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12:45pm - 1:30pm  
Breakout Session #1 (Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, concurrent sessions)

  • Emerging Leaders Group Presentations: Innovation (Civic Center Rushmore Hall E) - Running More Like a Business (20 min) Mung Fa (Mel) Chung, Hawaii DOT; Denise Peralta, New Mexico DOT; Sam Weisgram, South Dakota DOT; Employee Safety - You mean my safety is important? (20 min) Jesse Barrus, ITD; Ben Ehreth, North Dakota DOT; Craig Vigil, New Mexico DOT; Shane Watson, Montana DOT; Rich Zacher, South Dakota DOT
  • A New Face Connecting Houston’s Great Places: The Ship Channel Bridge (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall F) Wade Bonzon, P.E., Regional Director, FIGG Bridge Engineers; Moderator: Ray Pierson, Hancock Concrete Products
    An overview of the design challenges and innovative features of the new $600 million Ship Channel precast concrete segmental cable-stayed bridge in Houston, Texas. This beautiful signature bridge will be built in phases to maintain tollway traffic at all times, fully within the existing ROW.
  • Performance Based Planning for Strategic Decision Making (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall H)  Tyler Besch, Senior Transportation Planner, AECOM; Rodney Bragg, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer AECOM; Moderator: Melissa Oelke, KLJ
    Performance based planning can guide the future by helping to make informed investment choices based on the current performance of existing infrastructure. Our presentation will detail a methodology and how its implementation can be used to determine near, mid, and long term project recommendations.
  • Doing More With Less: Economically-Efficient Management of Pavement Networks (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall G)  Jeremy Gregory, Executive Director, Concrete Sustainability Hub, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Moderator: Corey Fraser, ACPATransportation agencies are being forced to do more with less. This presentation will provide an overview of MIT research on best practices related to economically-efficient asset management for pavement networks: competitive paving prices, life cycle cost analysis, and performance-based planning.


1:45pm – 2:30pm
Breakout Session #2 (Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, concurrent sessions)

  • Shifting the Conversation: Engaged Driving in an Age of Distraction (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall H) John Tomlinson, Highway Safety Manager, Idaho Office of Highway Safety; Bill Kotowski, Public Information Specialist, Idaho Transportation Department; Moderator: Melissa Oelke, KLJ
    Every time we get behind the wheel, there is no shortage of distractions calling our attention away from the road. Some distractions are obvious while others may be harder to identify. To reduce distracted driving, ITD is starting a conversation with drivers about engaged driving.
  • Integrating Esri Roads and Highways with dTIMS (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall G)  Gary Ruck, P. Eng., PMP, Director of Business Development, Deighton Associates Limited; Moderator: Corey Fraser, ACPA
    The presentation will explore how agencies in similar situations can realize much greater benefits when two tools, the authoritative LRS and the asset management system, are integrated rather than operating independently from each other.
  • Aerial LiDAR Mapping for Pre-Project Planning and Design (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall E)  Kelly Francis, President, Aero-Graphics, Inc.; Ryen Johnson, MBA, PLS, Lead Location Land Surveyor, Idaho Transportation Department; Moderator: Woody Rigdon, ACPA
    A demonstration of how aerial-based LiDAR and mapping data can contribute to effective pre-project planning and roadway design. Typical aerial surveys are conducted over limited areas. This presentation will show how modern technology advances can make aerial mapping possible for hundreds of miles.
  • More than a Bridge: The Challenges in Developing an International Border Crossing Project (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall F) Dale Grove, Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Theresa Maahs, US Task Manager, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.; Moderator: Kevin Cornish, AECOM
    This exceptional project is a model for Best Practices in communication, coordination, and cooperation. Attendees will see the critical role of communication in solving issues ranging from developing internationally coordinated environmental documents to identifying project-specific design criteria.

2:45pm – 3:15pm
Breakout Session #3 (Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, concurrent sessions)

  • Development of a Programmatic Biological Assessment for FHWA & NDDOT Section 7 Endangered Species Act Consultations (20 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall F) Greg Schonert, Biologist, North Dakota Department of Transportation; Moderator: Walt Catlett, ACPAThe development of a Programmatic Biological Assessment (PBA) was an innovative process allowing for an efficient and standardized approach for compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
  • Utilizing Drones for Bridge Inspections (20 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall H) Barritt Lovelace, Regional Manager, Collins Engineers, Inc.; Moderator: Paula Hammond, WSP USA, Inc.The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Collins Engineers, Inc. have completed three phases of research focused on utilizing drones as a tool for improving the quality of bridge inspections. The most recent phase has focused on new drone technology and finding ways to process the data into actionable inspection deliverables that improve the quality of the inspection and better communicates the results to bridge owners and engineers. The transportation industry being transformed by technology including drones that can collect, process, store and analyze large amounts of data and this research is applying the same transformative concepts and technology to improve bridge inspection results.  
  • Application of Today’s Technology to Optimize Pavement Treatment Needs and Funding (20 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall E)  Jerry Daleiden, P.E., Principal Engineer, ARRB Group, Inc.; Moderator: Russell Tripp, ACPA
    Today's technology enables us to complete more comprehensive evaluations of our pavement infrastructure, at traffic speeds, providing safer, more efficient and cost-effective solutions for maintaining our pavement network. The presentation will review case studies to show how.
  • Modernizing and Streamlining Waterborne Traffic Paint Specifications (20 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall G) Timothy Dotterer, Technical Sales Service, The Dow Chemical Company; Moderator: Craig Mizera, HDR, Inc.
    Several different strategies are used by road authorities to try to specify quality paint, but most road authorities do not have a detailed understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of different approaches. Given the vast gulf in performance between high and low-quality traffic paint.


