Since 2004, the SEAOI Annual Midwest Bridge Symposium has provided a forum for bridge engineers to share analysis, design and construction information from recent projects with unique and distinguishing characteristics. The 150+ attendees represent every aspect of the bridge industry: design, construction management, material suppliers, academia, general contracting, owner representatives from various Departments of Transportation + FHWA.
The Symposium is a full day event that includes more than a dozen presentations, a Keynote Lecture, a number of additional shorter presentations (Pearls), and continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch. Since the Symposium is limited to a single session, attendees benefit from the information shared in every presentation, and presenters are ensured a large audience. Certificates for 7.0 Continuing Education hours will be granted.
The 15th Annual Midwest Bridge Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
Please register by Monday, April 23 to guarantee your place. Registrations received after that time will be honored if possible, but cannot be guaranteed.
Pictured: Kentucky Lake Bridge, Michael Baker International
2017 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award Winner - Best Bridge
Image courtesy of Portal
|7:30 – 8:00 a.m.||
|8:00 – 8:10 a.m.||
Welcome and Introduction to the Symposium
|8:10 – 8:40 a.m.||Hans Hutton|
|8:40 - 9:10 a.m.||Andy Lohan|
|9:10 – 9:20 a.m.||Break|
|9:20 – 9:50 a.m.||Hossam Abdou|
|9:50 - 10:20 a.m.||Roger L. Driskell|
|10:20 – 10:30 a.m.||Break|
|10:30 – 11:00 a.m.|
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Pearl Session 1 (short presentations):
Expectations for Contractors and Designers Working Adjacent to CTA's ROW
|11:10 – 11:40 a.m.||Break|
|11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.||Mathew Ingram|
|12:10 – 12:50 p.m.||Lunch|
|12:50 – 1:30 p.m.||Karl Frank|
|1:30 – 1:40 p.m.||Break|
|1:40 - 2:10 p.m.|
|2:10 - 2:40 p.m.||Zachary J. Taylor|
|2:40 - 2:50 p.m.||Break|
|2:50 - 3:20 p.m.||Tony Shkurti|
|3:20 - 3:50 p.m.||Chad Hodel|
|3:50 - 4:00 p.m.||Break|
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
4:30 – 4:55 p.m.
Pearls Session 2 (short presentations):
Resources for Bridge Design with Steel
|4:55 - 5:00 p.m.||Raffle and Adjourn|
Maggiano's Little Italy
111 W. Grand Avenue
Valet parking is available at Maggiano’s for $15/day. Other street parking is extremely limited.
Registration and a continental breakfast will be available at 7:30 am; the program begins at 8. Lunch will be provided. The program concludes at 5 pm.
The registration fee is just $300 for members and $425 for non-members.
Limited Exhibitor Opportunities are available. The exhibit fee is $825 and includes recognition the program, mention from the podium, one admission to the Bridge Symposium, and access to participants during breakfast, lunch and breaks during the day. Additional representatives may attend at the member registration rate.
There are four different levels of corporate sponsorship:
- Platinum: $1,000 – Recognition in program, display of a poster at event, and recognition for sponsoring lunch.
- Gold: $850 – Recognition in the program, display of a poster at event, and recognition during the technical session for sponsoring one of the following: Continental Breakfast, Morning Break or Afternoon Break
- Silver: $600 – Recognition in the program and display of a poster at event
- Bronze: $300 – Recognition in the program
About the Presenters
Karl Frank is the retired Chief Engineer with the Hirschfeld Industries and Professor Emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin. He currently is a consultant to the National Steel Bridge Alliance. Mr. Frank has 50 years’ experience in the research and design of fabricated steel. He is an active member of AREMA, AWS, NSBA, and RCSC and has authored many of the design provision for welded and bolted connections, plate grider strength, and fatigue of welded details used in the design of fabricated steel structures. He has a bachelor of civil engineering from the University of California at Davis, and a M.S. and PhD from Lehigh University.
