Presentations

Tuesday 3 June

Safety Briefing and Introductory Remarks
J. Riley Edwards (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Track 1: Concrete Crossties and Fastening Systems Track

8:30 Panel Discussion - Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Successes, Challenges, and Research Needs (Session 1-1)
         1310 Newmark

10:00 Fastening System Design Priorities (Session 1-2)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: John Bosshart (BNSF Retired)

Summary of Union Pacific's Fastening System Design Priorities
Steven Ashmore (Union Pacific)

The Effect of Fastening System Design on the Occurrence of Rail
Seat Deterioration

David Herron (Pandrol Limited)

Lateral and Vertical Load Path - Summary of Field Results
Brent Williams and Matthew Greve (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Development of a New-Generation Dowel and Screw Combination
Brandon Van Dyk (Vossloh Fastening Systems, GmbH)

Basic Properties of Thermoplastic Polyurethane Materials Used in Rail Pads
Jeff Degross (BASF)


1:30 Concrete Crosstie Design Priorities (Session 1-3)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Scott Tripple (Pandrol USA)



3:30 Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Modeling (Session 1-4)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Bassem Andrawes (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Railroad Concrete Tie Failure Analysis
Hailing Yu (Volpe Center)

Finite Element Modeling of Concrete Crossties and Fastening Systems
George Chen (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

I-TRACK - Analytical Tool for the Analysis of Track Behavior
J. Riley Edwards (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)



Wednesday 4 June

Track 1: Concrete Crossties and Fastening Systems Track

1:30 Concrete Crosstie Innovation (Session 1-5)
         1310 Newmark
         (concurrent with Session 2-1)

Session Moderator: Robert Peterman (Kansas State University)



3:30 Concrete Crosstie Materials Technology and Quality Assessment (Session 1-6)
         2311 Newmark
         (concurrent with Session 2-2)

Session Moderator: Mike McHenry (Transportation Technology Center, Inc.)



Track 2: Timber Crosstie Track

1:30 Timber Crossties and Tie Treatment (Session 2-1)
         2311 Newmark
         (concurrent with Session 1-5)

Session Moderator: Jim Gauntt (Railway Tie Association - RTA)

Wood Tie Industry Economic and Research Overview
Jim Gauntt (Railway Tie Association (RTA))

Creosote Performance and Dermal Skin Effects
David A. Webb (Creosote Council)

Dual Tie Treatment Methodologies Compared
Adam Taylor (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)

Cost Effective Life Extension of Bridge Timbers with Copper Naphthenate and Borates
Jeffery Lloyd (Nisus Corporation)


3:30 Timber Crossties and Tie Treatment (Session 2-2)
         1310 Newmark
         (concurrent with Session 1-6)

Session Moderator: Jim Gauntt (Railway Tie Association - RTA)

The Newest AWPA Standardized Treatment for Crossties
Tim Carey (Arch Wood Protection, Inc. a Lonza company) ACZA

Copper Naphthenate A Review and Update
Jeffery Lloyd (Nisus Corporation)

Supplemental In-Situ Treatment of Wood Ties with Borate Rods
Jim Renfroe (Wood Care Systems)

Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Wood Ties Compared to Alternative Tie Materials
Stephen Smith (Stephen Smith Consulting)


7:00 Keynote Dinner and Presentation

Rich in Tradition
Joseph Smak
Senior Director of Track Maintenance and Compliance at Amtrak
Current President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of AREMA


Thursday 5 June

Track 3: Composite Crossties and Track Inspection

8:00 Composite Crossties (Session 3-1)
         2311 Newmark

Summary of Current State of Practice for Composite Crossties
Rich Lampo (U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center)


8:30 Inspection Technologies for Crossties and Fastening Systems (Session 3-2)
         2311 Newmark

Session Moderator: Cam Stuart (FRA)

Utilization of System-wide Automated Wood Tie Inspection Data
Greg Grissom and Todd Euston (GREX)

Condition Assessment of Concrete Ties With Nondestructive Impact Velocity and Echo Measurements
Paul Fisk (NDT Corporation)

Approaches to Assess Concrete Tie Damage Using Ultrasonic Scans
Suyun Ham and John Popovics (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Machine-vision-based Evaluation of Concrete Tie Degradation in High Speed Applications
Jeff Henderson (ENSCO)