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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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Fourth PRC-US Workshop Held in “City of Bridges”


Participants at the fourth PRC-US Workshop pose
for a group picture

With the special theme of “Advancing Bridge Technologies in Research, Design, Construction and Preservation,” the fourth PRC-US Workshop on Seismic Analysis and Design of Special Bridges was held in Chongqing, China, known as the City of Bridges, on June 19-20, 2006. Hosted by workshop co-chair Professor Li Zhang of the Chongqing Communications Research and Design Institute (CCRDI), this year’s workshop was expanded to include bridge management and construction, in addition to seismic analysis and design of long-span and special highway bridges. George C. Lee (MCEER, University at Buffalo) and Lichu Fan (Tongji University) also served as co-chairs. The workshop was primarily sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Communications (MOC) and the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

About 40 participants exchanged state-of-the-art information on highway bridge technologies and discussed plans to develop future cooperative research projects between the US and China. Topics for future collaborative research include comparative studies of seismic design specifications, high performance concrete and steel bridges and bridge substructure systems, and bridge design data collection. In addition, the group plans to explore the development of mechanisms to assist visiting teams in disaster reconnaissance and/or large construction/restoration projects and to facilitate cooperation in terms of defining specific projects by the government agencies and providing possible resources.

Maorun Feng, Chief Engineer, MOC and Myint Lwin, Director, Office of Bridge Technologies, FHWA, served as honorary co-chairs of the event. The Steering Committee was chaired by Shengying Chen, Department of Highway Administration, MOC and Phillip Yen, FHWA.

In conjunction with the workshop, many of the participants took a technical tour of the 3-Gorge Dam, which will be the site of the largest hydropower station and dam in the world.

The next workshop is planned for 2008. Visit the PRC-US workshop series page for reviews, proceedings and more information about all four workshops.