M&M to Attend the 2018 Movable Bridge Symposium

ORLANDO, FL | Modjeski and Masters will attend and exhibit at the Heavy Movable Structures (HMS) 2018 Biennial Movable Bridge Symposium October 22-25 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Our booth number is 213. The conference will include educational programming around the six industry disciplines: electrical/electronic systems, ownership/public use/management, performance/construction/maintenance, fluid power systems, machinery/mechanisms, and structural elements.

Modjeski and Masters company representatives will be available to discuss the latest in movable bridge technology and to present during several technical sessions. These include:

  • Seabrook Bascule Bridge Emergency Strauss Bascule Link Pin Repair by Tyler Miller, PE – Tuesday 10/23, Oceans 10 Room (8:30-9:15am and 1:50-2:35pm
  • Jacksonville Bridge Strauss Heel Trunnion Operating Pin Repair by Andrew Brodsky, PE – Wednesday 10/24, Oceans 12 Room (10:35-11:20am and 3:55-4:40pm
  • Elizabeth City Bascule Bridges – Design, Construction, and Rehabilitation by Elizabeth Sample, PE - Wednesday 10/24, Oceans 12 Room (9:20-10:05am and 2:40-3:25pm)
  • Obtaining Acceptable Load Sharing & Gear Action without a Differential by Geoffrey Forest, PE – Thursday 10/25, Oceans 11 Room (8:30-9:15am and 10:35-11:20am)

“As the movable bridge industry continues to evolve, it is important to exchange ideas and information,” said Kevin Johns, PE, movable bridge business unit leader for Modjeski and Masters. “The HMS Symposium is a unique opportunity for owners, agencies, designers, contractors, suppliers and other groups to come together.”

Modjeski and Masters designed its first movable bridge over the Mississippi River in 1896. Since then, the firm has played a lead role in the industry with a unique blend of careful analysis and integrated structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering expertise.

“We look forward to the opportunity to discuss scientific principles and practices, engineering disciplines, current technologies and state-of-the-art crafts with other industry professionals,” Johns continued. “In turn, we hope that the information exchanged will benefit the public through improved safety and reliability, more cost-effective utilization of public fund through improved design and maintenance practices, and increased awareness and conformance with environmental issues.”

Company representatives will also attend the AREMA Committee 15 “Steel Structures” meeting during the symposium. This committee is responsible for the development and publication of recommended practices and information relating to the design, fabrication, erection, and painting of steel railway bridges. They also recommend procedures for inspection, maintenance, and rating of existing steel bridges.

About Heavy Movable Structures

Heavy Movable Structures, Inc. (HMS) is a not-for-profit technical organization of volunteers focusing on the heavy civil facilities utilized by or for the public benefit, with emphasis on, but not limited to, movable bridges. HMS is primarily concerned with movable bridges and other large civil engineering structures.

The main mission of HMS is to provide forums for information interchange among bridge owners, government agencies, designers, contractors, suppliers, and other groups involved in movable bridges and heavy movable structures. This includes both privately owned and publicly owned bridges. For more information, visit: https://heavymovablestructures.org/

About American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) was formed on October 1, 1997 as a result of the merger of three engineering associations -  the American Railway Bridge and Building Association (ARB&B), the American Railway Engineering Association (AREA), and the Roadmaster's and Maintenance of Way Association (RMWA), along with functions of the Communications and Signals Division of the Association of American Railroads.  Their mission is to lead the development and advancement of both technical and practical knowledge and recommended practices pertaining to the design, construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure. For more information, visit: http://www.arema.org

We look forward to the opportunity to discuss scientific principles and practices, engineering disciplines, current technologies and state-of-the-art crafts with other industry professionals. In turn, we hope that the information exchanged will benefit the public through improved safety and reliability, more cost-effective utilization of public fund through improved design and maintenance practices, and increased awareness and conformance with environmental issues. (Kevin Johns, PE, M&M Movable Bridge Business Unit Leader)