The following sessions will be presented during the training (subject to change).

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 9:00 to 10:00 AM  General Session


Technology Innovation Panel


Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 10:30 to 11:30 AM  Concurrent Sessions


“Utility Workshop: ASCE 38 Guidelines” * Utility Track, Part 1

Andrew Sylvest and Robert Ramsey will present on the ASCE 38 guidelines and provide current case study(ies) hopefully in Colorado.

“Negotiate, Don't Bid: Design is not a commodity”

A panel discussion exploring the good, bad and ugly of procurement of professional design services, including real experiences from three individuals in the public works industry. This session will compare success of cost-based selections with qualifications-based selections

Learning Objectives:

  • Definition of QBS for design professionals
  • Risks involved with bidding professional services
  • Reduce risk, save money, save time and get better performance with design professionals selected through QBS

Presenters:  QBS Colorado Coalition Member (Professional Engineer or Land Surveyor); Dave Skoudas (Urban Drainage and Flood Control District); Dan Hartman (City of Golden)

“Tale of Four Cities”

Visibility research was conducted in four cities to determine the most effective type of roadway lighting for driver detection of small targets. In addition, subjective evaluation surveys were conducted to obtain citizen feedback on color, glare, uniformity and preference. Research results challenge our standard metrics of lighting levels and uniformity, finding that these have very little to do with improving visibility.  Solid State Lighting (LED) luminaires are capable of providing unique design solutions compared to legacy products. In combination with intelligent controls, roadway lighting can respond to changing conditions, thus increasing safety and saving energy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how visibility is greatly affected by spectrum, distribution and glare
  • Demonstrate how roadway lighting can be designed for maximum effectiveness
  • Explore current technologies for innovative designs

Presenters: Nancy Clanton, PE, CEO, Clanton & Associates, Inc.

“Smart Work Zone Strategies and the Future of Construction”

Smart work zones are becoming an integral part of construction in Colorado and beyond. This presentation will highlight the history of smart work zones in Colorado and how the future could look on future CDOT Region 1 construction projects. Longstanding traffic engineering professionals including Solomon Haile, CDOT Region 1 Traffic Resident Engineer/PE II; Clark Roberts, Senior Engineer at Ulteig; and Ken DePinto, Senior Transportation Engineer at Apex Design will outline smart work zone strategies that have been implemented in Colorado, including those strategies that are currently being used on projects in Region 1, and speak on the efforts being made to integrate smart work zone technology with CDOT?s existing ITS infrastructure. The presentation will also cover Region 1?s efforts to develop a smart work zone toolbox and the benefits that implementation of these strategies provide.

Learning Objectives:

  • Audience members will hear about smart work zone strategies that have been piloted and used in Colorado to date and the development of CDOT Region 1 smart work zone guidelines document.
  • Audience members will learn about strategies that are included in CDOT Region 1?s ?toolbox? and expected benefits from each. Presenters will outline how these strategies may be utilized in future work zones.
  • Audience members will hear about challenges to implementing smart work zone strategies and how CDOT Region 1 plans to integrate them into future construction projects.

Presenters:  Solomon Haile, PE - Region 1 Traffic Resident Engineer/PE II, CDOT; Clark Roberts, PE - Senior Engineer, Ulteig; Ken DePinto, PE - Senior Transportation Engineer, Apex Design


"Critical Issues in Transportation"

Changes are coming at transportation from all directions, including potentially revolutionary technologies such as drones and automated vehicles, rapid innovations in urban transportation services, unreliable funding for infrastructure and operations, and possible changes in national policies affecting trade, climate, environmental protection, and sources of energy. The potential consequences of these changes could make future congestion, fuel consumption, and emissions either markedly better or markedly worse. Correspondingly, these potential changes could positively or adversely affect commercial truck, rail, aviation, and waterborne networks, with significant implications for the delivery of goods and services, personal travel, and the economy. This session will address challenging questions about potential critical issues that may arise 10 to 20 years into the future. 

Presenter: Jane Boand, Senior Planner, City and County of Denver

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 12:15 to 1:15 PM General Session


Colorado 811/Subsurface Utility Engineering plus Safety Commission


Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 2:00 to 2:40 PM  Concurrent Sessions


“Utility Workshop: The Geophysical Component of QLB in SUE:  Tools, Applications, and Standards of Practice”  * Utility Track, Part 2

To achieve QLB data is to use appropriate geophysical equipment with technicians trained in their specific use.  This session will outline the types of geophysical equipment and their permutations that are necessary to meet the standard of care for ASCE 38-compliant utility investigations. It will discuss geophysical limitations created by utility materials and their surrounding environment.

