Public Works Expo 2018

TU01 - Beyond the SMART CITY: Positioning Your Public Works Agency for an Unimaginable Future

Aug 28, 2018 9:45am ‐ Aug 28, 2018 11:00am


An avalanche of new technologies that will transform the urban fabric is upon us! We are already preparing for and implementing some of these new advancements. With each new technology comes a full array of unforeseen complications. For example, autonomous, self-driving, and driverless cars are being tested in cities across the nation. Some jurisdictions are planning for or already using instruments that detect the presence of cell phones to measure traffic volume and adjust signal timing. But have we fully discussed what the need for broadband, fiber optics, and telecommunications will be to implement these and other technologies? Some cities are repurposing utility and traffic signal infrastructure to provide broadband services and thereby, achieving new municipal revenue sources. Emerging issues and trends such as smart growth, the sharing economy, new urbanism, transit-oriented development, co-housing, etc., will forever change our profession’s perspectives on resource management, engineering design, telecommunications, and our interactions with the public. Come join in on this timely conversation.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Identify merging and EMERGING telecommunications and transportation technologies and discover how to repurpose your utility systems to provide broadband systems.
  • Evaluate the cost, benefits, consequences, challenges and opportunities inherent in emerging technologies.
  • Examine what will be necessary to compare, design, and implement new telecommunications and transportation technologies.


  • George A. Wentz, PE, Vice President, Governmental Services, HR Green, Inc., Orange, CA
  • Dave S. Zelenok, PE, Manager, Local Government Services, HR Green, Colorado Springs, CO

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