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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / March 2009

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-09-011
Date: March 2009

Highway Technology Calendar

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

2009 Design-Build in Transportation Conference

April 1-3, 2009, Baltimore, MD

Join transportation leaders in discussing lessons learned in the use of the design-build project delivery method for transportation projects. The discussions will cover choosing the right delivery method, contracting approaches, risk allocation, and performance contracting. The conference is cosponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and various industry groups.

Contact: Jerry Yakowenko at FHWA, 202-366-1562 (email: gerald.yakowenko@fhwa.dot.gov); or visit www.designbuildtransportation.com.

Workshop on Polyphosphoric Acid (PPA) Modification of Asphalt Binders

April 7-8, 2009, Minneapolis, MN

Researchers and practitioners will present the latest information on PPA modification and performance. The workshop's format will promote interactive discussion among presenters and participants. Also featured is a site visit to MnROAD, Minnesota's Cold Weather Road Research Facility, to view four PPA modified cells that were placed in 2007. The workshop is sponsored by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), FHWA, Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), Asphalt Institute, The Association of Modified Asphalt Production, ICL Performance Products LP, and Innophos, Inc.

Contact: For registration information, contact Lisa Bilotta at Mn/DOT, 651-366-5500 (email: lisa.bilotta@dot.state.mn.us). For additional information, contact Roger Olson at Mn/DOT, 651-366-5517 (email: roger.olson@dot.state.mn.us); or visit www.dot.state.mn.us/mnroad.

National Conference on Preservation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Pavements

April 22-24, 2009, St. Louis, MO

The conference will provide a forum to address concrete pavement preservation, repair, and rehabilitation activities that result in safer, smoother, and longer lasting concrete pavements. Topics will include optimizing concrete pavement preservation strategies, alternate delivery methods for projects, traffic management considerations, repair material and equipment requirements, and forensic investigations. Conference sponsors include FHWA, AASHTO, TRB, American Concrete Pavement Association, and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Contact: Shiraz Tayabji at Fugro Consultants, Inc., 410-997-9020 (email: stayabji@aol.com); or Sam Tyson at FHWA, 202-366-1326 (email: sam.tyson@fhwa.dot.gov). Information is also available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/pavement/concrete/2009CPTPconf.cfm.

Fourth Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference

May 7-8, 2009, Akron, OH

The conference will highlight the uses of rubber and polymer modified asphalt and discuss opportunities for expanding their use, as well as facilitate discussions among industry and State, Federal, and local government agency representatives. Sessions will focus on engineering, economics, and the environment, with topics such as warm mix asphalt, life-cycle costs, State issues and solutions, materials supply, recycling, and quiet pavements. The conference is cohosted by the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Rubber Pavements Association, and the Rubber Manufacturers Association, in conjunction with FHWA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Asphalt Pavement Association, Asphalt Institute, National Center for Asphalt Technology, and Flexible Pavements of Ohio.

Contact: To learn more about the conference, visit www.rubberdivision.org/meetings/rmac.htm; or contact Ed Miller in the Rubber Division of ACS, 330-972-6527 (email: emiller@rubber.org).

Seventh International Symposium on Advanced Testing and Characterization of Bituminous Materials

May 27-29, 2009, Rhodes, Greece

Sponsored by RILEM (the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems, and Structures), the symposium will promote international networking in developing and implementing performance-oriented test methods for bituminous materials. Symposium sponsors also include FHWA, National Technical University of Athens, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the International Society for Asphalt Pavements.

Contact: For more information, visit www.ntua-rilem-atcbm09.gr.

Twenty-Sixth Annual International Bridge Conference

June 14-17, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA

The conference will feature more than 100 technical presentations, 17 workshops, and three seminars covering all aspects of bridge engineering. More than 150 exhibitors will also showcase current technologies. FHWA is sponsoring workshops on Accelerated Bridge Construction, Sharing Bridge Management Practices, State of the Practice in Bridge Load Rating and Posting, and the Long-Term Bridge Performance Program. FHWA is also sponsoring seminars on Highway Tunnel Inspection, Maintenance, and Operation and Load Rating of Gusset Plates of Connections of Steel Truss Bridges.

Contact: Myint Lwin at FHWA, 202-366-4589 (email: myint.lwin@fhwa.dot.gov); or visit the conference Web site at www.eswp.com/bridge.

2009 Petersen Asphalt Research Conference and Pavement Performance Prediction Symposium

July 13-17, 2009, Laramie, WY

The conference will present current research aimed at understanding and improving asphalt pavement performance. Each session includes open-mike discussion time for participants. The 3-day conference is followed by a 2-day symposium, which focuses on key aspects of pavement performance. Participants may register for both the conference and symposium or either one separately. The conference and symposium are organized by the Western Research Institute (WRI).

Contact: Steve Salmans at WRI, 307-721-2306 (email: ssalmans@uwyo.edu); or Terry Arnold at FHWA, 202-493-3305 (email: terry.arnold@fhwa.dot.gov). Information is also available at www.petersenasphaltconference.org.

Eighth National Conference on Transportation Asset Management: Putting the Asset Management Pieces Together

October 19-21, 2009, Portland, OR

The conference will highlight emerging issues in transportation asset management, including trade-off analysis, optimization, system management, and safety. Three thematic tracks will be featured: Safety, Pavement Management, and Data and Information Infrastructure. Practical examples of asset management implementation within a State, region, or local community will also be spotlighted.

Contact: Tom Palmerlee at TRB, 202-334-2907 (email: tpalmerlee@nas.edu); or Francine Shaw-Whitson at FHWA, 202-366-8028 (email: francine.shaw-whitson@fhwa.dot.gov). Information is also available online atwww.trb.org/conferences/2009/asset.

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