Heavy Highway & Infrastructure (HH&I) Technology Conference

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Opening Keynote


Connor Christian
Transportation BIM Program Manager
HDR
How to Keep Up with Change: BIM for Infrastructure

Connor's goal in BIM is to bring new technology into daily practice by creating procedures and tools that can be used by everyone, by developing processes that meet the needs of his partners and clients, and by interfacing with other industry experts to ensure the latest methods are being employed.  As the Transportation BIM Program Manager at HDR, Connor provides the transportation industry with an aligned strategic vision for successful BIM implementation. Connor seeks to enable HDR, his clients, and his partners to work in a process of seamless data exchange that result in the most efficient use of everyone's expertise. Connor assists the transportation industry by leading its transition to a data-centric working environment.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its application to infrastructure projects is growing. For almost half a decade research has been conducted by State and Federal entities that has resulted in a seminal moment in the application of technology in infrastructure. In the opening session Connor Christian will review some lessons learned on applied technology before introducing the state of BIM in the Infrastructure market sector. He will discuss the topics of change in software, international standards, and implementation by state agencies. After a review of the current state of BIM, Connor will discuss where BIM is going and how the industry can prepare for a future with data-centric deliverables.



Session Presenters & Panelists


Shae Birkey
Caterpillar Safety Services | Caterpillar Inc.
Session Title: Safety as a System: Leveraging Technology as a Way to Positively Impact Culture

Shae Birkey has more than 15 years of experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) profession working in consulting, governmental, commercial, industrial, and private industry settings. He has a range of work experience, including frontline field positions and corporate management roles, as an EHS subject matter expert, a corporate auditor, and an EHS Facility Manager. Shae applies knowledge from his experiences to his current role as a Safety Adviser and Industry Account Manager with Caterpillar Safety Services. His passion is to educate others on the process of empowering front-line employees, engaging and educating supervisors in positive accountability practices, and supporting leaders to be visibly committed to improving safety culture. He holds a Master of Science degree with an emphasis on leadership skill development from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

The term "safety culture" is often overused and misunderstood.  Most companies hold safety as one of their values – something that represents who they are at the core.  However, leaders and employees often fail to demonstrate that value by their words and deeds.  Leaders mean well, but many do not understand what is required of them to achieve “zero harm” on a daily basis.  If safety is a value, all employees should be involved in creating and following clearly defined and understood expectations. There must also be an effective management system in place to ensure those expectations are being met by all members of the organization, just like production & quality.  When an organization truly embraces safety as a value, there are dividends paid in the forms of improved quality, profitability, and morale.  This presentation explores the various aspects associated with an effective safety culture. 



Eddie Brown
Ozark Laser & Shoring
Session Title:  Machine Control Panel - GPS and Stringless Paving

Born the son of a Las Vegas Police Chief and Grandson of a Civil Engineer, Eddie has almost a lifetime of industry technology experience.  His grandfather opened his Las Vegas, NV based Survey Supply and Repair Shop in 1978.  Eddie grew up in the shop learning to repair survey instruments and how to use them.  In the Mid-90`s, his uncle brought the business into the world of equipment automation.  At 14 years old, Eddie installed his first motor grader cross-slope system with sonic and laser sensors.  While growing with the advancements of Topcon machine automation and survey technology, Eddie has had the opportunity to experience many applications for technology in the construction field.

Projects include: 2000+ acre solar panel farms, residential and commercial divisions, utility & highway infrastructure, and open-pit mining and vertical construction.  In the summer of 2013, Eddie joined the Ozark Laser Team as Director of Positioning to help expand the use of construction technology throughout the Midwest.  Since then, Eddie has had the opportunity to bring 3D paving technology to concrete and asphalt contractors in major areas with great success.  With such an involved career with industry technology, Eddie can be quoted for saying, “Paving technology is the future of our industry.”



