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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-RD-03-017
Date: May 2003

Highway Technology Calendar

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

National Conference: Best Practices, Care, and Repair of Covered Bridges

June 5-7, 2003, Burlington, VT

The conference will feature separate tracks for engineers and architects; contractors and others responsible for the repair and maintenance of covered bridges; and municipal officials, State transportation staff, and other stewards of covered bridges.

Contact: Judy L. Hayward at Preservation Education Institute, 802-674-6752 (email: coveredbridges@uvm.edu).

SAVE International Conference

June 7-11, 2003, Scottsdale, AZ

SAVE is devoted to the advancement of value methodology, including techniques used in value engineering and value analysis. Its 43rd annual conference will focus on global leadership through value enhancement.

Contact: Mark Leuthold or Claire Lea at SAVE International, 937-222-5794 (email: info@value-eng.org).

2003 International Bridge Conference

June 9-11, 2003, Pittsburgh, PA

Conference topics range from bridge maintenance programs to innovative design concepts and rapid construction.

Contact: Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, 412-261-0710 (fax: 412-261-1606; email: conf@eswp.com).

Eighth International Conference on Low-Volume Roads

June 22-25, 2003, Reno, NV

Sponsored by TRB, the conference will focus on low-volume road problems and their solutions.

Contact: TRB at lvr8@nas.edu.

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 software.

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

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).

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).

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).

Asphalt Rubber 2003

December 2-4, 2003, Brasilia, Brazil

The conference will cover such topics as asphalt rubber binder properties, hot-mix properties, design guidelines, recycling, and performance modeling.

Contact: Consulpav International at ar2003@consulpav.com.

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