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Federal Highway Administration / Publications / Focus / December 2012

Accelerating Infrastructure Innovations

Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-13-009
Date: December 2012
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Infrastructure Innovation Webinars

These free Webinars provide a quick introduction to the latest infrastructure innovations and technologies.

Geographic Information System (GIS) and Optimization Tools for Linking Transportation and Natural Resource Planning
December 20, 2012, 2:30-4 p.m. (eastern standard time)

Learn how optimization decision support tools, project selection criteria development techniques, and green infrastructure mapping can be used to better balance the needs of transportation projects with environmental concerns. The Webinar is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Highways for LIFE (HfL) program and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Technology Implementation Group.

The session will review project selection criteria strategies that use the Logic Scoring of Preference method for prioritizing projects. Case studies on applying optimization as part of green infrastructure planning will also be highlighted. When used in a collaborative process among transportation and natural resources agencies, optimization tools can be used to guide transportation decisions and deliver high-quality, cost-effective outcomes.

The Webinar is a follow-up to the June 2011 session on "Transportation Innovations: Linking Transportation and Natural Resource Planning Through Environmental GIS Tools." To view a recording of the 2011 Webinar, visit https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/n134083201106. To register for the upcoming session, visit www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=25385. For more information, contact Byron Lord at FHWA, 202-366-1325 (email: byron.lord@dot.gov).

Transportation Asset Management Webinar Series

Asset Management and Performance Management
January 9, 2013, 2-3:30 p.m. (eastern standard time)

The Webinar will provide an overview of successful practices for integrating asset management (AM) and performance management. Presentations will highlight how AM and performance management strategies complement each other within State transportation agencies. Representatives from State agencies will also discuss their efforts to develop an AM and performance management framework and use AM strategies to improve agency performance.

Asset Management Business Models and Barriers to Implementation
March 13, 2013, 2-3:30 p.m. (eastern standard time)

Presentations will explore the strengths and limitations of specific AM business models and share lessons learned in overcoming barriers to implementation. Discussions will focus on integrating organizational units, systems, and data with agencies' AM business models. State agency representatives will also discuss how strong AM practices can help in building the case for needed funding.

The Webinar series is sponsored by AASHTO and FHWA. For more information or to register, visit http://tam.transportation.org/Pages/Webinars.aspx. Information is also available by contacting Steve Gaj at FHWA, 202-366-1336 (email: stephen.gaj@dot.gov).

Severe-Duty Crash Attenuator
January 17, 2013, 2:30-4 p.m. (eastern standard time)

Severe-duty crash attenuators are particularly suitable for high-incidence roadway locations, offering superior cost effectiveness and improved safety for the traveling public and highway workers. The units perform well in roadway design speed and frontal and side impact tests, reducing repair costs and the time needed for repairs. Sponsored by FHWA's HfL program, the Webinar will highlight the experiences of the California, Kansas, and Nevada departments of transportation, including lessons learned on which crash cushions work well in given situations, durability of the devices, and repair information.

Registration information will be available in early January at www.fhwa.dot.gov/hfl/innovations/webinars.cfm. For more information, contact Byron Lord at FHWA, 202-366-1325 (email: byron.lord@dot.gov).

Upcoming Webinar topics for February-April 2013 include Bridge Bent System for Seismic Regions, Composite Bridge Decking, and Using Ultra-High Performance Concrete in Bridge Decks and Field Cast Joints.

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