November 17-19, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
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Concurrent Workshop Sessions
Projects Reviews & Lessons Learned
Risk Allocation / Management
Professional Development Hours
Professional Development Hours (PDH), required for renewal of PE registration, will be available for as many of the workshop sessions as possible.
Historic Truss Bridge Rehab / 1:00-2:00 PM
William C. Pyontek, P.E., P.P.
Chief Bridge Engineer, French & Parrello Associates
French & Parrello Associates will provide the planning challenges associated with historic preservation and rehabilitation of trusses. The session highlights the rehabilitation of a Pratt Truss constructed in 1880 by Cleveland Bridge and Iron Co. The existing 103-foot-long, 17-foot-wide trusses was structurally deficient due to 6-ton postings and functionally obsolete, due to the 15-foot-wide, one lane roadway and a 13’ 6” restricted vertical clearance. The bridge was identified as eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Structures.
PA Turnpike - Constructability Challenges with a Curved Girder/Highly Skewed Bridges / 1:00-2:00 PM
James Stump, P.E.
Bridge Engineer Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
Steve Hrvoich, P.E.
Construction Engineering Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
Skewed and curved girder structures can present issues during design, fabrication and construction including members that are difficult to assemble during erection and girders with webs that are out of plumb. This presentation will discuss these many challenges that arose during construction and how all parties involved were able to work together to overcome these challenges to successfully complete this structure. Lessons learned from this project were carried over to the Center Road Bridge Replacement project that includes the construction of a curved girder bridge at MP 54.95.
Women in Industry / 1:00-2:00 PM
Transportation Systems Management & Operations - What does it mean to you?/ 1:00-2:00 PM
Mahmood Shehata, P.E.
Program Administrator – Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement, PennDOT
Daniel Farley, P.E.
Chief, TSMO Operations and Performance Section, PennDOT Bureau of Maintenance and Operations
Utlizing Ultra High Performance Concerete for Bridge Elements / 1:00-2:00 PM
JP Binard, P.E.
Owner and Manager, Precast Systems Engineering
Stream Control Design for Small Structures / 2:30-3:00 PM
Secretary/Treasurer, Loftus Construction, Inc.
Jon DiBerardino, P.E.
Steel Bridge Design Resources & Guidelines / 2:30-3:00 PM
Bridge Steel Specialist, National Steel Bridge Alliance
There are several published resources that can be used to aid in the development of efficient and economical steel-girder bridge superstructure. However, while there are several excellent resources available, some of them can be quite voluminous and intimidating. This presentation will present these resources, and demonstrate how to best employ them when working with a steel-girder bridge superstructure. There will be a dedicated focus on the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Guideline documents, Span to Weight Curves, NSBA Continuous Span Standards, NSBA Bolted Field Splice Design Examples, and the NSBA Steel I-Girder Bridge Fit documents. The 14 AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration Guideline documents have been developed by a wide-range of professionals.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace / 2:30-3:00 PM
Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
PA Turnpike - All Electronic Tolling: Where we go from here? / 2:30-3:30 PM
Don Steele, P.E.
Facility/Special Projects Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
The Turnpike started studying the possibility of using All Electronic Tolling(AET) almost a decade ago. Pilot projects were designed and constructed across the system to identify issues that needed to be solved prior to converting the entire system to AET. The Turnpike converted to AET in-place in 2020, it is scheduled to convert to Open Road Tolling starting in the eastern portion of the system in 2024 followed by the central and western portions in 2026.
Keeping an Eye on Maintainability During Design and Construction / 2:30-3:00 PM
Lori A. Musto
Senior Highway Maintenance Manager, PennDOT
How can designers and contractors focus on awareness of future maintenance issues during construction and design? Topics to include locating drainage markers in order to find inlets, proper and complete base repair that survive long after paving, curb replacement, consideration of future access to MS4 ponds. Program will include discussions on maintenance review of designs and coordination of operations with maintenance during construction for efficiency and cost savings.
The Precast & Prestressed Concrete Institute Resources / 3:00-3:30 PM
Greg Gorman, P.E.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, PennStress
Troy Jenkins, P.E.
Vice President and Chief Engineer, Northeast Prestressed
The Precast, Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) offers a variety of helpful resources for DOT professionals, consulting engineers and contractors involved in transportation projects. PCI recently released a twenty-page Transportation Publications and Online Resources Catalog which provides a convenient overview of the organization’s transportation reference manuals, handbooks, reports, guides, and on-demand eLearning webinars and courses. This presentation will go over some of the resources PCI provides.
Mentor Protege / 3:00-3:30 PM
SR 288 Realignment Zelienople Airport Runway / 3:00-3:30 PM
Tony Sadaka, P.E.
Manager, Widmer Engineering
The Realignment of SR 0288, Section B04 (Zelienople Road) and SR 1010 (Lake Road) adjacent to the Zelienople Municipal Airport Runway 17 is a moderately complex project that will horizontally realign and vertically lower these highways to accommodate FAA clearance requirements for night-time operations on the Airport’s Runway 17 approach. The project includes multiple realignments of up to approx. 3,000-feet of roadway and lowering the roadway surface ranging in depths from 25-50 feet. This project will eliminate multiple curves in the roadway to improve the stopping sight distance to meet the minimum requirements, widening of the lanes from 9-feet to 10-feet and improve the roadway drainage systems adjacent to the shoulders. Multiple utilities we relocated ahead of the roadway work. The fill removed from the road project will be utilized for a Runway shift project at the Zelienople airport. Lindy Paving was the low bidder for the Runway project which will involve placing new runway and taxiway with an upgraded Runway 17 that will be 17 feet higher than the existing Runway.
