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WORKSHOPS

The Workshops Conducted as Outreach Activities of the Center for Structural Durability

 at Western Michigan University

A one-half-day workshop at the Mid-North PBES/ABC Regional P2P Exchange meeting

The Center for Structural Durability (CSD) conducted a one-half-day workshop during a two and one-half day Mid-North PBES/ABC Regional P2P Exchange meeting held at the Detroit Renaissance Center under the FHWA sponsorship. The workshop was attended by about 70 participants representing bridge practitioners from State and Local Agencies, Contractors, Suppliers, Academia, and Government Officials who came from nine different states located in the Mid-North Region. The workshop was held on May 3, 2012.

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From the Center for Structural Durability

Dr. Attanayake, assistant professor and an accelerated bridge construction (ABC) expert conducted the workshop.

 

A two-day national workshop on Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES): Technology and Design for Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)

The Center for Structural Durability (CSD) conducted a two-day national workshop on Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES): Technology and Design for Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) for bridge practitioners from State and Local Agencies, Contractors, Suppliers, and Government Officials.  The event was held at the Fetzer Center on March 13 and 14, 2012, with more than 50 participants. Dr. Upul Attanayake, CCE assistant professor, developed the workshop material and coordinated the event under the direction of Dr. Haluk Aktan, professor and the director of CSD. Dr. Yufeng Hu, CCE assistant professor, Dr. Pingbo Tang, CCE assistant professor, and graduate students Abdul Mohammed, Cem Mansiz, Mohammed Rusthi, and Mete Bilgin are key contributors to the success of the event.

In addition to the WMU group, other speakers at the event included Mr. David Juntunen, Bridge Development Engineer, Michigan DOT, Ms. Janine Cooper, Associate Region Engineer of Operations in the MDOT Southwest Region, and Mr. Louis Triandafilou, Team Leader, Bridge & Foundation Engineering Team FHWA Office of infrastructure R&D.

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Mr. David Juntunen, Bridge Development Engineer, Michigan DOT, discussing current status and future plans at state level

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Mr. Triandafilou, Team Leader, Bridge & Foundation Engineering Team FHWA Office of infrastructure R&D, discussing current status and future plans at the national level

(background: Dr. Hu and Ms. Cooper)

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Dr. Attanayake presenting durability issues with PBES connections and potential solutions

(background: Dr. Aktan and Mr. Triandafilou)

 

A two-day national workshop on Finite Element Basics & Refined Bridge Structural Analysis

The Center for Structural Durability (CSD) conducted a series of two-day national workshops on Finite Element Basics & Refined Bridge Structural Analysis. The purpose is to (1) train bridge engineers on fundamentals of finite element analysis and (2) provide the opportunity for hands on experience to gain knowledge in modeling and analyzing complex bridge structural systems, and data interpretation. 

Dr. Attanayake, assistant processor and finite element and bridge expert, developed the course material and conducted the workshops under the directions of Dr. Haluk Aktan, professor and director of CSD.

Drs. Hu and Ulku, and graduate students’ assistance was instrumental for the success of the workshops.

Five workshops have been conducted since 2008.

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2013 Participants and instructors (Drs. Aktan, Attanayake, and Hu).

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2011 Participants and instructors (Drs. Aktan, Attanayake, and Hu).

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2010 Participants and instructors (Drs. Aktan and Attanayake)

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2009 workshop participants and instructors (Drs. Aktan, Attanayake, and Ulku)

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Simon Matar won the 3rd place award at the Student Paper competition organized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), Construction Engineering Division.  Simon entered the competition based on his research conducted during summer 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Upul Attanayake.

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Abdul Wahed Mohammed (right, author) and Mohamed Rusthi (left, co-author), won the 2nd Prize for the poster on Greening Cement-Based Products with Waste Powder Paint (WPP)  at 7th Annual Research and Creative Activities Poster Day on April 5, 2013.

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Abdul Wahed Mohammed presented the poster on Greening Cement-Based Products with Waste Powder Paint (WPP) at 7th Annual Research and Creative Activities Poster Day on April 5, 2013 at Western Michigan University.  Rusthi is a co-author of the poster.

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Mohamed Rusthi (left) and Dr. Attanayake (right) at the 7th Annual Research and Creative Activity Poster Day on April 5, 2013 at Western Michigan University. Rusthi presented the poster on Remote monitoring of Fatigue Sensitive Detail on Steel Bridges.

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Tate Mazer (left) and Michael Elluru (right), KAMSC students, presenting their research on Waste Powder Paint (WPP) use in Mortar during the Science Fair held at the Parkview Campus, Western Michigan University, 2013.

