Bridge Scour Technology Transfer

Scour experts and bridge engineers attending Scour conference.

Project Summary


Project Number: SPR-1673
Contract Number: 2016-0067 Z4
Status: Complete
Start Date: 04/01/2017
End Date 03/31/2018


Bridge scour, technology transfer workshop 


Scour and flooding are the leading causes of bridge failures in the United States and therefore should be monitored. New applications of tools and technologies are being developed, tested, and implemented to reduce bridge scour risk. The National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s Domestic Scan 15-02, on Bridge Scour Risk Management, had its active scan period completed during the summer of 2016, where it was recommended that the findings be disseminated among American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials member and the engineering community. MDOT initiated this project focused on planning, organizing, and executing the Bridge Scour Technology Transfer Event, which was held on October 5, 2017 at the Horatio Earle Learning Center in Dimondale, Michigan. The event invited scour experts and bridge engineers from MDOT and companies to attend and discuss current topics and trends in scour analyses, modeling, and monitoring. Presentations, which were given by both MDOT and national experts, were grouped in and focused on the five key topics identified by Domestic Scan 15-02. After the event, questionnaires indicated that participants gained a better understanding about scour issues and technologies used to reduce its risks. 


Final Report


Related Content: MDOT Bridge Sour Conference




Project Organization


Research Manager Project Manager Performing Organization(s)
Research Manager Michael Townley Project Manager Rebecca Curtis Michigan Tech Research Institute logo
Michael Townley Rebecca Curtis, P.E. Michigan Tech Research Institute