FHWA Resource Center
Resource Center -- Baltimore
Subject: Next SCEF Meetings
September 4-5, 2003
From: High Performance
Structural Materials Specialist
National Resource Center -- Baltimore
To: Structural Committee
for Economic Fabrication
Attached is a copy of the agendas for the subject meetings, which will
be held on Thursday and Friday, September 4-5, 2003, at the Maryland State
Highway Administration’s (SHA) District 7 Office, located at 5111
Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown, Maryland. The Structural Coatings Subcommittee
will meet on the 4th in Training Room #2, from 9 am to 3 pm, and the full
SCEF will meet in Training Room #1 on Friday the 5th, from 8 am to 3 pm.
Directions to the
District Office are attached. The training rooms are located in the first
building on the right, upon proceeding straight through the entrance to
the parking lot. Any questions about office location may be directed to
Ms. Susan Hose, at (301) 624-8104.
Two hotels are located
in the same general vicinity of the District Office. One is the Hampton
Inn, located on the same road, and within walking distance of the SHA
District Office. Reservations may be made by calling (301) 698-2500, for
a single room rate of $75 plus tax. Another lodging possibility is the
Fairfield Inn, located across from the Hampton Inn at 5220 West View Drive.
Reservations may be made there by calling (301) 631-2000, for a single
room rate of $65 plus tax.
This notice will be posted on the FHWA Resource Center’s website under the heading, SCEF
Committee Meetings, which is located within the link to “High Performance
Materials.” All SCEF 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. All recipients
of these materials are requested to make the information available as
soon as possible to other non-Internet members on the SCEF list.
If there are any
problems with receiving the documents either electronically or by fax,
please notify Mr. Melvin Harris at (410) 962-2773. Members are requested
to review their previous copies of Subcommittee listings and consider
representation by their state or company as appropriate.
State DOT attendees
to each of the meetings are requested to come prepared to discuss all
agenda items, in order to make the meetings as effective as possible.
The attached agendas
are supplemented as follows:
In continuing SCEF’s
alignment with the AASHTO/National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) Steel
Bridge Collaboration (SBC), attendees are once again asked to complete
and bring with them, the attached questionnaire on status of implementation
of documents developed by this national group. We are particularly interested
in feedback from the State DOTs, therefore, please coordinate responses
with appropriate individuals within the various sections of the Department.
We also welcome comments on all the documents from non-State DOT individuals/organizations
as well. Copies of these standards are available on the Collaboration
website. Attached is a copy of
the implementation status to date.
As we had discussed
and requested at the last meeting, we look forward to each Subcommittee
Chairman reporting on their evaluation of current SCEF 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 plan of action for any proposed
revisions, and how the revisions will be reflected in LRFD format, as
The attached agenda for the full SCEF meeting is expanded upon as follows:
Item 3d. -
New SCEF Task Force on High Strength Bolt Installation Training
As follow-up from
the last meeting, the Committee agreed to take the lead in supporting
the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC) development
of training for high strength bolt installers for overhead sign structures.
We are now soliciting the SCEF for 3 or 4 volunteers to participate on
this task force. Please notify our office (410-962-3648) before the meeting
to indicate your interest. We would like to formally establish this group
at the meeting, in order that they may begin to work with the TCCC on
Item 4 - Squirter
Direct Tension Indicator High Strength Bolts
In addition to a
presentation, Mr. Wallace will demonstrate the bolts being tightened in
a Skidmore machine.
Item 7 - Optional
Radius Cuts for Stiffener Snipes
are asked to review the attached drawings and send any comments to Mr.
Crosland at: email@example.com. Each State is asked to designate
a member to be prepared to vote on the details at this meeting. The details
have been proposed and are under consideration by the AASHTO/NSBA Steel
Item 8a. -
Large Movement Expansion Joints Subcommittee
We wish to extend
our appreciation to Mr. Marv Blimline of the MDSHA for agreeing to chair
Item 8b. -
We wish to extend
our appreciation to Ms. Patricia Kiehl of PADOT for agreeing to chair
Items 11 and 12 -
AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Documents
Each State is asked
to complete and bring to the meeting the attached form which will provide
an update of their implementation status of the Collaboration documents.
All attendees are asked to provide review comments on the documents.
Item 13 -- Standard
Format for WPS’s and PQR’s
Each State is asked
to review the attached welding forms and provide comments to Mr. Horwhat
prior to the meeting. Again, each State is asked to designate a member
for voting on the acceptance of these forms at our upcoming meeting.
