PEC will be in Washington D.C. next week to attend the 2018 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. He will be giving a presentation on Bridge Security: An Overview of Requirements, Guidance & Lessons Learned, as part of Workshop 134 – Resilience, Safety, and Security of Bridges and Tunnels: U.S. and International Topics. The presentation will cover current bridge security design requirements and supporting guidance documents, such as the Federal Highway Administration‘s FHWA Bridge Security Design Manual, recently completed by PEC and the University of Texas at Austin. Issues related to current bridge security standards will be discussed, including (1) the inconsistency of bridge security requirement documents, (2) the excessive scale and severity of security threat vectors and (3) global bridge design approaches capable of considering significant localized damage. In addition, the presentation will cover potential issues and opportunities for design teams to incorporate transportation security measures into bridge design projects, based on previous project experience.
The spotlight theme for the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting is Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future. The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 3,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops. Over 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world, including policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives from government, industry and academia, are expected to attend the event. Topics covered include aviation, bridges and other structures, construction, design, economics, energy, environment, policy, research, resilience, safety, security, society and sustainability, among many others. More information can be found in the interactive program here.