2018 SEMINAR AGENDA

November 14-16, 2018 / Hershey Lodge

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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5:00 to 6:00 pm / Cocoa 6

Maximize Your Membership

An informal gathering of APC New Members and Fall Seminar first-timers..

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5:45 to 7:00 pm

Icebreaker Reception with Exhibitors

The reception is open to all seminar registrants.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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7:30 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
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9:30 to 11:30 am

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

Presiding:
Max J. Hempt, President, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and President, Hempt Brothers, Inc.


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11:45 am

Luncheon with Exhibitors

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1:00-2:45 pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

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STRUCTURES 1

Location: EMPIRE ABCD
Co-Moderators:
Kevin J. Loftus – President – Loftus Construction, Inc.
Tom Macioce, P.E. – Chief Bridge Engineer – Bridge Design & Technology Division – PennDOT


  • 1:00pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 1:05pmStability of Long Span Steel Bridges During Design and Construction
    • Design
      This presentation will cover design aspects of the SR 903 Bridge in Jim Thorpe, PA. Issues will include strength and stability of the plate girders immediately after the framing is completed , during deck pour, and in the completed bridge in accordance with AASHTO/PADOT LRFD codes and standards.
    • Erection
      This presentation will cover the erection of multi-girder and truss bridges in the 250 ft to 330 ft span range. Case studies will include: SR 903 (Jim Thorpe, PA), SR 6026/SR322 & SR 322/SR 6220 (Centre County, PA), I-495/I-95/I-390 (Springfield, VA), and NY Rte 270 over the Erie Canal (near Buffalo). In addition to conventional practice of the case studies, select excerpts will be reviewed from selected other projects to illustrate the importance of anticipating stability measures (bearing alignment, temporary tie-downs to substructures, lateral bracing, etc.) in accordance with PADOT Pub 408, Section 1050.
    • Kevin Sears, P.E., AECOM
    • Robert Cisneros, P.E., High Steel Structures
  • 1:50pmRehabilitation of the Passyunk Avenue Drawbridge
    • This presentation will discuss rehabilitation of the 18 span Passyunk Avenue Drawbridge across the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia under a 3 year, $33.5 million dollar project. The work included reconditioning or replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems for the 218 ft., 4 leaf bascule span, as well as steel repairs, substructure repairs, and installation of a latex modified concrete overlay on the entire structure.
    • David Cutler, P.E., Michael Baker International
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TECHNOLOGY TOOLS

Location: WILD ROSE AB
Co-Moderators:
Kyle E. Eaton, Vice President – Rylind Construction Company, Inc.
Debbie Reihart, Section Chief, Systems Management Section, Bureau of Project Delivery – PennDOT


  • 1:00pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 1:05pmPennDOT & PA Turnpike Tech Update
    • Debbie Reihart, Chief, Systems Management Section, Bureau of Project Delivery, PennDOT
    • Jeffrey Wilson, Engineer Project Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • 1:30pmProgram Management Standards of Speed-Enforcement Cameras in Pennsylvania
    • Speed-enforcement cameras are proven technology to reduce crashes and fatalities on roadways. A variety of states enacted laws to incorporate speed-enforcement cameras in work zones, recognizing the safety benefits for highway workers and the travelling public. In Pennsylvania, a legislative push commenced in the 2015-16 Session to support speed-enforcement cameras legislation. Since the legislation was not passed by both chambers in the 2015-16 Session, Senator David Argall (R-29) and Senator Judy Schwank (D-11) co-sponsored the speed-enforcement cameras legislation again in the 2017-18 Session. The purpose of this seminar is to review the program management standards of speed-enforcement cameras in active work zones included in Act 86 of 2018. Participants will learn about these program management standards from Nolan Ritchie who led the development of the legislative and policy framework for advancing speed-enforcement cameras in Pennsylvania.
    • Nolan R. Ritchie, M.P.A., Executive Director, Senate Transportation Committee, Office of Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44)
  • 1:55pmPennDOT’s Participation in EDC-4 CHANGE – Next-Generation Hydraulic Modeling Tools
    • FHWA has recognized the benefits of two dimensional (2D) hydraulic modeling as the next generation of hydraulic modeling tools. The presentation will highlight PennDOT’s 2D hydraulic modeling experience from culverts to major bridges.
    • Donna M. Newell, P.E., President, NTM Engineering, Inc.
    • Rachel L. Tereska, P.E., Principal, NTM Engineering, Inc.
  • 2:20pmAn Autonomous Rebar-tying Robot for Bridge Deck Construction
    • Rebar-tying is a time consuming, repetitive, and accident prone activity in an industry facing increasing labor shortages. TyBot™, an autonomous rebar-tying robot, can augment or reduce labor need in the most critical path activity in bridge deck construction and is seamlessly integrated into present day construction operations working alongside crew members to complete the riskier, undesirable tasks, increasing overall productivity.
    • Stephen M. Muck, Co-founder & CEO, TyBot LLC
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CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

