By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

“Building Smart & Resilient Transportation Infrastructure” is the theme of ARTBA’s 2018 national convention, which for the first time is being held in conjunction with the annual Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation Workshop™.

The meetings take place Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at The Westin Times Square in the heart of the Big Apple.

The ability of critical transportation infrastructure to withstand, respond, and recover from national emergencies and natural disasters has major implications for the American public, planners, designers and builders, and policymakers at all levels of government. That’s been demonstrated by events such as 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, Superstorm Sandy and Snowmaggedon.

Speakers at the convention and TransOvation Workshop™, including Stanford University’s technology and innovation expert Mike Steep, will highlight other recent infrastructure disruptions, discuss the role of new technologies and “smart” construction techniques in building more resilient transportation system, and explore potential impacts on future market development.  Similar presentations will be made by the thought leaders from WSP USA, Microsoft, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and academia.

A stellar lineup of CEOs from WSP USA, Lane Industries, AECOM’s Americas, and Skanska USA Civil will share their perspectives during a “State of the U.S. Transportation Construction Industry” panel discussion.

Registration, sponsorship opportunities and program schedule are available: http://artbanationalconvention.org/.