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Review of Federal Highway Administration Infrastructure R&D - Expert Task Group on Bridges

Project Scope:

An Expert Task Group (ETG) will advise the below describe committee regarding priorities in terms of the technical tools and products that state departments of transportation need to maintain and improve the performance of their bridges and other structures.   The ETG will not issue a formal report.
The ad hoc committee (TRB-SASP-17-04), which is parent to the ETG and which was approved by GBEC on April 12, 2017, will advise the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Infrastructure R&D Program regarding priorities in terms of the technical tools and products that state departments of transportation need to maintain and improve the performance of their pavements, bridges, and other structures.  FHWA's program includes gathering data on 
long-term infrastructure performance; structural design; material testing, evaluation, specification and mixture design, and optimization for both traditional and innovative materials; performance evaluation and prediction; construction; life-cycle cost analysis; environmental and sustainability aspects and implications; preservation of bridges, tunnels, culverts, geotechnical elements; aerodynamic and hydraulic engineering guidance; design and mitigation for extreme events (e.g., seismic, blast, and scour); advanced materials and structural systems; tools for the assessment and condition monitoring of highway structures; and data-driven performance management and preservation tools.  The FHWA and its contractors are designing tools and predictive models for highway infrastructure owners to use to maintain and improve their assets; the committee’s role will be to comment on such products as appropriate.  The committee will meet annually to interact with FHWA and other stakeholders and issue an annual assessment in the form of a letter report.  

Status: Current


Project Duration (months): 60 month(s)