A Review of Some Notable Bridge Problems and the Role of Quality Control
The role of quality control in the problems that occurred in 3 major bridges will be presented. Often quality control of bridge structures is solely concerned with the quality of the contractors building the bridge. Quality control in the design office is also critical should not be overlooked. In addition, the designer needs to heed the warnings in the specifications when specifying products. A note on the plans while clearly written is also no guarantee of quality if they are not enforced during fabrication. A tale of 3 bridges illustrating the importance of the control quality from design, material selection, and through to fabrication.
Hans Hutton is a Chief Engineer and Vice President with the Kansas City office of HNTB. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska. In the 28 years that he has been practicing engineering he has been involved in the design of over 10 cable-stayed bridges including the Mississippi River bridges at St. Louis, MO, Cape Girardeau, MO and Greenville, MS. In addition to cable-stayed bridges Mr. Hutton has experience suspension, truss, arch and girder bridges; fixed, movable, highway, rail and pedestrian bridges.
Everyone knew there would be nothing easy about replacing New York City’s Kosciuszko Bridge. The team that accepted the challenge would have to relocate decades of underground uti lities, resolve major drainage issues, work within extremely limited right of way, avoid an active hazardous waste site and fulfill theenormous task of keeping the existing bridge open to traffic.
Andy Lohan is a Structural Engineer who works for Lochner in Chicago. Andy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. Andy worked in the UK as a Structural Engineer for three years before move to the US two years ago. This experience included working as a BIM Coordinator on a project to replace 4 existing bridges. Since moving to the US Andy has worked on bridge design projects in Illinois, Utah and California.
Digital Bridge Modelling and The Next Step to Virtual Reality
This presentation will look at how digital bridge modelling tools can be used to improve the way that bridges are designed. The project will demonstrate how points clouds, 3D models, clash detection and construction simulation can be used to improve efficiency and accuracy. It will also show how geometric models can be linked to analytical models. Finally the presentation will look at virtual reality as an emerging technology and show how it can be applied in bridge design.
Hossam Abdou is Sr. Vice President and the Chief Structural Engineer at Alfred Benesch and Company. He has practiced structural engineering
for more than 27 years. He has a Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Michiga in Ann Arbor. Dr. Abdou specializes in the analysis, design and construction of complex bridges. Dr. Abdou initiated the construction engineering practice at Benesch and has extensive experience working with contractors demonstrating the ability to
evaluate different construction means and methods based on constructability and cost effectiveness.
IL 89 over the Illinois River -- Design and Construction
The new IL 89 over the Illinois River (1,776’ long) will be built next to an existing bridge on an offset alignment. The old bridge consists of a series of truss spans in need of replacement, as they are geometrically deficient and in an advanced state of deterioration. Benesch completed Phase I/II engineering for the new structure design that limits impacts to the surrounding land uses, minimizes environmental impacts and provides for an economical structure.
Roger Driskell is the Director of Surface Transportation for Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc, where he is responsible for all highway and bridge work done by CMT, as well and P3 and Design-Build pursuits. Mr. Driskell joined CMT in 2017 after 31 years with the Illinois Department of Transportation, where he was the Director of the Office of Planning and Programming, responsible for the review, investigation, and implementation of alternative contracting methods, including P3s and Design-Build. Roger is a graduate of SIU at Edwardsville with a BS in Engineering and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.
Understanding Public-Private Partnerships – The Impact on Bridge Design
Alternative project delivery is becoming increasingly popular among our public-sector clients. In pursuing projects using alternative project design, including Public-Private Partnerships (P3) and Design-Build (DB), it is important to understand what a P3 is, how it works, and how it differs from a design-bid-build project. Goals and expectations may differ greatly from what you normally experience when working on a project for a public agency. This presentation will cover those topics to provide the bridge designer with a greater understanding of P3s and how it may affect them.
