2017 National Meeting & Training Conference Schedule

2017 National Meeting & Training Conference 

Smart Transportation: The Next Frontier

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Schedule is tentative and subject to change. All events take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center unless otherwise listed.

 

Click here to download the Conference Program and final schedule.


 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

 

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

Location: Ontario Foyer

 

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

 

Golf Pairing Party

Location: Cadillac A&B

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

 

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

Location: Ontario Foyer

 

7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

 

 

Scholarship Golf Tournament

Inn of St. John, 44045 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth, MI 48170

 

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

LTK Engineering CITY Intern Leadership Forum

CITY Interns will have the opportunity to hear from some leading industry leaders regarding opportunities in the transportation industry!

 

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Youth Symposium

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Wayne State University

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Toyota Plant

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 

Technical Tour: International Tunnel to Canada

Hosts: Robert Howell, DWT Director of Operations and Jasmine Sisson, WSP USA Project Manager

Bus departs hotel at 8:40 AM and returns at 10:20 AM

 

You are invited to a tour and presentation of the only existing sub-aqueous international automobile border crossing! This behind-the-scenes tour will take you inside the vent buildings, the operations center, in the plenums (not the roadway), and the US Duty Free Shop. The tour is on the U.S. side only.Walking shoes are recommended and mandatory safety vests and safety hats will be provided to each guest. This tour is recommended for anyone interested in transportation, design, tunnels, and international relations.

 

Tunnel Facts: The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is approximately one mile long from portal to portal. The American portal is located a few hundred feet from Downtown Detroit while the Canadian end is located in the heart of Windsor’s business district. The Tunnel is 5,160 feet long and the roadway is 22 feet wide with two lanes of traffic in opposite directions. The maximum depth of the roadway beneath the river surface is 75 feet.The Tunnel first opened to traffic on November 3, 1930. Construction took 26 months and cost $23 million. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was the first vehicular subway ever built between two nations. At the time of its construction, only two other tunnels were in use in the United States — the Holland Tunnel in New York and the George A. Posey Tunnel connecting Oakland and Alameda, California.

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 

CEU Course

Bridge Painting – Then, Now, and Tomorrow (1 CEU)

Location: Richard A&B

Presented by: Christopher Farschon, Greenman Pedersen, Inc.

This presentation will outline the history of bridge painting materials and practices that led to the current state of the art for DOTs. The advantages and disadvantages of DOT painting materials will be reviewed. Future advances will be proposed to enhance cost and scheduling constraints.

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

CEU Course

Smart Stakeholder Engagement: Using Innovative Technologies (1 CEU)

Location: Richard A&B

Presented by: Eric Polvi, HNTB; Tom Weston, HNTB; Bret Abraham, HNTB

Early stakeholder engagement and active listening are key to providing successful Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) on transportation projects that go well beyond the transportation facility itself. Identifying and engaging stakeholders early in the planning process with continuous input helps build collaborative relationships and leads to open and transparent decision making resulting in design solutions that meet the collective needs of the community, traveling public, stakeholders and participating agencies. MDOT’s early engagement of the City of Detroit (CoD) on the I-94 Modernization Project in Detroit, MI, captured the project goals and objectives of the City as envisioned by the local community to minimize public and local partner resistance and avoid costly planning and design delays.

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

CEU Course

Moving to the Next Frontier using Public Private Partnerships in Transit (1 CEU) Location: Nicolet A&B

Presented by: Semia Hackett, Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation; Luther Wynder, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority; Ryan Daniel, St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission

Public private partnerships are commonly known for increasing rail programs; however, partnerships within bus projects have also funded capital and operation projects successfully.

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Technical Tour: Ford Rouge Factory (F-150)

Bus departs hotel at 10:30 AM and returns at 1:00 PM

 

TheFordRougeFactory Tour is an excitingexperience for anyone who always wanted to know how vehicles are assembled. This is aself-guided tour ofthe plantwhere the most popular truck in the world—theFordF-150—is assembled. The tour includes:

  • Videos that show the history of theFordMotor Company and the making of the all-new F-150.
  • An Observation Deck whereyou can view one of the largest Living Roofs in the World and learn about the revitalization of the Rouge.
  • Iconic Ford vehicles that once were produced at the Rouge.

 

Presenters will be located throughout the tour to engage with you at every station.

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

CEU Course

ADA: Responding to Reasonable Modification of Policies and Practices(1 CEU) Location: Richard A&B

Presented by: Aida Douglas, Long Beach Transit; Crystal Lyons, Crystal Fortune Lyons, LLC; Ken Middleton, Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a Final Rule amending its ADA regulations to require reasonable modification of policies and practices and agencies are required to be in compliance. This session will assist agencies in developing tools to address requests of reasonable modification.

