Monday, June 12, 2017

ACMA Teaches Benefits of Composites to Engineers at 2017 International Bridge Conference

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the International Bridge Conference in Washington DC and help the ACMA in their booth in the exposition.   John Busel of the ACMA has used a great visual in their booth for the past couple of years.  You can learn more at this link !

ACMA Teaches Benefits of Composites to Engineers at 2017 International Bridge Conference: ACMA's workshop at the International Bridge Conference covered advancements in the design and specification of composite products for bridges.

ACI special session presentation - Case study I-635 bridge over State Ave

Just happened to come across a presentation hosted by ACI University of a presentation our engineer Ryan Koch PE made at an ACI special session in Washington DC October 2014.   Ryan's presentation gives a detailed technical overview of the design and economics of the construction of the I-635 bridge over State Ave in Kansas City KS. 

What makes this case study interesting is that there are two nearly identical parallel bridge spans offering the opportunity to compare the design and implementation of GFRP bar directly with epoxy coated steel reinforcing.   Ryan goes through details of the design implementation with Jon Karst of George Butler Associates the engineer of record for the project built for Kansas Dept of Transportation. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bertha ends its journey through Aslan 100 GFRP Bars

Bertha has completed its drive under the Alaska Way Viaduct by breaking through the diaphragm wall reinforced with Aslan GFRP bars.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Q&A on the adoption of GFRP bars by Dr. Antonio Nanni

Spent a few minutes over the holidays watching the Q&A of Dr. Antonio Nanni sharing his thoughts and observations on the state of the FRP bar industry during a panel discussion that took place in Dubai World Trade Center in the UAE.
I believe Dr. Nanni's observations are spot on and an accurate representation of our nascent industry as we head into 2017.

As an industry in 2016 we made some good strides in standardization that will help designers implement GFRP bars and it will be exciting to hopefully see the manifestation of those efforts bear fruit in the new year.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Florida DOT - GFRP Rebar workshop

This past Wednesday June 15th, it was a privilege to participate in a historic FRP industry event, Florida DOT's GFRP rebar workshop held in conjunction with the FDOT 2016 Design Training Expo in Daytona Beach FL.  
Leaders of FDOT design and engineering staff asked for the GFRP rebar industry as a whole to gather and learn FDOT's perspective on safe deployment of GFRP reinforcement for concrete structures, barriers they see for expanded GFRP implementation and areas FDOT would focus on for implementation. 
Present at the GFRP rebar workshop were 45 individuals representing five GFRP rebar producers, raw material suppliers from Owens Corning glass fibers, resin producers, academic experts from several universities and from many different departments within FDOT.
Presentations given at the summit and the overall agenda can be seen at the following link: