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

Sponsor

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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.

 

Family Feud: APC Edition / 1:00-1:30 PM

Room: Crystal A

Robert Latham
Executive Vice President, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors

Jim Kutz
McNees Wallce & Nurick LLC

Description

Cheer on Eastern PA vs. Western PA team members as they compete (with your help) in guessing what the “survey says” about different aspects of APC membership…and learn a little about your benefits while you play.

Lane Reservation / 1:00-1:30 PM

Room: Crystal A

Brian Crossley
Manager, Temporary Traffic Control Unit, PennDOT

Ryan McNary
Manager, Traffic Systems and TSMO Performance Unit, PennDOT

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.

Exploring Six Risk Factors in Design Build Projects / 1:00-2:00 PM

Room: Cocoa Terrace/Cocoa 1

Ananth Prasad
Florida Transportation Builders Association

Anthony Bednarik
Vice President of Design Build/Major Pursuits, Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc.

Kevin Cornish
Senior Vice President, TYLin

Description

Risk remains an issue in transportation construction. This panel will discuss risk through the lens of “traditional” design-build procurement. The panel will address six major risk areas:

  1. Proposal/Procurement Approach
  2. Unknown Conditions
  3. Scope Expectations
  4. Schedule
  5. Standard of Care (SOC)
  6. Liability Audience participation is encouraged
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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

PA Flex Beam: Pilot Construction Project and Field Testing Research / 2:30-3:00 PM

Room: Empire ABCD

Mark Nicholson
District Bridge Engineer, PennDOT District 1-0

Richard Sause
Professor, Lehigh University

Workshop Room Sponsor

Description

A new modular superstructure type conceptualized by PennDOT District 1-0 Bridge staff, the Flex Beam is an inverted structural T cast into a precast concrete deck. The section was developed, modelled and tested by Lehigh University and the current BD-663M was created after the findings of that research. A pilot bridge was built in 2021 in Erie County on SR 3010. Lehigh University, as a follow up to the development project, performed live load instrumentation and field testing of the bridge to correlate the in-situ performance of the bridge with the modelling used to develop the standards. The presentation will give background, overview on the pilot project, and discussing of the instrumentation and testing of the bridge.

The History of Latex Modified Concrete in PA / 3:00-3:30 PM

Room: Empire ABCD

Al Kenz
Modified Concrete Suppliers, LLC

Workshop Room Sponsor

Description

This presentation looks back at the early research and development of Latex Modified Concrete and the many structures that have LMC preserving them, highlighting some of the longest performing overlays in the Commonwealth.

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.

Connecting DBE's w/ the Industry Through Mentor Protégé Program / 2:30-3:00 PM

Room: Crystal A

Daryl St. Clair
Special Assistant to the Highway Administration Executive Office, PennDOT

Matt Weaver
Prequalification Officer, Bureau of Design and Delivery, PennDOT

Debra Allen
Equal Opportunity Specialist 3, PennDOT

Kyron Robinson
Pro Rank Business Solutions, LLC

Description

Will be posted when available.

FHWA Proposed Changes to DBE Participation / 3:00-3:30 PM

Room: Crystal A

Daryl St. Clair
Special Assistant to the Highway Administration Executive Office, PennDOT

Angela Roberson
WSP

Keyla Evans
Chief, Disadvantaged and Small Business Enterprise and DBE Program Administrator, PennDOT

Kevin Duris
Trumbull Corp

Dan Lucas
Tye Bar

Description

Will be posted when available.

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

Room: Wild Rose AB

Jesse Hopkins
Director, Road Safety Group, Pivot Safety Products USA

Description

In this session we will explore two new road safety infrastructure devices that have been crash tested to AASHTO MASH 2016 guidelines. A Branching transition that has the capacity to connect a string of temporary concrete barrier to permanent concrete barrier creating a safe working space and protection for motorists. The second product is an anchored cross bolt temporary concrete barrier that has only 2 inches of dynamic deflection. Each product will improve safety and versatility on the road network.

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

Room: Wild Rose AB

Heather Abbs
Director of Operations, S B & K Enterprises

Forrest Schultz
President, S B & K Enterprises, Inc.

Description

A discussion around the requirement for deflective Safety Barriers in the Work Zone and how MASH crash testing is being used to define the performance of each barrier. What to expect:

  • Crash test videos
  • Explaining MASH testing criteria
  • Deflection
    • What is it
    • How is it measured
    • Defining Dynamic, Permanent and Working Width
  • What barriers are acceptable
  • Interpreting the Bulletin 15
  • Q&A

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 Initiatives / 3:00-3:30 PM

Room: Cocoa Terrace/Cocoa 1

John Becker, P.E.
ACPA

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

Description

This presentation will highlight innovative approaches being developed and implemented for improving the durability and cost-effectiveness of long-life pavements.

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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

Richard Schoedel, P.E.
Great Lakes Regional Technical Manager – Bridge
Michael Baker International

Workshop Room Sponsor

Description
On May 11, 2021, a partial fracture of one of the two tie girders of the Hernando de Soto Bridge’s tied-arch spans was found during a fracture-critical inspection, which required the immediate closure of highway and river traffic. Engineers responded by performing additional inspection and analysis providing TDOT and ARDOT valuable information, which led to reopening the river to navigation traffic. The team simultaneously began development of analytical models to assess the extent of the damage and repair plans for a multi-phased approach for the removal of the fractured section and complete repair of the member to restore vehicular traffic. The phased approach allowed construction crews to safely perform repairs of the fracture and identify and repair other areas of the structure with similar type defects. TDOT, Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), Michael Baker, and Kiewit Construction worked to repair the structure so that it could be re-opened to traffic on August 2, 2021, just 83 days after the fracture was initially discovered.

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: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Highway Construction Industry /4:00-4:30 PM

Room: Crystal A

Roseline Bougher
President/Owner, A.D. Marble

Padideh Moghaddam
Practice Development Manager, RK&K

Terri Deemer
Production and Inventory Manager, B&K Enterprises

Description

Imposter syndrome: What is it? How is it affecting women in the highway construction industry? And, most importantly, what can be done to combat it? Join a panel of women who will discuss their experiences with this challenge that most women experience at some point in their careers, as well as strategies used to overcome it.

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

Room: Crystal A

Michael Smeal
Transportation Construction Manager, PennDOT

John Burnett
Transportation Construction Manager, PennDOT

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, HDR

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

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 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.

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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