Functional Group Technical Sessions

Tuesday | September 19




COMMUNICATIONS & SIGNALS
Session Chair:  Robin J. Aanenson
AREMA Functional Group Vice President
Railroad Controls, a WABTEC Company

Session Sponsored by The Okonite Company
8:00
Automated Verification and Validation of Signaling Systems in PTC and CBTC Environments
Gunnar Smith, Prover Technology and Robert H. Walker, United Rail, Inc.
8:30
Remote Grade Crossing Health Reporting Utilizing VHF Radio
Brian L. Sykes, Norfolk Southern Corporation
9:00
The PTC Back Office Segment Design Criteria
David F. Thurston, PhD, PE, WSP, and William Everett, Rockwell Collins/ARINC
9:30
Intrinsically Failsafe Radar As An Alternative To Track Circuits
Thomas N. Hilleary, Island Radar Company, LLC and Joseph Schnell, BNSF Railway
10:00
Coffee Break (Sponsored)
See Sponsors Page
10:30
Fiber Optic Acoustic Detection (FOAD) as a Base Technology for Railroad Applications
Martin Rosenberger, Frauscher Sensortechnik GmbH
11:00
Alternative Engineering Methods Where Signalized Roadway Intersections
Are In Close Proximity to Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

Stephen J. Klinger, Norfolk Southern Corporation
11:30
Distance to Couple (DTC)
James P. Langan, Sr., BNSF Railway
12:15
AREMA Annual Committee Chairs Luncheon
(Ticketed Event - Separate Fee Required)
Featured Speaker:  Michael J. Wheeler, Executive Vice President & COO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
The Okonite Company


ENGINEERING SERVICES
Session Chair:  Michael T. Mischke
AREMA Functional Group Vice President
BNSF Railway

Session Sponsored by voestalpine Nortrak Inc.
8:00
X-ray Technology Development for New Wood Crosstie Inspection
Michael J. Liesenfelt, PhD, Georgetown Rail Equipment Company
8:30
Helping the Public Understand the Environmental Benefits of Rail
Patrick Brady, BNSF Railway, Seble Afework, Canadian National Railway and Peter T. Masson, GHD
9:00
BNSF ARRA Task 17 Landslide Reduction Projects on the Scenic Subdivision –
Design, Permitting, and Construction Considerations

Tyler J. Stephens, PE, Shannon & Wilson, Inc. and Megan McIntyre, BNSF Railway
9:30
CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project: A Case Study in Managing
Community Relations from an Engineering Perspective, While Replacing Critical Infrastructure

Charles E. Gullakson, PE, CSX Transportation
10:00
Coffee Break (Sponsored)
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10:30
AREMA Committee 16 Panel Discussion – Train Length and Capacity Considerations (1 Hour)
Sean Robitaille, P.Eng., Canadian National; Michael K. Williams, PE, Norfolk Southern Corporation;
Jeremiah Dirnberger, GE Transportation; Earl C. Wacker, AECOM; Eric Vaillancourt, Hatch
11:00

11:30
Using Big Data to Improve the Intermodal Transportation System
Beth C. Kulick, TranSystems Corporation
12:15
AREMA Annual Committee Chairs Luncheon
(Ticketed Event - Separate Fee Required)
Featured Speaker:  Michael J. Wheeler, Executive Vice President & COO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
2:00
Implementation of a Shared Use Rail Corridor: The Freight Perspective
Justin Hartman, BNSF Railway, Andrew Leifheit, PE, Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects
2:30
Mitigating Switch Derailments Using Automated Inspection Solutions
Markus Nottelmann and Cesare Santanera, DMA and Robert D. Grant, NxGen Rail Services
3:00
Increasing Terminal Capacity Utilizing Wide Span Cranes at BNSF Logistics Park – Chicago
Brennan M. Caughron and Ross E. Thomas, BNSF Railway and
David J. Irving, TranSystems Corporation
3:30
Design Challenges with Navy Base Intermodal Facility (NBIF) in the
South Carolina Lowcountry

Tarek "T" Ravenel, Palmetto Railways and Allene B. Rieger, TranSystems Corporation
voestalpine Nortrak Inc.


MAINTENANCE
Session Chair:   Richard J. Spatafore
AREMA Functional Group Vice President
CSX Transportation – Retired

