Utility and Transportation Engineering Expert Honored as Fellow

May 5, 2017


Cesar A. Quiroga, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a leader in the field of utility and transportation engineering project design and process optimization, with over 30 years of experience in both practice and research, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Quiroga is a senior research engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University System. He has been the principal investigator or researcher on over 40 projects, and is an international expert in the area of utilities. Recently, he finalized a research project for the Federal Highway Administration to document issues related to the responsibility of state departments of transportation to manage utility installations within the highway right-of-way, with a focus on 3D utility mapping and marking. The research included documentation of business practices and lessons learned from a review of selected case studies; an analysis of strategies, barriers for implementation, and return on investment; and a review of the use of radio frequency identification technology to mark and manage underground utility installations, along with a discussion of benefits and costs.

He is a current governor of the UESI Board of Governors, and has served ASCE as a member of several technical committees and as a journal reviewer for the Society’s Journal of Transportation Engineering. Additionally, he has authored, coauthored, or edited over 225 technical papers, reports, and presentations.

Quiroga led Research Project R15B as part of the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), which produced a utility-conflict-management approach for managing utility conflicts during project development and delivery. Research products included a standalone UCM tool, a UCM data model and database, and a one-day UCM training course. Quiroga is currently assisting with the implementation of the UCM products throughout the country as part of a SHRP2 implementation program led by FHWA and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

He is also a leading expert on the interactions between unconventional energy developments and transportation systems. In recent years, he completed a research project that measured the impact of an increased level of unconventional energy developments on the state highway right-of-way and infrastructure, and developed recommendations to reduce and manage TxDOT’s exposure and risk resulting from those activities.

The research produced an assessment of the cost to maintain or restore roads to their original condition as well as recommendations for implementation. This project led to a number of initiatives both in Texas and in other states, including the ASCE Shale Energy Engineering Conference (SEEC), in Pittsburgh, 2014, where Quiroga served as a program co-chair.

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