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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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Second US-Taiwan Workshop Focuses on Bridge Engineering


Participants visited the Devil’s Slide construction site
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Transportation engineers, researchers, and high level government officials convened in San Francisco for the second bridge engineering workshop, held jointly between Taiwan and the United States. The event, held Sept 21-22, 2006, was sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and included about 40 invited participants. Phil Yen, FHWA, was the conference chair. It was organized by MCEER, University at Buffalo and the Taiwan Construction Research Institute.

The workshop built upon the first gathering in Taipei in 2005 which had a focus on “Bridge Maintenance.” The theme of the 2006 workshop was “Bridge Engineering.” There was much discussion on the seismic design of highway bridges and the repair of bridges damaged by earthquakes, flooding and landslides. There were also presentations on bridge maintenance and bridge management systems that extended the discussions initiated at the 2005 workshop.

Engineers from Caltrans played a significant role in the technical program. They also hosted a technical tour of construction sites for the Taiwan delegation following the formal sessions.

A CD of the papers and presentations will be available from MCEER in the near future. A third workshop is planned for 2007 in Taiwan. See the workshop page for more information.