Monday, June 26th

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote – Mead TreadwellChair, Arctic Circle Task Force on Shipping and Ports, as well as former Alaska Lieutenant Governor and President of Pt Capital

1:15 - 2:15 pm

Breakout Session 1

  • Transportation Challenges on an Alaskan Scale (Technical & Engineering) - Mike Coffey, Alaska DOT&PF
  • Utilizing 3D Models as the Legal Document (Innovation) – Randall Park, Utah DOT
    UDOT has successfully completed a pilot project wherein the model was awarded as the legal document.  In addition, although plan sheets were provided “As Information Only,” plan sheets were only used on a very small fraction of the project.  Transportation Technicians, with minimal certifications, were able to verify subgrade, granular borrow and untreated base course elevations with the use of a field rover comparing the field measurement to the UDOT OpenRoads design surface.  UDOT views that as an Extremely Cool innovative move toward a fully data centric system. The presentation will focus on UDOT’s project with an emphasis on events leading to the model being awarded as the legal document and as well as the successes around the use of mobile devices/rovers in the field to verify compliance.
  • Hot In-Place Asphalt Recycling:  An Extremely Cool Pavement Preservation Tool (Innovation) – Todd Gonser, Cutler Repaving
    This presentation will give an in-depth overview of Hot In-Place Asphalt Recycling techniques that give DOTs another surface treatment option for Pavement Preservation and Preventive Maintenance of existing asphalt pavements. Treatment strategies such as Heater Scarification and Heater Remixing will be identified, with particular focus on Heater Repaving – the most innovative and currently emerging technology in this field. With DOT surface treatment budgets stretched to capacity and pavement inventory falling further into disrepair, these mid-level treatments offer pavement designers a tool to address highways that might not otherwise get any treatments until they reach total reconstruction levels. These options give DOTs an opportunity to follow nationwide trends and strategies to “Keep Good Roads Good”.
  • Overwhelming Public Approval of a Controversial Highway Construction Project - It Doesn't Get Any Cooler Than That (Best Practices) – James Combs, Montana DOT; John Pavsek, Morrison-Maierle, Inc.
    As transportation professionals, we concentrate most of our energy on generating solid, practical designs.  However, we tend to overlook the impacts of the construction on traffic mobility and adjacent landowner’s day-to-day operational needs.  This is especially true with major urban reconstruction projects in heavily developed commercial areas.  In this presentation we invite you to see how the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) planned and executed the context sensitive approach to traffic planning for the Custer Interchange Project in Helena Montana.  Implementation of the state’s Work Zone Safety and Mobility (WZSM) guidance procedures was a key factor in producing thoughtful construction staging plans that gained overwhelming landowner and business support.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Breakout Session 2

  • Mitigating Wrong-Way Driving in Texas (Technical & Engineering) – Melisa Finley, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
    The presentation provides an overview of two research projects sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation to investigate wrong-way driving countermeasures and mitigation methods. The first study evaluated the effectiveness of traditional and innovative traffic control devices used to combat wrong-way driving, and was recently selected as a Research “Sweet Sixteen” 2016 project by The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The second study is focused on developing connected vehicle applications that will detect wrong- way vehicles, notify traffic management agencies and law enforcement, and alert affected travelers.
  • Increasing Your Value Through “Extremely Cool” Selection Yielding Performance (Funding Solutions) – Mara Campbell, CH2M; Tamara Haas, New Mexico DOT
    Transportation agencies around the country are looking to invest their limited resources to achieve multiple strategic objectives and performance outcomes. They are faced with many demands – optimizing investments, minimizing risk, addressing economic development opportunities, and achieving desired performance. In the midst of this complexity, state departments of transportation (DOT) must also be transparent with and accountable to stakeholders in how they make decisions allocating public tax dollars. Ultimately, having an integrated process to assist agencies in allocating funds across assets and programs creates an opportunity for enhanced credibility and higher performance outcomes. However, it’s critical the DOT has conversations about desired outcomes, performance objectives and strategy before automating the process and/or developing a tool or implementing an off-the-shelf software solution.
  • Using Smart Technology to Reduce Accidents & Save Lives (Innovation) – David Eller, Colorado DOT; Curt Davison, Oldcastle Materials Inc.; Thomas Peterson, Colorado Asphalt Pavement Assoc.
    With the occurrence and severity of road construction work zone accidents continuing to rise at an alarming rate, CDOT is partnering with local agencies to implement solutions that will help mitigate accidents before they happen. Smart technology and advanced safety warning systems are being used by both contractors and agencies to identify work zone safety threats and address the increase in accidents and fatalities.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has taken a proactive stance and has developed an organization-wide initiative to integrate technology into all areas and use data and intelligence to reduce accidents. 
  • Understanding Unusual Climate Conditions and Their Impact on Transportation Infrastructure in Arctic Alaska (Technical & Engineering) – Ryan Anderson, Alaska DOT&PF; Jeff Stutzke, Alaska DOT&PF; Alex Lai, Alyeska Pipeline; Horacio Toniolo, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    This presentation focuses on the unusual conditions in the Arctic that led to the massive aufeis and flooding events along Alaska’s Dalton Highway in 2015, how those events impacted transportation infrastructure and what measures are being taken to protect infrastructure moving forward. Each of these speakers worked either to protect the highway and pipeline during the aufeis/flooding or to gather and analyze hydrological data from breakup of the Sag River.  The events under discussion were extreme in severity, and they had extreme impacts on transportation infrastructure.

