OMAHA, Neb. — Intermodal freight terminals play a crucial role in keeping goods moving through the global supply chain. And ensuring that these important facilities work as smoothly as possible is critical as the industry faces continued capacity challenges and labor shortages.

In the latest interview from HDR’s Experts Talk series, intermodal facility designer Chad Hewitt discusses how to improve efficiency at intermodal yards, addresses sustainability trends and offers strategies for improving flexibility of operations. Republication of the article, original content on the topic by Hewitt or separate interviews with Hewitt are available on request.

Hewitt, a senior rail project manager at HDR, has managed the design and construction of intermodal facilities and gate systems across North America, serving nearly all major railroads and several ports over the past two decades. Hewitt’s background is in both engineering design and construction management, helping him find practical and pragmatic solutions to real world engineering problems.

“Railroads and ports don’t have a lot of available space to expand anymore, particularly at their urban and coastal locations. Instead, they’re going to have to eke out every percentage growth opportunity they can within an existing footprint,” Hewitt said. “That requires a new mindset and a new operating approach.”

Read the whole interview on optimizing intermodal freight terminals.

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series shines a light on various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

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