Michael McDonagh is a Senior Technical Principal and a Senior Supervising Engineer with WSP USA, with bridge design experience around the globe on many types of complex bridges and footbridges, often integrating architectural concepts and features. In addition to working with unique design methods such as parametric modeling, he also has significant experience designing with ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), and is a member of the organizing committee for the US-based International Interactive Symposium on UHPC.
Parametric Modeling for Structural Optimization of the George C. King Pedestrian Bridge
The design of the George C. King Bridge in Calgary included the use of parametric modeling as a means of optimizing the structure for both aesthetics and for structural efficiency. The methodology, which can play a key role in bridge information modeling, allowed for the rapid analysis of multiple geometric scenarios, the results of which were then used to identify the optimum geometry. This presentation will show the process used, the results of some of the parameters that were investigated, the preliminary and final design of the bridge, and the completed project.
Mathew Ingram is a Project Manager and Senior Structural Engineer with Jacobs. Mathew’s experience encompasses the analysis, design, and field inspection of bridges. He has been involved in numerous vehicular, pedestrian, and rail bridge designs. Mathew has worked on the design of signature structures across the U.S and Australia. His experience encompasses all aspects of project development ranging from Phase I preliminary design through construction support. His areas of expertise include post-tensioned box girders, steel tub girders, Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques, design-build, and analysis of complex bridges via 3D modeling.
Driving a Bridge down the Expressway: Australian-first bridge move using Self-Propelled Modular Transporters
The Darlington Upgrade project is a $620 million project to improve one of the most important transit corridors in Adelaide, Australia. Jacobs’ Chicago office was responsible for the analysis and design of a continuous, three-span, curved steel tub-girder bridge over a major expressway. To minimize closures on the expressway, the contractor chose to build the superstructure in its entirety at an offsite location and move the bridge into place using self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT’s). The move was facilitated by closing the expressway over a long weekend and “driving” the bridge to the final location. The continuous spans combined with a flexible superstructure made the structure susceptible to a large combination of undesirable displacements during the move. The focus of the presentation will be on the design effort and planning that was devoted for the analysis of the SPMT move. Additionally, bridge monitoring techniques and lessons learned will be presented.
Barry Colford leads AECOM’s Complex Bridge Preservation Practice from their Philadelphia office. He is currently working on projects on the Delaware Memorial, Ben Franklin, Verrazano and Bronx Whitestone Bridges. Most of Barry’s career has been in designing, inspecting and maintaining bridges in the UK, China and the Middle East. Until 2015, he was Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster of the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, UK and was responsible for the inspection, maintenance and $100 million capital works program on the bridge and bridge approaches. Barry is a Professional and Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.
Good Practice in the Management of Long Span Suspension Bridges
This presentation will look at current good practice and show the latest developments in the inspection, maintenance, preservation and rehabilitation of long span suspension bridges. Current projects describing main cable and anchorage dehumidification will be covered as will projects where particular key elements have been replaced such as decks, suspenders, and cable band bolts.
The presentation will also look at a developing method of using a risk based methodology on complex bridges to set inspection frequencies and prioritize capital programing. This methodology is currently being used for the first time in the US.
Zachary Taylor specializes in aerodynamics and structural vibration as an associate at RWDI. He holds a B.E.Sc. in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering each from the University of Western Ontario. The focus of his research and professional work has centered on bridge aerodynamics and structural dynamics. Since joining RWDI, he has helped to develop analytical capabilities for wind-, vehicle- and pedestrian-induced vibrations of flexible structures. He works closely with many of the leading bridge design firms to perform wind tunnel testing, numerical vibration analyses and full scale testing of landmark bridges around the world.
