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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.


 

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

 

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

 

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

 

Golf Pairing Party

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

 

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

 

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

Details forthcoming

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

Details forthcoming

 

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)

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.

 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 

10 Steps to Becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP) (1 CEU)

All of mankind's greatest accomplishments ­ from building the great pyramids to putting a man on the moon to the invention of the automated driving car ­ began as a project. This presentation introduces the concept of project management and the steps to becoming a certified PMP. There are a growing number of fields in which project management is not a title but a job requirement. This underscores a major advantage to being good at managing projects; and that the basic project management methodology is transferable across most businesses.

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

CEU Course – Smart Stakeholder Engagement: Using Innovative Technologies (1 CEU)

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)

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 and Driverless Car)

Bus departs hotel at 10:30 AM and returns at 12:30 PM

 

The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is an exciting self-guided tour of the plant operations for the assembly of the Ford F-150.  We will have presenters stationed throughout the tour to engage with the guests and guests will get to see the actual factory where the F-150 is made.  We also have 2 theatres one that shows the history of Ford and the rouge and the other Theatre puts you in the middle of the making of the all new F-150.  We also have an Observation Deck where our guests can view one of the largest Living roofs in the World and learn about the revitalization of the Rouge.  We also have a gallery where guests can view all the iconic Ford vehicles that once were produced at the Rouge.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those who have always imagined how vehicles are assembled.

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

 

CITY Intern Lunch

Invitation only

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

CEU Course – ADA: Responding to Reasonable Modification of Policies and Practices (1 CEU)

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)
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.

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

Technical Tour: 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 16th busiest airport in the united states, and the 44th busiest 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

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is operating its freeway lighting system via an innovative Public/Private Partnership ­ the first of its kind in the United States. This presentation will discuss the why, how and what of this unique procurement and delivery process and how it could transform future lighting projects around the country.

 

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

 

CEU Course – The Gordie Howe International Bridge Project (1 CEU)

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.

 

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 

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

Bus departs hotel at 4:15 PM and returns at 5:45 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
Open Invitation 

 

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Joint Leadership Reception
Invitation Only

 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Chairman’s Reception

Invitation only

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017

 

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Ecumenical Service

 

9:05 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting & Continental Breakfast

 

9:05 AM – 8:00 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Open

 

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Leadership Breakfast for Council of Presidents

Council of Presidents members only

 

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

 

Break for Exhibit Hall Visit

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

CEU Course – Establishing an Effective Business Assistance Program for Capital Projects

Presentation on how Houston completed a major overhaul of its over 30 year old bus system.

 

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

CEU Course – A New Business Model for Integrated Autonomous Transportation Services (IATS) ­An Evolution or Revolution? (1 CEU)
Technology push has created a new social dynamics in our life. 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

Joint Leadership Team members only

 

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Box Lunch

 

12:45 PM – 2:45 PM

 

National Board of Directors Meeting and Lunch

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

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

NTI / Gannon Consult Workshop

 

2:00 PM – 4:00 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 of 400 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 Session: Historically Underutilized Businesses – Effective MWDBE Construction Programs

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

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

 

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

 

Break for Exhibit Hall Visit

 

4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

 

Historically Underutilized Businesses Forum

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

New Member Orientation

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Committee and Advisory Council Meetings

Details forthcoming

 

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

 

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

 

Registration Open

 

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Open

 

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

 

Continental Breakfast

 

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Opening Plenary Session

 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Break for Exhibit Hall Visit

 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

 

Legislative Luncheon

Details forthcoming

 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

 

Break for Exhibit Hall Visit

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

P3 (Public-Private Partnerships) Panel

Details forthcoming

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

Workshop Session: Historically Underutilized Businesses – Stepping Up Your Sales Game for Large Opportunities

In this session, 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 Session: Leadership – Understanding and Empowering Millennials in the 21st Century Transportation Industry

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 Session: Leadership – Did you leave a legacy?

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 Session: Transportation Policy – The Federal Transit Administration's Innovative Transit Workforce Development Program of Activities

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

 

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

 

CEU Course  Workshop Session: Transportation Technical –The Next Frontier: The Power of Transit Personalization (1 CEU)

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

 

Rail~Volution: Building Livable Communities with Transit

Multi-modal transit investments have powerful transformative impacts, but maximizing the community benefits requires strategic public, private, and community partnerships.What does it take to “build livable communities with transit?”How do transit investments impact land-use and development patterns, and how can communities get the most out of these investments to create vital places and equitable development outcomes? This Rail~Volution sponsored session will focus on the “big picture” vision for projects and effective implementation strategies to maximize the positive community impact of transit investments.

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary team of experts for a provocative discussion about key principles for building livable communities with transit, and how the M1 Streetcar project is changing the equation in Detroit.

 

2:15 PM – 4:45 PM

 

CEO Summit

Invitation only

 

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Emerging Leaders Workshop

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

Supply Chain & Logistics: From Tactical to Strategic Leadership

Coordinating and controlling a supply chain that spans continents requires thinking beyond tactical roles and focusing on strategy. Accomplished, successful women with a wide range of logistics experience will have a leading edge interactive conversation about everything from evaluating customer needs, to booking cargo, comparing rates and managing transportation, to warehouse/DC operations and fulfillment. The panel also will explore ways to empower the everyday person in business to lead from where they are to take advantage of available growth opportunities within the vast global supply chain industries.

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

CEU Course  Workshop Session: Historically Underutilized Businesses– Innovative Contracting Approach for SBE Participation on MDOT’s I­94 Modernization (Mega) Project (1 CEU)

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 Session: Leadership – Smart Leadership: Leading a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Understanding the groups that makeup our modern workforce and how to find value in what each group brings to them.

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

Workshop Session: Transportation Policy – Show Me the Dollars

This workshop will layout a strategic approach used in Georgia to garner support and funding for transit.

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

 

CEU Course  Workshop Session: Transportation Technical – Pavement Subgrade Stabilization with Recycled Materials (1 CEU)

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

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

Invitation only

 

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibit Hall Closing and Prize Giveaways

 

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

 

VIP Reception hosted by COMTO President/CEO

Invitation Only

 

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Detroit 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

 

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

 

Grab-N-Go Breakfast

 

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

 

COMTO General Membership Meeting

 

8:45 AM – 10:15 AM

 

Plenary Session

SMART Technology Panel (SMART Cities, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicles)

Details forthcoming

 

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

 

Refreshment Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Workshop Session:Historically Underutilized Businesses – Maximizing Community Employment for HUBs/DBEs in Major Infrastructure Projects

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 Session: Transportation Policy – Inclusive Public Procurement: Advancing Shared Prosperity Through Public Investment

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 Session: Transportation Technical – Connected & Automated Transportation in Michigan (1 CEU)

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

Details forthcoming

 

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 

Eno Center for Transportation Workshop

Details forthcoming

 

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM

 

National Scholarship Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Shawn Blanchard, Author

 

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

 

COMTO/APTA Assembly

Details forthcoming

 

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

 

TRB (Transportation Research Board) Workshop

Details forthcoming

 

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

 

Workshop Session: Leadership – Smart Leadership: Managing Talent in a Changing World

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

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

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 Session: Transportation Technical – Models for Community Partnerships During Construction of Transportation Projects

Presentation of models to lessen the effects of construction among businesses and residents

 

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 

Committee and Advisory Council Meetings

Details forthcoming

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Pre-Awards Cocktail Hour

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Board of Directors Reception

Invitation only

 

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Industry Awards Banquet

 

 

 

 

"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.
"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
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