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The Premier Event for Orthotropic Bridge Collaboration

August 14-16, 2019 – Santa Clara University, Santa Clara California

Welcome to the 5th International Orthotropic Bridge Conference (5OBC) Homepage. Continuing as a joint collaboration between Industry and Academia, the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), San Francisco Chapter is privileged to host the 5OBC in partnership with Santa Clara University and the Capital Branch of the ASCE Sacramento Section.

The 5OBC encompasses the interests of bridge owners, contractors, designers, researchers, maintenance personnel, and vendors involved with orthotropic bridges. Building upon previous orthotropic bridge conferences, we have added new topics to the 5OBC, including Orthotropic System for Non-Bridge Structures (e.g. Marine, Offshore, Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial structures) and Use of Orthotropic Concept for Non-Steel Materials (e.g. Aluminum, Carbon fiber, etc.).

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Top Reasons to Attend the 5OBC

  • Learn the latest from experts in the design, construction, maintenance and repairs of orthotropic bridges worldwide
  • Connect with colleagues from the U.S. and abroad
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall for the latest tools and resources used in the orthotropic bridge industry
  • Earn PDHs from the technical sessions
  • Enjoy fun, social events with friends old and new.
  • Explore a range of experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Conference Topics

  • Analysis and Design Advancements in Orthotropic Bridges
  • Construction Methods and Technological Advancements in Orthotropic Bridges
  • Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Orthotropic Bridges
  • Monitoring, Serviceability and Structural Health Monitoring of Orthotropic Bridges
  • Seismic Design and Retrofit of Orthotropic Bridges
  • Fabrication Methods and Technology Advancements in Orthotropic Bridges
  • Orthotropic System for Non-BridgeStructures (e.g. Marine, Offshore, Terrestrial or Extraterrestrial structures)
  • Use of Orthotropic Concept for Non-SteelMaterials(e.g. Aluminum, Carbon fiber, etc.)
  • Orthotropic Concepts in Architecturally Exposed Structures
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Conference Venue

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY 500 EI Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053, Ph: (408) 554-4000

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