5th International Orthotropic Bridge Conference (5OBC)

Join us at the 5OBC in Santa Clara, California,August 14-16, 2019, to connect with leaders in the orthotropic bridge profession, learn from the experts, and earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Stay and experience all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer!

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.


Recognizing orthotropic bridges are a specialized area within bridge engineering, the Sacramento Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Capital Branch, initiated the first orthotropic bridge conference in 2004 so all engineers around the world could share their ideas, insights and projects.

Since 2004, the Capital Branch of the ASCE Sacramento Section conducted the second (2008), and third (2013) conferences. The 2004, 2008, and 2013 conferences attracted many notable bridge engineers from across the USA and more than 11 countries and were well received.

In 2015, the Capital Branch moved the 4th OBC outside of the USA, partnering with China Bridge Magazine.
For more history on the conference, please visit the Orthotropic Bridge website.

Learn more about the host and partnering organizations:

Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of ASCE, San Francisco Chapter
Established in 2014, the SEI San Francisco Chapter serves and promotes the structural engineering profession within the San Francisco Bay Area in manner consistent with the purpose of SEI National. Their vision is to inspire and advance the art and practice of structural engineering, develop and implement programs to enhance knowledge exchange, networking, and other professional development and educational outreach activities. For more information, please visit the SEI of ASCE, SF .

ASCE Sacramento Section, Capital Branch
Established in 1997, the Capital Branch is one of four branches within the ASCE Sacramento Section. The Capital Branch hosts an array of monthly events for their civil engineering community, and were host to the first, second, and third orthotropic bridge conferences. For more information, please visit the Capital Branch .

Santa Clara University, School of Engineering, Civil Engineering Department
For more than 100 years, the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering at Santa Clara University has prepared students for an engineering career planning, designing, building, and maintaining the facilities essential to our civilization: bridges, dams, highways, transit systems, airports, tunnels, irrigation systems, water supply, and industrial and commercial buildings. For more information, please visit SCU, Civil Engineering .

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