Performance Based Analysis in Support of Practical Design Solutions

According to the Missouri DOT, who is a recognized pioneer on this topic in the US, “Practical Design” challenges traditional standards to develop efficient solutions to solve today’s project needs. The goal of practical design is to build “good” projects, not “great” projects, to ultimately achieve a great system. Innovation and creativity are necessary for us to accomplish Practical Design.

Join KAI’s Brian Ray and special guest Dr. John M. Mason, PhD to hear how industry trends in performance based design can support practical design-based project solutions. Brian and John will provide a summary of current and emerging tools that can aid professionals in evaluating, screening, and selecting project alternative concepts.

Lunch will be provided. Please note any dietary restrictions when signing up for this event.

About our presenters:

John M. Mason, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.
Auburn University Vice President for Research and Associate Provost
John Mason has been active in the field of transportation since 1972 and has worked in the both public and private sectors of the industry. He has been a professor at Pennsylvania State University for over fifteen years as the associate dean of graduate studies, research and outreach, interim director of the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, and director of the Mid-Atlantic University Transportation Center. John is currently the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at Auburn University. John's primary areas of research interest are Highway Design, Highway Safety, Traffic Engineering, and Workforce Professional Development. He also routinely provides consulting services for consulting engineering firms, legal firms, and State/Federal agencies in areas falling within his professional interest and expertise. Specifically, he has worked with the geometric design of highways and streets, exclusive truck facilities, highway safety, tort liability (risk management) for state and local agencies.

Brian L. Ray, P.E.
Principal Engineer, Kittelson &Associates, Inc.
Brian offers more than 20 years' experience in multi-modal transportation planning, traffic engineering, and contextual roadway design. He has performed location design and engineering evaluations for a variety of corridor studies and environmental impact review documents across the United States. He specializes in applying a systems approach in developing transportation solutions. Brian routinely conducts training courses on Roadway Geometric Design, Modern Roundabouts, and Context Sensitive Solutions.