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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / August 2004

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-04-028
Date: August 2004

Highway Technology Calendar

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

Ninth Annual Eastern Winter Road Maintenance Symposium and Equipment Expo

September 8-9, 2004, Knoxville, TN

The symposium will feature best practices and new products and equipment for winter maintenance. Sponsoring the event are Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program.

Contact: Mark Sandifer at FHWA, 708-283-3528 (email: mark.sandifer@fhwa.dot.gov). Information is available online at www.easternsnowexpo.org.

Second National Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems Workshop

September 8-10, 2004, New Brunswick, NJ

The workshop will look at how the use of prefabricated bridge elements and systems enables bridge owners, designers, and construction contractors to "Get in, Get out, and Stay out." The event is sponsored by FHWA, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), and Rutgers University, in cooperation with the Midwest Transportation Consortium.

Contact: For information on registration, contact Hani H. Nassif at Rutgers University, 732-445-4414 (fax: 732-445-8268; email: nassif@rci.rutgers.edu). For information on travel support scholarships available for State highway agencies, contact Harry A. Capers, Jr., at the NJDOT, 609-530-2557 (fax: 609-530-5777; email: Harry.Capers@dot.state.nj.us). For general information on the workshop, contact Helene Bowman at FHWA, 609-637-4230 (fax: 609-538-4913; email: helene.bowman@fhwa.dot.gov). Information can also be found online at www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/accelerated.

Coal Combustion Products partnership Workshops

September 14, Las Vegas, NV

September 16, Austin, TX

September 30-October 1, San Juan, PR

November 16, Louisville, KY

November 18, Atlanta, GA

The workshops will look at the advantages of using coal ash in a variety of highway and concrete construction applications. Sponsors include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, FHWA, U.S. Department of Energy, and the american coal ash Association (ACAA).

Contact: David Goss or Mike MacDonald at ACAA, 720-870-7897 (email: info@acaa-usa.org; Web: www.acaa-usa.org).

Structural Materials Technology: NDE/NDT for Highways and Bridges 2004

September 14-17, 2004, Buffalo, NY

Participants will learn about the state-of-the-art in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and nondestructive testing (NDT) technologies. The event is sponsored by The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc., New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Transportation Research Board (TRB), FHWA, and the Structural Engineering Institute.

Contact: Hamid Ghasemi at FHWA, 202-493-3042 (fax: 202-493-3442; email: hamid.ghasemi@fhwa.dot.gov), or Sreenivas Alampalli at the NYSDOT, 518-457-6827 (email: salampalli@dot.state.ny.us; Web: www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge/smt.htm).

Second International Conference on Accelerated Pavement Testing

September 26-29, 2004, Minneapolis, MN

The conference will present research findings on accelerated pavement testing topics, including bridge decks, fatigue, instrumentation, performance, stabilization material, and permanent deformation. Conference sponsors include AASHTO, FHWA, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), TRB, and the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies.

Contact: Ben Worel at Mn/DOT, 651-779-5522 (fax: 651-779-5616; email: ben.worel@dot.state.mn.us), or Kenneth Fults at the University of Texas, 512-232-3081 or 512-310-2933 (email: kenfults@yahoo.com). Information is available online at www.cce.umn.edu/engineering/accelerated_pavement.

PCI National Bridge Conference

October 17-20, 2004, Atlanta, GA

Sponsored by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and FHWA, the conference will cover such topics as precast piles, accelerated bridge construction, and precast bridge solutions.

Contact: John Dick at PCI, 312-786-0300, ext. 205 (fax: 312-786-0353; email: info@pci.org; Web: www.pci.org/nbc).

2004 Segmental Concrete Bridge conference

November 7-9, 2004, Tampa, FL

The conference will provide a forum for discussion of current design and construction practices around the world. The american Segmental Bridge Institute and FHWA are cosponsoring the event.

Contact: Cliff Freyermuth at the american Segmental Bridge Institute, 602-997-9964 (email: asbi@earthlink.net).

National Partnership for Highway Quality Summit

November 16-17, 2004, Dallas, TX

The summit will showcase state quality partnerships (SQPs) and introduce a new, two-tiered accreditation program for SQPs. The agenda will also feature workshops on launching and advancing training and certification programs.

Contact: Bob Templeton at NPHQ, 512-301-9899 (email: btemplenphq@aol.com; Web: www.nphq.org).

Field Trials Evaluate Lithium Treatment

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now accepting proposals from State highway agencies to participate in lithium field trials for bridge structures. The trials will evaluate the use of lithium treatment for different types of concrete structures/elements affected by alkali-silica reactivity (ASR), a pervasive durability problem that occurs in portland cement concrete. Lithium treatments will be applied using various methods such as electrochemical extraction, vacuum impregnation, and topical treatment.

To assist States in preparing their proposal and selecting ASR-affected structures for treatment, a protocol document, "Protocol for Selecting Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR)-Affected Structures for Lithium Treatment," is available from FHWA. Proposals are due September 30, 2004. For more information or to obtain a copy of the protocol document, contact Fred Faridazar at FHWA, 202-493-3076 (fax: 202-493-3161; email: fred.faridazar@fhwa.dot.gov).

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