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

CEU Course

Depression and Anxiety Among All Levels of Employees(1 CEU)

Location: Nicolet A&B

Presented by: Dr. Grady Dale, Urban Psychological Services
According to published research published by the National Institute of Mental Health each year, depression affects at least 10 million people, often during their most productive years – between the ages of 25 and 44. The transportation industry is no exception. In addition to personal suffering, depression takes its toll at the workplace. Closely associated with depression is Anxiety and Stress in the workplace. People may turn down a promotion or other opportunity because it involves travel or public speaking, make excuses to get out of office parties, staff lunches and other events or meetings with coworkers or be unable to meet deadlines. This presentation is focused on the transportation industry, some of the unique situations facing workers and discuss methods to identify and alleviate some of the contributing factors causing depression and anxiety among our employees.

 

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Technical Tour: Detroit Metro Airport

Bus departs hotel at 1:30 PM and returns at 4:00 PM

 

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is a major international airport in the united states covering 4,850 acres located in a suburb of Detroit. It’s Michigan busiest airport and one of the largest airline hubs in the country. Detroit serves as a primary gateway to Asia for the Eastern United States and also the third busiest gateway to Europe. The airport has four main runways and two crosswind runways, two terminals, 129 in-service gates, and an on-site Hotel and conference center connected to the A concourse. The airport is the 16thbusiest airport in the united states, and the 44thbusiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic. Conference attendees will tour both terminals, visit the Operational control center, public safety building, and airport response center.

 

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 

CEU Course

LED Streetlight Conversions Opportunities and Challenges (1 CEU)

Location: Richard A&B

Presented by: Will Mathies, MDOT; Suzette Robinson, DDOT; Victor Judnic, HNTB

The District of Columbia and Michigan Departments of Transportation are sharing their experiences on LED Lighting Conversion projects. The presentation will include the planning, procurement, design, construction, and maintenance aspects of lighting projects in large metropolitan areas. Challenges and lessons learned will be shared on these unique projects which are the first of their kind in the U.S. Public and Private Partnership (P3) opportunities will also be a part of the discussion.

 

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 

CEU Course

The Gordie Howe International Bridge Project (1 CEU)

Location: Nicolet A&B

Presented by: Michael Cautillo, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority

The governments of Canada and Michigan are building one of the most significant infrastructure projects in North America, the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, a new six-lane bridge at the Windsor-Detroit border. The bridge will be an essential addition to the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial land border crossing, providing a safe, efficient and secure end-to-end border crossing system directly connecting Highway 401 in Windsor and I-75 in Detroit.

 

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Technical Tour: I-94 Small Business Element/Shared Office – Ride QLine

Bus departs hotel at 2:15 PM and returns at 4:45 PM

 

The I-94 Modernization Project Office was created in early 2016 by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to encourage a collaborative meeting space for the Owner, Consultants, and Stakeholders working on the project.This co-located environment allows for hands-on learning and mentoring for small businesses in design and construction in a one-on-one setting with subject matter experts.The facility is equipped with enhanced interactive communications technology to assist with training and cross-coordination.The tour will include a presentation by the People Mover, a ride on the QLine, an office walk-thru, short project orientation, multi-media presentations, and software demonstrations. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how a large project, with many moving pieces, can come together in one space to share ideas and promote collaboration.

 

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 

Youth Symposium Reception

Location: 42 Degrees North
Open Invitation

 

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Joint Leadership Reception

Location: Ontario West
Invitation Only

 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Chairman’s Reception

Location: 42 Degrees North

Invitation only

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017

 

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

Location: Ontario Foyer

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Ecumenical Service

Location: Ambassador 1

 

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Technical Tour: Q-Line/Penske Operations Center

The QLine streetcar opened to the public on May 12, 2017, and you are here just in time to experience it. We invite you to ride the QLine and visit the Penske Tech Operations Center for a behind-the-scenes tour. The Tech Center was completed in 2016 and is home to our streetcar operations, staff, and light maintenance. As a part of the tour, we will share the QLine’s story from its initial concept through construction and startup. The QLine is a one-of-a-kind example of private, philanthropic, and federal agencies partnering to fund public infrastructure through a non-profit entity. Every aspect of this project has been unique, from stakeholder engagement to business partnerships, sponsorship, and operations.

