Experts Talk Transportation
An Interview Series Exploring New Trends and Approaches
Experts Talk is an interview series with technical leaders from across our transportation practice, focusing on some of the most pressing concerns and disruptive trends affecting the industry today. Each interview illuminates a different aspect of transportation infrastructure planning, design and delivery, including:
- Technology Planning & Integration
- Emerging Mobility
- Alternative Project Delivery
- Sustainability & Resiliency
- Project Planning & Design
Check back regularly to gain insights from specialized experts and thought leaders behind our award-winning, full-service consulting practice. Contact HDRTransportation [at] hdrinc.com for more information.
Technology Planning & Integration
Connected and Automated Vehicle Microsimulation
What impact will connected and automated vehicles have on transportation agencies' infrastructure? Senior traffic engineer Mike Forsberg shares how microsimulation holds almost limitless potential to help agency leaders make better-informed decisions.
All-Electronic Tolling for Managed Lanes and Toll Roads
As electronic tolling technologies have developed over the last decade, transportation professionals are seeing a switch from manual toll collection to all-electronic tolling collections. Engineer Phil Riggio answers four questions about the advancements taking place in AET for managed lanes and toll roads.
Integrated Bridge Systems
Engineers developing intelligent transportation systems or structural health monitoring for bridges today need to constantly leverage emerging technologies to enhance public safety. We asked engineer Michael Whalen five questions about how the advanced technologies used in today’s integrated bridge systems benefit both the public and owner-operators.
Structural Health Monitoring
Structural health monitoring technology is more user-friendly than ever, making it possible to design and manage infrastructure assets to maximize value and make efficient use of maintenance resources. Engineer Duncan Paterson shares how structural health monitoring has changed in recent years and how that has influenced bridge design.
Expert Michael Ippoliti expects electric vehicles to become cost-competitive with traditional vehicles by the mid-2020s, and adoption to take off soon after. What does that mean for planners, agencies and other stakeholders? Ippoliti answers five questions about what to expect as transportation becomes electrified.
Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Urban Transit
Autonomous vehicles expected to play an ever greater role in public transit options, improving access and boosting services for citizens. What are the impacts for government agencies, and what about others who share the roads? Josh Sikich, a transportation technology program manager explores that and more.
Implications of AV/CVs on City Development
Emerging technologies, such as automated and connected vehicle adoption, can maximize land use and minimize long-term maintenance costs due to high-density development. Transportation planner Justin Robbins discusses how these disruptive technologies could reshape the way that cities are planned.
Alternative Project Delivery
Mega Project Management for Signature Bridge Delivery
Designers of important, signature bridges also must be able to develop innovative solutions, coordinate multi-national design teams and execute comprehensive quality plans throughout the entire delivery process. Project manager and engineer Jeff Han talks about using highly technical teams to manage quality and risk on large-scale projects.
Accelerated Bridge Construction
Applying the techniques used in accelerated bridge construction to some or all structural members can expand design possibilities while safely accelerating delivery. If speed is the highest priority, senior bridge engineer Nick Burdette explains how we can replace bridges very quickly, sometimes in as little as a weekend.
Sustainability & Resiliency
Seismic Resiliency in Bridge Design
Using seismic analysis in bridge design and retrofits can create safer, more sustainable structures at similar construction costs. Bridge engineer Kuang Lim, who's worked on some of the most recognizable bridges in the nation, explains why seismic considerations are important, even outside of earthquake-prone areas.
Project Planning & Design
3D Design and Deliverables
As 3D design tools have become more commonplace in the transportation industry, some organizations and agencies are exploring and adopting the use of 3D models as the binding legal deliverable for projects as well. Highways Director Will Sharp and building information modeling expert Connor Christian discuss this sea change in project design and delivery and its implications for stakeholders.
Holistic Airport Design
Every airport project, no matter the size or complexity, should take into account how it will affect and be affected by all other aspects of the airport, says veteran aviation architect Kevin Ashton. He explains why collaboration and a big-picture approach are needed to achieve the best, most cohesive design in airports.
Movable Bridge Solutions
Expert Rob Moses' innovations have influenced the design, inspection and rehabilitation of more than 200 bascule, swing and vertical-lift bridges, and other movable structures, including retractable stadium roofs. He talks about the emerging technologies that will impact movable bridges and the operations and maintenance schedules that make them unique.
Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM)
Bridge information modeling can smooth transitions between project phases and improve data-driven decision making. Learn from expert Robert Allen about how BrIM optimizes workflows and eliminates the costly time and labor of repeatedly generating the same information each time a model needs to be created in a different platform or by a different user.
Bridge Innovation through Collaboration
The most successful innovations are born through smart collaboration, when unique perspectives join together toward a common goal that benefits all team members. Learn from Tammy Heffron, one of our regional bridge leaders, about the keys to a successful collaborative process and how to grow ideas into solutions.
Bridge Design Innovation
“Because we’ve always done it this way,” is not part of bridge engineer Manuel Carballo’s vocabulary. We talked with him about how bridge design is evolving and how innovative design is dependent on the people who drive it.