Emerging Innovation

APA Florida Chapter, Emerald Coast Section


Thursday, November 12, 2015
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. CST

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The session will explore the emerging technologies in transportation and how innovation is improving transportation planning.  From new data collection techniques that result in more accurate transportation demand modeling to the emergence of autonomous vehicles on Florida roadways. 


The moderator of the session is Keith King with ESRI.  Speakers are Ed Hutchinson, manager of the Florida Automated Vehicle Initiative; Bill King, senior business development executive for AirSage; and Clay Pachard, a consultant with Atkins Inc. 


Keith King is the newest member of Esri’s transportation team.  He began his career in the military where he served a total of 10 years between the air force and the navy. His roles included a four-year assignment at the Naval Nuclear Power School formerly located in Orlando.  Following the military, King held operational roles in the semiconductor manufacturing and healthcare capital equipment industries. For the past 12 years he has worked to provide IT and GIS services and consulting to private and public sector organizations. Today, he works exclusively with state DOTs and their partners. King holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University. For the past 12 months, Keith has focused a large part of his time and efforts on understanding the challenges associated with performance-based transportation project planning.  Identification of five unique but repeating project planning workflow patterns is facilitating the ongoing configuration and development of GIS-based solutions to help organizations manage the planning process and optimize project portfolios. 


Ed Hutchinson is Manager of the Transportation Statistics Office for the Florida Department of Transportation. He also serves as the lead on the Florida Automated Vehicle Initiative. The FAV is an initiative to make Florida a leader in automated vehicle technology. He has played a major role in providing support to this new endeavor including developing working groups on policies, technology and modal operations. Conducting an annual summit that showcases pilot projects and research activities. Developing a public outreach and marketing component that utilizes the internet, social media and other communication tools. Overseeing research projects with major Florida universities to study the impact this technology will have on transit users, the elderly, freight drayage movements and unmanned aerial vehicles.


He has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University.  Prior to joining the FDOT in 2002, he served as the Manager of Transportation Services for the City of Asheville, NC. Previous to this, he worked for several MPOs in North and South Carolina.


Bill King is an experienced civil engineer, project manager, expert witness and consultant with over 25 years in the transportation and infrastructure development industry. Before joining AirSage, his career includes the Georgia DOT, City Engineer for Cartersville, GA as well as private engineering and planning firms. Bill is a licensed PE in Georgia and Florida and is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (CE).


Clay Packard earned his Computer Engineering degree and Computer Science Masters, both from the University of Oklahoma. He then developed embedded systems at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio for a couple of years before launching his ITS career by migrating to Florida as the onsite engineering support staff for SunGuide – Florida’s statewide traffic management center software. A couple more years and he shifted gears to join Atkins as a member of the Florida Department of Transportation's statewide ITS general engineering consultant team where he currently serves as the Software Integration Manager as well as serving as the SunGuide consultant project manager.