For 71 years, OTEC has been the place for transportation professionals to learn about and discuss new ways to safely and efficiently move people and goods throughout the state.

Join Transportation officials, government and members of the academic community at Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference -- one of the nation's largest transportation conferences. The conference features exciting speakers, technical sessions and an exhibition hall. Meet other professionals in your specialty area and share stories of innovation and transportation.

The Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference is a two-day event attended by over 3,750 people nationally. OTEC is organized to provide something for everyone interested in Ohio’s transportation industry. The program tries to address the latest policy and technical information, as well as covering new ideas in transportation policy, planning, environmental, design, construction, maintenance, operation, local government, and management of transportation resources.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, government officials, professors, researchers, regional planners, consultants, contractors, students, industry representatives, and anyone with an interest in transportation.  


Early Bird Registration Dates & Fees

Begins July 24th through September 15th.

$125 registration fee.

$75 registration fee for retired individuals representing themselves only.

$75 registration fee for Speakers (until Sept. 8th).

$25 registration fee for students.

General Registration Dates & Fees

Begins September 16 through October 4th.

$150 registration fee.

$75 registration fee for retired individuals representing themselves only.

$75 registration fee for Speakers (until Sept. 8th).

$25 registration fee for students.

All cancellations must be in writing and received by September 29th with a $25 administrative fee. 

NO REFUNDS will be given after September 29th.

Schedule at a Glance

Click on Technical Session links below for detailed Session information.


7:00 am                        Registration /Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00 am             Opening Session
10:00-10:30 am           Break
10:30-12:00 pm           Technical Sessions
12:00-1:30 pm             Lunch / Exhibits
1:30-3:00 pm               Technical Sessions
3:00-3:30 pm               Break
3:30-5:00 pm               Technical Sessions
5:00-7:00 pm               Networking Reception


7:00-8:00 am               Alumni Breakfasts @ Hyatt Regancy
7:30 am                        Registration /Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:30 am               Technical Sessions
9:30-10:00 am             Break
10:00-11:30 am           Technical Sessions
11:45-1:30 pm             Luncheon
12:30-2:00 pm             Technical Sessions
1:30-2:30 pm               Student Poster Session
2:30-3:30 pm               Plenary Session          


Reserve your room for the 2017 OTEC Conference!


Preferred Hotel

The preferred hotel for the 2017 OTEC is the Hyatt Regency Columbus. This downtown Columbus hotel is in the heart of the city, connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and within easy walking distance to the Arena District and Huntington Park - an ideal location for all OTEC attendees and exhibitors!

Fresh and modern, Hyatt Regency Columbus offers 633 luxurious rooms and spacious suites that feel like new. Sleek and stylish, the spotless Columbus hotel rooms feature upgraded amenities like swiveling flat-screen TVs, luxurious bedding and chic, contemporary decor. Dine at Market Stand Café or enjoy a refreshing beverage at Big Bar on 2. Utilize the newly renovated StayFit™ fitness center or practice yoga in the comfort of your own room and stay healthy while at the conference. The cheerful, efficient staff is there to help when you need it, and from your easy check-in to smooth check-out, you’ll feel like a VIP at Hyatt Regency Columbus.  The OTEC rate is only $163* does not include tax

OTEC Hotels and Rates - 2018 Government rate for lodging effective Oct. 1, 2017 will be $119

Hyatt Regency                 614-463-1234 $163    
Crowne Plaza                                800-338-4462 $140    
Hampton Inn & Suites                 614-559-2000 $151    
Courtyard by Marriott                 614-228-3200 $149    
Red Roof Inn Plus+                       614-224-6539 $99    
Residence                                      614-222-2610 $154    
DoubleTree 614-228-4600 $155    
Hilton Hotel 614-384-8600 $159    

Interactive Area Map 

Room rates are quotes exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 17.50%

Conference Location

400 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Parking is always a challenge during OTEC especially at the lots closest to the convention center. There are several lots available in the downtown area and the new CBus is a free shuttle that loops the convention center area every 10-15 minutes.

Travel Conditions Travel Information 

Ohgo Travel Info Site: Your source for real time traffic updates. Statewide road activity details, seasonal weather condition reports, automated weather sensors data and live Web Camera views.

