ABERA Workshop – July 30, 2024

Welcome to the Advancements in Bridge Engineering Research Applications (ABERA) 2024 Workshop!

Call for Presentations & DemonstrationsAbstract Submission – options for poster and/or lectern presentations! Vendors and exhibitors welcome and must submit the form using the link above!

Registration – click here to register!

Registration Fees – includes 1 boxed lunch
$35 In-person (including students)
$135 Vendors/exhibitors

Also consider donating to the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering Dennis Mertz Bridge Engineering Award by June 30th!

Schedule – 8am-4pm EDT; details coming soon!

Location – University of Delaware, Trabant University Center, 17 W. Main St, Newark, DE 19716; Parking – self-paid; reserve a space here!

Important Deadlines for ABERA 2024:

  • May 15: Abstract submission due
  • June 1: Presenters and vendors notified
  • June 20: Registration deadline
  • June 30: Donate to the Dennis Mertz Bridge Engineering Award
  • July 20: Presentation files due
  • July 30: Workshop, 8am-4pm EDT


The aim of the 2024 ABERA Workshop is to disseminate bridge engineering research results from funded projects, ranging from the application of new technologies such as computer vision to inform in-situ behavior to high-performing materials as sensors for crack detection. These advancements have been implemented in the field and at laboratory-scale, and show promise for future bridge applications. These topics may be of interest to practitioners, researchers, and consultants to gain awareness of such methodologies that are likely to supplant or augment many of the existing approaches to condition assessment and repair of structures. Workshop attendees will be exposed to presentations, networking opportunities with various key stakeholders, and hands-on demonstrations. From this workshop, it is anticipated that the various state-of-the-art technologies and materials presented will be more commonly implemented to advance the current state-of-the-practice for testing, monitoring, evaluating, and repairing bridges. Funding in part for this workshop was provided by the CIAMTIS U.S.DOT Region 3 University Transportation Center, where Prof. David Lattanzi (George Mason University) and Prof. Monique Head (University of Delaware) led this implementation project for “Integrating image analysis into civil engineering education and workforce development​.” Thank you for supporting this endeavor!

Topics will include:

  • Diagnostic Load Testing Using Digital Imaging for Bridges and Culverts
  • Multi-modal Computer Vision Framework for Inspections of Hydraulic Structures
  • Non-contact Structural Evaluation
  • Novel Materials for Structural Rehabilitation
  • … and more!
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