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March 2020

Episode 33: Nordic Experiences

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Lots can be learned from see how others approach winter operations.  James Morin of the Washington State DOT had the opportunity to interact with the Norwegian Road Authority and compare notes.  On this episode James shares his observations on the similarities and differences between the two winter operations.  Some key elements during our conversation included equipment, materials, relationships with academia, and levels of service.

Episode 32: A new guide for material application methodologies

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One of the primary missions of SICOP is to promote work advancing winter maintenance operations. Clear Roads is a consortia of states conducting practical research in winter maintenance. In this episode we’re going to spend some time with Paul Brown, a long time member of Clear Roads, discussing a recently completed project 15-01: Synthesis of Material Application Methodologies for Winter Operations.

For more about this project follow the link to the Clear Roads website: https://clearroads.org/project/15-01/

Webinar: 4th State Showcase Webinar on The Use of Technology in Achieving the Maintenance Mission

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In the 4th State Showcase webinar Vince Garcia, Wyoming DOT, along with Jeremy McGuffey, Indiana DOT and Darcy Bullock, Purdue University describe projects to improve safety and mobility during winter events.

Vince discusses the Wyoming DOT’s Traffic Management Center and Dispatch Center as a solution for monitoring highway conditions, snow plows, and maintenance crews along with the various road weather management strategies employed to improve safety. Click Here for Vince’s slide deck

Jeremy and Darcy describe the development and implementation of Indiana’s Smart Snowplow. A GPS controlled brine application system based on pre-defined geofenced locations brings off the shelf technology from the agricultural industry to snow-fighting. Click here for Jeremy’s slide deck

This webinar was co-sponsored by SICOP, AASHTO Committee on Maintenance – Maintenance Operations Technical Working Group, and AASHTO Committee on Traffic System OperationsCommunity of Practice on Road Weather Management.