Transportation Improvement Conference Agenda

Session Descriptions, Speakers and More

Please use this page to learn more about the sessions at the 2020 Transportation Improvement Conference. Each session has a title, description and speaker. Click here to download a full conference agenda. Full attendance is eligible for 6 PDHs.

March 3
Overcoming Generational Differences: The Millenial Mindset (2:15 - 3:15 p.m.)

Speaker: Steve Bench, Generational Consulting Inc.

This session will offer the perspective of each generation and engage everyone in the discussion by building understanding of who we are, how we were raised, and how we view “work” as a part of our identity.  Learn ways to overcome generational differences by building culture that leverages the strengths of each generation.  This session is fun and it will energize your group and get people talking!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to manage generational differences at work with improved understanding
  • Identify areas of generational conflict to manage needs
  • Develop a talent attraction strategy for your firm

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A1. Ethical and Legal Issues for Wisconsin Professional Engineers and Engineering Firms
Speaker: Renee Parton, DSPS

This presentation will include an overview of the complaint/disciplinary process at the Department of Safety and Professional Services;  the most common complaints regarding Professional Engineers and Engineering Firms with real case examples; and proactive steps PEs and firms can take to assist in the Department of Safety and Professional Services’ investigation. This presentation will give a brief overview of any upcoming administrative rule updates.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the most common issues seen by the Wisconsin Professional Engineer Section
  • Learn steps firms and PEs can proactively take to avoid a run-in with DSPS
  • Gain insight into administrative rule updates

A2. Next Gen Leadership: How to Attract Tomorrow’s Talent
Speaker: Steve Bench, Generational Consulting Inc.

This session will discuss ways to build a work culture that is attractive to young professionals, and offer management strategies to engage Millennial talent and keep them from leaving!  Adulthood has changed, and Millennials are not defined by our careers, but rather our lifestyles… So how do you manage and motivate someone who may not be as committed to their job as previous generations?  This session give you the answers!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to manage generational differences at work with improved understanding
  • Identify areas of generational conflict to manage needs
  • Develop a talent attraction strategy for your firm

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March 4

B1. Pipe Replacements and Environmental Design Objectives
Speaker: Tom Buchholz, WisDOT; Chris Gallagher, Alfred Benesch

This session attendees will learn from past project examples that involved pipe replacements and about design objectives achieved through partnerships in the construction phase. Attendees will review past projects examples and leard what factors to consider in their future designs in terms of erosion control, construction techniques, and project risk.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover factors to consider on future projects that include pipe replacements
  • Learn construction techniques and erosion control considerations
  • Understand how to define success in environmental design
  • Review contractor requirements for constructible environmental elements

B2. Materials Section Updates & Why Quality Matters
Speaker: Barry Paye, WisDOT

This session will provide attendees with various materials specification updates and a discussion on quality.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what role engineers place in quality and how to improve
  • Discover what specification changes are coming for HMA, concrete and agreggates in the coming year
  • Understand the benefits of recent program changes

B3. WisDOT LRFD Update for Sign Structures
Speaker: Steven Doocy & Andrew Smith, WisDOT

This presentation will cover the updates to WisDOT policies, design and creation of new standards for ancillary wind loaded (sign) structures to the new AASHTO LRFDLTS-1 specifications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover new design requirements for wind-loaded (sign) structures
  • Learn about new, simplified guidance and specifications for bridge manual, FDM, CMM and standard specifications
  • Review selection tools for structure type, foundation and standard plan selection

B4. Box File Storage
Speaker: Jerry Glentz & Tammy Gorzlancyk, WisDOT; Sarah Sanfilippo, Gilbane

Box is a new cloud-based file storage platform that WisDOT is implementing on future design and construction projects. Box provides the ability to access and manage files from a computer or mobile device. Attendees will get an overview of Box, information about statewide file structure and best practices from the I-94 North-South and Wisconn Valley Development Road projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of utilizing Box for WisDOT projects
  • Obtain knowledge about the WisDOT statewide file structure for design and construction
  • Comprehend and apply the best practices of Box realized from use on SER major projects

B5. Autonomous Vehicles
Speaker: Don Gutkowski, WisDOT; Yang Tao, City of Madison

Explore the wonderful world of CAV (connected automated vehicle). WISDOT BTO roadmap to CAV and a unique partnership with the city of Madison utilizing DSRC (dedicated short range communications).

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover new ITS technologies that make workplaces safer
  • Review WisDOT and the City of Madison's directions for CAV
  • Gain a new perspective on WisDOT connectivity for real time traffic operations

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Lunch Session (12:15 - 1:15 p.m.)

