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Thursday, November 8 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Global Leadership Seminar: Inspecting and Managing Bridge Assets

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Bridges are amongst the largest, most expensive and complex structures, which makes them a crucial and valuable transportation asset for local and regional connectivity. When bridges fail, the results can quickly turn into human and economic catastrophe.
It is too early to draw the full explanations and implications of the “Morandi” bridge in Genoa whose partial collapse on August 14, 2018 caused 43 deaths. However, national road authorities and operators are understandably keen to take every step to ensure further risk is mitigated on bridges they currently operate.
These unusual and tragic circumstances form the backdrop for a closed-door briefing by leading specialists aimed at providing insights into effective bridge asset diagnosis & management practices. The briefing is primarily designed to align knowledge on existing policies and tools, and identify areas where greater convergence under one form or another could deliver “fail-proof” road bridges. Following the seminar, it is expected that an IRF White Paper will be issued underscoring areas of consensus on this topic.

Seminar Objectives
• Understand the root causes and key characteristics of bridge deterioration & vulnerabilities
• Review the state of the art in bridge condition assessment and monitoring tools
• Highlight effective legislation and practices
• Achieve consensus on key parameters conducive to effective bridge management programs

The seminar will bring together 20-30 senior industry and institutional specialists to discuss these issues in depth in a spirit of constructive engagement. Under the direction of a Chair, chosen for their knowledge and authority on the subject, a small number of introductory presentations are delivered, and an open debate engaged between the specialists invited to the event. The discussions will aim to shed light on persisting challenges and opportunities for concerted action and supportive policies.

In writing up conclusions, care will be taken to reflect the range of views expressed, including uncertainties and divergent views. The aim is for participants to feel free to express their opinions as individuals, rather than restricting themselves to the positions of the institutions they represent (Chatham House Rule). The seminar is a by-invitation only event hosted during the IRF Global R2T Conference.

Introductory Presentations & Agenda

12:00 - 12:10  Meet & Greet
12:10               Introduction by Chair
                        Prof. Omar Smadi, IRF Committee on Asset Management
12:15               Bridge maintenance in Italy: legislation, practices, and lessons learnt
                        Michele Frizzarin, R&D Manager, Franchetti Group

12:40               Bridge inspection & maintenance in North America
                        Nevada experience: Michael Premo, Assistant Chief Structure Engineer, NDOT
                        California experience: Alfred R. Mangus,PE, Office of Program Management, CALTRANS

13:10              Bridge inspection & maintenance in Japan
                       Masato Matsumoto, NEXCO-West USA, Inc.
                       Ryuhei Kondo, Metropolitan Expressway Co., Ltd.
                       Tsutomu Ishigaki, NIPPO Corporation

13:40              Roundtable Discussion

Additional Information
Questions? Please contact:
Brendan Halleman  

Thursday November 8, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm PST
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