2018 International Bridge Conference – National Harbor, MD

June 11, 2018 June 14, 2018 N/A

The IBC annually attracts over 1,200 bridge owners and engineers, senior policy makers, government officials, bridge designers, construction executives, and suppliers from throughout the United States and abroad. See 2018 IBC website for details on this year's Conference.

See below for details on an ABC-related workshop at IBC this year:

Technical Workshop W-4: FRP Composite Bridge Materials: Design, Build, Strengthen

Part I: Using FRP Composites to Design, Build and Strengthen Bridges for a More Resilient Infrastructure

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Presented by: American Composites Manufacturers Association

FRP composites are a proven innovative and durable material that has been used in over 500 bridges in North America for over 20 years. Composites are faster to install and require minimal disruption while in service to extend the service life of bridge structures. Composites features such as lightweight and prefabrication have reduced assembly and installation time resulting in lower installation costs and delivery for new construction. Standards and specification development provide civil/structural engineers with much needed tools to design and specify with composites. However, it is becoming very important to build bridge structures that are more resilient to natural and man-made disasters. Attendees will learn about:

  • Changes to the AASHTO bridge design specifications for GFRP rebar
  • Recent advancements in the delivery of FRP composites infrastructure by Florida DOT and their strategy for adoption of uniform standards
  • Design and construction of lightweight bridge wind fairings
  • Using FRP composite systems to rehabilitate critical bridge structures
  • Highlighting projects where FRP systems have been used to provide resiliency on bridges, allowing them to recover rapidly from disruptive events.

For more information: Contact John Busel at jbusel@acmanet.org