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Third International Workshop on Performance Based Seismic Design and Retrofit of Transportation Facilities 

Group photo of Workshop participants

Participants visited several bridges under construction by the Japan Highway Public Corp as part of the study tour.

The Third International Workshop on
Performance Based Seismic Design and Retrofit of Transportation Facilities
was held in Tokyo, Japan on July 9-11, 2002, at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The meeting was followed by a one-day study tour in the Tokyo area. The Federal Highway Administration sponsored the U.S. delegation. The first two workshops in the series were organized by the National Center for Research in Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), Taipei, Taiwan, and held in July 1999 and September 2000, in Taipei.
The workshop allowed participants to review the state of performance-based design of bridges in the U.S., Japan and Taiwan, and discuss some of the key issues that must be addressed to ensure effective implementation of this design concept. About 50 people participated in the workshop, with 10 from the U.S., 10 from Taiwan, and the rest from Japan.

photo of Maglev train

The study tour participants rode the Maglev train, which can reach speeds of up to 450 km/hr.

As part of the study tour, the participants visited the Maglev (magnetic levitation) train testing track facility, where participants rode the train at speeds up to 450 km/hr. The group then visited several bridges under construction by the Japan Highway Public Corporation between Tokyo and Kyoto.
Proceedings of the workshop, including technical papers, resolutions and research recommendations, were published by the Tokyo Institute of Technology. A limited number of copies will be available through MCEER Publications.

Photos are courtesy of the Kawashima Research Group. To view additional photographs from the workshop and study tour, go to http://seismic.cv.titech.ac.jp.

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