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Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in transportation. This Innovation webinar series covers a range of topics related to technology and other innovations, including cross-agency collaborations and partnerships.   

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MaPIT 3.0 Virtual Classroom Workshops

MaPIT version 3.0 has rolled out with many new and updated features! This class is intended for any new or existing MaPIT users who currently use, or plan to use, the tool to initiate new highway projects, and to familiarize themselves with the new features.

These features include:
• New interactive forms
• Targeted questions to establish a richer project scope
• Additional GIS layers to alert project proponent to new opportunities, risks, and areas of interest
• Dynamic alerts for potential permitting requirements, action items, and supplemental information
• Option to upload supporting documentation
• Better alignment with MassDOT scoring criteria

The MaPIT workshops start the week of October 19, 2020, and are currently being scheduled into early November.  Please visit the Registration link below for the details on dates and times.  

These workshops are intended only to instruct users on the Highway Project Workflows. MaPIT’s ability to initiate Local Aid projects (such as Chapter 90, Complete Streets, and Small Bridge grant awards) will be deployed later this fall and additional training for those workflows will be offered at a later time.

Click here to register for MaPIT 3.0 workshops


Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for Wetlands & Storm Control Monitoring
October 15, 2020.   Link to session video (coming soon)
Link to Robin Grace's and Melissa Riley's presentation
Link to Henry Barbaro's and Matt Lundsted's presentation
This session included presentations on two pilot studies that were conducted by the MassDOT Highway Division in collaboration with the MassDOT Aeronautics Division, on the use of sUAS for environmental monitoring. The first study investigated the use of sUAS with multi-spectral sensors to assist with wetland construction compliance and long-term monitoring. The second study evaluated the effectiveness of using sUAS for inspecting Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs).  The presentations discussed the type of data collected in these studies, the data collection processes and protocols, and the integration of these data with information from other sources for documenting current conditions and changes over time. The session will also cover the benefits and strengths of these new technologies, as well as potential challenges.
Panelists:  Dr. Scott Uebelhart & Robin Grace, MassDOT Aeronautics Division, Drone Program; Melissa Riley, MassDOT Highway Division, Environmental Compliance; Henry Barbaro, MassDOT Highway Division, Stormwater Management; & Matt Lundsted, Comprehensive Environmental Inc. 

Capital Improvement Initiative - Cross Functional Collaboration for Project Delivery
October 14, 2020.  Link to presentation 
This webinar discussed the steps MassDOT has taken to streamline project delivery from Procurement to Contractor Notice to Proceed (NTP), with the creation of four workstreams in partnership with MassDOT shared services divisions.  The presentations and discussion focused on the Agile process, workstream operational structure, findings and accomplishments to date.
Panelists from MassDOT: Patricia Leavenworth, Chief Engineer; Joseph Foti, Deputy Administrator & Chief of Operations; Michael McGrath, Assistant Administrator of Construction Engineering; Bryan Pounds, Manager, MPO Activities; Esther Nganga, Data Analytics and Process Improvement Analyst – OPMI; Meghan Haggerty, Highway Chief of Staff; & Tracy Osimboni, Highway Process Improvement Engineer

Universities Exploring Community Transportation 
October 8, 2020. Link to session video
Link to Nina Silverstein's presentation      Link to Cheryl Kiser's presentation
Link to Sarah McAdoo's presentation      Link to Nathan Taber's presentation
This session highlighted three recent collaborative efforts between academia and transportation that focus on how access to transportation affects the health and quality of life of older adults, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals.
Panelists:  Aniko Laszlo, MBTA; Dr. Nina Silverstein, UMass Boston; Cheryl Kiser, Babson College; 
Dr. Sarah McAdoo & Nathan Taber, UMass Medical School

MassDOT's New Design Criteria & Design Justification Process
October 6, 2020.  Link to session video  Link to presentation
This session will review the new Engineering Directive E-20-001 - Controlling Criteria and Design Justification Process – released in January 2020 that applies to all projects led and reviewed by MassDOT. Criteria for Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities expand on MassDOT’s previous guidance to help build a network of high quality, high comfort facilities for users of all ages and abilities. 
Panelists, from MassDOT:
Jackie deWolfe, Office of the Secretary; Andy Paul & Andrew Wilkins, Highway Division

New Tools to Characterize Geotechnical Site Conditions 
October 1, 2020. Link to session video   Link to presentation
This session discussed the FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC)-5 effort known as the “A-GaME”, which is establishing a new standard for enhanced site characterization. Site characterization plans are required for all MassDOT construction projects, regardless of design status, project type, or project scope. Effective site characterization is critical for recognizing potential problems that may affect design and construction and for ensuring safe, well-performing and cost effective projects.
Panelists:  Jennifer Rauch & Pete Connors, MassDOT Highway Division; Mary Nodine, GEI Consultants

Standards & Design for Stream Crossings & Geomorphic Compatibility
September 24, 2020. Link to session video   Link to presentation
This session focused on the latest technical developments in the MassDOT Highway Division's approach to stream crossings and resilient design using the principles of fluvial geomorphology. It also shared experiences that are expected to guide future innovations for providing resilient, cost-effective, habitat-friendly stream crossings in Massachusetts. 
Panelists: Tim Dexter & John Pierce, MassDOT Highway Division; Roy Schiff, Milone & MacBroom; Matthew Lundsted, Comprehensive Environmental, Inc.

Managing, Analyzing, & Tracking Materials through LIMMS
September 17, 2020. Link to session video  Link to presentation
The Laboratory Information Materials Management System (LIMMS) is a highly efficient software ecosystem, which uses a system of computers, electronic identification tags, and cloud servers to track, manage, analyze materials. LIMMS allows MassDOT to perform data analysis on its construction materials like never before, for the purpose of discovering and modeling useful test data, making informed conclusions, and supporting decision-making.  The presentation provided an overview of the LIMMS project timeline from conception to implementation. Global and project functionality were also reviewed including how materials inspection, sampling, and testing is performed in the system. Finally, the LIMMS data analytics capabilities were also discussed.  
Panelists: Richard Mulcahy, Megi Martini, & Alana Geary from the MassDOT Research & Materials Laboratory

MassDOT, MassWildlife, & MassDER: Partnering for Resilient Infrastructure & Ecosystems
September 10, 2020. Link to session video  
Link to Tim Dexter's presentation   Link to Carrie Bank's presentation  Link to David Paulson's presentation
This session highlighted MassDOT's partnerships with the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife) and the Division of Ecological Restroration (DER) and showcased recent innovative examples of how disparate agencies can work together towards common goals and the furthering of each other's missions. 
Panelists:  Tim Dexter, MassDOT Highway Division; David Paulson, MA Dept of Fish & Game, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife); Carrie Banks, MA Dept of Fish & Game; Division of Ecological Restoration (DER).