Monthly Technical Presentation and Dinner Meeting, November 12th, 2015: Heat Straightening of Riveted Built-up Steel Bridge Girders

Monthly Technical Presentation and Dinner Meeting

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Heat-Straightening of Riveted Built-up Steel Bridge Girders - 1.0 PDH

Valley Forge Casino Resort (formerly Radisson)
1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Meeting Area Location:  Laurel Ballroom on the casino side of the resort (use casino entrance for easiest access to ballroom).

members $45; non-members $50; students $15


Heat-straightening a steel bridge girder is an economical and relatively quick way to repair impact damage.  However, built-up I-girders can pose problems in successfully bringing the girder back to its original shape.  This presentation presents a successful heat-straightening repair of a riveted built up I-girder with two coverplates. Repair calculations, restraining force estimation, and steel repairs for this project as well as recommendations for other similar repairs will be discussed. 


Michael Urban, PE

Mr. Urban is a Structural Engineer for Gannett Fleming in Valley Forge, PA. Mr. Urban earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Architectural and Civil Engineering from Drexel University and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.  Mr. Urban has conducted extensive research on the evaluation, heat-straightening repair, and testing of severely damaged steel girders through the NCHRP project titled “Heat-Straightening Repair of Damaged Steel Bridge Girders: Fatigue and Fracture Performance”.  He has several published papers on various heat-straightening topics.  His heat-straightening experience also includes developing and reviewing specifications and procedures for state agencies and contractors.

Meeting schedule:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  Social and Registration
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  Dinner (chicken/fish/vegetarian) - please note preference in response 
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm  Program

To register (REQUIRED):
Register Here, or you may email James Deeney <> or call
(610) 650-8101 by the Friday before the meeting (11/6/2015).  

Mail check payable to SEI-Phila Chapter (or bring it to the meeting) to:
SEI Treasurer Mr. Joe Fazio c/o HNTB
1650 Arch Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103


**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.**