Cutting-edge practices, materials, equipment, and information technologies are always finding their way into the daily operations of winter maintenance professionals around the world. Our panelists represent agencies who are trying some of the newest technology. We'll feature what they're doing, their motivation, and how they're able to turn research into practice.
Laura Fay, Western Transportation Institute (WTI)Show Abstract
Multi-agency survey of alternative or modified deicing practices, motivation, and preliminary results.
Advanced Liquid Deicing in the Contract Maintenance Sector
Jim Turcan, Cornerstone Partners HorticultureShow Abstract
Hear how a contract winter maintenance firm has done extensive research on reducing chloride emissions in their snow and ice management service by 20% without sacrifice to safety. Being both a landscape and snow/ice contractor, they have a vested interest in avoiding damage and costly repairs to the surrounding landscape and plantings, while also providing excellent winter safety.
Reclaimed Brine for Residential Snow Fighting
Mike Gresch, Steve Brown ApartmentsShow Abstract
When a water softener regenerates, it flushes potable water with salt down the drain and back to the sewer. In winter, an apartment high-rise used to order several tons per year to put on their sidewalks and parking ramps to protect pedestrians from slip and fall hazards while at the same time waste softening salt was being dumped to sewer. A low-cost reclamation system put an end to their duplicate salt spending and a path into advanced, environmentally friendly direct-liquid-application techniques.
Crowd-Sourced Road Friction for Winter Operations
Dan Eriksson, Swedish Transport Administration (TRAFIKVERKET)Show Abstract
The Swedish Transport Administration has begun using crowd-sourced road friction data to monitor and fine-tune their winter operations. These reports are generated from standard systems used by several car manufacturers to create comprehensive friction maps for snow and ice control personnel as they monitor operations and plan storm strategies.
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