SEI Boston Chapter/Structural Design

VOLUME 47 | ISSUE 3| November 2022

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President's Report

By Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP, Principal Engineer, Arcadia Technology, Inc. and BSCES President

BSCES’s 2022-2023 season is in full swing with lots of committee activities, webinars, and the slow but steady start of in-person events. For example, during the months of October and November we hosted in-person events that included the National Highway Institute’s (NHI) 10-day Safety Inspection of In-Services Bridges course and the Transportation & Development Institute Boston Chapter’s morning meeting entitled Moving Boston: Creating Safer Streets for All Modes of Transportation. ... Read more

Featured Group: Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter

By Irena Svetieva, PE, Structural Engineer, Collins Engineering, Inc., and Chair of SEI Boston Chapter

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is one of 18 specialty institutes and technical groups of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The mission of SEI is “to advance and serve the structural engineering profession.” SEI Boston Chapter supports this mission by providing a variety of online and in-person initiatives that bring our local community of structural engineers together to advance their careers through attending technical events, sharing ideas, and providing networking opportunities. ... Read more

Replacement of the Robert Street Bridge

By Robert Penfield, PE, DBIA, ENV SP, Managing Director, Highway & Structures, VHB; Andrew Burkholder, PE, ENV SP, Director of Structures, MA, VHB; and Kelsey Munns, PE, Structural Engineer, VHB

Replacing the MBTA's century-old Robert Street Bridge in Roslindale required engineering ingenuity, with the bridge situated next to a station platform in a busy neighborhood. VHB's structural engineers rose to the challenge, using accelerated bridge construction techniques to minimize community impacts and a creative foundation design that preserved the station platform while supporting future rail expansion. Bridge superstructure installation required just one weekend rail service shutdown and the project team completed this complex project ahead of schedule. ... Read more

An Adventure in Coordination - the Replacement of the Lubbers Brook Culvert

By Robert Niccoli, PE, SE, Director of Structures, TEC, Inc.

The replacement of the failing pipe culverts that carry the Lubbers Brook beneath Middlesex Avenue started out as a simple project. However, due to high levels of traffic, utility conflicts, and skew geometry, the project proved to be anything but simple. ... Read more

Designing a Bridge to Support a Complete Street - Memorial Avenue (Route 147) Bridge Replacement in Agawam and West Springfield

By Frederick D. Cassellius, PE, Structural Group Manager, Alfred Benesch & Company and Peeyush Rohela, PE, Structural Technical Manager, Alfred Benesch & Company

In the September 2022 issue of this newsletter, Ashley Bomely, PE described the complete streets elements of the Memorial Avenue project. The details of the bridge that integrated so artistically with the network of streets at both ends are explored here. At the time when a potential replacement bridge was being considered for the aging Morgan Sullivan Bridge carrying Route 147 over the Westfield River, little did we imagine that this project would become a template for other projects in its vicinity to expand the complete streets network. ... Read more

Re-Design of the Glenbridge Ave Bridge for Accelerated Bridge Construction

By Michael Sullivan, PE, Senior Project Manager and Pricipal Engineer, CHA

In 2020, Manafort Brothers, Inc. (MBI) was the lowest bidder and was awarded a contract by RIDOT to replace the proposed bridge carrying Glenbridge Avenue Bridge over Route 6 in the City of Providence. The proposed plan to replace the bridge included two construction phases. Due to the high traffic volumes and the proposed impact of staged construction to the adjacent community and travelling public, RIDOT requested MBI speed up construction by incorporating Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) using the lateral slide method. ... Read more

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2022 - 2023 Society Sponsors

BSCES Newsletter Editorial Board

Chair: Michael T. Sullivan, PE

Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP

Michael R. Cunningham, PE

Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE

Christopher P. Hersey, LEED AP

Anuja Kamat, PhD

Richard F. Keenan

Angus J. O’Leary, PE

Kathryn Swanson, PE

2022 - 2023 BSCES Board of Government

President: Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP

President-Elect: Michael R. Cunningham, PE

Secretary: Anuja Kamat, PhD

Treasurer: Gregory L. Mirliss, STS

Assistant Treasurer: Vacant

Senior Vice Presidents: Christopher P. Hersey, LEED AP, Kathryn Swanson, PE

Vice Presidents: Richard A. Matson, PE, Antonios Vytiniotis, PhD

Past President: Shallan C. Fitzgerald, PE

Western MA Branch Vice President: Vacant

Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute Boston Chapter: Matthew J. Page, PE

Construction Institute Boston Chapter: Ryan Marshall, PE, SE

Engineering Management Group: Edwin M. Mena, PE

Environmental & Water Resources Institute Boston Chapter: Rishabh V. Iyer, PE

Geo-Institute Boston Chapter: Todd D. Dwyer, PE

Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter: Irena A. Svetieva, PE

Transportation & Development Institute Boston Chapter: Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE

Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute Boston Chapter: Peter D. Nardini, PE

Younger Member Group: John T. Brooks, PE

2022–2023 BSCES Program Sponsors

Alfred Benesch & Company | BETA Group, Inc. | BSC Group | CDM Smith

Collins Engineers, Inc. | Dewberry | Green International Affiliates, Inc.

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. | Haley & Aldrich, Inc. | HNTB | Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Howard Stein Hudson | Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. | Kleinfelder | Nitsch Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University | Patrick Engineering, Inc. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. | Skanska USA Civil | Tighe & Bond | TranSystems |TREVIICOS

Tufts University - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering | VHB | WSP

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