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HDR's Most Read Transportation Experts Talk Interviews of 2021

Counting Down the Top 5 Expert Insights of the Year

Each year, our transportation experts share their insights on the latest trends and issues affecting our industry through our Experts Talk interview series. Each interview illuminates a different aspect of transportation infrastructure planning, design or delivery. Technical leaders break down what their peers need to know about trending topics and share informed insights on how to succeed in the changing transportation industry.

Below, we're resharing summaries of the five most popular interviews of 2021. Many focused on emerging technology and applications that are remaking transportation, an emphasis that will remain as our series continues in 2022.

Catch up now on any important insights you missed, and come back to hdrinc.com/insights regularly to see more from our industry-leading experts.

5. Transit Capital Investment Grant Funding

Mark Fuhrmann
Mark Fuhrmann

Competition is high to secure discretionary grants from the FTA, with more eligible projects than available funding. Experienced transit project manager Mark Fuhrmann explains the Capital Investment Grants program, shares insights on creating successful applications and describes the biggest hurdles for agencies pursuing these grants.

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4. Wireless Power Transfer and Electric Vehicle Applications

Thomas Stout
Thomas Stout

Wireless power transfer offers the possibility of sending power to electric vehicles through the air, with no cord, no cable, no plugs. Electronics systems expert Thomas Stout explains how some transportation agencies are already using this technology and why all planners should be paying attention.

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3. BIM and 3D Design in the Field

Alexa Mitchell
Alexa Mitchell

3D design is fundamentally changing the way that transportation projects are delivered. Nationally recognized BIM expert Alexa Mitchell explains how the technology will affect those using new applications in the field, what designers and owners need to know and the benefits of these new models.

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2. Parametric Bridge Design

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

In the same way that an Excel spreadsheet updates on input changes, parametric design updates 3D geometry and the supporting engineering analyses, live and in real time. Structural engineer Michael Roberts explains how this powerful process allows designers and owners to quickly identify and explore the impact of decisions, to create better bridges. 

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1. Electric Fleet Charging Infrastructure Design

Sean Everett
Sean Everett

Converting a fleet to all-electric involves a lot more than buying new vehicles and accepting the charge they provide. Engineer and project manager Sean Everett explores how to design infrastructure and operating protocols that match the right charging strategy to manage electric demand and ensure a smooth transition. 

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