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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.   



Tools for Crash Data Analyses and Developing the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan
April 7, 2022. Link to session recording.   Link to session presentation 

This Innovation webinar session aims to provide an overview of the ongoing work of developing the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). A Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a statewide-coordinated safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. The SHSP identifies a State's key safety needs and guides investment decisions towards the strategies and countermeasures possessing the greatest potential to save lives and prevent injuries. Fourteen emphasis areas have been identified, such as Lane Departure, Intersections, Pedestrian, Bicyclists, Speeding and Aggressive Driving and Safety of Workers on Roadways. Subject matter experts from across the state have been convening to develop action plans to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in these 14 emphasis areas. Get involved and provide your input. This webinar will explain how. In addition to discussing the SHSP, this webinar also provides a live demo of the IMPACT data tool developed by MassDOT. This tool, which is being used heavily in the SHSP data analysis, provides a one-stop resource for accessing and analyzing all motor vehicle crashes in the Commonwealth.

Panelists: Bonnie Polin – State Safety Engineer, MassDOT



Developing Improved Load Rating Procedures for Deteriorated Steel Bridge Beam Ends
November 19, 2021.   Link to session video

This Innovation webinar session aims to provide improved evaluation procedures for structurally deficient bridges where corrosion is the common cause for steel bridge deterioration. The research methodology was organized in three phases that each employed real corrosion data. This work included an experimental program, extensive computational simulations, and parametric analyses and analytical work to develop a new proposed set of equations for the assessment of the remaining capacity of corroded beam ends. The experimental program was conducted in the Brack Lab at UMass Amherst. 
Panelists, From MassDOT: Alex Bardow, PE, State Bridge Engineer; and Matthew J Weidele, PE, MassDOT, Bridge Load Rating and Overload Engineer.
From UMass Amherst: George Tzortzinis, Researcher; Simos Gerasimidis, Assistant Professor; and Sergio Brena, Professor.


Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for Wetlands & Storm Control Monitoring
October 15, 2020.   Link to session video  Link to session video
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  Link to session video
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)