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American Society of Civil Engineers Miami-Dade Names Innovation Bridge Project of the Year

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Miami-Dade Branch named the CoE’s Innovation Bridge its 2016-2017 Project of the Year (Category I). The award recognizes the team led by Antonio Nanni, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. They designed the first concrete bridge on the University of Miami campus reinforced with composite materials instead of steel.

The bridge, which is on the Coral Gables campus, is 70 feet long and connects the campus to the athletic fields. The project provides quantifiable proof of concept of the use of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in such structures. The University began construction of the bridge in November 2015; it was completed in May 2016.

The bridge is both an innovative application of an existing technology, and a project of future value to the engineering profession. In fact, the team is already involved in a new project to rebuild the Halls River Bridge in Homosassa Springs, Florida (north of Tampa) using FRPs.

The ASCE Miami-Dade presented the award at its Annual Awards and Installation Dinner on August 24, 2017, at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant in Key Biscayne. Project of the Year honors a project with engineering efforts in research, design, construction or management, with a construction cost below $10 million. Because Nanni and the Innovation Bridge won this Miami-Dade award, the ASCE’s Florida Section awards committee will consider them for nomination for the Florida Section Project of the Year Award.

The ASCE Miami-Dade Branch is a subsidiary of the Florida Section, grouped under Region 5 of the American Society of Civil Engineers. With more than 900 members, the Miami-Dade Branch holds regular meetings and helps engineers and academics stay up-to-date on the latest engineering news and trends. In addition to attending general meetings, ASCE members participate in community service, have opportunities to earn PDHs (Professional Development Hours) and raise funds to provide local university students with scholarships.

To read more about the Innovation Bridge and the Halls River Bridge Restoration, please click here.

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