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Conference Recap


Over 300 bridge engineers and transportation professionals from 21 countries and 35 states attended the Sixth National Seismic Conference on Bridges and Highways.  Held July 27-30, 2008, this conference continues a series of biennial meetings organized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and MCEER, University at Buffalo.  South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) hosted this event at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.  The hosts treated guests to low country cuisine consisting of  “shrimp & grits” at an opening reception that featured a four instrument string ensemble. Full Review

Program Highlights

Program highlights include the conference program, speaker bios, and selected presentations.

Special Sessions

Two “current event” special sessions focused on the AASHTO Bridge subcommittee’s 2008 ballot items.  National experts, working with AASHTO’s Technical Committee T3 (Seismic Design), explained guide specification changes related to the handling of liquefaction and other important issues.  Similarly, Technical Committee T5 (Loads) explained improvements to the way bridges in a coastal environment will be designed.

T3: Special Session on AASHTO T3 (Seismic) 2008 Ballot Item: Liquefaction and Other
Guide-Specification Changes

Moderator: Kevin Thompson, California Department of Transportation

T5: Special Session on AASHTO T-5 (Loads), Coastal Bridge Guide Specifications

Moderator: Hossein Ghara, Louisiana Department of Transportation

Conference Proceedings

Available on CD, the proceedings include more than 100 papers delivered orally and on posters.

Seismic Design Workshop

The FHWA kicked things off with a pre-conference workshop, Best Practices for Seismic Design and Retrofit of Bridges