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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-RD-03-018
Date: June 2003

Highway Technology Calendar

The following events provide opportunities to learn more about products and technologies for accelerating infrastructure innovations.

Fortieth Annual Petersen Asphalt Research Conference

July 14-16, 2003, Laramie, WY

The conference will bring together researchers, highway officials, and asphalt producers to discuss improving specifications for, and the performance of, asphalts. Topics covered will include the composition and reactivity of asphalt, moisture damage, low temperature behavior, asphalt modification, and predicting asphalt pavement performance.

Contact: Jackie Greaser at the Western Research Institute (WRI), 307-721-2249 (email: jgreaser@uwyo.edu).

2003 AASHTO Value Engineering Conference

July 15-18, 2003, Tampa, FL

This one-stop source of information will cover the transportation industry's best practices for value engineering.

Contact: Kurt Lieblong at the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT), 850-414-4787 (fax: 850-414-4796; email: kurt.lieblong@dot.state.fl.us) or Ellen Sliger at Florida DOT, 850-414-4795 (fax: 850-414-4796; email: ellen.sliger@dot.state.fl.us). Information is also available at the conference Web site (www11.myflorida.com/qualityinitiativesoffice/projectmgmt/value.htm).

Symposium on Aging of Pavement Materials

July 16-18, 2003, Laramie, WY

This interactive symposium will feature about 20 invited speakers on the subject of the aging of pavement-grade asphalts, aggregates, and mixes. Participants are also encouraged to bring overhead slides and/or CDs and to share pertinent information and research results. The symposium is sponsored by WRI and FHWA.

Contact: Jackie Greaser at the Western Research Institute (WRI), 307-721-2249 (email: jgreaser@uwyo.edu).

HERS-ST Users Group Meeting

July 24-25, 2003, Chicago, IL

The meeting will provide the opportunity for States to exchange information on their experiences using the Highway Economic Requirements System-State Version (HERS-ST) software.

Contact: David Winter at FHWA, 202-366-4631 (email: david.winter@fhwa.dot.gov).

Innovative Applications of Finite Element Modeling in Highway Structures Workshop

August 20-21, 2003, New York, NY

The workshop's goal is to advance the use of finite element analysis throughout the highway community. Sessions will focus on such topics as the design and analysis of bridges, impact analysis and crash simulation, and bridge security.

Contact: Waider Wong at FHWA, 410-962-9252 (fax: 410-962-4586; email: waider.wong@fhwa.dot.gov; Web: www.utrc2.org).

International Conference on Highway Pavement Data, Analysis, and Mechanistic Design Applications

September 7-10, 2003, Columbus, OH

The forum will bring together engineers, researchers, and practitioners from State highway agencies, FHWA, academia, the private sector, and industry to exchange recent developments and findings on the structural performance of flexible and rigid pavements. Topics covered will include the validation, calibration, and implementation of mechanistic design procedures.

Contact: Herman Rodrigo at FHWA, 614-280-6850 (fax: 614-280-6876; email: herman.rodrigo@fhwa.dot.gov; Web: webce.ent.ohiou.edu/ICHP.html), or Bill Kenis at FHWA, 202-493-3149 (fax: 202-493-3086; email: bill.kenis@fhwa.dot.gov).

National Transportation Asset Management Conference and Workshop

September 29, 2003, Atlanta, Georgia

October 21, 2003, Seattle, Washington

Sponsored by the AASHTO Task Force on Asset Management and the FHWA Office of Asset Management, the event will include sessions on tools and technology, GASB 34, data integration, and local government experiences.

Contact: Ernie Wittwer at 608-263-2655 (email: wittwer@engr.wisc.edu).

Western Bridge Engineers' Seminar

October 5-8, 2003, Reno, NV

The seminar is a biennial cooperative effort by FHWA and the State transportation departments of Alaska, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State. It allows government agencies, consultants, contractors, educators, and suppliers to exchange information on subjects of current interest in the design, construction, and maintenance of bridges.

Contact: Jean Canfield, Conference Manager, at 360-943-7732 (fax: 360-357-9607; email: jeancassoc@msn.com).

Third International Symposium on HPC

October 19-22, 2003, Orlando, FL

Sponsored by FHWA and the Precast/Prestressed Institute, the symposium will address the research, design, construction, performance, and benefits of high-performance concrete.

Contact: Jerry Potter at FHWA, 202-366-4596 (email: jerry.potter@fhwa.dot.gov) or Lou Triandafilou at FHWA, 410-962-3648 (email: lou.triandafilou@fhwa.dot.gov).

World Steel Bridge Symposium and Workshops

November 19-21, 2003, Orlando, FL

The symposium will cover such focus areas as short and intermediate span bridges, accelerated bridge construction, innovative bridge designs, and inspection and maintenance. The event is sponsored by the National Steel Bridge Alliance and FHWA.

Contact: Darice Elam at the National Steel Bridge Alliance, 312-670-7011 (fax: 312-670-5403; email: elam@nsbaweb.org).

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