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, or if you would like to receive a past presentation, email ARAWebinars@ara.com.

Upcoming Webinars:

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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.

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Register NowSelection of Geo-material Properties for Infrastructure Features to Reduce Risk and Enhance Value

March 25, 2020 | 12-1 PM EDT

Soil and rock are two of the most complex and commonly used materials for infrastructure features (bridges, roads, rail, transit, buildings and energy facilities). Determining their correct and appropriate engineering properties is critical to design, construction and long-term performance of infrastructure features. Unfortunately, the current state of practice often results in under valuing the importance of correctly determining the correct engineering property values resulting in: overly conservative designs, failures and often contract disputes. Each of these undesirable occurrences presents unacceptable and unnecessary risks to projects and programs.

This webinar addresses “best practices” for the determination and selection of geo-material properties to minimize risks and add value to the delivery and performance of infrastructure features.      

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SPEAKER – JERRY DIMAGGIO, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, ARA-ASSOCIATE
Jerry DiMaggioJerry DiMaggio has more than 40 years of experience in civil engineering and heavy construction. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to design, construction, forensic assessment, and dispute resolution and innovation deployment.  As a senior principal engineer at Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), Mr. DiMaggio serves as project manager and technical subject matter expert on a diverse suite of projects.  He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering, and a Master Trainer. He has provided consulting services on approximately 1000 civil construction and business-related projects in all 50 states, throughout the Americas, several Middle Eastern countries and Australia.  Jerry has presented hundreds of seminars and workshops. Mr. DiMaggio’s technical areas of specialty include structural foundations, earth retaining structures, ground improvement techniques, engineered earthworks, risk management, forensic engineering, dispute resolution for transportation, building and energy projects and programs.   

lineRegister NowTools & Techniques for Pavement Evaluation and Design

April 22, 2020 | 12-1 PM EDT

This presentation will describe tools and techniques for evaluation of existing pavements and pavement rehabilitation design and will describe the use of a Digital Survey Vehicle for rapid collection of detailed pavement surface condition data and procedures to efficiently evaluate the data. Additionally, specialized testing including the Dynamic Cone Penetrometer, Falling Weight Deflectometer, Ground Penetrating Radar and other unique testing equipment will be described.

The intent of the presentation is to help highway designers understand the investigation tools available, the advantages and limitations of each technique and to provide guidance on when each technique is appropriate. The principles will be illustrated with examples from recent projects.

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       

Paul WilkePAUL WILKE, P.E. PRINCIPAL ENGINEER
Paul Wilke is a Principal Engineer in the Camp Hill office of Applied Research Associates. He is a Civil Engineer with a Master’s degree in Geotechnical & Pavement Materials Engineering. Paul has over 30 years of experience in geotechnical, pavement engineering and transportation design. He has conducted hundreds of pavement investigations and designs for roads and airports in NY, Pennsylvania, Florida and western Canada. Paul has used a wide variety of tools and techniques for pavement evaluations and will share the advantages and disadvantages of various tools & techniques in this presentation

Pritha AnandPRITHA ANAND, EIT, PAVEMENT ENGINEER
Pritha Anand is a Civil Engineer with a Master’s degree in Pavement Materials Engineering with over four years of experience in pavement engineering and pavement management. She has hands-on experience in the collection and evaluation of semi-automated pavement condition data with a Digital Survey Vehicle and has significant experience in back-calculation analysis of Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) data and its use in evaluation of pavements and design of rehabilitations.

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

lineJoseph ReiterUsing Ground Penetrating Radar for Roadway Applications 

January 29, 2020 | 12-1 PM EST

Benefits and Limitations of GPR’s Past and Future
SPEAKER – JOSEPH REITER, PE

View the presentation here.