towers at UBC
            5959 Student Union Boulevard
            The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Car Rental, Limousines

For full information on other transportation, including car rentals and limousines, please visit “For Getting To & From YVR” at
Car rental facilities at the airport are located on the ground floor of the parkade. Companies include: 
•    National /Alamo 
•    Avis  
•    Budget  
•    Hertz  
•    Dollar/Thrifty  

Parking at UBC

Limited parking is available for guests staying in the conference campus accommodations for $10.00 per day plus tax. Visitor parking is available at various parkades around campus.
Information regarding rates and where to park can be found at “Visitor Parking”

Travel QuickTips

English is the main language of communication in British Columbia (although Canada’s two official languages are English and French).

The currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar (sign: $ or C$; code: CAD). 
To avoid exchange problems, visitors are advised to exchange their funds to Canadian dollars at a bank or a foreign currency exchange outlet.

Paper bills: $5 (blue), $10 (purple), $20 (green) and $50 (red) denominations. 
Coins include the penny (1¢), nickel (5¢), dime (10¢), quarter (25¢), 'loonie' ($1) and 'toonie' ($2).

Electronic transactions
Credit cards, ATMs, and direct-debit cards are commonly used in Canada. 
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and JCB cards are widely accepted in most stores and restaurants.

Banking hours are generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Some banks are open on Saturday. 
ATM (Automated Teller Machine or cash machine)

ATMs (automated teller machines) are found at the airport, banks and in retail areas.

Time Zones / Daylight Savings Time
Most of BC is on Pacific Standard Time, which is one hour behind Mountain Standard Time (Alberta and some eastern areas of BC) and three hours behind Eastern Standard Time (Ontario/New York).

August weather in Vancouver is warm and comfortable:
•    Average temperature: 17ºC / 63ºF 
•    Average high: 23ºC / 74ºF 
•    Average low: 12ºC / 54ºF 
July and August are the least rainy months in a city famous for its rain. Visitors can expect rain about 7 days out of 31 in July and August. Evenings can be cool, so a light jacket or sweater is advisable. An umbrella is always handy.

Metric Measures
Canada follows the International Metric System. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights, velocity are expressed in metric units. Distance is measured in kilometres.
Outlets and voltage (120 volts) are the same as in the United States. Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

Tipping in Vancouver is normal and is around 10 to 15% of the bill.

Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking is restricted at many places in Vancouver, including public transportation, restaurants, places of work and enclosed public areas. The current legal drinking age in B.C. is 19 years of age.

Child Care

ACMBS-VII does not provide childcare services. For information on local childcare providers please Click Here

The following accommodation types have been reserved for ACMBS-VII at the Point Grey, Vancouver Campus of the University of British Columbia. A full continental breakfast is included with the rate. Rates will be offered 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference dates (subject to availability).


If you would like assistance booking your accommodations with a reservations agent, please dial toll free 1-888-822-1030 or local 604-822-1000 ext. 3. You may also correspond via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about any of our room types, please visit:

Note: Please book your room through this link so you will receive the group rate

Rates are in Canadian Dollars and do not include applicable taxes. Rates are subject to availability.


West Coast Suites – Newly updated. Now have queen sofa bed in living room. Only have elements, no stove.

All of the other suites will have comp Wifi in them as of June 2016 (does not include Premium Single rooms). 



West Coast Suite: $209 CAD per night plus tax. 
Gage One Bedroom Suite: $155 CAD per night plus tax
Gage Studio Suite: $135 CAD per night plus tax
Gage Premium Single: $57 CAD per night plus tax





Keynote Lectures

Four internationally recognized experts in the fields of FRP and ACM and their applications in bridges and structures will deliver keynote lectures on key topics of the conference including innovative design, durability, strengthening and rehabilitation, structural health monitoring, and future directions. The distinguished keynote speakers come from varying backgrounds and therefore promise to be thought provoking.

Dr. Sami. Rizkalla is a Distinguished Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering and the Director of the Constructed Facilities Laboratory, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. He is a Fellow of ACI, PCI, ASCE, IIFC, EIC and CSCE. He is also the Director of the NSF Center “Center of Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI). His general field of interest is in design, construction, and performance of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures as well as the use of FRP Materials for Civil engineering Infrastructures. He has published over 400 technical papers.

Professor Rizkalla’s keynote lecture is on “Can FFP be Effective and Economical Material for Structural Applications?.

Dr. Nemkumar (Nemy) Banthia is a Professor, Distinguished University Scholar and Senior Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the CEO and Scientific Director of Canada India Research Center of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS). He is a Fellow of ACI, CSCE, ICI, RSC and FCSE. His general field of interest is in the performance of concrete infrastructure under various conditions of loading and environment. He developed numerous advanced ultra-high performance concrete materials with fibre reinforcement, and novel sensors for infrastructure health monitoring. He holds 5 patents, has published over 400 refereed papers and edited 20 volumes.