Dr. George K. Chang, PE
The Transtec Group, Inc.
Session Title: Innovation with Intelligent Construction Technologies

Dr. George Chang is recognized as the expert on pavement smoothness and intelligent compaction/construction technologies. Dr. Chang has founded the International Intelligent Construction Technologies Group (IICTG) in 2016, which is changed to International Society for Intelligent Construction (ISIC) in 2019.  His research, teaching, specification development and software tools (such as ProVAL and Veta) have helped made significant technology advancements in the above fields.  Dr Chang has been the principal investigator for numerous projects that enhancing pavement materials/structures, pavement surface characteristics, etc. Recognized for his energetic, lively teaching style, Dr. Chang delivers smoothness and intelligent compaction/construction related workshops around world.

Dr. Chang has been the chairman for the IICTG – now called ISIC, Road Profile Users’ Group (RPUG), TRB AFD90 Pavement Surface Properties and Vehicle Interaction committee, etc. Dr. Chang received many awards including a Kummer Lecture Award, Meyer-Horne Award, and ASTM Billiard-Stubstad Award from the ASTM; NOVA award from Construction Innovation Forum, Founders’ Award from RPUG; and Emeritus Member of TRB AFD90 Committee.  His research work has been featured in over 50 professional publications and 100+ reports.

Intelligent construction technologies (ICT) are construction machinery equipped with modern sensors (including GPS positioning technologies and non-contact sensing technologies, etc.) and built-in computing capability for data analysis and aiding decision-making. The applications of ICT can impact the life-cycle of infrastructure: from survey, design, construction, operation, and maintenance/rehabilitation by adapting to changes of environments and minimizing risks. Dr. Chang, founder of the International Society for Intelligent Construction, will introduce examples and case studies of current and emerging ICT: 3D modelling/Automated machine guidance (AMG), intelligent compaction (IC), paver-mounted thermal profiling (PMTP), eTicketing, GPR-based continuous dielectric constant profiling, Building Information Modelling (BIM) for pavements, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and autonomous construction machinery. This presentation will set the stage for the Closing Presentation/Panel on innovative technologies for construction.


Devin Corley
Sitech Midwest
Session Title:  Machine Control Panel - GPS and Stringless Paving

Devin Corley has been selling and servicing Trimble software and hardware with API Survey and Sitech Midwest since his graduation from Southern Illinois University in 2006.  Sitech Midwest is a dealer for Trimble Heavy Highway in regions of Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. Devin graduated from SIU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in land surveying.  


Mark Hooks
B2W Software, Inc.
Session Title: 
Win More Work: The Future of Data-Driven Construction Estimating

For more than a decade, Mark Hooks has assisted some of North America’s top heavy civil construction firms make the transition from traditional methods of estimating to highly efficient and profitable digital approaches. Based in Atlanta, Mark is also an author and frequent presenter at AGC chapters on the topic of cost and production-based estimating, accounting system integration and field tracking methods to inform more accurate, winning bids.

Software tools, and the estimators who use them, are under increasing pressure.  Heavy civil jobs are getting larger and more complex, competition has intensified and funding gaps, particularly for public projects, are driving margins down.  This 50-minute session will explore developments in integrated, data-driven approaches to estimating, including the growing importance of seamless third-party system and tools integration and critical links to the operational side of the business that can dramatically shorten the time it takes to prepare accurate and highly competitive bids.


Tyson King, PE, PTOE
Manager of Traffic & Safety Design - Associate
Lochmueller Group
Session Title: Safety Panel -- Current Trends in Traffic Control Technology

Tyson has 16 years of traffic/transportation engineering experience that includes management of transportation improvement projects, traffic signal design and troubleshooting, signalized corridor optimization, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) deployment and operation. Prior to joining Lochmueller, he worked as a Traffic Engineer and Public Works Project Manager for the City of St. Charles, Missouri.

Tyson began his career working for the Missouri Department of Transportation for 10 years, where he served in the lead technical role for ITS in the St. Louis area. This included development, procurement, and operation of several types of Traffic Management infrastructure, including ITS end devices (CCTV cameras, Dynamic Message Signs, Vehicle Detection Units), Smart Work Zone systems, Arterial Networking, and third-party detection systems. Tyson has also been involved with several design-build projects from both the public and private sector perspectives.



Bob Parker
Laser Specialists, Inc.
Session Title:  Machine Control Panel - GPS and Stringless Paving


Bob Parker is based out of the Kansas City area and started his career selling and supporting surveying equipment and CAD software even while still in college.

