April 27, 2017 -
8:00am to 5:00pm


Bridge Symposium

Since 2004, the SEAOI Annual Midwest Bridge Symposium has provided a forum for bridge engineers to share analysis, design and construction information from recent projects with unique and distinguishing characteristics. The 150+ attendees represent every aspect of the bridge industry: design, construction management, material suppliers, academia, general contracting, owner representatives from various Departments of Transportation + FHWA.


The 14th Annual Midwest Bridge Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  

The Bridge Symposium Committee invites individuals wishing to provide a 20-minute presentation (plus 5 minutes Q&A) to submit an abstract on any subject related to the analysis, design, construction, inspection, or in-place monitoring of bridge projects. The abstract should be written in English and not exceed 500 words. Authors may submit more than one abstract. The abstract should include photos of the project. The Symposium registration fee is waived for the presenting author.

(Photo courtesy of Benesch: 2016 Best Bridge Award - 130th & Torrence Ave Grade Separation)


2017 Program

We are pleased to welcome John E. Breen, Nasser I Al-Rashid Chair Emeritus in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin as our Keynote Speaker.  Dr. Breen will present The ABCD's of Bridge Building -Affordable, Beautiful, Constructable, and Durable.  

The interrelation of aesthetics with overall bridge design, construction, and maintenance is presented. Beauty is highly desirable, but aesthetics must always be balanced with consideration of efficiency, constructability, and attention to durability. Examples show that great beauty is completely compatible with efficient, fast construction techniques and that beauty is greatly degraded if proper detailing is not provided for durability and control of staining. Rapid construction techniques are important and valuable, and they can be completely compatible with enhanced aesthetics and environmental sensitivity. A case study examines two attractive but different bridges that were designed with different intents for blending with their surroundings. They differed in initial  cost by a factor of 10, and the higher-cost structure also will require more intensive maintenance to preserve its appearance. The enigma of deciding “What price beauty?” is clearly illustrated in this comparison but can not be definitely answered because of the societal and political factors involved. The presentation concludes with a summary of new bridge post-tensioning materials and shows their effective corrosion control cost comparisons.




Maggiano's Little Italy
111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL

Please use entrance on Grand Avenue, 1/2 block west of Clark Street. 


Registration and a continental breakfast will be available at 7:30 am; the program begins at 8. Lunch will be provided. The program concludes at 5 pm.

The registration fee is $250 for members, $350 for non-members through April 13. On April 14, prices increase to $300/$400. 



Limited Exhibitor Opportunities are available.  The exhibit fee is $825 and includes recognition the program, mention from the podium, one admission to the Structures Symposium, and access to participants during breakfast, lunch and breaks during the day.



There are four different levels of corporate sponsorship:

  • Platinum: $1,000 – Recognition in program, poster exhibit at event, and recognition for sponsoring lunch.  
  • Gold: $850 – Recognition in the program, poster exhibit at event, and recognition during the technical session for sponsoring one of the following:     Continental Breakfast, Morning Break or Afternoon Break 
  • Silver: $600 – Recognition in the program and poster exhibit at event
  • Bronze: $300 – Recognition in the program