Last week to join a select group of transportation design and construction professionals from across the nation at Microsoft Headquarters near Seattle to explore the intersection of big data and transportation infrastructure, and learn how emerging technologies will impact the future of their industry. Participants of the November 17-19 ARTBA “Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ Workshop” will discover new markets, tap new resources and learn to think “outside the box.” You don’t want to miss this one-of-kind event.
Ross Smith, director of test at Microsoft, is one of the nation’s top innovation thought leaders. Having spent over 20 years developing and testing software for Microsoft, he knows how to cultivate an environment that can lead to increased collaboration, productivity and profit. Smith is one of the authors of “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention.” Over the last couple years, he has nurtured a management innovation initiative called “42projects,” aspiring to inject cultural change and “bring buzz to the hallways.” Smith, who holds five software patents, has been featured in “The “Wall Street Journal,” “The Economist,”
CNBC and MSNBC.
Gregory G. Nadeau, acting administrator at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will also be on hand. Nadeau spearheads development of the agency’s “Every Day Counts” (EDC) initiative aimed at shortening project delivery time by accelerating rapid deployment of innovative technology and has overseen FHWA’s work with state DOTs to make widespread use of innovation and transportation improvements around the country. He played a critical role in developing regional summits and promoting the development of State Transportation Innovation Councils that bring together representatives throughout the highway transportation community to match new technologies with current and future transportation projects and make them standard practice.
Kristin Flandreau is the Internet of Things (loT) commercial lead at Microsoft. She leads the loT Commercial business strategy, field marketing and partner-engagement efforts for the United States. She will focus on the potential impact that the digital world will have on transportation infrastructure and recent projects, such as the London Underground transit system.
For room reservations, call the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Wash. at (425) 698-4258, and tell them you are with ARTBA.