 

9:05 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting & Continental Breakfast

Location: Ontario East

 

9:05 AM – 8:00 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Open

Location: Ontario East

 

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Leadership Breakfast for Council of Presidents

Location: Greco

Council of Presidents members only

 

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

 

Break for Exhibit Hall Visit

Location: Ontario East

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

CEU Course

Establishing an Effective Business Assistance Program for Capital Projects (1 CEU)

Location: Richard A&B

Presented by: Kimberly Williams, Houston METRO

Presentation explaining how to establish a business assistance program as part of a capital program with a particular emphasis on projects occurring in underserved communities.

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

CEU Course

A New Business Model for Integrated Autonomous Transportation Services (IATS) An Evolution or Revolution? (1 CEU)

Location: Nicolet A&B

Presented by: Amalendu Chatterjee, Eximsoft International
Technology push has created new social dynamics in our lives. ITS may not be an exception. A well thought transition plan is required based on our current understanding.

 

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Joint Leadership Team Meeting

Location: Ambassador 2

Joint Leadership Team members only

 

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Technical Tour: People Mover

The Detroit People Mover (DPM) officially opened to the public on July 31, 1987. Owned and operated by the Detroit Transportation Corporation, an agency of the Detroit city government, DPM is a driverless car system that stops at 13 stations, eight of which were built into existing downtown office buildings. One of the stations—Times Square—is the site of the Operations Center. Each station displays original, creative artwork on its walls, including a piece on permanent loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts.

 

Initially, DPM ran counter-clockwise, but today, its clockwise direction has one short, relatively steep uphill climb, then it coasts downhill for a majority of the ride. This allows the train to use gravity to accelerate, making each $0.75 round-trip slightly faster than when it was originally designed. The elevated track is unique, and is one of only five in the country.

The tour will include a ride on the Detroit People Mover and a review of the maintenance facility.

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Box Lunch

Location: Ontario East

 

12:45 PM – 2:45 PM

 

National Board of Directors Meeting and Lunch

Location: Ambassador 1

Lunch provided for Board Members only, non-Board attendees may bring their own lunch.

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

Workshop Track – Leadership

Leadership Development: A Strategic Partnership Approach to Developing and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring Programs

Location: Richard A&B

Presented by: Gregory Bradley, J.D., Bradley Consulting & Training

Every day the transportation industry is losing talent due to attrition. This workshop/presentation will provide best practices, tips and practical approaches on how to strategically develop and implement coaching and mentoring programs.

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

Understanding How Critical Path Scheduling affects Project Outcomes

Location: Nicolet A&B

Presented by: Oskar Nordstrom, P.E., Wade Trim

The project management triangle is well known as consisting of Scope, Cost and Time and all three must be effectively managed to have a successful quality outcome of the project. A common misnomer in managing projects is that you can choose any two of the three and in the municipal infrastructure field time is often the third not chosen to be prioritized. This presentation will help provide understanding and tools to be able to assess validity of delay claims, how to prepare for and prevent unnecessary claims. Topics covered will include, types of schedules, critical path method, float, longest path, best management techniques, baselines, progress updates, resource loading and cost forecasting. At the end of the presentation the attendants should have a better understanding of critical path scheduling and better prepared to discuss schedules and delay claims with the Contractor, Engineer and other stakeholders.

 

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Building Skills for Mid-Managers: A Planned Approach to Your Career

Presented by: Dr. Barbara Gannon, Paul Larousse, Lindsey Robertson

GannonConsult and the National Transit Institute (NTI) are pleased to partner with the COMTO Leadership Institute initiative to present the session: Building Skills for Mid-Managers: A Planned Approach to Your Career at COMTO’s National Meeting and Training Conference in Detroit, MI. This session will be offered for mid-level managers and emerging professionals who are preparing to take the next steps in their career.

 

Your next job may be three years away, but it is never too early to evaluate the skills and experience you will need to take the next step in your career. This interactive workshop will help you to recognize your current strengths, understand the gaps in your experience, and help you make a plan to prepare yourself for your next career opportunity by considering important leadership topics such as Emotional Intelligence and Characteristics of Leadership.

 

1:00 PM – 4:45 PM

 

Technical Tour:Southeast Michigan Transportation Operations Center (SEMTOC)

Bus departs hotel at 1:10 PM and returns at 4:45 PM

 

The Southeast Michigan Transportation Operations Center (SEMTOC) is the Michigan Department of Transportation's eyes and ears to the roads. It is a world-class traffic management center where staff oversees a traffic monitoring system composed of400 freeway miles instrumented with:

 

· Over 270 Closed Circuit TV Cameras

· Over 95 Dynamic Message Signs

· Over 200 Microwave Vehicle Detection Sensors in conjunction with Probe Traffic Detectors

 

Every day, 24/7, dispatchers monitor hundreds of cameras to determine exactly where road crews need to be dispatched or emergency services are needed. There is also a social media team that posts where accidents scenes are across the metro area. Conference attendees will be able to tour SEMTOC’s massive operations center and learn how it manages multiple categories of events such as incidents, construction and special events, through a network of digital intelligence, officer patrols and motorists.