Simulation and Mitigation of Pedestrian-Induced Vibrations on the Hunt Club Bridge
Pedestrian bridges are often architecturally unique and structurally-efficient designs. Thus, many of these bridges are light, relatively flexible, and susceptible to dynamic forcing. The two most significant sources of dynamic forcing for pedestrian bridges are wind and the pedestrians themselves. RWDI served as the wind-induced and pedestrian-induced vibration consultant for the Hunt Club Pedestrian Bridge in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The presentation will focus on the pedestrian-induced vibrations of the bridge, including prediction of the pedestrian loading, simulation of the bridge response and the design/installation of the mitigation measures to control the response of the bridge.
Tony Shkurti, Ph.D., SE, PE, serves as a Great Lakes bridge lead engineer and Associate Vice President in HNTB and is a nationally recognized authority in structural engineering. His research includes seismic retrofit of bridge substructures, redundancy of bridge superstructures, bracing systems, fatigue and fracture behavior of steel bridges, infrastructure security risk assessment and mitigation and vehicular impact analysis. He has presented and published in numerous venues.
Nonlinear Analyses of Four Existing Steel Bridges with Integral Steel Pier Caps for Investigating and Providing System Redundancy
HNTB has contracted with MN DOT to determine whether four bridges in Duluth MN are truly fracture critical as currently designated or whether system redundancy can be demonstrated through sophisticated non-linear analyses and the application of criteria established in NCHRP Report 406. The investigation of redundancy includes developing detailed FEM models and member capacities upon which to compare demand. In locations where system redundancy is determined to not be present through alternate load paths, repairs to provide system or member redundancy are developed to reduce the risk of fracture critical failure. While addressing redundancy, the project aims to also extend the bridge service life through painting and repair recommendations. Details of the bridges, the redundancy evaluation through the application of linear and non-linear FEM using Larsa4D as the prime modeling tool, as well as CSI Bridge fully independent analyses, and structural recommendations are included.
Chad Hodel is a Senior Associate with WHKS & Co. located in Springfield, Illinois. Chad earned Masters and Bachelors degrees in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and is a Licensed Structural and Professional Engineer in Illinois. He was previously employed with the IDOT Bridge Office prior to joining WHKS in 2008. Past projects range from complex curved structures, seismic analysis and retrofit of moderately large bridges, truss rehabilitations, and erection procedures for long span bridges. Chad has also provided technical assistance to the IDOT Bridge Office in the development of a number of standards and policies.
IDOT Accelerated Bridge Construction Pilot Project -- Illinois Route 115 Over Gar Creek in Kankakee County
The IL DOT recently completed its first total bridge replacement project implementing accelerated bridge construction (ABC) techniques with a targeted road closure of 72 hours. Contract 66B67 consisted of replacing the structure carrying IL 115 over Gar Creek in Kankakee County with ABC techniques to limit traffic disruption. WHKS & Co. will discuss structural engineering services provided to Tobey’s Construction and Cartage, Inc. for numerous components necessary for the ABC project and on-site field representation to aid in resolving any emerging structural issues in a timely manner to minimize impacts to the ABC schedule.
Patrick Laux, PE, SE, is part of the Movable Bridge Group at WSP USA (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff). Since joining WSP in 2012, Patrick has worked on multiple bascule bridge projects in the region, including on the Lake Shore Drive Bascule Bridge for the improvement project of the Lakefront Trail. He is active in ASCE's Illinois Section, currently serving as the Special Events Chair for the Structural Engineering Institute. He is a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology (Master’s) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Bachelor’s).
Four Key Considerations When Working on Bascule Bridges
While bascule bridges represent a small fraction of the bridge inventory in the United States, their maintenance and operation needs far exceed those of fixed bridges. Consequently, designers and contractors who perform work on bascule bridges must consider the unique and complex structural engineering challenges associated with their inspection, evaluation, rehabilitation, and performance. The presentation will delve into these four key considerations, each one with case study examples from Chicago-area IDOT and CDOT bascule bridges. The case studies will be used to illustrate the complexities and possible solutions when working on bascule bridges.