High Steel Bridge Erection: The Handling of Measurement Methods and Wind Provisions

   Tuesday, October 17, 2017
High Steel Bridge Erection: The Handling of Measurement Methods and Wind Provisions - 1.0 PDH

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

Meeting Area Location:  The Venue Main Floor Room
members $45; non-members $50; government $25; students $15


Bob Cisneros & Sue Steele will be sharing their experiences as bridge engineers with High Steel Structures, LLC. Their presentation will have a two-fold focus:
  • Measurement, metrology and survey measurement tools used in the building of bridges (girder, truss, arch) including two Pennsylvania structures. The handling of assembly challenges such intended fit condition (no-load, steel and full dead load), weather-induced settlement, compound tolerances and thermal ratcheting allowance will be discussed.
  • Implementation of the new 2017 AASHTO “Guide Specifications for Wind Loads on Bridges During Construction”. Current exposure, gust, and wind speed-up criteria, as well as their distribution to windward, leeward and interior girders will be compared to earlier, ASCE/NHI-based methods that High’s engineers have utilized during the picking, setting & stabilization of bridge structures during erection. Pennsylvania criteria such as BD 620M (Steel Girder Bridge Lateral Bracing Criteria) & BC 772 (P/S Concrete Primary/Secondary Beam Bracing) will be included.
Picking up where earlier ASCE-SEI sessions left off, after illustrating sample applications of these concepts, the presenters hope to open the floor up to frank discussion and mutual learning with attendees.


Bob Cisneros, PE
Chief Engineer Robert Cisneros, PE has been with High Steel Structures, Inc. since 1996, where he started as Senior Project Manager. Bob earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University, and has since completed coursework in accounting & financial management. A professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia & Maryland, Bob also holds a Welding Engineer Designation for CSA Standard W47.1, Division I Fabrication under Canadian Welding Bureau jurisdiction and an AWS Welding Supervisor Certification.

His responsibilities at High Steel have included: "supervising the shop drawing preparation process, bridge transportation, erection and field construction engineering at jobsites, technical representation for customers, suppliers, design consultants and owners, equipment design for manufacturing, shipping and field erection, welding procedure development, and helping the High Steel team uphold their AISC Advanced Erector Certification.

Susan Steele, PE
Sr. Bridge Erection Engineer Susan Steele, PE has been with High Steel Structures, LLC since 2008, and prior to that with High Concrete Structures LLC since 2001. Susan earned her bachelor's degree in Design and Construction Eng. Tech. and Masters in Engineering Science from Penn State University. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and New York and also holds an NCIDQ (Nat'l Council on Interior Design Qualifications) Certification.

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 (link), or you may email Jack Cardinal <jcardinal@figgbridge.com> or call
610-594-2460, Extension 3046 by the Thursday before the meeting (10/12/2017).  

Mail checks payable to SEI-Phila Chapter (or bring to the meeting) to:
SEI Treasurer Mr. Daniel Kucz
100 Campbell Blvd, Suite 100
Exton, PA 19341


 **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.**