Fiberglass Rebar Bridge - Contractor Training
* Registration open until 4/12/24 at 11:00 PM (EST)
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has initiated the MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) bridge replacement project at the Hilton Run crossing (SM1675180). The purpose of the project is to replace the existing bridge as it is nearing the end of its useful service life. This bridge deck will be the first in Maryland (MDOT) to use glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP aka fiberglass rebar).
MDOT is excited by the potential of fiberglass rebar because it is a higher-performing, corrosion-free alternative to steel rebar. Additionally, it is lighter, more sustainable, and cost-competitive with black steel. Because of these benefits at least 10 state DOT’s have already adopted use of this material (including Virginia), with many more actively pursuing it based upon field trials and performance in neighboring states. In short, numerous parties will be actively engaged and interested in the success of this first (but likely not last)-of-its-kind effort in Maryland,
MDOT SHA has gotten the first bridge with fiberglass rebar into their queue to be advertised by SHA on April 16. With a bid date of May 23. To help educate contractors, reduce uncertainty, and prepare this effort for success MTBMA is hosting an education session at its office.
While fiberglass rebar is very similar to steel rebar, it is not what contractors have been using. This 1-hour session will be focused on handling, use, storage, and placement of GFRP. There will be 30-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes for Q+A.
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Presenter Bio. Dr. Aaron Fisher has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University. He is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Ernest Maier; a family-owned company. Dr. Fisher is responsible for PaveDrain a heavy duty, low-maintenance permeable pavement and fiberglass rebar, a stronger, more sustainable, corrosion-proof alternative to steel rebar. Dr. Fisher has a deep technical background in all aspects of sustainability. He has served as a contractor to several programmatic offices within the U.S. Department of Energy- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. He has also led the innovation program at Water Research Foundation on behalf of wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water utilities across the United States.