HDR Expert Interviewed on Integrated Bridge Systems

Michael Whalen, P.E., LEED AP

HDR’s latest Experts Talk interview introduces Michael Whalen, P.E., LEED AP and mechanical section manager based in our White Plains, New York, office. His topic, integrated bridge systems, is a crossover of two categories from our interview series: Bridges & Structures and Advanced Technologies for Surface Transportation.

Whalen discusses how advanced technologies used in integrated bridge systems benefit both the public and owner-operators. He recently managed the bridge systems designs (including Intelligent Transportation Systems, structural health monitoring, lighting, security, tolling, mechanical and electrical design work) for the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge. His experience also includes similar roles on the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project.

“Just a decade or two ago, a major road bridge project may only have involved structural design,” Whalen said. “However, with gains in technology, today there are many different applications that can be used to improve performance and management of a facility.”

At HDR, Whalen has focused on design-build projects in which he has worked both for the contractor and as an owner’s representative, depending on the project. He has given presentations at international conferences regarding his expertise on integrated bridge systems.

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn, and learn more about our ITS, AV/CV and other emerging technologies practice on our Advanced Technologies for Surface Transportation page.

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series shines a light on various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

Previous Experts Talk interviews include:

  • Josh Sikich on the impact of autonomous vehicles on urban transit. Josh discusses how autonomous vehicles are expected to play a role in giving better transit options to citizens at lower cost to public agencies.
  • Kuang Lim on seismic resiliency in bridge design. He looks at how the use of seismic analysis in bridge design and retrofits can create safer, more sustainable structures at similar construction costs.
  • Justin Robbins on the implications of AV/CVs on city development. Justin answers questions on how automated and connected vehicles will fundamentally affect infrastructure planning and building.
  • Duncan Paterson on structural health monitoring. Read how structural health monitoring technology makes it possible to design and manage infrastructure assets to maximize value and efficiently use maintenance resources.
  • Robert Moses on movable bridge technical solutions. This interview explores enhancing traditional movable bridge designs by applying innovative materials, standardized materials and modern technologies that benefit owners and users alike.

About HDR's Transportation Experience

Our award-winning transportation practice is known for solving our clients' most complex mobility challenges across all modes of travel. We are helping with multibillion-dollar programs ranging from managing the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Interstate rehabilitation program and the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project to designing the I-4 Ultimate P3 project in Florida and the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients advance projects and programs across the infrastructure life cycle with strategic funding, economic analysis, public engagement, real estate services, program/project controls, risk management and operations and maintenance.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.