Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


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Monday, June 11, 2018

Technical Sessions

Bridge Asset Management

Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Room: Annapolis 1/2/3
Session Chair: David Juntunen, P.E.

This session is a series of 4 talks with a panel discussion at the end to show how 3 DOT’s are doing the Bridge portion of their Transportation Asset Management Plans and national perspective about these plans by FHWA.

IBC 18-01: Utah DOT
Rebecca Nix, Utah DOT

In recent years the Utah Department of Transportation has focused heavily on element level inspections and adapting the inspection mindset to not just address capturing the overall condition and safety of a bridge, but also capturing information necessary to develop a proactive bridge program and metrics for their TAMP.

IBC 18-02: Minnesota DOT
Dustin Thomas, Minnesota DOT

Learn about MnDOT’s process to plan bridge improvements and manage and maintain bridge assets including deterioration modeling, cost estimating and a risk assessment

IBC 18-03: FHWA
Derek Constable, Federal Highway Administration

The overview of TAMP objectives and requirements for bridges, and a look at where we are with national implementation, and where we are going.

IBC 18-04: Pennsylvania DOT
Justin Bruner, Pennsylvania DOT

Current targets and goals of the TAMP, as well as compliance for lowest life cycle cost through Asset Management processes. This will include a Bridge Asset Management System using extensive deterioration modeling analysis and comprehensive cost modeling.


Challenges to Delivering a Successful Project: A Panel Discussion with the Owner, Designer, and Contractor

Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Room: Woodrow Wilson A
Session Chair: Calvin Boring, Advantage Steel & Construction Co., Saxonburg, PA

This session will discuss four different projects, each featuring a short presentation by the owner, designer, and contractor, followed by a panel discussion with Q&A from the audience.

IBC 18-05: Birmingham Bridge
Louis J. Ruzzi, P.E., Penn DOT District 11-0, Pittsburgh, PA; Ahmad K. Ahmadi, P.E., Ph.D., SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA;  Tyson Hicks, Joseph B Fay  Co., Pittsburgh, PA; Jason Esser, Joseph B. Fay, Company

A $29,000,000 bridge preservation project which included hydro demo and latex, full paint, structural steel and concrete repairs and bearing replacement with a highlight on the replacement of the main truss bearings with spherical bearings.

IBC 18-06: PA Turnpike MP 44-48 Allegheny County, PA Reconstruction and Widening
Steve Hrvoich, P.E., Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Pittsburgh, PA; Joseph A. Thompson, McCormick Taylor, Pittsburgh, PA; John A. Nemmer, Trumbull Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA

MP 44-48, $79,000,000 full-depth reconstruction and widening project will highlight the temporary shoring challenges.

IBC 18-07: Virginia Success Stories
Michael Gleasman, P.E., Virginia DOT, Fairfax, VA; Pooya Azar, Martins Construction Corp., Falls Church, VA ; John Michels, WSP , Herndon, VA

This team of owner, designer and contractor firms have jointly completed over eight major rehabilitation projects in the past 3 years, incorporating deck hydro-demolition and /LMC-VE overlay, and deck joint elimination. With many of the projects located along the most congested corridors of the National Capital Region (i.e. Interstate I-395, I-495, Dulles Toll Road, etc.), they will be sharing their unique perspective on the challenges faced in each phase of the project lifecycle and how they were overcome.

IBC 18-8: Ironton – Russell Bridge
Chris Pridemore, P.E., Ohio DOT; Craig Klusman, P.E., AECOM, Louisville, KY; Thomas Hesmond, P.E., Brayman Construction Corp., Saxonburg, PA

An $82,000,000 contract for a new cable stay bridge on a new alignment and removal of the existing functionally obsolete and structurally deficient bridge oner the Ohio River connecting Ironton, OH, and Russell, KY.


Keynote Session

Time: 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Room: Cherry Blossom Ballroom
Session Chair: Ronald D. Medlock, P.E., High Steel Structures, Lancaster, PA

The Keynote Session is the official start to the 2018 IBC! Conference Chair Ronnie Medlock will host the session. Following welcoming remarks, we are pleased to announce the following presenters:







10:25 a.m.

John W. Fisher, M.S., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Director Emeritus of the ATLSS Engineering Research Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA







10:50 a.m.
Xigang Zhang, Vice President of China Highway & Transportation Society and Chief Engineer of China Communications Construction Company Ltd., Beijing, China






11:15 a.m.
James Whitty, Partner, D’Artagnan Consulting LLP, Portland, OR







11:40 a.m.
James Ray, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Washington, DC


12:05 p.m.
Q & A