Recorded Wednesday, Mar. 16
March 16, 2016: Self-Driving Vehicles and the Road Construction Industry
Sponsored by ARTBA’s Research and Education Division
Recent developments in vehicle automation foreshadow significant shifts in the roadway construction industry. As cars, trucks and construction equipment gain the ability to drive themselves, worker safety, construction operations, economic efficiency, and the very projects that we build are all set to change. This presentation focuses on how automation and connectivity may be integrated into construction vehicles, what new possibilities could be enabled for construction firms, and how changes in traffic patterns and operation will influence new construction projects.
Steven J. Peterson is a professor of construction management at Weber State University, where he joined the faculty in 2000. Steven received an MBA and a BS in engineering from the University of Utah and is currently working on a Ph.D. in civil engineering. His area of research is how automated and connected vehicle technologies may change the construction industry. He is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the Design-Build Institute of America.
Steve’s area of expertise is the business side of running a construction company and managing construction projects. He is the author of Pearson’s Pocket Guide to Construction Management and two textbooks, Construction Accounting and Financial Management and Construction Estimating using Excel. He is the coauthor of a third textbook, Estimating in Building Construction.
In 2011, Steven was named Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 6 Outstanding Educator. This was one of three awards given from regions around the country. The award recognizes someone who contributes to construction education, excels in teaching, and is dedicated to the construction profession.
Before coming to Weber State, Steven spent 15 years working in the construction industry. He has worked on the design and construction of hazardous/radioactive waste landfills, numerous multi-family projects, and other commercial construction.
Daniel J. Fagnant joined the University of Utah as an assistant professor in civil engineering in Fall 2014. He holds civil engineering Ph.D. and MSE degrees from the University of Texas and a computer engineering BS degree from Gonzaga University. Dr. Fagnant is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Vehicle-Highway Automation Committee and the TRB Automated Transit Committee. His research on self-driving vehicles has been presented to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and has been incorporated into the US DOT’s long-range vision, Beyond Traffic. Other research interests include project planning and evaluation, shared mobility, transportation safety, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Prior to obtaining his advanced degrees, Dr. Fagnant worked for five years in the Alaska DOT’s traffic and safety section, where he was awarded a commendation for outstanding service to the Department.