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Computer Integrated Steel Bridge Design and Construction
In April 2001, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Bridge Technology in collaboration with the National Steel Bridge Alliance organized a workshop to discuss integrating advanced computer-aided technologies in the design, fabrication, and construction of steel bridges. The mission of the workshop was as follows:
Establish a roadmap for integrating steel bridge design through-construction processes and for advancing the state-of-the-practice in steel bridge manufacturing automation and productivity.
Edison Welding Institute (EWI) hosted this three-day workshop in Columbus, Ohio, with AASHTO and EWI co-sponsoring the event. Fifty-three individuals with diverse expertise and from three continents participated in the workshop, representing government and consulting engineers, fabricators, erectors, welding experts and academia. Appendix D lists the attendees.
Four theme area statements and accompanying action plans were developed. The action plans included objectives, rationale, short-, medium- and long-term tasks, potential resources to implement the plan, obstacles and potential payoffs.
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