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2017 Transportation Construction Grading Innovations Technology Forum

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Enter the building through Door #5, near the Embassy Suites
Brooklyn Center, MN  55430
United States
Contact: Denise Woods

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2017 AGC - MnDOT
Transportation Construction
and Grading Innovations Technology Forum

At this 10th annual Forum, 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 and equipment operators; soils and material engineers; county superintendents and engineers; and
state and federal highway personnel should plan to attend.

Grading Forum Topics and Presenters

8:30 – 9:45           Case Study: Nine Mile Creek Bridge Replacement (Causeway) ProjectAs part of a MnDOT design-build project, Ames Construction and its partner companies replaced a deteriorating 49-span bridge on US 169 between Bren Road and Seventh Street in the southwest Twin Cities metro area.  The bridge crossed the Nine Mile Creek channel and flood plain.  To perform the work, the roadway was completely closed from mid-January to mid-September 2017 for the construction of two 3,500 foot long parallel retaining walls, 22 culverts, and new roadway embankment and paving supported on a ground improvement system to mitigate settlement from the new construction.  A variety of technical challenges were overcome during the design and construction to successfully reopen the roadway to traffic in late September, ahead of schedule.

Elizabeth Benjamin, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Alex Carlin, Ames Construction, Inc.

Derrick Dasenbrock, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Paul Johns, Minnesota Department of Transportation (moderator)



10:00 – 11:15       The Present and Future of Environmental Requirements that Impact ProjectsThis session will explore the latest turn of events at the federal level in upcoming environmental regulations.  Of special interest are the possible changes or reforms under the Trump Administration.  At the state level, we’ll discuss environmental compliance on large construction projects.

Nick Goldstein, American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Jennifer Hildebrand, WSB & Associates, Inc.Leo Holm, Resource Professionals Alliance (moderator)


11:15 – 11:45       Grading and Base AwardsThe 6th annual AGC - MnDOT Grading and Base Awards will highlight excellence in both grading and reclamation construction projects.


Terry Beaudry, Minnesota Department of Transportation


11:45 – 12:30       Networking Lunch


12:30 – 1:45         Technology Tools for Risk Assessment and MitigationTechnological advancements continue to change the landscape of today’s construction projects.  Applying technology solutions to better understand, assess, and mitigate risk is no exception.  From combating distractions while operating equipment to providing personalized employee risk mitigation through connected PPE, to administering complex projects, evolving technology gives owners and contractors new tools to manage safer, more efficient work sites.  The panel for this discussion consists of contractors, owners, and risk management professionals who will discuss what each sees as the future of these technologies and also provide case studies of how they are being used today.


Rick Beckes, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Seth Hausman, Blue Heron Group, LLC

Ted Smith, Corvex Connected Safety

 Ben Lovin, Ames Construction, Inc. (moderator)


2:00 – 3:00           Case Study: Southwest Reconnection Project – 2016 MCEA Project of the YearThe fundamental goal of the Southwest Reconnection Project was to resolve costly seasonal closures on area highways connecting Carver County to Scott County through lower costs, high benefit improvements.  Between 1993 and 2011, State Highways 101 and 41 closed six times due to flooding, with lengthy detours to other area river crossings causing a cascading effect of congestion for approximately 20,000 travelers who use Highway 101 daily.  Many innovative construction techniques were used to overcome the challenging site conditions, while keeping the Highway 101 river crossing open to traffic for most of the project.  The $52 million project was funded through a successful partnership between Carver County, Scott County, Chanhassen, Shakopee, and MnDOT.  As the largest public works project undertaken by Carver County to date, this project represents multi-agency coordination at its best.


Darin Mielke, Carver County


3:00 – 4:00           Hot TopicsThis session will offer brief updates on current topics of interest and concern.

·         Specifications Update – Terry Beaudry, Minnesota Department of Transportation

·         Construction Material Overweight Permit – Abbey Bryduck, AGC of Minnesota

·         Legislative Update – Abbey Bryduck, AGC of Minnesota, Tim Worke, AGC of Minnesota (moderator)

Refund deadline: November 28, 2017
Registration deadline: December 1, 2017

Sleeping Rooms are available at the Embassy Suites (connected to Earle Brown Heritage Center)
for the night of December 4 at a rate of $127 plus tax. 
Reservations must be made no later than November 21
and can be made by calling 763-560-2700
and using Group Code AGC or through this link:

Thank you to our Sponsors!