How to Gain Stakeholder Buy-In While Bringing Your Road Designs to Life

June 21, 2023
Roads & Bridges-hosted webinar sponsored by Bentley Systems

This webinar was originally held on June 21, 2023 and is now available for on demand viewing.    
Sponsor: Bentley Systems        
Duration: 1 Hour

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More than ever, gaining public buy-in for transportation infrastructure projects is critical for road agencies. Join us on Wednesday, June 21st, where we discuss how ensuring visibility, understanding, and consent from your internal and external stakeholders can help you stay on schedule, and on budget, and ultimately ensure the success of your road project. Join us for this Webinar where our panel will discuss how they used visualizations on a roadway project in the Seattle Washington area.

  • Hear how they produced a "Project Intro Video" to familiarize stakeholders with the SR 167 Completion Project, connecting critical freight corridors to improve access to I-5 and the ports of Tacoma, Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
  • See how the team generated visualizations and combined them into video productions to communicate project goals and benefits to the public in order to gain public buy-in.
  • Learn how digital twins can take these 3D modeling processes to the next level by using data and models to visualize and navigate critical infrastructure data to help you optimize decision-making for your transportation projects and assets.


Kurt Stiles | Manager, Visual Engineering Resource Group (VERG) | Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Kurt Stiles was working in structural engineering at WSDOT when he discovered a new 3D visualization group being started at the agency. This group produced media to visually communicate WSDOT engineering design. He applied & was hired in 1998. In 2008, he became the group manager, creating the Visual Engineering Resource Group (VERG). Today, VERG is an industry leader in producing civil based media content for project development and is a sought-after mentor in this unique engagement skill set.

Ron Jones | Design Visualization Engineer | Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Ron Jones spent several years at WSDOT working as a transportation engineer, then in 1998 he had an opportunity to become a “visualization engineer” in a pioneering WSDOT group that mixed media development with engineering design. The productions this group made visually communicated WSDOT design projects.

Ron has excelled at his position through the years and has brought tremendous creativity to his productions. From using drones and helicopters to 3D modeling, animation, and video production, Ron’s custom media content is synonymous with successful project engagement!

Courtney Soderquist | Project Engineer | Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Courtney Soderquist is a longtime resident of the Northwest (Washington/Idaho) and has been working on and off for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) since 2006. Courtney Graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, where she studied Civil Engineering. Currently, she is with WSDOT’s Mega Program and the Project Engineer for the SR 167 Extension Project managing the design of the last stage of a three-stage project. 

David Burdick | Product Director | Bentley Systems

David Burdick is a Product Director with Bentley Systems, responsible for overseeing product and market development activities for engineering visualization and iTwin-powered design review solutions. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing information technologies and is recognized as a leading authority for the implementation of design and computer graphics solutions. Prior to joining Bentley, David served as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at e-on Software, which Bentley acquired in 2016. He was also the founder and president of Collaborative Visions, Inc, and vice president of CAD Research at Gartner Group. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Bradley University.  

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