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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020 (Version 19)

6:30 – 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast  

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Welcome & Tribute

Video: The Ed Rapp Story

The Ed Rapp Leadership in Action Award Presented to Paul Kovacs

Presented by the Honorable Mayor Jim Ardis, City of Peoria

8:30 – 9:00 AM

 Challenges and Opportunities Facing Our Industry

Mitch Simpler, National Chairman

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

9:00 – 9:30 AM

XP-1 Hyperloop – Kansas City to St. Louis in 30 Minutes

Andrew G. Smith, Co-Chairman & Project Liaison
Missouri Hyperloop Coalition at First Rule

9:30 – 10:00 AM

 Design & Construction of New Fredrick Douglass Memorial Bridge, Washington, DC 

Nathan M. Porter, P.E.

Senior Structural Engineer, AECOM

10:00 – 10:30 AM






10:30 – 11:00 AM

Chicago Riverwalk Innovative Vendor-Lease P3

Michelle Woods

Assistant Project Director

Chicago Dept. Fleet & Facility Mgt.

Laboratory HMA Long Term Aging Protocol

Brian Hill

HMA Operations Engineer


Southern Illinois Flooding 

Joe Monroe


Engineer IDOT- D8

11:00 – 11:30 AM

The Hop Milwaukee Streetcar
Ashley F. Booth
Wisconsin Office Leader & VP

In-situ HMA Aging

Abdul Dahhan

Vice President for Engineering

Chicago Testing Laboratories

Using Crowd Sourced Data for a Queue Warning and Delay Information System

Joe Zdankiewicz

Engr. Manager, Cloud PCMS

Cameron McCurdy

Tech. Manager, Cloud PCMS

11:30 – 12:00 PM 

River Terminal Project, Joliet

Aaron Ozinga


Capital Ventures

Asphalt Binder Past, Present & Future

Greg Harder

Senior Regional Engineer

Asphalt Institute

Olmstead Lock & Dam

Dewey Rissler

Project Manager, USACE

12:00 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 1:30 PM

Emergency Response Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Efforts in New Jersey – Design Build

Mandeep Singh Arora
Executive Vice President
Arora & Associates, P.C

Edens’ Spur – Full Depth Asphalt Pavement

Bill Vavrik

 Vice President

Applied Research Associates


Cannabis 20/20 Looking Forward

John J. Yard

Acting Master Sergeant

Illinois State Police

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Congestion Pricing PANEL

Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D. Professor, DePaul University

Erin Aleman

Executive Director


Cynthia Essenmacher

Tolling Manager, FHWA

Intelligent Compaction & IR Scan Implementation

Susan Green

Paving Territory Manager

Caterpillar Global Paving

An Innovative Transit Solution: Pace Bus on Shoulders Program

David Tomzik

Dept. Mgr. Strategic & Capital Plan., PACE  

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Pavement Preservation

John Senger

Engineer of Pavement Technology


Lessons Learned on MAASTO’s Truck Parking Availability System

Chuck Miller

Project Lead


2:30 – 3:00 PM


3:00 – 3:30 PM

 The Growing Role of Technology in Road Construction

Frédéric Istas, Vice President Earthmoving Division, Caterpillar Inc.

3:30 – 3:45 PM

The Deborah Sawyer Diversity Award Presented to Jamie Rhee

Presented by the Honorable Senator David Koehler, Assistant Majority Leader

3:45 – 4:30 PM

Successful Design/Build Delivery PANEL
Moderator: Mr. Paul Kovacs, Chief Engineering Officer, Illinois Tollway

Patrick Cassity, President, Patrick Engineering Inc.
Travis Underhill, Deputy Commissioner of Districts, Indiana DOT

Dennis Heckman, State Bridge Engineer, Missouri DOT

4:30 – 7:00 PM




6:30 – 7:45 AM

Registration and Breakfast

7:45 – 8:00 AM

Welcome & Tribute

The Heartland Sustainability Award Presented to the Honorable Senator David Koehler

Presented by the honorable President Don Harmon, Illinois Senate

8:00 – 8:30 AM

The Honorable Don Harmon

President, Illinois State Senate

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Virginia’s Congestion-Priced-High-Occupancy-Toll (HOT) Highways on I-66/64 

David Caudill

Administrator of Tolling, Virginia DOT

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Overview and Illinois Tollway Update

Jose Alvarez

Executive Director, Illinois Tollway

9:30 – 10:00 AM






10:00 – 10:30 AM

Virtual Design In Construction (VDC)
Johnny Mullins
Senior VDC Engineer
Lendlease Construction Inc.

IRI Specification & Smooth Roads

Hyung Lee

Senior Civil Engineer

Applied Research Associates

Drone Technology Applications in Bridge Inspection

Landon Whitton

Project Manager, AECOM

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Spotting the Specification Signals: Risk, Rewards and RFIs

Sarah Flock 

Principal, Raths, Raths & Johnson

Benefits of E-Ticketing

Don Gallagher

Project Manager, Gallagher Asphalt 

Andres Rosa

President, Digital Forces

Session is from 10:30 – 11:15 am

lDOT Winter AVL Update

Dave Speicher,

D5 Operations Engr., IDOT

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Drones to Improve Construction Project Outcomes

Sungjin Kim

Asst. Professor

University of Alabama

Weigh in Motion

Wayne Bunnell

ITS Operations Engr.

Indiana DOT

Understanding Risk under HMA Quality Management Programs

Brian Pfeifer

Materials Engineer, IDOT

John Huang

Chief Quality Assurance Engr. Interra Services

Session is from 11:15 am – 12:00 noon

11:30 – 12:00 PM

The Rebuild Illinois Capital Bill

and CDB Update

 Jim Underwood

Executive Director

Capital Development Board

Innovations & Collaboration in Illinois Tollway Operations

Nicholas W. Smith

Trust Indenture Mgr.


12:00 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 1:30 PM

IDOT Update

Doug House, Deputy Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation  

1:30 – 2:00 PM

41st Street Bridge over Lakeshore Drive in Chicago

Mike Eichten, VP & Project Manager, AECOM

Brian Racine, Resident Engineer, TranSystems

2:00 – 3:00 PM

3D Modeling & Design PANEL

Moderator: Mr. Paul Kovacs, Chief Engineering Officer, Illinois Tollway

Laura Thompson, Senior Project Engineer, Illinois Tollway

Alexander Badaoui, Senior Transportation Engineer, TERRA Engineering, Ltd. 

Dan Mlacnik, Engineer of Surveys, Mapping & Modeling , IDOT

Drew Christopher, Technology Policy & Supporting Manager, IDOT

Gregory L. Ohlendorf , GPS Manager, Plote Construction

3:00 – 

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