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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 3, Fall 2007

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Volume 21, Number 3, Fall 2007

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US-Italy Seismic Bridge Workshop Held in Pavia

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U.S. and Italian bridge engineers met to discuss international developments in the seismic design of truss bridges

The U.S.-Italy Seismic Bridge Workshop, held April 19-20, 2007, at the European Center for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (Eucentre) in Pavia, Italy brought bridge researchers from the U.S. and Italy together to discuss seismic design and assessment issues for bridges. The workshop was attended by over 35 participants, representing academia in Italy and the U.S., State DOTs, and the Federal Highway Administration. Reginald DesRoches, Georgia Tech, and Phil Yen, FHWA, co-chaired the U.S. team, and Gian Michele Calvi, Università degli Studi di Pavia, and Paolo E. Pinto, Università di Roma “La Sapienza,” co-chaired the Italian team.

The workshop consisted of 29 presentations focused on topics including earthquake ground motions, displacement based design, new code procedures, performance testing of bridges, soil-structure interaction, bridge fragility curves, regional seismic risk assessment, and innovative bridge retrofit methods. The presentations provided an overview of recent developments in each country, as well as areas for future development.

At the conclusion of the workshop, the Italian Ambassador to Pakistan, connected through a conference call, expressed his appreciation to the participants, in consideration of the relevant activity of Italians and Americans in general, and of Eucentre and the Rose School in particular, for the reduction of seismic risk in Pakistan after the recent earthquakes.

The workshop was hosted by the Eucentre and the Centre of Research and Graduate Studies in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (Rose School) of the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori of Pavia. The U.S. delegation was supported by the FHWA, MCEER, and the National Science Foundation.

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