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Webinar: 5th State Showcase – Successful maintenance training in a virtual environment

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We’ll probably all agree that in person training is preferred and the social networking with colleagues is an added benefit. However, in todays environment of social distancing, instructor lead training in a face-to-face setting isn’t happening and the only way to continue developing our workforce in a formal setting is by utilizing virtual content delivery. In this 5th State Showcase webinar Susan Baillargeon of Front Range Community College and Nancy Laffey of Applied Pavement Technology present their views on what it takes to deliver successful content to maintenance workers in a virtual environment. George Walker (Maryland DOT), Don Strange (City of Highland Village, Texas) and Rob McArthur (Douglas County Colorado Public Works) provide their insight into being a successful student on virtual training.

CLICK HERE to view Nancy Laffey’s presentation on the NHI Maintenance Leadership Academy and Nevada LTAP
CLICK HERE to view Susan Baillargeon’s presentation on the Highway Maintenance Manager degree program

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.

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.

 

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.

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.