 

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Workshop Track – Historically Underutilized Businesses

Effective MWDBE Construction Programs

Location: Richard A&B

Presented by: Michael Garner, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

The MTA’s Small Business Development Program has created a new paradigm for all small businesses in the construction industry, including but not limited to Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, to increase their contract opportunities, enhance their technical and business capabilities and grow their businesses by allowing emerging MWDBEs to bid work as prime construction contractors.

 

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 

CEU Course

Fort Street Bascule Bridge: Building The Future With An Eye To The Past Geotechnical And Construction Considerations (1 CEU)

Location: Nicolet A&B

Presented by: Richard Anderson, P.E., Somat Engineering; Anthony Pietrangelo, P.E., MDOT

The Fort Street Bridge was a technologically and historically significant infrastructure project in the history of Detroit and one of the most important movable bridges in the State of Michigan. The presentation highlights the history of the crossing and discusses the movement of the bridge, both intentional and unintentional, and design of the new replacement structure.

 

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

New Chapter Officer Training

Location: Davinci

 

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

 

 

Break for Exhibit Hall Visit

Location: Ontario East

 

4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

 

Historically Underutilized Businesses Forum

Location: Richard A&B

As one of the pillars of COMTO's multimodal strategy is to provide training to assist Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) with building business acumen, providing contractual opportunities, and connecting with national transportation stakeholders, this conference is no different in that the HUB Business Forum will feature: Ms. Rhonda Dews, Deputy Director, Civil Rights, Federal Rail Administration (FRA), Ms. Dews will provide updates on current efforts for developing an FRADisadvantaged Business Enterprise program and also the types of small business opportunities in the rail industry including in the areas of procurement and construction and Amtrak. We will also bring in Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC). ICCCis an Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) program that positions inner-city businesses for long-term success. It’s designed for busy executives of all expertise levels, and its impact is proven to strengthen businesses and the inner-city communities where they operate. Please join us for this exciting presentation and ask direct questions to those who can provide direct answers.

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Treasurer’s Training

Required for all Chapter Treasurers

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

New Member Orientation

Location: Marquette A&B

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Committee and Advisory Council Meetings

· Accessibility Committee - Location: Raphael

· Membership Committee - Location: Brule A

· Strategic Planning Committee - Location: Duluth A

 

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception

Location: Ontario East

 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

 

AIAI Reception

Invitation only

 

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

 

 

“A Little Taste of Maryland” – Reception

The 47th National Meeting and Training Conference will be in Baltimore! Come out and get a small “taste” of what the Maryland Chapter is offering!

Open invitation

 

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

 

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

Location: Ontario Foyer

 

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Open

Location: Ontario East

 

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

 

Continental Breakfast

Location: Ontario East

 

8:45 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Opening Plenary Session

Location: Columbus

Moderator: Greg Johnson, WSP USA

 

Panelists:

  •  Mark Van Port Fleet, Chief Operating Officer Michigan Department of Transportation
  •  Greg Slater, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration
  •  Grindley Johnson, Deputy Secretary, Virginia Department of Transportation

 

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Break for Exhibit Hall Visit

Location: Ontario East

 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

 

Legislative Luncheon

Leadership Prospectives: Past, Present, and Future

Panel discussion featuring former USDOT Secretaries of Transportation.

Location: Columbus

Panelists:

  • The Honorable James H. Burnley, IV
  • The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta
  • The Honorable Rodney E. Slater

 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

 

Break for Exhibit Hall Visit

Location: Ontario East

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

Public Private Partnerships: Participate, Elevate, Activate and Accelerate-empowerment at every level

Location: Joliet A&B

Presented by: Joanne Brooks, Esq., The Surety and Fidelity Association of Americal; Vernon Marrow, ESmith Legacy Holdings, LLC; Angela Berry Roberson, Ferrovial Agroman; Sharon Douglas, Potere Construction LLC

With all this talk about crumbling infrastructure and the future of funding, this panel will provide insight into what is going on in the world of Public Private Partnerships (P3s), who’s involved, how are P3s being position to assure participation that not only builds infrastructure but assures inclusion and diversity at all levels, for all phases, enhancing economic development, creating jobs, strong businesses, access to capital and bonding, community and workforce development and legacy wealth.

