Webinar Wednesdays


Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is excited to announce a series of complimentary interactive webinars. ARA transportation and infrastructure experts will share their experience and answer your questions. Upcoming topics include innovation, permeable pavement, and risk management.

To register, email ARAWebinars@ara.com.


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Webinar 1: Innovation Deployment

February 20, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Innovation Acceptance and Implementation in the Transportation Industry
Have you seen a new innovation in the transportation industry that you would like to implement? Would you like to push your organization to have an innovation culture? This webinar will provide a brief overview of key activities, strategies, and cultural characteristics that will lead you to be a leading innovator.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Innovation implementation process
  • Personal strategies to be a successful innovator
  • Cultural characteristics for an innovative organization

VavrikDr. Bill Vavrik is a vice president, principal engineer, and manager of the Transportation Infrastructure Division of ARA. He joined ARA in 2000 and has been responsible for a diverse project portfolio including projects in transportation engineering, research, and technology deployment. He has been conducting research for State DOTs and at the National level. Dr. Vavrik is the program manager for ARA’s support of the FHWA Innovation Deployment Program where he helps State and local agencies implement innovative technologies.


Register NowWebinar 2: Permeable Pavement

March 6, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Lessons Learned from the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Permeable Pavements
The use of permeable pavements for stormwater management is gaining rapid acceptance across North America. While permeable pavements  have been around for a long-time, poor performance is not unusual.

This webinar highlights best practices  for  the  design, construction and long-term maintenance of asphalt, concrete and interlocking concrete permeable pavements. Lessons learned from the preparation of the recently released ASCE Standard (ASCE 68-18), for the Design of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements (PICP) is presented.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Risk matrix for the evaluation of the suitability of a permeable pavement for a specific site location
  • Structural and hydrologic design
  • Design detailing
  • Key construction and maintenance practices
  • Lessons learned

HeinDave Hein is a principal engineer with the Transportation Special Projects group in Toronto, Canada.  He has been involved in the design, construction and maintenance of permeable asphalt, concrete, paver, brick and grid surfaced pavements for over 15 years. He has completed over 50 workshops and webinars on permeable pavements throughout North America for municipal, state, provincial and Federal Government agencies. He is the author of the FHWA TechBrief on permeable pavements and delivered 6 TRB webinars and workshops on the subject. He is also the chair of the ASCE Standards Committee consisting of 30 pavement and stormwater professionals that recently published a consensus standard for PICP design, construction and maintenance.


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Webinar 3: Risk Management

April 24, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Why risk management? Insight for major projects.
Many projects suffer from schedule delays, cost overruns, communication issues, and other challenges placing project managers in a reactive mode. Utilizing risk management throughout the life of a project in a systematic process can minimize these issues. This webinar provides a brief overview of project management and where risk management fits in, why it is important to be proactive, and lessons- learned from case studies.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Risk management process
  • Project goals – aligned?
  • Communication-alignment
  • Takeaways

D'AngeloDan D’Angelo's career in transportation infrastructure began with the New York State Department of Transportation serving in several senior roles including Director of Design, Director of Design Quality Assurance, Deputy Chief Engineer, and lead innovation coordinator. After his NYSDOT career, Dan joined Applied Research Associates Transportation Infrastructure Division as a Principal Engineer, focusing on risk management, project management, and alternative contracting methods. He has served as project manager on several FHWA projects, including the Bridge Preservation Guide, Bridge Bundling Guidebook, ACM Tools, EDC5 support for project bundling and value capture. He is an NHI instructor for risk management.