WoodWorks hosts 2nd International Timber Bridges Conference

The Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program in partnership with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, the National Center for Wood Transportation Structures and the WoodWorksFederal Highway Administration, will host the second International Timber Bridges Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Following the success of the 2010 Timber Bridges Conference in Norway, this year’s conference offers global outlooks on topics such as timber bridge design, inspection, field testing, performance monitoring and management. At the Conference, attendees will have the unique opportunity to network with an international community of experts on timber bridge design, construction and management.

The conference features three keynote speakers and includes 12 technical sessions and 22 poster sessions.
 
Keynote presentations:
·         Timber Bridges in the U.S. – Past, Present and Future
Presented by Michael Ritter, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

·         Development of Timber Bridges in Brazil: Current Emphasis Areas
Presented by: Dr. Carlito Calil Junior, Sao Paulo University (Brazil)

·         Norwedgian Timber Bridges: Current Trends and Future Directions
Presented by: Erik Aasheim, Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology (Norway)
 
Technical sessions:
Bridge Inspection I: Monday, September 30, 2:40 to 4:20 p.m.
Wood/Concrete Bridges: Monday, September 30, 2:40 to 4:20 p.m.
 
Bridge Case Studies I: Tuesday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
CLT and Glulam: Tuesday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Covered Bridges I: Tuesday, October 1, 1:00 to 2:20 p.m.
Bridge Inspection II: Tuesday, October 1, 1:00 to 2:20 p.m.
Covered Bridges: Tuesday, October 1, 2:40 to 4:00 p.m.
Load Testing: Tuesday, October 1, 2:40 to 4:00 p.m.
 
Case Studies II: Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Bridge Durability: Wednesday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Field Monitoring: Wednesday, October 2, 1:00 to 2:20 p.m.
Wood Composites: Wednesday, October 2, 1:00 to 2:20 p.m.
 
Who/Why:        This conference is designed for engineers, architects, contractors, manufacturers, designers, and others with an interest in technical issues related to commercial timber bridge design and construction. To learn more about the WoodWorks program and for information about additional education and training visit www.woodworks.org.
 
When/Where:    September 30 to October 2, 2013/ Gold Coast Hotel
 4000 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
                       
September 30
10:00 a.m.: Registration and check-in
1:00 to 4:20 p.m.: Program
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Cocktail reception
 
October 1
8:00 a.m.: Registration and check-in
9:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Program – Lunch 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
 
October 2
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Program
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Cocktail reception
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Dinner banquet
 
Cost:             Full registration: $545
                        Student registration: $245
                        Accompanying person: $225
 
Registration:    Seating is limited. Register online

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