Presidents Message -Imad L Al-Qadi, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
Congratulations to Mark W. Woodson for being officially nominated ASCE’s 2015 president-elect.
Spring is finally here─ at least, that’s what the calendar says, not the thermometer! Activities are usually in full swing this time of the year.
To continue with our recently established trend of highlighting the various activities of T&DI, this newsletter brings great news from several committees and chapters.
A request was recently submitted by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers to establish a new T&DI chapter to combine three technical committees: Transportation, Infrastructure, and Development Committees.
I’d like to remind you that the 2nd T&DI Congress “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Connections to Future Developments,” will be held June 8-11, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. If you haven’t done so already, please register, mark your calendar, and plan to be there!
Kelvin Wang is Official Nominee for T&DI Board of Governors
Kelvin C.P. Wang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE has
been selected by T&DI’s Board of Governors as the Official
Candidate for the 4-year position on the Board of Governors commencing
October 1, 2014. Dr. Wang is a Professor and the Gilbert, Cooper and
W&W Steel Chair of Civil Engineering at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Wang’s complete biography can be found here.
Additional nominees for the 4-year position on T&DI’s Board of Governors may be submitted through a petition process.
T&DI Colorado Section
The 11th Annual Spring Transportation Symposium was held on April 4, 2014 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, and was jointly hosted by the local sections/chapters of ACEC, APA, ASCE, ITE, ITS and WTS. The event included attendance by 320 of the area’s transportation professionals, including 25% public sector attendees and 22 students.
TDI Congress 2014, June 8-11, 2014, Orlando, FL
Call For Papers- LTPP International Data Analysis Contest Deadline to Submit Papers- Papers Due July 31,2014
Shale Energy Engineering Conference, July 21 - 23, 2014, in Pittsburgh, PA
Advanced Technologies Committee
The Advanced Technologies Committee met in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 2014 during the 93rd TRB Annual Meeting from 7:30 am to 8:30 am in Suite 8212 of the Marriott Park Tower. The lead major item discussed was the revised committee roster, updated in fall 2013 to conform to the new T&DI Board of Governors committee membership policy. The committee’s reenergizing efforts will be spearheaded by four subcommittees, namely Strategic Focus, Promotion and Outreach, Knowledge Transfer, and Conferences and Workshops. The four subcommittee chairs along with the committee chair, vice-chair and secretary will constitute the committee leadership. The committee will hold a meeting at the 2nd T&DI Congress in June and will be working in the interim to finalize the subcommittee rosters and generate initial action plans for fulfilling subcommittee missions.
If you are interested in participating in or learning more about any of the committee’s activities, please contact the committee chair, Billy Williams.
Metropolitan Los Angeles Section Event
UCLA Seismic Outreach Program - Volunteers Wanted
Friday, May 16, 2014 from 11:00am - 2:00pm at UCLA
To become a volunteer or for more information, please contact Allison Light or Zach McFann.
The Georgia Sections of ASCE and ASCE Transportation and Development Institute invite you to a joint meeting!
Come here from two elected state officials on their views of Transportation and Infrastructure in Georgia!
Meeting Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/org/2622882550?s=18356657
Topic: Transportation and Infrastructure - Legislative Perspective
Speakers: Senator Brandon Beach, Representative Ed Setzler
T&DI Florida West Coast Chapter
On March 20th we had an exciting presentation on Autonomous Vehicles from the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority. Florida is one of 4 states that has allowed the use of Autonomous Vehicles, and Tampa has been designated by the Federal Government as one of the test beds for this new revolutionary technology.
For our next luncheon on April 30th we will have an engaging presentation on Transportation Safety Improvements from the Florida Department of Transportation(FDOT). One of the main focus of roadway design is to improve safety for all transportation modes, and FDOT’s District 7 is one of the leading agencies in the State in the use of innovative safety treatments.
Additional details, event photos and information on the Florida West Coast Chapter Events.
Illinois Center for Transportation
Scarpas Addresses Pavement Rejuvenation in Kent Distinguished Lecture
Dr. Tom Scarpas, head of pavement engineering at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, was this year’s Kent Distinguished Lecture presenter. In his presentation on March 20, “Rejuvenation of Asphalt Mixes: Turning Back the Clock,” Scarpas discussed research he and his colleagues in the Netherlands are pursuing to reverse stiffening that occurs in bituminous paving as it ages. The Netherlands, like the United States, is dealing with an aging infrastructure. Rather than focusing on how to design and build new pavements, Scarpas and his research team were charged with determining methods for increasing the service life of existing pavements. As part of that research, they investigated additives known as rejuvenators, which can be applied to bituminous pavements to restore functional properties to aged binder.