Why Speak at OTEC?
Showcase your expertise while gaining exposure from peers; over half of the U.S. states are represented. With over 4,000 attendees you are able to share successful technology implementation in transportation.
The Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference addresses the latest policy and technical information, as well as covers new ideas in transportation planning, design and construction.
What is the Process for Becoming a Speaker at OTEC?
OTEC's 2023 theme is “Leading the Transportation Transformation.” To position Ohio for the future, we must modernize Ohio's transportation system by developing our workforce while balancing innovation and safety with the lens towards equity and resiliency.
1. Call for Abstracts
The Call for Abstracts deadline is Friday, April 7. As outlined below, deciding which abstracts are featured at OTEC 2023 is a process. The selected Abstracts will be announced in early summer.
2. Program Committee
The Program Committee is a select group of transportation experts who provide the subject-matter-expertise for choosing the right theme and the right abstracts to drive the all-important sessions and presentations showcased at OTEC.
3. Speaker Portal
Once selected to be a speaker at OTEC, you become part of a process handled via a password-protected website. Speakers receive communication and instructions via the Program Committee.
2023 OTEC Topics of Interest for Each Sub-Committee
CADD Mapping & Survey
- Innovative geospatial data collection methods and/or challenges
- Efficient and effective data management with ProjectWise
- Novel design approaches with OpenRoads Designer
- Best practices and examples of OpenBridge Designer projects
- 3D models, level of development, lessons learned
- BIM for Infrastructure and success stories, impacts on project delivery
- Project impacts from survey data, setting project control at the right time, importance of datums & coordinate systems, and impact to projects with future NGS (National Geodetic Survey) changes
- How to address safety concerns for surveyors, even after setting up MOT, drivers are more distracted than ever and we have increasingly more close calls
- Partnering/ Dispute Resolution
- Alternative Project Delivery Methods
- Significant/ Innovative Construction Projects
- eConstruction/ New Technological Advancements
- Climate change, sustainability, greenhouse gases – federal changes and updates
- Mitigation/restoration of aquatic resources – project examples and best practices, functional stream assessment tools
- Ecological – new and proposed threatened and endangered species listings and how changes are implemented into transportation programs
- Cultural Resources – ground-penetrating radar for artifact detection and projects examples
- Current research topics – wildlife crossings, pollinator-friendly post-construction vegetation
- Environmental policy & regulations and associated requirements and processes – state and federal updates
- Use cases (projects) utilizing AGaME technology
- Ground improvement case studies with instrumentation results and outcomes compared to design predictions/requirements
- Challenging geohazard remediation projects; discovery through construction
- Challenging foundation design and construction
- Research and case studies related to culvert design, construction, or maintenance
- Research and case studies related to post-construction BMPs
- 2D modeling case studies
- HEC-RAS modeling of streams, bridges, and scour
- Incorporating BMPs into complete streets – case studies
- Flood control related to roadways
- Innovative maintenance solutions for culverts or post-construction BMPs
- Local Transportation Agency implementation of NPDES permit requirements
Local Public Agency
- Federal, State, and Local Funding Opportunities for Infrastructure
- Best Practices for Leveraging Funds: Project Examples
- Workforce Development and Retention
- Showcasing Ohio’s Local-let Projects
- Economic Development – Shovel Ready Sites
- Compliance – Requirements, Preferences, and Taking a Pass
- Small Community Support and Advocacy
- Multi-Modal Options for growing cities
- Managing Federal Discretionary Applications and Awards at the local level
- Alternative Contracting Methods
- Effective Strategies for Updating Technology
- Transformative Multimodal Projects: Highlighting innovative projects that integrate different modes and transform communities
- Making space for Active Transportation: Addressing the challenges of creating dedicated space for active transportation
- Freight & Logistics: Efficient movement of goods across different modes of transportation.
- Multimodal Data collection: Exploring new methods and technologies for collecting and analyzing multimodal data to improve planning and operations
- Multimodal Maintenance: Exploring innovative approaches to infrastructure and fleet maintenance in a multimodal context
- Re-connecting Communities & Transportation Equity: Addressing how transportation infrastructure can connect and divide communities
Pavement & Materials
- Pavement Recycling Innovations
- Intelligent pavement construction technologies
- Applications for Traffic Speed Deflectometers for project level decision making
- Case studies of innovative pavement materials
- Implementation of balanced mix design principles for asphalt mixtures
- Case studies/Best Practices for PWL implementation
- Equity in Transportation Planning
- Resiliency Planning
- Innovative Approaches to Transportation Funding
- 2020 Census: Trends and Changing Demographics
- Developing and Advancing Data Sharing Principles
- Virtual Public Involvement Best Practices
- Transportation Planning in Rural Areas: Challenges and Best Practices
- Safe System Approach
- Target Speed-Setting and Self-Enforcing Design
- Complete Streets
- Vulnerable Road Users
- Share insights into common bridge construction practices with designers (e.g. beam/girder erection, bridge decking and placement, complex forming, temporary works, etc.)
