covered-bridgeSecond National Covered Bridges Conference
By Christopher Marston December 5, 2012

The Federal Highway Administration’s National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program (NHCBP) is sponsoring the Second National Historic Covered Bridge Conference in Dayton, Ohio, June 5-8, 2013. Co-sponsored by the National Park Service’s  Historic American Engineering Record and the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, this event will feature presentations from some of the leading covered bridge engineers, scholars, and builders from across the country.
Topics include:
•    purist versus pragmatist rehabilitation strategies
•    documentation and assessment technologies
•    fire protection systems
•    low-cost maintenance strategies
•    new covered bridge design and performance
•    covered bridges as cultural artifact
•    historical analysis of builders, designs, and construction techniques

Held in historic downtown Dayton, participants will also experience a timber framing demonstration, attend a reception and dinner at local historic sites and tour several  historic covered bridges. The conference will offer the opportunity for exchange between a diverse audience of civil engineers, public transportation officials, academics, trades people, historians, architects, and covered bridge enthusiasts. Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Second National Covered Bridges Conference
June 5-8, 2013
Dayton Crowne Plaza, Dayton, Ohio

Call for Papers: Abstracts due January 7, 2013

Registration will open in February/March 2013

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Preliminary Schedule
Wednesday June 5, 2013
Pre-conference tours of Dayton’s Aviation History
Timber Framing Demonstration
Opening Reception at Dayton Engineer’s Club

Thursday June 6
Opening Plenary and Paper Sessions
Hog Roast at Preble County Historical Society

Friday June 7, 2013
Paper Sessions and Closing Plenary

Saturday, June 8, 2013
Post-conference tours of area covered bridges