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John Prader, PhD, PE to present at the 10th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges

John Prader, PhD, PE

John Prader, PhD, PE will present Inspection and Monitoring of a Steel Multi-Girder Bridge Following an Extreme Event at the 10th International Conference on Short and Medium Span Bridges on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018.

This presentation focuses on the inspection and monitoring of I-495 outside Wilmington, Delaware that tilted in 2014 attributed to the 50,000 tons of fill placed next to it.This paper was co-authored by Jennifer Laning, PE, Associate Vice President and Bridge Inspection Practice Leader and Nathan Buttorff, PE, Senior Engineer, both of Pennoni.

Dr. Prader has more than 12 years of experience in the analysis, instrumentation, and monitoring of large constructed systems where he has led the development and implementation of instrumentation and monitoring systems for emergency response and has managed a multiyear technical assistance effort for a state DOT.  His experience also includes a wide range of technical activities related to the structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure including advanced finite element modeling, instrumentation design, and implementation of monitoring systems, truck load testing, operational modal analysis, and multi-reference impact testing. In addition, he has also worked on the development of risk models to support asset management, customization of risk models for inclusion of state specific data, and assisting with the integration of the developed risk models within an existing software used for bridge management. Dr. Prader earned a PhD, MS, and BS from Drexel University where he concentrated on structural and civil engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.