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Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-08-015
Date: July 2008

Highway Technology Calendar

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

Ninth International Conference on Concrete Pavements

August 17-21, 2008, San Francisco, CA

Organized by the International Society for Concrete Pavements, the conference will focus on all aspects of concrete pavement construction, testing and evaluation, and rehabilitation. The conference also features a workshop series that will include a session on precast pavements organized in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Highways for LIFE program. Conference cosponsors include FHWA, American Concrete Pavement Association, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Portland Cement Association, and the California Department of Transportation.

Contact: Tim LaCoss at FHWA, 518-431-4125, ext. 260 (email: timothy.lacoss@fhwa.dot.gov), or Katie Hall at Fugro Consultants, Inc., 847-549-8568 (email: kthall64@comcast.net). For additional information or to register, visit www.concretepavements.org.

International Symposium on Asphalt Pavements and the Environment

August 18-20, 2008, Zurich, Switzerland

Sponsored by the International Society of Asphalt Pavements, the symposium will feature discussion on state-of-the-art developments and future trends in asphalt pavement technology and environmental stewardship. EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, is organizing the event.

Contact: Michele Koehli at EMPA (email: isap2008@empa.ch). Information is also available at www.asphalt.org.

2008 International Orthotropic Bridge Conference

August 25-29, 2008, Sacramento, CA

Launching orthotropic bridges and conducting welding inspections of the bridges will be among the featured topics at the conference. FHWA will also preview its forthcoming FHWA Orthotropic Bridge Manual. The conference is hosted by the Sacramento chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Contact: For more information or to register, visit www.orthotropic-bridge.org. For more information on the FHWA Orthotropic Bridge Manual, contact Vasant Mistry at FHWA, 202-366-4599 (email: vasant.mistry@fhwa.dot.gov).

2008 National Hydraulic Engineering Conference (NHEC)

August 26-29, 2008, Portland, ME

Featuring the theme of "Partnering for Progress in a Changing Environment," the NHEC is designed to equip participants with additional knowledge and tools to meet current and future challenges in hydraulic engineering. Current research studies, state-of-the-art technologies, and design approaches will all be highlighted. The conference is a result of a partnership among FHWA, the Maine Department of Transportation, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

Contact: Cynthia Nurmi at the FHWA Resource Center, 404-562-3908 (email: cynthia.nurmi@fhwa.dot.gov). Information is also available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/engineering/hydraulics/conferences/20071012.cfm or www.maine.gov/mdot-stage/nhec.

International Construction Management Conference

September 8-11, 2008, Orlando, FL

The conference will look at such topics as alternative procurement and contracting systems, construction cost escalation, public-private partnerships, and risk management. The conference is sponsored by the Construction Management Expert Technical Group, which includes representatives from AASHTO, FHWA, industry, and academia.

Contact: Jerry Yakowenko at FHWA, 202-366-1562 (email: gerald.yakowenko@fhwa.dot.gov).

FHWA 2008 Regional Asset Management Conference

September 10-11, 2008, Albuquerque, NM

The fourth conference in this series of free regional conferences is designed to bring the latest transportation asset management technologies, research, and best practices to State, Federal, and local practitioners and others across the country. A fifth conference is currently being planned, with the date and location to be announced.

Contact: Francine Shaw-Whitson at FHWA, 202-366-8028 (email: francine.shaw-whitson@fhwa.dot.gov), or visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/asstmgmt/ramc.cfm.

Second National Maintenance Quality Assurance (MQA) Peer Exchange

September 23-24, 2008, Durham, NC

Participants will discuss MQA analysis procedures and reporting to support highway decisionmaking and will identify progress made since the first Peer Exchange held in 2004. Sponsored by FHWA's Office of Asset Management, the Peer Exchange is being held in conjunction with the National Workshop on Highway Asset Inventory and Data Collection.

Contact: Jennifer Brandenburg at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), 919-733-3725 (email: jbrandenburg@dot.state.nc.us), or Celso Gatchalian at FHWA, 202-366-1342 (email: celso.gatchalian@fhwa.dot.gov).

National Workshop on Highway Asset Inventory and Data Collection

September 24-26, 2008, Durham, NC

The workshop will highlight the latest in technology for managing highway assets. Four focus areas will be featured: Pavements, Bridges, Roadside Appurtenances, and Geotechnical and Drainage. The workshop is cosponsored by the TRB, NCDOT, North Carolina State University, FHWA, and AASHTO.

Contact: Terry Canales at NCDOT, 919-733-2210 (email: tcanales@dot.state.nc.us), or Celso Gatchalian at FHWA, 202-366-1342 (email: celso.gatchalian@fhwa.dot.gov). Information is also available online at www.itre.ncsu.edu/ncassetmgmtconf/index.html.

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