Schedule-At-A-Glance

Sunday, September 26

All Day

Find Your Career

1:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Student Program

1:00 - 6:00 PM ET

Committee 12 - Rail Transit Meeting

Monday, September 27

All Day

Find Your Career

7:00 AM ET

Stretch and Start Your Day with AREMA

10:30 – 11:00 AM ET

Java Exchange
Sit down and get comfortable before the Conference begins with your cup of coffee and lively conversation. 

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET

Conference

10:40 AM – 12:15 PM ET 

NS Lawmen Band

President's Welcome
AREMA President: Victor R. Babin, Chief Engineering Officer (Retired), NICTD South Shore Line
Dr. W.W. Hay Award, Scholarship Winners Announcement, Railway Age’s Engineer of the Year Award 

Keynote Panel DiscussionRealizing the New Normal - Future Trends and Changes

12:15 PM ET

Sponsor Video Presented by Plasser

12:15 – 1:00 PM ET

Lunch 

1:00 – 1:30 PM ET

Communications, Signals & Information Technology Presentation: Solar Power, Michael Monastero, Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems and Paul Stepanoff, DRM, Inc.

Maintenance-of-Way Presentation: 
Recommendations to Reduce Timber Crosstie Elastic Fastening System Spike Failures; A Multi-year Investigation Summary, Christian Khachaturian and Marcus S. Dersch, PE, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

1:00 – 1:30 PM ET

Young Professionals: Keys to Jumpstart your Career in the Railway Industry

1:30 – 2:00 PM ET

Young Professionals Networking Reception  

1:30 – 1:45 PM ET

Break

1:45 – 2:15 PM ET

Passenger & Transit Presentation: Rebounding from the Pandemic in Passenger Rail, Todd L. Euston, PE and Jeffrey D. Knueppel, PE, KCI Technologies, Inc

Structures Presentation: Replacement of the BNSF Truss 66.4 - A Multi-Level Approach to Accelerated Bridge Construction - Fabrication to Roll-On to Float-In, Joe Knapp, Genesis Structures, Kyle Izatt, Advanced American Construction and Alan K. Bloomquist, PE, BNSF Railway

2:15 – 2:30 PM ET

Break

2:30 – 3:00 PM ET

Engineering Services Presentation: Georgia Ports Authority’s Mega Rail Project, Daniel Peavy, PE, Moffatt & Nichol

Track Presentation: Use of Track Based Inspection Technologies to Improve BNSF's Ballast Maintenance Planning, Adam Bankston, BNSF Railway and Stephen Wilk, Transportation Technology Center, Inc Railroad

3:15 – 4:15 PM ET

Meet the Next Generation Panel Discussion

Tuesday, September 28

All Day

Find Your Career

7:00 AM ET

Stretch and Start Your Day with AREMA

9:15 AM ET

Dr. W.W. Hay Award
Join us for a special video presentation from this year's Dr. W.W. Hay Award recipient. The Dr. W. W. Hay Award for Excellence was established by the Directors of AREMA to recognize outstanding achievement in Railway Engineering and to honor the memory and accomplishments of one of their members and leaders: William Walter Hay. Help us congratulate and view the 2021 Winner’s project!

9:30 – 10:00 AM ET

Java Exchange
Sit down and get comfortable before the Conference begins with your cup of coffee and lively conversation.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

Conference

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

Committee 27 - Maintenance-of-Way Work Equipment Meeting

10:00 – 10:30 AM ET

Technical Sessions

10:30 – 10:45 AM ET

Break

10:45 – 11:15 AM ET

Technical Sessions

11:15 – 11:30 AM ET

Break

11:30 AM – Noon ET

Technical Sessions

Noon ET

Sponsor Video Presented by RailPros

Noon – 2:00 PM ET

Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 PM ET

Cooking Demonstration - Hosted by Hyatt Regency - Denver, CO. the headquarters hotel for the AREMA 2022 Annual Conference & Expo

1:00 PM ET

Show Us Your Pets!

