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October 4, 2004

12:30- 4:30 Winter Survival Training
                        Speaker: Marty Schmoker, Asset Insight Technologies, LLC

          Winter survival training content includes basic principles of winter survival, wind chill, hygiene,  medical aspects, cold injuries, shelters, fire craft, water, food travel, weather signs, signaling techniques, survival kits and shelters.  Marty includes hands on activities in his training to make the course interactive and reinforce the material. 

October 5, 2004

General Session
 Developing an Effective Snow and Ice Program

                        Speakers: Bret Hodne, City of West Des Moines, IA; Jerry Pickett, City of Greeley, CO

Discover the key aspects to running a top-notch snow and ice control program as two of the industryís top municipal experts reveal their winter maintenance strategies. Learn how media and public relations, equipment procurement and maintenance, chemical product selection, planning, policies and training all must be integrated together for optimal success.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  1A. GPS AVL The Next Generation

        Speaker: Gregory Thompson, ThomTech Design, Burnsville, MN; John Scharffbillig, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Are you over-treating some bridges and roadways and under-treating others? Understand the objective and subjective issues surrounding anti-icing and de-icing performance measurements to improve operations and reduce resource consumption. This high-level session shows how two DOT agencies are utilizing available technology, equipment, methods, and procedures needed to record accurate event logging and location tagging information for anti-icing and de-icing efforts during snow fighting.

1B. Pavement Maintenance: Program Changes to Meet Budget Reductions
                        Speaker: Dave Bergner, City of Overland Park, KS

Pavement maintenance is a large component of all local government budgets and a program that usually gets cut when budget shortfalls occur. These reductions may be fiscally expedient but can result in more costly and controversial consequences in the long run. Hear how one city brought its engineers and maintenance divisions together in collaborating and redirecting its pavement maintenance efforts to maximize a year of limited funding.

1C. Computer Based Training on RWIS & Anti-Icing

Speaker: Dennis Burkeheimer, Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, IA

Youíve heard about this for the past few years, and now itís available to you. Understanding proper application rates and techniques is critical to effective implementation of anti-icing and road-weather-information-system technologies. AASHTO established a pooled fund with contributions from APWA, NACE and most of the Snow Belt states to develop a national computer-based training module for operators on RWIS and Anti-Icing, and now it is ready. So, come get a more in-depth look at something that will revolutionize your training efforts.

 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

                 2A. Winter Maintenance Chemicals and Their Impact on the Environment

                        Speaker: Kent Link, Arizona Department of Transportation, Flagstaff, AZ

Your mission is to maintain the safest roads possible, provide service in an economical way, and reduce the chemical impact on the environment. Can it be done? After this session you will know the limitations of de-icing materials, adverse effects and limitations of abrasives and de-icers, the advantages of pre-wet and pretreated material, and how to be more effective in your anti-icing efforts to make it mission possible.

    2B. Maintenance Decision Support System

                       Speaker: Dennis Burkheimer, Iowa Department of Transportation, Ames, IA

The Iowa DOT was selected to work with several National Weather Service laboratories and the Federal Highway Administration in the development and evaluation of a Maintenance Decision Support System. This system will use advanced technology to provide decision makers with current and forecasted weather information and will also recommend application rates and timing along with helping to determine the deployment of equipment, personnel and material resources. Check out this high-tech tool that, when completed, may revolutionize the way winter storms are handled in many jurisdictions.

                 2C. Repairing Winter Mistakes

                        Speaker: Dennis Ryan, Ergon Asphalt Products, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

          Prevention is the key to any successful pavement repair.  Learn how to prevent pavement from deteriorating especially during the winter months when it is most difficult to keep your pavements safe for the motoring public.

