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Study on Performance of Bridges


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will conduct a study on "the performance of bridges that received funding under the innovative bridge research and construction program under section 503(b)of title 23, United States Code (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of Public Law 109-59; 119 Stat. 1144) in meeting the goals of that program, which included:

  (1) the development of new, cost-effective innovative material highway bridge applications;

  (2) the reduction of maintenance costs and life-cycle costs of bridges, including the costs of new construction, replacement, or rehabilitation of deficient bridges;

  (3) the development of construction techniques to increase safety and reduce construction time and traffic congestion;

  (4) the development of engineering design criteria for innovative products and materials for use in highway bridges and structures;

  (5) the development of cost-effective and innovative techniques to separate vehicle and pedestrian traffic from railroad traffic;

  (6) the development of highway bridges and structures that will withstand natural disasters, including alternative processes for the seismic retrofit of bridges; and

  (7) the development of new nondestructive bridge evaluation technologies and techniques.

 

The study will include--

  (1) an analysis of the performance of bridges that received funding under the program in meeting the goals described in items (1) through (7) above;

  (2) an analysis of the utility, compared to conventional materials and technologies, of each of the innovative materials and technologies used in projects for bridges under the program in meeting the needs of the United States in 2015 and in the future for a sustainable and low lifecycle cost transportation system;

  (3) recommendations to Congress on how the installed and lifecycle costs of bridges could be reduced through the use of innovative materials and technologies, including, as appropriate, any changes in the design and construction of bridges needed to maximize the cost reductions; and

  (4) a summary of any additional research that may be needed to further evaluate innovative approaches to reducing the installed and life-cycle costs of highway bridges."

 

Status: Current

PIN: TRB-SASP-17-03

Project Duration (months): 15 month(s)

RSO: Morris, Joseph

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Topic(s):