Mr. Parker has spent over 23 years selling, training, and supporting survey grade Laser, GPS, HDS and Robotic instruments along with automatic controls on earthmoving equipment. In 2010, in conjunction with Leica GeoSystems, he began work applying these controls to the challenging market of slip form concrete paving.

Mr. Parker has been on jobsites requiring specialized control consultation throughout the United States. In 2005 he was hired by Carlson Software to travel to France to train other sales and support representatives on the latest Carlson Civil and Design Software products for 3D modeling applications.




Jim Peterson, PE, PLS, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Construction Management
Missouri State University
Session Title: What You Don’t Know about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Image Collection and Processing Can Hurt You! 

Jim has over 28 years of experience as a professional surveyor and engineer, educator, and researcher with his Remote Pilot Certificate.  His career took him across North America, Europe, and Australia promoting mobile mapping and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Construction Management at Missouri State where he teaches construction, surveying, and UAS related classes.  He was an Assistant Professor of the UAS degree at Southeast Missouri State.  He also was an adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (2005-2017) where he completed his M.S. in Civil Engineering (C.E.) and helped start the Land Surveying Specialization.  Previously he was a lecturer at Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) (2009-2011) where he completed his Ph.D. in C.E. (2015) specializing in surveying with UAS.  MST is also where he obtained his B.S.C.E. (1991). 

He began his career with McCarthy Bridge & Heavy where his first project was Metrolink in St. Louis.  He was a Technical Manager at the Center of Expertise for Photogrammetric Mapping at the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He has been a Vice-President of aerial mapping companies, managed and owned a number of engineering, surveying, and construction companies.  He was also a Domain Expert for Trimble Navigation and Gatewing. 

Surveyors and constructors are now using Small UAS (sUAS) operations to provide professional quality data products such as orthophotos (or orthomosaics), digital terrain models (DTMs), contour maps and point clouds.  UAS and image processing software manufacturers have made the standard workflow appear to be straightforward.  However, this can be misleading when consistently accurate data is required.  The surveyor may be surprised to find out where the pitfalls in utilizing this technology are found.  In this presentation, the brief summary of a dissertation by Dr Peterson, is presented, pulling out the most important details of planning, operations and post-processing to have the highest possible probability of achieving data products that meet client expectations on heavy, highway, and infrastructure projects.

Takeaways/Learning Objectives:

  • Elements of sUAS air campaign planning including topographic and other local investigation
  • Aircraft designs to consider when purchasing and operation of the sUAS
  • Evaluating necessity, spacing and placing of ground control
  • Flight operations to optimize accuracy
  • Post processing of the data: tips on how to select and use UAS photogrammetry software
  • Where UAS photogrammetry software can fail.
  • Performing quality control to assure that desired quality level has been reached


Chris Redline
Northwest District Engineer
MoDOT

Session Title: Safety Panel -- Current Trends in Traffic Control Technology

Chris attended Kansas State University and earned his BS in Civil Engineering.  He worked for MoDOT right out of school, beginning his career in Construction.  His current role is Northwest District Engineer.  Chris and his staff in the Northwest District have been very busy since there were just 4 days between the last snow storm and the devastating Missouri River flood in March 2019 that still has many roads closed.  Keeping MoDOT employees and drivers safe is at the top of his priority list which is why he is leading MoDOT’s driverless TMA project.      



Ryon Sanders
National ITS Manager
Street Smart Rental
Session Title: Safety Panel -- Current Trends in Traffic Control Technology

Ryon Sanders has over 14 years of experience in the traffic industry, during which time he has worked at every level in the ranks.  Starting in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area as a field laborer and learning the industry from the ground up, Ryon has travelled all over the country to gain experience and built and sold two traffic industry companies.  After his last venture, he accepted a role at Street Smart Rental to lead as their National ITS Manager.  Ryon specializes in Smart Work Zone (SWZ) specification writing, custom design systems, and software integration. 

Currently, his passion is the continued effort to educate the industry on ITS technology which saves lives on roadways, gives real time information to better manage future projects, and impacts how efficiently our infrastructure dollars can be maximized.  



??? Contact Cheryl Gentges, 573-636-3189, cgentges@agcmo.org

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