Presenter: James H. Anspach PG (r), Dist.M.ASCE, Cardno

"The Future Isn't What It USED to Be - Going Global with Smart Cities?”

Join us in this session to learn about the inevitable avalanche of new technologies that will transform the urban fabric.  You?ll leave with a crisp understanding of how many public agencies are already preparing for and implementing crucial changes to become ?smart cities? and accommodate these new advancements? In short, an unimaginable future will soon be upon us and you need to act today to embrace it.     With each new technology comes a full array of unforeseen and even intended consequences. While autonomous cars are here today; driverless cars will be here before your next master plan becomes adopted.  Beyond these curious vehicles themselves, few understand the TRUE impact these and - more importantly, the dizzying array of other technologies will have on our Public Works systems and infrastructure.  These ?secondary consequences? will be even more profound and impact our lives, our communities and our infrastructure in ways which are still not fully understood.    In this session, you?ll learn what you can do to start preparing now for this comprehensive modal transformation ? and ?tsunami of change? which is now underway.   Inside your Public Works agency, there are strategic decisions you can make today which can position your community for a quick, full adoption of these technologies; conversely, ignoring these trends and taking no action can be disastrous for your community.    In short ? come for a glimpse of the future, and leave with an understanding of what you can do to position your agency for the inevitable impact of these exciting new technologies.   

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the cost, benefits, consequences, challenges and opportunities inherent in emerging technologies; understand the risks of slow adoption and the array of opportunities available to position your agency today for the inevitable demand for these future, smart city Public Works technologies
  • Understand what critical actions you must take today; be able to compare, design, and implement new telecommunications, smart sensor and transportation technologies in your utility and transportation infrastructure.
  • Identify merging and EMERGING telecommunications and transportation technologies and discover how to repurpose your utility systems and transportation infrastructure systems to future-proof your city.

Presenters: David Zelenok, PE, Former Chief Innovation Officer, City of Centennial; Currently Manager with HR Green, Inc; George Wentz, PE - Assistant City Manager, City of Jurupa Valley California (pop 110,000)

“Marketing Do's and Don'ts for A&E Firms”

You're certified, prequalified, and ready to go. Now what? How do small and disadvantaged A&E firms get work on CDOT and local government projects? Come learn the marketing strategies of successful A&E firms and the common mistakes that can take you out of the running. Find out what the agencies and primes are looking for and how to differentiate yourself. Led by a small business specialist for CDOT and a seasoned business development manager for a large prime consultancy, this session will help you move beyond the basics of contract readiness to getting on teams and winning new business.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement strategies to build relationships and develop new business in the transportation sector
  • Identify opportunities and get on pursuit teams for CDOT and local agency contracts
  • Gain an understanding of the marketing tactics that work and what doesn't work

Presenters: Cathy Kramer, Program Manager, CDOT Connect2DOT; Brad Doyle, Project Director, Atkins

“Coordinated Compliance: An Integrated Approach to Civil Rights and Small Business Program Oversight”

Civil Rights Programs like DBE, Labor & Payroll, and Contractor Compliance are critical to protecting the constitutional right of equality on CDOT highway design and construction projects. As these Programs develop and processes evolve, integrated Project Team oversight will become key to ensuring efficiency and effectiveness within the framework of overall project delivery. With the roll-out of electronic documentation and data collection, Teams must be aware of roles and responsibilities across all project staff and all contracting mechanisms, especially Alternative Delivery. Join CDOT for an interactive dialogue about Civil Rights Compliance and the benefits of a collaborative approach to oversight.

Learning Objectives:

  • Project oversight personnel will understand their role and responsibilities associated with DBE Commercially Useful Functions (CUF) and Labor Interviews.
  • Project oversight personnel will understand how to proactively monitor information in B2GNow and LCPTracker to identify discrepancies in a timely manner.
  • Project oversight personnel will gain an understanding of the various responsibilities across project teams to most effectively monitor Civil Rights compliance.

