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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CONCRETE CALENDAR 2016-2017 July 18-20, 2016 First International Interactive Symposium on UHPC Des Moines Marriott Des Moines, Iowa July 25-29, 2016 PCA Professors' Workshop PCA Campus Skokie, Ill. July 31-August 4, 2016 AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials Annual Meeting Hyatt Regency Greenville Greenville, S.C. August 28-31, 2016 AREMA 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition Hilton Orlando Orlando, Fla. September 1, 2016 fib Symposium 2017 Call for papers deadline October 3, 2016 2016 PCI Design Awards Submission deadline October 12-15, 2016 PCI Committee Days and Membership Conference Loews Chicago O'Hare Rosemont, Ill. October 23-27, 2016 ACI Fall 2016 Concrete Convention and Exposition Marriott Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. November 8-9, 2016 ASBI 28th Annual Convention Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center Westin Long Beach Hotel Long Beach, Calif. November 21-23, 2016 fib Symposium 2016 Cape Town, South Africa January 8-12, 2017 Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, D.C. January 17-20, 2017 World of Concrete 2017 Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, Nev. For links to websites, email addresses, or telephone numbers for these events, go to and select "EVENTS." 4 | ASPIRE Summer 2016 4 | ASPIRE Summer 2016 Dr. Oguzhan Bayrak is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Bayrak received the University of Texas System Board of Regents' outstanding teaching award in 2012 and was inducted into the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2014. Dr. Benjamin Graybeal is the team leader for bridge and foundation engineering within the U.S. Federal Highway Administration's Office of Infrastructure Research. He also leads the structural concrete research program. Frederick Gottemoeller is an engineer and architect, who specializes in the aesthetic aspects of bridges and highways. He is the author of Bridgescape, a reference book on aesthetics and was deputy administrator of the Maryland State Highway Administration. Paul Kinderman is the state bridge and structures architect for the Washington State Department of Transportation Bridge and Structures Office in Olympia, Wash. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the TRB Bridge Aesthetics Subcommittee. Dr. Dennis R. Mertz is professor of civil engineering at the University of Delaware. Formerly with Modjeski and Masters Inc. when the AASHTO LRFD Specifications were first written, he has continued to be actively involved in their development. Matt Rochon is a senior bridge engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation Bridge and Structures Office in Olympia, Wash. He is also a candidate for architectural registration and a member of the American Institute of Architects. CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS Editor, Your editorial in the Spring 2016 issue of ASPIREā„¢ is spot on. One thing that I think is paramount is that contract drawings are easily constructible (at least most easily for the task at hand) and that the shop drawings be submitted and reviewed in a very timely manner. We often get held up in either not submitting in a timely manner or the review takes too much time. Ahead of this is submitting and getting answers on RFIs. The better and quicker the drawings become, the better chance we have to meet schedule, have a successful project, have a happy owner, and have a repeat customer. I do appreciate your tireless efforts for PCI and our industry. Pat Hynes Knife River Prestress Harrisburg, OR R E A D E R R E S P O N S E

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