2019 FHWA Technical Sessions
FHWA Technical Sessions

Sunday 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Redbud B

Workshop: Emergency Relief: Ready, Set, Go!

Severe weather not only damages homes and other personal belongings.   It is also damaging to our roadways making it difficult to mobilize and help communities recover.  Join us as we walk through the rebuilding process.  The speed at which you access resources limits your vulnerability, and increases your understanding of what to do quickly when disaster strikes again.


Andy Byra, FHWA, Center for Local Aid Support,

Monday 10:00am – 10:50am
Redbud B

FHWA #1: Unmanned Aerial Systems (EDC-5)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s super ---oh, wait, no, it’s a drone….

Unmanned aerial systems can benefit nearly all aspects of highway transportation – from inspection to construction to operations – by collecting high-quality data automatically or remotely.  See how these low-cost devices are helping agencies expedite data collection needed for better decision making while reducing negative impacts to temporary work zones

Speakers: Joe Campbell, P.E., M.S.C.EArea Engineer / Assistant Bridge Engineer, MN Division, FHWA

Monday 11:00am – 11:50am
Redbud B

FHWA #2: EDC- Heard it Through the Grapevine

Let us show you how technology is transforming transportation!  See how rectangular rapid flashing beacons are saving lives! Hear how to improve traffic operations during adverse weather conditions.  And, experience real-time polling technology. These are just a few outcomes from the ten technologies and practices FHWA is promoting in the fifth round of Every Day Counts. 

Speakers: Victoria Peters, P.E.

Director, Center for Local Aid Support,

Federal Highway Administration

Monday 1:30pm – 2:45pm

Redbud B

FHWA #3: Virtual Public Involvement (EDC-5)
Ain’t no mountain high enough,

Ain’t no valley low enough

To keep from getting information to you… 


You can now engage your community from the comfort of your office chair through virtual public involvement techniques, such as telephone town halls, online meetings, and social media.  These convenient, efficient, and low-cost methods create robust public engagement opportunities that accelerate project delivery by identifying issues early. 

Speakers: Allen Scott, FHWA, Office of Planning
James Talley, FHWA, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division

Tuesday 9:30am – 10:30am
Redbud B

FHWA #4 Project Bundling (EDC-5)

Improve your infrastructure on a shoestring budget?

  It’s no secret that our infrastructure needs attention.  Structures posted for reduced loads are adversely affected by travel, freight movement, and emergency response times.  Learn how Project Bundling is used to award a single contract for several similar projects helping agencies streamline design and construction, cut costs and decrease project backlogs.

Speakers: Roger Surdahl, FHWA,  Center for Local Aid Support,

Tuesday 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Redbud B

FHWA #5 Collaborative Hydraulics:  Advancing to The Next Generation of Engineering (EDC-5)

Who is into hydraulics?  Not speaking of car suspensions that is…

Collaborative Hydraulics Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (C.H.A.N.G.E) is coming.  Now is the time to move away from the process of one-dimensional (1D) modeling and step into a two-dimensional world of Hydraulics! 

Speakers: Eric Brown, Hydraulic Engineer, FHWA Resource Center

Wednesday 10:00am – 11:00am

Redbud B

EDC #6: Value Capture:  Capitalizing on the Value Created by Transportation (EDC-5)

It’s all connected, said the spider to the pig….

When agencies invest in transportation assets that improve access and increase opportunity in the community, adjacent property owners benefit through greater land value and other positive economic impacts.  Learn techniques that enable the public sector to share in a portion of this increased land value to reinvest in the transportation system.

Speakers: Andrea Kirk, FHWA, Center for Local Aid Support

Wednesday 11:00am – Noon
Redbud C

FHWA #7: Autonomous Vehicles: What Will Be Your Role? The Jetsons amplified….

Automated vehicles have the potential to significantly transform the nation's roadways. They offer potential safety benefits but also introduce uncertainty for the agencies responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the roadway infrastructure.  This session is for you, if you want to know what the future holds as automated vehicles are safely and efficiently integrated into the road network.

Speaker: John M Corbin, PE, PTOE

Connected Automated Vehicle Program Manager

FHWA Office of Operations