RSO: Godwin, Stephen




Transportation and Infrastructure

Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 01/03/2018

Alexander K. Bardow
Alexander K. Bardow is the State Bridge Engineer for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), a position he has held since 1995. He is responsible for managing the Bridge Section, which consists of the Design and Preservation, Inspection, Ratings and Overloads, Metals Control, Geotechnical and Hydraulic Units. As the State Bridge Engineer, he develops the MassDOT bridge design and rating policy, bridge construction standards and bridge inspection policy, and oversees the MassDOT Bridge Inspection Program and its compliance with the federal National Bridge Inspection Standards. Mr. Bardow is also responsible for developing the bridge program for the Massachusetts STIP using the MassDOT Bridge Prioritization System, a risk-based, asset management system MassDOT developed to prioritize bridges for programming purposes. Mr. Bardow has been employed by MassDOT since 1983. Mr. Bardow holds BSCE and MSCE degrees from MIT and is a Professional Engineer registered in Massachusetts. He is a voting member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures (SCOBS) and serves on several SCOBS technical committees, including as Chair of the Technical Committee for Metals Fabrication. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of ASCE, of which he was President for 2004–05.
George H. Conner
George H. Conner is the Deputy Director for Operations at the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). He is responsible for the oversight and operation of the Department’s Construction, Equipment, Maintenance, and Materials and Tests Bureaus as well as the five geographic Regions that have responsibility for the design, construction, testing and maintenance of the State highway system. After time spent as an Air Force Civil Engineering Officer and a Structural Engineering Project Designer, Mr. Conner joined ALDOT’s newly formed Bridge Load Testing office in 1992 and managed ALDOT’s bridge rating program. Other positions within the department include Assistant State Maintenance Engineer for Roadsides, Assistant State Maintenance Engineer for Bridges, and State Maintenance Engineer. His most recent prior position was the Region Engineer for ALDOT’s nineteen county Southeast Region. Mr. Conner was a former member and past chair of the AASHTO BRIDGEWare Task Force. He participated in the 2006 International Technology Scanning Tour for Commercial Motor Vehicle Size and Weight Enforcement. He is a current member of the AASHTO Rail Council and the Committee on Transportation System Security and Resilience, and was previously a member of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures. He is the current Chair of both the AASHTO Maintenance Committee and the Oversight Panel for the Transportation System Preservation Technical Services Program (TSP2). He holds B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E. degrees from the University of Alabama, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama.
Zhengzheng Fu
Zhengzheng “Jenny” Fu is an Assistant Bridge Design Administrator for the Bridge Design Section in the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). She is in charge of the Consultant Management, Bridge Design Manuals and Standards, and the Bridge Scour Program (Phase III, Structural Evaluation, and Phase IV, Countermeasures). She serves in Project Review Committees for several ongoing research projects initiated by Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC). The projects include the Implementation of Self-Curing Concrete to improve deck durability, the Evaluation and Implementation of Continuous Deck (or Link Slab) to reduce deck cracking, and Development of Wave and Surge Atlases for the Design and Protection of Coastal Bridges in South Louisiana. Nationally, she serves as a member for AASHTO SCOBS T-10 (Concrete) Committee and NCHRP Project 12-83, Calibration of LRFD Concrete Bridge Design Specifications for Serviceability. Ms. Fu joined the LADOTD Bridge Design Section in 2003 after working as a structural engineer for private consultants from 1991 to 2003. Since 2003, she has been actively involved in the implementation of LRFD design, the development of LADOTD Bridge Design Manual, and the design and management of many bridge projects. Few noteworthy projects are the new I-10 Twin Span Bridges ($800M project, replacing the old bridges damaged by Hurricane Katrina), Caminada Bay Bridge (a coastal bridge near LA 1), I-49 North and South projects (new interstate corridor projects), Prospect Vertical Lift Movable Bridge, and LA 160 project (first two integral bridges in Louisiana). Ms. Fu received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology of China in 1984 and worked as a Mechanical Engineer for 4 years from 1984 to 1988. In 1991, she received a MS degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from Purdue University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
George Hearn
George Hearn is associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prof. Hearn has more than thirty-five years' experience in bridge inspection, design, rehabilitation and management. Prof. Hearn has served as principal investigator for bridge-related projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Academies, the US Federal Highway Administration, and the State of Colorado. He is author of the 2014 synthesis on practices for bridge load posting , the author of the 2012 case studies of bridge management practices in Idaho, Michigan and Virginia , the author of the 2010 report on the domestic scan on Bridge Management Decision Making , author of NCHRP Synthesis 375 Bridge Inspection Practices (2007), the principal investigator for NCHRP Project 14-15 Developing a National Database System for Maintenance Actions on Highway Bridges (2010), and the principal investigator in evaluation of bridge preservation costs for Colorado DOT (2012). He evaluated bridge deck durability for Colorado DOT (2007), designed modular reaction walls for CU’s earthquake testing laboratory, wrote the report for the international scan trip on bridge preservation and maintenance (2005), developed a conceptual plan for a Colorado DOT system for maintenance management of retaining walls and sound barriers (2003), evaluated the effects of non-divisible loads on fatigue life of steel bridges for Colorado DOT (2001), established procedures for the use of NDE test data in element-level condition reports for the FHWA (2000), studied the reliability of field testing methods applied to highway bridges for the National Science Foundation (1998), developed methods for segmental inspections as a refinement to element-level condition reports for Colorado DOT (1997), and created the NBI translator for element-level condition data for the FHWA (1994 and 1997 revision). George Hearn is a member of the FHWA expert task group for bridge preservation, and chair of TRB committee AHD30 Structures Maintenance. George Hearn is a licensed professional engineer.
Thomas P. Macioce
Thomas P. Macioce is the Chief Bridge Engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), a position he has held since 2006. Mr. Macioce is responsible for the formulation and implementation of the statewide engineering policies for the design and construction of bridges. He also directs a statewide program for quality assurance in bridge design and fabrication, amongst many other responsibilities involving bridge design, standards, construction, and rehabilitation/replacement. Mr. Macioce previously held the positions of Assistant Chief Bridge Engineer and Bridge Quality Assurance Engineer with PennDOT, and before that was a structural engineer with Michael Baker Jr., Inc. He is a member of the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures, the T-10 Concrete and T-16 for Timber Structures Technical Committees, and is Chair of Technical Committee T-14 Structural Steel Design. Mr. Macioce received an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, and a BS in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1987. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Anne-Marie H. McDonnell
