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The FHWA periodically convenes the National STIC Network for virtual meetings.
The recordings, presentations and answers to specific questions from the National STIC Meetings are available through the following link: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/stic/national_stic_meeting_recordings.cfm
The NJ STIC Program and innovative initiatives advanced through the program were discussed in a session, “Your Roadmap to Transportation Innovation”, given at the NJ TransAction Conference on April 17, 2019.
Click here to see the presentation and here to see a video included in the presentation on a STIC Incentive Funding Grant project that is focused on testing and advancing connected vehicle technologies to improve road service safety.
The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its Winter Meeting. The meeting began with FHWA and NJDOT providing a recap of the Every Day Counts Round 5 (EDC-5) Regional Summit. FHWA's Innovation Coordinator & Performance Manager provided a brief overview of the EDC-5 Initiatives. New Jersey along with all other states assessed its current efforts and set goals for implementation of the EDC-5 Initiatives for the next two year period, ending in December 2020 with reference to five stages of innovation.
EDC-5 Innovation Initiatives and NJ’s Baseline and Goals, 2019-2020
|EDC-5 Initiative||Baseline: January 2019||Goal: December 2020||Comments|
|Advanced Geotechnical Exploration Methods||Demonstration||Institutionalized||With proposed activities expect to move it forward to institutionalized|
|Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE)||Demonstration||Demonstration||EDC-4 carryover|
|Reducing Rural Roadway Departures||Development||Demonstration||New initiative under EDC-5|
|Project Bundling||Institutionalized||Institutionalized||Part of NJDOT toolbox|
|Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)||Assessment||Institutionalized||EDC-4 carryover|
|Use of Crowdsourcing to Advance Operations||Institutionalized||Institutionalized||Part of NJDOT toolbox|
|Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)||Assessment||Institutionalized||NJDOT has been a national leader with many advancements planned|
|Value Capture||Not implementing||Not implementing||Not formally advanced by STIC|
|Virtual Public Involvement||Not implementing||Not implementing||Not formally advanced by STIC. Agencies may be making use of this initiative.|
|Notes: Not Implementing: State is not currently using the innovation anywhere in the state; Development: State is collecting guidance and best practices and building support with stakeholders and partners and developing an implementation process; Demonstration: The State is piloting and testing the innovation; Assessment: The State is assessing the performance of and process for carrying out the innovation and making adjustments to prepare for full deployment; Institutionalized: The State has adopted the innovation as a standard process or practice and uses it regularly on projects.|
Presentations from the three Core Innovation Area (CIA) Teams -- Safety, Infrastructure Preservation, and Mobility and Operations -- highlighted what has already been accomplished (in prior rounds of EDC Rounds 1 through 4) and further described how NJDOT plans to accomplish the goals for EDC-5 Initiatives.
Participants were informed about the availability of innovative funding programs through FHWA's Center for Accelerating Innovative Programs to advance EDC-5 Initiatives and what New Jersey projects have already been funded through STIC Incentive Funding and the Accelerated Innovation Deployment Grant Programs. The meeting concluded with a roundtable discussion of the topics covered.
NJDOT will host the national STIC meeting on April 11, 2019.
Forthcoming NJ STIC meetings are scheduled for: May 7, August 8, and November 19, 2019.
The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its 2018 Fall Meeting. The meeting began with an update from the FHWA about NJDOT's progress on Every Day Counts (EDC-4) Innovations. The meeting continued with presentations from the three Core Innovation Area (CIA) Teams devoted to Safety, Infrastructure Preservation, and Mobility and Operations. The Safety CIA Team discussed progress on implementing road diets and shared a video that described its features and its benefits that had been produced by NJDOT. A roundtable discussion closed the meeting which included discussion of the importance and potential strategies for getting the message out on the innovations underway at NJDOT and by its STIC partners.
The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its 2018 Summer Meeting. The meeting began with updates about Everyday Counts. The meeting continued with presentations on select projects (see below), an overview of STIC communication/outreach, a new idea disposition report and a roundtable discussion.
A stakeholder report about Innovations of Interest for Everyday Counts 5 (EDC-5) was also discussed and circulated.
The NJ State Transportation Innovation Council recently held its 2018 Spring Meeting. The meeting began with an overview of the implementation status of STIC projects. The meeting continued with presentations on select projects (see below) and concluded with an overview of STIC communication/outreach and a roundtable discussion.
The complete 2018 Spring Meeting slides can be downloaded here: NJ STIC 2018 Spring Meeting.
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|Example of Techniques and Tools||Description|
|Annotated Template/Guidance Document||Templates, outlines, or other content/format guidelines to provide guidance on items for inclusion and how to go about writing and documentation.|
|Communities of Practice||A group of people who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting with each other over time and who share that collaborative knowledge with others in the organization, but not a formally constituted work team|
|Critical Incident Review/Lessons Learned||Capture lessons of experienced employees’ approach to problem solving. Creates a database and allows for discussion of what worked, what did not work, and why. Focuses on finding root causes and process issues|
|Expert Interviews||Skilled interviewer asks questions of employee to make tacit knowledge explicit.|
|Job Shadowing||Veteran employee shares knowledge with a less experienced employee and provides hands-on practice in dealing with everyday problems and the most difficult situations|
|Knowledge Maps||Used to discover the location, form, ownership, value and use of knowledge and people’s expertise to make better use of knowledge and identify barriers to knowledge flow|
|Last Lecture/Story Telling/Oral History||Retiring employee or employee with expertise is encouraged to give a presentation in a staff meeting and/or lunchtime talk. Event can be face-to-face or via a video. Description of what really happened to give context, engage feelings and minds, help listeners see relevancy to their own situation|
|Mentoring Programs||Training for specific situations or developmental needs, effective for transferring organizational cultural information, relationships outside units, develop higher level of proficiency|
|Peer Exchange||Peers from state DOTs, or regional and local governments, meet to exchange ideas and best practices on a specific topic to benefit research, development, and technology transfer programs.|
|Process Documentation||Flow diagrams that illustrate a process and identifies roles and responsibilities of various parties, including process, participants and products at each step in the process.|
|Research||Research advances innovation and contributes to broad implementation of specific processes and procedures.|
|Tech Talk Events||SMEs present information on specific innovative initiatives or research findings at lunchtime talks or half-day events|
|Training||SME conducts training session on specific topic|
|Videos||Illustrates how a job or task is done or innovation is achieved. Documents model or innovative practices.|
|Webinar||SMEs conduct online training that can be accessed live or reposed for on-demand usage.|
|Workshop||Half-day or full-day event including practical application of knowledge transferred.|