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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-06-023
Date: March 2006


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

Climatic Inputs for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Workshop

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.

2006 Concrete Bridge Conference

May 7-10, 2006, Reno, NV

The conference will promote the exchange of ideas and information on all aspects of concrete bridge design and construction. Topics will include rapid bridge construction, performance specifications, aesthetics, structural testing, and precast prestressed concrete bridges. The conference is sponsored by the Nevada Department of Transportation, Portland Cement Association, American Concrete Institute, National Concrete Bridge Council, and FHWA.

Contact: Caron Johnsen at the Portland Cement Association, 847-972-9058 (fax: 847-972-9059; email: cjohnsen@cement.org), or Lou Triandafilou at FHWA, 410-962-3648 (email: lou.triandafilou@fhwa.dot.gov).

National HERS-ST Technical Conference

May 22-25, 2006, San Antonio, TX

The conference will introduce the new edition, Version 4.0, of FHWA's Highway Economic Requirements System-State Version (HERS-ST) software. The event will also provide an opportunity for States and others to share their experiences in using this decision tool for analyzing highway needs. The conference has no registration fees. Copies of the HERS-ST software, user guide, and hands-on workbook will also be provided at no cost.

Contact: Robert Mooney at FHWA, 202-366-4657 (email: robert.mooney@fhwa.dot.gov). Information on HERS-ST is available online at www.fhwa. dot.gov/infrastructure/asstmgmt/hersindex.cfm.

Construction Practices for Segmental Concrete Bridges Seminars

July 10-11, 2006, Dallas, TX

July 24-25, 2006, Atlanta, GA

Cosponsored by FHWA and the American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI), the seminars will cover the new Construction Practices Handbook for Segmental Concrete Bridges. Registration fees will be waived for FHWA, State, and local highway agency engineers.

Contact: Myint Lwin at FHWA, 202-366-4589 (fax: 202-366-3077; email: myint.lwin@fhwa.dot.gov), or Cliff Freyermuth at ASBI, 602-997-9964 (fax: 602-997-9965; email: asbi@earthlink.net). Information is also available at www.asbi-assoc.org (click on "ASBI Events").

Third International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety, and Management

July 16-19, 2006, Porto, Portugal

The conference will cover such topics as bridge repair and rehabilitation issues, bridge management systems, and bridge-related safety and risk issues. The conference is designed for bridge engineers, consultants, contractors, and university researchers, among others. Sponsors include the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Colorado Department of Transportation, American Society of Civil Engineers, and FHWA.

Contact: Ian Friedland at FHWA, 202-493-3023 (email: ian.friedland@fhwa.dot.gov), or visit www.iabmas06.com.

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).

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 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. The conference will also provide a forum for sharing research findings and insights from completed infrastructure projects. A technical tour of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction project will be included.

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.

International Conference on Long-Life Concrete Pavements

October 25-26, 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).

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