2017 PUG Conference Update

November 27, 2017

The 2017 PUG Conference was held in Kalispell, Montana September 23 – 27, 2017. Thank you to the Montana Department of Transportation for an awesome 2017 PUG Conference! The great hospitality, location and events made this one of the best conferences ever.

There were 178 attendees representing 31 agencies and 3 organizations (AASHTO, AECOM and Info Tech, Inc.) in attendance at the conference. The conference was four days filled with information sharing through the General Session, Technical Advisory Group (TAG) sessions, AASHTOWare ProjectTM 4.0 Training sessions and networking times. Presentations provided information on the new AASHTOWare Project Decision SupportTM software, implementation of the web-based AASHTOWare Project software, as well as updates provided by the AASHTOWare Project Contractors, AECOM and Info Tech, Inc. Mobile applications and Material Agency Views were other hot topics at the conference.

The annual PUG Business meeting was held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. During the meeting, John Thomas, Oklahoma Department of Transportation assumed the role of PUG Chair; Sara Jarvis, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, was elected to the Vice-Chair position; and Tammy Mancinelli, Virginia Department of Transportation, was elected to the Secretary/Treasurer position.
2018 PUG Board

Chair John Thomas, Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Vice Chair Sara Jarvis, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Secretary/Treasurer Tammy Mancinelli, Virginia Department of Transportation
Past-Chair Ellis Holder, Indiana Department of Transportation

 

The 2017 PUG banquet was the finale to a great conference of learning and networking. At the banquet, the Montana Department of Transportation was presented with a plaque for hosting the conference, Ellis Holder was presented with a plaque for his term as PUG Chair, and Tammy Mancinelli was the recipient of the ‘Extra Mile Award’ for all the extra work she has put into the PUG over the years. Check out the 2017 PUG highlights video!

PLEASE NOTE: We have NOT received a volunteer to host the 2019 TEA/PUG conference. Please take some time and consider this opportunity. It is often easy to find reasons not to host but, hosting the conference provides many benefits to the host state including:
Opportunity to have AASHTO staff and the AASHTOWare Project Contractors onsite.

  • Opportunity for many of your agency staff to attend the conference who might not otherwise have the time to do so.
  • Great time for agency staff to network with other agencies who are implementing AASHTOWare Project.
  • It can create enthusiasm, volunteerism, excitement and leadership from agency staff.
  • Bring an awareness to senior leadership of the importance of what you do.
  • It is a chance to “showcase” your state to others.

On behalf of the PUG Board, thank you once again to the Montana Department of Transportation for being our host for the 2017 PUG Conference.

– John Thomas, PUG Chair, Oklahoma Department of Transportation