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January 2012

This month’s newsletter includes information about:

    • Countdown to the 2012 NASCC: The Steel Conference/World Steel Bridge Symposium
    • Steel Bridges Forge Ahead in 2012
    • Deadline for FHWA Long-Term Bridge Performance Program Input Extended to February 17, 2012
    • 2012 International Bridge Conference Call for Awards
    • AASHTO Journal Now Featuring Outstanding State DOT Projects Every WEek
    • Upcoming Industry Events


Countdown to the 2012 NASCC: The Steel Conference/World Steel Bridge Symposium

For the first time ever, the leading design and construction conferences for fabricated steel buildings and bridges are coming together for a massive three-day event for more than 4,000 industry professionals, April 18-20, 2012 in Dallas – and you won’t want to miss out. With less than four months to go until NASCC: The Steel Conference ( Steel Bridge Symposium (, you may want to start planning to get the most out of the technical sessions, networking, and product showcase happening at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center.

NSBA’s World Steel Bridge Symposium (WSBS) brings together bridge design engineers, construction professionals, academicians, transportation officials, fabricators, erectors and constructors to discuss and learn state-of-the-art practices for enhancing steel bridge design, fabrication and construction techniques. Attendance at all of the WSBS sessions is included when you register for NASCC: The Steel Conference. See pages 8–11 in the Advance Program for the detailed WSBS agenda.

Attend the WSBS and receive an exclusive pre-commercial version of LRFD SIMON, the software solution for preliminary steel plate and box girder bridge design. Registered attendees will also receive a complimentary USB drive loaded with additional bridge design and construction resources including the Steel Bridge Design Handbook and its design examples.

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Plus, register now and save on your registration. The conference registration fee is currently $330. That price goes up $10 each Monday between now and the conference, so don’t delay. Click here to register now. 

Steel Bridges Forge Ahead in 2012

In late December 2011, T.Y. Lin International announced that the new Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Ore., has broken ground and the firm is serving as the Prime Consultant for Final Design for the new $270 million project. The current three-span continuous deck truss bridge will be moved 40 ft north of its current location and used as a detour while the new bridge is being built. The new bridge is expected to be open for traffic in 2015. For more information about the new Sellwood Bridge, visit


In the Midwest, progress continues on the new MIssissippi River Bridge. "The public will see twin 400-foot towers emerging above the water's surface," explains Bill Schnell, MoDOT's assistant district engineer.  Completion of those towers will mark the halfway point for the $667 million project, which will re-route Interstate 70 over the Mississippi between the MLK and McKinley bridges.  For more information, youc an read the December 28, 2011 CBS St. Louis article

 To learn more about the bridge and see a video of what it will look like, visit

Deadline for FHWA Long-Term Bridge Performance Program input extended to February 17, 2012

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) program is envisioned as a 20-year comprehensive examination of the nation’s bridges. The objective of the LTBP program is to compile a comprehensive database of quantitative information from a representative sample of bridges nationwide, looking at every element of a bridge. By taking a holistic approach and analyzing all of the physical and functional variables that affect bridge performance, the study will provide a more detailed and timely picture of bridge health and better bridge management tools.

In support of LTBP program, FHWA encourages the bridge engineering community and other interested parties to submit innovative ideas and/or technological resources for possible discussion at a public meeting in the Washington, D.C. area next spring. FHWA requests input in the form of a white paper, suggesting opportunities for collaboration between your firm or organization and the LTBP program. These may include data sharing, access to knowledge and/or contribution of products, services or expertise that support the LTBP program.

White papers are due by 3 pm Eastern Time on Friday, February 17, 2012, for consideration. For full details on submitting a white paper, as well as additional information about the public meeting, visit NSBA’s website at

The NSBA Executive Council Technical Subcommittee members are currently discussing three potential white paper topics dealing with bridge performance and will vet their list with the Design Advisory Group in Orlando on January 18, 2012. Once a final topic is selected, Subcommittee members and staff will present their final draft to the NSBA Executive Council on February 8, 2012 for final approval in order to meet the February 17, 2012 deadline.

For more information on this opportunity, please read the full description on the Federal Business Opportunities website at, Solicitation # DTFH61-12-RI-00002.

For more information on FHWA’s LTBP program please visit

2012 International Bridge Conference Call for Awards

Nominations for the 2012 IBC Awards are now being accepted for presentation at the 29th Annual International Bridge Conference.

Projects may be eligible for more than one medal and must be ‘recent’ projects. For all Project Medals, recent is defined as completed within two years of the awards ceremony. For example, for the 2012 Awards, projects must have been completed between June 2010 and June 2012.

Winners will be announced on the IBC website ( and in conference publications on or before May 1, 2012.

For more information, visit the IBC website or contact the Conference Manager, Cori Stellfox at 412-261-0710 x11 or e-mail: [email protected]

AASHTO Journal Now Featuring Outstanding State DOT Projects Every Week

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently launched a new "Project of the Week" section in the AASHTO Journal to highlight excellent state transportation department projects that are completed on time, under budget, and/or using innovative management.

For more information, click here on the AASHTO Journal website.

Upcoming Industry Events

January 19, 2012
Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance Meeting
Orlando, FL

** January 22-26, 2012
TRB Annual Meeting
Washington, DC

February 7-9, 2012
FHWA Every Day Counts: S.W. Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems Regional Peer Exchange
Austin, TX

February 8, 2012
NSBA Executive Council Meeting
Washington, DC

March 14-16, 2012
Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri (TEAM)
Branson, MO

** There are a number of steel bridge presentations and meetings at TRB, but the following workshop addresses a rather timely issue that is important to many NSBA members:

TRB 91st Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)
Event Number: 152
Event Title: Design Detailing, Fabrication, Analysis, and Behavior of Skewed Bridges

Event Description: This workshop focuses on the state of the art in all important areas related to skewed steel bridges, including design, fabrication, construction, and in-service behavior. Specific topics to be covered include detailing and fabrication methods (importance and implications in relation to geometric control), analysis (appropriate computer modeling approaches), skew effects on bridge components (load levels in important component groups), and designing for skew (when do effects become important?).

Other notable Presentations:

· Bracing Details for Steel Bridges with Skewed Supports (P12-5149)

· Skewed Bridge Construction and In-Service Performance (P12-5150)

· Important Skewed Bridge Analysis Considerations (P12-5151)

· Contractual Issues Arising from Detailing Using Camber Deflections and Communication of Detailing to Erector (P12-5152)

· Detailing Members on Skewed Steel Bridges (P12-5153)

· Fabricator and Erector Practices (P12-5154)

Panel Discussion (P12-5155)