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Fourth National Workshop on Bridge Research in Progress

The Fourth National Workshop on Bridge Research in Progress was held June 17-19, 1996 in Buffalo, New York. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and organized by the State University of New York at Buffalo and NCEER, the 2?day workshop attracted over 150 participants, including a large number of students and practicing engineers from throughout North America. More than 70 presentations on a variety of bridge-related issues were made during workshop sessions in the following areas:

In addition, over 15 posters were presented in a poster session that covered technical areas including earthquake engineering, instrumentation, and bridge specifications.

Four keynote speakers set the tone for the workshop. The first speaker was John Scalzi, Program Director, National Science Foundation, who provided an overview of opportunities for research in composite materials, and the repair and retrofit of current transportation structures through the National Science Foundation. James Cooper, Chief, Structures Division, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), reported that FHWA's research program focused on repairing deficient bridges through its "find it and fix it" philosophy. Major research topics include nondestructive evaluation and the use of new high performance materials for new design, repair, and retrofit. Scott Sabol, Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council (NRC), provided a detailed overview of the role of both the TRB and NRC, and then focused on TRB's cooperative research programs. Ongoing research includes studies evaluating corrosion of reinforcing steel and steel piling, design issues such as curved steel girders, debris loads and redundancy, life cycle costs and bridge monitoring systems, new LRFD philosophies, and scour. James Siebels, Chief Engineer, Colorado Department of Transportation and Chairman, Highway Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), spoke on the purpose and research interests of AASHTO's Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures. AASHTO works in close coordination with private industry and the research community to develop, maintain and improve bridge standards and specifications. A major effort is to improve bridge design and evaluation specifications based on LRFD principles.

This was the fourth meeting in a series of research-in-progress workshops that have been sponsored by the National Science Foundation and held in Des Moines, Iowa; Reno, Nevada; and San Diego, California over the past eight years. The meeting concluded with an optional tour of NCEER's seismic simulator laboratory at the University at Buffalo.

Proceedings from the workshop are available by contacting NCEER Publications, phone: (716) 645-3391; fax: (716) 645-3399 or via email: The 450-plus page proceedings is priced at $25.00. Shipping is an additional $5.00 for international orders.

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