Dr. Barney Martin, PE presented 2018 David Hunter Lecture on Hanging by a Strand: The Challenges of Aging Suspension Bridges
ASCE SEI New Orleans Chapter presented 2018 David Hunter Lecture (DHL) on May 7, 2018. This year’s DHL was delivered by Dr. Barney Martin, (former CEO Modjeski and Masters) on Hanging by a Strand: The Challenges of Aging Suspension Bridges. The 2018 DHL was cosponsored by Linfield Hunter Junius, Inc. Dr. Martin presented the historical evolution of the suspension bridge, the terminology used when describing the components of a suspension bridge, the construction procedures used to spin the cable and erect the bridge, the design methods used over time, and the problems experienced by suspension bridges leading to the present methods of cable assessment. Dr. Martin also presented a case study of cable assessment using one of the oldest on-going cable inspections in the world. Lastly, Dr. Martin offered his thoughts and concerns on the changes he has observed in the engineering profession in his 44-year career. This seminar was held at University of New Orleans and attended by 52 members.