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Structures & Geotechnical Events

Upcoming Structures & Geotechnical Events

DateDescription and Materials
N/ANo Events Scheduled

Recorded Workshops and Conferences

Workshops and Meetings

Date Workshop/Meeting
2020, Feb 26 Bridge Preservation/Rehabilitation Feasibility Study Informational Meeting
2019, Feb 27 Structures Division Workshop

UDOT Annual Conferences

Recordings of various presentations made by the Structures Division at UDOT Annual Conferences are provided below.

UDOT provides the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units through UDOT University where the videos shown below, along with many others, are available.

Watching these videos outside of UDOT University will not qualify for Continuing Education Units.

2019 Annual UDOT Conference

Session Description
Digital Delivery of Projects and Progress



Presented by: George Lukes, Nathan Jones,

Lee Young, Colby Christensen,
Daniel Jensen, Sam Newton
and May Anderson


UDOT has experience with several Digital Delivery projects in various stages of design and construction. This session highlights several of these projects and provides an opportunity to learn from project designers, field crews and contractors about their successes and challenges in the rapid advancement of Digital Delivery.
Rehabilitating a Historic Bridge: The Story of Rockville



Presented by: Mark Daniels, Pam Leach,

Guy Evans and Brian Bryne.


The town of Rockville is home to a historic truss bridge that was constructed in 1924 and recently rehabilitated. This presentation includes a background on how funding was acquired to rehabilitate the structure, a discussion of the rehabilitation items, as well as design and construction challenges.
Structures Preservation Standards



Presented by: Cody Parker, Thad Pinkerton

and Eric Buell.


This session provides valuable information for using the available Structures preservation standards and resources for planning and designing a UDOT Structures preservation project. Common construction work and construction issues involved with Structures preservation projects are included to help provide designers with understanding of the field conditions.
Updates to Specifications for the Structures Division



Presented by: James Corney and Ray Cook


Over the course of the year, modifications have been made to a number of specifications and special provisions. This presentation is intended to focus on some of the more significant changes related to the Structures Division. It covers the purpose of the revisions, what the revisions are and how the revisions affect their usage in projects. Specific discussion will be provided for: Driven Piles, Drilled Shafts, MSE Walls, and Polyester Concrete.
Common Project Coordination Issues



Presented by: Matt Rink, Rod Hess

and Charles Stormont


As technology has evolved, we all now have some very powerful tools at our disposal. So powerful in fact that we sometimes use of these tools goes beyond good engineering judgement. We get too precise and forget to think globally about how our decisions will impact others in a way that is not as positive as it could be. Experts from the Environmental, Hydraulics, Roadway, Right of Way, Structures, and Utilities departments present on how “best” to work together.
Structures Construction Inspection – Building More Durable Structures



Presented by: Brad Hollandsworth,

Mark Daniels and Jeremy Price


The UDOT Structures Construction Inspection Program is dedicated to increasing the service life and decreasing maintenance costs of UDOT structures. This session informs the audience about the role of the Structures Division on structures construction projects, the upcoming structures-specific training materials are geared toward Transportation Technicians and other field personnel, and include expectations of the Engineer of Record, and field support resources. This presentation also covers the role of the Geotechnical Engineer and Structural Steel Inspectors.

2018 Annual UDOT Conference

Session Description
BIM for Bridges and Structures – I-80 Blackrock Model Based Design and Construction (MBDC) Delivery



Presented by: John Montoya,

Randy Norton, Mark Daniels,
Daniel Jensen, Patrick Kalisz
and Colby Christensen


I-80 Blackrock is a Structures project with the Model as the Legal Document (MALD); the first in the nation. This presentation summarizes the CMGC process and the deliverable and follows that with a panel discussion including the design team and contractor.
Girder Stability During Erection and Temporary Bracing



Presented by: Jeremy Price, Jim Deschenes,

Clark Olsen, Mark Daniels
and Chad Anderson


This session presents the basics of checking for steel girder stability during lifting. It also covers temporary support of steel and concrete girders before diaphragms are installed. Topics include lifting with spreader bars, multiple crane lifts, crane position and methods to provide girder stability. The session also presents examples of actual girder lifts to demonstrate lifting procedures and solutions used in challenging projects along with a summary of the UDOT Standard Specifications and SDDM design requirements.
Structures Emergency Response Plan



Presented by: Clint McCleery

and Rebecca Nix


This session presents the Structures emergency response plan. It gives an overview of emergency response roles, inspection types, typical damage levels and types, and documentation during emergency response.

