FALL 2018

ASPIRE is a quarterly magazine published by PCI in cooperation with the associations of the National Concrete Bridge Council. The editorial content focuses on the latest technology and key issues in the Concrete Bridge Industry.

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C O N C R E T E B R I D G E T E C H N O L O G Y by Craig A. Shutt The Next Segment for the American Segmental Bridge Institute As William R. "Randy" Cox ends his term as executive director of the American Segmental Bridge Institute, he reflects on the organization's accomplishments and future. 44 | ASPIRE Fall 2018 The American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) will have a new leader this fall, as William R. "Randy" Cox hands the executive director reins to Gregg A. Freeby, P.E. Freeby previously worked for 31 years with the Bridge Division of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and was appointed division director and state bridge engineer in October 2011. Freeby left TxDOT at the end of August 2018 and begins with ASBI in October, providing a transition period before Cox leaves on December 31. Cox's Time at ASBI Like Freeby, Cox worked for TxDOT before becoming executive director of ASBI. While with TxDOT, Cox led a team doing structural inspections in 1983 for the Bear Creek Bridge, which became the prototype for the San Antonio, Tex., "Y" segmental bridge project. He also provided construction-engineering support for several segmental and cable-stay projects and participated in a concrete segmental bridge durability-scanning tour of Europe sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. His ASBI tenure began on November 1, 2008, w hen he succeed ed Cliff Freyermuth. Cox established a new office in Buda, Tex., just north of Austin, from which Freeby will continue to lead ASBI. "The job [of executive director] piqued my interest, and I knew the window to take the position would probably not open again for some time," Cox says. "I've always had a strong interest in segmental bridges, both design and construction. Post-tensioned concrete was one of my favorite areas, and I saw this [position] to be a great opportunity to advance that." TxDOT was the first owner-member of ASBI, and Cox had served as one of its representatives to the institute. Becoming the executive director of ASBI brought him back to those roots. "I was able to rekindle old friendships with a strong idea of the work the group did." Cox took over at ASBI just as the Great Recession hit, but the association—and the indus tr y—weathered the s torm. "There definitely was a drop in the number of bridges being built, but our membership grew, and we maintained our convention attendance in that period," he reports. The organization's strength at this time "showed that the industry understood the value of networking and trading ideas." C ox i s p a r t i c u l a r l y p r o u d t h a t m e m b er s hi p b y c o rp o ra t io n s gr e w significantly during his tenure, from 50 companies in 2009 to 82 today. Corporate members "see the value that we can provide to them and find membership to be a strong investment." As he leaves ASBI, Cox also leaves his post as chair of the National Concrete Bridge Council (NCBC), with William N i c k a s o f t h e P r e c a s t / P r e s t r e s s e d Concrete Institute (PCI), and Editor-in- Chief of ASPIRE ® , taking over. N i n e o r g a n i z a t i o n s, i n c l u d i n g t h e American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI), belong to NCBC. Their collective goal is to promote quality in concrete bridge construction through their own specialized focuses. NCBC "is a great organization that allows members to discuss new techniques and issues and get everyone on the same page," Cox explains. "We can share different perspectives to examine all impacts of ideas and contribute suggestions." They also meet with Federal Highway Administration representatives to help resolve issues that arise. "We look for ways to collaborate to ensure the best solutions and highest quality approaches," Cox says. "I have no doubt that William will continue to move the group and the industry forward and keep NCBC programs moving smoothly." For more information about NCBC, visit The National Concrete Bridge Council During ASBI's 2017 convention in New York, N.Y., Cox and other attendees toured the construction of the new segmental box girder approaches for the Bayonne Bridge, which spans the Kill Van Kull connecting Bayonne, N.J., with Staten Island, N.Y. All Photos: American Segmental Bridge Institute.

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