2021 Virtual Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference:
With Emphasis on International Experiences
Dec 8-10, 2021

2022 International ABC Conference
Dec 7-9, 2022
Miami, Florida

For 2021 Conference Call For Awards (click here)
Deadline For Submissions: 11:59 pm EDT, October 8, 2021



About the Conference

2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Conferences were held in Miami, Florida, during December of each year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations, the 2021 ABC Conference will be held fully virtual, with emphasis on international ABC experiences.

Select presentations by U.S. speakers will be made by invitation only to capture the most updated information in Accelerated Bridge Construction. The Call for Abstracts is aimed at identifying the presentations with an international scope. While the December 2021 conference will be held fully virtual, the U.S. and international speakers will have the option to travel to Miami, Florida and give their virtual presentations in Miami, in a setting that will meet all COVID-19 safety protocols. Participants will be attending the conference online.

The 2021 virtual conference will be held Wednesday, December 8 through Friday, December 10. On each day, the conference will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST, (UTC−05:00)), to allow both U.S. and international audiences to attend the conference, while not being impacted greatly by time differences.

The conference will also include U.S. and international keynote speakers. The conference program will be finalized by the Conference Planning Committee consisting of more than 30 U.S. state Department of Transportation engineers, each responsible for maintaining bridges in their state, and representatives of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. The conference will include exhibitors, virtual social events, and virtual entertainment.

Conference will include:

Keynote talks- Please click here to view the updated list of keynote speakers and more information about them and their presentation.

UHPC Workshop- Conference registration includes access to the Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) workshop with presentations of detailed information on the development of non-proprietary UHPC at ABC-UTC and around the US. The workshop includes demonstration that allows attendees to see the UHPC mixing process. To obtain access to the UHPC workshop, you must indicate which session(s) of the UHPC workshop you will be attending.

Previous Conferences (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019)

Please use the following link to view short video clips capturing the highlights of the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 ABC Conferences.

The 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 ABC Conferences were each attended by more than 700 bridge professionals, including more than 150 state DOT bridge engineers, bridge engineers from the Federal Highway Administration, and various consultants and other bridge professionals. During the 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 ABC Conferences, a total of 305 technical presentations were made, 25 four- or eight-hour workshops were conducted, and 147 companies exhibited their services. Mr. Gregory G. Nadeau, Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, was the keynote speaker during the 2014 and 2015 conferences. In 2017, Mr. James Ray, USDOT Senior Advisor on Infrastructure was the keynote speaker. The 2019 conference included several keynote speakers from the U.S. and abroad.

Who Should Attend the Conference?

Bridge design engineers; consultants; fabricators; erectors; precasters; construction professionals; maintenance engineers; transportation officials; policy makers; marketing professionals; International, U.S. federal, U.S. state, and U.S. local agencies; city,  county, and regional officials; industry suppliers; academicians; and bridge professionals with any aspect of bridge design, construction, or maintenance.

The focus of the conference will be on international experiences in the fields affecting accelerated bridge construction in general, including international case studies and projects; prefabricated bridge elements, systems, and technologies; use of advanced materials such as ultra-high-performance materials, innovative construction methods and techniques; policies; contracting methods; and marketing strategies that will facilitate accelerated construction of bridges using various materials and techniques. ABC projects successfully completed outside the U.S. will be presented.  The 2021 conference will be different from previous conferences: a) it is fully virtual and b) it focuses on international experiences.

Conference Topics

The conference topics will include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Design considerations Substructure Short- and long-term monitoring
Ultra High Performance Concrete Automation and robotic construction Nondestructive testing
Seismic issues Foundations Maintenance
Service life design Innovative materials Inspection
Accelerating retrofitting processes International experiences State ABC initiatives
Construction considerations Research results Contracting
Fabrication considerations Lessons learned Policy, planning, and procurement
Erection considerations Cost comparison Specifications
Constructability Insurance issues Budget and financing
Heavy moves Analysis software Public outreach
Traffic management Visualization tools Proprietary systems and technologies
Prefabricated elements and systems Decision-making tools


Exhibitors from the U.S. and abroad are encouraged to have a virtual exhibit at the conference. Dedicated times will be allocated to showcase participating exhibitors. For more information please contact Ms. Saremi at or call 954-895-7728.

Contact Information

For more information, please send an email to or, or  call 954-895-7728.


State Departments of Transportation and non-profit and bridge-related organizations and agencies will be co-sponsoring the 2021 Virtual ABC Conference. Following is the current list of Conference Co-Sponsors:

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB)
  • Alabama Dept. of Transportation
  • Alaska DOT&PF
  • Arizona Dept. of Transportation
  • California Dept. of Transportation
  • Colorado Dept. of Transportation
  • Connecticut Dept. of Transportation
  • Delaware Dept. of Transportation
  • Florida Dept. of Transportation
  • Georgia Dept. of Transportation
  • Illinois Dept. of Transportation
  • Indiana Dept. of Transportation
  • Iowa Dept. of Transportation
  • Louisiana Dept. of Transp. & Dev.
  • Maine Dept. of Transportation
  • Michigan Dept. of Transportation
  • Missouri Dept. of Transportation
  • Minnesota Dept. of Transportation
  • Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
  • Nebraska Dept. of Transportation
  • Nevada Dept. of Transportation
  • Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation
  • Oregon Dept. of Transportation
  • Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation
  • Tennessee Dept. of Transportation
  • Texas Dept. of Transportation
  • Utah Dept. of Transportation
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Washington State DOT
  • West Virginia Dept. of Transportation
  • Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation
  • Wyoming Dept. of Transportation

International Co-Sponsors

To become a co-sponsor, please contact Atorod Azizinamini (, 305-348-3821).

Sponsored and Organized by

Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

Florida International University
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Florida International University
10555 W. Flagler Street, EC 3680
Miami, FL 33174

Atorod Azizinamini
Phone: (305) 348-0074

For video clips capturing highlights of past conferences please click here