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Talking Freight Seminars

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Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Jennifer Symoun (SAIC) via email at jennifer.e.symoun@leidos.com.

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
August 20, 2014
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
2014 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals State of Logistics Report The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), an international, supply chain-focused organization composed of over 8,500 members, publishes an annual report, the State of Logistics Report, which is considered one of the most important reports in the goods movement and freight logistics industry. The State of Logistics Report provides an overview of current goods movement and freight logistics trends, and also discusses the current freight volumes and economic health of the various freight transportation mode industries. Understanding the current "lay of the land" in the goods movement and freight logistics industry can help both public and private sector transportation organizations better understand current and possible future freight transportation planning needs. It can also provide insights into the business aspects of freight transportation, information typically not available to or examined by many public sector freight transportation professionals. This webinar will provide information on the current state of freight logistics in the United States, including some information about recent freight transportation trends. It will also explain how companies directly involved in supply chain management utilize and can benefit from the report, and discuss how the report can help public sector transportation professionals better understand transportation supply chain needs and trends and enhance freight transportation planning. 2014 CSCMP State of Logistics Report – Overview of Current Freight Transportation Logistics Trends
This presentation will focus on the overall state of freight logistics in the United States, and provide insights into the current state of the each of the freight transportation modes, including the trucking, railroad, and international marine shipping industries.
  • Rosalyn Wilson, Parsons; primary author of the 2014 State of Logistics Report
State of Logistics Report – How It Can Inform and Enhance Companies' Supply Chain Management Practices
This presentation will discuss how companies engaged in supply chain management can utilize the report and improve their supply chain management practices through understanding the freight logistics trends discussed in the report.
  • Kevin Smith, Sustainable Supply Chain Consulting
State of Logistics Report – How It Can Benefit Public Sector Freight Transportation Planning Efforts
This presentation will focus on explaining why the CSCMP State of Logistics Report is important to public sector transportation professionals and what information can be gleaned from the report that will enhance public sector freight transportation awareness and planning efforts.
  • Libby Ogard, Prime Focus LLC
September 11, 2014
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Scenario Planning Applications for Freight Transportation Due to high interest, a second webinar focused on freight scenario planning will be held by the Federal Highway Administration. Registration for the first webinar scheduled for July 30th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET is already full, so people interested in attending the Freight Scenario Planning webinar who have not already registered for the July 30th webinar should register for this webinar. The presentation content for both webinars is identical; registrants only need to attend one of the webinars.

Professionals in many fields, including freight transportation, often try to make future projections in order to gain a better understanding about what the future will look like and how to better plan for that future. However, in many cases future projections prove to be inaccurate, due to unforeseen events that alter the projected growth patterns. These events occur in various forms, including macro-scale natural or human-induced disasters or incidents, macro-scale economic changes, demographic changes, political and/or regulatory changes, technological developments, or other significant events that alter previously established patterns of human activities. The unforeseen disruptive events can make it difficult to plan for desired future transportation scenarios, though at the same time they can facilitate more flexible transportation planning, including freight transportation planning, if the attributes that are associated with disruptive events are identified and understood before they happen.

This webinar, led by the FHWA Office of Freight Management & Operations and the FHWA Office of Planning, will explore the use of scenario planning as a way to inform freight infrastructure and supply chain management activities and investments. Scenario planning is an analytical process that can help public and private sector transportation professionals plan for the future and better understand what changes might happen in the future. Agencies are increasingly finding value in applying the principles of scenario planning to freight transportation planning and decision-making.
Scenario Planning Applications for Freight Transportation
This presentation will discuss how scenario planning can be used to enhance transportation planning and more specifically how it can enhance freight transportation planning.
  • Dave Harris, FHWA Office of Planning, and Chip Millard, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations
Freight Transportation Scenario Planning Overview – Understanding the Possible Impact Factors
This presentation will examine some of the types of challenges that can arise when trying to make projections about the future based on past trends. It will also discuss how identifying and examining hypothetical future scenarios can lead to insights about future freight transportation needs.
  • Dr. Chris Caplice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Understanding Hypothetical Future Scenarios to Enhance Freight Transportation Planning – State DOT Perspective
This presentation will discuss how a state Department of Transportation can examine hypothetical future scenarios to inform its freight transportation planning efforts within the state and with bordering states, and gain a better understanding about likely freight needs that are consistent across the various scenarios examined.
  • Barbara Ivanov, Washington State Department of Transportation
Understanding Hypothetical Future Scenarios to Enhance Freight Transportation Planning – MPO Perspective
This presentation will discuss how a Metropolitan Planning Organization can examine hypothetical future scenarios to enhance its freight transportation planning efforts in its metropolitan area and with its state DOT and nearby MPO partners, and gain a better understanding about likely freight needs that are consistent across the various scenarios examined.
  • Ted Dahlburg, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (Philadelphia MPO)

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/index.cfm.

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard
202-366-4415
Chip.Millard@dot.gov

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