Multiple Dimensions to the Sustainability of Winter Road Maintenance Operations Webinar
- Multiple Dimensions to the Sustainability of Winter Road Maintenance Operations
- Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Washington State University
Sustainability in winter road maintenance (WRM) operations has become a growing consideration over the past decade. This talk will be the 1st one of eight talks in the “Sustainable Winter Road Operations” Webinar Series, introducing the multiple dimensions to the sustainability of WRM operations. The talk will start with introducing the background, benefits, and emerging challenges in WRM operations, followed by a discussion of life-cycle sustainability assessment of road salt. Then, the talk will cover a high-level overview of potential risks of roadway deicers to the natural environment, transportation infrastructure, and motor vehicles. The discussion will then proceed to best practices in the selection of material type and application rate, followed by an overview of pavement innovations that may reduce the reliance for snow/ice control chemicals. The talk will conclude with a look to the future, in terms of opportunities and challenges in achieving sustainable WRM operations.
Dr. Xianming Shi, P.E. is an Associate Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Washington State University, where he serves the Site Director for two Tier 1 University Transportation Centers, CESTiCC and CAMMSE. He directs the Smart and Green Infrastructure Group at WSU and serves as the Deputy Director for the WSU Strategic Research Initiative Stormwater Program. Dr. Shi is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Infrastructure Preservation and Resilience (launched by Springer Nature in 2019). He has approximately 20 years of research and teaching experience in multidisciplinary topics. He has authored or co-edited seven books and authored or co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, with an H-index of 37. Dr. Shi’s research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, numerous Departments of Transportation and their consortia, USDOT, National Research Council, and the private sector, with a total budget of over ten million dollars. One of his papers was the 2011-2012 Best Paper by the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. One of his projects won the AASHTO 2016 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project Award.