Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program (SICOP)


AASHTO Liaison
Rick Nelson, SICOP Coordinator
rnelson@aashto.org

This podcast is devoted to the promotion of completed research, best practices, and general information that winter service providers will find useful in accomplishing their winter service mission.

 

 

Episode 16: Winter maintenance and the social sciences

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Why do travelers make the decisions they do during bad weather is a much more difficult question than many transportation agencies are geared up to answer.  The trinity of successful…

Episode 15: What’s the news from TRB?

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The Transportation Research Board is a lot more than the week long Annual Meeting that happens every January. Listen in as SICOP Talks Winter Ops with James Bryant, TRBs Maintenance…

Episode 14: Oral history of winter maintenance in the US

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How did the evolution of modern winter maintenance take place? What significant milestones ushered in the tools that make up the modern winter maintenance tool box? Lee Smithson, formerly of…

Episode 13: We got big data – now what?

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Many agencies have been collecting a lot of data, GPS/AVL coordinates, RWIS, mobile observations, photos and the like.  Now comes the time to ask So What?  Until you do something…

Episode 12: Taking liquids to the max. Liquid only routes.

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Agencies have been using salt brines and a variety of other liquid concoctions for years as a winter maintenance strategy. Pre-wetting stockpiles, pre-wetting at the spinner, slurries, direct application for…

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…

Episode 10: It’s All About the Equipment

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It’s no surprise that having the right equipment, in the right place is one of the top-10 things you should have to be a world class winter maintenance operation.  Caltrans…

Episode 9: Why You Should Be A Pathfinder

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The true value in a forecast is when folks actually use them and make smart decisions in response to the weather.  Road weather forecasts are specifically focused on how the…

Episode 8: Timely and Accurate Forecasts

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Having timely and accurate road weather forecasts is one of the top-10 things you should have to be a world class winter maintenance operation.  Utah DOT has a program where…

Episode 7: Are we sustainable?

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Using sustainable winter maintenance practices is one of the top-10 things you should be doing to have a world class winter maintenance program but what does being sustainable mean?  Sustainability…

Episode 6: Winter always wins the budget war

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In the struggle to second guess Mother Nature when preparing your winter maintenance budget winter will always win, often at the expense of other maintenance activities. Having adequate budget is…

Episode 5: Part 2 Top-10 Things for a World Class Winter Maintenance Program

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A short while back SICOP took to social media with the goal of identifying the 10 most important things an agency should do to have a world class winter maintenance…

Episode 4: Part 1 Top-10 Things For A World Class Winter Maintenance Program

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A short while back SICOP set about to identify the Top-10 things that would be necessary to have a world class winter maintenance program. Using crowd-sourced data we hit upon…

Episode 3: Whats Up With TRB Winter Maintenance?

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Tina Greenfield and Kathy Ahlenius give some insight into the Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees they chair and how you can participate in this enriching activity. Tina chairs TRB Committee…

Episode 2: What is SICOP?

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Steve Lund, SICOP’s Chairman and State Maintenance Engineer for the Minnesota DOT visits with Rick Nelson about the SICOP program. We discuss what SICOP is, what we do, and the…

Episode 1: Welcome to SICOP Talks Winter Ops

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Introduction to the SICOP Talks Winter Ops podcast. The podcast of AASHTOs Winter Maintenance Technical Service Program – SICOP   https://www.buzzsprout.com/91730/568361-welcome-to-sicop-talks-winter-ops.mp3 Send comments to Rick Nelson, SICOP Coordinator Start a…