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Episode 27: IMO at the Nevada DOT

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SICOP Talks Winter Ops with Rod Schilling from the Nevada DOT as he talks about Integrated Mobile Observations.  Obtaining data about the weather and other things happening onboard snow plows helps managers and the public know what’s happening out there during winter storms.  Rod discusses the experiences and growing pains surrounding this newest way to gather data on the fly.

FHWA has a collection of presentations discussing a host of aspects regarding the Nevada DOT IMO project that you can view here: http://bit.ly/2MOnGGa

The Nevada DOT IMO project Final Report can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/35Hddov

Contact Rodney Schilling directly for more information at roschilling@dot.nv.gov

In the mean time, listen in as SICOP Talks Winter Ops with Rod as he shares some insight into Integrated Mobile Observations.

Episode 26: I ain’t afraid of no winter maintenance problem!

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SICOP Talks Winer Ops with Laura Fay.  

Who are you going to call when you have a perplexing problem in Winter maintenance.  Why,Laura Fay at the Western Transportation Institute of course.  Winter maintenance is much more than salt, trucks, and snow plow drivers.  Without the folks behind the scenes supporting the practitioners we could not have progressed as far and as fast as we have over the past 20 years.  Laura Fay is no stranger to the winter maintenance community.  As the Program Manager for the Cold Climate Operations and Systems Research group at Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University Laura has been involved in many winter maintenance research projects that have made their way into practice.   

Listen in as SICOP Talks Winter Ops with Laura Fay as she shares some insight into what it’s like being a researcher of winter maintenance.  If you’d like to reach out to Laura to talk about winter maintenance or other projects you can drop her an email at laura.fay1@montana.edu 

Episode 25: The Swedish perspective on winter maintenance

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SICOP talks winter ops with Dan Eriksson from the Swedish Road Administration.

While State DOT’s here in the United States self perform the vast majority of winter maintenance they are relying more and more on contracted workforce and equipment to meet the level of service demands with the limited resources available. On the other hand, The Swedish Road Administration has been providing winter service utilizing contracts and contractors for many years.

Listen in as SICOP Talks Winter Ops with Dan Eriksson as he shares winter maintenance in Sweden.

Episode 24: The road to road weather management

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SICOP talks winter ops with Paul Pisano.  Paul had a very productive career with the Federal Highway Administration retiring as the Road Weather Management and Work Zone Team Leader.  During his time with the FHWA Paul and his Road Weather Management team saw the development of several significant projects to benefit the winter maintenance community.  Projects like the Maintenance Decision Support System, Clarus later the weather data environment, and initiatives through Every Day Counts like Weather Savvy Roads, Pathfinder, and Integrated Mobile Observations were just a few of the advancements in the area.

Listen in as SICOP Talks Winter Ops with Paul as he shares some history, some current events, and some thoughts on the future of winter maintenance.

Some links to documents that Paul talked about- 

TE28 Manual of Practice for an effective anti-icing program: Click here
Where the weather meets the road: Click here
The weather data environment – MADIS: Click here

Episode 23: Is the wind blowing in Wyoming? High wind blow-over hazard warnings.

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One of the benefits of the Connected Vehicle Pilot Project is the ability to generate weather alerts including high wind blow over hazard warnings. This system is proving to be most helpful to commercial traffic along Interstate 80 through Wyoming. During last years Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting Rhonda Young made a presentation on this topic The material she shared is being revisited in this podcast.

Follow this link to see the presentation material WYDOT CV Pilot Weather Alerts

Read more about Rhonda Young at Click here

To listen to Rhonda’s TEDx Spokane 2019 talk on the coming transportation revolution Click here

Webinar: 2nd State Showcase – The use of technology in achieving the maintenance mission

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In the 2nd State Showcase webinar Joe Thompson, New York State DOT Snow and Ice Program Manager and Todd Cook, South Carolina DOT District Maintenance Engineer present their use of technology in addressing the challenges of winter maintenance in their home states.  For more information about their presentations you can email them directly by clicking on their names above.