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

Workshop Track – Historically Underutilized Businesses

Stepping Up Your Sales Game for Large Opportunities

Location: Cadillac A&B

Presented by: Jasmine Narcisse, Jacobs Engineering; Gabriele Mack, Jacobs Engineering

In this session, A/E focused HUBs will learn tips for identifying large opportunities that propel their firms; understand how to increase value and competitive edge in the eyes of both the client and the prime in order to win more work; and leave with tangible tools to set their pursuit strategies up for success.

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

Workshop Track – Leadership

Understanding and Empowering Millennials in the 21st Century Transportation Industry

Location: LaSalle A&B

Presented by: Oluseyi Olugbenle, WSP USA; Adiele Nwankwo, WSP USA; Greer Johnson Gillis, DC Department of General Services; Onyinye Akujuo, MARTA

Various research studies have already identified the multimodal transportation values of Millennials. This session goes a step further and diverges into the transportation workplace. What unique role and impact do Millennials have as professionals in transportation. The panel discussion is three prong: it will explore and identify, 1) multigenerational challenges and opportunities, 2) mutual concerns toward the progress of the industry and 3) successful strategies that companies can implement to attract, retain and empower Millennials.

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

Workshop Track – Leadership

Did you leave a legacy?

Location: Marquette A&B

Presented by: Jeffrey Jones

The goal is to have a discussion on the value of organization senior leaders to prepare the next generation through success planning and employee leadership development.

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

Workshop Track – Transportation Policy

The Federal Transit Administration's Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program of Activities

Location: DuLuth A&B

Presented by: Betty Jackson, FTA; Marion Colston, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority; Geisha Ester, Chicago Transit Authority

FTA Representatives will provide an update of its Workforce Development Legislation and Program of Projects.

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

CEU Course

Workshop Track –Transportation Technical

The Next Frontier: The Power of Transit Personalization(1 CEU)

Location: Brule A&B

Presented by: Sumithra Jagannath, ZED Digital

Multimodal transit technology and Web personalization can provide transit agencies universal options integrated with a rider’s daily life. In short, this transit Personalization technology connects public transit agencies with each customer more effectively, more intuitively and most of all, more intelligently helping every individual ‘get around’ in more meaningful ways. Therefore, this technology saves time and money for the agency as well as each rider.

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Transformative Transit Investments: The Story of M-1 Rail in Detroit

Sponsored by Rail~Volution – Building Livable Communities with Transit

Location: Nicolet A&B

Presented by: Diana Mendes, HNTB; Sommer Woods, QLine; Ruth Johnson, Tiffany Gunter, Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

The M-1 Rail streetcar, known as the QLINE, began operating in May after 10 years of planning. The QLINE is the first major transit project led and funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations in partnership with local, state, and federal government. The unprecedented public-private partnership that made the QLINE a reality is a model for regional collaboration, local commitment and transportation planning. Fueled by the private sector, the project represents a complex web of partnerships and realizes a vision to bring vibrancy and economic development to downtown Detroit. Despite the critics and many hurdles, the 6.6-mile circulator now connects 12 locations on Woodward Ave. from Downtown Detroit through Midtown, New Center, and the North End.

 

Rail~Volution is a national conference and network of leaders at the forefront of building, vibrant, connected cities and regions through transit and related investments. The annual conference focuses on real-world solutions and best practices. Join us for a robust discussion about why the QLINE is important to the rebirth of Detroit, how the project was advanced, and what community impact is expected. How will the project reshape downtown Detroit? Why was the private sector involved? What challenges and opportunities exist? And, what’s been learned from the experience?

 

2:15 PM – 4:45 PM

 

CEO Summit

Location: Richard A&B

Invitation only

 

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Emerging Leaders Workshop

Location: Cabot

Emerging Leaders are professionals in one of four Tiers -- Entry Level, Middle Management, Senior Management, and New Executive -- of professional development who aspire to produce at the executive levels of either a public or private enterprise within the transportation industry, and have demonstrated a commitment to do so in their current role.


During this workshop, Emerging Leaders will get in-depth answers regarding establishing mentoring relationships, lessons learned from career matriculation, and building a brand within the industry. The workshop will support the first three of four Tiers to include the concept of Smart Transportation in setting career goals and culminate in a networking reception.

 

Panel Discussion: “Going from Tactical to Strategic Leadership for Smart Transportation” - No matter what EL Tier you currently fall into, being a leader requires strategy. This panel of global logistics experts will explore ways to empower the everyday person in business to lead from where they are to take advantage of growth opportunities.

 

Panelists:

  • Aisha Eccleston, Jacksonville Port Authority
  • Tivona Curtis, JCPenney
  • Martita Mullin, CN Railroad
  • Deedee Warthen, TDJ Trucking LLC

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

 

 

Aviation, Architecture, Engineering, and Construction in the Aviation Industry

Location: TBD

This workshop will focus on the aviation industry and how it has been built, expanded, and improved!

