Seismic Design of Concrete Bridges in California

Dates: October 16-17, 2019

Meets: W and Th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Fairfield Inn, Woodland

This class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.

Description

California transportation agencies are required to adopt the AASHTO load-and-resistance factor design (LRFD) specifications plus the California Amendments written by Caltrans for design of all new bridges. For seismic design, Caltrans does not follow the AASHTO specification, but rather relies on the Seismic Design Criteria (SDC) developed internally at Caltrans. Currently, Caltrans is updating SDC Ver 1.7 and Ver 2.0 is expected to be officially released in 2019.

This 2-day course provides practical training for bridge design engineers and technicians on the application of the new Caltrans Seismic Design Criteria (Ver 2.0) for the design of typical concrete bridges in California. In particular, this course will focus on slab and cast-in place post-tensioned box girder structures.

Structural components critical to the seismic performance of the bridge are covered, including columns, bentcaps, abutments and hinges. While this course does not cover foundation design, one session will discuss the latest research findings pertaining to the design (or retrofit) of foundations subjected to liquefaction and lateral spread. This course is a hands-on training that combines lectures, class exercises on actual bridge design problems, and discussion. Various bridge design examples utilizing SDC 2.0 are highlighted throughout the training.

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Topics Include

  • Seismic design philosophy
  • Bent design including pushover analysis
  • Superstructure & bent cap connection
  • Abutment and hinge design
  • Recent design guidance pertaining to liquefaction
  • Design problems and examples

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, students will have a general understanding of the design philosophy underlying the Caltrans Seismic Design Criteria (SDC) as well as a basic understanding of how to design standard concrete bridges that satisfy Caltrans Seismic Design Criteria.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for bridge engineers and technicians from California public agencies and the private sector, who wish to understand how the recently released Caltrans Seismic Design Criteria (SDC 2.0) can be used to design standard concrete bridges to achieve a uniform level of bridge safety. Recently advances in calculating forces due to liquefaction and lateral spread will be introduced. Note that in California, the SDC supersedes the seismic design criteria contained in the 8th Edition of the AASHTO LRFD specifications.

For More Information

About our courses and credits, see our FAQ

About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll

Note: Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

Or email us with your questions at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu

Or call us at 510-643-4393

Notes:

We have a limited sleeping room block on a first come, first serve basis at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Sacramento Airport, Woodland. To make a reservation please use this link. This room block expires on September 16, 2019.
Hours:16.00
CEUs:1.60

Call us at 510-643-4393 to see if you qualify for a discount on this course.

Fee Breakdown

CategoryDescriptionAmount
Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 295.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard fee$ 595.00

Fairfield Inn, Woodland

2100 Freeway Drive
Woodland, CA 95776

Sami Megally

PhD, PE, SE, Principal Engineer, Kleinfelder

Dr. Megally has over 29 years of research and analysis/design experience in reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. He is an expert in the field of seismic performance and serviceability of bridges and other structures, and served as a voting member of the ACI Committee 421 (Reinforced Concrete Slabs) and the ASBI (American Segmental Bridge Institute) Construction Practices Committee. Dr. Megally has also been the researcher/project manager for several research projects including monitoring of long-term deformations of the Confederation Bridge in Canada and seismic research projects for Caltrans. He has published more than 40 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Megally has been project engineer on many bridge design and analysis projects, including segmental bridges, cable-stayed bridges, and a suspension bridge. Dr. Megally is currently a Principal Engineer at Kleinfelder. He also teaches reinforced and prestressed concrete classes at the UCSD Department of Structural Engineering.


Charles Sikorsky

PhD, PE, Instructor, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

Dr. Sikorsky joined Berkeley ITS after twenty-five years with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Dr Sikorsky's field experience at Caltrans includes the retrofit of the I-280 Viaduct Retrofit Project in San Francisco damaged after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, as well as construction of the West Approach to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The past fifteen years were spent managing the Seismic Research Program and later the Geotechnical-Structures Research Program, which incorporated the Seismic Research Program. His research interests also include developing nondestructive damage evaluation methods to evaluate structural safety and life cycle costs. He has published over 40 journal articles and conference papers. He also served as the Department Liaison to the Caltrans Seismic Advisory Board (SAB) and as Program Manager for the Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device (SRMD) Facility at UCSD. He was an expert panel member for the Federal Highway Administration Long Term Bridge Performance Program and is one of the founding editors for Structural Health Monitoring.

Date Day Time Location
10/16/2019Wednesday8 AM to 5 PM Fairfield Inn, Woodland
10/17/2019Thursday8 AM to 5 PM Fairfield Inn, Woodland

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