Location: COCOA TERRACE/COCOA 1
Co-Moderators:
Geoffrey W. Clarke – Executive Vice President – Swank Construction Company, LLC
Brent L. Trivelpiece – Construction Quality Assurance Section Chief – PennDOT


  • 1:00pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 1:05pme-Construction/Partnering
    • John Myler, Assistant Construction Manager, District11-0, PennDOT
    • Brent L. Trivelpiece, Construction Quality Assurance Section Chief, PennDOT
  • 1:30pmProject Delays – Show me the Impacts
    • This program will discuss inefficiency and other impact claims, and aid project personnel in better understanding means and methods to calculate and recover impact damages based upon project delays.
    • Mason Avrigian Jr., Esq., Attorney, Post & Schell PC
    • Jeffrey P. Wallack, Esq., Attorney, Post & Schell PC
  • 2:15pmCM/GC Properly Implemented = Innovation on Steroids
    • The Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) delivery method is a tool for rapidly and cost-effectively delivering transportation projects and programs. Discover best management practices that have unlocked valuable CM/GC benefits for owners.
    • Gregg A. Hostetler, P.E., Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Engineers, LLC
    • Frank Hickson, P.E., President, Infrastructure Engineers, LLC
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PA TURNPIKE COMMISSION

Location: MAGNOLIA ABCD
Moderator:
Michael D. Shaak, P.E.  – Assistant Chief Engineer-Construction – PA Turnpike Commission


  • 1:00pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 1:05pmMS4 Stormwater Management
    • The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission obtained a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit which authorizes stormwater discharges from roads, bridges, and facilities within urbanized areas. The Commission’s MS4 permit requires the implementation of a stormwater management plan to reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as sediment, to surface waters of the Commonwealth. This presentation will provide an overview of the Commission’s MS4 program and the actions taken to assure permit compliance.
    • Nicholas Noss, P.E., Engineer Project Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • 1:30pmConstruction Site Run-off Control
    • As part of its efforts to comply with erosion and sediment control requirements during earth disturbance activities, the Commission is re-examining operational guidance to construction management, inspection, quality assurance, and maintenance personnel, as well as contractual requirements for contractors. This presentation will provide an overview of changes that are being considered or which have already been implemented.
    • Brian M. Ranck, P.E., Construction Engineering Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
  • 1:55pmCashless Tolling
    • Since 2012 the Turnpike has been preparing to convert to Cashless Tolling. A few pilot locations have already been converted and design is underway to convert the entire system. This presentation will talk about the reasons the Turnpike decided to convert to Cashless Tolling. The presentation will also discuss the pilot projects that have already been converted as well as the schedule for the remainder of the Turnpike’s conversion.
    • Donald L. Steele, P.E., Special Projects Engineering Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
  • 2:20pm Southern Beltway Project
    • The Southern Beltway is a 13-mile expansion project connecting the Pittsburgh International Airport at US Route 22 to Interstate 79 on the West side of Pittsburgh. This $800M project includes 5 new interchanges, 8 pairs of mainline bridges, 2 pairs of I-79 bridges, local bridges and several dozen smaller structures and culverts. This presentation will provide an update on the status of the construction progress and also include an overview of several unique project challenges such as pickle liquor sludge, undocumented gas/oil wells, and community impacts.
    • Dale Rosinski, P.E., Project Manager, CD Maguire
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CHAMPIONING WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION

Location: CRYSTAL A
Co-Moderators:
Melinda B. Peters, P.E., DBIA, CCM – Partner – RK&K
Leslie S. Richards – Secretary of Transportation – PennDOT