2017 Annual UDOT Conference

Session Description
Emergency Contracting



Presented by: Robert Wight, Michelle Page

and Cheryl Hersh Simmons


Whether it’s a major landslide resulting in extensive roadway damage, a bridge hit that exceeds normal repair options, flooding that damages the road and/or bridges, or some other emergency situation, know what steps to take next. Need a contractor to assist with major repairs, stabilization, constructability input, etc? Emergency Contracting may just be what you need.
Bridge Inspection Basics



Presented by: Mark Allington

and Jeremy Price


This session presents how structural steel inspectors perform inspection on structural steel materials, welding, and structural coatings. And how they perform specialized sampling and testing of materials and analyze their physical and chemical properties to verify compliance with standards and to ensure that quality products and materials are incorporated in UDOT structures.
Structures Design Decisions – Learning from Construction



Presented by: Mark Daniels, Nicholas Clark

and James Corney


This presentation emphasizes how a thorough effort during the structures design phase can positively impact the construction phase. The presentation also covers key aspects of the roles that structural designers have during the design and construction phases. A variety of tips, considerations and clarifications are highlighted from recent projects, the Structures Design and Detailing Manual, and the UDOT Standard Specifications.

2016 Annual UDOT Conference

Session Description
2016 Structures Division Manual Update



Presented by: Cheryl Hersh Simmons

and Joshua J. Sletten


This session covers the revisions and additions to the Structures Design and Detailing Manual (SDDM) and the Bridge Management Manual (BMM) as of November 2016.
Geotechnical Manual of Instruction



Presented by: Grant Gummow


This session discusses the revisions and additions to the Geotechnical Manual of Instruction (GMOI) as of November 2016.
Structures Specifications



Presented by: Ray Cook


The focus of this presentation is on the following:

1. The role of specifications within the contract
2. Specification writing principles driving the revisions
3. Significant revisions to structure-related standards
4. Implementing the new standards on UDOT projects
5. Structure Division expectations of designers in preparing specifications
Bridge Emergency Plan



Presented by: Carmen Swanwick

and Mike Ellis


The Structures Emergency Response plan provides a rapid, efficient and uniform method for inspection of bridges and other minor structures following an event that potentially compromises a structure’s integrity. The presentation discusses the safety plan and equipment list, communication, roles and responsibilities, training, routine inspection prioritization, inspection procedures and the emergency field inspection report.
Fatigue: The Dirty Devil / Veyo Project



Presented by: Becky Nix and Mark Daniels


During the biennial safety inspection of the Veyo Arch, located on SR-18 over the Santa Clara River, fatigue cracking was noted in multiple connection plate locations throughout the structure. In addition, previously identified cracks had further propagated. This session examines the deficiencies found, likely causes of the deficiencies, identification and inspection, and the retrofit process to address concerns and extend the life of the structure.
Bridge Treatments – Hydrodemolition and Polyester Concrete



Presented by: Cheryl Hersh Simmons,

Nick Clark and Lonnie Marchant


In this session, the Structures Division highlights two bridge deck rehabilitation and preservation treatments used to reduce the overall bridge life cycle cost and extend the service life of a bridge. Hydrodemolition is a concrete removal technique which uses high-pressure water to remove deteriorated concrete. After removing the deteriorated concrete, a concrete overlay is placed. Polyester concrete is a combination of a polymer resin and well graded durable aggregates used as a bridge deck overlay. The overlay uses a high molecular weight methacrylate (HMWM) primer to develop an integrated bond with the polyester concrete material and the bridge deck. The presentation discusses goals, implementation plans, limitations, and challenges.

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