10:15am – 11:00am
Breakout Session #4 (Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, concurrent sessions)

  • Emerging Leaders Group Presentations (Civic Center Rushmore Hall E): Construction - Modern Construction Techniques and Technology (20 min) Caleb Christman, North Dakota DOT; Omar DeLeon, Texas DOT; Sam Grimshaw, Utah DOT; Terrence Lynch, Washington State DOT; HR- Recruiting and Retaining Transportation Leaders (20 min) Todd Hubbard, ITD; Patty Schock, North Dakota DOT
  • Cost-Effective Risk Management Strategies for Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall G)  Terry McGuire, P.E., Former Parks Canada Director of Highway Services, Manager of Banff’s Trans-Canada Highway Crossings Project; Rob Ament, Road Ecology Program Manager, Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and Senior Conservationist, Center for Large Landscape Conservation; and Renee Callahan, Executive Director, ARC Solutions; Moderator: Mike Oakley, HDR, Inc.
    Wildlife crossing infrastructure is an effective tool for the mitigation of wildlife-vehicle collisions, a ubiquitous issue across the North American transportation network. This session includes three topics: the extraordinary success of crossings in improving human and wildlife safety in Banff National Park; when it makes economic sense to invest in wildlife mitigation; and creative ways to help fund wildlife mitigation.
  • CV in Action (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall H) Vince Garcia, Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Transportation GIS/ITS; Ali Ragan, Project Manager, Wyoming Department of Transportation GIS/ITS; Shane Zumpf, Enterprise Developer Specialist, Trihydro; Moderator: Kary Witt, HNTB
    As one of the three United States Department of Transportation (USODT) pilots, WYDOT is focusing on improving safety, mobility, and commerce by using CV technology to communicate road and travel information to commercial truck drivers and fleet managers along the 402 miles of I-80 in Wyoming.
  • Public/Private Partnership | BNSF Railroad Truss Bridge (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall F) Sue Tryon, PE, Senior Project Manager, Benham Design, LLC; Moderator: Melissa Oelke, KLJ
    A state agency constructs a major truss bridge for a railroad. The design approval process, hierarchy of construction specifications, qualified contractors, accelerated bridge construction, and steel fabrication requires public/private partnership and communication. Keys to success are presented.


11:15am – 12 noon
Breakout Session #5 (Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, concurrent sessions)

  • System Wide Safety Performance (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall F)  Martin Kidner, State Planning Engineer, Wyoming Department of Transportation; Joe McCarthy, Traffic Records Manager, JDI Consulting; Moderator: Susan Martinovich; Jacobs
    All DOT's recognize that getting travelers safely to their destination is a core function, but often safety infrastructure projects are reactions to tragic crashes or triggered by other needs such as pavement projects. Finding the best safety treatments to apply in rural areas is critical.
  • Seasonal Thaw Leads to Seasonal Roadway Stabilization - Utilizing Soil Nails for Low-Impact Roadway Stabilization in Steep Terrain (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall G) Mark Falk P.E., P.G., Chief Engineering Geologist, Wyoming Department of Transportation; Nathan Thompson, P.E., Project Development Engineer, GeoStabilization International; Moderator: Reza Akhavan, Jacobs
    Each spring, an influx of snowmelt and rainfall results in shallow roadway slope failures in mountainous areas of the western US. We will present an innovative stabilization approach particularly well-suited for this scenario, and highlight project examples completed in Wyoming in 2017.
  • Changing the Way We Travel:  A look at Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall H) Mara Campbell, CQM, Chief Technologist/Regional Practice Lead, JACOBS; Moderator: Chad Weatherman, 3M
    Most people rely on their cars. This leads to some staggering statistics: nearly 38,000 Americans were killed in 2016 in roadway accidents. The autonomous car could potentially reduce that number and make driving safer for everyone.
  • Change Management & Internal Business Project Management:  The Perfect Partnership to Organizational Wide Success (20 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall E)  Nicholas Farber, JD, Head of Innovative Project Delivery, High Performance Transportation Enterprise, Colorado Department of Transportation; Moderator: Alan, Eckman, AECOM
    Participants will learn how the integration of change management into internal business project management can lead to the realization of benefits quicker, ensuring that everyone impacted ultimately adopts the changes and that they show a high level of proficiency early during implementation.  Participants will learn how successful change includes the understanding of roles/responsibilities throughout the organization as everyone plays a role in change.  The better we are at changing the better we can respond to our customers.

