NOVEMBER 16-18, 2022

HERSHEY, PA

Seminar Agenda

Tentative Agenda

The agenda listed may be subject to change.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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1:00 pm

Event Check-in / On-site Registration / Information Desk

  • Registration Check-in & the APC Information Desk is open from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Registration Sponsor

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4:30 to 8:00 pm

Icebreaker Reception with Exhibitors

The reception is open to all seminar registrants.

Sponsor

Thursday, November 17, 2022

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7:15 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

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7:30 am

Event Check-in / On-site Registration / Information Desk

  • Registration Check-in & the APC Information Desk is open from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Registration Sponsor

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9:15-11:30 am

Opening General Session

Presiding
Albert D. Hoffman, President, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors & Road-Con, Inc.

Sponsor

Keynote Speaker

Todd Blackledge –  more info.

APC Membership Meeting / Advocacy Wrap-Up

Robert E. Latham, Executive Vice President, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors

Remarks

Mark Compton, CEO, PA Turnpike Commission
Yassmin Gramian, P.E., Secretary, PA Dept. of Transportation

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11:45 am

Lunch with Exhibitors

Lunch will be available from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm.

Tentative Agenda

The agenda listed may be subject to change.

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1:00-2:00 pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

Best Practices in Regulated Fill / 1:00-2:00 PM

Room: Empire ABCD

Al Hoffman
President, Road-Con, Inc.

Jeff Obrecht
RKK

Paul Caulfield
Dering

Todd Trautz
Micheal Baker International

Josh Farley
PA Turnpike Commission

Vaughn Schlachter
PennDOT

Workshop Room Sponsor

Description

This session engages TQI team members from PTC, PennDOT, ACEC-PA, and APC in a panel discussion of their recommendations for the management of fill in a variety of civil construction import, export and reuse conditions. Among the topics addressed are understanding owners’ and contractors’ perspectives and expectations, environmental due diligence and soil classifications, and compliance with Pennsylvania’s soil management regulations, permits, and policy. Panelists will cover both design and construction considerations and will share the team’s recommendations for construction special provisions.

Lessons Learned in Tuscarora Tunnel / 1:00-2:00 PM

Room: Magnolia ABCD

Dave Bateman
PA Turnpike Commission

Trevor Engle, P.E.
PA Turnpike Commission

Description

Presentation focusing on the Commission’s Tunnel Program and the issues and lessons learned from the Tuscarora Tunnel Rehab Project. The presentation will highlight the design considerations and construction challenges faced in rehabbing an 80 year old tunnel.

 

How To Maximize Your APC Membership / 1:00-1:30 PM

Room: Crystal A

Robert Latham
Executive Vice President, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors

Description

Will be posted when available.

Lane Reservation / 1:00-1:30 PM

Room: Crystal A
Description

Will be posted when available.

Clearing the Air – OSHA Regulation of Airborne Exposuress / 1:00-2:00 PM

Room: Wild Rose AB

Jeffrey C. Bright, Esq.
Shareholder, Saxton & Stump LLC

Lisa Bolin, CIH, CSP, CIAQP
Manager of Environmental Health and Hygiene at High Environmental Health & Safety Consulting, Saxton & Stump LLC

Stehen J. Matzura, Esq.
Shareholder and Co-Chair of Environmental, Saxton & Stump LLC

Description

Airborne exposures in the workplace remain a priority for OSHA enforcement, including at construction sites for highways and bridges. Compliance with standards for silica, chromium, lead, and other airborne contaminants, including isocyanates, can be technical and complex, implicating controls through engineering, work practices, training, and respiratory protection. This panel will address the OSHA regulatory framework for airborne contaminants and legal, technical, contractual, and practical considerations to protect workers, mitigate noncompliance, and respond to OSHA inspections and enforcement.

Design Build Best Vaule / 1:00-2:00 PM

Room: Cocoa Terrace/Cocoa 1
Description

Will be posted when available.

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2:00-2:30 pm

Break

WORKSHOP TRACKS

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PA Turnpike

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PENNDOT

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RISK MANAGEMENT

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STRUCTURES

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PENNDOT

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WBE/EEO/DIVERSITY

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MATERIALS

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.

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2:30-3:30 pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

Tors. Cracking & Load Rating of Rein Concrete Arch Bridge / 2:30-3:00 PM

Room: Empire ABCD

Workshop Room Sponsor

Description

Will be posted when available.

