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Adventures in Crowdsourcing: Emergency Management


This webinar spotlights the use of crowdsourced data to enhance transportation agency operations during Emergency Management situations like evacuations, storms, and post-event recovery phases.


  • James Colyar, FHWA Office of Operations and EDC-6 Crowdsourcing Initiative Co-lead


  • Crowdsourced Data use in Hurricane Response — Amy Dirusso, P.E., ITS Project Manager and TSM&O Project Coordinator, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Crowdsourced Data to Enhance Evacuations — Brett Sellers, P.E., Transportation Systems Management and Operations Group, Alabama Department of Transportation.
  • Crowdsourced Data for Improved Adverse Weather Response —Randi Feltner, P.E., Transportation Engineer Specialist, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Chris Lambert, Data Analyst, KYTC.

Target Audience

  • Transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) executives and practitioners
  • Emergency transportation operations
  • Road weather management professionals
  • Performance focused operations personnel
  • Traffic Management Center managers

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how regional agencies are leveraging new crowdsourced data to improve operations, safety, and planning.
  • Learn about new resources and support available through the FHWA EDC6 Crowdsourcing program to help agencies derive even greater safety, reliability, and cost-savings benefits from crowdsourced data.

Speaker Biographies

Amy Derusso, graduated from University of South Alabama with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1997.  She began her career with consulting firm specifying in the field of Geotechnical Engineering. She then started her career with the Florida Department of Transportation 6 years ago as a Professional Engineer in the Traffic Operations Department. During that time she has moved up to the ITS/TSMO Program Engineer and has learned a lot of ITS and ATMS and has enjoyed the many faucets of technology and traffic management. Amy has also been heavily involved in District 3’s Emergency Operations Team, coordinating and overseeing in-house and contractor activities in response to emergency events.

Chris Lambert, has 23 years of experience with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  He is currently serving as a Systems Consultant for the Division of Maintenance.  Over the last seven years, Chris has worked on the implementation and improvement of a real-time, big data system.  The system currently processes 36 million records of data per day and supports various use cases throughout the Cabinet including Traveller Information Systems (GoKY), Automated Crash Detection, Snow and Ice Decision Support, etc.

Randi Feltner has 16 years of experience with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in civil engineering and has spent most of her career working at the Lexington District in Construction, Maintenance and Operations, Permits, and Highway Safety.  For the last 3 years, Randi has been a Transportation Engineer Specialist for the Division of Maintenance in Frankfort where she manages the state-wide Road Weather Program.

Brett Sellers is the Assistant State TSMO Engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation. He helps facilitate advancement of the nine TSMO service layers across ALDOT’s five regions. Brett is a licensed engineer with 16 years of experience in positions with City, County, and State government, as well as the private sector.

Operations Area of Practice

    Road Weather Management
    Emergency Transportation Operations
    Emergency Planning

Organizational Capability Element

    Emergency Transportation Operations
    Road Weather Management

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