Director of Codes and Standards Eric Carleton, P.E., attended the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 99th Annual Meeting from Jan. 12-16. The large meeting of more than 13,000 transportation professionals takes place in Washington, D.C., each year.
The program includes more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 workshops and sessions that address topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners and researchers as well as representatives of government, industry and academic institutions.
Additionally, the trade show portion presents extensive networking opportunities with DOT officials, consultants, university researchers and other industry associates.
This year, Carleton attended several of those sessions and committee meetings including:
- Rehabilitation of Large Culverts Workshop
- AASHTO Committee on Bridges, Subcommittee T-13 Culverts
- Committee AFS40 Subsurface Soil–Structure Interaction Committee (Carleton is a member)
- Precast Concrete Bridge Deck Systems Session
- Developments in Concrete Materials Research Session
- Reception (Heavy presence of ABC industry professionals)
- Committee AFF00(2) Accelerated Bridge Construction, AFF00(2), Joint Subcommittee of AFF00, AFH00
- Committee AFH50 Concrete Pavement Construction and Rehabilitation Committee
- Committee AFF70 Culverts, Buried Bridges, and Hydraulic Structures Committee
- Committee AFN20 Properties of Concrete Committee
- Synthesis of Precast Concrete Pavement Specifications and Proposed Approval Process Poster Session
- Committee AFN30 Durability of Concrete Committee
During this year’s annual meeting, there was a great deal of discussion on upcoming changes and restructuring of existing TRB committees.
Carleton encountered some precast companies who attended the conference to monitor respective pipe and buried bridge issues but very few manufacturers on the trade show floor.
Carleton highlights a need for continued NPCA representation and greater NPCA membership involvement at future meetings.