- Innovative repair, rehabilitation, maintenance and preservation strategies for bridges
- Bridge inspection/inventory experiences and best practices including SNBI
- Application of research or new technology in bridge design
- Significant/Innovative Bridge Design Projects
Technology & Innovation
- Electric vehicles, charging stations and infrastructure
- Uncrewed aircraft systems use cases and deployments
- Advanced air mobility use cases, testing and infrastructure
- Automated vehicle testing and deployments, supporting the movement of people and/or goods
- Connected vehicle use cases and deployments
- Smart mobility data platforms and analytics
- TSMO strategy implementations
- Integrating technology into traffic management/operations solutions (e.g., AI, ML)
- Multi-jurisdictional partnership/collaboration for System Management/Operations
- Active Transportation & Demand Management
- Work zone traffic management and smart work zone technologies
- Integrated corridor management
- Asset Management and data uses to drive Traffic signal and ITS solutions
- Curb management/parking
Subcommittee Content Descriptions
Choose from the following areas of interest:
CADD Mapping & Survey
The integrated and harmonious relationship of geodetic surveying, mapping, and design workflows to facilitate the generation of digital construction plans and models. Promoting the tools, data accessibility and operability, technologies, and processes to ensure efficient and effective design and informed decision-making throughout the delivery of a project and beyond.
Engaged in the process of creating & building infrastructure which includes planning, designing and financing the overall planning and execution of a project.
An interdisciplinary approach to providing technical expertise, policy development and training of environmental regulations to achieve a safe, efficient, and environmentally compliant intermodal transportation system. Using best practices and working toward consensus among transportation interests, Environmental seeks to minimize, avoid, and mitigate natural resources throughout the project development process.
Finance & Career Development
Develops new and innovative approaches to managing, maintaining, operating, and building our infrastructure to reduce costs, enhance efficiency and generate revenue. Career Development is important to ensure the transportation engineers of tomorrow have the training and tools necessary to be able to improve and enhance the transportation system of tomorrow.
Geotechnical Engineering is the exploration and design of the foundation support for all transportation structures and roadways, and the characterization and remediation of geohazards that threaten our transportation assets, considering both traditional and innovative approaches.
Hydraulics provides cost effective and environmentally sound solutions to surface and subsurface roadway drainage by using innovative methods and materials to maintain a safe, accessible transportation system.
Local Public Agency
Local Public Agencies are responsible for 84% of Ohio’s centerline miles and play a key role in all multi-modal strategies in developing, maintaining, and constructing transportation infrastructure. As Ohio continues to attract new economic development, and support its growing communities, the local, state, and federal transportation partnership, is significant. Serving Ohio’s local communities involves establishing impactful funding programs, providing effective policies, and training, while offering innovative solutions to support the development of safe and timely transportation. Together, all of Ohio’s transportation partners, including local public agencies, can learn to provide the optimum solutions for the citizens and businesses of Ohio.
Exploring the latest advancements and emerging trends in transportation engineering and planning across different modes of transport, including road, rail, transit, water, air, and active transportation.
Pavement & Materials
Provides standards, policies, procedures and research that offers smooth, quiet, cost-effective pavements for the traveling public.
Process of defining future policies, goals, investments and designs to prepare for future needs to move people and goods. The process incorporates input from many stakeholders. Asset Management & Performance Management are planning tools used by transportation agencies to understand future needs for projects and funding.
Improving highway safety is vital to health and well-being of the traveling public.
Provides standards, policy, procedures, training, design resources, data and research to continually monitor and improve the quality of bridges. Provides safe, cost-effective, durable and smooth riding bridges for the public.
Technology & Innovation
The “transformation of transportation” has accelerated in recent years due to rapid technology development. From electric vehicles and charging stations, to uncrewed aircraft systems and advanced air mobility, to automated and connected vehicles, these emerging technologies will increase safety, enhance mobility, and expand access – all to support the safe and easy movement of people and goods across Ohio.
ODOT’s use of Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) strategies and tools are key in promoting a modern transportation system that uses technology inside the existing infrastructure footprint to make our system work safer and more efficiently for all mobility users.
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