January Technical Institute Seminars

First Technical Institute Seminar at 11:00 am

W. 7th Street Bridge

The Dallas Construction Institute (CI) Chapter will hold a seminar before the January 13, 2014 meeting/luncheon. The seminar is over the West 7th Street Bridge which is is a collaborative effort between the City of Fort Worth, TxDOT and Sundt Construction. This popular east/west thoroughfare connects downtown to the Cultural District. The project replaced the aging West 7th Street Bridge with a new signature structure, the world's first pre?cast network arch bridge. The bridge, which combines stunning aesthetics with tremendous value, is estimated to cost $25.9 million and was designed by TxDOT. The bridge opened to motorists on October 9, 2013. Construction is ongoing for the pedestrian crossing and landscaping.  Off-site Construction began in January 2012, and the grand opening was in October 2012. The presentation will focus on construction challenges of building this structure over a major thoroughfare and the Trinity River with minimum impact to traffic and the river.

The presentation will be made by Ricardo Gonzalez, P.E., Area Engineer for Ft. Worth District at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).He is responsible for all construction activities in the Euless Area office. The completion of the West 7th Street Bridge is the most recent construction accomplishment under his oversight. Ricardo is a 1997 graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

For additional information on the Construction Institute or this seminar, contact Art Hunter, P.E., CI Chapter President at: (214) 340-7344 or [email protected].

Second Technical Institute Seminar at 1:10 pm

The Dallas Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) Chapter will hold a seminar following the January 13, 2014 meeting/luncheon.  The seminar is titled “DART Light Rail Connection to DFW Airport.” The opening of the Beltline Station in December 2012 represents a major milestone for regional mobility in the DFW area.  DART and DFW are collaborating on the current I-3 Light Rail section which traverses over 5 miles on Airport property and will connect to Terminal A at a new state-of-the-art facility by December 2014.

The presentation will be made by Greg Royster, P.E, Senior Airport Planner, DFW Airport Planning Department.  Greg joined Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 2006 and is currently a Senior Airport Planner.  Greg has over 22 years of experience including 12 years with the North Central Texas Council of Governments where he led regional corridor studies, mobility plans, and freight transportation initiatives.  He has bachelors and masters degrees in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and Texas A & M, and a masters degree in transportation Planning from Iowa State University.  He is a former President of the Fort Worth section of TexITE.

For additional information on the Transportation & Development Institute or this seminar, contact Roger Behgam, P.E., T&DI Chapter President at: (214) 215.8321 or [email protected].