Area Visitor Information

Luncheon Speaker 

Please click on the link below to see the OTEC 2017 floor plan and exhibitors. 

300 + Exhibitors! Be sure to visit the exhibition hall during your time at OTEC. OTEC brings in a wide variety of transportation professionals that are able to display their recent achievements as well as provide an opportunity to network with engineers and transportation enthusiasts while keeping up with the latest transportation trends.

New This Year! Mobile Asphalt Testing Trailer & Mobile Concrete Trailer. 

Mobile Asphalt Testing Trailer encourages technical interaction among transporaton professionals with onsite field testing to benefit FHWA, State, and local agencies.

Mobile Concrete Trailer introduces Federal, State, and local transportation personnel to the state-of-the-art concrete technology in materials selection, mixture design, field and laboratory testing, and pavement evaluation.


OTEC is grateful to sponsors who participate in the conference by purchasing booth space and presenting ideas and products related to the transportation process.

​To secure your booth location preference, payment must be made at the time of selection.

Gold Level $3000

  • 1 Complimentary Booth (includes 1 complimentary registration)
  • Signage @ Entrance
  • Signage @ Booth
  • Logo in Program (One Page)
  • Logo on Website
  • Opening Session Recognition 
  • Luncheon Recognition 
  • Advanced Early Registration starts July 10th, two weeks before Early Bird Registration for the general public

Silver Level $1000 

  • 1 Complimentary Registration
  • Signage @ Entrance 
  • Logo in Program (Half Page)
  • Logo on Website
  • Opening Session Recognition 
  • Luncheon Recognition
  • Advanced Early Registration starts July 17th, one week before Early Bird Registration for the general public

​ ***Booths can be purchased for an additional $600 each with Sponsorship

Q: What are the dates for future conferences?
A: October 1-3, 2018

Q: Can I pay with a credit card?
A: Yes. (Mastercard, Visa or AmEx).

Q: When will registration information be mailed?
A: July. You will also be able to access the information on the website at that time.

Q: If I am an ODOT Union Employee, do I register for OTEC myself on line? 
A:  No, Contact Union Benefits Trust to register.  

Q: I only want to attend one day of the conference. Is it half price?
A: No - The Registration Fee is for both days.

Q: Is the alumni breakfast open to any college alumni who is not attending the conference?
A: No. The breakfast is intended for Conference attendees only.

Q: If I am a student, what is the registration cost?
A: OTEC attendance is $25 with a valid student ID, but you must register to attend. 

Q: How many CPDs will be offered at OTEC?
A1: Maximum CPDs hours earned for this conference is TBD. It is recommended participants get their badges scanned at the end of each session to receive credit.

A2:  CPD hours for the Design/GIS/Mapping technical sessions will also qualify for Survey CPDs for those with PS licenses.

Q: When is early bird registration due?
A: Early bird registration must be paid in full by early bird deadline. Early bird registration runs from July 24th through September 15th.

Q: How do exhibitors get a booth assigned?
A: Booth spaces can be chosen during the online registration process. Booths must be paid in full at time of selection. Major credit cards are accepted and preferred.

Q: If I am a Gold or Silver sponsor, can I register early?
A: Yes. The specific dates for sponsor registration can be found on the
Sponsors page.
Q: What is OTEC's Cancellation Policy?
A: All cancellations must be received in writing by September 29th. All refunds will incur a $25 administrative fee. NO REFUNDS will be given AFTER September 29th. 
If you have further questions please contact Lisa Hall, OTEC Administrator, at

Click Here To View Past OTEC Presentations and Photos 

Click Here To View 2016 OTEC Attendees

Click Here To View 2017 OTEC Attendees

2017 OTEC Schedule
  • Opening Session 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Technical Sessions 10:30 am to Various
  • Exhibit Hall 7:00 am –7:00 pm
  • Technical Sessions 8:00 am to Various
  • Exhibit Hall 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Plenary Session 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
2017 OTEC Conference Rates
  Register By
Sept. 15, 2017
Register By
Oct. 4, 2017
Register Onsite
Attendee $125 $150 $175
Retiree $75 $75 $75
(With valid student ID)
$25 $25 $25