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19th US-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop

photo of long span bridge over water photo of bridge in wind tunnel

As part of the study tour, participants visited the newly constructed Shin-Kitakyushu Airport Access Road with its 200 m tied arch span (left) and the PWRI's wind tunnel, where aerodynamic testing is being done on a bridge model for a proposed record-breaking span that combines suspension and cable stayed technology (right).

Eighteen invited engineers and researchers from the U.S. joined their Japanese counterparts October 27-30, 2003 in Tsukuba, Japan for the 19th annual event sponsored by UNJR Panel on Wind and Seismic Effects. It was organized by the Public Works Research Institute’s Jiro Fukui, PWRI and David Sanders, University of Nevada at Reno. Chairman of the Japan side was Hiroshi Sato, PWRI and for the U.S., W. Phillip Yen, FHWA.

Though the main focus of the conference was seismic engineering, there were also numerous presentations on bridge maintenance, construction, and materials. Upon conclusion of the plenary sessions, participants were given an opportunity to share experiences and suggest means of future collaboration.

Group photo of Workshop participants under a banner

US-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop participants pose for a group picture.

After the formal meetings, a study tour was arranged that allowed U.S. representatives the opportunity to get a close-up inspection of several long span structures, which are a source of great pride for the Japanese. These bridges are a critical part of the transportation system in a country comprised of four separate islands in a highly seismically active region of the world. Both sides anxiously await the 20th anniversary convocation, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in October 2004.

The Bulletin is a free publication offering articles on Center research, cooperative ventures, reports from conferences, educational activities, upcoming events, and reviews of new MCEER publications Spring 2004

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