Every Innovation Starts With A Conversation

Each episode of the InfraTalk Podcast offers an insightful conversation with transportation and infrastructure  industry experts. Listen as they discuss the latest innovation trends changing the infrastructure landscape like digital project delivery, safety  policies, and the future of sustainable practices. Every innovation starts with a conversation and the podcast is a great way to learn and join in the discussions with your peers and policy makers. So, listen in, get talking, and keep the conversation going.

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Each episode of the InfraTalk Podcast offers an insightful conversation with transportation and infrastructure  industry experts. Listen as they discuss the latest innovation trends changing the infrastructure landscape like digital project delivery, safety  policies, and the future of sustainable practices. Every innovation starts with a conversation and the podcast is a great way to learn and join in the discussions with your peers and policy makers. So, listen in, get talking, and keep the conversation going.

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Season 03
Season 02
Season 01
Season 2 Episode 6 – Bonus Episode

Megan Tanel: Celebrating Construction

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

In this bonus episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Greg Nadeau interviews Megan Tanel, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), a North American leader in construction and agriculture equipment manufacturing. The two discuss the state of the industry at AEM’s Celebration of Construction on the National Mall. In addition, they explore AEM’s global reach and its mission to promote a new vision for the industry.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • AEM and the construction industry’s technological transformation,
  • The changing perceptions of construction work,
  • And the importance of diversity in the workforce.
Season 2 Episode 6 – Bonus Episode

Megan Tanel: Celebrating Construction

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

In this bonus episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Greg Nadeau interviews Megan Tanel, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), a North American leader in construction and agriculture equipment manufacturing. The two discuss the state of the industry at AEM’s Celebration of Construction on the National Mall. In addition, they explore AEM’s global reach and its mission to promote a new vision for the industry.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • AEM and the construction industry’s technological transformation,
  • The changing perceptions of construction work,
  • And the importance of diversity in the workforce.

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Season 3 Episode 2

Administrator Shailen Bhatt: Delivering BIL’s Promise

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

Employing innovation is imperative to delivering 21st century projects and increasing safety on our nation’s roadways. In this episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Gregory G. Nadeau has the distinct honor of interviewing Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt as part of our “Moving Innovation in Public Infrastructure” series. As the head of the Federal Highway Administration, Administrator Bhatt is tasked with overseeing the agency’s implementation of the $350 billion it received as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.Listen in as they discuss:
 
  • The role digital construction technology plays in delivering projects faster and more cost-effectively;
  • The need for long-term investment in our nation’s infrastructure;
  • How innovation can help improve work zone safety and help us achieve zero deaths in our work zones;
  • And the importance of giving transportation agencies the tools they need to help institutionalize innovative technologies and policies.

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Season 3 Episode 1

Representative Rick Larsen: Investing in Innovation

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

Initiating change within state and local transportation agencies isn’t always easy. By the time new ideas and innovations go through the funding, testing, and implementation process, it can take years before they are fully adopted. We are launching season 3 of the InfraTalk Podcast with a new series titled “Moving Innovation in Public Infrastructure.” As part of this program, we will be interviewing government and private sector leaders who are working to help the industry advance innovation at a more rapid pace.
 
In this episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Greg Nadeau interviews Ranking Member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rick Larsen. As ranking member, Representative Larsen is dedicated to ensuring our nation’s infrastructure is well funded. Proper investment in the industry can allow for the continued creation of well-paying jobs, implementation of innovation, and ensure our transportation network is safer and more sustainable.Listen in as they discuss:
 
  • The electrification of Washington State’s ferry system,
  • The need for continued investment in our nation’s infrastructure,
  • How the federal government can assist state and local transportation agencies with mainstreaming innovation,
  • And the industry’s transition to digital project delivery.

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Season 2 Episode 6 – Bonus Episode

Megan Tanel: Celebrating Construction

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

In this bonus episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Greg Nadeau interviews Megan Tanel, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), a North American leader in construction and agriculture equipment manufacturing. The two discuss the state of the industry at AEM’s Celebration of Construction on the National Mall. In addition, they explore AEM’s global reach and its mission to promote a new vision for the industry.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • AEM and the construction industry’s technological transformation,
  • The changing perceptions of construction work,
  • And the importance of diversity in the workforce.

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Season 2 Episode 5

Cyndee Hoagland: Trimble’s Digital Impact

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

In this episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Greg Nadeau interviews Cyndee Hoagland, senior vice president of Trimble, a global leading provider of advanced digital construction and asset lifecycle management technologies. Poised at the intersection of the physical world and digital world, Trimble’s technologies are used to manage millions of assets across markets. This data heavily impacts the way we work, build and construct.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • The way state DOTs can use technology to recruit and retain the next generation of talent,
  • The unique challenges that hinder the rapid adoption and integration of industry technologies in the U.S.,
  • And Trimble’s role in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Advanced Digital Construction Management Systems (ADCMS) grant program.

