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


Session Chair: Ken Wright, P.E., HDR, Pittsburgh, PA
Room: 301/302

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, Taylorsville, UT; Daniel Jensen, P.E., Michael Baker International, Sandy, UT; Scott Fernald, Granite Construction, Salt Lake City, UT; Kaleb Nelson, E.I.T, PEC, West Jordan, UT

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.

IBC 22-SS04: PPC Overlays
Nick Burdette, P.E., HDR, Pittsburgh, PA; Shane Szalankiewicz P.E., PennDOT, Pittsburgh, PA; Michelle Olszewski, Shikunusa, Pittsburgh, PA

Polyester Polymer Concrete (PPC) overlays are increasingly being used in Pennsylvania to protect concrete bridge decks and increase their service life.  This presentation by an owner, designer, and contractor will describe design and construction considerations for this PPC, including benefits to the bridge owner.  A local bridge rehabilitation project will be used as a case study to share construction details and best practices.


Autonomous Vehicles

Session Chair: Maggie Jackson, P.E., Pennsylvania DOT, Pittsburgh, PA
Session Chair: Room: 304/305

IBC 22-SS05: Introduction to Argo AI
Elizabeth Fishback, Argo AI, Pittsburgh, PA

Argo AI is a global autonomy products and services company on a mission to make the world’s streets and roadways safe, accessible, and useful for all.

IBC 22-SS06: Preparing for the Future: PennDOT’s Approach to Automated Vehicles
Mark Kopko, Pennsylvania DOT, Harrisburg, PA

As a state that has always been at the forefront of innovation and industry, it should come as no surprise that Pennsylvania is at the epicenter of the rise in Automated Vehicle (AV) technology. Using experience gained from over a decade of on-road AV testing, PennDOT is taking steps to prepare for the transportation of the future today.

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: Multi-Jurisdictional Truck Platooning Demonstration
Jeffrey Bergsten, Michael Baker International, Harrisburg, PA

The Smart Belt Coalition (SBC), a tri-state collaboration between five transportation agencies and educational institutions in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, conducted a demonstration of truck platooning and automated driving system (ADS) technology to test the administrative and procedural requirements necessary for a truck platooning system to operate continuously through a multijurisdictional environment. Through a request for information (RFI) process, the SBC partnered with Locomation, who is developing a trucking technology platform to combine AI-driven autonomy with driver augmentation, for this initiative.  The purpose of the demonstration was to identify ways for SBC members to align processes with best practices in supporting truck platooning and ADS operations to the extent allowable by existing individual state regulations and agency policies.


Digital Delivery/BIM

Session Chair: Annette Adams, P.E., Virginia DOT, Fredericksburg, VA
Room: 306/307

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.



Session Chair: Lou Ruzzi, P.E., WSP USA, Pittsburgh, PA
Room: Ballroom B

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: Improving Bridge Assessment through the Integration of Conventional Visual Inspection and Non-Destructive Evaluation Data
Amir H. Alavi, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

The purpose of this study is to establish a framework capable of integrating traditional non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and emerging automated unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based techniques to provide improved performance assessment of bridges. The proposed framework focuses on addressing the principal challenges associated with studying the service life of bridge structures: (a) the long-time scales (which requires accelerated aging), (b) the diverse outputs related to bridge condition (in terms of data collected through UAV, NDE, and visual inspection), and (c) an advanced data interpretation and fusion framework for automated detection and quantification of bridge surface and subsurface defects. By leveraging the access to the unique dataset generated by the Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing (BEAST) facility, this study aims to identify the potential synergies among bridge degradation, remaining service life, and the results taken from the multimodal sensing technologies (i.e., UAV and NDE techniques). Data processing frameworks based on deep learning and a systematic UAV data collection strategy are developed to automatically detect and quantify the surface defects from HD images and subsurface defects from Infrared thermography (IR) images. New multi-source NDE data fusion methods based on discrete wavelet transforms and improved Dempster-Shafer evidence combination theory are proposed to provide a more comprehensive concrete bridge deck assessment.

IBC 22-SS15: 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.

IBC 22-SS16: INDOT Bridge Research Program
Anne Rearick, Indiana DOT, Indianapolis, IN

This presentation will provide an overview of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s bridge research program. Projects to be highlighted include A New Approach to Accelerated Fabrication of Steel Bridges and Post-Fire Assessment of Prestressed Concrete Bridges in Indiana.


Keynote Session

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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