Presentations discussed innovative construction methods and temporary bridge systems
(Parsippany, New Jersey) – 11 December 2015 – Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, shared insights on innovative bridge design and the use of temporary bridge systems at the 2015 National Accelerated Bridge Conference held December 6-8 in Miami, FL. Now in its second year, last year’s conference was attended by more than 750, including state bridge engineers and Federal Highway Administration officials.
Eugene Sobecki, Acrow Bridge’s National Sales Manager, spoke on Temporary Bridge Systems as part of the Emerging Technologies Workshop that addressed incorporating innovations and emerging technologies into projects. Mr. Sobecki and Scott Patterson, Acrow’s Chief Engineer, participated in a technical presentation where they shared their experiences with the construction methods used during the replacement of the Division Street Bridge in Chicago.
Accelerated bridge construction (ABC), which uses innovative planning, design, materials and construction, is being used increasingly in bridge projects, particularly when containment of construction time is crucial. “In addition to minimizing work zone impact, the benefits of an ABC approach can also include improvements in safety, structure quality and durability and environmental impact,” Sobecki noted. “An additional consideration for choosing ABC can site constructability issues such as remote site locations and limited construction periods. In these cases, ABC can provide a more economical resolution,” added Patterson.
“DOTs in many states have found the modular design of Acrow bridges a perfect choice when a cost-effective and rapid bridging solution is needed,” said Bill Killeen, President and CEO of Acrow Bridge. “Our customizable components can be engineered for many different applications, have an estimated life span of 75-100 years and are virtually maintenance-free.”
Acrow Bridge was also recognized at the conference for their contribution to the development of travel scholarships to support bridge owners to attend the event.