How will “big data” impact transportation systems in cities and localities? When will highways be fully equipped with internet capability? What will America’s transportation network look like by 2030? Participants will address these questions and put forward answers to them during the 4th Annual Dr. J. Don Brock “TransOvation™ Workshop,” held November 17-19 at Microsoft’s headquarters near Seattle, Wash.
TransOvation™ 2014 will challenge transportation design, construction and management executives to use innovative thinking to develop proposed strategic business plans that anticipate technological, social, political, economic and demographic changes that must be addressed to meet U.S. mobility needs over the next 15 years. Attendees will leave with tangible information and concepts that they can bring back to the work place to help their companies adapt to potential new markets.
In addition to presentations by “big thinkers” like HNTB’s Ted Zoli, HC Bridge Company’s John Hillman and 3M’s Raymond Chiu, executives from Microsoft—one of the world’s most notable innovators—will share how the company is planning to make its impacts on transportation development. Building on last year’s theme that focused on the intersection of autonomous vehicles and infrastructure, participants will also be part of facilitated teams that will visualize how emerging technologies could drastically change the nation’s infrastructure.
A special reception will take place November 17 to present the 2014 TransOvation™ Awards, which honor innovative transportation infrastructure-related products, services, technologies that improve safety, save taxpayer time and money, or make our nation’s infrastructure more environmentally sustainable. The award submission deadline is August 29. Self-nominations are encouraged.