Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


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Technology Track (Afternoon)

Autonomous/Connected Vehicles
Tom Bice and Keith Johnson, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Autonomous vehicles, those that travel without constant driver input, and connected vehicles, those that receive travel inputs from infrastructure and other vehicles, will change the future of transportation. Their implementation is inevitable – likely in the 2020’s. Pittsburgh is central to the development these vehicles and the supporting technology through the presence and practice of CMU, Google, and Uber. Many facets of transportation will be changed, including:

  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Design – capacity, geometry, system integration
  • Safety
  • Legal/Insurance
  • Ethics

Many technologies are on newer vehicles that give us a glimpse of what the future will hold. The objective of this session will be to provide an overview of the technology and engage participants in the ongoing implementation process. Pittsburgh is the hub of AV/CV development and a wonderful environment for testing. With the variety of topography, traffic congestion and weather conditions, it is a perfect test area. CMU knows this. Google knows this. Uber knows this. That is why they are here. At the end of this session, we want the participants to be asking themselves and the developers of this technology, “What should I be thinking and asking about so that our profession helps to gets this right?”


Drones and Society. Where do they fit in?
Seth Zora, AerdiA, LLC, Imperial, PA

Drones are slated as the next big turning point for many industries and uses. As the smartphone was a revolutionary piece of history, they are projecting drones to be the next jump. Search and Rescue, Mapping, Inspections, Marketing, Real Estate, and more. Within my talk, we will discuss the many uses for drones, what it takes to be commercially certified, and what the future holds. The FAA has only recently published the regulation governing the use of drones for both hobbyists and commercial applications and they have quickly realized changes are needed. Join me to learn about this exciting new technological swiss army knife for many uses.


Technology and Standards for Condition Assessment
Matt Horton, Redzone Robotics, Pittsburgh, PA

The November 2014 NASSCO performance Specifications and Guidelines for cleaning and CCTV inspection introduced a strategy of comprehensive fact based decision making for collections system operators and managers. Many system operators spend a significant amount of resources responding to problems that emerge because they do not understand the current condition of their system. This “fix as you go” approach only addresses short term problems and does not allow for the efficient long-term conditions based management or the effective use of limited resources. The 2014 guidelines recommend that system operators learn the current condition of their system and use the data collected to prioritize cleaning, repairs and replacements. This presentation will identify the environmental, economic, and social impact realized by technology and strategy early adopters by evaluating the outcomes of cctv inspections performed prior to any planned sewer jetting or root work, evaluating the statistical need for such work and preparing ROI analysis for benchmarking scenarios.