  • 1:00pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 1:05pmRemarks
    • Building on the Empowering Women in Highway Construction Roundtable from last years APC event, Secretary Richards will discussion her efforts to ensure opportunities are available in our industry.
    •      Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation, PennDOT
  • 1:25pmThe Continuing Rise of Women in Construction
    • Overview of the growth of the company from Women Owned Enterprise to graduation from the program and highlight the success of this women owned business in construction. Keys to continue to support and grow women throughout the organization and highlight the advantages of fostering the hiring and advancement of women in the construction business, emphasizing how the business world continues to change.
    •       Heather L. Abbs, Director of Operations, Strongstown’s B&K Enterprises, Inc.
  • 1:35pmThe Women’s Leadership Forum at RK&K
    • The senior women at RK&K founded a grass roots initiative to support women achieve their career goals through mentoring & learning. The forum provides opportunities and a receptive environment to explore/overcome the challenges career women encounter. The discussion will focus on experiences, lessons learned, & examples of how this forum has impacted RK&K staff.
    •       Jennifer L. Trimble, P.E., D.GE, Manager, RK&K
    •       Heather L. Abbs, Director of Operations, Strongstown’s B&K Enterprises, Inc.
  • 1:45pmRemarks
    • Women face similar and sometimes different career issues in the public and private sector. The discussion will focus on experiences, lessons learned from someone who has been on both sides.
    •      Jennie Granger, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, PennDOT
  • 1:55pm Increasing Female Participation through Workforce Development and External Partnerships
    • Workforce Development programs close the skill gap and increase female percentages in the construction industry. This discussion will provide an overview of the partnerships with agencies, universities and internal job training that Lane has implemented as well as highlight success stories.
    • Charlea Washington, Human Resource Officer, The Lane Construction Corporation
  • 2:05pm Q&A Roundtable
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2:45 pm

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

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3:45-5:30 pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

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STRUCTURES 2

Location: EMPIRE ABCD
Co-Moderators:
Kevin J. Loftus – President – Loftus Construction, Inc.
Tom Macioce, P.E. – Chief Bridge Engineer – Bridge Design & Technology Division – PennDOT


  • 3:45pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 3:50pmAccelerated Deck Replacement and Rehabilitation of 89 Year Old Liberty Bridge
    • This presentation will describe the history of the 2,600’ truss, details of deck patch testing, the deck selection process and ABC solution, rehabilitation design, use of PennDOT Connects, and owner/contractor partnering in construction.
    • Nicholas J. Burdette, P.E., Associate, HDR
    • Jason Zang, P.E., Principle Assistant Construction Engineer, PennDOT District 11-0
  • 4:35pmGAME CHANGER: How Bridge Information Modelling is the Paradigm Shift the Industry Needs Right Now
    • With advances in software, more efficient workflows are replacing the traditional 2D design process. The presentation is an overview of Pennoni’s Bridge Information Modelling (BrIM) and visualization initiative.
    • Michael Alestra, P.E., Project Engineer, Pennoni Associates
    • Joseph Spadea, P.E., Senior Engineer, Pennoni Associates
  • 5:00pmRehabilitation of the Frankford Ave. Bridge, the Nation’s Oldest Highway Bridge
    • The Frankford Avenue Bridge, built in 1697, is the oldest continuously-used roadway bridge in the United States. It is a 3-span stone masonry arch bridge in Philadelphia that was rehabilitated in 2018.
    • Michael J. Cuddy, P.E., Principal/Senior Vice President TranSystems
    • Din Abazi, P.E., Assistant Bridge Engineer, PennDOT District 6-0
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ENVIRONMENTAL

Location: WILD ROSE AB
Co-Moderators:
Fred Thompson – Highway and Bridge Division Manager – Kinsley Construction, Inc.
Mark D. Lombard – Section Chief – Environmental Policy & Development Section – PennDOT


  • 3:45pm Welcome & Introductions

  • 3:50pmPermitting: What Contractors Need to Know Now That They Have Permit Authorization
    • Understanding how the PA DEP and the USACE regulate and permit projects impacting roadside ditches is the key to cost effective and timely 404-105 permitting.
    • Lonnie R. Young, Vice President, RETTEW Associates, Inc.
    • Ryan Coleman, Environmental Scientist, RETTEW Associates, Inc.
  • 4:35pmSR 1003 Over Wallis Run: Extreme Event Infrastructure & Stream Restoration
    • The SR 1003 over Wallis Run Bridge, approach roadway, HQEV stream and pipeline displaced by an extreme event. PennDOT, Dewberry and Hawbaker implemented joint infrastructure and natural channel restoration, DB embankment and bridge replacement.
    • Thomas A. Graupensperger, Senior Environmental Scientist, Project Manager, Dewberry
  • 5:00pm“Don’t Get Stuck in the Ditch”: 404-105 Permitting of Roadside Ditch Jurisdiction
    • Understanding how the PA DEP and the USACE regulate and permit projects impacting roadside ditches is the key to cost effective and timely 404-105 permitting.
    • Thomas R. Johnston Jr., AAssistant Vice President Natural Resources, Skelly and Loy, Inc.
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DESIGN/CONSULTANT FOCUS

Location: COCOA TERRACE/COCOA 1
Co-Moderators:
Perry M. Schweiss, P.E. – President – SPK Engineering, Inc.
Michele Harter, P.E. – Section Chief – Contract Management Section – PennDOT


