Owners, designers, and contractors meet to discuss project risks, best practices, and exceptional outcomes.

The Design-Build for Transportation & Aviation Conference 2019, April 8-10 in Cincinnati, is billed as the only U.S. event targeted to the rapidly growing design-build transportation industry. This year, the conference includes a newly added Aviation track. The annual Design-Build Institute of America event is co-located with and precedes the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, April 10-12 (see page 34).

In an opening general session/keynote, The Future of Mobility, transportation futurist, researcher, and generations expert John W. Martin from the Institute for Tomorrow, discusses how connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, a growing distributed workforce, and America’s newest workers may change where and how Americans live and travel in the future. Will our society’s move to a network of “15-minute livable communities” permanently shift what we design and build?

Several sessions at the 2019 Design-Build for Transportation & Aviation Conference highlight the Arizona Department of Transportation’s South Mountain Freeway project. Photo: Arizona Department of Transportation

In a second general session/keynote, Alternative Technical Concept (ATC) — How to Make the Most Out of the Process, a panel of state transportation department representatives from Washington, Virginia, and Ohio discuss the use of the ATC and provide best practices in evaluation of an ATC, including the roles and responsibilities of the evaluation team, and the importance of confidentiality.

A final conference keynote, Workforce Development: How to Get and Retain the Best People, explores practical ways to attract and retain the best people and provides practical ideas to implement immediately. Brent Darnell, Brent Darnell International, will also discuss more long-term solutions to create a pipeline of workers, both craft and management, to sustain a workforce during the next few decades.

Education tracks

The conference features four, concurrent education tracks with presentations over a day and a half. A Legal and Risk Management track features the following topics:

  • Legal Update & Case Laws
  • Managing Utility Risk for Design-Build Transportation Projects
  • Risk Analysis and Allocation for Design-Build Contracts
  • Geotechnical Risk in Design-Build

Presentations in the Progressive Design-Build Best Practices track include the following:

  • Progressive Design-Build – Best Practices
  • Progressive Design Build for Expansion at the Atlanta Airport’s APM
  • Use of Progressive Design Build to Deliver CSX – Virginia Avenue Tunnel
  • Implementing LEAN Construction into Progressive Design Build

The following presentations are part of the P3 track:

  • ADOT Quality Assurance Program: From South Mountain Freeway to a Programmatic Approach
  • P3 Case Studies — What would you do differently? — An Owner’s Tale
  • Goethals Bridge Replacement Project – Procurement through Commissioning
  • Arizona DOT’s journey on their first $1.77 billion P3 Design- Build-Maintain Transportation project

The Achieving Exceptional Outcomes track includes the following sessions:

  • Crosstown Parkway Extension — How Design-Build made a 30-year project a reality
  • Procurement and Award of a Design-Build Project Pre NEPA Process
  • Joint-Venture Partnerships Deliver Nine Miles of Roadway in 20 Months
  • Owners/Reps: Selecting and Using Owner Consultants

More information about each of the sessions and speakers, as well as the conference schedule, exhibition, venue, and registration for the 2019 Design-Build for Transportation & Aviation Conference is available at www.dbtranspo.com.


Information provided by the Design-Build Institute of America (https://dbia.org).   

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