Anne-Marie H. McDonnell is a Transportation Engineer with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Research Unit. Ms. McDonnell is the principal investigator for the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Long-Term Pavement Performance Program (LTPP) activities in Connecticut. She has worked extensively on the evaluation of traffic monitoring equipment, and specifically on weigh-in-motion (WIM) technology. In this role, she was the principal investigator on a project to install and evaluate the first quartz piezoelectric WIM sensors on a highway in the United States. She is currently a co-principal investigator on a project in Connecticut entitled, “Development and Evaluation of a Dual-Purpose Bridge Health Monitoring and Weigh-In-Motion System.” Ms. McDonnell is currently a member and Chair of the TRB LTPP Expert Task Group on Traffic Data Collection and Analysis, member of the TRB Highway Traffic Monitoring Committee, Chair of the TRB Subcommittee on Weigh-In-Motion, and a member of the Task Force on Traffic Monitoring Conferences. She is a member of the Board for the International Society of Weigh-In-Motion. Ms. McDonnell has been employed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation for 25 years. She holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Connecticut.
Soheil Nazarian
Soheil Nazarian is the McIntosh Murchison Chair Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of materials and nondestructive testing as related to transportation infrastructure and lifeline. He has been the principal investigator (PI) and co-PI of more than 90 research projects funded by federal and state agencies such as Texas Department of Transportation, FHWA, National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, USAF Office of Scientific Research, and the 2nd Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). Among his recent projects, he has been the co-PI of two SHRP2 projects entitled “Nondestructive Testing to Identify Concrete Bridge Deck Deterioration,” and “High-Speed Nondestructive Testing Methods for Mapping Voids, Debonding, Delamination, Moisture, and Other Defects Behind or Within Tunnel Linings.” He is a pioneer in the development and improvement of the spectral analysis of surface waves method for nondestructive testing of infrastructure. He is the author or coauthor of more than 170 technical articles in journals and conference proceedings primarily sponsored by the ASCE, the American Society for Testing and Materials, and TRB. He has also coauthored more than 90 technical reports in the areas of nondestructive testing, pavement materials, and geotechnical engineering.
John S. Popovics
John S. Popovics is a faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois since January 2002, and currently holds the rank of Professor and the title CEE Excellence Scholar. Before that he held positions of assistant professor at Drexel University and research assistant professor at Northwestern University. He has also held short term visiting professor and visiting scientist positions at BAM in Berlin Germany, The Polytechnic University of Valencia in Valencia Spain, and at LCPC (now IFFSTAR) in Nantes France. At Illinois, he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on materials science and engineering, construction material corrosion and durability, concrete technology, wave propagation and non-destructive testing. Dr. Popovics has two primary research interests. The first is non-destructive evaluation, imaging and sensing, where he applies mechanical, electrical and magnetic field phenomena to assess the condition of infrastructure materials and structures. His second research interest is degradation processes of infrastructure materials, particularly corrosion. His research findings have been published in five chapters in books, over seventy-five articles in refereed technical journals and over eighty conference proceedings. He received the NSF CAREER award in 1999, the ASNT Fellowship Award in 2012, and the ASNT Faculty Award in 2014. He also has received numerous teaching and advising awards from the University of Illinois. He is involved in university service activities at the department, college and university levels. He is also actively involved in service and leadership activities for the technical community; he has organized sessions at technical conferences, chaired technical society committees and has served as an associate editor for two technical journals. Dr. Popovics is chair of the nondestructive testing technical committees at TRB and American Concrete Institute (ACI). He has been recognized as a Fellow of ACI and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), and he is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Anne M. Rearick
Anne M. Rearick is the Director of Bridge Management for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). She received her BSCE from Purdue University in 1990 with a major in structural engineering and minors in geotechnical engineering and hydraulics. Anne has been working with bridges at INDOT for 25 years starting as a bridge designer. She began managing in bridge design in 2003, started overseeing load rating in 2006 and was instrumental in the creation of the bridge division in 2010, overseeing Bridge Design, Asset Management, Standards and Policy, Hydraulics and Bridge Inspection. She also has worked as a bridge designer with some local consultants. She currently oversees Bridge Inspection, Bridge Asset Management and Hydraulics. She has been Indiana’s AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures voting member since 2006 and serves on T-3 Technical Committee for Seismic Design, T-7 Technical Committee for Guardrail and Bridge Rail and T-11 Technical Committee for Research. She is a professional engineer in the State of Indiana and was a member of the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers in 2004 – 2005.
Cheryl H. Simmons
Cheryl Hersh Simmons is the Structures Design Manager for the Utah Department of Transportation Structures Division. In this role Ms. Simmons is responsible for the statewide administration, management, and design policy, standards and specifications associated with bridges and miscellaneous structures from concept through construction. She is also responsible for the delivery of the Structures’ Division program including bridge replacement, rehabilitation, and preservation projects. Before joining the Utah DOT in 2013, Ms. Simmons spent 23 years in the private sector with a focus on project delivery and construction as a designer, resident engineer, project manager, and design quality manager. She is a member of the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures and chairs the technical Committee on Bridge Security & Hazards (T-1) and serves on the technical committee for Research (T-11). She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Duke University in 1990 and her M.S. in Civil Engineering (with an emphasis in Structural Engineering) from the University of Virginia in 1994. She is a licensed Structural Engineer.
Sarah M. Wilson
Sarah M. Wilson is the Bridge Maintenance Engineer for District One, the Chicago Metro area, for the Illinois Department of Transportation (DOT). She has spent 30 years in the Bridge Maintenance group of the Illinois DOT, first as a bridge inspector, and later as an area bridge engineer. In her current position, Ms. Wilson oversees the Bridge Inspection and Maintenance Program for the state highway bridges, which includes the high volume expressway system in Chicago and the smaller rural bridges. She is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of a few relic moveable bridges in the Joliet area. Ms. Wilson is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Highway Engineers, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is a panel member on two National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) projects at the Transportation Research Board on bridge inspection and preservation. Ms. Wilson holds an M.S. in Transportation Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Illinois. She is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois.