The Rise of BRT in Wisconsin
Speakers: Dan Meyers & Julia Suprock, AECOM

Join us for an exciting and topical session. The speakers will look at upcoming plans for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Madison and Milwaukee.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the seven elements of BRT
  • Develop innovative engineering plans to accomodate BRT stations and guideways in a dense urban area
  • Engage with outreach programs designed to educate and excite the public

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C1. Environmental Documentation - What You Need to Know!
Speaker: Jay Waldschmidt, WisDOT

Join us as the WisDOT Environmental Process and Documentation Section provides their always entertaining look at the newest trends and requirements for environmental documentation. This session will touch on revised FDM guidance as well as revisions to WisDOT environmental document templates and some "best practice" examples from environmental documents reviewd in the past year.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review updates in environmental documentation guidance
  • Learn best practices from the recently completed documents
  • Understand new directives the section is taking

C2. ADA Design Techniques
Speaker: Gary Corcoran & David Stertz, WisDOT

Designers and those interested in changes to ADA policy will benefit from learning policy and design techniques to improve Wisconsin ADA accessibility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review federal and state law regarding ADA curb ramps
  • Understand WisDOT policy regarding ADA requirements and application with regard to curb ramps
  • Discover design techniques to ensure proper ADA curb ramp design

C3. Local Programs Update
Speaker: June Coleman, WisDOT

This session will provide an overview of local aid programs and update attendees on changes to key policies that impact the implementation of the program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about changes to local aid programs
  • Understand the methods of implementation of the program
  • Gain a new understanding of the policy changes and how the program will function in 2020

C4. Examples of Utilizing Drones
Speaker: David Esse & Jason Roselle, WisDOT; Alicia McConnell, Michael Baker

Learn the overall DTSD strategy with respect to pilot testing and implementation of UAS for Project Delivery, Asset Management, and Operations (ETO).

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge on current activities progressing within DTSD with respect to UAS program development (management, training, implementation)
  • Learn how DTSD will approach pilot testing and selection of use cases for UAS implementation
  • Gain understanding of several key DTSD business areas looking to pilot test and implement UAS

C5. Using Big Data
Speaker: Rob Beuthling & Joe Ulatowski, HNTB; David Kanning, Madison Area Transportation Planning Board

Find out more about how to apply big data to set your projects up for success. This session will focus on the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board's (MATPB) experience using Streetlight Data. MATPB staff will provide examples of how Streetlight Data has been used to analyze travel patterns and generate estimated vehicle and bicycle traffic volumes. Attendees will learn how this approach can be applied to other big data settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of how Streetlight Data can supplement or in some cases replace traditional data collection efforts such as traffic counts
  • Review examples of Streetlight Data project applications in Dane County
  • Learn how to apply and use big data in traffic planning and analysis studies with examples from current projects
  • Discover what data is represented in two sources: Streetlight Data, LLC and NPMRDS

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D1. I-39 Updates
Speaker: Brad Halvensleben & Kyle Thompson, KL Engineering

The I-39/90 highway corridor through Janesville, WI, is being expanded from four lanes to eight lanes, with an additional two-lane access road on both sides. This session will focus on the infiltration basins designed to address the increase in both peak runoff flows and runoff volumes from the increased impervious surface area as well as assisting to meet the TMDL.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of TMDL requirements
  • Establish the design process and when to use an infiltration basin
  • Learn about the maintenance needs of a basin

D2. Estimating & Bidding
Speaker: Jill Fehrman & Fred Schunke, WisDOT

Accurate project estimates are critical in maintaining a stable highway program. Learn about the current trends and tools that are available to assist in that effort.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why estimates are important and what the expectations are for accuracy
  • Learn about common trends in estimating on WisDOT projects
  • Review estimating tools that are available to assist in your estimating efforts

D3. Managing Design Data in Civil 3D
Speaker: Eric Arneson, WisDOT

Join the WisDOT Methods Development Unit to learn effective ways of managing projects with WisDOT Civil 3D roadway models. The presentation will provide an overview of expectations for model development and checking at different stages of design process. You will learn about the final deliverables of the design models and the requirements for the contractor data packet. The presentation with finish up with a quick review of the various resources that WisDOT has available on the Civil 3D Knowledge base.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the model review checklist and appropriate level of development and review throughout the the design process
  • Learn the current design model requirement and contractor data packet deliverables
  • Reivew the Civil 3D resources available for staff working on WisDOT

D4. Value of Social Media for State Transportation
Speaker: John DesRivieres & Steve Theisen, WisDOT

Transportation connects us and real-time communication about transportation is vital. WisDOT communication professionals will talk about the department's social media initiatives and share examples of successful social media efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why and how WisDOT uses social media
  • Define expectations of social media use to provide consistent voice and message
  • Explain social media messaging for outreach/engagement during a highway study, design and construction project

D5. Statewide Safety Updates and IHSDM Projects
Speaker: Kevin Scopoline, WisDOT; Joseph Urban, Strand Associates

This course will go through the updated Safety Certification Process (SCP). While the purpose and structure of the process has remained the same, the tools and analysis methods have been updated. Applications of the IHSDM and Safety Certification Process for freeways in Wisconsin will be discussed as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the intent of the SCP and when it should be done
  • Identify the method of analysis and the tool to use to evaluate safety on a project
  • Learn the difference between Part C and Part D CMFs
  • Discover how calibration factors impact the results

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