Tuesday, October 10, 2017
2 p.m. Eastern
When the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card and America’s roadways received a D grade and bridges received a C+, a need to improve America to an A+ infrastructure was exposed. This is likely not a shock to America’s drivers, since many of us see the worsening conditions on our daily commutes or even quick trips to the grocery store. The presentation will first examine the current state of America’s deteriorating infrastructure. For instance, one out of every five miles of highway pavement is reported to be in poor condition and our roads have a significant and increasing backlog of rehabilitation needs. Through a case study analysis we will present two paths for moving forward and examine where our roads are headed over the next 20 years. One path will continue us along our current and unfavorable trajectory of decreasing budgets and traditional approaches to building new or improvement upon existing roadways. The other path will present options for changing what is considering conventional roadway construction and maintenance methods in order to allow our roads to catch up to our increasing traffic capacity demands and life cycle requirements.
Branden Reall, P.E., M. ASCE
Stabilization Product Manager
Tensar International Corporation
Branden Reall, P.E., M. ASCE, is a 1998 graduate of Brigham Young University and is a licensed professional engineer in eight states. He joined Tensar International in November of 2002 as a Regional Sales Manager, and has since worked in different roles covering much of the western United States. During his time with Tensar, and in his previous work as a geotechnical consultant, he has worked on hundreds of roadway projects and has been involved in local R&D studies addressing the performance of geogrids for roadway support. Mr. Reall now resides in Utah and is the Stabilization Product Manager for Tensar in the Western Hemisphere, which includes Tensar’s TriAx® Geogrid and biaxial (BX) geogrid products.
For over 30 years, Tensar International Corporation (Tensar) has been a full-service provider of specialty products and engineering services, offering innovative and cost-effective solutions for various site development challenges. Tensar tackles the challenges of roadway construction by offering several roadway systems designed with performance, cost savings and ease of installation in mind. Our system approach to roadway construction not only includes our industry-leading products, but also site evaluation, design services, specifications and site support in addition to our first-class customer service and extensive distribution network.