Breakout Sessions

Monday, June 10


rECOVERING FROM Hawaii’s Highway hazards

Sergio George Abcede - Oahu District Engineer - Hawaii Department of Transportation

Robin Shishido - District Engineer, Highways Division - Hawaii Department of Transportation

Donald Smith - Big Island District Engineer - Hawaii Department of Transportation

In 2018, HDOT experienced the following threats to state highways: a record setting flood event; a volcanic eruption that caused roughly 60,000 earthquakes; and, two tropical cyclones (Hurricane Lane and Tropical Storm Olivia). Our in-house forces and local contractors successfully responded to these hazards to keep our roads open and operational for Hawaii residents and visitors.

toward zero deaths: how nevada TIM coalitions and tim training are saving lives

Pat Gallagher - Project Manager - Nevada Statewide Traffic Incident Management Coalition

Over the past 4 years, Nevada DOT Traffic Incident Management coalition participation has increased by over 350% due to the implementation of best practices outlined in this presentation, and the DOT training team led by Parsons has also TIM trained over 53% of first responders statewide. Nevada has experienced secondary crash reductions of 51% in the Las Vegas area, a direct benefit of improved communications and cooperation among first responders leading to quicker incident clearance times-Nevada DOT and Parsons are “Making Transportation Personal” through unwavering support of TIM coalition and TIM training statewide, one first responder at a time.

Data-Driven Incident response: Drilling Down on i-5 Closure

Teresa Tapia - Senior Customer Success Manager - StreetLight Data

This session is a must for transportation practitioners interesting in learning about using geospatial Big Data derived from smart phones and connected cars in their day-to-day work – from the standard “bread-and-butter” big data use case of regional travel demand analysis to more innovative applications, including as incident management and response. These dynamic speakers will walk attendees through a series of use cases for big data, including road closures on major highways like the I-5 corridor, and travel patterns of major job centers in the Seattle area.

Is My Critical Infrastructure Resilient in Extreme Rainfall?

Robert Armstrong, PE, CFM - Vice President - Huitt-Zollars

Allison Wood - EIT, CFM - Huitt-Zollars

Devastation caused by extreme rainfall events should prompt us to take another look at our role as engineers, planners, policy makers, etc. and reevaluate how we assess risk and determine design standards for transportation infrastructure. A novel approach to assessing risk and resiliency using extreme rainfall data will be explored and discussed.

Crisis Communication : How Reliable Reports led to Rapid Recovery from Alaska’s 7.1 Earthquake Damage

Shannon McCarthy - Administrative Operations Manager and Media Liaison - Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Central Region

Southcentral Alaska experienced a 7.1 earthquake on November 30, 2018, causing property and infrastructure damage. Alaska DOT&PF surprised the nation by repairing eight major damage sites in 72 hours. Ms. McCarthy will discuss the rapid repairs to Alaska’s transportation network and how good public communications facilitated the department’s recovery.


Wrong Way Detection: Seconds Count

Zac Ward - Sales Engineer - AM signal

Time is of the essence, as most wrong way crashes unfortunately end in fatalities. My presentation will cover statistics, wrong way driver behaviors, and a system overview which demonstrate to the audience just how much seconds really do count.

Keep it simple for a change: overcome negative perceptions and focus on the RIGHT solutions

Roger Schiller - Planner - CDM Smith

Chris Weber, P.E. - Alpine Area Engineer – Texas Department of Transportation

Learn how effective public outreach and a laser focus on safety helped deliver a successful corridor plan in a rural region where transportation has not always been viewed as a good neighbor. This presentation will show how to avoid the pitfalls associated with divisive issues, establish trust with stakeholders, and identify simple, low-cost improvements that benefit all corridor users.

Innovative solutions for an Effective and Safe Transportation System: UDOT Traffic Management Case Studies

Blaine Leonard, P.E., F.ASCE - Technology & Innovation Engineer - Utah Department of Transportation

Mark Taylor, PE, PTOE - Traffic Signal Operations Engineer - Utah department of transportation

This presentation will focus on several high-level snapshot case stories regarding innovations (both small and big) achieved and currently in progress at UDOT. Some examples include the autonomous vehicle shuttle project, dedicated short range communications for transit and snowplows, trade partnerships with private telecommunications companies, and traffic signal innovations.

Congestion Detection using Anonymous Re-Identification Sensors for Speed / Travel Time Broadcasting and Safety Improvement

Xiaoyue Cathy Liu, Ph.D., P.E. - Assistant Professor, civil and environmental engineering - university of utah

Mark Pittman - Chief Executive Officer - Blyncsy

David Sacharny - Director of Systems Engineering and Development - Blyncsy

This presentation will introduce a machine learning algorithm to automatically and accurately detect congestion in real-time using wireless re-identification technology (WiFi, Bluetooth, and TPMS).

