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2014 Recap

The 2014 International Bridge Conference was held June 8-12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. More than 1,250 attendees participated in the 31st Annual IBC, which highlighted AASHTO as the "Featured Agency".

The 2014 IBC is the biggest IBC presented by ESWP to date, with more than 90 technical papers, 8 workshops, 2 continuing education seminars and an exhibit hall with more than 130 displays and a 2,500 square foot AASHTO display which anchored the exhibit hall. In addition to these formal learning opportunities, the IBC held a mobile workshop with visits to local area bridge projects.

New this year was an International Attendees Welcome Reception, where international guests were received by the members of the IBC Executive Committee. All guests received a welcome gift to commemorate their visit to the IBC.

Also conducted during the four-day event is the IBC Awards Dinner, which recognizes projects and individuals in several different categories. To view a list of this years winners, visit here.

Special thanks goes to all the members of the IBC Executive Committee for planning the 2014 IBC, chaired by Calvin Boring of Brayman Construction.

Planning for the 2015 IBC is already underway, starting with the Call for Papers (see below) and exhibit booth sales for next year's conference (June 8-11, 2015).



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IBC OVERVIEW

The International Bridge Conference® (IBC) is the pre-eminent arena for the bridge industry in North America, Europe and Asia. Presented by the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, the IBC annually attracts over 1,500 bridge owners and engineers, senior policy makers, government officials, bridge designers, construction executives, and suppliers from throughout the United States and abroad. Now in it’s 32nd year as an annual conference, the 2014 participants came from 48 states and 17 countries. The IBC is planned by an all-volunteer group and provides continuing education and networking opportunities to members of all facets of the bridge industry.

Events include:

Exhibit Hall - the IBC exhibit hall which is open throughout the Conference. Over 125 exhibitors representing consulting firms, software, design & construction and featuring interactive, heavy equipment displays and demonstrations.

Technical Sessions have always been the heart of the IBC, where attendees can watch, listen and learn about the various topics scheduled for presentation. Conference attendees may choose from presentations in four concurrent technical sessions, as new presentations are scheduled every 30 minutes. Pre-selection of presentations is not required.

Workshops, or Special Interest Sessions are focused sessions on specific topics and are presented by co-sponsors, partners and other leading industry groups. Pre-selection of presentations is not required.

Seminars - 4, 8 or 16 hour intensive courses scheduled during the Conference provide registrants with in-depth focused continuing education on a variety of topics. Separate registration is required, and a certificate of completion is awarded to each registrant.

Many Committee Meetings of industry groups are planned during the dates of the IBC to allow industry professionals to efficiently combine important committee functions with their trip to the IBC.

The Bridge Awards Dinner recognizes the recipients of all IBC Awards and Medals. A full list of past winners, as well as the current recipients can be found here.

Finally, a Student Award is presented for winning submissions from both Undergraduate and Graduate students in the field. Please review the program at the Call for Papers section.

Pittsburgh: The City of Bridges

Located at the confluence of three sparkling rivers and banked on all sides by green hills, Pittsburgh has earned its reputation as one of America’s “most livable” cities. Long a center for the production of steel, iron, glass, Pittsburgh’s economy is now driven by technology, medicine, finance and tourism.

Nights come alive in the Cultural District, home to five theaters within walking distance of hotels and the convention center. The Cultural District also affords a selection of up-scale and mid-range dining, from French to Italian, Tex Mex to Thai.

In the Strip District, the clubs are hot, the food is spicy, and dance floors pulse to the sounds of rock, blues, jazz and salsa. Award-winning brewpubs serve up the finest lagers and ales, while classic Pittsburgh fare is featured at nearby diners. By day, the Strip is alive with street vendors and shoppers buying the freshest breads, pastries, cheeses, coffees and ethnic specialties.

10 Reasons to Attend the IBC:

  • Key Technical Presentations
  • Educational Seminars
  • Keynote Address by Industry Leaders
  • Bridge Awards Ceremony
  • Over 100 Exhibitor Products
  • Tour of Pittsburgh Bridges
  • Featured Agency – AASHTO
  • Proprietary Sessions
  • Earn CEU, PDH, CPC Units
  • Networking Opportunities

IBC Executive Committee

Victor E. Bertolina, P.E.,
SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Calvin Boring, Jr.
Brayman Construction Co.
General Chair

Enrico T. Bruschi, P.E.
AECOM

Matthew A. Bunner, P.E.
HDR Engineering, Inc.

John C. Dietrick, P.E., S.E.
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

Raymond A. Hartle, P.E.
GAI Consultants, Inc.

Donald W. Herbert, P.E.
Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation

George M. Horas, P.E.
Alfred Benesch & Company

Donald Killmeyer, Jr., P.E.
ms consultants, inc.

Eric S. Kline, PCS
KTA-Tator, Inc.

Thomas G. Leech, P.E., S.E.
Gannett Fleming, Inc.

M. Myint Lwin, P.E., S.E.
Federal Highway Administration

Thomas P. Macioce, P.E.
Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation

Matthew P. McTish, P.E.
McTish, Kunkel & Associates

Ronald D. Medlock, P.E.
High Steel Structures, Inc.

Gerald J. Pitzer, P.E.
Consultant

Matteo Pozzi, Ph.D., P.E.
Carnegie Mellon University,
Student Award Chair

W. Jay Rohleder, Jr., P.E., S.E.
FIGG

Gary Runco, P.E.
Virginia Dept. of Transportation

Helena Russell
Bridge design & engineering

Louis J. Ruzzi, P.E.
Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation

Jeremy Shaffer, Ph.D., PMP
Bentley Systems, Inc.

Stephen G. Shanley, P.E.
Allegheny County
Department of Public Works

Rachel Stiffler
Vector Corrosion Technologies

James L. Stump, P.E.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Daniel D. Uranowski, P.E.
Nicholson Construction Company

Thomas J. Vena, P.E.
A&A Consultants Inc.

Kenneth J. Wright, P.E.
HDR Engineering, Inc.

Honorary Members

Carl Angeloff, P.E.
Bayer Material Science, LLC

Richard L. Connors, P.E.
County of Allegheny
Department of Public Works

James Dwyer
Advanced Rail Management Corporation

John F. Graham, Jr., P.E.
Straen, Inc

Herbert M. Mandel, P.E.
GAI Consultants, Inc.

Lisle E. Williams, P.E., PLS
Consultant

Emeritus Members

Joel Abrams, Ph.D.
Consultant

Reidar Bjorhovde, Ph.D., P.E.
The Bjorhovde Group

Arthur W. Hedgren, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.
Consultant



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Future Conference Dates:

June 8-11, 2015 - Pittsburgh, PA


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Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Conference Manager: Cori Stellfox Weber