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Breakout Session 3

  • Transforming Alaska's Glenn Highway Capacity Project, Taking a Project from Good to Great (Technical & Engineering) – Brian Schumacher, Alaska DOT&PF; Paul Witt, HDR
    This presentation focuses on how a multi-disciplinary project team worked together to modify a basic lane addition project to address changes in national bridge standards, address long-existing safety concerns, and restore salmon spawning habitat. In addition, it will discuss how the project team used innovative design and construction techniques to allow the revised project to open to traffic a year ahead of schedule and within a very tight budget.
  • Extremely “Cool” Shotcrete Slope Repair and Stabilization at 9,000 feet (Innovation) – Bryan Wavra, GeoStabilization International
    This presentation will discuss Montana’s Department of Transportation’s (MDT) Beartooth Highway Shotcrete Slope Stabilization Project.  Several cut slopes within the lower sections of the Beartooth Highway, albeit at over 9,000 feet in elevation, were covered in shotcrete during the 1950s.  The initial shotcrete was lightly reinforced and had little drainage, but performed rather well for several decades.  The shotcrete since degraded due to time and the harsh climate and created an “artificial” concrete rock fall hazard. MDT let a contract to GeoStabilization in August 2015 to remove over 20,000 square feet of failing shotcrete and replace it with over 1,000-drilled anchors and a new 6-inch layer of reinforced shotcrete with drainage.  Construction commenced in October 2015 and was finished in July 2016.  The project was completed during “extremely cool” temperatures that were below freezing for several weeks.
  • Visualizing Asset Management in New Mexico (Best Practices) – Tamara Haas, New Mexico DOT; Hyun-A Park, Spy Pond Partners
    As a part of the development of its transportation asset management plan (TAMP), the New Mexico Department of Transportation has focused on strengthening its TAM program by coordinating asset management information across assets. The TAMP development process has yielded new capabilities for modeling bridge and pavement behavior given varying investment levels. The TAM organizational framework has been built with established leadership and committees. A major focus of the effort has been to ensure data availability and reliability for TAM decision-making, and enhanced visualization of information that enables GIS-based analytics. This presentation will describe the process that NMDOT used to strengthen its TAM program while building it’s TAMP. It will demonstrate the benefits of integrating data, mapping, and technology to manage investments in pavements and bridges. Finally, we will discuss the implementation activities being planned, and some of the implementation challenges being addressed.
  • Researching Innovative Funding Options: Road Usage Charging (Funding Solutions) – Debra Perkins-Smith, Colorado DOT; Norma Ortega, California DOT (Caltrans); Anthony Buckley, Washington State DOT
    Road Usage Charging is a hot topic, as states look for alternative funding solutions to address their current and future funding needs. For transportation, it is an innovative funding alternative that warrants consideration as the transportation landscape changes.

Tuesday, June 27th

8:00 - 9:15 am

Keynote “Cool Space Transportation” – Robert "Hoot" Gibson
Former American Naval Officer and Aviator, Test Pilot, Aeronautical Engineer, and Retired NASA Astronaut

9:45 – 10:45 am

Breakout Session 4

  • Results Based Alignment - Alaska DOT&PF’s Leveraging of AgileAssets’ Pavement, Maintenance and Fleet Management Systems to Drive Their Investments in the Coolest Transportation System in the Country (Funding Solutions) – Dan Schacher, Alaska DOT&PF; Sam Madiri, AgileAssets, Inc.
    With smaller budgets each year due to declining oil revenues, the Alaska DOT&PF has had to target where and how they spend limited resources on transportation assets. To accomplish this, Alaska implemented the Results Based Alignment (RBA) budgeting program. Traditionally, department budgets were based on expenditures the previous year. RBA switches that focus from spending to investment—what is the best return we can achieve for the money we are putting into our transportation infrastructure. To accomplish this, DOT&PF is leveraging the pavement management, maintenance management, and fleet (equipment) management software systems to define their key work activities and work activity standards (desired levels of service and measured results), capture critical data going into these measurements, then compile this data to create Performance-Based Work Plans based upon investment decision scenarios and reports captured for all assets.
  • Extremely Cool Partnering - DOTs Teaming With Industry to Streamline Specifications (Technical & Engineering) – Jason Allen, Mountain States Concrete Pipe Association
    This presentation will discuss how the Utah Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Transportation recently teamed with the local precast concrete industry to create new standards and specifications for precast concrete catch basins to replace the outdated and inconsistent cast-in-place standard drawings. This process required the industry professionals to develop design criteria to perform the calculations based on AASHTO LRFD, ACI 318, and ASTM C890 and C913. In addition to discussing the technical equations and design criteria, this presentation will also address the innovative way that UDOT approached this teaming arrangement as well as plans to implement this practice for the creation of future standards and specifications. The presentation will also provide a “Lessons Learned” discussion that will help all interested State DOTs to streamline the process for themselves.
  • Extremely Cool GRS Walls Save the City of San Diego a Hot 65% (Innovation) – Dean Sandri, Oldcastle Architectural Products Group
    This presentation will highlight the use of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) technology to replace 4 walls which had been specified as conventional MSE type structures. GRSIBS is a relatively new and innovative technology being promoted by the FHWA as part of their “Every Day Counts” program and holds the potential for widespread acceptance and huge cost savings. This is the first use of GRS-IBS in S. CA and the City of San Diego. The method by which the cost savings were realized by the City of San Diego and the Contractor provide an extremely cool story of cost savings via cooperation between the City, the Contractor and the wall vendor. The $8.5MM roadway realignment project realized a cost savings of $1.5MM (65%) on the 4 proposed walls and an overall project cost savings of 18% --- pretty hot for a cool wall system!
  • Innovative Stormwater Management in Cold Environments (Innovation) – John Barnett, Alaska DOT&PF
    Application of effective Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Southeast Alaska can be problematic due to an average of over 200 days of precipitation with annual rainfall routinely exceeding 100 inches in some areas and occasional storm events of 3 to 4 inches per day. This is further compounded by long cold winters with limited daylight hours. DOT&PF regional environmental staff, in coordination with the FAA, EPA, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, developed a passive treatment pilot project BMP using the natural biopolymer chitosan lactate.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Session 5

