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Next SCEF Meetings
October 24-25, 2000, Dover, Delaware

Attached is a set of directions and map to the college and hotel accommodations for your use.  Phone number for the Comfort Suites is 302-736-1204; government rate of $74.50, tax included, is also available there.  Attendees are encouraged to make their own reservations as soon as possible.

In continuing SCEFs alignment with the Steel Bridge Collaboration, attendees to the full committee meeting on October 25th are asked to be prepared to discuss their States views on the recently balloted document on fabrication.  We would also like to receive an update from each State on specific project implementation of the recently balloted document on Shop Drawing Review and Approval.

We will set aside time for any interested State (or their design consultant) to make a presentation on steel design details being proposed for a major project.  The purpose would be to gain feedback from other State and Industry attendees on the fatigue resistance and economy of the details.  Please advise prior to the meeting of this particular interest.

Continuing the practice initiated last year, the Delaware Department of Transportation has volunteered to take notes at the full committee meeting, and to distribute the information afterwards with attachments.  We appreciate very much their willingness to share this new responsibility.

All SCEF members with an Internet address will be notified that they may access the materials there.  Hard copies will not be mailed to these individuals.  Those members without an Internet address who have an * next to their name will receive a fax of the materials, and are requested to make the information available as soon as possible to other non-Internet members on the SCEF list.

If there are any problems with receiving the documents either electronically or by fax, please notify Ms. Marsha Simmons at (410) 962-2773

Members are requested to review the Subcommittee listings and consider representation by their state or company as appropriate.

Following is a supplement to the referenced agenda items:

4. Status of High Performance Steel Projects

According to our records, NY, NC, and WV have projects approved under the 1998-2000 FHWA Innovative Bridge Research & Construction Program.  We would appreciate attendees from these States providing an update on their projects, as well as those States who submitted candidates for the 2001 program, and from those states with HPS projects not funded under this program.
5a. Regional Welder Certification Program
It is requested that each State designate an attendee to vote on the referenced program which has been distributed and discussed by the MDSHA at several previous meetings.
9. LRFD Implementation/Changes to Steel Bid Prices
Each state attendee is requested to be prepared to discuss their implementation status, and any trends in bid prices that may be attributable to LRFD.
We wish to announce that Mr. Paul Perkins, chairman of the Subcommittee on Structural Coatings, has retired from the Maryland State Highway Administration.  A volunteer is now being solicited from that group to coordinate its activities.  Anyone interested in assuming that role is asked to notify us prior to the 24th.  The first order of business at the meeting will be to announce the new chairman.   Attendees to that meeting are asked to be prepared to discuss each agenda item as it pertains to their state or company. 

An overhead projector, slide projector and flip chart will be available for anyone anticipating their need.  Power Point equipment will also be available, however, speakers are asked to bring their own laptop computer, and a CD of their talk.  All speakers are asked to provide paper copies as well.

We look forward to another successful turnout and to the active participation of all attendees at both meetings.

Louis N. Triandafilou

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