Presenters: Mónica Vialpando, CDOT Civil Rights Labor and Contract Compliance Specialist; Erica Downey, CDOT Subcontractor Compliance Specialist; Karen Fuji-Martin, CDOT Preconstruction Compliance Specialist; FHWA Civil Rights Representative

“Beyond 'Why Quality' Leveraging the Quality Process to Enhance Collaboration”

The need for a quality focus in the transportation industry has shifted in recent years from "why quality" to "how." We all have a responsibility to not just produce work per the agreed-to terms, but to make sure that work is complete, accurate, and documented.   Opening up a conversation directly focused on leveraging the quality process can help us collectively invest in a common objective. The goal of this presentation is to refresh each person's perspective on quality at both the micro and macro level. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Ask the right questions about quality in their day-to-day tasks.
  • Think critically about the quality process and use it to add value to and transfer knowledge on projects
  • Positively contribute to their own organization?s quality culture.

Presenters:  Christi Hurelle, PE, CQA - Sr Quality Engineer I at Atkins


Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 2:50 to 3:30 PM  Concurrent Sessions


“Utility Workshop: How does a SUE Investigation Benefit the Planner, Designer, Contractor and Owner of a Project”  *  Utility Track, Part 3

A panel will discuss how risk will now be mitigated with the increased SUE data and better design.

“Winter maintenance and weather technology considerations in transportation design”

When designing projects, how often do those that design bridges, intersections and roadways discuss their designs with maintenance managers and personnel? All too often there is a disconnect between the design of these projects and those that maintain them once they are built. This is especially true in the area of winter maintenance.  When designing any transportation asset, there are very specific standards that need to be followed. However, many of the standards do not take into consideration winter operations and the issues faced by those that will maintain the systems. What do designers do if there are no standards that address winter maintenance issues?  In this session, we will discuss how various designs affect winter maintenance operations and what considerations and technologies can be incorporated into these designs to aid those that maintain the systems during a snow and ice season. This will include some of the latest weather technologies and design features that can be incorporated to improve winter operations. We will also discuss recommendations for good communication and review during the design process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the design process and where the opportunities are for collaboration.
  • Show the impact that design and construction of streets can have on the ability to perform winter maintenance. Consider the impact that design details can have safety and mobility during winter. Consider the latest technologies that may be incorporated into these designs.
  • Discuss how design engineers and public works staff can work together to improve the maintainability of future designs

Presenters: Richard "Mark" DeVries; William "Pat" Kennedy, City of Denver

“Navigating CDOT Engineering Contracts and the MPA Process”

CDOT Engineering Contracts and Audit Division will discuss the various types of contracts, qualification process, and the Master Pricing Agreement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the various qualifications needed prior to doing work with CDOT.
  • Understand how to obtain an MPA, including the technical and financial requirements.
  • Avoid common issues that can delay MPA review.

Presenters:  Marci Gray, Engineering Contracts Manager, CDOT; Robyn Lamb, Audit Supervisor, CDOT; Josh Gosenca, Audit Lead, CDOT

“Bad to Better - Negotiation and Communication Skills for Technical Professionals”

Author, trainer, and Project Manager, John Burke, P.E. will teach proven techniques on how to help technical professionals better negotiate and communicate with their teams.  John is the Development and Construction Manager for the City of Westminster and the author of R.F.P. - Request For Personality.  He will provide real world examples on how he's been able to go from being bad at negotiating and communicating to better.  He has not climbed Mount Everest or been in a space shuttle, but he has managed millions of dollars worth of public projects and along the way he has learned how to get the best from his teams, contractors and the political support needed to get the job done.  He will leave you with tools and enthusiasm to take on the next big projects with confidence!

Learning Objectives:

  • Communicate effectively with any audience (peers, supervisors, elected officials, contractors, citizens etc.)
  • Effectively negotiate when political and fiscal pressures are high.
  • Confront challenging issues with respect and candor.

Presenters:  John Burke, P.E.  Development and Construction Manager for the City of Westminster

“EJMT Systems-Maintaining and Upgrading Apollo Era Technologies”

Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel is one of the most unique and instrumental tunnels in the country. Due to it's length, elevation, age, and it's importance in today's transportation system it creates a excellent opportunity to push the limits of technology. When the tunnel was originally built it incorporated the technology that was used to take us to space and beyond in the in Apollo missions. CDOT is now in the process of bringing the technology you've seen in the Jetson's to the tunnel to streamline operations and continue to provide safe trip across the continental divide.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand how important the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel is to CDOT and the traveling public. This would roll into a brief overview of the electrical, instrumentation, controls, and ITS equipment/systems that is required to keep the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel operational.
  • To gain an understanding of what CDOT has been working toward accomplishing regarding the tunnel systems and upgrading the technology/systems from the 60's and 70's to what's available in 2018. This would include some of the technical hurdles we've had to work through due to its elevation at >11,000' above sea level as well as non-typical equipment that is in use at the tunnel.
  • Gain an understanding of the benefits a specialized Electrical CM/inspection staff can bring to a project. This includes everything from preliminary design support, constructability reviews, project delivery, proposed change order auditing, start-up commissioning and testing, and project close-out.

