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

Have you ever been part of one of those conversations that you wished others could have been in on too? The SICOP Talks Winter Ops podcast is just that opportunity to listen in on thought provoking conversations with experts and practitioners who have walked the walk.  Devoted to all things winter maintenance and road weather related, our guests and topics range from practical to academic, tactical to strategic, and the folks who get the job done.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Episode 19: When the snow hits the fan – Emergency operations methodology

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Maintenance is used to responding to severe weather but when the storm escalates into a state of emergency maintenance becomes just one of the players addressing the event.  Clear Roads…

Episode 18: Just what has SICOP been up to? 2018 SICOP Year In Review

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SICOP exists to support member states in fulfilling their winter maintenance mission.  As one of AASHTOs Technical Service Programs we are supported through voluntary contributions made by state DOTs.  Throughout…

Episode 17: You can’t manage what you don’t measure

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Agencies have been performing winter maintenance in one manner or another for a hundred years. Measuring how well we’ve been doing is a…

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…

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