NEWSLETTER: January 2023

January 2023
Join Us at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting 2023

The 102nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is being held from January 8 to 12, 2023 in Washington, D.C. The conference is expected to attract thousands of transportation professionals from around the world. The meeting program covers all transportation modes, with sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. We are excited to be attending the 2023 TRB Annual Meeting and reconnecting, in person, with our transportation colleagues.

Three staff members, Riaz Ahmad, Jonathan Groeger, and Alex Vuotto, will represent iENGINEERING Corporation and our sister company, Transconomy LLC at the TRB Annual Conference.

Here are some of the sessions our team will be attending:

  • Workshop 1024 – Use of Available Data to Extend the Life of Highway Infrastructure
  • Workshop 1010 – Leveraging Machine Learning and GIS for Roadway Data Collection
  • Session 3064 – Emerging GIS-Based Methods, Applications, and Best Practices for System-Wide Transportation Asset Management and Performance
  • Session 2122 – Transportation Asset Management and Bridge Management Panel Discussion
  • Session 4049 – LTPP session
  • Meeting – Transportation Asset Management Committee
  • Workshop 5009 – Pavement Performance Analysis Workshop (PAWS)

If you would like to schedule a meeting with us during TRB please contact Riaz, Jonathan, or Alex. Follow the hashtag #TRBAM on Twitter to stay updated with relevant news and updates.

FHWA InfoMaterialsTM 2022 Annual Release

The FHWA InfoMaterials Web portal is a centralized gateway to infrastructure research and materials testing data. It provides an efficient interface with visualization capabilities enabling users to explore the data.

The FHWA InfoMaterials 2022 annual release primarily focuses on enhancements to the user interface (UI) and data updates. UI updates include the addition of Home and Library pages, as well as a revamped Datasets page. The Home page includes links to an introduction Video, Brochure, and Dataset Content Management Guide that provide information about how to use the InfoMaterials website and the type of data it contains. The Library page houses other important documentation, update notes, and FAQs. In addition, a wide-screen user interface has been implemented for all website pages.

The revamped Datasets page includes new functionality that allow users to view the available datasets by material/pavement and testing type, in addition to viewing datasets according to associated location information. This enhancement is valuable in presenting datasets in an intuitive manner to users with different backgrounds and expertise, and should help keep everything organized and easy to find as the number of datasets increase and InfoMaterials continues to grow.

The Datasets page also includes the addition of two new datasets and updates to three existing datasets. The Mobile Asphalt Technology Center (MATC) is a new dataset that contains the results of MATC materials testing projects between 2020 and the present. A second new dataset, Dielectric Profiling System (DPS), contains results for dielectric constant field and lab testing for AC pavement performed by the FHWA nondestructive evaluation program.

Existing datasets on InfoMaterials that were updated include the following:

  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data has been added to the Traffic Speed Deflection Device (TSDD) dataset.
  • New data records collected from a project in Florida has been appended to the existing Mobile Concrete Technology Center (MCTC) dataset.
  • Newly collected data for 2022 has been added to this existing dataset. This new 2022 CFM data is based on 10-meter sections as compared to the existing 2020 CFM data, which is based on 0.1-mile sections.
LTBP InfoBridgeTM Fall 2022 Release

iENGINEERING has successfully delivered the fall 2022 release for the LTBP InfoBridge web portal. In addition to annual data updates, new analytical tools enable engineers and researchers to analyze and monitor the performance of bridges efficiently across the US. As part of this release, a new tool has been added to view the historical condition of bridges across multiple years. The provision of additional bridge location data from the US Census Bureau will allow the filtering of bridges by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Political Districts, and Cities. Historical National Bridge Elements (NBE) health index graphs and more data types for experimental bridges (off-public road bridges) were added to include structural health monitoring, visual inspection, and material testing data. This release also includes enhancements to the export and filter functions as well as several improvements to improve the user experience.

InfoBridge is developed by the LTBP Program, which is an FHWA long-term research effort to help the bridge community better understand bridge performance. The overall objectives of the LTBP Program are to monitor representative samples of bridges nationwide to collect, document, maintain, manage, and disseminate high-quality quantitative performance data over an extended time horizon.

iENGINEERING Receives ISO Certification for Offshore CCC Operations

We are proud to be awarded the ISO – International Organization for Standardization 18295-1:2017 certification for our offshore Customer Contact Center (CCC) in Pakistan. This certification specifies the framework for our support center that provides technical support and services to our valued customers in fulfilling their requirements.

ISO 18295-1:2017 is applicable to both in-house (captive) and outsourced (third party operator) CCCs of all sizes, across all sectors and all interaction channels, including inbound and outbound. It specifies performance metrics (KPIs) as and where required.

iENGINEERING looks forward to continue maintaining the highest standard in providing quality services to its global clientele.

iENGINEERING Attends GITEX Global 2022 in Dubai

iENGINEERING was present at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition GITEX GLOBAL, 2022. Riaz Ahmad, President and CEO of iENGINEERING met officials from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Municipality. It was exciting to witness innovative technologies and the exhibition of global tech solutions with diverse industry applications.

GITEX is the world’s largest tech and startup event that serves as a meetup for stakeholders all across the widely encompassing and vibrant digital community and economy; from big tech & telco, to startups, governments, investors, coders & developers, academia and youth.

Wajahat Latif Joins the iENGINEERING Team

We are excited to announce that Wajahat Latif has joined the iENGINEERING team as a Technology Analyst. He will be responsible for coordinating with clients and software development teams to ensure the successful implementation of projects. He will play a key role as a project coordinator on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) projects including the Long Term Bridge Program (LTBP) InfoBridge and FHWA InfoMaterials. Additionally, he will coordinate projects for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and develop business intelligence solutions using data analytics to help data-driven decision-making.

Wajahat is excited for this new challenge and is looking forward to contributing to the success of the company. We are confident that Wajahat’s skills and experience will be an asset to the team, and we are glad to have him on board. Please join us in welcoming Wajahat to the team!

Transconomy Partners with Kimley-Horn for Transportation Asset Inventory

After successfully teaming up on two pilot projects to deliver transportation asset management and PASER assessment using drone imagery, Kimley-Horn has signed a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with Transconomy to continue utilizing the product suite for asset inventory and condition assessment projects. This agreement reinforces Kimley-Horn’s relationship with Transconomy and will allow both parties to seamlessly collaborate on future projects as task orders under this agreement.

Currently, Kimley-Horn and Transconomy are working together on a Pavement Condition Imagery (PCI) rating project for El Paso County, Colorado.

Asset management is a recurring need for all transportation agencies to optimize the performance and cost-effectiveness of infrastructure networks. Between the innovative technology solutions tailored to the specific needs of clients and the wealth of experience within the transportation industry, Transconomy and Kimley-Horn are well-positioned to continue to grow their relationship and collaborate on many more asset inventory and condition projects in the future so that our clients can make informed, data-driven decisions concerning the maintenance and rehabilitation of their assets.