Session Sponsored by Rail Construction Equipment Co.
8:00
Highway-Railway At-Grade Crossing Designs Containing Asphalt Underlayments
Jerry G. Rose, PhD, PE, University of Kentucky
8:30
Emergency Response to a Rockslide on BNSF Snowshed #4, Stampede Pass, WA
William C.B. Gates, PhD, PE, Carol A. Ravano, PE and Thomas Pallua, McMillen Jacobs Associates
9:00
Do Undercutting Cleaning – Be on the Right Track to Economic Success!
Fabian Hansmann, PhD, Plasser & Theurer
9:30
Preventing Rail Base Corrosion and Cracking Using Protective Coatings
George W. Ritter, PhD, EWI
10:00
Coffee Break (Sponsored)
See Sponsors Page
10:30
Enhancing Structural Visual Inspection of Railroad Bridges Using HoloLens
Fernando Moreu, PhD, PE, University of New Mexico
11:00
Development and Validation of Inspection Gauges for Wheel Climb Safety at Switch Points
Allan M. Zarembski, PhD, PE, University of Delaware and Brad Kerchof, Norfolk Southern Corporation
11:30
Automated Frog Repair on Austenitic Manganese Rail Steel
Seth Shira, EWI
12:15
AREMA Annual Committee Chairs Luncheon
(Ticketed Event - Separate Fee Required)
Featured Speaker:  Michael J. Wheeler, Executive Vice President & COO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
2:00
Ballast State of Good Repair
James P. Hyslip, PhD, PE, HyGround Engineering
2:30
Demonstration of FRA’s Technology to Characterize Fouled Ballast Track
Radim Bruzek, ENSCO, Inc.
3:00
East Portland Connection Track Expansion
Antonio Buelna, PE, Union Pacific Railroad and Steven Mattson, PE, voestalpine Nortrak Inc.
3:30
Large-diameter Cured-in-place Pipe (CIPP) Point Repair Offers an Economical Alternative to Total
Pipe Replacement for Prematurely Failing Culverts

Alan Goodman, HammerHead Trenchless Equipment
4:00
Repair of Subgrade Failure During a 104-Hour Track Window, BNSF Railway –
Little Falls, Minnesota

David A. Johnson, BNSF Railway; James R. Hamm, PE, TranSystems Corporation;
Scott M. Mackiewicz, PhD, PE, D.GE, Braun Intertec Corporation
Rail Construction Equipment Co


PASSENGER & TRANSIT
Session Chair:  Raymond G. Verrelle, Jr., PE
AREMA Functional Group Vice President
Amtrak

Session Sponsored by WSP
8:00
Malmo City Tunnel Project-2016 AREMA Watford Fellows Program in Scandinavia
Megan McIntyre, BNSF Railway and John D. Lyon, AIA, FVHD Architects-Planners
8:30
Insulated Overlaps for Overhead Contact Systems – Operational and Safety Concerns
Paul F. White, HNTB Corporation
9:00
The MBTA Red and Orange Line Infrastructure Improvements Program – Addressing Infrastructure Needs
While Maintaining Service

Michael K. Fitzgerald, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and
Kenneth Davidson, PE and Maria B. Cadena, PE, Patrick/Mott MacDonald Joint Venture
9:30
Indiana Gateway Project
Aaron J. Bowe, HNTB Corporation; Thomas R. Rueschhoff, Indiana Department of Transportation and
Derek M. Tichy, PE, Norfolk Southern Corporation
10:00
Coffee Break (Sponsored)
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10:30
Best Practices for Mapping Rail Assets in Highly Urbanised Environments - A Case Study from the BART Network
Finbar Holland, Geomatic Technologies
11:00
Engineering a Slab Track System to Increase Adjustability and Reduce Construction Time
Ryan G. Kernes, GIC USA
11:30
Chicago – St. Louis High Speed Rail Program Update
Philip G. Pasterak, PE, WSP and Patrick Halsted, Union Pacific Railroad
12:15
AREMA Annual Committee Chairs Luncheon
(Ticketed Event - Separate Fee Required)
Featured Speaker:  Michael J. Wheeler, Executive Vice President & COO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
2:00
Rail Geometrical Behavior Under Revenue Service in Rail Transit Systems
Marcus S. Dersch, PE, and J. Riley Edwards, PE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign RailTEC
2:30
Improving the Quality and Durability of Track Geometry Correction for 160+ mph High Speed Rail Operations
Steven M. Chrismer, PhD, PE, ENSCO, Inc. and Michael Craft, Amtrak
3:00
North Carolina’s Charlotte Gateway Station Project – Design and Construction of “Rail Side” Improvements
Matthew Simmons, PE, North Carolina DOT-Rail Division and Corey Vernier, PE, HNTB Corporation
3:30
Lessons Learned from Colorado’s Longest Direct Fixation Bridge
Jennifer Whiteside, PE, Regional Transportation District and Jim Bader, Stantec Consulting Services
WSP


STRUCTURES
Session Chair:  Edward D. Sparks, II, PE
AREMA Functional Group Vice President
CSX Transportation