Moderator: Wande Leintu,Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

 

Panelists:

  • Pamyla L. Brown,Turner Construction
  • Jordan Edmunds, Turner Construction
  • Dwight Pullen, Skanska
  • Tina Millan, WSP USA

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

CEU Course

Workshop Track – Historically Underutilized Businesses

Innovative Contracting Approach for SBE Participation on MDOT’s I94 Modernization (Mega) Project(1 CEU)

Location: Cadillac A&B

Presented by: Terry Stepanski, MDOT; Audrey Andrews, HNTB; Tony Kratofil, MDOT; Tarolyn Buckles, Onyx Enterprise; Jon Kolbasa, Value Engineering

Overview of how MDOT hired eight local SBE firms as prime consultants to MDOT to participate in the I94 Advanced Bridges Final Design Phase of the I94 Mega Project.

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

Workshop Track – Leadership

Smart Leadership: Leading a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Location: Marquette A&B

Presented by: Lisa Laude

Participants will leave with the knowledge of the characteristics of the 6 work groups that make up our present workforce, learn how to best support and motivate each work group to produce maximum employee engagement, and understand the significant benefits of leading a diverse and inclusive workplace.

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

Workshop Track – Transportation Policy

Show Me the Money

Location: Duluth A&B

Presented by: Rhonda Briggins, MARTA; Beverly Greene, AC Transit

This workshop is designed to explore three transit agencies’ efforts from the legislation to ballot measure process for additional transit funding. We will discuss the approach to garner federal, state and local government and community support, the legislative process, and the referendum campaign to successful passage for REAL money! Come hear strategies, tactics and stories.

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

CEU Course

Workshop Track – Transportation Technical

Pavement Subgrade Stabilization with Recycled Materials(1 CEU)

Location: LaSalle A&B

Presented by: Nishantha Bandara, Ph.D., P.E., Mark Grazioli, P.E., Tim Chylik, Rick Wadel

This workshop provides the guidance to the participants on a sustainable approach to treat unsuitable subgrade soils. At the end of the workshop, the participants will understand the different methods available for subgrade treatment, advantages and disadvantages of each method and how to select the best method based on existing soil conditions and available resources.

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

CEU Course

Workshop Track – Transportation Technical

M-1 Rail – Delayed Environmental Investigation to Mitigate Cost, Schedule and Liability Impact(1 CEU)

Location: Brule A&B

Presented by: Kirit Ravani, P.E., Jason Cunningham, Ken Holbert, P.E., Jonathan Loree, P.E.

Somat Engineering, Inc. (Somat) was tasked by HNTB and MDOT with a large scale environmental investigation for the M-1 rail corridor after the construction and excavation had already been completed on about 20% of the railway corridor. Time was of the essence. Recurring Sampling plans and interim reporting for segments of the corridor length became the mode of operation.

 

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

 

CEO Summit Reception

Location: Richard A&B

Invitation only

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Closing and Prize Giveaways

Location: Ontario East

 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

 

VIP Reception hosted by COMTO President/CEO

Location: Cartier

Invitation Only

 

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Detroit White Party Welcome Reception

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

 

6:30 AM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

Location: Renaissance Foyer

 

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

 

Grab-N-Go Breakfast

Location: Renaissance Foyer

 

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

 

COMTO General Membership Meeting

Location: Cabot

Open to current COMTO members

 

8:45 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Plenary Session: SMART Technology Panel(SMART Cities, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicles)

Location: Columbus

Moderator: Renee Prewitt, President, Prewitt Group

 

Panelists:

  • Andrew Smart, Chief Technical Officer, American Center for Mobility
  • Maryn Weimer, Senior Associate Director, Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
  • Lee Barnes, Director of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Business, Ricardo, Inc.
  • Colin Castle, ITS Program Manager, MDOT

 

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

 

Refreshment Break

Location: Renaissance Foyer

 

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

 

CITY Intern 2017 Group Presentation

Location: Joliet A&B

Open Invitation

 

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Workshop Track – Historically Underutilized Businesses:

Maximizing Community Employment for HUBs/DBEs in Major Infrastructure Projects

Location: Duluth A&B

Presented by: Ken Middleton, Jacksonville Transit Authority; Terrence Hicks, Metro Strategies, Inc.; Jason Cole, Michigan Minority Contractors Association; Dannis Mitchell, Barton Malow

Panel discussion on best practices and strategies to provide the HUB/DBE community on getting their involvement and participation on projects.