Weekend Rehabilitation of SR 60 Sec A55 Thornburg Bridge with Fast Track Hydrodemolition and Very Ea / 3:00-3:30 PM

Room: Empire ABCD

Al Kenz
Modified Concrete Suppliers, LLC

Workshop Room Sponsor

Description

Presentation will cover Scarification, removal of weakened concrete with Fast Track Hydro Demolition, preparation and placement of a Very Early Strength Latex Modified Concrete overlay on ECMS 109510 SR 60 Sec A55 Thornburg Bridge in Penndot District 11. Each step will be detailed during the allowable weekend (Friday PM to Monday AM) closures to complete the work.   

PA Turnpike - All Things ORT / 2:30-3:00 PM

Room: Magnolia ABCD

Don Steele, P.E.
Facility/Special Projects Manager, PA Turnpike Commission

Steve Dale
Senior Project Manager, PA Turnpike Commission

Ed Skorpinski
Engineer Project Manager 2, PA Turnpike Commission

Description

This presentation will provide a brief update on the Pa Turnpike’s conversion to Open Road Tolling. It will also cover the Commissions Fiberoptic network construction.

PA Turnpike - PTC Sustainability / 3:00-3:30 PM

Room: Magnolia ABCD

Keith Jack
Director of Facilities, PA Turnpike Commission

Chris David
Regional Facilities Manager West, PA Turnpike Commission

Description
Sustainability is one of the core values of the Pa Turnpike Commission. Join our Director of Facilities for discussion on the Commissions initiatives to become a more sustainable enterprise.

Mentor Protégé / 2:30-3:30 PM

Room: Crystal A
Description

Will be posted when available.

Safety Barrier Branching Transition/Anchored Cross Bolt Barrier / 2:30-3:00 PM

Room: Wild Rose AB
Description

Will be posted when available.

Understanding Precast Safety Barrier Crash Testing/Deflection / 3:00-3:30 PM

Room: Wild Rose AB
Description

Will be posted when available.

Geophysics: A Long-Standing but Constantly Innovative Resource for Transportation Engineering / 2:30-3:00 PM

Room: Cocoa Terrace/Cocoa 1

Felicia Kegel Bechtel
Senior Geophysical Advisor and Special Projects, RETTEW

Description
Geophysics, the earth-science equivalent to medical radiology, helps detect and delineate potential targets or issues underground or underwater before they reach the ground surface, or are exposed by construction or maintenance activities. Surprises cost time and money, and may have safety and liability consequences. Geophysics allows early detection of features such as shallow rock, developing sinkholes, undocumented utilities, saturated or unsuitable soils, bridge pier scour, decayed or missing rebar, and delaminations in pavement structure or unsupported pavement over undetected drop-outs.

In transportation engineering, there is a wide range of potential questions (e.g. determining rebar conditions and patterns, detection of faults or fractures, analyzing the seismic response of bridges, etc.), a wide range of media through which one might like to “see” (e.g. asphalt, concrete, soil, rock, water), and a very wide range of problem “scale” (e.g. characterizing landslide or sinkhole potential over large areas for project routing down to locating a single manhole or valve box that has been paved-over). The rapid expansion of digital, and now wireless, technology has led to innovative geophysical instruments and methods for addressing all scales, nearly all materials, and many potential questions about the subsurface.

This review of the roles of geophysics in transportation engineering will emphasize the importance of matching both old and newly-emerging technologies with the critical questions and site conditions using case histories spanning different applications, materials and scales. These examples will also illustrate what several recent accounting studies have shown: money budgeted for geophysics starting early in any transportation project returns many times that money in later project stages or lifetime through early detection and elimination of surprises.

Concrete Pavement / 3:00-3:30 PM

Room: Cocoa Terrace/Cocoa 1

John Becker, P.E.
ACPA

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3:30-4:00 pm

Break

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4:00-5:00 pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

Implementation of Balanced Mix Design/Asphalt Mix Performance Tests at PennDOT & Other Hot Topics / 4:00-4:30 PM

Empire ABCD

Charles C. Goodhart, P.E.
Executive Director, PA Asphalt Pavement Association

Mary Robbins
Director of Technical Service, PA Asphalt Pavement Association

Workshop Room Sponsor

Description
The PA Asphalt Pavement Association is working with PennDOT to transition from SUPERPAVE Mix Design to Balanced Mix Design with Performance Tests. We are in the second year of a five-year effort to facilitate implementation of BMD. What we learned and where we stand with enactment of BMD and specifically how industry needs to get prepared for 2026 full deployment will be covered. Other “hot” topics like reduced nDesign Gyration Levels, Long Life Asphalt Pavement Design, Crack and Seat Pavement Rehabilitation, SMA, VRAM, etc. will also be included.

