MCEER HIGHWAY PROJECT
FHWA CONTRACT DTFH61-98-C-00094
Seismic Vulnerability of the Highway System

Task G3-4: 18th U.S.-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop

Subject Area: Technology Exchange and Transfer
Research Year 3

Principal Investigator and Institution

David H. Sanders, University of Nevada, Reno

Objective and Approach

The U.S.-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop is a series of technical interchanges between the United States and Japan on topics related to bridge engineering. In recent years, significant progress has been made in Japan related to the development of new design concepts for bridges as well as modeling, experimental, and non-destructive evaluation techniques for the assessment of the structural performance of these structures. It is important that U.S. researchers, engineers, and government officials to stay on top of new developments in the field, and this is best facilitated through technical interaction and by developing cooperative research efforts with other countries like that of this series. This workshop series was initiated under the auspices of the U.S.-Japan Panel on Wind and Seismic Effects of the UJNR Program.

The 18th U.S.-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop and Study Tour will take place in the United States in the fall of 2002. The workshop will consist of three primary components: technical presentations, discussion sessions, and breakouts. Technical talks provide a mechanism for the presentation of new and innovative research and projects. A major emphasis is placed on discussion sessions and breakouts so that the free exchange of ideas can occur along with relationship building.

The workshop will consist of 1 days of technical presentation and a full day of breakout sessions. The breakout sessions will include some technical presentations as well as focused discussion. These discussions will address research needs and the necessary resources to meet those needs, as well as the sharing of current issues, challenges, and technologies. After the workshop, there will be a three-day study tour, during which Japanese participants will visit bridge engineering organizations and laboratories, and major bridges, in various regions of the United States.

The technical presentations will be published in formal workshop proceedings. U.S. participants will be bridge engineers representing academia, federal and state agencies, and private consultants. The funds allocated for the workshop will be used to cover most of the expenses of U.S. participants, and the basic infrastructure for the workshop; in addition, the allocated funds will cover in-country expenses for two Japanese participants. All other Japanese participants will be supported by the Japanese government.

The following general schedule has been used for the development of the task budget:

Day 1, Sunday Travel day
Day 2, Monday Workshop/Technical Presentations
Day 3, Tuesday Morning - Workshop/Technical Presentations
  Afternoon - Workshop/Breakouts
Day 4, Wednesday Morning - Workshop/Breakouts
  Afternoon - Local Study Tour for general participants; meeting between FHWA and PWRI Participants
Day 5, Thursday Study Tour
Day 6, Friday Study Tour
Day 7, Saturday Study Tour
Day 8, Sunday Travel day for return to Japan or U.S. home locations

Products

The product will be a bound set of proceedings of all of the technical papers that were presented during the workshop. There will also be a summary produced of the identified research needs resulting from discussions that occurred during the breakouts.

Technical Challenges

None anticipated.

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