Snowfighters to weather winter storms in Salt Lake City

Dec. 28, 2000
The blizzards that raged across the country this winter have emphasized how snow and ice can bring a city to a stand still in a matter of hours (see The Blizzard of '96, 3/96). Even a few inches of snow has the ability to disrupt travel if left unattended.
The blizzards that raged across the country this winter have emphasized how snow and ice can bring a city to a stand still in a matter of hours (see The Blizzard of '96, 3/96). Even a few inches of snow has the ability to disrupt travel if left unattended. That is why it is so important to have a manageable plan, trained personnel and proper equipment and technology.

Now that winter has ended and the spring thaws have begun, the American Public Works Association's (APWA) 1996 North American Snow Conference is a good opportunity to gather information on improving your snow removal plan and thereby help you to meet the challenges presented by severe winter weather conditions. This year, the conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Lake Hilton April 14-17.

Tickets may also be purchased for one of three technical tours. Visit the North American Salt Co. and receive an up-close look at salt harvesting and magnesium chloride retrieval facilities. The Wasatch Mountains tour provides a glimpse of the operations and equipment necessary for avalanche control. The final tour offers a view of the snow fighting maintenance operations and facilities of various agencies in the Salt Lake Valley.

The Utah chapter of the APWA welcomes attendees at an opening reception in the exhibit area at 5:30 p.m. April 14. This is a chance to visit the more than 60 exhibits and talk with representatives from the leading snow and ice control companies in North America.

Salt Lake City's Mayor Deedee Corradini will offer welcoming remarks at the opening general session, Monday, April 15, at 8:30 a.m. This will be followed by Tom Warne, executive director, UDOT, who will discuss customer service in snow removal.

Concurrent sessions will run through the morning covering such topics as the technological developments in weather forecasting, the Road Weather Information System and winter maintenance strategies.

After lunch, Bowen F. White, M.D., will conduct a general session on the managing of stress. The day's roundtable discussions will involve many topics including snow insurance, safe winter driving methods, and the latest in winter maintenance techniques.

A concurrent session featuring a risk management and liability panel will be conducted during the roundtables. Each panel member will present a different aspect of this vast topic as the importance of the legal risks are discussed.

Tuesday, April 16, begins with a general session deicing panel on the effectiveness of calcium magnesium acetate, salt and other alternatives in deicing and anti-icing. The environmental benefits and drawbacks of each also will be discussed.

The day's concurrent session will continue to provide important snowfighting information. Anti-icing benefits and the impact it plays upon spreader design will be examined. Other topics include innovations in snow removal and disposal, the effect of salting operations on water quality and the environmental impact of winter maintenance activities. The afternoon's general session will discuss media relations.

Wednesday, April 17, will feature the final concurrent sessions as well as the tours. The sessions will cover the benefits of winter maintenance, and meeting the public's demands for winter maintenance service.

A session on infra-red communications capabilities and how they apply to spreader vehicles also will be offered. This session will cover a variety of technological advancements such as remote programming of a fleet of spreaders and how to further evolve and communicate through Global Positioning Systems.

Ed Link, director of the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory will conduct a session on the latest techniques in snowfighting, many of which are being utilized now in places like Bosnia and the North Pole.

The closing session will take a look at the 2002 Winter Olympics which will be located in Salt Lake City. The presentation will cover preparation for the massive event from a public works aspect.
For more information on the North American Snow Conference, contact the APWA, 106 W. 11th Street, Suite 1800, Kansas City, Mo., 64105-1806, or call (816) 472-6100, fax (816) 472-1610.

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