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JUNE 1, 2001

THIRD NATIONAL SEISMIC CONFERENCE SEEKS ABSTRACTS
ON BRIDGE AND HIGHWAY ADVANCEMENTS AND TECHNOLOGIES

Date: April 28 - May 1, 2002
Place: Portland, Oregon.
Abstract deadline: July 15, 2001

BUFFALO, NY . The Third National Seismic Conference and Workshop on Bridges and Highways is requesting abstracts for presentations at next year's conference. Organizers will accept 50 to 60 papers for formal presentations. Another 25 papers will be selected for poster sessions. Deadline for submission of abstracts is July 15, 2001.

The conference theme is "Advances in Engineering and Technology for the Seismic Safety of Bridges in the New Millennium." Presentations will focus on the latest advancements in earthquake design and retrofit, and on new and innovative technologies -- including the latest research and developments in earthquake engineering for bridges, highway systems, and components. The program is scheduled for April 28 through May 1, 2002, in Portland, Oregon.

The conference will provide a forum for information on current practices and research for seismic-resistant design and retrofit of bridges and highway systems in all seismic zones. Abstracts are sought on the following topics:

One-page typewritten abstracts should be submitted by July 15, 2001 to:

Third National Seismic Conference and Workshop on Bridges and Highways
c/o MCEER
University at Buffalo
Red Jacket Quadrangle
Buffalo, NY
14261-0052;

Tel: 716/645-3391
Fax: 716/645-3399
Email: mceer@buffalo.edu.

 Faxed and email submissions are welcome.

Authors should clearly indicate which of the above topics would be dealt with by their proposed paper.  They will be notified of acceptance in September 2001.

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 will also include 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 organized.

The program 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. Conference cosponsors include: the California Department of Transportation, Mid-America Earthquake Center, MCEER, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, and the Transportation Research Board.

Technical questions should be submitted to:

Tom Post
Caltrans
Tel: 916/227-8728,
Fax: 916/227-8898
Email: tom_post@dot.ca.gov;

or

Roland Nimis
FHWA
Western Resource Center
Tel: 415/744-2653
Fax: 415/744-2620
Email: roland.nimis@fhwa.dot.gov

For all other inquiries contact:

Michael S. Higgins, P.E.
Regional Manager
Eastern Region
Pure Technologies, US Inc.
10015 Old Columbia Road
Suite B-215
Columbia, MD
21046
Tel: 410-309-7050
Fax: 410-309-7051
Email: mike.higgins@soundprint.com

 


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