SSSBA to Host Free Webinar During Infrastructure Week 2016

WASHINGTON D.C., May 3, 2016 – The Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance (SSSBA) will host a free one-hour webinar on “Historical Life Cycle Costs of Steel and Concrete Girder Bridges” on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is being held in cooperation with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the American Galvanizers Association (AGA) as part of Infrastructure Week 2016. It will be conducted by Michael Barker, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming. 

Infrastructure Week 2016 is a national outreach being conducted May 16-23 to build awareness of and educate policymakers and citizens about the infrastructure challenges in the United States. Now in its fourth year, Infrastructure Week highlights the critical importance of investing in and modernizing America’s infrastructure systems and the essential role that infrastructure plays in the economy. AISI is an affiliate member of Infrastructure Week 2016. 

In the webinar, Dr. Barker will discuss findings from research he recently conducted on the initial costs, life cycle costs, and future costs of 1,186 typical steel and concrete state bridges in Pennsylvania built between 1960 and 2010. The costs were examined with respect to variability in bridge type, span length, number of spans, and bridge life. Typical bridges are defined in the study as those with concrete decks supported by steel rolled beams, steel plate girders, precast concrete boxes, or precast concrete beams. Working from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) historical records, Dr. Barker developed a database to determine and compare the life cycle costs of steel and concrete girder bridges in response to frequent inquiries received throughout his career from state departments of transportation, county engineers, and bridge owners. His work demonstrates the potential benefits of life cycle cost analysis for bridge construction and management. 

This webinar is being presented as a special addition to AGA’s Galvanize It! webinar series and is approved for continuing education units (CEUs). “Historical Life Cycle Costs of Steel and Concrete Bridges” earns 1 LU or 1 PDH.  More information and registration details are available at (To register, click here.

The Short Span Steel Bridge Alliance provides essential information to bridge owners and designers on the unique benefits, innovative designs, cost competitiveness, and performance related to using steel in short span installations up to 140 feet in length. SSSBA partners comprise bridge and buried soil steel structure industry leaders, including manufacturers, fabricators and representatives of related associations and government organizations. For more news or information, visit or follow us on Twitter @ShortSpanSteel.

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