Presentations

Tuesday 14 June

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

8:20 Opening Plenary Session (Session 1)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Conrad Ruppert, Jr. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Class I Prospective - Crosstie and Fastening System Design and Performance Experience and Future Trends
Antonio Buelna (Union Pacific Railroad)

From Tree-to-Track – A Current Look at the Wood Tie Industry
Jim Gauntt (Railway Tie Association (RTA))

Overview of FRA’s Crosstie and Fastening System Research Program
Cam Stuart (Federal Railroad Administration (FRA))

10:00 Analysis of Concrete Crosstie Service Conditions and Review of Ongoing Research (Session 2)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Cam Stuart (FRA)

Update on Tie and Fastener System Research and Testing at TTCI
Mike McHenry (Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI))

Evaluating Track Substructure Moduli using Seismic Surface Waves
Tim Stark (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Field Measurements and Analysis of Concrete Crosstie Bending Moments
Marcus Dersch (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Mechanistic Design of Concrete Crossties for Rail Transit Systems - Project Overview and Initial Field Bending Moment Results
Aaron Cook (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Investigation of Deteriorated Crossties and Support Conditions
Alejandro Alvarez (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

1:15 Design of Concrete Crossties (Session 3)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Dillon Benros (Pandrol USA)

3:45 Fastening System Analysis and End User Perspective (Session 4)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: John Bosshart (BNSF, Retired)




Wednesday 15 June

8:00 Fastening System Design (Session 5)
         1310 Newmark

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

10:15 Field Inspection Technologies for Crossties and Fastening Systems (Session 6)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Ted Sussmann (Volpe National Transportation Center)

1:15 Timber Crossties and Tie Treatment (Session 7)
         1310 Newmark

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




Thursday 16 June

8:00 Concrete Crosstie Materials Research and Laboratory Testing (Session 8)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: Dimitris Rizos (University of South Carolina)

10:00 Track Transitions, Crosstie Support, and Track Substructure (Session 9)
         1310 Newmark

Session Moderator: David A. Lange (University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign)