1:15 PM - 2:05 PM


🏛️ Best Practices for Utilizing Federal Funds

Grand Hall 4 & 5

Federal grants and loans offer incredible opportunities to finance various local government infrastructure projects. This session will cover best practices for grant management and utilization of federal funding.


  • Treasury Young, Procurement Administrator, GDOT
  • Shain Eversley, Discretionary Grant Coordinator, GA Division of FHWA
  • Lewis Cooksey, Director, Gwinnett DOT

🏛️ = Local Government Breakout Track


Geosynthetics 101

Athena A

This session will offer an overview of the predominant types of geosynthetics used in site civil & roadway applications and discuss terminology, manufacturing, properties, and capabilities. We will review how geosynthetic technology has evolved to provide even more effective performance and cost savings in civil construction applications with case studies to demonstrate functions and applications.

Presenter: Jake Pope, Southeast Engineering Business Manager, Solmax


Agency Alphabet Soup: An Introduction to GDOT’s Interagency Office of Environmental Quality (IOEQ)

Athena E

Under the umbrella of IOEQ, GDOT funds over 18 positions at federal and state agencies for the purpose of prioritizing GDOT project reviews at each agency. IOEQ’s mission is to support and grow important relationships GDOT has with the various agencies while fostering collaboration and innovation. In this session, you’ll learn the short history of IOEQ and hear from representatives from each of the seven agencies with funded positions. They will share the mission of their respective agencies, how they interact with GDOT and other agencies, and their experiences as part of IOEQ. A moderated Q&A will round out the session.


  • Moderator: Erin McGehee, Environmental Planning Department Manager, HNTB
  • Doug Chamblin, Assistant State Enironmental Administrator, GDOT
  • Nicole Liette, Biologist, Corps Project Manager US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Ra-Jendra Hunter, Environmental Specialist, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Department (EPD)
  • Laci Pattavina, Transportation Liaison, Georgia Ecological Services, US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • Maggie Hunt, Wildlife Biologist, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (WRD)
  • Olivia Kendrick, Environmental Review Historian, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division (HPD)
  • Aaron Hernandez, Environmental Coordinator, Federal Highway Administration GA Division (FHWA)


GPTQ 3D Modeling Subcommittee Updates

Athena F

This session will focus on the upcoming revisions to GDOT’s 3D Modeling Guidelines document, which is currently under development within the GPTQ Subcommittee. Subcommittee co-chairs will present the additional deliverable requirements expected in the next version of the guidance document, in addition to past and on-going initiatives. The session will also include a panel discussion and Q&A session with a larger group of subcommittee members.


  • Andrew Poszich, Design Integration Lead, RS&H
  • Sam Woods, Assistant State Roadway Design Engineer, GDOT

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