Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


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Monday, July 18, 2022

Special Sessions

Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM   —  Sessions will be updated as details are finalized


IBC 22-SS01: Bridging Kentucky, Design-Build
Wes Hagerman, P.E., HDR, Lexington, KY; Robin Justice, Bizzack, Lexington, KY

“Bridging Kentucky” is a statewide program that set a goal to repair or replace up to 1,000 bridges across the state. In November 2019, four local contractors and one design firm partnered under a design-build contract within this larger program to replace 105 bridges in the rural mountainous area of southeastern Kentucky. Come hear how this grew into a successful project—from the pre-bid phase, to design, and all the way through construction.

IBC 22-SS03: Utah DOT Structures Digital Delivery
Cheryl Hersh Simmons, Utah DOT; Daniel Jensen, P.E., Michael Baker International; Scott Fernald, Utah Region Granite; Kaleb Nelson, E.I.T, PEC

UDOT is on the forefront of transitioning to Digital Delivery by utilizing fully detailed 3D models attributed with design and supplemental information. This session will explore how these models are prepared and certified for the department as well as the steps taken to ensure a constructible package. Personal experiences from completed construction projects will be shared describing model usage in the field by both the contracting team and field inspectors.


Autonomous Vehicles

IBC 22-SS07: Transitioning to a Smarter and More Sustainable Transportation System
Corey Harper, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

In this talk, Dr. Harper will discuss how autonomous vehicles (AVs) could change the way we envision our cities and communities. In the first part of his talk, he will discuss how AVs could impact parking economics and energy use in our downtown urban cores. In the second part, Dr. Harper will discuss how AVs could be used to increase public health and safety in rare events (e.g., pandemics).

IBC 22-SS08: The Influence of Infrastructure on AV Deployments
James Murphy, Locomation

An examination of current and future infrastructure and the impact to AV deployments. The presentation will discuss how infrastructure can influence AV deployment models, routes, and design. An in-depth look at how current infrastructure and future design, specifically bridges, must keep pace with advancements in autonomous vehicle technology to support the various use cases from autonomous passenger vehicles to autonomous trucks and linked-convoys.


Digital Delivery/BIM

IBC 22-SS09: BIM Delivery for Total Precast Accelerated Bridge Systems
Russell Dickson, P.E., and Jason Reffner, PennStress, Hollidaysburg, PA

Discussing the advantages of utilizing digital BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology to provide top quality, highly accurate engineering and production solutions for delivering complicated projects, including accelerated bridge construction.  Identifying key element design and detailing considerations. Presenting multiple types of total precast concrete bridge structures, with BIM generated engineering deliverables, as successful case studies.

IBC 22-SS10: Advancing Digital Delivery: Bridging the Digital Data Gap at PennDOT
Allen Melley, P.E., Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg, PA; Joseph Brenner, Michael Baker International, Lititz, PA

Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT), in support of the Digital Delivery Directive 2025, is leveraging 3D engineered bridge models. This presentation will cover overall 3D2025 goals and specific challenges in implementing models for digital delivery in bridge projects with direct examples of specific tools, techniques, and solutions. Critical components such as a robust working environment, a comprehensive training program, standards development, and implementation in pilot projects will be discussed in a practical sense which is applicable for project managers and engineers/technicians.

IBC 22-SS11: BIM for Bridges and Structures
James Hauber, Iowa DOT, Ames, IA

Update on BIM for Bridges Pool Fund TPF-5(372) accomplishments and goals to be completed next year. Iowa DOT BIM completed demonstration STIC grant project for design to construction and digital as-builts and future Iowa DOT research. Discuss continued AASHTO BIM community involvement.

IBC 22-SS12: The Value of “i”—A Steel Bridge Fabricator’s Perspective on BIM
Presenter:  Brad Dillman, P.E.; High Steel Structures; Lancaster, PA

This presentation will provide a fabricator’s perspective on BIM for bridges and structures as it relates to the flow of design information within contract documents to steel fabrication. The discussion will include insights on their experience on a recent project completed through model-based delivery, as well as a perspective on potential misperceptions regarding the use of BIM in steel bridge fabrication.



IBC 22-SS13: Learn why the Precast/Concrete Institute Funded Nonproprietary Ultra High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) Research
William Nickas, P.E, PCI and George Morcous, Ph.D., P.E., University of Nebraska

This presentation will focus on recent efforts to advance UHPC in precast, pretensioned concrete structural applications. The speakers will share some of the industry forward looking UHPC aspirations. Speakers will also present on the UHPC research completed by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and the ongoing committee work to bring these durable and resilient solutions to market.

IBC 22-SS14: State of the practice for Ultra-High Performance concrete for Bridge Preservation and Repair
Jordy Eduardo Padilla-Solis, P.E., WSP

This presentation will provide participants with a greater understanding of what UHPC is, as well as a suite of solutions which include using UHPC for bridge deck overlays, link slabs, and steel girder end repairs. General design guidance necessary to implement different types of UHPC preservation and repair strategies will also be discussed.

IBC 22-SS16: Depth to Bedrock Seismic Method Evaluation
Steven Sachs, Ph.D.,  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the use of passive seismic methods to estimate the depth to bedrock.  These seismic investigations are used to delineate different geologic conditions such as layer geometry, water table, and the bedrock topography.  The goal of the project is to establish the accuracy and efficacy of these methods as compared to current and historic core boring taken by PennDOT, with the goal being to eliminate a portion of the core borings currently being performed.


Keynote Session

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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