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SEAOI/NCSEA 17th Annual Bridge Symposium: Day 4


Schedule of Events:
12:00-12:30 PM
Education Session #9: National Assessment of New Construction Market Pricing for Highway Bridges
The objective of this study was to analyze the initial construction costs of structural steel and concrete bridges that have been built across the United States in order to compare the in-place cost of these bridge types on national, regional, and state bases. The study focused solely on new and total replacements of structural steel and concrete bridges let by State Department of Transportations after 2011 and those that used a Design-Bid-Build delivery methodology.
Tony Peterson, PE

12:30-1:00 PM
Education Session #10: New AASHTO Guide Specifications for Exploiting Steel Bridge Redundancy
AASHTO has introduced two new Guide Specifications applicable to Fracture-Critical Members. In this presentation an overview of the fracture limit state will be introduced, followed by a summary of the research projects carried out lead by Prof. Robert J. Connor at Purdue University. The focus of the presentation will be on the Guide Specifications for Internal Redundancy of Mechanically Fastened Built-Up Steel Members, and the Guide Specifications for Analysis and Identification of Fracture Critical Members and System Redundant Members, particularly on their structure, applicability, and available resources for implementation.
Francisco Javier Bonachera Martin, PhD, PE

1:00-1:07 PM
Pearl #3: BIM Workflows: From Analysis to Fabrication
This presentation will discuss an integrated workflow for project delivery in a BIM environment. This workflow encompasses the full range of engineering activities, including conception, FEM, plans production, detailing, fabrication, and construction documentation, and provides considerable efficiency in design compared to traditional processes.
David Loughery, CE

1:07-1:22 PM

1:22-1:29 PM
Pearl #4: Lightweight Modular Accelerated Bridge System For Managed Car Lanes
There is a widening infrastructure investment gap in the US. Aging infrastructure requires high maintenance dollars. On the other hand, severe congestion on important urban interstate corridors is leading to prohibitive economic costs. The US Highway system moves 65% of freight and 85% of passenger traffic. Research has revealed that the Bridge infrastructure is grossly underutilized due to high numbers of single occupancy car vehicles. This presentation proposes use of managed car lanes to relieve pressure on existing infrastructure by giving policy planners a tool to effectively augment and manage existing Bridge infrastructure network. The presentation defines a notional car load and presents an Accelerated Bridge System. This system combines Metal Grid Deck systems with Simple for Dead and Continuous for Live Load approach to create a rapidly scalable installation system for Highway Bridges for managed car lanes. The modular approach makes for easier construction, which is further enhanced by the light-weight superstructure.
Sam Mittal, PE, SE

1:29-1:59 PM
Education Session #11: Complex Bridge Replacement on an Accelerated Schedule
The Edens Spur is a three miles expressway corridor connecting I-294 to I-94 in Northbrook, Illinois as part of the Illinois Tollway System. Ciorba Group led a team of engineering and environmental consultants to complete the design for the reconstruction and widening of the Edens Spur, which included the replacement of eleven mainline bridges and one crossover bridge. Many of these bridges have complex geometry and required design considerations to fit site constraints including high skews, super elevated bridges on curved alignments and deep foundations. The project goal was to modernize a vital part of the Tollway system originally built in the 1950s.
Brett Sauter,PE, SE, Mary Lou Kutska, PE, SE, and Mohamad Faraj, SE

The registration fee for the Bridge Symposium is $395 for members ($600 for nonmembers), which includes all 7 hours of live education (Please note: the PDH for recordings may not equal to 7 hours of education).
  • Purchase all 4 webinars in the Seminar and have access to the recordings for 1 Year.
  • Recording will be made available after the final date or presentations on Aug. 27, 2020.
  • Each registration is per person. As a result, only the registrant will be able to receive PDHs. Have a group of 5 or more? Contact NCSEA to receive a group discount.

Please note: These webinars are not included in the NCSEA Webinar Subscription.


  • Tony Peterson, PE

    Tony Peterson, PE, is a Bridge Steel Specialist in the Central Market for the National Steel Bridge Alliance. He represents the steel bridge industry on matters of bridge type selection, fabrication and construction. Tony’s role with NSBA is to provide technical assistance, tools and resources for steel bridges to owners, designers, fabricators, and technical committees. Tony is a licensed professional engineer and holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Engineering (Structural) from Cornell University.

  • Francisco Javier Bonachera Martin, PhD, PE

    Francisco Javier Bonachera Martin, PhD, PE, obtained a BS (2011), a MS (2014), and a PhD (2016) in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. From 2016 to 2019 worked as a Research Engineer at the Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research at Purdue University. He joined the Indianapolis office of Michael Baker International in 2019. He has participated in the development of several AASHTO provisions, including two Guide Specifications and contributions to the LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and the Manual for Bridge Evaluation.

  • David Loughery, CE

    David Loughery, CE, is the business development manager for infrastructure with Allplan, a leading provider of BIM solutions for civil engineers. He came to the company after spending several years with Bentley Systems. He worked as a structural engineer on projects in China before beginning to work with AEC software.

  • Sam Mittal, PE, SE

    Sam Mittal, PE, SE, serves as a Project Manager in the Chicago office of Horner & Shifrin. Sam has 15 years’ experience delivering projects throughout the country and internationally. During his career he has worked on complex steel, concrete segmental, tied-arch and other bridge types. Sam is a licensed Professional Engineer in five states, Structural Engineer in Illinois and has authored five research papers. Sam earned his bachelor’s from the National Institute of Technology, master’s from the University of Cincinnati, and MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

  • Brett Sauter, PE, SE

    Brett Sauter, PE, SE. is a Vice President who leads Ciorba’s Structural Group, his experience includes concept studies and final design for bridge projects of various levels of complexity, he has authored technical papers and presented at various conferences.

  • Mary Lou Kutska, PE, SE

    Mary Lou Kutska, PE, SE, serves as a Structural Project Engineer with Ciorba Group with over seven years of experience for clients nationally. She obtained her B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked on final design, staged construction analysis, structural peer review, and served as a technical advisor for concrete slab bridges, segmental bridges, precast concrete bridges, deck replacement, elevated steel track, signature pedestrian bridges, and major river crossings.

  • Mohamad Faraj, SE

    Mohamad Faraj, SE, is a Senior Project Engineer at Illinois Tollway, managing multiple design and construction projects with emphases on highway bridges. Mohamad has over 20 years of experience in all design phases in both private sector and state agency. He is also a certified bridge inspector and Serves as a structural reviewer. Mohamad was designated as a structural lead during Phase I study for the preparation of Masterplan for the $4.0 Billion rehabilitation and reconstruction of Central Tri-State Corridor. In addition to managing several systemwide design and construction projects, he is responsible for delivery of design contracts for both the reconstruction of the mainline I-294 Mile Long Bridges and the BNSF Rail Road Bridge over I-294 within the Central Tri-State Corridor as well as Managing design Contracts for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Edens Spur.

August 27, 2020
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 2H 0M

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