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Webinar: Drones - Raising the Bar for Facility Management and Maintenance

This free, one-hour webinar was jointly organized by the IBTTA International Committee, chaired by Malika Seddi of ASFA and the IBTTA Emerging Technologies Committee Working Group on Drones, chaired by Mike Davidson of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. In this webinar, we had four experts on unmanned aircraft (drones) who discussed their experience with drone operations.

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Welcome remarks

Malika Seddi, ASFA
Malika Seddi is Director of International Affairs and Customer Services in ASFA (Association of Toll motorway operators in France). Malika is engaged in the toll industry for 25 years and deeply involved in ASECAP (Association for toll operators in Europe), IBTTA (Worldwide Association for toll road operators), ERTICO (ITS Europe), and PIARC (World Road Association). She is presently the International Vice President of IBTTA and the Chair of the IBTTA International Committee.


René Moser, ASFINAG
René Moser is head of the Strategy, International Affairs and Innovation department of ASFINAG since 2012. In this position, René is inter alia responsible for the implementation of ASFINAG’s group strategy to become one of the leading motorway operators in Europe, for the representation of ASFINAG in Brussels and for scouting technology trends such as unmanned aerial vehicles or autonomous driving. Further, René is Managing Director of ASFINAG Commercial Services GmbH since October 2015 and a member of the Board of the IBTTA Foundation since March 2016. René joined ASFINAG in 2004 as a project manager for intelligent transport systems, worked in the former Corporate Strategy department from 2005 to 2007 and was Assistant to the Board until 2011. In addition to his domestic responsibilities, he also represented ASFINAG in Brussels from 2009 to 2013. From 2009 to 2011 he was delegated to the European Association of Motorway Concessionaires – ASECAP and thereafter established and managed ASFINAG’s Liaison Office in Brussels. Early in his career, René specialized in telecommunications and transport and he worked as a project manager at Via Donau, where he was responsible for developing and managing EU funded projects in the field of intelligent transport systems. René studied Urban Technologies at University of Applied Sciences “Technikum JOANNEUM,“ Kapfenberg (Austria) and completed his Master of Business Administration (Global Executive MBA) at Vienna University of Economics and Business and Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota) in 2015.


General Drones Overview and of the IBTTA Working Group on Drones
Mike Davidson, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Chair of the IBTTA Working Group on Drones

Mike Davidson is a Senior Traffic Operations Project Manager at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC). He has over 10 years of traffic engineering experience and has been managing the PTC’s UAS Program for over four years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, holds the Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification, and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Mike is the chair of the IBTTA Emerging Technologies Committee Working Group on Drones.

Drones Used for Bridge Inspections and Natural Disaster Management
Thomas Steinbrucker, ASFINAG

Thomas Steinbrucker studied civil engineering and project management at the Technical University of Graz, Austria. He works with ASFINAG since 2002. Currently, he is a member of the Asset Management Engineering team and ASFINAG’S expert on drones. Thomas is involved in UAS-projects since 2015.

Thomas’ presentation will focus on ASFINAG´s R2F “Ready to Fly” drones project. The R2F project examined use-cases for drone operations for highway operators. It analyzed and evaluated the overall potential of drones in the field of asset management and other key areas. The goal of the project was to find out where highway operators can get maximum support and added value for existing tasks and where drones can help to reduce safety risks for our staff.

Using Drones for Crash Reconstruction
Manuel Crew, Maryland Transportation Authority Police

Manuel Crew began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a Maryland Transportation Authority Police Officer. During his 30-year tenure with the MDTAP, he spent equal time in both the Operations and Administrative Bureaus. Mr. Crew served in numerous positions within the agency including, Patrol, Internal Affairs, Criminal Investigations, and his final assignment was as the Executive Officer/Chief of Staff to the Chief of Police of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. On December 1, 2016, after 30 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Maryland, he retired at the rank of Captain. On February 1, 2017, he rejoined the Maryland Transportation Authority Police as a police civilian and currently serves as the Executive Officer/Chief of Staff for the current Chief of Police. 

Mr. Crew will present the Maryland Transportation Authority Unmanned Aerial System / Drone Program as it relates to Collision Reconstruction. He will outline the development of the program and the advantages of such a program for getting roadways open faster after a major collision with regards to processing the collision scene.

Photographic Asset Inspection by Drones & AI Image Analysis
Lars Fuhr Pedersen, Sund & Baelt 
Lars Fuhr Pedersen, M.Sc., is CTO and Technical Director of Sund & Baelt Holding A/S, a major bridge and tunnel owner in Denmark. He has significant experience within the fields of innovation and change management, planning & construction, databased digital asset management and maintenance of major bridges and other large infrastructure projects. He has participated on-site in the construction of both the Storebaelt and the Oresund fixed links with the contractors, been Vice-President and Production Director in a construction company and been company advisor of three industrial PhDs. He is a member of committees and working actively in the international infrastructure organizations: ASECAP, IABSE and ICSBOA.

Lars will present the solution Sund & Baelt is using for drone inspections of large infrastructure constructions including the concrete inspections on the world's third largest bridge measured on the main span of 1624 m. The solution includes storing and modeling with the photos and AI image analysis in order to recognize different types of damages and retrieve the data from the inspections so that it is possible to follow up on the development of the damages and to use the data in the databased digital asset management system.