Keys to a Successful Project Delivery of SR 84, Section 247/249 Interstate Projects / 3:00-3:30 PM
David Molinaro, P.E.
Site/Civil Division Manager, Pennoni
Gerard Babinski, P.E.
Bridge Engineer, PennDOT – District 4-0
Concrete Pavement Updates / 4:00-4:30 PM
John Becker, P.E.
Richard Jucha, P.E.
Vice President, ACPA/PA
Latest concrete pavement technological improvements, related products and materials, and advancements in joint performance achieved through the ACPA/PA Joint Committee.
PA Turnpike - Commission Compliance Management Plan / 4:00-4:45 PM
Joseph Roman, P.E., P.T.O.E.
Engineer Project Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission entered into an agreement of consent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June of 2021 to execute a Compliance Management Plan. The three-year agreement with the EPA includes a modernization of the PTC’s Visual Site Inspection Report process, deficiency tracking as well as new reporting requirements. In Construction Year 2022, a new mobile inspection application will be use on all projects with earth disturbances. Mandatory Training for Construction Managers and Construction Inspectors will be available this winter.
English Center Suspension Bridge Rehabilitation / 4:00-4:30 PM
Scott R. Eshenaur, P.E.
Senior Project Manager, Modjeski and Masters, Inc.
PA Turnpike - Infrastructure Modeling and Data Management: The Road to Digital Delivery / 4:00-4:30 PM
Robert “Butch” Loncar, P.E.
Engineering Automation Coordinator, PA Turnpike Commission
Stephanie Rindosh, P.E.
Infrastructure Solutions Specialist, Microdesk
Jacque Brown, P.E.
Strategic Implementation Manager, Microdesk
Recognizing Time Impacts and Claims Avoidance / 4:00-5:00 PM
Jeffrey C. Bright, Esq.,
Senior Council, Saxton & Stump
Joe Hellenbrand, P.E., P.S.P.,
Senior Consultant, Capital Project Management, Inc.
Anthony Potter, Esq.
Shareholder, Offit Kurman
Thomas Mitchell, P.E.
Service Executive, McDonough Bolyard Peck
Construction often means encountering unanticipated time impacts. This seminar will educate Owners and Contractors on how to raise time impact issues and constructive dialogues to resolve these disputes effectively and equitably. The panel will discuss frequently disputed matters as well as the process and methods for resolution, including proper notice, the differences between delay and disruption claims, plus issues that arise in documenting and quantifying the claims.
PennDOT -Digital Delivery: Where are we heading? / 4:30-5:00 PM
Allen Melley, P.E.
Digital Delivery Team Lead, PennDOT
Alexa Mitchell, P.E.
Transportation BIM Program Manager, HDR
PennDOT Digital Delivery Directive 2025 is redefining how highway and bridge projects are delivered in the Commonwealth. Through this 5-year initiative, PennDOT’s objective is to transform the agency from a traditional 2D plan-centric to a full digital project delivery environment, in which the model is the single source of truth. Presenters will provide an overview of the strategic plan and the specific implementation plan activities to achieve the desired outcome. Also, presenters will provide a progress on current activities.
What's Hot with Asphalt Pavements / 4:30-5:00 PM
Gary L. Hoffman, P.E.
Director of Technical Services
PA Asphalt Pavement Association
Charles C. Goodhart, P.E.
PA Asphalt Pavement Association
The presentation will cover :
- Balanced Mix Design
- Asphalt Mix Performance Tests
- Asphalt Mix Design Gyration Level Reduction
- Asphalt Rich Base Layer
- Highly modified Asphalt
- Enhancing Longitudinal Pavement Joint Performance
Geotechnical Aspects of Pittsburgh SEA-CAP/I-579 / 4:30-5:00 PM
Sebastian Lobo-Guerrero Ph.D., P.E.
Geotechnical Project Manager/ Laboratory Manager, AGES Inc.
Taylor DaCanal, E.I.T.
Geotechnical Specialist, AGES Inc
The presentation will cover the Geotechnical aspects of the Sports Exhibit Authority CAP project over I-579 in downtown Pittsburgh. The project is still under construction and will provide a green sustainable park connecting the PPG Arena and the rest of down town when completed.
Friday, November 19, 2021
Closing General Session
Michael E. Reeder, P.E., Assistant Construction Engineer, PennDOT District 8-0
Mark A. Malhenzie, Senior Project Manager, PennDOT District 8-0
Mike Harter, Construction Manager, Erdman Anthony Assoc.
David A. Hamlet, P.E., Vice President and Highway Section Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Nathaniel S. Kirchner, P.E., Project Manager, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Fred Thompson, Vice President, Highway & Bridge Division, Kinsley Construction, Inc.
Scott Prowell, Project Manager, Highway & Bridge Division, Kinsley Construction, Inc.
John J. Dzurko, P.E., Senior Engineer Project Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
Dale V. Rosinski, P.E., Construction Project Manager, CDR Maguire, Inc.
Bradley Heigel, P.E., Chief Engineer, PA Turnpike Commission
PennDOT 2022 Forecast
Michael C. Keiser, P.E., Acting Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration, PennDOT