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Title: SP-340: Dennis Mertz Symposium on Design and Evaluation of Concrete Bridges

Author(s): Andrzej S. Nowak, Hani Nassif, Victor Aguilar

Publication: Symposium Paper

Volume: 340


Appears on pages(s): 254


DOI: 10.14359/51725848

Date: 4/30/2020

Professor Dennis Mertz passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer. He spent a large portion of his professional career working on advancing of the state-of-the-art of bridge engineering. He was a great friend and colleague to many at ACI and ASCE. Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 343, joined with ACI Committees 342 and 348, sponsored four sessions to honor his contributions and achievements in concrete bridge design and evaluation. These sessions highlighted the important work and collaborative efforts that Dr. Mertz had with others at ACI and ASCE on various topics. These sessions also combined the efforts among ACI and ASCE researchers and practitioners in addressing various topics related to the design and evaluation of concrete bridges. The scope and outcome of the sessions are relevant to ACI’s mission. They raise awareness on established design methodologies applied for various limit states covering topics related flexure, shear, fatigue, torsion, etc. They address problems related to emerging design and evaluation approaches and recent development in design practices, code standards, and related applications. The Symposium Publication (SP) is expected to be an important reference in relation to design philosophies and evaluation methods of new and existing concrete bridges and structures.