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Cem Mansiz presenting his research at the Simulia Customer Conference, May 15 - 17, 2012 at Providence RI

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Cem Mansiz at the 6th Annual Research and Creative Activity Poster Day, April 20, 2012 at Western Michigan University

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Abdul Mohammed at the 6th Annual Research and Creative Activity Poster Day, April 20, 2012 at Western Michigan University.

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Hannah Abell and Amanda Luykx, KAMSC students, presenting their research on Digital Images and Laser Tracking Technology for Structural Evaluation on March 23, 2012 during the Science Fair held at the Parkview Campus, Western Michigan University.

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Dr. Attanayake and Alp Servi at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 91st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2012.

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Alp Servi, Willie Vorbrich and Ben Wang, 2011.

Willie and Ben are KAMSC students who conducted research at WMU as part of their curriculum.

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Alp Servi and Professor Emin Aktan at the bridge site in New Jersey, October 2010.

Alp was a member of the WMU technology demonstration team who participated in the International Bridge Study program sponsored by the FHWA as part of the Long-Term Bridge Performance Program (LTBPP).

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Vinod Kumar Vijayan was a member of the WMU technology demonstration team who participated in the International Bridge Study program sponsored by the FHWA as part of the Long-Term Bridge Performance Program (LTBPP).

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Yasan Abubaker was a member of the WMU technology demonstration team who participated in the International Bridge Study program sponsored by the FHWA as part of the Long-Term Bridge Performance Program (LTBPP).

 

OTHER EVENTS

 

92nd TRB Annual Meeting

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Dr. Attanayake presenting the poster on Improving Durability and Constructability of PBES Connections at the 92nd Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2013.

 

The I-93 Fast 14 Bridge Replacement Project, MassDOT, MA

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) replaced 14 deteriorated bridges on I-93 in the city of Medford, MA, within a period of ten weeks, from June 3 to August 14, 2011. The Fast 14 project was funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Highways for Life program. This project involved several innovative technologies and concepts, such as Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES), Design/Build (D/B) contracting, and Incentive/Disincentive Clauses.

Dr. Attanayake attended the demonstration events and the workshop held in the city of Medford, MA.

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A prefabricated modular unit

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Temporary shoring used to support girder ends while constructing pedals for new superstructure

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3-span bridge superstructure being replaced

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A prefabricated modular unit

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A simple span modular unit with link slab reinforcement

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Concrete pedestals

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Wooden planks to support closure formwork

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Dr. Attanayake (right) with Mr. Victor Mendez, the Federal Highway Administrator

 

Sam White Bridge, Utah

The 354ft long and 80ft wide bridge is the second longest two-span bridge moved in the world and the largest move in the northern hemisphere. The 3.82 million pound superstructure was planned to be moved into place in one evening using Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT).

After the freeway was closed on Saturday March 26 at 9:30 p.m., the bridge was transported, rotated, and set down and the road was opened to traffic on Sunday March 27 at about 7 a.m. Four SPMTs were used and large pipe braces and hydraulic systems were used to provide stability of the bridge during the move.

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Bridge superstructure on temporary supports

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Bridge substructure being built at the site

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Bridge superstructure is being moved

 

International Bridge Study Workshop

The International Bridge Study (IBS) workshop was held at the Rutgers University, NJ, from June 14- 15, 2011. One of the IBS objectives was “to bring together a selected group of international bridge experts to demonstrate the most promising technology tools on the same bridge in NJ.” As per the objective, several groups from China, Europe, Japan, Korea, and U.S. were invited to demonstrate the technologies to assess, diagnose, monitor, and treat bridge deterioration using a selected bridge in NJ. 

The workshop as organized to discuss the outcome of the technology demonstration and to update the participants on the status and overall goal of the study.

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Workshop participants

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Dr. Attanayake presenting his work at the workshop

 

Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade I Exam

Students who completed the CCE 3380 course taught by Dr. Attanayake are eligible to apply for the examination through Western Michigan University as long as they are registered students at the time.

CCE students who appeared for the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician— Grade I examination in April 2014, and Mr. David Hollingsworth’s team representing MCA.

CCE students demonstrating their proficiency in fresh concrete testing as part of the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician— Grade I examination, April 2013.

 

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CCE students demonstrating their proficiency in fresh concrete testing as part of the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician— Grade I examination, April 2012.

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CCE students demonstrating their proficiency in fresh concrete testing as part of the ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician— Grade I examination, April 2011.

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING IN THE MEDIA

ACI Certification to WMU CCE Curriculum

 

Bridge Load Testing in Holland MI

 

Sam White Bridge Move – Largest Bridge Move in Northern Hemisphere

 

New Geotechnical Laboratory

 

Laser Tracker in New Jersey

 

Vehicle Safety – Tank Rollover

 

Finite Element Workshop 2011

 

Finite Element Workshop 2010

 

Finite Element Workshop 2009

 

Finite Element Workshop 2008

 

 

Last Updated: January 04, 2015