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Season 2 Episode 4

Dara Wheeler: Harnessing Leadership Support

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

Leadership support is often the special component needed to accelerate the adoption of innovative solutions. In this episode, ITA Publisher Gregory Nadeau sits down with Dara Wheeler, chief of Research and Innovation at Caltrans. As the agency’s point person for innovation, Dara leads several state and national committees that are dedicated to advancing the adoption of new technologies. She also oversees the programs Caltrans has in place to expedite digital project delivery and fund research. Because of her leadership, the agency has been at the forefront of mainstreaming transformational technologies.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • How Caltrans is leading the way in the application of innovative technology,
  • The importance of collaboration within the private sector,
  • And the way policymakers and local agencies can work together to support and celebrate successes.

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Season 2 Episode 3

Janet Treadway: Revolutionizing Construction Operations

Hosted by Dr Ann Schneider

In this episode Janet Treadway, AASHTOWare Project Business Administrator at the Ohio Department of Transportation, explores the transformative power of e-Ticketing in construction operations, specifically highlighting its impact on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). Beyond just managing materials, the benefits of e-ticketing extend to streamlining processes and enhancing overall efficiency.

This episode is guest hosted by Dr. Ann Schneider, former secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation and a member of our Board of Advisors.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • Janet’s role on the National e-Ticketing Task Force and the industry perspective she provides,
  • The significance of adopting new technologies to engage and retain younger generations,
  • And the challenges of attracting women to a male-dominated industry as well as the importance of diverse perspectives.

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Season 2 Episode 2

Kat Weisner: Every Day Counts

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

The COVID-19 pandemic helped push for nationwide implementation of e-Ticketing, a Federal Highway Administration Every Day Counts (EDC) round six initiative. In this episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Gregory Nadeau interviews Kat Weisner, senior construction and contract administration engineer for the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • The Resource Center’s role in encouraging state and local agencies to consider new technologies and solutions,
  • The Every Day Counts (EDC) program’s success in promoting innovation and digital solutions,
  • And how e-Ticketing has revolutionized the project delivery process as well as the industry.

For more information on e-Ticketing, check out the National e-Ticketing Task Force’s website here: e-ticketingtaskforce.org

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Season 2 Episode 1

Sara Stickler: Empowering Women

Hosted by Karyn Le Blanc

This special Women’s History Month episode features President & CEO of WTS International Sarah Stickler. As a former educator, Sarah came from a career where women dominated the field. However, upon transitioning to associations and the transportation industry, she was confronted by a severe lack of women in decision-making roles. This episode is hosted by InfraTalk America Communications Advisor, Karyn Le Blanc.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • Sarah’s unique transportation story,
  • Emerging trends and challenges for women in transportation,
  • The importance of mainstreaming innovations for future generations,
  • And WTS’ mission to create a more diverse, equitable industry.

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Crossover Episode

Chasing Innovation Crossover Episode

Hosted by Nate Binder, Infotech & Matt Sprague, Trimble

This crossover episode was produced and hosted by Infotech and Trimble, and is presented as a follow-up to InfraTalk America’s Chasing Innovation roundtable webinar, which can be found at https://infratalkamerica.com/social-sustainability-and-the-path-toward-a-stable-technologically-literate-workforce/. In the latest episode of Let’s Be Civil, a panel of experts from Trimble, HDR, and Infotech discuss how adopting a holistic, people-first mindset can maximize connection, collaboration, and innovation in our industry. Social sustainability. Workforce development. Technology adoption. These areas may feel distinct, but they all center around the same essential thing: people.

Guests:

  • Tara Blythe, Infotech
  • Ev Tripolitis, Trimble
  • Jennifer Steen, HDR

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Season 1 Episode 3

Audrey Copeland: e-Ticketing Revolution

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

e-Ticketing is revolutionizing the construction materials supply chain delivery system in the transportation infrastructure industry. In this episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Gregory Nadeau sits down with Audrey Copeland, president and CEO of the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the use of e-Ticketing in the asphalt industry,
  • Ways companies within the industry can leverage the technology to address the chronic workforce shortage,
  • The asphalt pavement industry’s The Road Forward program, a commitment to go net zero by 2050,
  • And how warm mix asphalt can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Season 1 Episode 2

Shanté Hastings: Leading the Way

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is a national leader in the implementation of digital project delivery innovations and advancing the state of practice. In this episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Gregory Nadeau sits down with Shanté Hastings, deputy secretary and chief engineer at DelDOT.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • DelDOT’s leadership in implementing e-Ticketing,
  • How mainstreaming new technology requires buy-in,
  • And the role AASHTO’s Innovation Initiative has in advancing the use of new technologies throughout the industry.

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Season 1 Episode 1

Victoria Sheehan: Mainstreaming Technology

Hosted by Greg Nadeau

In this episode of the InfraTalk Podcast, ITA Publisher Gregory Nadeau sits down with New Hampshire DOT Commissioner and incoming Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board Victoria Sheehan at the 2022 Transportation Infrastructure Durability Conference.

Listen in as they discuss:

  • The barriers state DOTs face in mainstreaming new innovations,
  • Pragmatic solutions to overcoming these barriers,
  • And how the implementation of new technology can help retain and attract talent.

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