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August 2013

Diving into Training

BergerABAM pioneered the use of engineer-divers in 1980 to meet the increasing demand for high-quality underwater inspection services.

In the past, qualifications for the engineer-diver were nonexistent. In 2008, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a revision to engineering manual, EM385-1-1, requiring additional qualifications for engineer-divers working on Department of Defense projects. Another important update to the EM385 regulations is due later this year; and to stay current with changing requirements and remain in compliance with all commercial diving regulations, the BergerABAM dive team completed training accredited through the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC). The DCBC certification satisfies all agency standards within the federal government.

Fully Precast Bridge Bents for Use in Seismic Regions Webinar

Exploded view of the bent system.

The second and final “Fully Precast Bridge Bents for Use in Seismic Regions” webinar will be held on Thursday, 22 August, at 2:30 p.m. (ET). This National Highway Institute Innovations 90-minute web conference is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration’s Highways for LIFE Technology Partnership Programs.

The first webinar, held in August 2011, presented an innovative technology for accelerating on-site bridge construction and focused on concept, testing, and demonstration of precast bent systems in prestressed girder bridges with integral piers in higher seismic zones. Since the first webinar was held, additional testing and assessments of the results were completed. This information, supporting the development of the final design specifications for the bent system, will be presented in the follow-up webinar.

Ports: Success through Diversification

The PORTS ’13 Conference will be held over three full days in Seattle, Washington.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) PORTS ’13 Conference Conference, titled “Ports: Success through Diversification,” will be held in Seattle, Washington, from 25 through 28 August at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

The conference is held every three years and is the premier event for the marine and waterfront industry. Conference presentations highlight the latest developments and technical research in port- and harbor-related concerns, while focusing on a broad spectrum of items of interest to an international audience of waterway, port, harbor, and marine professionals. Presentation and technical paper topics include planning, financing, permitting, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, and securing port and maritime facilities. Short courses are offered on topics, such as vessel berthing and mooring, to marina design and port sustainability. The conference includes networking with top professionals in the industry, with exhibits showcasing innovations in design, technology, and equipment. Students and young professionals are encouraged to participate in a special reception to help familiarize them with the conference, as well as promote learning and networking opportunities.