The Infrastructure Technology Resources Consortium Seminar Series occurs every 2nd Friday through December:
- Sept 11, 2020
- Oct 9, 2020
- Nov 13, 2020
- Dec 11, 2020
October Topic: Moving Towards More Sustainable Pavement Systems
October Speaker: Dr. Heather Dylla, Sustainable Pavement Engineer, Federal Highway Administration
Abstract: Sustainability is a quality that reflects the balance of three primary components: economic, environmental, and social impacts, which are often collectively referred to as the “triple-bottom line.” The relative importance and consideration of each of these factors are context-sensitive and driven by the project goals and performance demands, characteristics, location, materials, and constraints of a given project, as well as the overarching goals of the sponsoring agency. By designing, constructing, restoring, preserving and maintaining pavements that consider the “triple-bottom line” over its life cycle, transportation government agencies can develop a more resilient infrastructure system with increased performance and a high return on investment despite the growing constraints on our economic and material resources. In this seminar learn how the FHWA Sustainable Pavements Program is advancing the knowledge and practice of designing, constructing, and maintaining more sustainable pavement through: Stakeholder Engagement, Education, and Development of Tools.
Bio: Dr. Heather Dylla is a Sustainable Pavement Engineer for the Federal Highway Administration, where she manages the FHWA Sustainable Pavements Program and the Pavement Policy. In this role, she is leading an effort to incorporate principles of life cycle thinking into the design and decision-making process that include the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social impacts. Prior to joining FHWA, Heather was the Director of Sustainable Engineering for the National Asphalt Pavement Association where she managed programs that assisted producers, contractors, and designers in improving the sustainability of pavement construction. In this role, she led an industry effort to develop an Environmental Product Declarations Program for asphalt mixtures.
Heather obtained her doctorate from the Louisiana State University where she focused on quantifying the environmental impacts of photocatalytic concrete pavements.