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Technical Lunch Meeting: Bridging Engineering & Technology


Presenter: Gary S. Johnson, PE & Matt McCracken, CSM, CSPO

Topic: Bridging Engineering and Technology – Technical Lunch Meeting


VDOT Commissioner Steven Brich launched his vision for VDOT on April 11th, 2018. Under his tenure he desires new ways to Speed Delivery, keep a sustainable pipeline of projects, maintain assets, operate systems more efficiently, be innovative, maintain a highly trained workforce, partner with private sector, streamline processes, be fair and reasonable in project delivery, and ensure transparency. It is our belief that technology can be the method of this change.

This presentation will explore how technology is changing the landscape of engineering and transportation design. Technology change can improve communication, increase transparency, drive efficiency, promote safety, allow for easy access to information, and encourages innovation and creativity.

The Transportation Engineering Industry is under constant pressure for faster, better, lower cost solutions, technology must be part of the future. We cannot continue to invent new methods or reduce the people or expertise required for engineering. Specific projects will be highlighted to show how GIS, Drones, and Mobile technology is allowing us to make better data driven decisions.

The audience will gain an understanding of the tools available to the industry and how they align with the VDOT’s vision for improving safety and efficiency throughout the Commonwealth.



Gary S. Johnson, PE

Gary is the Director of Structures & Bridges as well as the Director of Transportation Design Build at Timmons Group. Focusing his career on bridges, he has designed complex structures in multiple states and has experience with nearly every aspect of bridge analysis, inspection, and design. His extensive experience with design-build projects gives him a deep understanding of construction practices. In addition, he has a passion for building teams to pursue, position, and deliver projects.
Gary is a Professional Engineer in numerous states as well as a Certified Bridge Inspection Team Leader and a DBIA Professional. His Master’s in Business Administration rounds out his abilities as an efficient Project Manager, Design Manager, and mentor to staff.

Matt McCracken, CSM, CSPO

Matt leads Timmons Group’s Geospatial Transportation Team. He works on all types of technology projects from strategic planning efforts, to data collection and conversion projects, to application development and system integration projects. His experience across the country with multiple department of transportation clients gives him a deep understanding of transportation organizations and how GIS, LRS, Location can transform their business.

Matt is a Certified Scrum Master and Scrum Product owner. He has embraced the agile methodology with his projects to speed delivery and fully engage his clients. He specializes in implementing solutions to help organizations solve business problems, create value, and improve business performance.


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