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November 1st Meeting: "Ship & Barge Collisions with Highway Bridges

posted Oct 9, 2016, 5:59 AM by robert miller   [ updated Oct 9, 2016, 6:01 AM ]
Presented by Michael Knott, PE, Vice President
Moffatt & Nichol
Collapsed section of the Interstate 40 bridge, May 31, 2002
Collapse of Sunshine Skyway Bridge,  May 9, 1980

Topic Description:
Recent decades have demonstrated the potential vulnerability of major highway bridges to catastrophic collapse
due to extreme event loads. The presentation will discuss ship and barge collision with bridges over navigable
waterways using lessons learned from historical accidents; analysis procedures in the AASHTO Vessel Collision
Design of Highway Bridges, 2nd Edition 2009 for both new and existing bridges; and application of AASHTO risk
analysis procedures to complex navigation channel geometries near bridges.

Presenter Bio:
Mike Knott is an internationally recognized expert on complex issues related to transportation systems, bridge
design, port engineering, rail, and heavy marine foundations. Over a 40-year career, he has developed a unique
expertise on the specialized subject of ship and barge collisions with bridge and marine structures. Mike was the
principal author of the AASHTO vessel collision specifications and is the author of numerous technical papers and
articles dealing with extreme events, risk analysis, bridge pier protection systems and other topics.

In 1987 he was the recipient of the Gustave Willems Award from the Permanent International Association of
Navigation Congresses (PIANC), the first American to ever receive this international prize. He served as Chairman
of PORTS’ 95, an international port engineering and planning conference hosted by ASCE and PIANC. In 2004 he
served as a consultant to the History Channel television series Modern Marvels, Engineering Disasters #7. In 2000,
he was the recipient of the prestigious Crom Lecture Award from the College of Engineering, University of Florida.
Subsequent to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Mike has served on multi-disciplinary expert teams
for evaluation of potential terrorist attacks against port facilities and long-span bridges over navigable waterways,
and in the development and implementation of countermeasures to address port and bridge security issues at
selected locations.

Evening Schedule:
Event Date: Tuesday, November 1st 
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Registration/Deli Buffet/Open Bar
7:00 – 8:00 PM: SEI Announcements and Presentation
8:00 – 8:15 PM: Q&A and Closing Remarks

Cost for this Event:
SEI-MD Member from Sponsored firm = $25
Non-member from sponsored firm = $30
Dues Paying SEI-MD Member from non-sponsored firm = $40
Non-member from non-sponsored firm = $45
Full-Time Students = FREE
Event Location:
The Engineers Society Of Baltimore (ESB)
Garrett-Jacobs Mansion
11 West Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Event Details:
(1) PDH awarded with attendance.
RSVP via Web Link to Sign-up Form 
Reservations will be considered firm and billed unless cancelled by no later than Friday noon prior to event.
Billing for late canceled reservations will be billed at the highest rate.
Checks or cash payable at the door. Checks payable to: “ASCE Maryland Section”.  Add a note indicating “November SEI Meeting” in the memo spot on the check.
Credit card payment also available via PayPal.
ESB Dress Code: Jacket required, Tie optional.