Task G2-1: 3rd FHWA National Seismic Conference and Workshop on Bridges and Highways
Subject Area: Technology Exchange and Transfer
|Principal Investigators and Institutions
George C. Lee, MCEER
Objective and Approach
The first and second National Seismic Conferences on Bridges and Highways were held in San Diego and Sacramento, California in December 1995 and July 1997, respectively. Under this task, MCEER is organizing and conducting the Third conference on behalf of the FHWA. The conference has been scheduled for April 28 through May 1, 2002, and will be held in Portland, Oregon.
Work on this task was initiated during Research Year 1. A Steering Committee was formed, which is responsible for overseeing the conference and making major decisions regarding its focus and format. A conference planner was employed to assist in negotiating with hotels and other venues, and with the various vendors required for the conference.
During Research Year 2, the Steering Committee selected the conference theme, topics for the conference, potential international speakers, the site and date of the conference, and appointed a Technical Committee to organize the various sessions that will be held during the conference. The Steering Committee prepared a "Call for Papers," which was issued by MCEER to solicit for conference papers and presentations. More than 120 abstracts were received in response to the "Call for Papers," and these were reviewed by the Technical Committee. The conference program will be set by the end of Research Year 2.
In Research Year 3, task activities associated with facilitating the conference will focus on the following:
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