Presenters:  Neal Retzer, PE , Region 1 Tunnel Resident Engineer with Colorado Department of Transportation; Justin Ulrich, Master Electrician, Constrction Manager with Atkins

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 4:00 to 5:00 PM General Sessions


“Project First - It's Not a Pilot Program Anymore”

Understanding Project First.  A look at the tools developed assist in addressing the challenges of building a project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding Project First
  • A look at the tools.

Presenters: Mark Straub, Construction SME, Construction Area Engineer, CDOT


“Construction Critical Path Method Schedules”

Panel discussion on Construction CPM schedules or an interactive session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Knowledge on the purpose of CPM schedules.
  • Recognition by all parties of the responsibilities in administering a construction project using a CPM Schedule.
  • Ability to distinguish the changes in the revised specification and knowledge in applying the requirements.

Presenters:  Laura Zamora, CDOT Area Engineer


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 8:30 to 9:30 AM  General Session


"Bentley Cloud Based Tools: ProjectWise 'Share' and ProjectWise 'Edge' Mobile”

ProjectWise SHARE: A cloud based collaborative software environment for secure storage of documents built upon the idea of a "Project" paradigm in which the "Project Manager" role has total control of project members, access roles, and controls connections and synchronizations to both ProjectWise Explorer and SharePoint without the need for  consultants using the CDOT VPN or CDOT OIT to access ProjectWise Explorer. Use of ProjectWise Share is free to consultants and others doing business with CDOT

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to access CDOT ProjectWise Explorer remotely from the cloud using ProjectWise Share
  • Navigate between ProjectWise Share Projects, upload, download, and place files in in ProjectWise Explorer via ProjectWise Share for collaboration with CDOT
  • Understand how to access ProjectWise Share/ProjectWise Explorer via mobile devices.

Presenters: Tom Bovee, ProjectWise Program Manager, CDOT


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 10:00 to 10:40 AM  Concurrent Sessions


“Navigating Opportunities in Virtual Reality”

Interactive 3D model presentations using virtual reality (VR) viewing devices have become more achievable and affordable with advances in VR hardware devices, and general improvements in computer hardware and 3D modeling applications. VR technology is rapidly expanding from gaming into the commercial arena. How can these new technologies help in building better cities? Learn about how our team has used virtual reality to provide an innovative public engagement tool, allowing users to be fully immersed in a proposed project environment. Ever wish that stakeholders could see what construction phases for a project would look like in real-life? How about letting the public experience a drive-through of a finished bridge during design? This presentation will show how virtual reality is changing perceptions in order to support change in communities.    Building new infrastructure requires several parties to buy-in, from owners to businesses to residents. Whether it?s a new multi-modal facility or a high-speed rail facility, being able to visualize designs in advance can help to build confidence, open perspectives, and enlighten opinions. Experience and see how virtual reality has helped in making stakeholder engagement more immersive, more accessible, and easier than ever to see the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the broad range of interactive virtual reality applications, including smart-phone based and tablet based applications, gaming technologies, and virtual/augmented reality viewing devices.
  • Learn from several AEC project case-studies how VR tools have been leveraged to support design, planning and stakeholder communication.
  • Understand what is involved in the development of virtual reality products and applications both from a 3D model-based workflow as well as the potential hardware and display device implementation.

Presenters:  Kevin Gilson, Project Visualization, WSP; Lisa Nguyen, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer, WSP; Tad Molas, P.E., Structures Regional Lead, WSP

“Minimizing Risk and Cost through 2D Hydraulic Modeling as Demonstrated by the US34 Canyon Permanent Repairs Project”

As part of the CDOT permanent repair design team for U.S. HWY 34 through the Big Thompson River canyon, CDOT was tasked with the scour prediction and design of the bank protection to increase the resiliency of the roadway through the canyon. This task was accomplished using innovative modeling techniques and a collaborative process with the design team and the contractor. SRH2D proved to be a key tool in improving communication with stakeholders and improving buy-in and confidence in designs in a highly constrained roadway environment. Excess conservatism was minimized, and the riprap volume was reduced by over 30%, thereby saving the overall project nearly $9M.