 

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Workshop Track

Innovative Design Build Project – M-20 over Schrader Creek

Location: Ambassador 1

Presented by: Jonathan Zaremski, P.E., Somat Engineering; Kamran Qadeer, P.E., Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

The project was selected to be procured as a design build, so as to provide unique engineering process to address the geotechnical challenges of a 40-foot-deep deposit of peat and marl, two high head artesian aquifers, and an environmentally sensitive wetlands through which the new bridge was to pass. The innovative design-build approach taken by MDOT allowed the contractor and design team to develop efficient and cost effective concepts in selecting the foundation design to meet the project goals. The entire project, including two 500-foot-long bridges and 1,300 feet of roadway, was completed in 77 days.

 

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Workshop Track – Transportation Policy

Inclusive Public Procurement: Advancing Shared Prosperity Through Public Investment

Location: Ambassador 3

Presented by: Dr. Beverly Scott, Ph.D., Beverely Scott Associations, LLC; Rhonda Briggins-Ridley, MARTA; Madeline Janis, Esq., Jobs to Move America; Stephanie Wiggins, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Today, with much of our national infrastructure on virtual life support, we have an opportunity to rebuild smartly – in a way that includes everyone. Together, we can create jobs, build more connected communities, catalyze a more inclusive and dynamic economy; and significantly expand socioeconomic opportunity.

 

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 

CEU Course

Workshop Track – Transportation Technical

Connected & Automated Transportation in Michigan(1 CEU)

Location: Ambassador 2

Presented by: Sean Kelley, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.; Timothy Miles, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.; Aric Bennet, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.; Brian Greer, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.

Cutting edge research and advancements being made in southeast Michigan associated with “Connected & Automated Vehicle” (CAV) global initiative.

 

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Aviation Panel Discussion

Location: Brule A&B

Technology in Aviation - Not Your Father’s Aviation System: Learn How Technology & Innovation Are Now Leading The Way!

 Early pioneers in aviation navigated the skies by flying from one landmark to another, or even bonfire to bonfire at night.   Travel on airliners was generally uncomfortable, typically loud, cold and bumpy as the airplanes were not pressurized and flew at low altitudes.  In many cases, airport runways were nothing more than grass fields, and “lean-to hangars” often served as airport terminals.   Oh my, things have changed!  Most all of us fly commercially at some point, so come hear from the professionals (the FAA, Delta Airlines, FLL Airport) on how some of today’s modern and innovative technologies are helping to safely and efficiently move over 800 million passengers each year in the U.S. on our airlines, through the busy skies and in our nation's airports.

Panelists:

  • Mark Gale, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Reginald Williams, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Dwayne Adderley, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Mahesh Gupta, Innovation and Enterprise Mobility, Delta Air Lines

 

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Leaders in Your Life; Leaders in Your Organization

Sponsored by: The Eno Center for Transportation

Location: Cabot

Presented by: Kevin Catlin, Alexander Bond

Lessons on leadership are learned throughout one’s life. Parents, coaches, supervisors, and spiritual leaders—among others—can all influence how your personal qualities and attributes. During this session, we will explore the genesis of leadership in your life and how to apply those lessons to your work. Come prepared to share your experiences and learn from others!

 

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM

 

National Scholarship Luncheon

Location: Columbus Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Shawn Blanchard, Author of “How 'Bout That for a Crack Baby: Keys to Mentorship and Success

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

COMTO/APTA Assembly

Location: Cabot

This assembly spotlights and encourages discussion regarding Diversity, Inclusion and Business Opportunity issues and challenges related to SMART TRANSPORTATION: THE NEXT FRONTIER.

 

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Workshop Track – Leadership

Best Practices for Building and Sustaining a Diverse Pursuit Team

Location: Brule A&B

Presented by: Taiwo Jaiyeoba, HNTB

One of the things we often hear from companies while seeking an opportunity to do business with a client is the “lack of DBE (or MWSBE) teaming partner” especially in smaller communities. Based on our experience in both the private and public sections, this session will share ideas on how to build a diverse team when pursuing an opportunity. This presentation shares what HNTB does as a company in building a respectable, diverse team in pursuing large or small projects.

 

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Workshop Track – Leadership

Smart Leadership: Managing Talent in a Changing World

Location: Ambassador 1

Presented by: Sharmyn Elliott, Somat Engineering; Tony Kratofil, MDOT; Karen Goins, KSGoins & Associates LLC; Tierra Bills, University of Michigan

Today’s leaders will need to embrace and deploy different strategies to attract, develop and retain the right kind of talent to be successful in tomorrow’s rapidly approaching business climate.