Transportation and Infrastructure


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 12/05/2017

Ms. Mary Lou Ralls - (Chair) - (Chair)
Mary Lou Ralls is Principal of Ralls Newman, LLC, a structural engineering consulting firm in Austin, Texas, and Director of Technology Transfer for the Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center at Florida International University. Ms. Ralls joined the Texas Department of Transportation in 1984. In 1999 she became the State Bridge Engineer and Director of the Bridge Division. She retired from the Department in 2004. In TRB's SHRP2 program, Ms. Ralls was a member of the Renewal Technical Coordinating Committee, a member or chair of several of the Expert Task Groups, and a member of the Committee for the Strategic Highway Research Program 2: Implementation. She holds a MS in structures engineering and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
Dr. Catherine E. Wolfgram French
Catherine French is College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of the faculty since 1984. Her research involves the experimental investigation of reinforced and prestressed concrete structural systems subjected to earthquake or fatigue loadings. She received the PhD and MS degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BSCE from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Raymond P. Giroux
Raymond Paul Giroux is a Senior Engineer with Kiewit Bridge and Marine, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Vancouver, WA. He has been with Kiewit since 1980 and has contributed to major infrastructure construction projects throughout the United States. He was elected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2016. He is a recipient of ASCE's Roebling, G. Brooks Earnest, and History and Heritage Awards and the Augustine Award of the American Association of Engineering Societies. Mr. Giroux lectures widely on civil engineering history at universities and professional conferences. He received a BS in construction engineering from Iowa State University.
Dr. Yidong (Eddie) He
Yidong (Eddie) He is a Technical Director with Parsons Corporation in Chicago, Illinois. He has extensive experience in the design, analysis, and construction of bridges and buildings. He has been involved in the design and construction of more than 30 complex bridges, including post-tensioned concrete, steel box girder, segmental concrete, arch, truss, cable-stayed, and suspension bridges and transit structures. He is an expert in accelerated bridge construction, mass produced prefabricated bridge elements, erection equipment, and concrete formwork. Before joining Parsons in 1987, Dr. He was in engineering positions at HNTB, Inc. and at J. Muller International. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. He received a PhD in structural engineering and Master of Engineering in structural engineering from West Virginia University and a BS in civil engineering from South China University of Technology.
Mr. Malcolm T. Kerley
Malcolm T. Kerley is President of NXL Construction Services, Inc., a transportation engineering firm in Richmond Virginia. From 2002 until 2012, he was Chief Engineer of the Virginia Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for all engineering aspects of the department. From 1992 to 2002, he served as State Structure and Bridge Engineer. He is a former chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures. Mr. Kerley is a registered professional engineer in Virginia. He received a Master of Engineering in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and BS in civil engineering from Virginia Military Institute.
Dr. Bijan Khaleghi
Bijan Khaleghi is State Bridge Design Engineer in the Washington State Department of Transportation. He has been with the department since 1991. He is experienced in the design of prestressed and post-tensioned concrete bridges, tunnel construction and rehabilitation projects, and bridge preservation projects. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Martin University, Olympia, Washington, teaching courses in advanced concrete, earthquake engineering, and bridge design, and has served as a member or chair of numerous NCHRP project panels. Dr. Khaleghi received the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's Martin P. Korn Award in 2005 and the American Society of Civil Engineers' T.Y. Lin Award in 2006 for outstanding research papers. He is a Registered Professional Civil and Structural Engineer in Washington State. He received the degrees of Doctor of Engineering - Concrete Structures and Master of Sciences - Structural Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France and a MS in civil engineering from Tabriz Technical University, Tabriz, Iran.
Mr. Norman McDonald
Norman McDonald retired in 2017 as State Bridge Engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation. The State Bridge Engineer is responsible for developing structure plans for all interstate and primary highways in Iowa and is also responsible for inspection and coordination of bridge improvement plans for over 4,100 bridges. The Iowa Department of Transportation Bridge Office is recognized as a leading transportation agency in bridge research. Mr. McDonald was with the Bridge Office for 32 years, including 17 as State Bridge Engineer. While with the Iowa Department of Transportation, he served on various technical committees of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, including recently as Chair of the Structural Steel Design Technical Committee. He has served also as a member or chair of numerous NCHRP project panels on research topics related to steel structures.
Dr. R. Shankar Nair
R. Shankar Nair, NAE, is Senior Vice President exp US Services Inc. He has more than 45 years of experience in structural engineering. His work has focused on structural engineering for large architectural and civil engineering projects, including the longest tied-arch bridge span in the world and many high-rise buildings. Dr. Nair has worked for Teng and Associates and its successor firm exp since 1995 in Chicago, and before that was a principal at RTKL Associates in Baltimore and Alfred Benesch and Company in Chicago. His work has received numerous awards, including four American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Prize Bridge awards and six annual Most Innovative Structure awards from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. Dr. Nair chairs the AISC Committee on Specifications and is a past chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2005. Dr. Nair has a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is licensed to practice engineering in 44 states.
Dr. Abdul-Hamid Zureick
Abdul-Hamid Zureick is Professor of Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is an authority on the use of innovative materials in civil engineering applications. His research has been to develop criteria and specifications for the design, testing, and construction of polymer composite structural systems. Professor Zureick serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Composites for Construction and of Structural Engineering and Mechanics and chairs the ASTM International Technical Subcommittee on Composites for Civil Engineering and Marine Applications. He received the 1989 ASCE Norman Medal, awarded for a technical paper that makes a definitive contribution to engineering science. He received the PhD and MS degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in civil engineering from Tichreen University, Lattakia, Syria.
Dr. Ross B. Corotis
Ross B. Corotis, NAE, is Denver Business Challenge Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado. From 1994 to 2001, he served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was formerly a member of the faculties of Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University. Dr. Corotis' primary research interests are in the application of probabilistic concepts to civil engineering problems, including stochastic modeling of loads on structures and structural system reliability. He is a past Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics and of Structural Safety. He was awarded the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 1984 for his work on stochastic modeling of structural loads. Dr. Corotis is a registered professional engineer in Colorado, Maryland, and Illinois and a registered structural engineer in Illinois. He received the PhD, MS, and BS degrees in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ms. Rebecca Curtis
Rebecca L. Curtis is Bridge Management Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation. In this position she oversees operation of the department’s annual bridge inspection program, development of bridge management systems, and development of bridge strategy and performance measures. Before joining the Department of Transportation in 2006, she was an engineer with Orchard, Hiltz, and McCliment, Inc., an architectural, engineering, and planning firm. She is a member of the Technical Review Team for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' BRIDGEWare bridge management software and a former member of the TRB Long-Term Bridge Performance Committee Expert Task Group for Bridge Evaluation and Monitoring. She is a registered professional engineer in Michigan. She received a MS in civil engineering from The University of Michigan and a BS in civil engineering from Michigan State University.
Dr. Randall W. Poston
Randall W. Poston, NAE, is Senior Principal with Pivot Engineers in Austin, Texas. The focus of his work has been forensic structural engineering and the rehabilitation and strengthening of civil infrastructure. This work has included the investigation of numerous structural collapses and in-service performance and durability problems with concrete structures. He is a past Chair of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Structural Building Code Committee and received the ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award for his leadership in the reorganization of the ACI Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. Several of his projects have received the International Concrete Repair Institute Award of Excellence. Dr. Poston received a PhD in structural engineering, a MS in structural engineering, and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Events



