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FHWA forms Highway Bridge Seismic Engineering Virtual Team

A new initiative to advance seismic technology and practice for highway and transportation infrastructure, called the FHWA Seismic Engineering Virtual Team, is underway. Begun under the auspices of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Virtual Team, or V-Team, was formed to develop and lead a national agenda on bridge seismic technology. The V-team will serve in partnership with AASHTO and the State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), to provide a reliable and credible source of information on seismic issues. The group held its first meeting at the FHWA's Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, on January 17, 2002.

W. Phillip Yen and Benjamin Tang, both of the FHWA, are the organizers of the V-team. Other members include FHWA bridge engineers, State DOT bridge engineers, researchers of the three national earthquake engineering centers (MCEER, MAE and PEER), and private practitioners. V-Team activities and initiatives will be reported on a soon-to-be-created web site, that will be maintained by the FHWA.

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