November 17-19, 2021

Hershey Lodge

Seminar Agenda

Tentative Agenda

The agenda listed may be subject to change.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

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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.
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4:30 to 8:00 pm

Icebreaker Reception with Exhibitors

The reception is open to all seminar registrants.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

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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

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9:15-11:30 am

Opening General Session

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

TQI Awards
Robert E. Latham, APC Executive Vice President

Keynote Speaker
Mike Massimino –  more info.

APC Membership Meeting

Remarks
Mark Compton, CEO, PA Turnpike Commission
The Honorable 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

WORKSHOP TRACKS

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Projects Reviews & Lessons Learned

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PA Turnpike

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PENNDOT

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Risk Allocation / Management

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MATERIALS

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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.

Historic Truss Bridge Rehab / 1:00-2:00 PM

William C. Pyontek, P.E., PP
Chief Bridge Engineer, French & Parrello Associates

Description

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

Description
Tighter constraints on Right-of -Way, particularly in urban environments, have led to a significant increased utilization of skewed and curved alignments in highway bridge construction. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s reconstruction of the Turnpike mainline from Cranberry Interchange (Milepost 28.49) to the Warrendale Toll Plaza (Milepost 30.88) is no exception. Included with this project is the replacement of the existing two span, curved steel plate girder bridge (WB-402) which carries the Turnpike over State Road 19 (Perry Highway) with a new two span, curved steel plate girder structure. Both existing and proposed structures are on a severe skew.

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

Description

Topic: Applying Pandemic Lessons to Future Workforce Development

Background: COVID-19 has disrupted work and life as we know it over the last 18+ months. According to the McKinsley Global Institute, women have been disproportionally impacted and are more likely to be laid off or furloughed. Additionally, research has shown that mothers are more than three times more likely to be responsible for caregiving and housework. And, for the 1 in 5 mothers who raise their children without the help of a partner, the challenges are even more significant. With interruptions to support systems like school and childcare, women are burning out.

Many companies have created policies or adjusted the way they’ve operated to support women throughout the pandemic. But what happens when life starts to look a little more “normal”? What lessons learned can be applied to support women and workforce development moving forward?

Workshop Description: Different experiences and perspectives will be explored through three mini panels representing employees, companies, and clients. Panelists will share how COVID-19 has impacted them both professionally and personally and examine how lessons learned in gray skies can be applied to developing and supporting a future workforce in blue skies.

Structure:
Remarks from Secretary Yassmin Gramian
Mini panel discussions

  1. Two Employees (one from a large company and one from a smaller company) will share how they managed the various challenges over the past 18 months and lessons learned.
  2. Two Company representatives (one large company and one small) will discuss workforce flexibility and processes put into place to support women.
  3. Two Clients will talk about creating a work environment to foster workforce development – both client employees and contractors/consultants.
  • Audience interaction – Bring your ideas to the table! There will be opportunities for audience members to join the conversation on how pandemic lessons learned can be applied to workforce development and supporting women in the industry.

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

Description
With state agencies and other transportation system owner / operators finding themselves having to accommodate higher demands with less financial resources, agencies are moving towards finding ways to maximize the use of highways by using modern management and operational techniques. This need has led many agencies, including PennDOT and PTC, to place a focus on their Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) program. This proposed session focuses on PennDOT’s TSMO program, including projects that fall under the TSMO category. It is also intended to bring in different perspectives related to the planning, design, and construction of several of PennDOT’s TSMO initiatives. This proposed session would include three presentations, each roughly 15-20 minutes and focusing on one of the areas of planning, design, and construction.

Utlizing Ultra High Performance Concerete for Bridge Elements / 1:00-2:00 PM

JP Binard, P.E.
Owner and Manager, Precast Systems Engineering

Description
The Presentation will go over the many uses of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) within the Industry. Many times it is thought that this product can only be utilized for bridge deck closure pours, however there are many more elements and applications where this product can be utilized. This presentation will go over the applications and concepts where UPHC can benefit transportation projects now and in the future.
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2:00-2:30 pm

Break

WORKSHOP TRACKS

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Projects Reviews & Lessons Learned

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PA Turnpike

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PENNDOT

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Risk Allocation / Management

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MATERIALS

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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.

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2:30-3:30 pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

Stream Control Design for Small Structures / 2:30-3:00 PM

Jeffery Given
Secretary/Treasurer, Loftus Construction, Inc.

Jon DiBerardino, P.E.
Road Con

Description
Designing the Stream Control on Small Span Structures can be a challenging endeavor, especially when the structure is a single span precast arch or a ridged frame structure. Depending on the design of the bridge and width/flow dynamics of the stream constructing footers simultaneously for the project can become a very risky/costly endeavor creating a large safety/risk aspect on the Contractor to construct these structures. The Risk Allocation Committee has taken the topic to a small workgroup to dicuss the issues which the Contractors have been having in the field. This workgroup felt the best approach to start would be to provide some education on the topic for owners, designers, construction managers/inspection, and contractors.