Professor Banthia’s keynote lecture is on “IC-IMPACTS: Canada Innovates with India in Water, Infrastructure and Health and Use of Advanced Composites”.

Mr. Crawford Dewar III is the Manager of Engineering at Guardian Bridge Rapid Construction Inc., Ontario, Canada. Since 1983, he has been directing the design & manufacturing composite materials including processes involving autoclave, vacuum infusion, pultrusion, filament winding for applications involving ballistic, implosion, explosion, semi-submersible, submersible, non-structural and structural applications. As of January 2015, Crawford has led the team of engineers to become the largest producer of Cross Laminated Timber for mass timber building applications.  Crawford has been recognized by the Canadian and US Patent offices as an inventor with two issued patents and four patent applications using advanced fiberglass composites in bridges and structures.


Mr. Dewar’s keynote lecture is on “Fiberglass Composite Bridges for Rapid Construction”.

Dr. Brahim Benmokrane is Professor of Civil Engineering and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Composite Materials for Civil Structures and NSERC Research Chair in Innovative FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Infrastructure, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada). His research has significantly influenced the development of FRP-bar technology for concrete and its practical use in Canada, the US, Europe, and the world. In addition, his research has generated scientific contributions widely used by regulators and industry nationally and globally. He is a Fellow of ACI, RSC, CSCE, IIFC, CAE, and EIC. He has published over 400 technical papers.

Professor Benmokrane’s keynote lecture is on “Use of FRP Bars in Bridges and Buildings”.




Technical Programme

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Special Session

The Special Theme Sessions are intended to cover areas that are believed to be important but have so far received only limited attention. Each Special Theme Session will be chaired by its Session Organizer and led by Invited presentations by him/her providing a survey of that particular area. Details will follow very soon!.


Social Programme


Guest/Companion Programme

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Conference Venue The University of British Columbia!


ACMBS-VII will be held at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. UBC is situated at the western tip of the Point Grey Peninsula. The 763-hectares campus boasts spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean over the Burrard Inlet, the North Shore mountains and the downtown core of Vancouver. Pacific Spirit Regional Park, the largest "green belt" of luscious forested parkland in Vancouver, separates UBC from vibrant downtown metropolitan Vancouver. Vancouver is consistently rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

The ACMBS-VII scientific program and some of the social events will be held on campus. All facilities boast state-of-the-art technology and are all within walking distance of each other and the campus accommodations.

The university campus itself has something to offer for every delegate. Visitors to the campus are able to enjoy world-class museums, athletic facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, a spacious gym and field areas, a variety of shops and services, and restaurants and food providers to tempt any appetite.

Further information about UBC can be found on the UBC website.

A PDF version of this Map of the conference venues at UBC can be found here.









Attractions and Things to Do


While you are visiting the beautiful campus at UBC, please take time to enjoy any of our wonderful attractions!


For a complete list of things to see and do in the Vancouver area, visit the Tourism Vancouver website! Also, check out the Show Your Name Badge. Promotions





Sponsors and Exhibitions

Products and services exhibition will be open during the conference. Companies interested in having a display booth, please contact the conference secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a space.


Parallel to the conference, ACMBS-VII is organizing a Technical Exhibition to allow local and international companies and organizations to demonstrate new techniques or newly developed projects relevant to the conference theme in the areas of ACM and FRP. The exhibition will be an excellent venue for the conference participants to become familiar with a wide range of commercially available composite products, optical fibre sensors, and remote monitoring for construction applications.  This exhibition will be an excellent opportunity to share the latest research and the most cutting-edge technologies.


Companies/organizations interested in exhibiting their products or services are invited to download the Technical Exhibition document below with general information and registration form.


Sponsorships are available at three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze, each with opportunities described in the Sponsorship Packages. The conference provides an opportunity for local and international companies to display their latest products, services and projects.

The benefits of sponsorship include:

•    Interaction with experts and leaders from research, industry and governmental representatives

•    High profile placement and acknowledgement at ACMBS-VII events

•    Maximize exposure to your target market

•    Provide the opportunity to have your company promoted internationally


Download a copy of the sponsorship prospectus here:

ACMBS-VII Sponsorship and Exhibitor Packages-09May2015.pdf


Thank you to the ACMBS-VII Sponsors.



Gold Level Sponsors



Silver Level Sponsors


Bronze Level Sponsors


The ACMBS-VII conference is under the auspices of: