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ACEC WI/WisDOT Transportation Improvement Conference
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3/2/2016 to 3/3/2016
When: 3/2/2016
Where: Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort
45 Hillman Road
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin  53965
United States

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The American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are partnering for the ninth consecutive year to present the 2016 Transportation Improvement Conference. This year’s theme is “Change. Challenge. Opportunity.” The conference brings together the department and consulting engineering community for two days of transportation-related professional development programming and networking opportunities.

The conference, including the March 2 Networking Reception, is open to registered attendees only.  Please download the brochure for session descriptions and conference details. To register offline download the registration form.


Key Deadlines

February 9

Hotel Reservation Deadline

Early Registration Deadline

February 12
Download the Conference App


February 19

Regular Registration Deadline

Registration Cancellation Deadline

Conference App

New this year, the conference will be utilizing a phone app instead of the traditional conference booklet.  The app contains all session information, maps, personalized scheduling information, presentation materials and evaluation surveys.  These materials will also be available after the conference through the app.

If you do not have a smart phone, limited paper materials are located at the registration table at the conference.  You can also contact ACEC WI before the conference for a pdf download of the conference materials.

The conference app is available for both Android and Iphone users.  It is highly recommended that you download the app before the conference.  The app will be available in the middle of February.

Conference Agenda

Session and session descriptions are subject to change. Please pre-register for the breakout sessions you wish to attend during the conference.  Download the conference brochure for details.

Wednesday, March 2

9:30 a.m.          Pre-Registration for Ethics Session Participants
10:00 a.m.        Ethical Decision Making for Engineers
11:15 a.m.        Conference Registration Begins

11:30 a.m.        Luncheon Buffet

12:30 p.m.        Opening Session

                        WisDOT Welcome

                        FHWA Updates

2:00 p.m.          Break

2:30 p.m.          Breakout Sessions A

3:30 p.m.          Break

3:45 p.m.          Breakout Sessions B

4:45 p.m.          Break & Hotel Check-in

5:00 p.m.          Networking Reception

6:00 p.m.          Dinner

7:00 p.m.          Bucks Arena Lessons Learned

8:00 p.m.          Evening Concludes


Thursday, March 3

7:00 a.m.          Breakfast Buffet

8:00 a.m.          Unmanned Aerial Systems

9:00 a.m.          ACEC WI Updates

9:15 a.m.          Break

9:30 a.m.          Breakout Sessions C

10:30 a.m.        Break

10:45 a.m.        Closing Session

                        WisDOT Technical Updates

                        WisDOT Excellence in Highway Design Awards

12:00 p.m.        Conference Concludes

WisDOT Registrations

Registration for WisDOT employees is coordinated through the department’s central office. The registration rate is $127. All WisDOT registrations should be directed to Nina Berkani by February 19. Please contact Nina at or 608-266-1496 with questions or to register.


Guest Room Reservations

Guest rooms are available at the Glacier Canyon Lodge the evening of March 2 at the prevailing government rate (currently $82 for single; $99 for double, triple and quad rate). This rate is available to the entire room block. Room rates are subject to tax and nightly resort fee ($12.95,) unless tax-exempt information is provided.


Make your reservation by February 9 to receive the group rate.


To receive the group rate, call 800-867-9453 and tell the agent you are booking under ACEC-WisDOT Transportation Improvement Conference Reservation at the Glacier Canyon Lodge, Leader #505707, D13696.  A credit card is required to hold and guarantee the reservation. The card will not be charged at the time of reservation. An alternate card may be provided at check-in.


Every effort has been made to block rooms within the conference center wing; however, due to the variety of room types available, not all blocked rooms are in close proximity to the conference center. A limited number of larger suites are available upon request. There are a limited number of rooms available the evening of March 1.


Hotel check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and checkout is 11:00 a.m.


Tips for a Smooth Hotel Check-in
  1. Tax Exempt Reservations- The Glacier Canyon Lodge sends reservation confirmation notices via email.  Follow the link within the confirmation email for instructions on claiming the tax exemption for government room rates.  Since reservations are made on an individual basis, tax exempt documentation is required for each guest.  Completing this process in advance will expedite the on-site check-in process.
  2. Pre-register at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Lobby - You may check-in at the front desk in the lobby after 12:00 p.m.  At that time you will receive room keys.  If your room is not available, you will receive the key and then a text message once the room is ready.  If you arrive before noon, you may still pre-register at the front desk for your room; however, your room key will not be available.
Glacier Canyon Lodge Cancellation Policy

Prior to Feb. 9 = no charge

After Feb. 9, but more than 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival = $20 cancellation fee

Within 72 hours of scheduled arrival = entire room rate will be charged


Consultant Registration Restrictions

To allow for an optimal networking experience for all attendees, consulting firms are limited to four (4) attendees per firm. The registration limit is enforced.


Registration Restriction Exemptions:

Please note the following registration exemptions apply apply for conference speakers and members of the following groups: 2016 TIC Planning Committee, ACEC WI/WisDOT Liaison Executive Subcommittee and ACEC WI Transportation Task Force. Contact ACEC WI if you have questions on whether you qualify for an exemption.

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