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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-06-028
Date: August 2006

Highway Technology Calendar

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

Climatic Inputs for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Workshop

September 6, 2006, Minneapolis, MN September 19, 2006, Rocky Hill, CT*

*(The September 19 workshop will also be Webcast at www.ct.gov/dot/fhwa-webcast/)

This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) workshop aims to familiarize participants with modeling climatic effects on pavement performance using the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide, reducing climatic effects through materials selection and design, and analyzing current State design methods for climatic effects. There is no charge for the workshop. The target audience includes State materials engineers, pavement design engineers, and industry or academic consultants who support transportation departments' pavement design.

Contact: Gary Crawford at FHWA, 202-366-1286 (gary.crawford@fhwa.dot.gov), or visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/dgit/climatic.cfm.

Eleventh Annual Eastern Winter Road Maintenance Symposium and Equipment Expo

September 6-7, 2006, Atlantic City, NJ

The symposium is designed for winter maintenance managers and other public works practitioners. Topics will cover safety, operations, and environmental issues. The event is sponsored by FHWA, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Contact: For registration information, contact Trindal Stanke at AASHTO, 202-624-3696 (email: tstanke@aashto.org). For additional information, contact Paul Pisano at FHWA, 202-366-1301 (email: paul.pisano@fhwa.dot.gov).

International Conference on Perpetual Pavement

September 13-15, 2006, Columbus, OH

The conference will highlight issues related to designing, constructing, and monitoring perpetual pavements. Topics will include design verification and calibration, modeling, instrumentation, durability, and mechanical properties of materials. Conference sponsors include the Ohio Department of Transportation, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Center for Asphalt Technology, and FHWA.

Contact: Nancy Covington at the Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment, 740-593-2476 (email: orite@bobcat.ent.ohiou.edu), or John D'Angelo at FHWA, 202-366-0121 (email: john.d'angelo@fhwa.dot.gov).

Traffic Inputs for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide

September 18, 2006, Rocky Hill, CT (The workshop will also be Webcast at www.ct.gov/dot/fhwa-webcast)

The workshop will share best practices for collecting the traffic data required for successful use of the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide.

Contact: Gary Crawford at FHWA, 202-366-1286 (email: gary.crawford@fhwa.dot.gov), or visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/dgit/index.cfm.

Fifth National Seismic Conference on Bridges and Highways

September 18-20, 2006, San Francisco, CA

The conference is the fifth in a series of biennial events sponsored by FHWA. Caltrans, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research are cosponsors. The conference is designed to increase awareness of seismic and geological hazards and enhance the technical expertise of engineering professionals, so that they can mitigate the risk of failure or damage to bridges and highways.

Contact: Phillip Yen at FHWA, 202-493-3056 (fax: 202-493-3442; email: wen-huei.yen@fhwa.dot.gov), or Mike Keever at Caltrans, 916-227-8806 (fax: 916-227-8242; email: mike_keever@dot.ca.gov). Information is available online at www.mceer.buffalo.edu/meetings/5nsc.

Use of Pavement Management System Data to Calibrate Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design

September 20, 2006, Rocky Hill, CT (The workshop will also be Webcast at www.ct.gov/dot/fhwa-webcast)

This FHWA workshop will help pavement design and pavement management engineers better understand how data from pavement management systems can be incorporated in the new Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide software.

Contact: Gary Crawford at FHWA, 202-366-1286 (email: gary.crawford@fhwa.dot.gov), or visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/dgit/index.cfm.

International Conference on Long-Life Concrete Pavements

October 25-27, 2006, Chicago, IL

The conference will focus on implementable design, construction, and repair techniques that result in long-lasting concrete pavements. It is targeted at pavement engineering and construction professionals who are involved in various aspects of pavement design, construction, testing and evaluation, and rehabilitation.

Contact: Shiraz Tayabji at Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc., 410-997-0400 (fax: 410-997-8480; email: stayabji@ctlgroup.com), or Sam Tyson at FHWA, 202-366-1326 (email: sam.tyson@fhwa.dot.gov). Information can be found online at www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/concrete/2006conf.cfm.

Highway Quality Conference

November 14-15, 2006, New Orleans, LA

Sponsored by the National Partnership for Highway Quality (NPHQ), the conference will highlight advances in State Quality Partnerships, the winners of the 2006 NPHQ Making a Difference Awards, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's Quality Improvement Program.

Contact: Bob Templeton at NPHQ, 512-301-9899 (email: btemplenphq@aol.com), or Ken Jacoby at FHWA, 202-366-6503 (email: ken.jacoby@fhwa.dot.gov). Details are also available online at www.nphq.org.

TRB 86th Annual Meeting

January 21-25, 2007, Washington, DC

Transportation professionals from around the world will gather at the meeting to share their knowledge and perspectives on current developments in transportation research, policy, and practice. The spotlight theme for 2007 is "Transportation Institutions, Finance, and Workforce: Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century."

Contact: For information, visit the TRB Annual Meeting Web site at www.trb.org/meeting. Questions about the meeting can be emailed to TRBMeetings@NAS.edu.

National Conference on Pavement Management

May 6-9, 2007, Norfolk, VA

Conference topics will include the history and development of pavement management, engineering applications of pavement management data, integrating pavement management systems (PMS) and pavement preservation programs, and using PMS data to calibrate the new Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide. The conference is sponsored by FHWA, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Transportation Research Council, and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Contact: Thomas Van at FHWA, 202-366-1341 (email: thomas.van@fhwa.dot.gov).

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