Highway Project 094 HSRC Meets to Review Progress
The MCEER Project 094 Highway Seismic Research Council (HSRC) met in Chicago, Illinois, on November 27 and 28, 2001. During the meeting, the HSRC reviewed progress made under the FHWA-sponsored research program "Seismic Vulnerability of the Highway System," which is a six-year, $10.8 million program of research focused on new approaches and technologies for improving the seismic performance of the U.S. national highway system. The HSRC also discussed plans for future research within the program with the project Research Committee, issues regarding research coordination with other agencies, and information dissemination and outreach.
MCEER Highway Project 094 has four major areas of research: Loss Estimation Methods for Highway Systems; Seismic Design and Retrofitting of Major Bridges; Advanced Technologies for Earthquake Protective Systems; and Ground Motion and Geotechnical Studies for Major Bridges. The project is also conducting a series of special studies and technology transfer initiatives, including research on non-destructive evaluation of seismically-retrofitted bridges; support studies for implementing the new bridge LRFD seismic design specifications prepared under a joint MCEER/Applied Technology Council project; and the conduct of a number of national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops. Research task statements for the project are posted on MCEER's web site at http://mceer.buffalo.edu/research/HighwayPrj/default.asp.
As a special event during the meeting, HSRC member Bojidar Yanev, Director of the Bridge Management and Inspection Bureau for the New York City Department of Transportation, made a presentation on the events and building damage that occurred during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center complex on September 11, 2001. Dr. Yanev's office was in the perimeter of the primary damage zone from the attack, and he was able to photograph the sequence of events and collapse of both buildings from very close to Ground Zero.