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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

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Panama Canal Expansion Program – Challenges and Progress

Joseph Cazares

VP and Program/Construction Manager, Panama Canal Expansion Program, CH2M

8:30 – 9:00 AM

The Suez Free Zone Developments in Egypt

Ahmed Darwish

Chairman, General Authority for Suez Economic Zone

9:00 – 10:00 AM

PANEL: Automated Vehicles/ Connected Vehicles

Mike Warren, Senior Program Manager, CH2M

Jim Barbaresso, VP & National Practice Leader- ITS, HNTB

Scott Kopton , General Manager, Maintenance of Traffic, Illinois Tollway

Brian Burkhard, Technical Practice Group Leader, Jacobs

Panel Moderator: Roger Driskell, Director, Office of Planning & Programming, IDOT

10:00 – 10:30 AM






10:30 – 11:00 AM

CDA Program Update

Ginger Evans

Commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Aviation

City of Chicago

The Illinois Flexibility Index Test (I-FIT)

Jim Trepanier

HMA Operations Engineer, IDOT &

Ahmad El Khatib

Project Engineer, Chicago Testing Lab.

2015 Dalton Highway Flood Response – Disaster in Arctic

Mike Coffey

Southwest Region Director

Alaska DOT & Public Facilities 

11:00 – 11:30 AM

FHWA Perspectives

Joey Hartmann

Director, Office of Bridges & Structures


Superfine N70 surface vs. Standard IDOT N70; finer, greener, meaner

Cindy Williams

QA Manager, City of Chicago

11:30 – 12:00 PM

Tolling Options for Managed Lanes

Katie Nees

Growth Officer & Sr. Vice President

HNTB Corp.

Rubberized Asphalt/ Asphalt Binder Modifications/ Tollway I-88 Project

Adam Schaefer

QC Mgr., Curran Contracting &

John Lavallee

Operations Manager, STATE Testing

Design & Placement of Living Snow Fence in Iowa

Mark Masteller

Chief Landscape Architect

Iowa DOT

12:00 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 1:30 PM

Red-Purple Line Modernization in Chicago

Carole Morey

Chief Planning Officer, CTA

Tollway Varied ABR Research

William Buttlar

Professor, University of Illinois

Managing the Winter 2015-16 Flood in D8

Joe Monroe

Operations Engineer, D8 IDOT

1:30 – 2:00 PM

I-520 Floating Bridge in Washington

Larry Kyle

Senior Program Manager, HDR

MnROAD NCAT Research Partnership

Ben Worel

Road Research Engr. (Acting), MnDOT

Use of Equipment Lighting During Snowplow Operations

Laura Fay

Winter Maint. & Effects Mgr.

Western Transportation Institute – Montana St. University

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Gotthard Base Tunnel – World’s Longest Railway Tunnel (P3)

Jack Brockway, President, Herrenknecht Tunneling Systems

Assessing Contractor Risk

John Diel Asphalt

Operations Manager

United Contractor Midwest

The Future is Here: Automated Mining Operations

Sean McGinnis

Command Product Manager Caterpillar Inc.

2:30 – 3:00 PM


3:00 – 3:30 PM

Infrastructure Developments in Chicago

Kurt Summers

Treasurer, City of Chicago

3:30 – 4:00 PM

A New Vision for the Illinois Tollway

Robert Schillerstrom

Chairman, Illinois Tollway Board

4:00 4:30 PM

IDOT Update

Randy Blankenhorn

Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation

4:30 – 7:00 PM



6:30 – 7:45 AM

Registration and Breakfast

7:50 – 8:00 AM

Welcome & Tribute

8:00 – 8:30 AM

Sustainable Funding & the Next Capital Bill for Illinois

The Honorable John Cullerton

President, The Illinois State Senate

8:30 – 9:00 AM

The FAST Act: What it Means for Illinois Contractors

Jay Hansen, Executive Vice President, National Asphalt Pavement Association

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Social Infrastructure PPP in Canada, An Alternative Procurement Approach

Stephen Fort

President, Turner Construction of Canada

9:30 – 10:00 AM






10:00 – 10:30 AM

Building Information Modeling

Damon Ranieri

Mgr. BIM Integration, Lend Lease 

NAPA Scanning Tour of Japan

Abdul Dahhan, Vice President, Chicago Testing Laboratory

Dan Gallagher, Vice President, Gallagher Asphalt Corp. and First Vice Chairman of NAPA

Green Infrastructure Maintenance

Mike Rogers

Director, Public Works

City of Peoria

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Istanbul’s New “Airport City” – Urban Mega Project

Cassie Branum

Sr. Assoc., Sr. Urban Designer

 Perkins & Will

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Economic Impact of Illinois Waterway Locks & Dams

Scott Sigman

Trans. & Export Infr. Lead

Illinois Soybean Assoc.

NAPA Quality Initiative

Tim Murphy

President, Murphy Pavement Tech., Inc.

Leveraging Real-Time Probe Data for Statewide Traffic Operations

Edward D. Cox
ITS Engineering Mgr., Division of Traffic Management, INDOT

11:30 – 12:00 PM

Use of Drones in Engineering & Construction

Steven Santovasi

Geospatial Services Manager

 Burns & McDonnell

I-39 SMA in D2

Amy Harms

Mixture Controls Engr., IDOT D2

Jane Bryne (Circle) Interchange Maintenance of Traffic

Holly Wilson, Resident Engineer

Matt Daeda, Expressway Traffic Eng


12:00 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 1:30 PM

Overview of the Illinois CDB and Delivery Methods

Jodi Golden, Executive Director, Illinois Capital Development Board

Ron Wright, Construction Administrator, Illinois Capital Development Board

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Shanghai Tower – China’s Tallest Building and No. 2 in the World

David Weihing

Principal & Chicago Office Director of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Masdar City and Doing Business in the Middle East

Jamil Bou-Saab, Executive Vice President, Terra Engineering, Ltd.

George Ghareeb, Vice President, Terra Engineering, Ltd.

2:30  – 3:00 PM


3:00 – 3:30 PM

Risk and Legal Issues in Public Private Partnerships

 Tariq Taherbhai

Senior Director, AON Infrastructure Solutions

3:30 – 4:00 PM

ICAT DBE-Focus Board Presentation

Stephen Davis, CEO, The Will Group

Terrence Sullivan, Principal, Muller & Muller, Ltd

4:00 – 5:00 PM

PANEL: VMT – Implementation Strategies for Sustainable Funding

Panel Moderator: Mike Warren, Senior Project Manager, CH2M

Legislative affairs subject matter expert – Matt Chiller, Sr. Federal Gov't Affairs Director, CH2M

State VMT program lead – Norma Ortega, Chief Financial Officer, Caltrans

State VMT program lead – Debra Perkins-Smith, Dir. of the Division Transportation Dev., Colorado DOT

Illinois Perspective -  The Honorable David Koehler, 46th District Senator, Illinois State Senate

5:00 PM

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