• ACEC/NC NCDOT Joint Transportation Conference

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    Name: ACEC/NC NCDOT Joint Transportation Conference
    Date: October 20, 2021 - October 21, 2021
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    Event Description:

    ACEC/NC NCDOT Transportation Conference, the largest transportation event in the state, explores the latest transportation innovations and provides attendees with the chance to network with other professionals.

    We are excited for you to join us at the upcoming Transportation Conference in person this October.  The event will be a return to all the educational opportunities, speakers, and content you expect from one of our signature events.  We are also sensitive to the changing environment with respect to COVID-19 and are dedicated to hosting an event that puts the interests of our attendees front and center.  We are in constant contact with the Raleigh Convention Center and have seen first-hand the steps they are taking to require masks for their employees and guests, post clear signage about social distancing, and maintain a clean environment.

    We are two months away from the event.  Understanding that this is going to continue to be a dynamic environment, our policy at this time is that all attendees will be required to wear a mask in the meetings and public spaces of the venue.


    Please stay with us for up-to-the-minute information on the Transportation Conference. The deadline for refunds is October 1st.
    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Wednesday, October 20 | 5pm - 7pm
    Stop by the evening before and enjoy an opportunity to network with colleagues, NCDOT Raleigh and Division-based staff, exhibitors and conference sponsors!
    -Mezzanine, Raleigh Convention Center


    Thursday, October 21
    7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration, Continental Breakfast
    8:00 am - 9:30 am General Session (1.5 PDH)

    Paul Meehan, ACEC/NC President
    Secretary Eric Boyette, NCDOT
    Edward Parker, FHWA
    Ronnie Keeter, NCDOT

    9:30 am - 10:00 am Networking Break
    10:00 am -11:00 am Concurrent Sessions (1 PDH)


    • Adaptive Communication Strategy for the U.S. 70 Improvements in James City Project – Sarah Parkins, AICP, WSP; Wendi Johnson, PE, Gannett Fleming; Eddie Bunn, Gannett Fleming

                Cool Projects 

    • NCDOT US 17/NC 37 Swing Span Bridge Replacement - Michael Merritt, RK&K

    •  Innovative Sinkhole Remediation on PA SR 422 - Frank Namatka, Gannett Fleming, Inc

                 Multi Modal 

    • A Smoother Transition to Electrifying Fleets - Robert Mowat, HDR

    • Complete Streets in Rural Areas – Unlikely Bedfellows? - Martin Guttenplan, CDM Smith

                Transportation Policy and Legislation 

    • Transportation Funding – The history and future of NCDOT investment resources (Federal) 

      • Amna Cameron, Deputy Director of NCDOT’s Office of Strategic Initiatives & Program Support
      • Congressman David E. Price, (NC-04), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), (virtual)
      • Moderator: Johanna Reese, NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs
    11:00 am - 11:30 am Networking Break
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions (1 PDH)


    • Merger.  Projects with mussels and bats.

                 Cool Projects 

    • Cowboys, Hippies, Artists: Public Outreach in Rural West Texas - Martin Guttenplan, Jennifer Humphreys, Amy Livingston, CDM Smith

    • The Future of Mobility: Interstate Bridge-Parks - Tim Witsill, RS&H

                 Multi Modal

    • Pedestrian Safety – A Best Practices Tool Kit and Case Study on US Route 1 in Howard County, Maryland - Paul Silberman, Mead & Hunt

    • Appraising the Comprehensive Cost of Rail Incidents with the NCDOT Rail Division's New Cost Tool - Steve Bert, Planning Communities

                 Transportation Policy and Legislation

    • 2020-2021 Legislation and Policy Updates (State) 

      • Sen. Vickie Sawyer, NC State Senator - District 34, Co-Chair of Transportation and Co-Chair Appropriations on Department of Transportation Committees
      • Sen. Mike Woodard, NC State Senator – District 22
      • Rep. Brenden H. Jones, NC House Deputy Majority Leader – District 46, Co-Chair of Transportation Committee and Senior Chair of Appropriations, Transportation Committees
      • Rep. Zack Hawkins, NC House – District 31
      • Moderator: Jim Smith, Executive Director - ACEC
    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch & Keynote Speaker (1 PDH)

         Dr. Tasha Eurich (Bio )

    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Networking Break
    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions (1 PDH)

                Project Delivery 

    • Value Management - What is it Worth? – Alyson Tamer, PE, NCDOT 

                Research Driven Initiatives & Disruptive Technology 

    • Mobile LiDAR and Other Advanced Surveying Technologies – David Headrick, KCI Technologies

    • Smart Countryside Planning: Applying ITS to Rural Corridors – Martin Guttenplan, AICP, PMP, CDM Smith; David Keiser, PE, PMP, CDM Smith   

                Transportation Resiliency

    • Mechanically-Fastened FRP Repair of Deteriorated Prestress Concrete Bridge Beams: An Update on Field Installation and Performance – Rudi Seracino, NC State University

    • Pennsylvania State Route 26 - Emergency Landslide Mitigation – Matthew Morris, Gannett Fleming


    • NCDOT Construction Issues – Boyd Tharrington, PE, NCDOT

    • NCDOT's Movement Towards Performance Engineered Concrete Mixtures – Tara Cavalline, PE, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (1 PDH)

                Project Delivery 

    • State of the Regions - Eastern/Western Deputy Chief Engineer – Brian Burch, PE, NCDOT

                Research Driven Initiatives & Disruptive Technology  

    • 3D (BIM) Modeling of Subsurface Soils for Major Bridge and Highway in Tidewater Virginia - Mike Batten, HDR; Callan Swafford, HDR

    •  Evaluation of the Bonner Bridge Girders: Assessing Residual Capacity, Prestressing Losses and Degradation of the 56 Year Old Members – Giorgios Proestos, NC State University

                Transportation Resiliency 

    •  Resiliency In Transportation Planning – Nastasha Earle-Young, NCDOT

    •  NJDOT’s Roadway to Resilience: A Case Study in Establishing a State Transportation Agency Resilience Program – Ileana Ivanciu, Dewberry; Elkins Green, NJDOT

    • Climate-informed Design Guidelines


    •  SCDOT Maintenance of Traffic with Extra Depth Asphalt – Jay Thompson, PE, SEPI

    •   Post-Tensioning Inspection and Rehabilitation of the I-526 Wando River Bridge – Nick Amico, PE, HDR


    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception


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    Raleigh Convention Center
    500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

    ACEC Room Block 2021 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel

    Book your group rate for ACEC Room Block 2021

    *For assistance with accommodations please contact Jessica Hartong
    Date/Time Information:
    October 20, 2021 5pm - 7pm
    October 21, 2021 7:30am - 6:30pm

    Contact Information:
    Jessica Hartong
    Early Bird ACEC/NC Member Registration (Before 10/1): $350.00
    ACEC/NC Member Registration (After 10/1): $400.00
    Non-Member Registration (Opens 10/1): $500.00

    Deadline to Register: Friday, October 15th (No Exceptions)
    Deadline for Refunds: Friday, October 1st (No Exceptions. Please contact us to send a substitute.)

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