National Working Groups

When all four Bridge Partnership Boards or Steering Committees agree that a Bridge Preservation topic of interest should be addressed on a National level, a National Working Group will be formed of persons possessing special knowledge or expertise for the development of programs, tasks, and activities, or to perform other actions which promote the objectives of all the Partnerships. Individuals from all regions of the country representing owners, industry, academia, and other perspectives will comprise these National Working Groups.  For their duration, each of the National Working Groups will have a leader(s), a defined work scope, a list of deliverable items, and an expected completion date.

Note: National Working Group deliverable products (when available) will be posted on this Bridge website at Technical / Working Group Products


 

Working Group “Bridge Deck Chloride Testing National Working Group”
Leader(s) Chair: Travis Kinney, Oregon DOT
Vice-Chair:
Secretary:
Work Scope
    1. Develop a NBPP sponsored “Best Practices” for bridge deck chloride sampling.
    2. Develop guidance on how to implement a chloride sampling program.
    3. Develop specification and contract examples for distribution.
Deliverable Products
  1. A manual outlining the best practices for bridge deck chloride sampling. The manual will include;
    1. A background in chloride sampling.
    2. How to develop a system level chloride sampling program.
    3. Project level sampling and testing best practices.
    4. How to use test results to identify future bridge needs.

This guide will be a product of the TSP-2 Program and may be offered to AASHTO for approval, or as an outline for further research.

  1. Presentation of an annual review of the Working Group progress at the Regional TSP-2 Bridge Meetings and other related venues.
Expected Completion
  1. The manual is expected to be complete and ready for distribution in April 2019.
Future Needs
  1. Continuing conference calls to assess progress, define new initiatives, and monitor related items on a national basis.
Attachments Future Deliverables
Conclusion TBD

 

Working Group “WBPP (NBPP) Local Agency Outreach Working Group”
Leader(s) Chair: Gregg Freeman
Co-Chair: Travis Kinney
Vice-Chair: Jason DeRuyver (?)
Secretary: (Open)
Work Scope
  1. Develop training modules for Local Agencies on Bridge Preservation
  2. Coordinate efforts with BPETG/NCPP(TSP2) LAO groups.
  3. Work with AASHTO in providing an avenue for Local Agencies to attend and participate in NBPP Regional Conferences.
Deliverable Products
  1. Develop training modules for Local agencies: “Bridge Preservation Activities” & “An Overview into the Importance of Bridge Preservation as part of an Asset Management Program”. (titles subject to change/modification)
  2. Set up presentations for Local Agencies in coordination with LTAP/TTAP, NACE, Local FHWA & State Representatives.
  3. Present the efforts of this group as well as promote the BPETG PG’s at Regional Partnership Meetings as well as other LTAP & NACE and other relevant conferences.
Expected Completion
  1. Presentation modules expected to be completed by February, 2019.
  2. Presentations should begin by Spring 2019.
Future Needs
  1. Incorporate all Regional Partnerships into the WBPP (NBPP) Local Agency Outreach Working Group in 2019.
Attachments N/A
Conclusion Efforts are focused on the coordination of bringing all of the regional partnerships together in this effort and to coordinate this work with the efforts of the BPETG & NCPP (TSP2) training and other local agency outreach activities.

 

Working Group “TSP-2 National Bridge Preservation BMS Working Group”
Leader(s) Co-Chairs: Dan Muller, NCDOT;  Dave Juntunen, MIDOT
Vice-Chair: Todd Springer, VDOT
Secretary: Jeff Milton, VDOT
Work Scope
  1. Promote the development and / or adoption of best practices for Bridge Management Systems (BMS) to extend the service life of bridges and demonstrate the value of preservation.
  2. Develop general guidance and examples to help practitioners nationwide identify best practices for Bridge Management Systems that meets the needs of the agency and establish a process that makes implementation less intimidating. This can be organized into basic, intermediate, and advanced BMS activities as detailed in the Attachment A.
  3. Monitor and share the national development of management systems as they evolve.
Deliverable Products
  1. Develop a white paper that defines a tiered approach (basic, intermediate, and advanced as described above) to implementing and utilizing a Bridge Management System for driving agency bridge program and project level decision making.
  2. Develop a proposal for a National BMS Scan specifically to determine the state of the practice..
  3. Instructions, how to guides, and examples of the various bridge management steps/tasks shown above to make the process better understandable and less intimidating.
  4. Presentation of an annual review of the Working Group progress at the Regional TSP-2 Bridge Meetings and other related venues.
  5. Attachment A (White Paper Defining a Tiered Approach)
Expected Completion
  1. The Working Group will be an ongoing initiative. With the present bridge preservation national asset management needs, it is not anticipated that there will be a defined completion date and specific initiatives will generate documents that will be revised / upgraded as needed.
Future Needs
  1. Continuing conference calls to assess progress, define new initiatives, and monitor related items on a national basis.
Attachments      A. Detailed Work Scope by BMS Advancement Tier
Conclusion      TBD