Steel Bridge Design Resources & Guidelines / 2:30-3:00 PM

Vin Bartucca
Bridge Steel Specialist, National Steel Bridge Alliance
Description

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

Herman Lloyd
Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
Description
Presentation will make the case for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace by covering the following: Why Old Ways Won’t Open New Doors, Facts about Diversity & Inclusion, How Equality Differs from Equity Understanding Stereotypes, Microaggressions, and Unconscious Bias, The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion, Why All Forward Looking Companies Must Fully Embrace Diversity & Inclusion.

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

Description

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

Description

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

Description

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

Description

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SR 288 Realignment Zelienople Airport Runway / 3:00-3:30 PM

Tony Sadaka, P.E.
Manager, Widmer Engineering

Description

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

Description
Pennoni and PennDOT partnered together as ONE collective design team to deliver two projects to construction under an extremely aggressive design schedule in less than 5 months from NTP to LET. Both projects combined included a total of 32+ miles of Interstate 84 and ramp paving, environmental clearance, pavement resurfacing, traffic control, guide rail updates, complex pre-bid construction schedules and 14 total bridge rehabilitations. The uniqueness of this project revolved around the consistent collaboration and coordination between the Pennoni and PennDOT staff. There were many challenges presented during this project. The presentation will cover how these challenges were handled to deliver the successful project as a Team of PennDOT and Pennoni.
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3:30-4:00 pm

Break

WORKSHOP TRACKS

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Projects Reviews & Lessons Learned

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PA Turnpike

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PENNDOT

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Risk Allocation / Management

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MATERIALS

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4:00-5:00 pm

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

Concrete Pavement Updates / 4:00-4:30 PM

John Becker, P.E.
President, ACPA/PA

Richard Jucha, P.E.
Vice President, ACPA/PA

Description

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

Description

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.

Description
Modjeski and Masters Inc (M&M) as a consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Engineering District 3-0 is completing the rehabilitation design of the SR 4001/English Center Suspension Bridge in Pine Township, Lycoming County. Built in 1891, the SR 4001/English Center Suspension Bridge is a single-span, wrought-iron hybrid suspension and truss bridge, with a length of 300 feet between towers that spans the Little Pine Creek. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places due to its distinctive engineering and construction. The purpose of the rehabilitation project is to arrest accelerating deterioration, raise the permit weight limit to 31 tons, and provide a safe and reliable crossing of Little Pine Creek that allows access for emergency services, passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists at all times of the year. This presentation will discuss the many unique aspects of the design for this rehabilitation project.

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

Description
This presentation will provide an overview of the Commission’s overall Digital Delivery Program and an update on the progress made over the last year which will include an overview of the pilot projects, the initial release of the Engineering Technology Standards and an overview of the Engineering Technology Plan project.

Recognizing Time Impacts and Claims Avoidance / 4:00-5:00 PM

Jeffrey C. Bright, Esq.,
Senior Council, Saxton & Stump

Joe Hellenbrand, PE, PSP,
Senior Consultant, Capital Project Management, Inc.

Anthony Potter, Esq.
Shareholder, Offit Kurman

Thomas Mitchell, PE
Service Executive, McDonough Bolyard Peck

Description

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

Description

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.
Executive Director
PA Asphalt Pavement Association

Description

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, EIT
Geotechnical Specialist, AGES Inc

Description

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.

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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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WORKSHOP TRACKS

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Projects Reviews & Lessons Learned

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PA Turnpike

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PENNDOT

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Risk Allocation / Management

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MATERIALS

Track Sponsor:

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 19, 2021

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7:30-9:00 am

Breakfast

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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Closing General Session

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

I-83 Shrewsbury Diverging Diamond Interchange Project

Description
The new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) configuration was chosen for SR 851 and I-83 to reduce congestion and improve safety for the ever-increasing Shrewsbury population. In addition, this contract incorporated various beautification features to provide aesthetic appeal to the first interchange heading north from the Maryland line. The project is a model example for the use of new and innovative design solutions, as well as the successful implementation of partnering concepts to overcome construction challenges. PennDOT, Gannett Fleming, Erdman Anthony and Kinsley will discuss this project from design through construction. The design team will provide insight into why they chose this specific configuration, the research it required and how the design led to the project’s success. The construction team will then discuss the challenges experienced, how they were solved and share the lessons learned along the way.

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.

Southern Beltway (PTC 576) – Construction Project Overview and Challenges Encountered

Description
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s Southern Beltway is a 13-mile expansion project connecting the Pittsburgh International Airport at US Route 22 to Interstate 79, west of Pittsburgh. This $800M construction project includes 5 new interchanges, 8 pairs of mainline bridges, 2 pairs of I-79 bridges, 7 local bridges, several culverts, and 2 cashless tolling facilities. Work was completed through 16 individual construction contracts procured by the design bid build process. The new limited access four lane highway opened in October 2021, while construction continues through June 2022. This presentation will provide an overview and status of the project, along with discussions of the challenges faced during construction.

John J. Dzurko, P.E., Senior Engineer Project Manager, PA Turnpike Commission
Dale V. Rosinski, P.E., Construction Project Manager, CDR Maguire, Inc.

PA Turnpike 2022 Forecast
Bradley Heigel, PE, Chief Engineer, PA Turnpike Commission

PennDOT 2022 Forecast
Michael C. Keiser, PE, Acting Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration, PennDOT

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