Task G3-4: 18th U.S.-Japan Bridge Engineering Workshop
Subject Area: Technology Exchange and Transfer
|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 1½ 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:
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.
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