Agenda

The Program Committee is working hard on finalizing the event details. The presentations below are confirmed, and the days and times will be assigned soon. Please check back in a few weeks for an updated schedule of events.
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A Simple but Powerful Performance-Based Railroad Foundation Design Method
Andrew Lees, Tensar International Corporation

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An Automated System for Ballast Evaluation: Ballast Scanning Vehicle and Deep Learning Framework
Erol Tutumluer, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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An Integrated Approach to Trackbed Drainage Assessment Utilizing Ground Penetrating Radar and Mobile Terrestrial Laser Scanning
Stephen Atherton, Rhomberg Sersa North America & Asger Eriksen, PhD, Zetica Rail

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Applying Vertical Rail Deflection Measurement Technology to Prioritize the Maintenance of Soft/Mud Spots in Track
Christopher M. Hartsough, Protran Technology

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Case Studies of Track Substructure Upgrade in the Northeast US
Michael Yates, HNTB Corporation

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Challenges to the Railroad Geotechnical State of Practice in 2023
Caleb Douglas, PE, PhD, Anderson Professional Services, LLC

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Concrete Ties and Ballast Maintenance a Symbiotic Relationship
Adam Bankston & Tiera Adams, BNSF Railway

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Finite Element Modeling of Track Mechanical Behavior with Poorly Supported Tie
Shushu Liu, Changes Inc.- Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

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GPR, LiDAR, and LineScan, oh-my... Recent Developments in Data Driven Ballast Maintenance at Amtrak
Evan Whatley, EIT, Amtrak

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Improving Ballast's Ability to Provide Durable Track Geometry Under High Speeds and Heavy Loads
Steven M. Chrismer, PhD, PE, HNTB / Amtrak (retired)

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Integrated Analysis of Different Inspection Technologies to Improve Track Quality: A Practical Application in Heavy Haul Railroad
Antonio Merheb, MRS Logistics (University of San Paulo Brazil)

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Investigating the Effect of Shoulder Cleaning on Fine Particle Migration through Laboratory Flume Test
Yu Qian, University of South Carolina

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Latest Ballast Maintenance Research from MxV Rail
Stephen Wilk, PhD, MxV Rail

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Load Sharing for Improved Track Life-Cycle
Jose R. Mediavilla, Progress Rail

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On the Value of Clean Railroad Ballast
Hamed Kashani, Loram Technologies, Inc.

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Overview and Class I Experience of UTPs for Track Performance Improvement
Jaeik Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Quantification of Lateral Track Strength Using 3D Laser Scanning Techonology and Deep Learning
Marcus S. Dersch, PE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

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Recovery after Natural Catastrophic Events such as the Atmospheric River Storm in Western Canada in 2021 - An Example of how Climate Change is Changing our Operation and Emergency Response Plans
Paula Pienton & Trevor Evans, CN Railway

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Reducing Maintenance and Achieving Higher Track Availability by Using Resilient Under Tie Pads
Edouard Valancogne, Getzner USA

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Roadbed and Subgrade Inspection and Monitoring using Geophysical Methods
Oleg Valishin, Sercel / Geocomp 

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Technology for Comprehensive Track Structural Inspection to Improve Detection of High-Risk Conditions
Theodore R. Sussmann, Jr., Volpe Center

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The Canadian Railway Ground Hazard Research Program - A Unique Practical Research Partnership between Railways, Universities and Government
Jean Hutchinson, Queens University

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The Ties between Roadway and Railway Geotechnical Asset Management (GAM): The Tracks are Parallel
Scott Anderson, BGC Engineering

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The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Detecting and Mitigating Ballast Associated Defects
Darel Mesher, PhD, Peng, Tetra Tech TAS Inc.

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Unsaturated Characteristics of Fouled Ballast
Stacey Kulesza, Texas State University

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Using Traditional Condition Monitoring and Remote Sensing Data for Ground Hazard Assessment for Rail Tracks
Abdul-Rashid Zakaria, Michigan Technological University

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What Happens during the Tamping Process? - When "Smart Tamper" Meets "Smart-Rocks"
Hai Huang, The Pennsylvania State University

Field Trips

New this year, please join us on Monday, February 6, for one of the tours below before The Symposium begins. Space is limited, be sure to register early. Tours are from 1:00 – 5:00 PM and transportation will be provided. There is a $50 registration fee that covers the cost to attend either field trip.
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BNSF Test Lab Tour
The BSNF Technical Research and Development laboratory in Topeka, Kansas, is the center for BNSF’s research as it relates to ballast, ties, rail, and accident investigation. The tour will include visiting the site and becoming familiar with the full suite of capabilities at their lab. Demonstrations and/or discussions of selected portions of the work that are currently underway will be presented. Steel toed boots, hardhat, and safety glasses are required on the tour. Tour is limited to 50 people.

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Kansas City Streetcar Project & Univ. of Missouri KC Laboratory Tours
The Kansas City Streetcar (KCSC) South Extension Project Tour extends the current 2.1 mile “Starter Line” an additional 3.5 miles south from Union Station to the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). Areas of interest to AREMA members includes streetcar planning, utility management, track slab construction, power systems, and operations. This tour will begin in the KC Streetcar Constructor’s office followed by a tour of the route. After the tour of the KC Streetcar, the group will also tour the new Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center at UMKC. The labs within the Plaster Center contain a 3D printing lab and fabrication studio to build prototypes, high-performance computing and analytics equipment and software, an FAA-approved flight simulator, a two-story drone flight-testing bay and $3 million of augmented and virtual reality equipment. Tour is limited to 30 people.

 

Wednesday, August 31

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Passenger & Transit Technical Presentation: Metrolinx’s Ontario Line Mega-Transit Project: Joint Corridor Construction Staging Design, Gregory Placentine, P.Eng., HDR and Richard Tucker, Metrolinx

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Maintenance-of-Way Technical Presentation: A Class I’s Lifecycle from Data Collection to Maintenance Execution, Rafael Maldonado, and Ivan Aragona, ENSCO, Inc.

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Engineering Services Technical Presentation: CSX-NCDOT Carolina Connector Intermodal Project - Partnering to Connect North Carolina to the Nation’s Supply Chain, Brandon Knapp, PE, CSX Transportation, and Jason T. Orthner, North Carolina Department of Transportation

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Track Technical Presentation: UPRR Moffat Subdivision Slope Stabilization Challenges within the Core Canyon near Kremmling, Colorado, Timothy D. Jensen, PE, and Travis M. Schafer, Olsson, and Rachel Beck, Union Pacific Railroad

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Communications, Signals & Information Technology Technical Presentation: Relative Risk Assessment of Cut Slopes Using Track Inspection Videos and Object Detection, Michael Palese, University of Delaware

11:30 AM – Noon

Structures Technical Presentation: Narlon Bridge Replacement: Unique Collaborative Effort is Formula for Success, Nathan P. Dickerson, PE, HDR, Adam D. Studts, PE, Union Pacific Railroad, and Lynne D. Althouse, Althouse and Meade, Inc.

Noon

Adjournment