Session Sponsored by TranSystems
8:00
Update on FAST Bridge Research and Testing
Duane Otter, PhD, PE, AAR/Transportation Technology Center, Inc.
8:30
Port of Vancouver, WA – West Vancouver Freight Access Trench Project
Kurt Reichelt, HDR and Glen M. Gaz, BNSF Railway
9:00
A New Way to Detect Bridge Strikes with Neural Network Pattern Recognition
John P. Orsak, SENSR Monitoring Technologies, Brett Story, Southern Methodist University
Anamaria Bonilla, PE, Metro-North Railroad
9:30
Strengthening CN’s Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge
Scott Tatzel, PE, Koppers Railroad Structures, Buck Ouyang, PE, Modjeski and Masters, Inc. and William E. Gebhardt, PE, Canadian National Railway
10:00
Coffee Break (Sponsored)
See Sponsors Page
10:30
Drones Have Changed Bridge Inspections Forever: Background, Benefits, Case Study
Dennis Wierzbicki, Aerial Data eXperts and Kevin R. Halpin, PE, KRH Engineering LLC
11:00
Reconstruction of the 90’ TPG Swing Span over Bayou Des Allemands
Madlyn Guarino, BNSF Railway; Andrew Shive, Michael C. Harrison, PE, Hardesty-Hanover, LLC
11:30
Montana Rail Link Bridge No. 207 Truss Rehabilitation
Jordan Gerber, KLJ, Inc. and Michael R. Rahl, Montana Rail Link, Inc.
12:15
AREMA Annual Committee Chairs Luncheon
(Ticketed Event - Separate Fee Required)
Featured Speaker:  Michael J. Wheeler, Executive Vice President & COO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
2:00
Haystack Bridge: Repurpose of a Bascule
John Williams, PE, Stafford Bandlow Engineering, Inc. and Claus Frederiksen, PE, COWI Bridge
2:30
Thermal Integrity Profiling Accelerates Construction of Railroad Projects
Travis Coleman, PE, GRL Engineers
3:00
Innovative Foundations for a Caustic Environment
Jeffrey R. Hill, PE, Hayward Baker Rail Services, Carol A. Ravano, PE, McMillen Jacobs Associates
3:30
Review of the Euro Code Crash Wall Requirements in the North American Context: Case Study
Christophe Deniaud, PhD, P.Eng., PE and Gaylene Layden, P.Eng., AECOM
4:00
UPRR – OCCI – Emergency Stabilization of Two Brazos River Piers – UPRR Bridge 32.42, Richmond, TX
Douglas J. Kolb, PE, OCCI, Inc. and Jeffrey J. Quinn, Union Pacific Railroad
4:30
Impact Rating of Semi-trailer Truck – Railway Through Plate Girder (TPG) Bridge Collisions
Ali I. Ozdagli and Fernando Moreu, PhD, PE, University of New Mexico
TranSystems


TRACK
Session Chair:  Conrad Ruppert, Jr.
AREMA Functional Group Vice President
University of Illinois

Session Sponsored by Custom Truck & Equipment
8:00
Principles of Drainage
Terry Cowan, PE, Coldwater Engineering, Matthew B. Moore, PE, Union Pacific Railroad and Cody T. Younker, Norfolk Southern Corporation
8:30
Emergency Stabilization of Fountain Slide to Maintain CN Rail Service
Rick Deschamps, PhD, PE, Nicholson Construction
9:00
Life Cycle Benefits of Subgrade Reinforcement Using Geocell on a High-Speed Railway – A Case Study
Christopher M. Hartsough, Harsco Rail and Allan M. Zarembski, PhD, PE, University of Delaware
9:30
Asphalt Railway Trackbed Designs, Applications, and Long-Term Performances
Jerry G. Rose, PhD, PE, University of Kentucky
10:00
Coffee Break (Sponsored)
See Sponsors Page
10:30
Automated Concrete Crosstie Testing
Paul S. Fisk, PE, NDT Corporation and Cameron Stuart, US Department of Transportation/FRA
11:00
The Influence of Copper Content on Rail Steel Properties and Performance
Mark D. Richards, PhD and Jarred Froman, EVRAZ
11:30
Comparative Analysis of Rail Grinding Template Alignment Methods
Alexander Keylin, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.
12:15
AREMA Annual Committee Chairs Luncheon
(Ticketed Event - Separate Fee Required)
Featured Speaker:  Michael J. Wheeler, Executive Vice President & COO, Norfolk Southern Corporation
2:00
KCS Utility Permitting & Construction Observation – A Proven Process for Risk Mitigation & Safety
Jeff Jones, PE, Bartlett & West and Srikanth Honnur, PE, Kansas City Southern Railway
2:30
Under the Gun: CSX Transportation’s Emergency Response to the Historic Flooding on the Fort Bragg Subdivision
Lance E. Rasnake, PE, Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, Inc. and Chris Beaty, Pomona Pipe Products, Inc.
3:00
Ballast Mats - A Literature Review and Influencing Factor to Laboratory Testing
Arthur de Oliveira Lima, J. Riley Edwards, PE, and Marcus S. Dersch, PE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - RailTEC
3:30
Key Structural Conditions that can Compromise Concrete Crosstie Service Life
Josué César Bastos, Marcus S. Dersch, PE and J. Riley Edwards, PE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4:00
Causes and Prevention of Splitting/Bursting Failure of Concrete Crossties: A Computational Study
Hailing Yu, PhD, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
CTE




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