Where Does Safety Fit in Pavement Evaluation?

Jerome Daleiden - Principal Engineer - ARRB Group, INC.

As technologies continue to advance, we are challenged to explore how we can apply such advancements to improve our ability to manage and refine the significant investment in our transportation infrastructure. This presentation will explore technology designed to improve our evaluations of safety and its relationships to the other associated data collected. 

Tuesday, June 11


Improving Collaboration & reducing risk through project delivery modifications


Brett Slater - Region One Project Manager - Utah department of transportation

This presentation will use an ongoing freeway expansion project as a case study to examine how altering the traditional Design-Bid-Build delivery method can build connections within industry, reduce risk and improve project quality. These alterations to a traditional delivery method include earlier access to project information for interested contractors, mandatory Letter of Interest, one-on-one meetings and ATC’s during bid.

Mainstreaming TSMO Using the Strategic Highway Research Program

Tracy Scriba - Team Leader, Planning & Organizing for Operations - FHWA

Increasingly, transportation agencies are looking to transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) strategies as a cost-effective way to improve congestion, safety, travel time reliability, and quality of life. In this panel session, State DOTs will discuss their efforts to advance and integrate TSMO in their States through strategic planning, business process changes, enhanced collaboration, and organizational change and how the SHRP2 tools helped drive their efforts.

Heater Repaving:   A Safe & Effective Transportation Tool for the Next Generation


Heater Repaving is a hot in-place asphalt pavement recycling technique that is becoming increasingly utilized by DOTs as an option for pavement preservation and preventive maintenance of existing highways.  This safe, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective process provides the DOTs a surface treatment tool for resurfacing more miles of highways given limited budgets.

This presentation will be a brief overview of the Heater Repaving process, but largely focus on past DOT success stories and current project developments.  Participants will learn about the technical aspects and how it might fit in in their DOT’s surface treatment “toolbox”. 

Heater Repaving project developments, case studies and new technology will be identified, with focus on the DOT environment through informal Q&A with the audience.

Development of a Connected Vehicle Data Ecosystem

Blaine Leonard, P.E., F.ASCE - Technology & Innovation Engineer - Utah Department of Transportation

After four years of deploying connected vehicle technology in Utah, UDOT moved to procure a larger, integrated ecosystem, to include an expansion of field deployment, vehicle integration, application development, and data analytics. This presentation will discuss the intent, justification, scope and procurement process used to initiate our connected vehicle data ecosystem.

Personal & Professional Development Through An Emerging Leaders Program

Tony Loomer - Training & Development Manager - Idaho Transportation Department

David Nichols - Performance Development Specialist - Idaho transportation department

Learn how to build an Emerging Leaders program for your state or enhance your current leadership programming.  This presentation will cover participant selection, objective setting, learning design, and program measurement.

Wednesday, June 12


Tools to Support Performance-based planning

Roger Beall - Deputy Director, Transportation Planning and Programming Division -Texas Department of Transportation

TxDOT is developing an automated corridor prioritization and corridor evaluation approach that identifies infrastructure deficiencies based on existing performance. This process uses a series of 25 performance measures to evaluate and score discrete segments of statewide corridors based on data readily available from TxDOT sources.

Benefits and Impacts of a Connected Vehicle Transit Signal Priority System

Blaine Leonard, P.E., F.ASCE - Technology & Innovation Engineer - Utah Department of Transportation

In November 2017, UDOT began operation of a conditional transit signal priority (TSP) system on a local arterial using connected vehicle technology (dedicated short range communication, or DSRC). A study of the traffic impacts of this project has shown that transit schedule reliability has been improved by 2 to 5 percent, a significant improvement, with minimal negative impact to cross-street traffic.

300 Parcels, 1 Innovative Solution - Making Way for the Gordie Howe International Bridge

Jay Cahill - Director of New Market Development - Beam, Longest and Neff

Ken Fleetwood - MA, SRA - Vice President / Right-of-Way Services Department Head - Beam, Longest and Neff

Ryan Jones - Director of Michigan Operations - Beam, Longest and Neff

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is a new border crossing linking Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario that required acquisition and demolition of nearly 300 properties. This session will discuss the innovative approaches utilized to develop a turnkey property acquisition and demolition program, as well as the numerous challenges that were encountered while delivering this program on time and under budget.

Project Neon Design Build : Betting Big on Outreach

Dale Keller - Assistant Chief of Project Management - Nevada Department of Transportation

Jay Proskovec - Senior Communications Specialist - Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

Project Neon is the largest public works project in Nevada history - a nearly one billion dollar investment into the busiest freeway corridor in the state. The congested urban location required an aggressive, multi-faceted public outreach program that included proactive, targeted stakeholder outreach; branded marketing campaigns for major closures; and interactive 3D visualizations to help communicate traffic control set-ups and the overall improvements.