 

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Workshop Track – Transportation Policy

Brave New World: Methods for Understanding Public Sentiment of Transportation in Trump’s America

Location: Duluth A&B

Presented by: Zachary Hernandez, AlphaVu; Bianca Burns, AlphaVu

The way we understand and analyze public sentiment as it relates to transportation policy has dramatically shifted. It is essential that the transportation industry grasps this concept as it relates to Trump's America.

 

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

 

CEU Course

Workshop Track – Transportation Technical

Innovative Geotechnical Design for Regional Connectivity Center: Dingell Transit Center(1 CEU)

Location: Ambassador 2

Presented by: Jonathan Zaremski, Somat Engineering; Catherine Weirauch, Somat Engineering

The City of Dearborn had worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for nearly ten years studying the feasibility and preparing the design for an Intermodal Passenger Rail Facility that would address three important underlying issues for the transportation system in Dearborn.

 

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Workshop Track – Transportation Technical

Models for Community Partnerships During Construction of Transportation Projects

Location: Ambassador 3

Presented by: Beverly Greene, AC Transit, Stephanie Wiggins, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Kimberly Williams, Houston METRO, Jacqueline Dupont-Walker, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

This panel provides insight into programs developed for a community’s businesses or residents to lessen disruptive aspects during construction of public transit projects; to not only survive the construction, but thrive under the new conditions created by the transportation infrastructure.

 

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 

Committee and Advisory Council Meetings

· HUB Committee - Location: Ambassador I

· Legislative Advisory Committee -Location: Brule A/B

· Industry Awards Committee - Location: Brule A&B

· National Scholars Committee - Location: Duluth A&B

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Pre-Awards Cocktail Hour

Location: Renaissance Foyer

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Board of Directors Reception

Location: 42 Degrees North

Invitation only

 

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Industry Awards Banquet

Location: Columbus Ballroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
nmanned Aerial Vehicles and applications for Transportation and Construction"
With the advent in UAV technology, transportation and construction projects are finding new applications for UAV technology in surveillance, surveying, data collection, bridge inspection, etc. Subject matter experts from theUniversity of Texas-Arlington will provide background on the technology and how construction companies can diversify their business and add this technology to their acumen.
  • Dr. Anand J. Puppala
  • Michael K. McNair
  • Tejo V. Bheemasetti

"Automated Vehicles and Vehicle Connectivity - How Supply Companies can prepare themselves to procure components"

Automated vehicles (AV) have a long way to go from market introduction to widespread usage and so are opportunities for disruption and improvements. AVs present an exciting opportunity not only for car and OEM manufacturers, but also for companies looking to develop third party/aftermarket components and applications. Connected vehicles on the other hand include cars talking to one another and to roadside infrastructure. Several states are already performing pilot tests to retrofit vehicles and roadside infrastructure to test variety of safety and mobility applications.  In anticipation of widespread deployment, already companies have started developing mobile apps, dashboard integrations, and third party devices.  

Both AV and CV technologies are expected to become widespread presenting companies with local, regional, and global opportunities.

  •  Rajat Rajbhandari, PhD
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute
MTA's Small Business Mentorship Program
The MTA Small Business Mentorship program is scaling up to become a national model for DBE, M/WBE and small business inclusion practices.  Come and listen to how you can access and be a part of the more than $6 Billion in contracts.
"Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and applications for Transportation and Construction"
With the advent in UAV technology, transportation and construction projects are finding new applications for UAV technology in surveillance, surveying, data collection, bridge inspection, etc. Subject matter experts from theUniversity of Texas-Arlington will provide background on the technology and how construction companies can diversify their business and add this technology to their acumen.
  • Dr. Anand J. Puppala
  • Michael K. McNair
  • Tejo V. Bheemasetti

"Automated Vehicles and Vehicle Connectivity - How Supply Companies can prepare themselves to procure components"

Automated vehicles (AV) have a long way to go from market introduction to widespread usage and so are opportunities for disruption and improvements. AVs present an exciting opportunity not only for car and OEM manufacturers, but also for companies looking to develop third party/aftermarket components and applications. Connected vehicles on the other hand include cars talking to one another and to roadside infrastructure. Several states are already performing pilot tests to retrofit vehicles and roadside infrastructure to test variety of safety and mobility applications.  In anticipation of widespread deployment, already companies have started developing mobile apps, dashboard integrations, and third party devices.  

Both AV and CV technologies are expected to become widespread presenting companies with local, regional, and global opportunities.

  •  Rajat Rajbhandari, PhD
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute
MTA's Small Business Mentorship Program
The MTA Small Business Mentorship program is scaling up to become a national model for DBE, M/WBE and small business inclusion practices.  Come and listen to how you can access and be a part of the more than $6 Billion in contracts.
Michael J. Garner, MBA