  • Vision Zero Anchorage: Best Practices in Community Led Policy Change (Best Practices) – Chelsea Ward-Waller, Delani Daniels & Associates, Inc.; Katie Dougherty, Municipality of Anchorage
    On average, one person is injured in a car crash every day in Anchorage. A person walking is hit by a car in Anchorage on average every three days. Also, a person on a bike is hit by a car on average every three days (Municipality of Anchorage Traffic Data, 2013). To address this safety issue, Municipality of Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz launched Vision Zero, a community commitment to reduce the loss of life and major injuries on roadways to zero. This is a data-driven and coordinated approach with five major focus areas (Es): Engineering/Infrastructure, Education, Evaluation, Enforcement, and Encouragement.
  • Extremely Cool Transportation – Record Iconic Harbor Cable Stay Bridge in Coastal Texas Community (Technical & Engineering) – William (Jay) Rohleder, FIGG; Marc Williams, Texas DOT
    This presentation explores the theme of “Extremely Cool Transportation” by describing a record and innovative $800 million Iconic Cable Stay Bridge over the Corpus Christi Harbor that enhances international Port Operations. The Project uses the Design/Build/Maintain delivery method led by the Texas Department of Transportation. The Project is planned around FHWA INVEST Platinum rating for sustainability. These important Project features can be valuable resources to WASHTO members on other projects.
  • Multi-Corridor Catastrophic Disaster Exercise in Support of NCHRP 08-107 (Innovation) – Nicole Boothman-Shepard, AECOM; Hyun-A Park, Spy Pond Partners
    This dynamic, rapid tabletop exercise will walk transportation professionals through an experience-based disruptive disaster event that shuts down multiple critical corridors at the same time, causing $800M in disaster damages to roadways. We will hit on mission-critical issue areas in catastrophic disaster response and recovery such as rapid decision-making with limited information and ever-changing conditions, accessing disaster impacted roadways and structures and assessing damages, rapid procurement and accelerated contracting, resilient design, controlling costs and maximizing federal reimbursement, and dealing with pressing constraints in staffing, materials and equipment. After the rapid disaster exercise, we will review what happened during the exercise to expose gaps and tap into innovative ideas for catastrophic disaster response, recovery and resiliency. The exercise supports case study work being conducted around the country and will contribute to NCHRP resilience research project 08-107 to develop a Contracting Strategies Guidebook for Administration of Concurrent, Regional Emergencies.
  • Drones in Transportation (Innovation)
    • Emerging Drone Engineering Applications are Extremely Cool:  But How Do I Operate Legally? – Randy Wahlen, Oldcastle Precast; Jeff Peck, Oldcastle Precast
      Over the last few years numerous contractors and engineers have started to use drones to facilitate various tasks including: construction monitoring, construction payment, emergency response, maintenance assessments, surveying, 3D modelling, traffic monitoring, etc. The applications for this technology have developed more quickly than the rules that allow for legal commercial operation. Until late in 2016, drone operators had to have a pilot’s license to apply for a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) certificate. The FAA simplified these rules through 14 CFR Part 107, but operating legally involves understanding FAA regulations to be able to operate safely. DOT’s should be interested in promoting this technology, but should be aware of the regulations. Insisting that only remote pilots that are certified by the FAA would provide the DOT’s with more confidence that drones could be safely used over or near DOT right-of-way. This presentation will present some of the incredibly cool engineering applications that are currently available as well as discussing what is required to use these technologies legally. The FAA 14 CFR Part 107 process will be discussed so that the attendees have an expectation of what is required. Both presenters are remote pilots certified through 14 CFR Part 107.
    • Use of Drones for Transportation Agencies – Randall Park, Utah DOT
      Drones and specifically, Unmanned Aerial Systems are a new innovative tool that is emerging in the world. Using drone technology is revolutionizing the way multiple industries are doing business and has the potential to save lives, time, and money. Drone and unmanned aerial system technology is an "Extremely Cool Transportation" tool that can innovate and change the way transportation agencies do business. From incident management, avalanche monitoring, construction inspection, and aerial surveying the use of drones open up a whole new world of possibilities to explore in the transportation world.
    • Utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems as a Tool for Bridge Inspections – Barritt Lovelace, Collins Engineers; Jennifer Wells, Minnesota DOT
      he Minnesota Department of Transportation and Collins Engineers have been researching the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as a tool for bridge inspections. Phase I of an implementation study has been completed, and a Phase II study is nearing completion. Phase III of the research effort will be starting early in 2017. These research studies are looking at current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and are evaluating the advantages and challenges of using UAS for bridge inspections with promising results. Our research tested different types of UAS twelve bridges of varying configuration, sizes, locations and conditions to determine their effectiveness as a tool to supplement bridges inspections.

