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SEI Technical Session

January 26, 2021
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Join your peers for the next SEI Houston Chapter Luncheon Technical Session:

"Repairing the Houston Ship Channel Steel Bridge"

The Sidney Sherman Bridge in IH 610 East Loop over Houston Ship Channel is a major thoroughfare in east side of Houston. In June 2001, the bridge was struck by a ship crane that completely fractured the plate girder bottom flange at the center of the main span. Recently, severe corrosions were observed at the two ends of the bridge, causing flange fracture and large movements of the rocker bearings. The 2001 damage was repaired using the conventional cut-and-weld method typical for steel structures. The corrosion damage was repaired in 2020 with an innovative method that employs the Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC). This speech will present the designs and constructions of both repairs, discussing and comparing the thought processes from the structural and constructability point of views. Additional information of UHPC and considerations on maintenance friendly bridge design will also be briefly discussed.


Speaker: Tom Fan, PhD, PE

Where: Webinar

When: Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Online Tickets: $5.00 Member/ $10.00 Non-Member/ $0.00 Life Member/ $0.00 Government Employee/ $0.00 Student

Speaker Bio: Dr. Tom Fan is a senior bridge engineer at the Texas Department of Transportation, Houston District. He has more than thirty years’ structural engineering experience, including more than twenty years’ bridge experience with TxDOT, as a consultant, and as a researcher. He was involved in many large design projects such as the interchanges along IH 10, SH 99, and IH 610. He has also led many challenging bridge repair and retrofit projects in the Houston area. His works on steel bridges were nationally recognized by ASCE and National Steel Bridge Alliance. He holds a PhD degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston.

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is dedicated to serving and promoting the worldwide structural engineering profession and related industries by providing a forum for research, education, design, testing, manufacturing, construction, and operations in the structural engineering profession. 

Event Contact: Roya Abyaneh, P.E. | President, SEI Houston


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$10.00 Non-Member


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