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LTBP Expert Task Group (ETG): Web Update



LTBP Thursday July 11, 2019 1-2:30 PM

1:00 Welcoming remarks                                                                                                                       ETG chair

1:05 LTIP staffing and general updates                                                                                              Jean

1:10 LTBP program updates                                                                                                                  FHWA

  • Data collection                                                                                                                          Rob
  • Data quality and upload                                                                                                          Frank
  • InfoBridge                                                                                                                                   Jean
  • Outreach                                                                                                                                     Debbie

1:40 Format and agenda items for the face-to-face meeting                                                       All

2:25 Closing comments                                                                                                                          ETG Chair

2:30 Adjourn


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Jan 29, 2018
9:30 Welcome Bruce Johnson
9:35 Introductions Bruce Johnson
9:40 Overview of LTBP FHWA staff
10:00 Break
10:20 Program Status Update and Discussion FHWA staff/ETG
Noon Lunch in Cafeteria
1:00 LTBP Strategic Plan Discussion FHWA staff/ETG
3:00 Break
3:20 Continue Strategic Plan Discussion FHWA staff/ETG

Jan 30, 2018
8:30 Strategic Plan Discussion Wrap-up FHWA staff/ETG
9:15 Discussion Bruce Johnson
10:00 Break
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The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Soheil Nazarian
George Conner
Anne Rearick
George Hearn
John Popovics
Zhengzheng Fu
Cheryl Hersh-Simmons
Bruce Johnson
Sarah Wilson
Anne-Marie McDonnell

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