 Wednesday, June 28th

8:00 - 9:00 am

KEYNOTE “Transforming a DOT Under Arctic Pressure” – Craig Holt

Director of Business Development at Outlook Associates

9:15 - 10:15 am

Breakout Session 6

  • "Extremely Cool" State Transportation Funding and Finance Approaches (Funding Solutions) – Jaime Rall, J.R. Rall Consulting LLC; Jennifer Brickett BATIC Institute: AASHTO
    Our presentation will focus on the new AASHTO publication Transportation Governance and Finance: A 50-State Review of State Legislatures and Departments of Transportation {2016 Edition}, funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program as NCHRP Project 20-24(107), which explores the many “extremely cool” ideas and innovative approaches that states are using nationwide to provide and pay for transportation systems.
  • High Friction Surface Treatment in the Last Frontier (Technical & Engineering) – Anna Bosin, Alaska DOT&PF; Ron Martindale, Kinney Engineering, LLC; Jeanne Bowie, Kinney Engineering, LLC
    This presentation will cover crash analysis, HSIP planning, design, construction techniques, initial post-construction evaluation results, as well as how the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities plans to evaluate the material properties via research. Attendees interested in both safety and materials topics will find value in this presentation.
  • Being Smart is Cool - Smart Cities are Super-Cool! (Innovation) – Bernard Arseneau, HDR; Ben Pierce, HDR
    The Smart City Challenge launched by Secretary Foxx early in 2016 was a milestone in the transportation technology journey. Emerging technologies, such as Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, will impact all modes of transportation and will allow us to do away with barriers that have prevented us from achieving greater reductions in traffic fatalities as well as provide mobility options for the elderly, disabled and rural population. Imagine the impact of reducing the more than 35,000 traffic fatalities across the country by 50, 60 or even 80 percent or more! In addition, Automated (autonomous and connected) vehicles will be able to provide important mobility options to the underserved public resulting in an incredible increase in the quality of life of these people and the general traveling public. In short, Smart City technologies allow for refocusing our efforts from looking at transportation as a “problem to solve” to how we can use the transportation system as a mechanism for solving societal problems.
  • CDOT’S Innovations in Collaborative Programs, Processes, and a Resilient Transportation System (Innovation) – San Lee, Colorado DOT; Dave Millar, HDR; Patrick Chavez, Colorado DOT; Keith Borsheim, HDR
    This presentation will describe advances within the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) as it meets Colorado’s transportation needs with innovative programs, processes, and engineering solutions. You will be inspired to think about solutions previously considered taboo, to implement processes that demand and facilitate collaboration, and to initiate programs that seek ways to optimize efficiency with low-cost solutions.

10:45 - 11:45 am

Breakout Session 7

  • HUGE Project Delivery: Making Infrastructure Great Again (Technical & Engineering) – Steven Byars, RS&H, Inc.; Bill Hale, Texas DOT; Tony DeVito, Colorado DOT; Rebecca White, Colorado DOT
    “Huge Project Delivery: Making Infrastructure Great Again” incorporates a little humor/humility from the recent election, examples of the recent delivery of big projects across the country, and suggests the unique size and qualities each major project carries with it is now becoming the norm. We may in fact see an increase in the number of these major projects, so it’s important we share best practices related to the delivery of these past, current, and future major projects.
  • Winter Road Conditions…Snow Problem - Snow Fences Slowing Blowing Snow, Not Traffic (Innovation) – Jim Vanderweide, Trihydro Corporation; Tammy Reed, Trihydro Corporation
    Winter travel conditions across the State of Wyoming are brutal for travelers due to wind speeds from 35 mph to over 100 mph along major transportation corridors. The majority of Wyoming roadways cross high elevations with cities that are 50 to 100 miles apart. The annual Wyoming snowfall amount is approximately 50 inches per year; there are elevated locations that receive over 100 inches. Snow Fences are designed to slow down blowing snow and capture it as a drift on the downwind side. This reduces roadway snow drifting and icing and increases visibility. Trihydro Corporation and the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) have worked together since 2006 collecting weather parameters, roadway conditions, existing snow fence data and modeling snow fence system’s effectiveness using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). These analyses are used for modifying snow fence systems and future snow fence placement along roadways to reduce blowing snow hazards. Modeling snow fence systems to show roadway protection areas along with displaying winter condition crash location history provide WYDOT’s blowing snow research team with “hot spot” locations where roadway conditions are the most hazardous. These hazardous roadway locations are noted and further evaluated for areas where snow fences may mitigate the blowing snow and icing conditions. Modeling the snow fences provides WYDOT a tool to improve highway safety during winter months. Modeling allows planning for placement of new snow fence systems and replacement or improvement of existing snow fences.
  • Traffic Management Center 2.0 – Lessons in Integrating a Connected Vehicle Environment (Innovation) – Shane Zumpf, Trihydro Corporation
    Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is one of the first Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot sites selected to develop technology as well as showcase the value of and spur the adoption of Connected Vehicle Technology in the United States. Connected Vehicle Technology is a broad term to describe the applications and the systems that take advantage of dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) between vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and infrastructure to vehicle (I2V) to improve safety, mobility and productivity of the users of the nation’s transportation system.
  • Geotechnical Asset Management at AKDOT&PF (Best Practices) – Barry Benko, Alaska DOT&PF
    The Geotechnical Asset Management (GAM) Program at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (AKDOT&PF) encompasses rock slopes, unstable soil slopes and embankments, retaining walls, and material sites along the State’s road network. .Although such geotechnical assets often lie behind the scenes from the road user perspective, they are critical to supporting and protecting pavements, bridges, and other assets in the highway network.  In terms of reconstruction cost, the geotechnical assets in Alaska tally more than three times the value of Alaska’s bridge inventory, and are a growing focus of maintenance and preservation expenditures.