2019 Transportation Construction and Grading Innovations Technology Forum

At the 12th annual Forum, you’ll hear from industry experts, learn from other attendees, and freely discuss issues of importance to you and your firm. Project managers, engineers and technicians, superintendents, foremen, equipment operators, soils and material engineers, county superintendents and engineers, and state and federal highway personnel should plan to attend.

Cancellation refund deadline: November 25
Registration deadline: December 2 

Sleeping rooms are available at the Embassy Suites (connected to Earle Brown Heritage Center) for the night of December 2 at a rate of $129 plus tax.  Reservations must be made no later than November 18 and can be made by calling 763-560-2700 and using Group Code AGC.


7:30                             Registration opens, breakfast buffet

8:00 – 9:30                 Utility Infrastructure Issues

The Minnesota Utility Infrastructure community is under increasing pressure due to issues relating to responsible parties not following Minnesota Statutes 216D.  Minnesota Statutes 216D outlines contractors’ rights and responsibilities as well as those of cities, counties, the Minnesota Department of Pipeline Safety, and Gopher State One Call.  Join the conversation for a discussion of your rights as a contractor and your responsibilities under Minnesota Statutes 216D.

Gerrit Bangma – Minnesota County Engineers Association

Barb Cedarberg – Gopher State One  Call

Shelly Hansen – City Engineers Association of Minnesota

Eric Kolcinski - CenterPoint Energy

Mike Mendiola - Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety

Keith Novy - CenterPoint Energy

Sam Richert - Xcel Energy

John Hass – Veit

9:45 – 10:45               Stormwater Research and Permit Compliance

This session will share the knowledge of two experts on the latest stormwater research and the implementation of stormwater permit compliance on projects.  What does the research tell us?  How does it affect the projects we build?  How can we build projects and also be in compliance with stormwater permits?

“Experiences of an Environmental Manager on Construction Projects” – Jennifer Hildebrand, Professional Engineering Services

“Stormwater Research at Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory and its Application to Construction” – John Gulliver, Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

10:45 – 11:30            Case Study: TH 35W/Minnesota River Bridge Design-Build Project

                                    Challenged to construct a new TH 35W crossing over the Mississippi River, while keeping six lanes of traffic flowing throughout the project, the Ames/Parsons/Alliant/AET Design-Build team faced the initial task of widening the bridge’s north approach embankment to the east in order to construct a new northbound river crossing offline from the existing crossing.  Soft alluvial clay deposits underlie the entire north approach, with the west side of the existing embankment having experienced a significant landslide during construction in 1957.  The team utilized historic information, including a 1961 case history paper, to back-analyze the landslide and subsequent repair and stabilization, thus developing a preliminary computer model calibrated to past performance.  They used the preliminary model to determine specific geotechnical field and lab testing needs for final analysis and design, which used vertical “wick” drains to accelerate consolidation and promote strength gain of soft soils during staged embankment and surcharge construction.

                                    Joe Bentler, American Engineering Testing, Inc.

                                    Ryan McShane, Ames Construction, Inc.

                                    Brent Theroux, Barr Engineering, Inc.

                                    Tom Villar, Minnesota Department of Transportation

11:30 – 12:00              Presentation of annual Grading and Base Awards

12:00 – 12:45              Networking lunch

12:45 – 1:30                Roundtables

1:45 – 2:30                 Case Study: Automated Machine Guidance (AMC) – “Muck Excavation”

The Gateway TH 14/15 project in New Ulm utilized Automated Machine Guidance (AMG) Excavation Specification for the muck excavation.  This was a new process for both The Mathiowetz Construction Company and the MnDOT District 7 Mankato office. District 7 has been involved in a number of projects in which the determination of the muck excavation extents and quantities was in question due to difficult site conditions. This often resulted in costly re-work or excessive embankment settlement after the roadway had been opened to the traveling public.  In addition, the manner in which the volume of muck excavation was determined by field personnel was precarious and, with consideration to safety, typically inaccurate. The panel will discuss how the contractor and MnDOT partnered with the various in-field and electronic data processing procedures used to determine quantities, real-time modification to the excavation work effort, and lessons learned.

Todd Kjolstad - Minnesota Department of Transportation

Justin Kraus - Minnesota Department of Transportation

Brett Mathiowetz – The Mathiowetz Construction Company

John Traxler – Minnesota Department of Transportation

2:30 – 3:15                 Hot Topics

·       MnDOT Spec book update – Nancy Hanzlik, Minnesota Department of Transportation

·       3D digital delivery at MnDOT – Todd Bergland, Minnesota Department of Transportation

·       Patented and Proprietary Products Federal Regulation Changes – Valerie Svensson, Minnesota Department of Transportation

3:15 – 3:45                  Future projects and funding
                                      Sue Mulvihill, Deputy Commissionary and Chief Engineer, Minnesota Department of Transportation

3:45 – 4:00                  Final comments and adjourn

4:00 – 5:00                  Networking reception

Thank you to our Level 2 Sponsors!

Thank you to our Level 3 Sponsors!

December 3, 2019
07:30 am - 05:00 pm
Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
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Price: $95
Sponsorship Opportunities:
- Level 1 Sponsorship
- Level 2 Sponsorship
- Level 3 Sponsorship
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