1:15 PM ET

AREMA Foundation Scholarship Winners

1:30 – 2:00 PM ET

Q&A with President Babin and Committee Leaders Recognition

2:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Technical Sessions

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Committee 13 - Environmental Meeting

2:30 – 2:45 PM ET

Break

2:45 – 3:15 PM ET

Technical Sessions

3:15 – 3:30 PM ET

Break

3:30 – 4:00 PM ET

Technical Sessions

Wednesday, September 29

All Day

Find Your Career

7:00 AM ET

Stretch and Start Your Day with AREMA

9:30 – 10:00 AM ET

Java Exchange
Sit down and get comfortable before the Conference begins with your cup of coffee and lively conversation. 

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

Conference

10:00 – 10:30 AM ET

Technical Sessions 

10:30 – 10:45 AM ET

Break

10:45 – 11:15 AM ET

Technical Sessions

11:15 – 11:30 AM ET

Break

11:30 AM – Noon ET

Technical Sessions

Noon ET

Sponsor Video Presented by E3M Creative

Noon – 2:00 PM ET

Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 PM ET

Comedian Maher Matta

1:00 – 1:30 PM ET

Cooking Demonstration - Hosted by Hyatt Regency - Denver, CO. the headquarters hotel for the AREMA 2022 Annual Conference & Expo

1:30 PM ET

Show Us Your Pets!

1:45 PM ET

Young Professionals Video
The AREMA Young Professionals Experience is designed to give three young professional railroaders the opportunity to attend the AREMA 2021 Virtual Conference for free.  Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners. 

2:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Technical Sessions

2:30 – 2:45 PM ET

Break 

2:45 – 3:15 PM ET

Technical Sessions

Thursday, September 30

All Day

Find Your Career

7:00 AM ET

Stretch and Start Your Day with AREMA

10:00 – 10:30 AM ET

Java Exchange
Sit down and get comfortable before the Conference begins with your cup of coffee and lively conversation. 

10:30  – 10.45 AM ET

President's Farewell and Recognition of AREMA Officers
Victor R. Babin, Chief Engineering Officer (Retired), NICTD South Shore Line 

10:45  – 11:00 AM ET

Incoming President's Speech and Installation of AREMA Officers
Michael P. Freeman, PE, Director, Structures Design, Union Pacific  

11:15 AM  – Noon ET

Railway Industry Update
Anthony B. Hatch 
Transportation Industry Analyst, ABH Consulting

Noon – 1:00 PM ET

Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 PM ET

Passenger & Transit Presentation: Fire/Life-Safety Design Challenges of Significant Transit Design-Build Project, Luv Sehgal, EIT, Anil Patel and William Wong, PE, ARUP

Structures Presentation: BNSF Rail Fastener Replacement Program Chicago, IL “UAV Innovation for High Accuracy and Repeatability”, Todd A. Herman, TranSystems, Ian Ray, ARE and Kamalah Young, BNSF Railway

1:30 –1:45 PM ET

Break

1:45 – 2:15 PM ET

Engineering Services Presentation: Navigating Permitting of Newly-listed Threatened Species, Big Sandy Crayfish, for Replacement of Norfolk Southern Bridge N-462.01, Michael Sondles, PE, HDR, Ruth V. Brown, PE, Norfolk Southern Railway and Jennifer Sunley, Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Track Presentation: Amtrak B&P Tunnel Track Renewal Project: A Case Study in the Collaborative Execution of Critical State of Good Repair Work, Gregory J. Miller, PMP, Amtrak, Tom Jorczak, RailWorks Corporation and Michael R. Brown, HNTB

2:15 – 2:30 PM ET

Break

2:30 – 3:00 PM ET

Communications, Signals & Information Technology Presentation: Constant Warning Time Devices and the Benefits of PTC-based Activation Systems, Peter David Strange, Fluor

Maintenance-of-Way Presentation: Economics of Shoulder Ballast Cleaning, James P. Hyslip, PhD, PE, Loram Technologies, Inc., Steven M. Chrismer, PhD, PE, Amtrak (Retired) and Hamed F. Kashani, Loram Technologies, Inc.

3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

League of Railway Women Networking Event