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Episode 28: Challenges of winter maintenance in the south

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No part of the country is immune from the effects of winter weather.  Winter storms in the southern reaches of the US are particularly difficult to deal with.  Events severe enough that require attention, frequent enough you have to plan for them, and the challenge of dealing with budget realities of not enough to address all your maintenance activities.

Listen in as SICOP Talks Winter Ops with David as he shares some insight into what it’s like to deal with the winter on the roadways in Louisiana. 

For more information about the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development visit their website at LA DOTD

or contact Chief Maintenance Engineer David Miller at david.miller@la.gov

Listen in as SICOP Talks Winer Ops with David Miller, Chief Maintenance Engineer for the Louisiana DOTD

 

 

Webinar: 3rd State Showcase – The use of technology in achieving the maintenance mission

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In this 3rd State Showcase webinar Natalie Roark and Travis Teter of the Missouri DOT discuss the development of an automated highway flagger station centered around a trailer mounted impact attenuator to provide safe flagging operations, a device they call the TMA flagger.  Russ Buchholz of the North Dakota DOT provides the second presentation in this webinar centered around the Unmanned Aerial Systems and special operations waivers in play at the North Dakota DOT.  You can reach out to the presenters of this webinar by clicking on their links above.

For more information about the Missouri DOT TMA Flagger you can read the report prepared by the University of Missouri-Columbia by clicking TMA Flagger University Study.

 

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

For a list of the standards utilized by NDOT in their IMO project see NDOT Use of Available Standard Measures

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 11: Which way should the snowplow go? Route Optimization

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Having an efficient and effective winter maintenance program is built largely on having the right resources at the right place at the right time. This begs to question, Which way should the snowplow go? Route optimization made the top-10 list of things for a world class winter maintenance program and is front and center on the minds of state members of the SICOP winter maintenance technical service program. Several state DOTs are utilizing route optimization programs and many more are considering starting a route optimization program.

Kyle Lester(CO DOT), Jim Hughes (WI DOT), and Larry Gangle (ND DOT) sit down with SICOP and Talk Winter Ops and talk about their experiences with route optimization in their states.

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