Technical Sessions - March 2018


Topic: Construction, Maintenance and Emergency Bridge Impacts

Speaker: Chad Dabbs, EIT, Bridge Designer, TxDOT Fort Worth District

Chad Dabbs

TXDOT Fort Worth District plans, designs, builds, operates and maintains the state transportation system in the following counties: Erath, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise. The Fort Worth District Bridge maintains the structures in these counties which contain close to 2,500 on-system structures and 2,000 off-system structures. The maintenance of these structures is crucial to keep a safe transportation system for public motorist. Maintaining a vast system of structures also brings the responsibility of responding to bridge impacts in a timely manner, which entails analyzing and providing repair details for the damaged areas.

Chad Dabbs is an Engineering Assistant out of the Fort Worth Bridge District office. Chad works under the supervision of Professional Structural Engineers in designing and maintaining the on and off system structures in the Fort Worth District. Chad attended Texas Tech University where he received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering. Chad passed his Professional Engineers exam in April 2017 and is working towards being a licensed Professional Engineer by May 2019. He has two years of experience working at the Fort Worth District Bridge office with one year of experience working with the Texas Railroad Commission. Chad has worked on several large maintenance projects which involved designing structural repairs to multiple parts of each structure. He has also designed and been involved in emergency repairs to many bridge related impacts that occur throughout the Fort Worth District. These repairs involve, load ratings, concrete repair designs, CFRP wrap designs, concrete beam repairs and bridge deck repairs. Chad also designs and helps manage the new construction bridge designs in the Fort Worth District Bridge office.


Topic: IH-35E Lowest Stemmons Project

Speaker: Amanda Moser, P.E.

Amanda Moser

Amanda is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in December 2009. She began her career with TxDOT in February 2010 as an Engineering Assistant in the Dallas District Roadway Design Section working on the widening of rural US380 in Denton County. After a rotation in the Traffic Operations Section, Amanda rotated into the West Dallas Area Office in January 2012. While in the Area Office, Amanda worked as the Project Engineer for the IH30 Managed Lane Project, from Tarrant County to Downtown Dallas, and the IH30 Frontage Road projects in Grand Prairie. In May 2015 she transitioned to the Dallas County Area Office’s Design Team Lead until becoming the CEI Transportation Engineer in late 2017. She now oversees construction for the Lowest Stemmons project and the US67 widening project from IH20 to Belt Line Road. She became a Licensed Professional Engineer in 2014.