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Talking Freight Seminars

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Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. Please note that Non-USDOT employees must have an FHWA external collaboration account to register. If you do not have an account please visit https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/FBA/Register.aspx to request one. Once you have an account you can register through the registration links below. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard via e-mail at Chip.Millard@dot.gov.

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Best Practices in Permitting Oversize and Overweight Vehicles Some industries rely extensively on utilizing oversize or overweight trucks to handle their shipments, due to the nature of the goods being shipped. Due to the greater challenges with navigating these trucks and the potential infrastructure impacts they can create if they aren't properly checked, ensuring permitting procedures are optimized to minimize the possibility of accidents or other incidents is critical. A new guidebook recently released by FHWA titled "Best Practices in Permitting Oversize and Overweight Vehicles" discussed some of the various best permitting practices that have been implemented by states around the country, and gives all states guidance that they can use when issuing permits for oversize or overweight trucks in their jurisdictions.

This webinar will feature discussion about best oversize and overweight vehicle permitting procedures from both the state Department of Transportation and the freight hauling industry's points of view.

Introduction to Oversize and Overweight Vehicle Permitting Issues
This presentation will briefly examine general oversize and overweight vehicle permitting issues, and discuss the Government Accountability Office’s response to the 2013 Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge collapse, which was the impetus behind the recently completed Best Practices in Permitting Oversize and Overweight Vehicles guidebook.

Speaker:

  • John Berg, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations

Overview of Best State Permitting Practices for Oversize and Overweight Vehicles
This presentation will discuss the Best Practices in Permitting Oversize and Overweight Vehicles guidebook, and will include an examination of various states’ permitting procedures and what steps other states can take to implement such procedures.

Speaker:

  • Ron Schaefer, Leidos, Program Manager

Freight Industry Perspective on Oversize and Overweight Vehicle Permitting Practices
This presentation will talk about the freight hauling industry’s perspective on oversize and overweight vehicle permitting practices, with a focus on industries that need to utilize such permits relatively often.

Speaker:

  • Steven Todd, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association

State DOT Perspective on Oversize and Overweight Vehicle Permitting Practices
This presentation will describe some of the oversize and overweight vehicle permitting procedures currently utilized in Illinois.

Speaker:

  • Geno Koehler, Illinois DOT

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/index.cfm.

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard
202-366-4415
Chip.Millard@dot.gov

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