Call for Awards

Call for Award Nominations

The entry deadline to submit awards has been extended to 11:59 pm EDT, October 20, 2021

The conference organizing committee is continuing the tradition of recognizing excellence in accelerated bridge construction by seeking nominations for the most influential international person, best international ABC projects (by category), and ABC innovative equipment awards.

The awards program provides an opportunity to showcase innovative achievements and projects and to recognize talented individuals that advance ABC at the international level. The need to minimize construction impacts and on-site activities elevates ABC to a higher priority starting at the project planning stage. ABC also can be introduced during construction as a contractor initiative or proposal. Benefits of ABC include improvements in safety, and reduction in societal costs and environmental impacts.

Award Categories 

All awards will be given to individuals, projects, and equipment outside the U.S. Awards will be given virtually during the 2021 conference, and winners will also be recognized in person if they attend the 2022 ABC conference, to be held in Miami, Florida on December 8-9, 2022. The 2021 ABC conference international awards are listed below:

  1. Most Influential International ABC Person of the Year Outside U.S.
  2. Most Innovative ABC Equipment Developed Outside U.S.
  3. Best International ABC Projects Constructed Outside U.S., in following categories:
    a. Long-Span Bridge
    b. Medium-Span Bridge
    c. Short-Span Bridge
    d. Rail Bridge
    e. Pedestrian Bridge


  1. Most Influential International ABC Person of the Year Outside U.S.
    i. Demonstrates leadership in ABC
    ii. Champions the ABC culture
    iii. Has actively been promoting ABC
    iv. Promotes technology amongst peers and stakeholders.
  2. Most Innovative ABC Equipment Developed Outside U.S.
    i. Speeds project delivery
    ii. Used on one or more bridge projects that were opened to traffic between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020
    iii. Must submit an abstract for presentation at the conference, based on a project that has used the equipment.
  3. Best International ABC Projects Constructed Outside U.S.
    i. Eligible bridges must have been constructed or completed and opened to traffic between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020
    ii. A bridge is defined as a structure, including supports, erected over a depression or an obstruction, such as water, a highway, or a railway, having a track or passageway for carrying traffic or other moving loads, and having an opening measured along the center of the roadway of more than 20 feet (6 meter) between supports.
    iii. Must submit an abstract for presentation, at the conference, based on a project being nominated.


Judging Criteria for Best International ABC Projects / Most Innovative ABC Equipment

Following criteria will be used to judge the entries:

Innovation, uniqueness, and ingenuity15
On-site construction time (time savings)10
Minimization of construction impact on the travelling public (vehicles/cyclists/pedestrians)15
Demonstrates leadership in ABC15
Exhibits quality in materials and construction control10
Efficiency in design for fabrication and construction10
Exemplary public coordination/involvement5
Enhanced safety to the contractor and the public10
Improvement over conventional practice10

Award Committee Members

Following are award committee members, judging the entries:
Ahmad Abu-Hawash – Committee Chair, Iowa Department of Transportation
Nancy Daubenberger – Minnesota Department of Transportation
Sam Fallaha – Florida Department of Transportation
Romeo Garcia – U.S. Federal Highway Administration
Cheryl Hersh Simmons – Utah Department of Transportation
Bijan Khaleghi – Washington State Department of Transportation

Submission Requirements 

All submissions must meet the detailed requirements outlined below. The entry deadline to submit awards has been extended to  11:59 pm EDT, October 20, 2021. Submissions received after that date will not be accepted. Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Atorod Azizinamini ( If you are not able to email your entry or need further clarification, contact Atorod Azizinamini at (402)-770-6210 for information. The winners will be officially announced at the 2021 International Virtual ABC Conference, in Miami on Thursday, December, 9, 2021. The winner or representative of winning team can be present in person in Miami to receive the award.

2021 International Virtual ABC Conference Awards Nomination Award Entry Forms

Entries must be submitted as a single file in PDF format or Word (.doc), using the official entry form.  Name the file as follows: Country_ABC Award_Category.pdf

Example: Germany_ABC Equipment.pdf or Switzerland_Long-Span Project.doc

The official entry form must not exceed ten pages in length when complete.

The narrative page font may be no smaller than 11-point font size and Arial font type. All text and graphical displays are not limited to the 11-point font size but must be legible.

Entries will be ineligible for consideration if:

  • Entry is received after deadline
  • Type font size for narrative smaller than Arial 11
  • Entry is not submitted on the official entry form

Award category type and project name, if applicable, must appear at the top of the page in the header.

Entrants may use text, photos, graphics, or charts as needed.