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Structural Committee for Economic Fabrication Minutes of November 1-2, 2001 Meetings

Attached is a copy of the attendance lists and minutes for the subject meetings, held on November 1-2, 2001 at the Holiday Inn in Manassas, Virginia . Also attached are copies of the updated full committee and subcommittee membership lists. Individuals wishing to have their name removed from any of the lists, or who know of someone who should be removed from the lists, are asked to notify our office as soon as possible.

We wish to thank the Maryland State Highway Administration for volunteering to record and distribute the minutes and attachments from the meeting. Minutes, attendance lists, and committee lists will be posted on the ERC Infrastructure Team's website in the near future, and hard copy-mailed to appropriate individuals with a ** designation who do not have an electronic mail address. Individuals receiving the materials, either by hard copy or electronically, are asked to distribute them in a timely manner to others in their office who are on the mailing list. Anyone wishing a copy of the Powerpoint presentations is asked to contact our office.

Our appreciation is also extended to the Subcommittee and Task Group chairmen, to all presenters, and to all attendees for their active participation in the meetings. Continued status reports, recommendations, and/or ballot items will be requested from each chairman at the next meeting.

The attached full SCEF meeting minutes are supplemented as follows:

Item 3b - Per the highlight in bold lettering, Ms. Anna Petroski of the Quality Management Company will be leading the implementation of the minor bridge component certification program for AISC. She will be contacting members of the SCEF task force for further assistance.

Item 3c - The first meeting of the Sign Support Task Force is scheduled for February 13, 2002 at the PennDOT District 6-0 office in King of Prussia, PA. We look forward to this group's status report at our Spring SCEF meeting.

Item 6a - Per the minutes, please provide John Brunell with any comments as soon as possible on the large movement expansion joint specifications handed out at the meeting. We would like to distribute an updated version to the membership in advance of the Spring meeting, in order that a vote for adoption can be taken.

Items 7 & 8 - The membership is strongly encouraged to access the Steel Bridge Collaboration's website at www.steelbridge.org in order to vote on the latest ballot item.

Item 11 - The States are again encouraged to participate in the referenced heat straightening pooled fund study proposal. Additional information may be found at the following website: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www4.nationalacademies.org/trb/crp.nsf.

Item 12a - The membership is also requested to provide comments as soon as possible on the bolted splice details distributed by George Crosland at the last meeting. Again, we would like to distribute an updated version to the membership in advance of the Spring meeting, in order that a vote for adoption can be taken.

Emphasizing the discussion at the last meeting, each Subcommittee chairman has been charged with re-evaluating those standards pertaining to their respective groups. Revisions should either be made in order to update the standards, or they should be recommended for deletion. Each chairman should be prepared to present a draft of any appropriate revisions at the Spring meeting. Any revisions should be reflected in LRFD format, as applicable, in keeping with the FHWA/AASHTO agreement on implementation.

Next Meeting

Our next SCEF meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, 2002 (Structural Coatings Subcommittee), and Wednesday, April 3, 2002 (full Committee) at the Clarion Hotel, 8029 Black Horse Pike, West Atlantic City, NJ. Each attendee is requested to make their reservations by calling 1-888-570-0100 or 609-641-3546. A block of rooms has been reserved under the name "FHWA Meeting" at the rate of $59 per night, plus 6% tax, and will be honored until March 18, 2002. Additional details will be distributed with the notice and agenda for the next meeting.

Once again, we thank the membership and their management for their continued support of this Committee's activities. Please feel free to submit any agenda items to our office by February 26, 2002.

Louis N. Triandafilou

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