Colorado Public Works Journal, Summer 2023

SPRING-SUMMER 2023┃29 GOING THE EXTRA MILE | 9 TUESDAY, 9/26 & WEDNESDAY, 9/27 Roadeo Course Setup & Judges Orientation // 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All Roadeo judges and committee members should report. Early Registration for Conference & Roadeo // 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roadeo Registration // 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Conference Registration Opens // 7:00 a.m. Roadeo Competitors Orientation // 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Roadeo Written & Diagnostics Test - Single Axle, Tandem Axle, Loader, Grader, Skid Steer // 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Roadeo Competition - Single Axle, Tandem Axle, Loader, Grader, Skid Steer // 9:15 a.m. – Completion Major Sponsor Showcase: DTN // 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Morning Tracks // 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. When Good Was Just Not Enough! Presented By: Jason Pauling, Village of Carol Stream, IL As a department, we were always told we cannot get our trucks to salt at 100 pounds per lane mile, and what we were doing was not smart. We took salt calibration a step further by replacing gearboxes, live testing all the calibration, and catching the salt in the back of the truck, we ensured it was putting down the exact amount of material. Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Talent Presented By: Rebecca Doane, Arapahoe County Every employer across the country has experienced challenges in recruiting and retaining talent in the midst of the “great resignation” and other recent, unprecedented labor market trends. Learn innovative ways to help you stand out as an employer when recruiting, as well as proven approaches to engage and retain the talent you have. Tips to Energize Your Body and Mind During Work Presented By: Sherri Goering, City of Loveland We’ll build a strategy that can give you gentle but powerful tools to increase your energy and decrease stiff joints and achy muscles through movement, breath, and nutrition. Major Sponsor Showcase: Evolution Edges - Sabre Armored Carbide Snow Plow Blade // 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Morning Tracks // 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Colorado Weather and Climate, Understanding Our Crazy Conditions Presented By: Mike Nelson, KMGH Channel 7 Colorado’s weather is fast changing and stormy, beautiful and sometimes life threatening. Mike will share resources for tracking weather; show where and how storms form; and how to best be prepared for them. Plus, he’ll explain how our climate is changing due to the effects of global warming. Using AI in Winter Maintenance—How Might That Happen? Presented By: Wilfrid Nixon, Professional Snowfighters Association There has been a lot of discussion in recent months about various Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools that are being made available, with the ChatGPT tools getting a lot of attention. But how might AI impact winter operations? In addition to looking at how AI is already being used, we will also discuss some future applications which are either planned, or already being tested. The implications are quite startling! Public Works and Emergency Management: Roles in EM and Emercency Operations Center Coordination Presented By: Cody Stark, Colorado Department of Public Safety This session will discuss the evolution of a disaster, and the coordination between emergency management responders and the emergency operations centers—including a guided visual and how it all fits together. Afternoon Tracks // 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Clear Roads—Research, Training and Innovation Presented By: James Morin, WashDOT Learn about the role Clear Roads plays in our industry. We’ll explore the website and resources available, and highlight several projects—both in-progress and completed. Tuesday Wednesday