Question & Answers

Conference Coordinators:
Mina Saremi msare001@fiu.edu
Rachel Jenkins  rajenkin@fiu.edu

 Q: Who should attend the conference?

A: 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.

 Q: Will this be a face-to-face conference?

A: Yes, this is a fully face-to-face conference.

Q. What is the location of the conference?

A. Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 South East Second Avenue Miami, Florida 33131

Q. Is there a block of rooms for the conference?

A. Yes, a block of rooms are reserved at the hotel above. To make your reservation click here.

 

NETWORKING/SOCIAL EVENTS

Q: Is there going to be a reception?

A: Yes, on Thursday Dec. 8, 2022, there will be a reception.

Q: Do we have to register and pay for the reception.

A: No, reception is included in the registration fee.

Q: Will dinner be served at the reception?

A: Finger food will be served.

 

SESSIONS

Q: Will the conference contain parallel sessions?

A: Yes, there will be parallel sessions.

 

Workshops

 Q: Will there be any workshops?

A: Yes

Please click on the link below to see the list of the workshops:

https://abc-utc.fiu.edu/conference/workshops/

Q: Do I have to register for the workshops?

A: Yes, you have to register for the workshops.

Q: Do I have to pay for the workshops?

A: Yes, you have to pay extra for the workshops.

 

 Continuing Education Hours

Q: Do we get continuing education hours for attending the conference?

A: Yes, attendees will receive certificate of attendance for the duration of a participating session.  The conference organizer (Florida International University) is responsible only for issuing the certificates of attendance.

Q: Do the certificates automatically, count as PDHs?

A: No, it will be the attendee’s responsibility to present this certificate to his/her Board of Professional Engineers for use in fulfilling continuing education requirements. FIU is an official approved sponsor of continuing education for professional engineers in Florida and New York State.

 

EXHIBITS

Q: When do the exhibitors move in?

A: Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 2022, from Noon – 6:00 pm

Q: What are the exhibit hours?

A: The exhibit hall will be open:

Thursday Dec. 8th, 2022, from 7:00 am – 7:30 pm

Friday Dec. 9th, 2022, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm

It is up to the exhibitors when they would like to be present at their booths.

Q: When do the exhibitors move out?

A: Friday Dec. 9th, 2022, from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Q: What does come with a booth reservation?

A:    the 10 x 10 booths come with:

8′ High Back Drape, 3′ High Side Rails, and ID Sign, 2 complimentary registrations

The bigger booths come additionally, with:
6’ skirted table, (2) side chairs, and (1) wastebasket with liner, 3-4 complimentary registrations

Q: What is the cost of an exhibit booth?

A: The majority of the booths are 10 x 10. The cost for this booth is $2,800. There are also bigger booths with varying prices. Please see the website or contact Mrs. Mina Saremi msare001@fiu.edu

Q: What does come with a booth reservation?

A:    the 10 x 10 booths come with:

8′ High Back Drape, 3′ High Side Rails, and ID Sign

The bigger booths come additionally, with:

  • 6’ skirted table, (2) side chairs, and (1) wastebasket with liner

Q: Can an exhibitor become a sponsor?

A: Yes, there are several different sponsorship opportunities such as:

  • Lanyards (only exhibitors can be a lanyard sponsor)
  • Conference bags
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee break

Q: What is the cancellation policy for exhibitors?

A: No refund request will be honored after November 1st, 2022. All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Ms. Saremi at msare001@fiu.edu. If you do not cancel, and are not able to attend the conference, you will be responsible for your full payment. All refunds are subject to a $200 administration processing fee.

For more detailed information please contact Mrs. Mina Saremi msare001@fiu.edu or 954-895-7728

 

Transportation:

Q: How can I get from the MIA airport to Hyatt Regency?

A: From MIA to Hyatt Regency is about 9 miles which takes about 20 minutes. You have multiple options: Taxi, Uber, Lyft (the cost is around $30), Tram (about 40 minutes $2.50 one way), bus, and shuttles.

Q: How can I get from the FLL airport to Hyatt Regency?

A: From FLL Airport to Hyatt Regency is about 27-30 (45 minutes, approx. $60) miles depending on which route you take. You can take Taxi, Uber, Lyft, and Shuttles.

 

Parking:

Q: Is there parking available at the Hyatt Regency?

The hotel only provides valet parking at $40.60 per day. If you wish to self-park your car, there are parking lots and garages around the perimeter of the hotel. The facilities are not owned or managed by the hotel, and you will need to pay their cashier directly.

 

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities:

Q: Can companies sponsor the conference?

A: Yes, please see the table below:

Level Amount Complimentary Registrations Poster Ad Display at Conference Special Benefits and Recognition at Conference Recognition on ABC-UTC and conference web site
Double Diamond $8,500 4 Full poster ad 5 minutes presentation of your company in the General Session (limit 3 companies)

Complimentary 10 x 10 booth (best location available).

Special recognition and Plaque at General session.

Full page ad, Name and logo in conference program and proceedings.

Name and Logo
Diamond $6,500 3 Half poster ad 5 minutes presentation of your company in one of the parallel sessions

Special recognition and Plaque at General session.

Half page ad, name and logo in conference program and proceedings.

Name and Logo
Platinum $4,500 2 Name w/ Company Logo Special recognition and Plaque at General session.

Name and logo in conference program and proceedings.

Name and Logo
Gold $3,000 1 Name w/ Company Logo Recognition at General session.

Name and logo in conference program and proceedings.

Name and Logo
Silver $1,500 0 Name Displayed Recognition at General session.

Name displayed in conference program and proceedings.

Name Displayed

 

Cancellation Policy:

Q: What is the cancellation policy?

A:   No refunds after November 1, 2022.

To request a refund, you must email Mrs. Mina Saremi at msare001@fiu.edu to process your request.

All refunds are subject to $100 administration processing fee.

 

REGISTRATION

Q: What is the registration fee?

A: Please see below:

Prior to 8/26 From 8/27 to 11/11 After 11/12 & Onsite
General Registration $525.00 $725.00 $925.00
State DOT, Local and Federal Agencies (US only) $425.00 $525.00 $725.00
Speaker (presenting author) $425.00 $525.00 $725.00
Students $95.00 $105.00 $305.00
Pre-Conference Workshops – full day $250.00 $350.00 $550.00
Pre-Conference Workshops – half day $125.00 $175.00 $275.00

Q: Do the speakers have to register?

A: Yes, all the speakers have to register. The presenting authors will register at a special rate.

Q: Are workshops and reception included in my registration?

A: Reception is included but not workshops.

Q: What is the cancellation policy?

A:   No refunds after November 1, 2022.

To request a refund, you must email Mrs. Mina Saremi at msare001@fiu.edu to process your request.

All refunds are subject to $100 administration processing fee.

 

Weather:

Q: What is the typical weather in Miami, FL in December?

A: The best time to go to Miami is between November and March. The typical temperature in December is high 76 F and low 56 F.

 

Attractions:

Q: What are the attractions close to Hyatt Regency?

A: Hyatt Regency is close to one of Miami’s beautiful neighborhoods, Brickell. Brickell is just minutes away by foot. There are lots of beautiful restaurants, bars, and the amazing City Center Shopping mall, in the Sachs Fifth Ave. There is a wonderful food court which you should not miss.

Q: What are the attractions in Miami?

Activities

Shopping

*For more detailed information please contact Mrs. Mina Saremi msare001@fiu.edu or 954-895-7728.