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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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Tri-Center Workshop on Transportation Networks

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Participants discussed transportation-related issues in breakout workgroups

Approximately 25 participants attended the Tri-Center Workshop on Transportation Networks, held October 13-14, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The attendees consisted primarily of researchers and managers from the three earthquake engineering research centers (MCEER, PEER and MAE), in addition to selected representatives from industry who are actively engaged in conducting, planning, or managing research on geographically distributed transportation systems. The purpose was to establish coordinated Tri-Center collaborative plans for developing the next generation of bridge damage-state fragility models for bridges nationwide that can be used for seismic risk assessment of highway-roadway systems.

Building on the success of the December 2003 Tri-Center workshop on distributed networks, the aim of this meeting was to strengthen communication and research coordination by drawing on the individual strengths of the existing centers. The two-day workshop consisted of plenary sessions and focused breakout workgroups.

The meeting was organized by the Tri-Center Meeting Steering Committee, Reginald DesRoches, Georgia Tech (MAE), Bozidar Stojadinovic, University of California - Berkeley (PEER) and Stuart Werner, SSEC (MCEER). MCEER researchers M. Shinozuka and S. Banergee of the University of California, Irvine, and Charles Huyck and Sungbin Cho of ImageCat, Inc. attended the meeting. Additional information about the event is available from the Georgia Tech website.