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Adventures in Crowdsourcing: Active Work Zone Monitoring and Management


This jointly sponsored webinar between the FHWA Work Zone Roundtable and the EDC-6 Crowdsourcing for Advancing Operations initiative spotlights the use of crowdsourced data to support active work zone monitoring, management, and performance reporting.  


Daniel Grate, Transportation Systems Management and Operations Specialist, FHWA Resource Center, Operations Technical Service Team


  • Real Time Monitoring of Work Zones in Kentucky — Chris Lambert, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

  • Work Zone Performance Monitoring in Iowa — Tim Simodynes, Traffic Operations Engineer, Iowa DOT and Skylar Knickerbocker, Research Engineer, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University.

  • Crowdsourced Connected Vehicle Data for Work Zone Performance Monitoring and Management — Darcy Bullock, Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering, Director, Joint Transportation Research Program, Purdue University and Howell Li, Senior Software Engineer, Joint Transportation Research Program, Purdue University.

Target Audience

  • Transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) managers and practitioners.

  • Work Zone management professionals.

  • Performance-focused Operations personnel.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how Work Zone professionals in Kentucky, Iowa, and Indiana actively monitor and manage work zones in their respective states using crowdsourced data.

  • Learn about new resources and support available through the FHWA EDC-6 Crowdsourcing for Advancing Operations initiative to help agencies derive even greater safety, reliability, and cost-savings benefits from crowdsourced data.

Speaker Bios

  • Daniel Grate, Jr is a member of the Resource Center Operations Technical Service Team. His primary focus is on developing TSMO data into performance measures to assist in investment decision-making and to improve systems performance. Other duties include supporting Work Zone Management and Analysis - Daniel is the lead facilitator for the Regional Work Zone Roundtables; as well as a co-facilitator of the Work Zone Management Capability and Maturity Framework workshop. He also supports the Organizing for Transportation Reliability efforts as a co-facilitator for the Capability Maturity Model Workshops.  Prior to joining the Resource Center, Daniel was an Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS) Specialist at the FHWA Texas Division.  At the FHWA Texas Division Daniel led the efforts kicking off the ITS Architecture development for Laredo, Corpus Christie, Del Rio, and The Lower Rio Grande Region. Daniel came into FHWA under the Highway Engineering Trainee Program in 1997.   Daniel has Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from South Carolina State University and a Masters of Science in Transportation Planning from Morgan State University.
  • Chris Lambert has been with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) for over 23 years where he served in various positions. Chris currently leads data modernization for the KYTC Maintenance Division.  He previously supported ITS systems, managing the public-private-partnership with Google/Waze and implementing a real-time data system which supports Traveler Information System (GoKY), Automated Crash Detection, Snow and Ice Decision Support, and Work Zone Monitoring.
  • Skylar Knickerbocker is a research engineer and co-director of the Real-Time Analytics in Transportation (REACTOR Lab).  He works primarily in the areas of traffic operations, maintenance, and safety including data analytics, data visualization and big data management. He assists in the management and support for several research projects for the Iowa DOT, Minnesota DOT and the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Tim Simodynes has been with the Iowa DOT for 23 years and has served as the Traffic Operations Engineer and TSMO Program Manager since Fall of 2020.  Prior to that he was the State Intelligent Transportation Systems engineer and has also worked as a Traffic Safety engineer.
  • Darcy Bullock is the Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and serves as the director of the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP).  Bullock is a Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana and has 30 years of experience in the industry working closely with airports, transportation agencies, and private sector partners in the area of transportation systems and big data. 
  • Howell Li is a Senior Software Engineer at the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP). Li holds a MS from Purdue University College of Engineering and a BA from New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematics in Computer Science. He has over 16 years of professional experience in application and database development and over 8 years in transportation research. His focus is on applying innovative computing methods, data warehousing, analytics and cloud infrastructure to the safe and efficient management and operation of transportation systems and infrastructure.

Operations Area of Practice

    Data Acquisition, Support and Hosting
    Work Zone Management

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