Learning Objectives:

  • Have confidence that 2D modeling should be considered as a powerful design tool.
  • Understand that 2D modeling can decrease conservatism and save money
  • Understand that 2D modeling is more efficient and less costly than in the past.

Presenters:  Anthony Alvarado, PE, CFM, Project Manager with Ayres Associates; Will deRosset, PE, CFM, Project Manager with Ayres Associates; Brian Varrella, PE, CFM, CDOT Region 4 Hydraulic Lead;James Usher, PE, CDOT Loveland Resident Engineer

“Lessons Learned from Recent CMGC Projects”

The Governmental Agencies within the State of Colorado have been using the CMGC alternate delivery method to construct many of its more challenging projects. Several projects have been completed or are well underway in different regions of the State. Each region and projects has its own set of unique challenges and innovative solutions.  This panel will present lessons learned from around the State to review the differences in managing scope, schedule and budget, construction oversight, funding, agreements, partnerships with other agencies, and program management approaches. We will translate these lessons learned from each project into ideas for improving process on future projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to better implement a CMGC Project
  • Learn tips to keep a CMGC project on schedule and within budget
  • Reduce surprises through early communication and cost estimating

Presenters:   Chuck Attardo, CDOT; John Hall, CDOT; Benjamin Rowles, CDOT; James Usher, CDOT; Roland Wagner, CDOT; Anthony Pisano, Moderator

“I-95 Express Lanes, Jacksonville, Florida:  From Controversy to Consent”

Tired of sitting in traffic?  The Florida Department of Transportation has embarked on a robust program to create travel reliability on existing interstates.  The installation of dynamically tolled express lanes offers the motorist a choice to save time and aggravation.  But what about installing express lanes on aging urban interstates in the heart of a city where right-of-way is limited?  This Project Development and Environment Study conducted for the FDOT, District 2, in Northeast Florida showcases how a very skeptical public CAN, in fact, be convinced that a reconstructed interstate with travel time reliability is for the greater public good.  Through multiple public workshops and an engaging video with a digital fly-through of the proposed project, vehement public opposition was reversed.  Join us for a presentation on this unique and informative project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the need for express lanes
  • Understand the challenges of reconstructing an aging urban interstate
  • Understand the importance of high-level visualization techniques on a controversial project

Presenters:  Keith Bogart, PE, Senior Transportation Engineer, RS&H (Deputy Project Manager), CJ Youmans, PE, Senior Transportation Engineer, RS&H (Drainage); Paul Heeg, PE, LEED AP, Senior Transportation Engineer, RS&H (Public Involvement / NEPA)

"Water Quality and Green Infrastructure"

The City and County of Denver is making green infrastructure a fundamental part of the City’s long-term stormwater management strategy by looking at ways to implement both large and site-scale green infrastructure. In 2018, Denver released a Green Infrastructure Implementation Strategy which prioritized watersheds most in need of stormwater quality improvement. This prioritization, referred to as the Water Quality Scorecard (Scorecard), scored basins on a set of primary and secondary criteria. The attributes associated with stormwater quantity or quality were of primary concern and weighted the heaviest; while secondary criteria including parameters such as park density, social justice, urban heat islands, and a transportation pollutant index were also a factored into the Scorecard. The focus was to identify green infrastructure strategies that improve water quality while also providing additional city benefits such as increased open space, climate resiliency, improved air quality, urban heat mitigation, and better connectivity. This prioritization allows Denver to give precedence to green infrastructure projects in areas where they are most needed rather than building projects randomly or where they can be most easily constructed. The presentation will discuss the tenants of the Green Infrastructure Implementation Strategy and Scorecard, as well as highlight a number of projects from the Implementation Strategy that are either in design, under construction or recently completed.

Presenter: Sarah Anderson, Water Quality Project Manager, City and County of Denver

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 10:50 to 11:30 AM  Concurrent Sessions


“High Density Aerial Lidar for Transportation and Hydraulics Engineering”

Lidar technology has evolved quickly since the late 1990s; therefore, acquisition and processing requirements have changed to keep pace with this remote sensing technology.   Ayres Associates contracted with Colorado Department of Transportation to acquire aerial lidar and imagery to derive a high accuracy terrain model and ortho imagery for the area surrounding the Peckham US85 and CR44 intersection.   The goal of this presentation is to 1) make lidar users aware of the advancements that have been developed within the lidar community; 2) describe typical products that can be created using lidar data; and 3) make recommendations for developing specifications for acquiring lidar for transportation and hydraulics engineering type of projects.

