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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic

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6:30 – 7:45 AM

Registration and Breakfast  

7:50 – 8:00 AM

Welcome & Tribute

Video: The Ed Rapp Story

The Ed Rapp Leadership in Action Award Presented to Mayor Gary Manier

8:00 – 8:30 AM

New Champlain Bridge in Montreal

Jeffrey Plant, Technical Director, HOCHTIEF, P3 Solutions for North America

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Kingdom Tower – The World’s Tallest Building

Brian Jack, Director

Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Fehman Link – The World’s Longest Immersed Tube Tunnel

Søren Brøndum, Executive Director for Transport, Ramboll Group, Denmark  

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Part 1 -  Challenges and Opportunities Facing our Industry and

Part 2 - The Challenges of Designing and Building The Tanana River Bridge, Salcha, Alaska

Sergio “Satch” Pecori, Incoming Chairman of the National ACEC

Mat Fletcher, Project Manager, Hanson Professional Services

10:00 – 10:30 AM






10:30 – 11:00 AM

Asset Management – FHWA Requirements for DOTs, Pavements and Bridges

Max Grogg, Pavement Performance and Implementation Engineer, Federal Highway Administration – Office of Asset Management, Pavement, and Construction

I-88 Rubber Modified Binder

Bill Buttlar, Glen Barton Chair of Flexible Pavement Technology, University of Missouri

Leveraging Digital Technology with Construction Equipment 

Barrett Flinn, Advanced Engineering Manager

Caterpillar Inc. 

11:00 – 11:30 AM

I-70 Road to Tomorrow

Tom Blair, Assistant District Engineer, Leader of the MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow Initiative

QC/QA Review: Performance Across the Country

Jeff Withee, Headquarters, The Federal Highway Administration

Snow-Removal-Equipment Visibility Project Sets the Standards for Canada

Mike Pearsall, Head, Design Standards, Ontario Ministry of Transportation

11:30 – 12:00 PM

Accelerated Bridge Construction

Benjamin Beerman, Sr. Structural Engineer, FHWA

Illinois Flexibility Index Test Update

Tom Zehr, Bureau of Materials, IDOT Central Office  

12:00 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 1:30 PM

I-90 Widening & Reconstruction – Using the INVEST Program to Evaluate, Score and Improve Tollway Sustainability

Bryan Wagner, Envir. Policy and Program Manager, Illinois Tollway

NCAT & QC Performance of Mix

Randy West, Director, National Center for Asphalt Technology

Driving Scotland Forward

Stewart Leggett, Head of Network Operations

Transport Scotland

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Consolidated Car Rental Facilities at Airports – LAX, San Jose, and San Antonio

Douglas Steen, Asst. Vice President, TranSystems

Impact of New-Generation Wide-Base Tires on Pavements

Jaime Hernandez, Postdoctoral Research Associate ICT, UIUC

Less is More – Emerging Sustainability Challenges in the Deicing Industry

Scott Koefod, Principal Scientist, Cargill Deicing Technology

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Driverless Vehicle Implementation Programs

Les Melhorn, Vice President, CH2M

Tom Skancke, Commissioner, Nevada DOT Board of Directors
David Bowers, Director of Public Works, City of Las Vegas

Flexible Pavement Joint Treatment

Jay Behnke, President & CEO, STATE Testing

Ross Anderson, Vice President

Bowman, Barrett & Associates

2:30 – 3:00 PM


3:00 – 3:30 PM

Tribute & IDOT Update

The Deborah Sawyer Diversity Award Presented to President Toni Preckwinkle

Randy Blankenhorn

Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Update on the Illinois Tollway

Robert Schillerstrom

Chairman, Illinois Tollway Board

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Part 1-  Drone Utilization at IDOT

Part 2 -  Drone Utilization in Design and Construction

Bill Viste, Project Coordinator, Division of Aeronautics, IDOT

Robert Rocque, CEO, AerialOne

4:30 – 7:00 PM



6:30 – 7:45 AM

Registration and Breakfast

7:50 – 8:00 AM

Welcome & Tribute

The Heartland Sustainability Award Presented to IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Sustainable Funding of Infrastructure

The Honorable John Cullerton

President, The Illinois State Senate

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Infrastructure Developments in Cook County

The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, President

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Perspectives from the National Asphalt Pavement Association

Mike Acott, President

9:30 – 10:00 AM






10:00 – 10:30 AM

Innovative Safety Devices: Driver Safety System and CAT® Detect

Michael Rittenhouse,

Safety Services Technology Solutions for North America

Caterpillar Inc.

Moving Towards Optimized Mix Designs to Ensure Performance of Recycled Mixes

Hasan Ozer, Asst. Professor, ICT, UIUC

Managing Storm water


Scott Reeise

Public Works Director

City of Peoria

10:30 – 11:00 AM

 Design Build Delivery Method

Richard Thomas, Director of State & Local Legislative Affairs,

Design Build Institute of America


I-55 at Lakeshore Drive Reconstruction project

Brian Kuttab, Project Manager, IDOT Region 1

Eric Ray, Resident Engineer, IDOT Region 1

Managing Transportation at the 2016 Republican National Convention

Jeremiah Shirk

Director of Transportation, Republican National Committee

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Lean Management Techniques in Construction

Brad Booker, Regional Lean Manager, Turner Construction

Chicago’s Pervious Pavement – When it Rains it Drains?

Cindy Williams, Quality Assurance Manager, City of Chicago

11:30 – 12:00 PM

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Damon Ranieri, BIM Integration Manager Lendlease

Density and Thickness Measurements of Asphalt Pavement Using GPR

Shan Zhao, PhD Student, UIUC

Merging:  Just Zip It!

Michelle Voegele, Area Engineer – St. Louis City, Missouri Department of Transportation

12:00 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 1:30 PM

Smart State Illinois

Kevin O'Toole, Chief of Transformation Applications & Digital Officer

Department of Innovation & Technology, State of Illinois

1:30 – 2:00 PM

 How Ports can Enhance Operations and Improve the World

Clayton Harris III, Exec. Director of Illinois International Port District

2:00 – 2:30 PM

 Scotland – From Drivers’ Roads to Smart Highways

Stewart Leggett, Head of Network Operations

Transport Scotland

2:30 – 3:00 PM

 Egypt Is Open for Business (tenative)

The Honorable Dr. Amr Salama, Former Egyptian Minister & Chancellor of the American University in Cairo


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