 

Working Group “Innovative Technology Demonstrations Working Group (ITD)”
Leader(s) Chair: Brian Mintz, Phoscrete Concretes
Work Team Lorella Angelini, Angelini Consulting Services; Tim Boodey, New Hampshire DOT; Dick Dunne, Rutgers University; Kevin Irving, Abiding Group; David Miller, Iowa DOT; Brian Mintz, Phoscrete Concretes; Bill Oliva, Washington State DOT; Walt Peters, Ohio DOT; Mike Stenko, Transpo; Rod Thornton, Maryland DOT; Tim Woolery, Advanced Chemical Technology
Work Scope
  1. This is an Innovative Technology Demonstration Pilot Program that demonstrates new and innovative technology through an independent consultant. By working with an independent consultant, the program generates more interest and acceptance with the States that are considering participating.
  2. Several Demonstrations will be performed prior to the Pilot Program being considered for full Program status.
Deliverable Products
  1. The independent Consultant will work with Industry and Owner(s) to implement and document the demonstration.
  2. White papers summarizing the demonstration, related articles, and related materials will be shared with the preservation community.
Expected Completion
  1. This program is initially in a pilot status and if moved to a full program status, it will continue as a program subject to interest within the Industry and Owner members of the Partnerships.
Future Needs
  1. The program will be monitored for appropriateness. Each Demonstration will be evaluated during and after implementation.
  2. The development of the program will be reviewed by the TSP-2 Oversight Panel and the TSP-2 / MSU Advisory Board
Attachments
  1. Innovative Technology Demonstration (ITD) Program Guidelines
  2. Innovative Technology Demonstration (ITD) Program Proposal Template.
Conclusion
  1. We anticipate that this program will develop an effective tool for sharing demonstration experiences for states and local agencies.

 

Working Group “National Bridge Preservation Social Media”
Leader(s) Chair: John Bunderson, Metal Fatigue Solutions, Inc.
Work Scope
  1. Operate a National Working Group that includes perspectives and interests from all four TSP-2 Bridge Partnerships. This National Working Group has evolved from the initially developed MWBPP Social Media Working Group.
  2. Improve TSP-2 Webpage SEO and Web-based traffic.
  3. Increase awareness of Bridge Preservation:
    1. Twitter, Facebook, and TSP-2 Webpage for reaching external audiences.
    2. Linkedin Group for internal NBPP discussions and notifications.
    3. Increase TSP-2 Webpage content for visitors, industry integration, and increase sharing TSP-2 Webpage on Social Media Channels.
    4. You Tube as a source for partnership presentations, demonstrations, and promotion of NBPP values.
  4. Continue to create and share Case Histories, Bridge Preservation Initiatives, Bridge Preservation Research, and Bridge Preservation Events using designated social media tools.
  5. Work with the NCPP Webmaster to further develop or create Webpages of all regional partnership groups.
  6. Continue to create Social Media content for: The TSP-2 Webpage, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and You Tube.
  7. Increase national awareness of Bridge Preservation for support of funding, and
  8. Monitor, manage, and update the various forms of Social Media channels to promote bridge preservation.
Deliverable Products
  1. Bridge Preservation Blog monthly content updates.
  2. Bridge Preservation Community updates to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube Accounts.
Expected Completion
  1. The initial Blog posting will be in January 2015. Blog postings will continue on regular sequences based on participation and input.
  2. To be determined: It is not anticipated that there will be a completion of the Working Group. As social media evolves so will this Working Group
Future Needs
  1. A bridge preservation community on Twitter.
  2. SEO access of website and social media channel to make adjustments based on measurable data.
  3. Continual (annual) Survey of Bridge Preservation Partnership on content relevant to their needs.
Attachments
  1. TSP2 Social Media Development Plan.
  2. Blog Project Outline.
Conclusion
  1. Blog project is currently successfully drafted bi-monthly.
  2. Social media presence is growing.
  3. Increased social media content coming directly from presentations at partnership meetings.

