On November 3-5, 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) hosted an official delegation from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Washington, DC. Representatives from both countries gathered at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel and shared presentations about their respective transportation programs and major bridge projects as part of a Bridge Research and Technology Forum.
Leading the PRC delegation was Mr. Maorun Feng, Chief Engineer from the PRC Ministry of Communications (MOC). FHWA was represented by Mr. Myint Lwin, Office of Bridge Technology. The program was arranged by Dr. Phil Yen, FHWA, and Prof. George Lee, MCEER, University at Buffalo.
The forum built upon three previous technical workshops hosted jointly by Prof. Lee and Prof. Lichu Fan, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Chinese and American participants explained their current programs and areas of research. The interaction and dialogue at the forum confirmed a mutual interest in developing future opportunities for communication and potential collaborative research. It was decided to jointly sponsor a PRC-US Workshop on Advancing Bridge Technology in Research, Design, Construction and Preservation to identify specific technology transfer and research opportunities for cooperation as well as methods to enhance collaboration. A memorandum of understanding for “Cooperation on Research and Technology Transfer of Highway Bridges” between the MOC and FHWA was drafted and agreed upon.
Subsequent to the forum, the Chinese guests were given a presentation on and tour of the Woodrow Wilson bridge construction project.
Attending the meeting were, from PRC: Feng Maorun, MOC; Zhang Xigang, Liu Minghu, Jiang Jian Hong and Xu Lin, Highway Planning and Design Institute; Tang Guangwu and Zheng Gang, Chongqing Communications Research and Design Institute; and Peng Tianbo, Hu Shide and Li Jian Zhong, Tongji University; and from the US: Myint Lwin, Ian Friedland, Jorge Pagan, Phil Yen, Tom Everett and Ben Tang, FHWA; and George Lee and Jerome O’Connor, MCEER.