Winter Maintenance Management

Public Employees Leadership Institute
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Modules

1. Policy and Planning
2. Winter Storms/Weather
3. Use of Chemicals and Abrasives
4. Snow/Ice Fighting Techniques: City
5. Snow/Ice Fighting Techniques: County
6. Snow/Ice Fighting Techniques: State DOT
7. New Technology in Winter Maintenance


This course identifies several components needed for effective planning for and management of snow and ice events by typical local and state agencies. Often deemed most critical to the process, the making (or obtaining) of both long and short term forecasts that are as accurate as possible is necessary for a planning platform on which to build. The factors involved in those predictions by the Iowa Department of Transportation, (DOT) staff will be explained to provide some of the tools that agencies might use to “fine tune” public broadcast information for their particular geographic areas. In addition, a review is included of DOT forecasts (that are currently provided to everyone by specific regions) may be found and how to use them.

Policy and planning decisions made by public agencies affect not only their needed resources to accomplish the goals they set, but also can strongly affect that agency’s finances, especially in times of extreme weather events or seasons. Likewise, an agency’s use of chemicals and abrasives can be looked at from several vantage points; these policies and procedures must be combined with snow and ice fighting techniques to produce a final result which is both environmentally and economically sound and is also socially acceptable. Typical plans of a city, county and the DOT will be reviewed to provide an overview of the many combinations that are available. Obviously, we are not in a static system, neither in terms of our weather patterns nor the equipment we use to battle Mother Nature and keep our roads and streets safe. An update of many new types of equipment will be presented and areas of ongoing research and trials will be reviewed on a national perspective.

Skills are developed by knowing:

  • That an agency’s adopted policies and procedure directly affect resource needs and fincances
  • The appropriate factors to be used in making and modifying accurate forecasts
  • How chemicals and abrasives work, both singly and in combination
  • Effective snow and ice fighting strategies for various conditions

Once completed, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish both important and costly components of a snow policy.
  • Identify major weather factors that can help predict (and modify) forecasts.
  • Recognize conditions when certain combinations of materials work best.
  • Use some of the techniques learned effectively and economically in his/her agency.
  • Recognize advances in equipment design and usage and the direction of improvements

Key concepts:

  • While not totally predictable, weather trends and conditions may be forecast with some certainty
  • Current and future weather conditions often dictate what methods and materials should be used for treatments.
  • A broad spectrum of equipment/materials is available to match local needs/budget restrictions
Instructors

Position
Public Works Director, City of West Des Moines, Iowa


Experience
Bret has been with the City of West Des Moines Public Works Department since 1989. He started his career as an equipment operator for before moving into various managerial roles. He was promoted into the Superintendent of Public Works position in 1994 and into his current position as the Director of Public Works in 2008. Bret has served as the APWA Iowa Chapter President and Delegate. In 2006 Bret was presented with the APWA Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education. He was selected by the APWA in 2007 as one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders in North America. For several years Bret chaired the National APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee. He currently serves as a Past Chair with this group and is still actively involved. Bret currently is a member of the APWA Institute Review Committee and recently served as a member and Chair of the APWA Leadership and Management Committee.


Professional affiliations
He has served as President of the American Public Works Association Iowa Chapter and chaired the APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee. Was presented the APWA Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education in 2006. Selected by the APWA as one of their Top Ten Public Works Leaders in 2007.


Institute course(s)
Effective Communication Skills
Finance
Resource Management Skills
Winter Maintenance Management
Sustainability in Public Works

Position
Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) Coordinator, Iowa Department of Transportation


Education
MS from Iowa State University


Experience
Manages the installation and maintenance of the Iowa DOT’s 68 RWIS weather stations, designs and conducts road weather training for the DOT’s winter maintenance personnel, and oversees the weather forecast and information services provided to the Department by private contractors.


Institute course(s)
Winter Maintenance Management

Position
Lead Consultant, Vaisala, Inc.


Experience
Mark serves as a Lead Consultant and winter maintenance expert for Vaisala Inc. In his new role he serves as a resource that is helping clients/agencies/etc. to improve their operations and works with them to solve problems, offers training opportunities and serves as customer support. Previously, Mark was with McHenry County Division of Transportation (retired,) for 30 years. Chairman of the National APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee. Member of the Winter Maintenance Technical Service Program. A member of the of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Winter Maintenance Committee and the TRB Surface Transportation Weather Committee. Member of the APWA Chicago Metro Chapter. Former Trainer for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Mark has presented at Snow and Ice seminars all across North American and abroad, many environmental seminars and various Municipalities across North America. Mark has also traveled several times to Europe, South America, Scandinavia and China.. Mark has been published in every major industry Magazine. Mark is the recipient of many awards including, the 2014 APWA Distinguished Service Award, the 2012 APWA Presidential Leadership Award, the 2010 APWA Top Ten Public Works Leader of the year, the 2007 APWA Donald C. Stone Award and the 2006 award of achievement from the APWA Chicago Metro Chapter. Mark and crew were the recipients of the 2006 APWA Technical innovation award and the National Association of Counties Achievement award for the County’s Liquid De-icier Blending System.


Professional affiliations
Chair of the National APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee and a member of the Winter Maintenance Technical Service Program. He is also a member of the APWA Chicago Metro Chapter and a trainer for the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Institute course(s)
Winter Maintenance Management

Position
Operator; City of West Des Moines, Iowa


Education
Operator for 11 years. Organizer and trainer for SPOT (Snow Plow Operator Training). Snow and Ice Removal Speaker at Allentown, PA, Estes Park, CO, St. Cloud, MN, and the APWA North American Snow Conference.


Experience
Snow Plow Roadeo Steering Committee


Institute course(s)
Team Development
Winter Maintenance Management

Position
Johnson County Engineer, Johnson County, Iowa


Education
BS in Civil Engineering; Colorado State University
MS in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University


Experience
Greg Parker has served as the Johnson County Engineer for 12 years. He has over 25 years of experience from previous employment with Cities, other counties, and as a private consultant. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a MS in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. He is a member of the Iowa County Engineers Association (ICEA), the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), the American Public Works Association (APWA), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is the current Chair of the APWA Road Safety Sub-committee, Member of AASHTO/Winter Maintenance Technical Service Program, NACE Safety Committee, NACO Transportation Committee and past president of the Iowa Chapter – APWA.


Professional affiliations
Iowa County Engineers Association (ICEA)
National Association of County Engineers (NACE)
American Public Works Association (APWA), Iowa (past president)
National Society of Profession Engineers (NSPE
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


Institute course(s)
Resource Management Skills
Emergency Management
Winter Maintenance Management

Position
Retired District 2 Maintenance Manager, Iowa Department of Transportation


Experience
Mark has been with the Iowa DOT for about 32 years. He got his start in 1979 as a mechanic at the Hanlontown Interstate Maintenance garage and was promoted to a supervisory position in 1988 on the district pavement marking crew and became a supervisor in the Mason City Maintenance garage in 1993. He was promoted to an Area Manager in 1995 and in that capacity supervised maintenance operations in about 10 counties. In 2002, Mark was promoted to his current position of , where he manages all maintenance operations in 19 county, Northeast area of Iowa.


Institute course(s)
Winter Maintenance Management

Testimonials

“The Winter Maintenance Management course contained a lot of new and useful information which I can begin to apply immediately.” —Chris Decoskey, Crew Leader, Town of Kernersville, NC


 

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