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|Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations|
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-08-010
Date: January/February 2008
To accelerate the adoption of innovations aimed at reducing congestion and improving highway quality and safety, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Highways for LIFE (HfL) program has awarded five grants under its Technology Partnerships Program. The program is designed to help companies refine and further develop technologies in partnership with State departments of transportation and local transportation agencies.
Data from the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program is available at your fingertips with the new Standard Data Release (SDR) 22. The SDR is in Microsoft Access® format and can be obtained at no charge as a single DVD.
With step-by-step tips and instruction, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center's new Surface Water Modeling System User Guide and Watershed Modeling System User Guide provide an introduction to both hydraulic and hydrologic modeling. The guides were developed by the Resource Center's Geotechnical and Hydraulics Technical Service Team.
The design, fabrication, inspection, and maintenance of orthotropic steel deck bridges will be the focus of the 2008 International Orthotropic Bridge Conference, to be held from August 25-29, 2008, in Sacramento, California. As a follow-up to the first International Orthotropic Bridge Conference in 2004, which attracted attendees from 11 countries, the event is hosted by the Sacramento chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Sessions will feature such topics as launching orthotropic bridges, conducting welding inspections of orthotropic bridges, and using Load and Resistance Factor Design. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will also introduce its new FHWA Orthotropic Bridge Manual in a full-day session on August 28 that is free to all attendees. Participants' comments on each chapter of the forthcoming manual will be solicited during the session.
Coming soon to a city near you: the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 2008 Regional Asset Management Conferences. The free conferences are designed to bring the latest transportation asset management technologies, research, and best practices to State, Federal, and local practitioners; researchers; and others across the country. "Participants will be able to learn about new tools and techniques and also share their own experiences in using asset management," says Francine Shaw-Whitson of FHWA's Office of Asset Management.