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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 20, Number 2, Summer 2006

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Volume 20, Number 2, Summer 2006

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Register by July 1 for the Fifth National Seismic Conference on Bridges and Highways

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Registration has officially opened for the Fifth National Seismic Conference on Bridges and Highways (5NSC), to be held September 18-20, 2006 in the San Francisco area (San Mateo, California). The cut off date for discounted early-bird registration is July 1, 2006.

The 5NSC will provide a forum for exchanging ideas. A total of 60 papers will be presented at two concurrent technical sessions. Researchers will share their findings from recent large scale testing enabled by NEES funding; code developers will explain the maturing practice of performance based design and the importance of good seismic detailing; and practicing engineers will share insights from completed seismic retrofit projects and the design of major structures.

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In addition to the oral presentations, poster displays will detail other interesting projects and studies. Both oral and poster presentations will be published on a proceedings CD.

The key organizers are the Federal Highway Administration, the Transportation Research Board, and California Department of Transportation. MCEER, located at the University at Buffalo, is orchestrating the event. Parsons Brinkerhoff Inc., T.Y. Lin International, and the University Transportation Center at the University of Missouri-Rolla are also major supporters of the conference.

In conjunction with the conference, FHWA is delivering a workshop for the seismic retrofitting of existing bridges, based on the new Seismic Retrofitting Manual which is being released by FHWA this year.

A special evening discussion panel, chaired by Frieder Seible, University of California at San Diego, will address the topic of multiple hazards.

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On the last day, there will be two technical tours organized by Caltrans. One will be a boat tour of several major bridges in the area, including the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge construction project. The other will be a bus tour to various bridge sites. Caltrans staff will provide a narrative at each site, explaining the significance and unusual features of the bridge.

Additional corporate sponsorships remain available. Space at the concurrent conference technical exhibit is also available, although on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, or to register, visit the conference website.