Episode 22: EDC5 – Weather Responsive Management Strategies

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Weather Responsive Management Strategies is one of the rapid deployment initiatives that is part of the FHWA program Every Day Counts.  Every Day Counts is a program that helps states rapidly deploy proven but underutilized technologies. 

When it comes to managing the transportation system during adverse weather events there are three actors involved in making this a success. The maintenance operators who are performing the winter maintenance operations of plowing and applying chemicals to remove the snow and ice from the roads, the network operators who staff the traffic management centers and insure motorists have the most up to date information about the transportation network, and the motorists who actions or inactions can keep the network operating smoothly or tie it in knots.

Every Day Counts #5 – Weather Responsive Management Strategies is designed to demonstrate how road management strategies driven by data from the road users themselves can help keep the system operating smoothly.

Check out the Every Day Counts website
Click the link for more information about Weather Responsive Management Strategies
For more information on EDC5 Weather Responsive Management Strategies Contact our guest Roemer Alfelor at roemer.alfelor@dot.gov

 

Episode 21: Snow fence is a SAFE bet in blowing snow

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Controlling drifting snow has been a winter maintenance challenge for as long as there has been the desire to have mobility.  Departments of transportation have using these structures for many years to help keep blowing snow from the roadway.  One way to look at the effectiveness is how well they keep snow off the road and another is to see what positive benefit there is for the driver.  

On this episode we’re talking with Graduate Student Rachael Larson and Dr. Mohamed Ahmed of the University of Wyoming about a presentation made at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting on recently completed work looking at the safety effectiveness of snow fences in Wyoming based on vehicle crashes.  You can view this paper “19-05707 Quantifying the Safety Effectiveness of Snow Fence Implementations Based on Crash Severity and Snow Fence Type Utilizing Contemporary Statistical Analysis Methods” at the TRB Annual Meeting Online 2019 website at http://bit.ly/2JStNcz

 

Episode 20: TSMO365 – Weather or not

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Keeping the public moving in all weather conditions is an orchestrated dance between the maintenance forces, the network operators, and the public.  The actions of one influences the reactions of the others.  Road weather management strategies are employed by both the maintenance forces and the network operators independently or in unison to help mitigate the mobility challenges for the motorists to maintain a safe, reliable transportation system.  This is what we call Transportation System Management Operations every day of the year, rain or shine, or TSMO365.

SICOP talks Winter Ops with Steve Cook of the Michigan Department of Transportation, Chairman of the Community of Practice on Road Weather Management and member of the Committee on Transportation System Operations, Committee on Maintenance, and the SICOP Steering Committee.

For more about the Community of Practice on Road Weather Management Strategies click on the LINK 

or contact Steve Cook at cooks9@michigan.gov

 

Webinar: Showcasing the use of technology in achieving the maintenance mission

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Observing the approach our colleagues take in addressing a particular situation is the purest form of grass-roots technology transfer.  Even if your particular situation doesn’t exactly match theirs, their approach might just provide that nugget of insight or spark of creativity that can lead you to a solution to meet your particular needs.

SICOP Talks Winter Ops hosted this webinar in cooperation with the AASHTO Committee on Maintenance, Maintenance Operations Technical Working Group showcasing how two states approached unique situations facing their maintenance operations as a result of weather events.

Brad Darr, State Maintenance Engineer for the North Dakota DOT, discussed how the closing of 8 maintenance garages in 2017 resulted in a legislatively mandated Garage / Route Optimization Study.  The North Dakota DOT utilized off the shelf  route optimization techniques to answer difficult questions associated with winter maintenance operations.  Brad’s presentation can be viewed by clicking ND DOT Section Optimization Project.

Emily McGraw, State Maintenance Engineer for the North Carolina DOT discussed how the response, recovery, and reimbursement lessons learned from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 were applied Hurricane Florence came calling in 2018. Emily’s presentation can be viewed by clicking NCDOT Weathering the Storms Matthew to Florence.