THE CONCRETE BRIDGE MAGAZINE

FALL 2013

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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6 | ASPIRE , Fall 2013 R E A D E R R E S P O N S E Editor, I really enjoyed your editorial in the Summer 2013 issue of ASPIRE™. I plan to share it and discuss it with our key people in Tampa. We have always tried to be open to trying new products and innovative methods. We are flexible to carefully trying new things, while locking in the best of the old things. Sometimes we stand pat and sometimes we change. Sometimes it's a fine line to walk. We may not be perfect, but we are carefully improving our products, systems and services over time. Mike Quinlan Vice President/General Manager Coreslab Structures (Tampa) Inc. Tampa, Fla. Editor, K u d o s t o y o u f o r y o u r t h o u g h t f u l editorial, "Don't Let the Pe rfect Be the Enemy of the Good," in the Summer 2013 Issue of ASPIRE. From my life experiences, re fe r re d t o i n y o u r p i e c e , t o o m a ny engineers and agencies embrace just the opposite philosophies: • What if we experience a problem, despite our best efforts? • It wasn't invented here. • Let's do extensive research before we commit. From my life experiences, referred to in your piece, too many engineers and agencies embrace just the opposite philosophies: • What if we experience a problem, despite our best efforts? • It wasn't invented here. • Let's do extensive research before we commit. Engineering should be all about improving design and construction through sound reasoning and thoroughly thinking a concept through. Engineering is not an exact science requiring the absolute, the perfect or resolution of all issues before taking any action. Your reference to the quote from Voltaire brought to mind another quote attributed to General George Patton that he expressed in the French vernacular, "Audace, audace, toujours audace." (Be bold, be bold, always be bold.) Edward P. Wasserman Modjeski and Masters Nashville, Tenn. Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Lebanon Junction, KY Permit No. 567 T H E C O N C R E T E B R I D G E M A G A Z I N E w w w . a s p i r e b r i d g e . o r g S U M M E R 2 0 1 3 MAYNARD H. JACKSON JR. INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL ELEVATED ROADWAY SYSTEM Atlanta, Georgia SR 303 MANETTE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT Bremerton, Washington BRONCO ARCH BRIDGE Denver, Colorado Paducah & Louisville Railway Bridge J23.3 Fort Knox, Kentucky Promoting Segmental Bridge Construction in the United States, Canada and Mexico 2014 Grouting Certification T R A I N I N G J.J. Pickle Research Campus University of Texas, Austin April 14-15 For Membership Information or For Further Details, Visit www.asbi-assoc.org October 28-29 Join Us for a Very Special 25th Annual Convention at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon Remember these dates.... Book_Fall13ASPIRE.indb 6 9/6/13 12:05 PM

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