The program will include both formal presentations as well as poster presentations on new and innovative technologies, including the latest research and developments involving earthquake engineering for bridges, highway systems, and components.
The conference theme is "Advances in Engineering and Technology for the Seismic Safety of Bridges in the New Millennium."
The program will also involve an International Forum comprising invited speakers from countries that have implemented advanced earthquake design and mitigation technologies and techniques. A Technology Showcase involving as many as 40 exhibitors of contemporary products and services for seismic design and retrofit is also being planned.
The Third National Seismic Conference and Workshop on Bridges and Highways is expected to attract worldwide participation from bridge and highway engineers, design consultants, researchers, and federal, state and local transportation agency owners.
It is anticipated that 50 to 60 papers will be selected for formal presentations during the conference. In addition, approximately 25 papers will be selected for the Poster Session.
The conference is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Washington State Department of Transportation.
It is organized by the Federal Highway Administration's Western Resource Center, and the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) headquartered at the University at Buffalo.