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Photo: Ted Lacey Photography. John S. Dick, Executive Editor 2 | ASPIRE , Winter 2008 E D I T O R I A L W ith this issue, ASPIRE™ launches a year-long exploration of sustainable design as it applies to highway bridges. These presentations will highlight the unique ways in which modern concrete bridges can contribute to a better legacy for our children and generations to come. To start off, the feature article on page 16 presents a perspective by Dr. Tess Alhborn of Michigan Technological University. Its intent is to define sustainability issues that relate to the transportation infrastructure. The three subsequent issues this year will look deeper into how we balance the impacts of our choices on society, economics, and ecology (or people, profit, and planet). Each will feature a guest author, who will address specific sustainable concepts applicable to concrete bridges. These articles will help provide a better understanding of our role in creating sustainable designs. Aspire celebrates First Birthday We chart another accomplishment with this issue: ASPIRE begins its second year of publication. The magazine now contains more pages and a wider array of features. For example, in light of recent bridge accidents, we begin a series titled, "Safety and Serviceability," which will feature a different guest author each issue. The series will discuss such topics as the National Bridge Inventory (see the article by Stan Woods, Wisconsin Bridge Engineer, retired, on page 47). Other topics under consideration include maintenance, redundancy, repair, and the like. If there is a topic you'd like to see addressed, please let us know. Another new feature, "Concrete Connections," (page 46) collects Web addresses that offer useful research reports, studies, and other resources. Your opinion is important! Please, communicate your ideas to us! We invite you to share your impressions about ASPIRE magazine with the editors and staff. A simple survey is available by selecting the "Survey" button at It offers multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. It'll take less than 5 minutes to complete. Why participate? This is your magazine, by and about bridge practitioners. To be valuable to you, it must be relevant to you. Your opinion is crucial to keeping the magazine on target for your needs. To keep ASPIRE coming, please return the postage-free post card. This will help us qualify for the optimal postage rate and ensure you continue to receive the magazine at no cost. Free subscription; low postage; surely, a win-win solution. Executive Editor: John S. Dick Managing Technical Editor: Dr. Henry G. Russell Managing Editor: Craig A. Shutt Editorial Staff: Daniel C. Brown, Roy Diez, Wayne A. Endicott, Donald P. Merwin, Anne Patterson Editorial Administration: James O. Ahtes Inc. Art Director: Mark Leader, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Layout Design: Marcia Bending, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Electronic Production: Chris Bakker, Jim Henson, Leader Graphic Design Inc. Ad Sales: Jim Oestmann Phone: (847) 577-8980 • Cell: (847) 924-5497 Fax: (847) 577-0129 Reprint Sales: Mark Leader (847) 564-5409 e-mail: Publisher: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, James G. Toscas, President Editorial Advisory Board: David N. Bilow, Portland Cement Association (PCA) John S. Dick, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Clifford L. Freyermuth, American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) Theodore L. Neff, Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) Dr. Henry G. Russell, Managing Technical Editor POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ASPIRE, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-9887. Standard postage paid at Chicago, IL, and additional mailing offices. ASPIRE (Vol. 2, No. 1), ISSN 1935-2093 is published quarterly by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-6938. Copyright 2008, Precas t/Prestressed Concrete Institute. If you have a project to be con sidered for ASPIRE, send information to ASPIRE, 209 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60606-9887 phone: (312) 786-0300 e-mail: Cover: North Torrey Pines Road Bridge San Diego, California Photo: Vince Streano: Sustainability: Is it really for bridge engineers? Log on NOW at and take the ASPIRE Reader Survey. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Post-Tensioning Institute Portland Cement Association American Coal Ash Association Wire Reinforcement Institute Expanded Shale Clay and Slate Institute National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Silica Fume Association 1 American Segmental Bridge Institute 10973_ASPIRE_win08.indb 2 12/12/07 4:12:44 PM

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