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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / May 2013

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-13-013
Date: May 2013
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Get Ready for SHRP2 Tuesdays

Logo of the Second Strategic Highway Research Program's (SHRP2) implementation initiative, SHRP2 Solutions. The tag line for the logo is "Tools for the Road Ahead.quot;

Mark your calendar now for SHRP2 Tuesdays. Starting in May and continuing throughout the year, the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) will sponsor a new Webinar series scheduled primarily for the first and third Tuesday of each month. Each Webinar will highlight SHRP2 products scheduled for implementation and the significance of research results.

Launched in 2006 as a partnership among the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Transportation Research Board (TRB), SHRP2 has conducted more than 100 research projects designed to meet a range of pressing problems facing the Nation's roadway system. The result is an array of advanced tools and technologies for improving highway safety, renewal, reliability, and capacity.

Upcoming Webinars include Nondestructive Testing Technologies for Concrete Bridge Decks on May 21, 2013, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (eastern daylight time). This session will explore a new SHRP2 report, Nondestructive Testing to Identify Concrete Bridge Deck Deterioration, and related electronic toolbox. Nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques have the potential to quickly and reliably provide information about conditions under the surface of bridge decks, so that transportation agencies can make more informed treatment decisions.

The report evaluates the capabilities and limitations of the most common NDT techniques for detecting and analyzing typical deterioration occurrences in concrete bridge decks, such as delamination, corrosion, and vertical cracking. Details are included on the techniques' accuracy, precision, ease of use, speed, and cost. Techniques are also ranked and graded based on the SHRP2 project's validation work. Practitioners can use the accompanying electronic toolbox, NDToolbox, to obtain information on recommended technologies for detecting a particular deterioration.

The May 21 Webinar will feature representatives from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; FHWA; AASHTO; and TRB. The final 30 minutes of the session is reserved for participant questions.

For registration information, visit www.trb.org/StrategicHighwayResearchProgram2SHRP2/Blurbs/168779.aspx. The cost is $89 per site. There is no fee for employees of TRB sponsors, including State transportation agency sponsors. Others eligible to receive complimentary registration include employees of tribal governments and Congressional staff members. More information on the pricing structure is available at www.trb.org/ElectronicSessions/ConferenceRecordings.aspx. Participants can earn professional development hours. For questions about registration or professional development hours, contact Reggie Gillum at TRB, RGillum@nas.edu.

Upcoming Webinars also include Expedited Planning and Environmental Review of Highway Projects on June 4 and Performance Specifications for Rapid Renewal on June 11. To receive notices about future Webinars, sign up for SHRP2 email alerts at www.trb.org/StrategicHighwayResearchProgram2SHRP2/Blank2.aspx. More information on SHRP2 is available at http://shrp2.transportation.org.

Your Guide to SHRP2 Products

Find the SHRP2 tools and resources you need by visiting the program's new online Products Chart. Click on a topic to see a brief description of the resources and links to available products. The chart indicates which products are available now and when others will be ready. Resources are also grouped according to the policy goals contained in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), including congestion, infrastructure, sustainability, and system reliability. To view the chart, visit www.trb.org/StrategicHighwayResearchProgram2SHRP2/SHRP2Products.aspx. Additional information on SHRP2 products can be found at http://shrp2.transportation.org. This summer, AASHTO, FHWA, and TRB will launch a joint online clearinghouse, goSHRP2.

Image of a SHRP2 Solutions fact sheet on the NDToolbox, a guide to nondestructive testing procedures.
Upcoming SHRP2 Webinars include a session highlighting Nondestructive Testing Technologies for Concrete Bridge Decks.

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