Hernando de Soto Bridge Emergency / 4:30-5:00 PM

Empire ABCD

Workshop Room Sponsor

Description

Will be posted when available.

The Transportation Quality Initiative’s (TQI) Daily Commitment / 4:00-5:00 PM

Room: Magnolia ABCD

Todd Trautz, P.E., PTOE
Senior Associate & Traffic Department Manager, Michael Baker International LLC

Description

Did you know that the Transportation Quality Initiative (TQI) Program has an organized and focused group of industry leaders and professionals from the PTC, PennDOT, APC and ACEC-PA that work daily to minimize owner-contractor conflicts and to address industry issues that represent barriers to mutual project successes? Come learn more about the ongoing workings of TQI and hear about what is being worked on in the areas of supply chain impacts, regulated fill, shop drawing reviews and processes, stormwater design and training, and dispute resolution.

Women in Industry /4:00-4:30 PM

Room: Crystal A
Description

Will be posted when available.

PennDOT: E-Certification / 4:30-5:00 PM

Room: Crystal A
Description

Will be posted when available.

Future of the Safety Professional / 4:00-5:00 PM

Room: Wild Rose AB

Frank Baxter
Director of Loss Prevention, Construction Risk Partners

Description

This presentation will discuss the employment outlook for the Safety Profession. Describe what make someone a safety professional and how to spot up and coming employees that could be safety professional by understanding what are some key aspects that make up a good Safety Professional. Lastly, give great examples of why and how a Safety Professional could help the bottom line.

PennDOT: Digital Delivery / 4:00-4:30 PM

Room: Cocoa Terrace/Cocoa 1

Allen Melley, P.E.
Digital Delivery Team Lead, PennDOT

Jennifer Steen, P.E.
Highway and Local Roads BIM Director, PennDOT

Description

The PennDOT Digital Delivery Directive 2025 is embarking in its second year of the implementation of the strategic plan developed in 2020. During this presentation, the speakers will provide a brief update on the Directive, then dive into the details of the pilot projects that are utilizing 3D model deliverables for each milestone submission. The presentation will cover details related to the process of developing the Digital Delivery Guidelines document and coordination with contractors, inspectors and external stakeholders through digital sandboxes.

PA Turnpike: Digital Delivery / 4:30-5:00 PM

Room: Cocoa Terrace/Cocoa 1

Stephanie Rindosh, P.E.
Infrastructure Solutions Specialist – Microdesk, PA Turnpike Commission

Mark Anderson
Assistant Design Services Manager, PA Turnpike Commission

Description

Will be posted when available.

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5:30-7:30 pm

Informal Interaction

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8:00-11:00 pm

APC Hospitality Suite

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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.

Friday, November 18, 2022

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7:30-9:00 am

Breakfast

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8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Closing General Session

Presiding
Scott Grannas, Vice President, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors &
President, Grannas Brothers Stone & Asphalt Co.

CSVT Project Status and Highlights

Matthew Beck, P.E. – Assistant Plans Engineer, PennDOT District 3-0

Ted Deptula, P.E. – Assistant Construction Engineer, PennDOT District 3-0

Description
The Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) Project involves the construction of a new 4-lane limited access highway, approximately 13 miles long, connecting US 11/15 in Snyder County to US 15 in Union County to PA 147 in Northumberland County. After being in development for decades, construction of the $900 million project began in early 2016, when work started on a new 4,545-foot-long bridge across the West Branch Susquehanna River. The overall project is being completed through 7 individual construction contracts procured through the design-bid-build process. The new river bridge and the rest of the project’s Northern Section opened to traffic in July 2022, and its Southern Section is anticipated to open in 2027. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and its status and will review key features and challenges of each section.

Mon-Fayette Expressway Update

Brian Mostek – Senior Project Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
Craig White – Project Manager, Johnson, Mirmiram & Thompson Inc.

Description
Posted when available.
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10:00-10:30 am

Refreshment Break

Fern Hollow Emergency Bridge Replacement

Description

Posted when available.

PA Turnpike Capitol Plan 2023

Bradley Heigel, P.E., Chief Engineer, PA Turnpike Commission

2023 PennDOT Program Forecast

Michael C. Keiser, PE, Acting Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration, PennDOT