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STRUCTURES TEAM

Next PCEF Meeting
April 4, 2002
West Atlantic City, NJ


Attached is a copy of the agenda for the subject meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2002 at the Clarion Hotel, 8029 Black Horse Pike, West Atlantic City, NJ. The hotel is located at the intersection of I-66 and State Route 234. A block of rooms has been reserved under the name "FHWA Meeting" for the single room rate of $59 per night plus 6% tax. This rate will be honored until March 18, 2002. Attendees are requested to make their own reservations by calling the hotel at 1-888-570-0100 or 609-641-3546.

All PCEF members with an Internet address will receive these materials electronically. Hard copies will not be mailed to these individuals. Those members without an Internet address who have an "**" next to their name will receive a fax of the materials, and are requested to make the information available as soon as possible to other non-Internet members on the PCEF list.

If there are any problems with receiving the documents either electronically or by fax, please notify Ms. Marlene Eichner at (410) 962-1890 or Ms. Susie Taylor at (410) 962-0093.

Members are requested to review the subcommittee listings and consider representation by their state or company as appropriate.

The attached agenda is supplemented as follows:

Production/Construction Subcommittee

Since Mr. Lalith Galagedera has left the area, we are now looking for another subcommittee member to step in and chair this group. Members of that subcommittee, or anyone else on the PCEF, are asked to please contact our office before the next meeting regarding their interest. Per our recent meetings, this group was attempting to survey the States regarding their priorities for various issues related to the evaluation and acceptance of cracking in prestressed concrete members.

Materials and QC/QA Subcommittee

We ask that each State have a designated representative at the meeting to vote on formal adoption of the QC/QA guide specification for precast/prestressed concrete products. Prior to this meeting, all States are asked to submit any comments to Paul Finnerty or Bob Horwhat, so that they may be provide a final ballot version of the document.

Due to previous discussions on the need for curing time requirements, each State DOT contact person is again asked to provide specific comments at the meeting on subsection 3.11 of the guideline.

Status Reports on Implementation of PCEF Bulb-T's and Use of HPC

State DOT representatives are asked to provide these status reports covering the period since the last PCEF meeting (October 31, 2001).

Design Parameters Subcommittee

Since issues regarding strand pattern types were not covered at the last meeting, the membership is again requested to review the proposal and provide comments directly to Mr. Nagle by March 22nd. Copies of the proposal and background material are attached for review by all committee members.

Standardization Subcommittee

States other than Maryland and Pennsylvania are again requested to respond directly to Mr. Martin or Mr. Napier by March 22nd , regarding previously distributed ballots for steel diaphragms and diaphragm spacing. Justification for negative responses would be appreciated. An overhead projector can be made available if needed by any presenters. Speakers anticipating making an electronic presentation are requested to either supply us with a CD in advance of the meeting for loading onto a laptop computer, or to bring their own laptop with the presentation. We will supply an In-Focus projector.

We look forward to another successful turnout and to the active participation of all attendees.

Original signed by,

Louis N. Triandafilou

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