Item 14 - State
DOT Updates High Performance Steel Project Implementation
Each State is asked
to designate a member to provide the subject update on projects completed
within the past year, those under construction and those under design.
Included with the updates should be a discussion of any problems encountered,
and how they were resolved.
An overhead projector will be made available if needed by the presenters.
Speakers anticipating making an electronic presentation are requested
to send us a CD of their presentation in advance of the meeting, and we
will load it onto a laptop for their use. All speakers are asked to provide
paper copies of their talks, and are asked to notify us as soon as possible
of their equipment needs.
We look forward to
another successful turnout and to the active participation of all attendees
at the meetings.
Original signed by,
September 4, 2003, Frederick, Maryland
MDSHA District 7 - Training Room 2
1. Introduction by
2. Approval of Minutes
from October 30, 2002 meeting.
3. Discussion and
report from all DOTs on AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Specification
and Guidelines for Shop Painting.
4. Shop Coatings
vs. Field Painting Study - Presentation by Bob Kogler, FHWA.
5. FHWA - Coatings
Training Programs - Status
Development of Data Bases for Metallazing DOT Volunteers? State Experience?
6. Inorganic zinc-acrylic/acrylic
How are they tested? AASHTO R31? Who uses?
Wendy Ealding of VDOT has attached a survey. Please complete the attached.
7. Salts -
Testing for Salts
What’s an acceptable or unacceptable level?
What does your state do, if anything?
8. Painting Weathering
Steel - Presentation by Dr. Lloyd Smith
9. Weathering Steel
Truss - if the structural steel is stored outside for a period of
time in which the rust patina forms on the steel, will this make any difference
in the area of the bolted connections?
10. Other States
experience with overcoating -
Are there any changes in policy & procedures?
Are we blasting more or overcoating more? Why?
11. Warranties for
cleaning and painting -
Who uses? Are they successful?
12. Midwest DOT Maintenance
Recent meeting in Kansas City - did anyone attend?
1. Does your agency specify inorganic zinc-acrylic-acrylic coating systems
for structural steel?
2. If yes, does
your agency require the inorganic zinc to meet AASHTO M300?
3. If you specify
acrylic topcoats, what is the basis of your specification (compositional,
4. If you use AASHTO
M300, do you require your acrylics to be tested in the topcoatability
test? If yes, how many hours exposure do you require in the humidity cabinet
5. Would you like
a copy of the results of this survey?
6. Please attach
a copy of your specifications, e-mail to Wendy.Ealding@VirginiaDOT.org,
fax to 804-328-3136 or snail mail to Wendy Ealding, Scientist Manager,
VDOT Materials Division, 1401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Thank you for your
September 5, 2003
SCEF Meeting - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
MDSHA District 7 Office, Training Room #1, Frederick, MD
1. Introductions at 8:00 A.M.
2. Approval of Minutes
from February 13, 2003 Meeting in Charleston, WV
3. Task Group Status
a. AISC Task Force
on Minor Bridge Component Certification
Anna Petroski -
Quality Management Company, LLC (20 minutes)
of Design/Fabrication of Overhead Sign Supports
Tom Macioce - PADOT (20 minutes)
c. Regional Welder Certification Program
John Weisner and
Bruce Abernathy - MDSHA (20 minutes)
d. New SCEF Task
Force on High Strength Bolt Installation Training
4. Squirter Direct
Tension Indicator High Strength Bolts
Wayne Wallace, Applied
Bolting Technology (30 minutes)
5. Break (20 minutes)
6. AWS CWI Certification
Jeff Hufsey -
AWS (30 minutes)
7. Optional Radius
Cuts for Stiffener Snipes
High Steel Structures, Inc. (20 minutes)
8. Subcommittee Status Reports by Chairmen
a. Large Movement
Marv Blimline -
Patti Kiehl -- PADOT
9. Lunch (1 hour)
10. Structural Coatings
Subcommittee Update (20 minutes)
11. Status of AASHTO/NSBA
Document Implementation—All (20 minutes)
12. Comments on
AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration Documents - All (20 minutes)
13. Standard Format
for WPS’s and PQR’s
Bob Horwhat -
PADOT (20 minutes)
14. State DOT Status
Update on High Performance Steel Project Implementation (20 minutes)
15. Other Issues & Adjourn by 3:00 PM