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Webinar #7: Operational SPaT Deployment


This webinar will present an overview of the operational SPaT Deployment for the city of Las Vegas and the Virginia connected corridors SPaT deployments. The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE), and ITS America (ITSA) working together through the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC) have challenged state and local public sector transportation infrastructure owners and operators (IOOs) to work together to achieve deployment of roadside Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) 5.9 GHz broadcast radio infrastructure to broadcast signal phase and timing (SPaT) in real-time at signalized intersections on at least one road corridor or street network (approximately 20 signalized intersections) in each of the 50 states by January 2020. This is commonly called the SPaT Challenge.

 Introduction Blaine Leonard - Utah DOT
 Operational SPaT Deployments
Joanna Wadsworth, City of Las Vegas
Liz White - Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)
Blaine Leonard - Utah DOT
• Joanna Wadsworth, City of Las Vegas
Joanna Wadsworth is a registered professional engineer and serves as a Program Manager at the City of Las Vegas having nearly two decades practicing civil engineering.  She was a team member to develop the City’s Smart City Proposal for the USDOT’s Smart City Challenge.  She is currently working with the City team to develop and implement the Smart City projects identified within their Smart City Challenge Proposal including planning for connected and autonomous vehicles.  In 2017, she was involved in the launch of the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle to be deployed with Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication on a public roadway. A native of Las Vegas, Joanna earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

• Liz White - Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)
Elizabeth White is a Research Associate in the Center for Technology Implementation at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), where she has been working with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies for over five years. Most recently, White has been focused on the deployment and development of the Virginia Connected Corridors along with associated data collection efforts and V2I and V2V technology testing. She focuses primarily on project management, proposal development, data collection, and reporting.
Ms. White obtained a M.B.A from Radford University and holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Blaine Leonard is employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City, where he is the Technology & Innovation Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for traffic management technologies, and leads the planning for connected and automated vehicles, including anticipating the impacts of those technologies on the Department. He co-chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Connected and Automated Vehicles Working Group and leads the SPaT Challenge Tactical Working Group within the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC). Prior to joining UDOT, Blaine spent 20 years in the consulting engineering business.
Mr. Leonard served as the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2010. He is a licensed engineer in six western states and is the Vice Chair of the Utah Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Board.



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