5 December 2019 - Dinner Meeting - Join us!

Contech Bridge and Buried Structures

Technical Presentation

1 professional development hour (pdh)


Valley Forge Casino, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA
Meeting Room: Laurel Ballroom

Cost: Registration required

General Admission $50; Government $35; Students $35


Please note dinner preference in response - chicken, fish, vegetarian
Bring checks payable to “SEI-Phila Chapter” or send to:
Att: James Greco, AECOM, 1700 Market St Suite 1600, Philadelphia, PA 19103


 Learn about the industry’s latest innovations for bridges and culverts that work for a wide variety of applications and capacities, spanning distances from five feet to 400 feet.Including plate, precast & truss bridge systems overview; precast design overview; soil-structure interaction analysis and design process; precast wingwalls and abutments; Pennsylvania applications; and PennDOT LRFD Standards (Change #2) Review.


Philip Creamer, PE- Director of Precast Bridge Design Services 
Phil joined Contech in 1996. Phil has served in his current position since 2006. Prior to this position, Phil was the Area Engineer overseeing the West Coast territory and initially served as a design engineer and hydraulic engineer responsible for the research required to approve ConSpan in HEC-RAS. He has extensive experience using the finite element program CANDE, which is used to design CON/SPAN® and BEBO bridge systems. Phil is member of TRB Committee AFS40 – Subsurface Soil-Structure Interaction and a member of ASTM Committee C13.  Phil received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and is a registered professional engineer in 30 states.
Bill Gray, Senior Bridge Consultant 
Bill jointed Contech is 2001. Bill is responsible for managing structure projects in Eastern Pennsylvania, which includes PennDOT Districts 4-0, 5-0 & 6-0. Bill’s areas of expertise include solution development for modular bridge technologies including precast, plate and truss bridges and culverts and scour protection systems. Bill is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. In addition to his current position with CONTECH, he has worked in consulting engineering and the construction industry.

Questions: Please email “phillysei+meeting”<at>”gmail”<dot>”com"


Thursday, October 24, 2019 Dinner Meeting

Burlington Bristol Bridge Painting & Retrofits - 1.0 PDH

Valley Forge Casino, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA
Meeting Room:  Parkview Ballroom
General Admission $50; Government $35; Students $35



Online: Click here.


Email: Keithe Merl - keithe.merl+SEI<at>gmail<dot>com
Please provide your name, affiliation, and your dinner preference.

The Burlington-Bristol Bridge is a moveable (vertical-lift) truss bridge that crosses the Delaware River from Burlington County, NJ, to Bristol Township, PA. It has been in continuous operation by the Burlington County Bridge Commission since it first opened to traffic in 1931. The structure and mechanical equipment have undergone modifications, rehabilitation, and rigorous maintenance since opening, but have long needed full repainting. Unfortunately, paint removal and lead paint abatement necessitated a containment system, which significantly increased the applied lateral loads on the structure. To address this, strengthening of several spans of the bridge was performed.

This presentation will discuss this project from inception to completion over an accelerated one-year schedule. This discussion will include analysis of the containment system and its effect on the structure using a calibrated finite element model of the bridge, design of retrofits on three key spans of the bridge, construction of these retrofits, and various challenges overcome throughout. Attendees will gain insight into the design and decision-making processes for retrofitting a signature structure, as well as benefits of applied asset management tools.


Jesse Gormley, PE, ENV SP

Jesse Gormley is a structural engineer with Pennoni in their Philadelphia Transportation division, focused on the design and analysis of bridges and other transportation structures. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and an Envision Sustainability Professional. He is a graduate of Drexel University, the current President of the ASCE Philadelphia Section Younger Member Forum, and is actively involved on the national level with several ASCE and SEI committees.

John Prader, PhD, PE

John Prader is a structural engineer for Pennoni working in their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. He is currently involved in complex bridge load rating projects and structural analysis in support of design projects. He is also involved in the design and implementation of structural monitoring systems to support construction and rehabilitation of bridge structures as well as the evaluation of existing structures. He received his PhD from Drexel University in 2012. He is member of ASCE and a registered professional engineer in Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Glen Miller, PE, CBSI

Glen Miller is a Pennsylvania Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Bridge Safety Inspector with over 20 years of experience in construction management working for Heavy Highway Contractors and Consultants in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. With Pennoni, he is currently assigned to the Burlington County Bridge Commission in Palmyra, New Jersey, to represent the Program Manager and Engineer of Record. He is responsible for contract oversight, planning, and inspection of the construction and rehabilitation of the Commission’s infrastructure including administrative and maintenance facilities, roadways, fixed bridge structures, as well as three separate movable bridges; a double leaf draw span bridge, a lift span bridge, and a swing span bridge. He is a graduate of Drexel University and a member of ASCE and ASHE.

Meeting schedule:
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Social Hour
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  Dinner (chicken/fish/vegetarian) - please note preference in response
7:15 pm Presentation


**Payment must be made for the cost of dinner if you make a reservation but are not able to attend, since we must pay this cost to the caterer.**

Thank you to all that were able to join SEI Philly at our Inaugural Golf Outing on September 19th!

Your attendance and sponsorship went a long way in helping to support your local SEI Philly Chapter and bolster the annual scholarship program.

You made it a hole in one!

All that attended enjoyed a beautiful day of golf and networking with colleagues in the structural engineering industry. Check out the event pictures below.

Additional photos can be viewed HERE.

We look forward to our second annual golf outing next year!