Learning Objectives:

  • Make lidar users aware of the advancements that have been developed within the lidar community
  • Describe typical products that can be created using lidar data
  • Make recommendations for developing specifications for acquiring lidar for transportation and hydraulics engineering type of projects

Presenters:  Matt Vinopal, CP, CMS-Lidar, GISP: Ayres Associates

“Performance-Based Project Delivery Selection for Highway Design and Construction Projects”

This presentation illustrates how project performance compares among the project delivery methods of design-bid-build (D-B-B) and the two alternative methods of design-build (D-B) and construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) for US highway construction projects. The propensity of use of each delivery method is revealed based on empirical data from over 290 projects completed between 2004-2015.  Additionally, this presentation highlights the use and benefits of the Project Delivery Selection Matrix (PDSM) developed for the objective selection of an appropriate delivery method by evaluation of fundamental project characteristics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the available project delivery methods for US highway construction projects and the propensity of use of each method based on empirical data from over 290 projects completed between 2004-2015.
  • Understand how project performance compares among the project delivery methods of design-bid-build (D-B-B) and the two alternative contracting methods of design-build (D-B) and construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC).
  • Comprehend the use and benefits of the Project Delivery Selection Matrix (PDSM) developed for the objective selection of an appropriate delivery method by evaluating fundamental project characteristics. Also, participants will be able to recognize how the PDSM may be applied within their agency.

Presenters:  Arthur L.C. Antoine, Ph.D., Senior Project Manager, Shrewsberry; Douglas Alleman, P.E., Ph.D. Student

“Moraine Avenue US-36 Bridge Replacement Project”

Flood damage occurred in northern Colorado in September 2013, including flood damage in downtown Estes Park.  The Town of Estes Park obtained funding and executed a project to increase the long-term hydraulic capacity of Fall River at Moraine Avenue.  The project involved coordination with multiple agencies and included unique solutions to achieve the project goals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize benefits of effective coordination among multiple agencies.
  • Recognize opportunities for unique solutions for to achieve project goals.
  • Recognize that project goals can be achieved with initial configurations and with ultimate configurations.

Presenters:  Martin Merklinger, PE, Senior Bridge Engineer, Project Manager

“From 'Virtually Indescribable' to 'Virtual Reality': Leveraging interactive 3D visualization technology to drive stakeholder buy in”

Is building stakeholder consensus an integral part of your project? Are you looking for innovative technology for engaging non-technical audiences? If so, this is the session for you.  Discover how we used a variety of interactive visualization technologies to engage stakeholders and build consensus around complex projects. Our two project case studies with FDOT and NCDOT will give you a roadmap of applications, from a high-tech Virtual Reality (VR) simulation to a low-tech mobile APP designed for mass audiences.    At the end of this session you will not only learn what it takes to create these types of applications but more importantly, how they can be leveraged to build consensus among key stakeholders. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover successful strategies for stakeholder engagement and buy in using interactive 3D visualization technology
  • Gain in-sight into the spectrum of high-low tech visualization technologies and how best to apply them.
  • Understand the feasibility of these technologies such as workflows, level of investment, and ROI.

Presenters:  Timothy Witsil, Design Visualization Group Leader, RS&H

"CDOT Water Quality Panel Discussion"

Here’s a chance to ask questions and find out the new changes at CDOT pertaining to MS4 and how it may affect your work.  Additionally, attendees will get the latest on how CDOT is preparing for the new CDPS-Stormwater Construction permit. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about the TECS and SWMP training opportunities, changes in 107.25 and 208 specifications on CDOT projects, changes to the SWMP template and requirements, and the rules of the Permanent Water Quality mitigation pool funds and how you can use them.

Presenters: Rachel Hansgen, Paul Heffernan, Tamara Burke, a Landscape Architect


Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 12:00 to 1:00 PM Closing General Session


“Resiliency: Planning and Adapting to the Challenge”

Disasters or threats transcend county lines and city limits which means federal, state, and local agencies need to prepare for the future with a common understanding of the vulnerabilities and consequences facing their communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of incorporating resiliency into transportation assets and operations.
  • Use tools and techniques to implement resiliency into the planning process.
  • See how increased partnership between CDOT and local agencies can create collaborative solutions to address shared risks.

Presenters:  Johnny Olson, PE, CDOT R4; Abra Geissler, PE, CDOT R4; Louis Keen, PE, CDOT R4; Steven Humphrey, PE, Muller Engineering; Town of Mead representative  City of Loveland representative