Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


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Thursday, June 8, 2017


W08: Introduction to Steel Bridge Fatigue and Fracture Design and Evaluation

Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Room: Annapolis 1

Presented By: Michael Baker International

This workshop will provide background on the development of the AASHTO LRFD provisions for fatigue design, evaluation, and, fracture control. The workshop will discuss the development and background of the specifications and provide a practical demonstration of the application of the LRFD design and MBE fatigue evaluation procedures for steel bridges. Opportunities to ask questions will be provided throughout. Participants are encouraged to discuss prior and ongoing steel bridge fatigue and fracture concerns and receive feedback from the instructors during the class. The technical content is based on selected material from the newly developed FHWA/NHI Course on Fatigue and Fracture.

Speakers: Francesco Russo, Ph.D., P.E., Michael Baker International, Philadelphia, PA; Brian Kozy, Ph.D., P.E., FHWA, Washington, DC; Dr. Karl Frank, P.E., Hirschfeld Industries, Austin, TX

W09: Closer to Reality – Complex Bridge Analysis Software

Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Room: Annapolis 2

Presented By: FINLEY Engineering Group

This presentation will discuss how to use bridge analysis software for complex bridges including projects such as the Veterans Memorial Bridge where 3-D complex geometry, time dependent material properties, staged construction, changing boundary conditions, composite section analysis, and member activation/deactivation are described and demonstrated using a complex bridge project example.

Speakers: Craig Finley, P.E., FINLEY Engineering Group, Tallahassee, FL; Jerry Pfuntner, P.E., S.E., and Ivan Liu, P.E., Finley Engineering Group, Tallahassee, FL


W10: An Overview of the Bridges to Prosperity Program – Planning, Design and Construction of Footbridges in Remote Rural Areas

Time: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Room: Annapolis 3

Presented By: Michael Baker International

The objective of this workshop will be to give a comprehensive perspective of the planning, design, and construction undertaken on a typical Bridges to Prosperity footbridge project. The workshop will cover the perspective of the non-profit agency (Bridges to Prosperity) and discuss their overall program mission, goals, and plans for the future. In addition, the workshop will describe the logistics and effort required to establish a program in a foreign country that results in a program that constructs multiple bridges in one area or country. It will also give a perspective from a partnering consulting firm (Michael Baker Intl) who recently assisted B2P with a footbridge project in Nicaragua. The overall objective of the workshop will be to educate those who plan to participate in a future B2P project on the specifics of how the projects are undertaken and give insights on what to expect and prepare for on a typical project. An additional objective will be to generate more interest and enthusiasm for this exemplary organization’s humanitarian efforts and assist with the ongoing growth of their program.

Speakers: John Dietrick, P.E., S.E., Anna Klenke, and Krista Stippelmans, Michael Baker International, Cleveland, OH; Brandon Johnson, Bridges to Prosperity, Denver, CO

W11: Implementing Bridge Asset Management Systems

Time: 8:00 – 11:00 AM
Room: Annapolis 4

Presented By: AECOM

The workshop will in summary review:

  1. Alternative approaches to bridge asset management strategic planning. Examples of “big plan” and “small plan” and other alternative bridge asset strategic planning approaches will be
    discussed and exampled.
  2. Currently available bridge management systems. Best practices, evaluation criteria and current field examples will be exampled and reviewed.
    Opportunity will be provided for participant review, input and discussion.

Speaker: Simon Lewis, Ph.D., Barry Colford and Ed Zhao, AECOM, Philadelphia, PA; Alan Kercher and Butch Wlaschin, Kercher Group, Newark, DE; Jon Greensill, SEAMS Ltd., Sheffield, UK

W12: ABC Systems

Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Room: Baltimore 3/4

This workshop will introduce new ABC technology and advancements to the bridge industry by industry leaders. Topics include:

  • Concrete Filled Steel Tubes for Bridge Applications-Seismic: Concrete filled tubes (CFTs) provide high strength, stiffness and damage-resistant ductility. In ABC, CFTs may be used as vertical elements of the superstructure and/or the substructure, offering material, labor, equipment related cost and time savings relative to conventional reinforced concrete or precast concrete components. Recent research has developed new connections that can sustain and transfer the full moment capacity of the CFT while facilitating construction. The talk will address all of these issues including structural response, component and connection engineering design expressions and examples of cost savings in bridge construction, including regions of high seismicity.
  • Construction Implementation of AccelBridge – A Low Cost and Durable Full Depth Precast Deck System: Accelbridge is a low cost, durable, and quicker to build full depth precast deck system than current methods. Attendees can learn more about engineering principles, and design and construction considerations, and experience from completed construction projects.
  • Cost Effective and Easy to Build Pre-engineered ABC Solutions for Low to Medium Span Bridges: Premanufactured steel bridges and Buried Bridges offer many ABC advantages in terms of
    design time, material lead times, construction schedule & labor requirements, cost, and quality for low to medium span bridges. Applications and advantages will be demonstrated through a
    series of case studies.

Moderator: Ben Beerman, P.E., FHWA, Atlanta, GA; Speakers: Joel Hahm, P.E., Sean Johnson, P.E., Big R Bridge, Greeley, CO; Eddie He, AccelBridge, Hinsdale, IL; Dawn Lehman and Charles Roeder, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Amy Leland, P.E., S.E., Bridge Engineer, WSDOT, Seattle, WA

W13: Engineering Ethics Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Room: Annapolis 2

Presented By: AECOM

Engineering ethics is a system of moral principles that sets the obligations of engineers to society, to their clients, and to the profession. It has a basis in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of engineering, and the ethics of technology. Because engineering impacts the quality of life for all people, engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to principles of conduct described by established codes of ethics. This session will review the development of engineering codes of ethics with a focus on general principles, obligations to society, responsibilities, whistleblowing, and conduct. It will then demonstrate these concepts through an examination of several case studies.

Speakers: Lusanna Ro, Esq., AECOM; Glen Allen, VA; Elliott Mandel, P.E., AECOM, Arlington, VA


Poster Session

The IBC Poster Session is another opoprtunity to contiune the learning opportunities at the IBC. Posters are displayed throughout the conference on the Hotel Ballroom level near the technical sessions.

IBC POS-01: New New York Bridge
Laura Hanson, American Galvanizers Association and the International Zinc Association

IBC POS-02: Self-Spanning & Tieless Formwork for Concrete Structures on the Tappan Zee Bridge
Troy Westenbarger and Tyler Shaner, Dayton Superior