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


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Contact Name:  Michael Covington
Contact Email:  Mcovington@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2265

Agenda
Committee for the Study on Performance of Bridges
Public Meeting, July 24, 2018
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC
Room 209


10:30 am Welcome; review of agenda:
Mary Lou Ralls, committee chair

Federal Highway Administration activities relating to
bridge engineering innovation:
FHWA representative

11:10 Committee questions and discussion

11:30 Public meeting adjourns
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Mary Lou Ralls-Newman (Chair)
Ross Corotis
Rebecca Curtis
Catherine French
Raymond Giroux
Yidong He
Malcolm Kerley
Bijan Khaleghi
Norman McDonald
Shankar Nair
Randall Poston
Abdul-Hamid Zureick



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Michael Covington
Contact Email:  Mcovington@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2265

Agenda

11:00 am Welcome; review of agenda
Mary Lou Ralls, committee chair

Presentations from supplier industries representatives:
Representatives from the composite materials, steel
bridge, and concrete bridge industries will
comment on the committee’s charge

12:00 Committee questions and discussion

1:00 pm Lunch recess

2:00 Pubic meeting adjourns
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Mary Lou Ralls Newman
Ross B. Corotis
Rebecca L. Curtis
Catherine French
Raymond Paul Giroux
Yidong (Eddie) He
Malcolm T. Kerley
Norman McDonald
R. Shankar Nair
Randall W. Poston
Abdul-Hamid Zureick


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

At closed sessions on March 20 and 21, the committee discussed the classification of the bridge technologies used in the IBRC program, the report outline, plans for producing the report, and plans for obtaining information through interviews with state department of transportation officials.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 27, 2018


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Room 206 (Room Change)
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Joseph Morris
Contact Email:  jmorris@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-3109

Agenda
Committee for the Study on Performance of Bridges

Public Meeting, December 19, 2017
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC
Room 206 (Room Change)


10:30 am Call to order; introductions; review of agenda Mary Lou Ralls, Chair

10:40 Background on committee task and study process Joseph Morris, Transportation
Research Board

10:45 Sponsor's objectives for the project Sheila Duwadi, Federal
Highway Administration

11:30 Committee questions and discussion
12:30 pm Lunch recess

1:30 Committee questions and discussion with FHWA, continued

2:30 Public meeting adjourns


Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Attendance: All members attended the closed sessions.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

At closed sessions on December 19 and 20, the committee discussed the members' confidential background information and conflict of interest forms, discussed the Statement of Task, and began work on the committee's report.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

IBRC Program - FHWA PPT Presentation
HDR-IBRC Report (Report on Project Summaries and Case Studies)Appendix A and B
IBRC Project Database Spreadsheet
IBRC Project Summaries Spreadsheet
Task B Project Tracking Spreadsheet

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
December 22, 2017

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