IBC Releases 2023 Event Technical Program
The Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania recently released the technical program for the 2023 International Bridge Conference, featuring technical sessions, workshops and more.
The event is expected to be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, in National Harbor, Maryland, from June 12-14. The conference reportedly attracts over 1,000 bridge owners and engineers, senior policy makers, government officials, bridge designers, construction executives, and suppliers from throughout the United States and abroad annually.
Technical Program Agenda
Last week, the ESWP unveiled the technical program for the 39th annual conference.
“Technical Sessions have always been the heart of the IBC, where attendees can watch, listen and learn about the various topics scheduled for presentation,” wrote the Society. “Conference attendees may choose from presentations in any of the concurrent technical sessions, as new presentations are scheduled every 30 minutes.”
Some technical session topics include accelerated bridge construction, rail bridges and alternative delivery. Multiple-part sessions throughout the week include series on Construction/Erection, Design, Inspection and Evaluation, and Rehab/Maintenance.
Several “Special Sessions” are also expected to be held on Monday, June 12, from 8-10 a.m., including:
The Keynote Session, taking place on June 12 at 10:30 a.m., is anticipated to include speakers such as Kevin Duris, P.E., IBC General Chair, Trumbull Corporation; Joseph Hartmann, FHWA; Steve Harelson, P.E., Chief Engineer, Colorado DOT; Charles H. Thornton, Honorary Chairman, ACE National Board, Charles H. Thornton & Co.; and Dr. Allison Black, ARTBA.
This year’s Featured State session covers the Colorado Department of Transportation. Starting on Monday, June 12, from 1-4:30 p.m., CDOT officials will cover several projects and programs in the state. Michael Collins, State Bridge Engineer, will introduce Colorado’s bridge program and state inventory, followed by sessions on the Statewide Bridge and Tunnel Enterprise; Tunnel Asset Program; Bridge Bundling Strategies; Denver Metro Mega Projects Central 70/Floyd Hill; and Grand Ave. Bridge/Glenwood Canyon Resiliency.
Workshops are focused sessions on specific topics and are presented by co-sponsors, partners and other leading industry groups, included with the registration fee. Some topics include Ethics, AASHTO LRFC Steel Bridge Fabrication Specification, Protective Coatings 101, Digital Twins in Infrastructure Projects and Efficient Steel Bridge Design & Construction Using Collaborative Fabrication Models.
ESWP also announced that several deadlines are approaching for the conference, including for exhibitors, the IBC Photo Contest and the Bridge the Gap Theatre presentations.
The James D. Cooper Student Poster Competition submissions must be submitted prior to March 31. Two winning entries are anticipated to be notified next month and will receive a $500 Fellowship, complimentary conference registration, and hotel and travel allowances to attend the event.
The deadline for the Call for Posters to display work during the conference is also the end of this month.
Early bird pricing for registration is open until May 12. Additional options include attendance at the IBC Awards Dinner (June 12, 6 p.m.) and a tour of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge (June 13, 1:30 p.m.).
More information on the conference, including the full program, can be found here.