 

Working Group “National Bridge Deck Preservation”
Leader(s) Chair: Mike Johnson, Caltrans
Work Scope
  1. Constitute the Working Group to include at least one DOT representative from each of the four regional partnerships, three industry representatives, and two materials suppliers.
  2. Develop a Strategic Plan, incorporating perspective from each of the four Bridge Preservation Partnerships as an initial Action Item.
  3. Collaborate with the Regional Partnerships, AASHTO T9, the TRB Subcommittee on Bridge Preservation, and other entities.
Deliverable Products
  1. Develop a nationwide listing of available bridge preservation products and their respective technical attributes.
  2. Develop a centralized dynamic database for bridge deck preservation products.
    1. bridgeproductdb.com Tutorial
    2. Overlay Products
    3. Sealer Products
  3. Develop a National Deck Product Evaluation Protocol.
Expected Completion
  1. Determine deliverable completion dates.  All anticipated products are complex and subject to the extent of member participation, and some will depend on available funding.
  2. The Working Group will be an ongoing initiative.  With the present bridge preservation deck national needs, the Working Group does not anticipate a defined completion date, and specific initiatives will generate documents that will be revised / upgraded as needed.
Future Needs
  1. To be determined.
Attachments
  1.  N/A
Conclusion
  1.  N/A

 

Working Group “National Bridge Preservation Coatings”
Leader(s) Chair:  Jeff Pouliotte, FL DOT; Vice-Chair:  TBD;  Secretary:  TBD
Work Scope
  1. Promote the development and / or adoption of best practices for the evaluation, inspection and application of steel bridge protective coatings to extend the service lives of bridge coatings and save money over the service lives of structures,
  2. Develop general guidance to give practitioners nationwide, a reliable way to determine what actions / best practices are needed when evaluating, planning, and executing steel bridge maintenance painting projects, including the selection of an appropriate coating system.
  3. Promote awareness among bridge practitioners of the financial benefits of supporting the use of best practices in steel bridge coatings.
Deliverable Products
  1. Promotion and coordination with the development of a National Coatings Scan.
  2. Development of a Table / Matrix / Flowchart for use by owners in determining best coating choices.
  3. Presentation of an annual review of the Working Group progress at the Regional TSP-2 Bridge Meetings and other related venues.
Expected Completion
  1. The Working Group will be an ongoing initiative.  With the present bridge preservation coating national needs, it is not anticipated that there will be a defined completion date and specific initiatives will generate documents that will be revised / upgraded as needed.
Future Needs
  1. Continuing Conference calls to assess progress, define new initiatives, and monitor related items on a national basis.
Attachments
Conclusion

 

Working Group “Bridge Preservation Performance Specification”
Leader(s) Ed Welch, NCPP; Mike Stenko, Transpo; Eric Burns, MI DOT; Jeff Milton, VA DOT; David Minor, Dayton; Greg Freeman, Kwik Bond; Keith Ramsey, TX DOT; Rich Van Allen, CT DOT; Fred Grant, DBI
Work Scope
  1. Develop a true Bridge Preservation Performance Specification meant to ensure the performance of a given contract item over a given period of time. Incorporating owner, supplier and contractor perspectives is the means by which this task will be successful. To date, only minimal success with existing Performance Specifications has been experienced.
  2. Develop a Working Group composed of members from the four Bridge Preservation Partnerships, material suppliers, contractors, and consultants.
  3. Review existing practices for utilization of Bridge Preservation Performance Specifications.
  4. Define the necessary segments to develop a true Bridge Preservation Performance Specification.
  5. Define existing “hurdles” that are making the use of performance specifications problematic.
  6. Work on the development of a performance specification for a chosen sample item that will be utilized in all partnerships with the objective of meeting the projected life of the item.
Deliverable Products
  1. Develop a working sample of a true Bridge Preservation Performance Specification.
  2. Share the Working Draft with the four Bridge Preservation Partnerships at the annual meetings or during teleconferences.
Expected Completion
  1. Working Draft to be submitted for review by the Bridge Preservation Partnerships: June, 2015
Future Needs
  1. Promotion of the use of the Draft Specification.
  2. Monitoring of the use of this and other Performance Specifications.
  3. Revisions of the Performance Specification as the Working Group deems necessary.
Attachments
Conclusion  This Working Group has been Sunset. The National Working Group’s initiatives have been shared with the States. The Working Group will continue monitor and share related development and Report-outs will be made during conference calls and at meetings specific to particular topics (i.e. Overlays & Coatings).

Western Bridge Preservation Partnership Bridge Deck Overlay Product Matrix

This matrix presents bridge deck overlay technical, cost and performance information for all wearing surface products currently used in the western United States. The final report may be downloaded as a (.docx) file at:

Download the Final Report (.docx)


Bridge Preservation BMS National Working Group – Attachment A [2018-10-22]

Attachment A provides a Detailed Work Scope by Bridge Management System (BMS) Advancement Tier.

Download Attachment A as a (.pdf) file.


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