MCEER and ATC to Develop Bridge Design Specifications
January 1999--A joint venture between the Applied Technology Council and MCEER
has been selected by the AASHTO-sponsored National Cooperative Highway Research
Program (NCHRP) to develop the next generation of seismic design specifications for
NCHRP Project 12-49, Comprehensive Specifications for the Seismic Design of
Bridges, will result in the development of specifications, commentary, and design
examples, which will be incorporated into the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.
Work on this 30-month project started in August 1998.
The project will address all aspects of highway bridge seismic design, including the
representation of seismic hazard, design and performance criteria, analysis methods, steel
and concrete super-structure and substructure design and de-tailing, and foundation and
retaining wall design.
Chris Rojahn of ATC is the project administrative officer and Ian Friedland
of MCEER is the project principal investigator. The project team includes:
- R. Mayes, Dynamic Isolation Systems, Project Manager
- D. Anderson, CH2M Hill
- M. Bruneau, University at Buffalo
- G. Fenves, University of California Berkeley
- J. Kulicki, Modjeski and Masters Inc.
- J. Mander, University at Buffalo
- G. Martin, University of Southern California
- A. Nowak, University of Michigan
- R. Nutt, consultant
- M. Power, Geomatrix Consultants Inc.
- A. Reinhorn, University at Buffalo
BERGER/ ABAM Engineers will function as the design example subconsultant.
Project meetings were held October 1-2 and December 3-4. A Project Engineering Panel,
chaired by Ian Buckle, University of Auckland, will provide technical advice and
More information on NCHRP activities can be found at http://www2.nas.edu/trbcrp/.
MCEER is a nationwide consortium on earthquake engineering research,
headquartered at the University at Buffalo. Funded principally by the National Science
Foundation (NSF), the state of New York and the Federal Highway Administration, the center
was established by the NSF in 1986 as the National Center for Earthquake Engineering
Research. The center's mission is to reduce earthquake losses through research and the
application of advanced technologies that improve engineering, pre-earthquake planning and
post-earthquake recovery strategies.