    Connecting the Arizona Management System to a New Generation of DOT Worker (20 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall E) Dallas Hammit, Deputy Director for Transportation/State Engineer, Arizona Department of Transportation; Moderator: Alan, Eckman, AECOM
    ADOT believes operational improvement made over the past two years using LEAN management principals would generate interest and conversation as a Best Practices presentation and will be our opportunity to connect the people of Arizona with WASHTO states.


8:30am – 9:15am
Breakout Session #6 (Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, concurrent sessions)

  • Emerging Leaders Group Presentations (Civic Center Rushmore Hall E): Autonomous Vehicles - How are States Preparing? (20 min) Lacey Bruckner, Wyoming DOT; John Cordary, Texas DOT; Iqbal Hossain, Arizona DOT; Megan Kilty, Nevada DOT; Stacey Shepard, Washington State DOT;  IT – Outside the Data Box (20 min) Kendall Draney, Utah DOT; Nick Farber, Colorado DOT; Matthew Swift, Oklahoma DOT; Kevin Verre, Nevada DOT; Ana Enge, Alaska DOT&PF
  • Agency e-Construction Solution for Contract Submittals and Contract Documents (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall F) Ron Gant, Sr. Account Manager, Info Tech, Inc.; Moderator: Gary Brennan, Brosz Engineering, Inc.
    DOTs are moving to improve efficiency, workflows and transparency for construction and contract documents. Pain points include getting documents in the correct hands and tracking them, establishing workflows for review and approvals, and communication with all stake holders.
  • A Transportation Career Pathway Model for Preparing and Advancing Next Generation Transportation Professionals (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall H)   Susan Gallagher, Education and Workforce Program Manager, West Region Transportation Workforce Center, Western Transportation Institute Montana State University; Moderator: Bernie Arseneau, HDR, Inc.
    Transportation agency responsibilities are changing, as are the KSAs required of state DOT staff. The presentation describes innovative models at the career and pre-career levels that will foster the attraction and advancement of transportation professionals in critical fields, especially safety.
  • Erosion Control Following a Wildfire (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall G) Richard Zacher, Custer Area Engineer, South Dakota Department of Transportation; Moderator: Stacy Slowey, HDR, Inc.
    Attendees will learn how to identify areas that are of higher risk for erosion based on topography and the intensity of the fire.  The highway drainage structures in these areas will then be evaluated for capacity based on the newly created hydraulic variables.  Both immediate and long-term erosion control strategies will be evaluated for their effectiveness.  Planning the best erosion control measures for protection of your transportation facilities is an important first step.  Presenters will share best management practices used to identify and implement both short term and long-term measures to effectively control the movement of post wildfire ash and debris.


9:30am – 10:15am
Breakout Session #7 (Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, concurrent sessions)

  • Advanced Weigh Station Technologies (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall G)  Randy Hanson, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer, International Road Dynamics; Moderator: Steve Hoff, HDR, Inc.
    The presentation is the application of new weigh station technologies and the benefits they can provide to transportation agencies. Specific technologies presented include: Tire Anomaly Systems, HAZMAT placard reader systems, automated thermal imaging systems and under vehicle scanning systems.
  • Rural Transit Connections to Urban Centers - Rapid City Area MPO Transit Feasibility Study (20 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall F) Kelly Leadbetter, AICP, Transportation Planner, Felsburg Holt & Ullevig; Moderator: Dustin Hamilton, HDR, Inc.
    The presentation will provide transportation professionals with information about the process for evaluating the feasibility of rural public transportation and opportunities for exploring partnerships to more quickly and cost effectively connect  rural communities to urban center.

    Connecting Data, Connecting Requirements, and Connected Benefits: The Montana Group Transit Asset Management Plan (20 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall F) Charlie Sullivan, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner, CDM Smith; Moderator: Dustin Hamilton, HDR, Inc.
    The development of a group TAMP for 37 rural transit providers in Montana built upon asset management inventories and practices which were already in place.  The TAMP reconciled the existing work and built an efficient plan that shows an immediate and measurable improvement in performance.
  • Rapid Speed Transportation Innovations (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall H) Alan Eckman, P.E., PTOE, MBA, Vice President, AECOM; Peter Kozinski, P.E., RoadX Director, Colorado Department of Transportation; Moderator: Mara Campbell; Jacobs
    Rapid speed travel is a new and emerging technology that should be considered as a possible innovative transportation option for both freight and passengers. Knowing that new technologies are emerging on a rapid basis, this presentation will help to increase awareness to those in the transportation industry about the potential to help solve mobility and safety in transportation.  Colorado is helping to assess these rapid speed technologies through feasibility studies with both Hyperloop and Arrivo technologies.  The overall primary results of these feasibility studies will be shared in the presentation.
  • Collaboration on the West Davis Corridor (40 min - Civic Center Rushmore Hall E) Randy Jefferies, Program Director, Utah Department of Transportation; Moderator: Kevin Hoeflich, HNTB
    This presentation reviews how effective collaboration with agencies and stakeholders was key to the successful completion of an Environmental Impact Statement for the West Davis Corridor, a new 19 mile highway in Davis County, Utah. Collaboration tools and strategies will be discussed.