  • 3:45pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 3:50pmConsultant Agreement and Construction Inspection Policy
    • Michele Harter, P.E., Section Chief, Contract Management Section, PennDOT
    • Karen Gabel, Transportation Construction Manager, Contract Management Section, PennDOT
  • 4:15pmABC Bridge Replacement Supporting a Signalized Lehigh Valley Arterial Intersection
    • Matthew Hickson, P.E., Principal-Structural Services, Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
  • 4:40pmRoadway Asset Management
    • Dominic Passanita, P.E., Project Manager, Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC
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PA TURNPIKE COMMISSION

Location: MAGNOLIA ABCD
Moderator:
Michael D. Shaak, P.E.  – Assistant Chief Engineer-Construction – PA Turnpike Commission


  • 3:45pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 3:50pmMS4 Stormwater Management
    • The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission obtained a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit which authorizes stormwater discharges from roads, bridges, and facilities within urbanized areas. The Commission’s MS4 permit requires the implementation of a stormwater management plan to reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as sediment, to surface waters of the Commonwealth. This presentation will provide an overview of the Commission’s MS4 program and the actions taken to assure permit compliance.
    • Nicholas Noss, P.E., Engineer Project Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
  • 4:15pmConstruction Site Run-off Control
    • As part of its efforts to comply with erosion and sediment control requirements during earth disturbance activities, the Commission is re-examining operational guidance to construction management, inspection, quality assurance, and maintenance personnel, as well as contractual requirements for contractors. This presentation will provide an overview of changes that are being considered or which have already been implemented.
    • Brian M. Ranck, P.E., Construction Engineering Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
  • 4:40pmCashless Tolling
    • Since 2012 the Turnpike has been preparing to convert to Cashless Tolling. A few pilot locations have already been converted and design is underway to convert the entire system. This presentation will talk about the reasons the Turnpike decided to convert to Cashless Tolling. The presentation will also discuss the pilot projects that have already been converted as well as the schedule for the remainder of the Turnpike’s conversion.
    • Donald L. Steele, P.E., Special Projects Engineering Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
  • 5:05pm Southern Beltway Project
    • The Southern Beltway is a 13-mile expansion project connecting the Pittsburgh International Airport at US Route 22 to Interstate 79 on the West side of Pittsburgh. This $800M project includes 5 new interchanges, 8 pairs of mainline bridges, 2 pairs of I-79 bridges, local bridges and several dozen smaller structures and culverts. This presentation will provide an update on the status of the construction progress and also include an overview of several unique project challenges such as pickle liquor sludge, undocumented gas/oil wells, and community impacts.
    • Dale Rosinski, P.E., Project Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
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DIVERSITY IN OUR INDUSTRY

Location: CRYSTAL A
Co-Moderators:
Clayton J. Stahl – President – Gulisek Construction, LLC
Katherine Peters – Director – Bureau of Equal Opportunity – PennDOT


  • 3:45pm Welcome & Introductions
  • 3:50pmUnderstanding and Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the Road and Bridge Construction Industry
    • Panel Discussion.
    • Herman W. Lloyd, Senior Vice-President and the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, JMT
    • Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
    • Eric G. Madden, Vice President and the Deputy Chief Marketing Officer, JMT
    • Charlea D. Washington, Human Resource Officer, The Lane Construction Corporation
  • 4:45pmOn-The-Job Training Program
    • Morris Helton, OJT Administrator, Bureau of Equal Opportunity, PennDOT
  • 5:05pmBEO Audience Questions and Answer Session
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5:30 pm

Informal Interaction

Friday, November 16, 2018

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7:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

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9:30 am

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

Presiding:
Charles J. Niederriter, Vice President, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and Chief Operating Officer, Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.


  • Completing I-95’s Missing Link – PA Turnpike’s I-276 / I-95 Interchange Project
    • Mark Raup, P.E., Sr. Engineer Project Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
    • Michael J. Phillips, P.E., Sr. Engineer Project Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
  • Expedite Bidding Software Replacement in ECMS
    • Michele Harter, Chief of Contract Management, PennDOT
    • Lynn Phillips, ManagerContract Award Office, PennDOT
  • Project in the Spotlight Remediation of the S.R. 30 Landslide in Allegheny County
    • Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, P.E.,District 11-0 Executive, PennDOT
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10:30-11:00 am

Refreshment Break

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11:00 am

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

    • PA Turnpike Commission Highway and Bridge Capital Plan / Independent PlanFY19

      • Bradley J. Heigel, P.E., Chief Engineer, PA Turnpike Commission
      • Myneca Ojo, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, PA Turnpike Commission
    • 2019 PennDOT Program Forecast
      • George W. McAuley, Jr., P.E., Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration, PennDOT

Professional Development Hours

Professional Development Hours (PDH), required for renewal of PE registration, will be available for as many of the above sessions as possible.