17th Annual Technical Forum
Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia
August 15 to 17, 2017
Blacksburg, VA

  1. About
  2. Abstracts
  3. Field Trip
  4. Registration
  5. Sponsor/Exhibit
  6. Lodging
  7. Contact

Field Trip

The field trip will be to the Virginia Smart Road. The Smart Road is a unique, state-of-the-art, full-scale, closed test-bed research facility owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and managed by Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute (VTTI). Transportation scientists and product developers have spent more than 20,000 hours conducting research on this high-tech highway since its opening in March 2000.

Field trip is Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 departing The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center at approximately 8am **Pre-Registration Required**

See field trip agenda below.

Smart Road Field Trip Agenda
Tuesday | August 15 | 2017





Depart for Smart Road

Bus Travel (the Smart Road is about 10 minutes travel time, so this accounts for bus loading.)


Arrive at Smart Road Office



Smart Road Presentation

Smart Road personnel will give a presentation showcasing the Smart Road and its emerging technologies and research


Bus Tour of Smart Road

Smart Road is a loop unconnected to the highway system, so no traffic control/vests/hardhats etc. are necessary.


Arrive back at Smart Road Office


10:00 – 10:15

Coffee Break


10:15 – 11:45

Robin Reed discusses Geology and construction of the Smart Road

At Smart Road classroom.

12:00 – 1:00


Box Lunch delivered to Smart Road Office


Depart for Quarry



Arrive at Quarry



UAV Demo

Skip Watts demonstrates the UAV (or UAVs), collects data


Depart for Skelton



Arrive at Skelton


3:00 – 3:15

Coffee Break

At Skelton

3:15 – 4:30

Skip Watts’ discussion of UAV FAA regulations, and looking at the data in real time.

At Skelton

Sponsored by Marshall University Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) at Marshall University

CEGAS logo Kentucky Geological Survey logo Marshall University logo