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.
Issue link: http://www.aspiremagazinebyengineers.com/i/306186
ASPIRE , Winter 2011 | 5 R E A D E R R E S P O N S E Editor, I would like to take the opportunity to commend you on creating the perfect 1-2 punch with the PCI Journal and ASPIRE magazine. The Journal has for years brought us the latest and greatest in prestressed concrete and has always had a strong transportation and bridge focus. It presents research in a style that conveys very complex matters in a way that is easy to understand. With the addition of ASPIRE, we now have a companion publication focusing on the successes and deployment of innovative solutions we once read about in the Journal. Every issue makes me proud of the accomplishments of the bridge engineering and construction business. Each article leaves with some "nuggets" I can file away for future use on a project. The willingness of authors to share their innovative solutions is a credit to our industry. The manner in which it is conveyed is a credit to the entire ASPIRE staff. Thank you for this periodic piece of good news in my mailbox. Francesco M Russo, PE, PhD Michael Baker Jr. Inc. Philadelphia, Pa [Correction] An oversight was brought to our attention following publication of the Spring 2011 issue. In the article, "In Harmony with Nature" about the Colorado River Bridge in Moab, Utah, we should have recognized the Contractor's Construction Engineer, Summit Engineering Group in Littleton, Colo. Our apologies to Gregg Reese and his team! Editor. Editor, Is there any quick way I can go through your magazines for projects where integral abutments were utilized (without going to each edition separately)? I'll appreciate your response. Andreas Paraschos University of Maryland College Park, Md. [Editor's Note] Yes, there is a way to search them all, Andreas. It will be easier if you download them all first. Put them in a folder on your hard drive. Open any one of the issues in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Open the "Edit" menu and select "Search." In the Search window, toggle "All PDF Documents in" and open the menu by selecting the carrot. Select "Browse for location…" From there, select the folder with all of the downloaded issues. Enter the word or phrase you need and the results of the search will be displayed in the results window. You can select each occurrence and it will take you to the page on which the item occurs. Editor, Dr. Dennis Mertz often provides great articles on interpreting the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. Are you aware of a 1-3 day course or some sort of correspondence course that provides a review of the new AASHTO code? Thanks for your help. Reuben Zylstra Foothills Bridge Co. Boulder, Colo. [Editor's Note] The National Highway Institute has a 2-day course on LRFD for Highway Superstructures— Concrete. To check if a course is available go to www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/ and search for LRFD. Later this year, PCI will issue the next edition of its Bridge Design Manual, which has been updated through the 2011 Interim Revisions of the LRFD Specifications. Web-based courses are being planned surrounding the release of the updated manual. Editor's NotE A d d i t i o n a l c o p i e s o f A S P I R E m a y b e purchased for a nominal price by writing to the Editor through "Contact Us" at the ASPIRE website, www.aspirebridge.org. A free subscription can be arranged there using the "Subscribe" tab. Colorado River Bridge, Moab, Utah. Photo: © Figg Bridge Engineers. Reader Response_sum11.indd 5 7/1/11 10:41 AM