Webinars

Webinar Wednesdays

Overview

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) continues to offer the successful Webinar Wednesday series of complimentary interactive webinars. ARA transportation and infrastructure experts will share their experience and answer your questions. 

For more information, email ARAWebinars@ara.com.

Upcoming Webinars:

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Register NowUsing Ground Penetrating Radar for Roadway Applications 

January 29, 2020 | 12-1 PM EST

Benefits and Limitations of GPR’s Past and Future

This webinar will include background on Ground Penetrating Radar, how it has been used by various agencies in transportation applications, and some of the new applications and technology entering the field.

You will learn:

  • What GPR is and how it is analyzed
  • Inherent limitations and benefits of the technology
  • Two unique ways that GPR is being used to improve outcomes in pavement construction and long-term evaluation
  • Specific topics include handheld and cart-based systems, vehicle mounted single and dual horn systems, and step frequency 3D array-based systems

Attend through Webex by clicking the Register Now link above. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email confirmation from Webex after registering.

SPEAKER – JOSEPH REITER, PE 
Joseph ReiterMr. Reiter has worked in pavement evaluation and forensic investigations for 10 years. Joe moved to ARA’s Champaign office in 2014 and is currently tasked with establishing ARA’s 3D GPR-based business unit.  He joined ARA in 2012 working with the Florida Department of Transportation’s State Materials Laboratory, working with their FWD and GPR operations. While in Florida Mr. Reiter worked extensively with GPR evaluating pavement structural thickness, sinkhole investigations, rebar depth, presence of steel bridge tendons, and a cultural significance investigation.

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Register Now

508 Compliance: Creating Accessible Documents

February 26, 2020 | 12-1 PM EST

Preparing Documents with 508 Compliance in Mind

Federal agencies are required to provide electronic documents and information technology in a format that is accessible to people with disabilities under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

An estimated 4.4 million people use screen readers in the U.S. Ensuring your document can be correctly translated by a screen reader is essential and required by law. Depending on the length of the document and the number of visuals included, ensuring 508 compliance can be very time-consuming. Project managers, subject matter experts, and technical writers can save time and money by making it a consideration on day one.

In this webinar, you will learn simple but important steps to take in the initial set-up of a document as well as considerations for creating tables and inserting graphics and photos. We will demonstrate simple tips to follow and highlight common bad habits to avoid. Participants will learn how to:

  • Define styles
  • Understand tag structure
  • Create meaningful alt text
  • Ensure color contrast

Attend through Webex by clicking the Register Now link above. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email confirmation from Webex after registering.

SPEAKERS

Lisa SchofieldLISA SCHOFIELD  
Lisa Schofield is a Marketing and Communication Specialist, at ARA and particularly enjoys the part she plays in improving accessibility for people who need it. She has received many awards for her leadership role in video production, marketing, and education over the years including the 2011 Global Call to Action Award. Lisa earned this honor for a documentary she produced while following a group of students with disabilities in six countries. Lisa highlighted their ability to change the world by changing peoples’ perceptions of their capabilities.

Rodney WalkerRODNEY WALKER 
Rodney Walker is a Marketing and Communication Manager at ARA. He has over 25 years of experience preparing documents for government customers including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Air Force. He has received multiple awards for graphic design over the years including a Gold ADDY Award in 2017.

Past Webinars:

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Vavrik

Innovation Deployment

February 20, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Innovation Acceptance and Implementation in the Transportation Industry
SPEAKER - DR. BILL VAVRIK

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Hein

Permeable Pavement

March 6, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Lessons Learned from the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Permeable Pavements
SPEAKER - DAVE HEIN

lineD'AngeloRisk Management

April 24, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Why risk management? Insight for major projects.
SPEAKER - DAN D'ANGELO

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Mike Darter

Pavement Deterioration

May 22, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Concrete Pavement Deterioration and How to Avoid for Long Life
SPEAKER - DR. MIKE DARTER

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Phil Bell

Building Information Modeling

June 19, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure - Advanced Methods for Planning, Developing and Maintaining the Transportation System
SPEAKER - MR. PHILIP BELL

lineKevin ElliottCommunication Planning

July 17, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

What to Say, How to Say It: Writing a Communication Plan that Works
SPEAKER - KEVIN ELLIOTT

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Lori Schaus

Utility Cuts 101

September 25, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

Preserving Our Roadway Right-of-Ways
SPEAKER - LORI SCHAUS

lineCarmine DwyerPavement Marking Management

October 23, 2019  |  12-1PM EST

What is Pavement Marking Management and Why is it Important?
SPEAKER - CARMINE DWYER

lineEmployeeBallistic Protection Issues Related to Common Building Materials

December 11, 2019 | 12-1 PM EST

Results of ballistic testing on common building materials and office equipment
SPEAKER – DANIEL RENFROE