October 5th 2021 Webinar

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Webinar:

“Overheight Vehicle Collisions with Bridges”


Presented by Professor Chung C. Fu, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, F. SEI

Director of the Bridge/Building Engineering Software & Technology (BEST) Center and Research Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park


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12Noon - 1PM EST

WEBINAR PLATFORM: Zoom

Presentation Topic:

Overheight vehicles often collide with highway bridges, causing structural damage, injuries, and sometimes even fatalities. For example, on June 23rd, 2021, a 65-year-old pedestrian bridge over D.C.'s Route 295 collapsed after it was struck by a truck. Much earlier in 1999, a truck hauling an overheight excavator struck and collapsed a pedestrian bridge over the Baltimore Beltway, killing one motorist and injuring three others. This topic is to present the earlier study by Dr. Fu to assess the magnitude of overheight vehicle collisions at both the Maryland and national level after the 1999 Baltimore accident.

Statistics on overheight collisions in Maryland were collected from overheight vehicle detector records, the statewide accident database, and bridge inspection reports. Of the 1496 bridges susceptible to impact by overheight vehicles statewide collected earlier, 309 (20%) have been struck, with 58 (4%) having required repairs. A survey was sent to each state to collect national statistics. Of the 29 states responding, 18 (62%) indicated they consider overheight collisions to be a significant problem.

Also presented associated with this topic are the overheight vehicle detection and bridge collision damages/repairs.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Chung C. Fu is the Director of the Bridge/Building Engineering Software & Technology (BEST) Center and Research Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of Maryland. He is the Fellow of ASCE and SEI and Member of the ACI, PSI, AISC and TRB. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland, Virginia and DC. Before returning to the University to take the faculty position and established the BEST Center, he was the engineering supervisor of the Bechtel Engineering Corporation at Gaithersburg, Maryland, and conducted/supervised many analysis, design, and construction projects. Since joining the University, he has been principal investigators on over-100 private, state and federal projects from US DOT, DOD, Federal Highway Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, U.S. Army Corps, World Bank and several Maryland State Agencies, SHA, MDTA, MPA, and MTA. He has given lectures and training courses over 40 states and has provided consulting services throughout the United States and some abroad. He has published over 200 referred and non-referred technical papers and given over 200 presentations worldwide.