 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

                 3A. Lessons Learned about Anti-Icing and De-Icing Chemicals

       Speaker: Wilfrid Nixon, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

In Eastern Washington, Interstate 90 traverses extremely varied terrain and climate zones through three different Maintenance Regions of the DOT with varying winter maintenance practices. The net result is that the traveling public may experience abrupt transitions in service levels from one region to the next. To solve the inconsistent level of service at a reasonable cost, WSDOT implemented a pilot project to investigate anti-icing effectiveness of sodium chloride. Currently, two test sections use the sodium chloride. One control section uses a corrosion-inhibited calcium chloride, while the second control section uses corrosion inhibited magnesium chloride. The evaluation of this pilot program will not only examine the effectiveness of the applications but will also take an in-depth look at the determined impacts on surface and subsurface water, vegetation, and vehicle corrosion. Come hear about the results of this exciting experiment.

 3B. New Technologies: Next Generation Snow Plows for Winter Maintenance Operations

       Speaker: John Scharffbillig, Advanced Transportation Systems, St. Paul, MN

Find out what the latest technologies being developed are and what developments have been made in existing technologies. Take a look at heads-up displays, bridge de-icers, road friction testers, AVL/GPS and learn more about Minnesotaís Maintenance Research Program (MORE) that seeks to develop the most effective maintenance procedures, materials, and equipment and focuses on on-the-road or applied research evaluating projects under actual field conditions.

 October 6, 2004

General Session 
Effective Outreach Programs for Winter Maintenance Operations

                        Speakers: Bret Hodne, City of West Des Moines, IA; Jerry Pickett, City of Greeley, CO

Dealing with the public is a tough one. Whether in day-to-day operations or crisis situations, the public and the media look to you for answers, and you also need to dedicate time to proactive communication strategies. Led by two public works officials experienced at being spokesmen in their communities in winter emergencies, this is a not-to-be-missed program that will help you run your operations more effectively as well as keep the public informed and satisfied with your operations.

  Concurrent Breakout Sessions

                 1A. Information Flows in Winter Maintenance

                        Speaker: Wilfird Nixon, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Good information management is critical to successful winter maintenance operations. Improve your operations by learning who needs to know what, when they need to know it, and what happens when they donít. Learn the key issues of decision making and risk management in winter maintenance and how best to deal with situations where critical knowledge is uncertain.

1B. Experiences with Liquid Deicers in Iowa

        Speaker: Bret Hodne, City of West Des Moines, IA; Dennis Burkheimer, Iowa Department of Transportation ,Ames, IA

This session is back by popular demand, but with a twist. Youíve heard how the Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of West Des Moines, Iowa have been leading the way in salt brine usage and experimentation. Now, they are experimenting with blending salt brine with other compounds and using other compounds altogether. Come hear whatís been discovered and understand the positive and negative impacts of these other solutions and the different equipment used by both agencies in the process.

     1C. An Automated Real-Time Weather Systems (ARROWS) for Highway Maintenance Personnel

            Speaker: Ed Boselly, Washington Department of Transportation, Olympia, WA

Good weather and road condition forecasts are imperative in selecting the right strategy for tackling winterís challenges, but most meteorological providers are site-specific and donít provide pavement-specific information. ARROWS (Automated Real-Time Weather System), a system developed by the University of Washington for the Washington Department of Transportation, takes numerical weather prediction output and presents roadway forecast information in a format for easy use and understanding by maintenance personnel. Integrating weather information sources into a high-resolution modeled output, this new system provides forecasts of key information milepost by milepost on the entire network of state highways and could serve as a model for development elsewhere.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2A. Fleet Questions that Every Public Works Director Should Know to Ask and Every Fleet Manager Should Know How to Answer

        Speaker: Paul Lauria. Mercury Associates, Gaithersburg, MD

Several key issues and challenges face fleet operations today, including fleet rightsizing, outsourcing, managed competition, vehicle financing alternatives, and information technology applications not to mention rapid changes in vehicle and equipment technology. Learn fleet management best practices that are important for both the director and the fleet manager to know.

  2B. A Leaderís Role in Snow and Ice Operations

                        Speaker: David Ray, Ohio Department of Transportation, Cleveland, OH

    Join one of your peers as he shares leadership and management philosophies that work when directing a winter snow-fighting operation. Participants in the session will gain new insight on how to lead their work crews to their best performance and least conflict in the snow and ice season.


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