The Mother of Invention
Since we are beginning a new year, it seems only fitting to say goodbye to the last year appropriately. The year 2021 was both difficult and demanding for most of us. As happy as we may be to see it end, we are probably not as happy as we were to see 2020 fade to black.
For me 2021 was a pretty good year. When I think about the hurdles and problems addressed to function in a virtual environment, I was amazed at what strides have been made in our profession.
In preparation for this President’s message I was researching all the milestones that occurred in 2021. Many things happened in the world politically, environmentally, and economically. In our world of public works as well some very cool strides were made. I am referring to a recent article titled “Top Public Works Trends for 2021” which outlines some of the milestones that were accomplished. The article’s author is not listed, however anyone wanting to explore further could contact APWA Education Manager Rita Cassida at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In reading through the piece, it became evident to me that I had actually lived through some of the milestones listed. I am sharing some of them with you now, however I imagine many of you will be able to relate should you have the time to peruse the article.
Recently APWA polled professionals in public works nationally and internationally to highlight new or trendsetting technologies that affect our workforce in delivering the essential services that we provide to the public every day. Note: “A technology is considered trending due to its projected impact on public works, across all departments, and at all levels.” There were over 6000 vote responses received.
Here are some of their findings:
Asset management technologies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) assist and help in many ways and their utilization is much more widespread today. We are familiar with the public engagement tools, the infrastructure inventories, and the long- and short-term planning for infrastructure and finances. We are using these tools to perform data-driven management, and certainly we all understand what a “dashboard” is.
Technology integrations are now being used on a regular basis. This cross-over technology makes us more efficient, allows us the ability to build accountability in our staffs, and enhances reporting like never before.
5G and small cell technologies when active provide better coverage enabling us to work more efficiently within a real time setting. Access to emergency service delivery has also been enhanced.
Field crew technology has improved exponentially. This includes the ability to use technology for virtual inspections, inventory assessment, emergency reporting and much more. I was recently quoted by a vendor that the virtual inspection saves the City of Tempe $100 for each virtual inspection it performs. That’s a big number when you perform 1500 inspections in a week. Wow! (Tempe currently averages around 25 per week. That’s a $2500 savings per week).
Virtual public engagement and meeting technologies we all know well. This technology is already well ingrained in many of our procedures. We use virtual meeting technologies almost every day for public meetings, Council meetings, and all sorts of business meetings. This aids us in collaboration at a fraction of the cost for those attending, provides great time management options as well as being a mechanism for inclusion. Those unable to attend in person can now participate. What a great way to get the message out to a larger portion of the community.
These technologies are still improving. Just imagine how much we have to look forward to. Isn’t it incredible what strides we have made while under performance pressure?
After all, necessity is the mother of invention. There’s no going back – onward and upward!
In closing, I’d like to give a big shout out and huge thanks to all the holiday event sponsors and the Events Committee for putting on such a successful holiday Jingle Mingle charity event. The Chapter collected a whopping $2500 for St. Mary’s Food Bank. My sincerest appreciation to everyone in attendance. It was great to see everyone before the holiday break. Your support of this event shows how committed you are as a member as well as your commitment to our philanthropy. I know St. Mary’s appreciates the Arizona Chapter’s support as well.
I would also like to thank the chapter’s essential committees for attending our virtual kick-off meeting last month. Kristin Tytler and Sandy Niebel are dialed into holding efficient meetings. Their presentations on the chapter’s policies and procedures were informative and concise. The meeting ended ahead of schedule (something everyone appreciates). Thank you, ladies for your effort and attention to detail!
Finally, let me take this opportunity to wish you all the best in the coming year. I would like to thank every member and volunteer for sticking with APWA through these last few difficult years. We all have a role to play in determining the new normal. There’s a lot to look forward to this year. Here’s wishing that each day exceeds your expectations, and your lives are filled with prosperity, good health, joy and purpose.
APWA AZ CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Adopt a Street Clean-Up
January 15, 2022
APWA January Program
January 19, 2022
Topic: How to deal with staff shortage?
Speakers: Daniel Worth, Kristin Tytler, Jesse Gutierrez, Bess Cadwell
PWI Module One
April 19-21, 2022
APWA Statewide Conference
August 3-5, 2022
|Jordan Cummins||Mohave County, AZ (8 Ed)|
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Click, Listen & Learn Webinars & Talking Top Tech Webinars
January 5, 2022 - SCRC Communities Perspective on Asset Management
January 13, 2022 – AI/Machine Learning and Clout Platforms – Water & Sewer Pipes
January 27, 2002 – Levels of Service
February 24, 2002 – Using Technology and Data to Manage Storm Events
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Public Works Job Opportunities
This section allows agencies to advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, check out the APWA Work Zone site! Job openings on the site may be sorted by key word and location.
City of Avondale
Equipment Operator – Solid Waste
Parks Maintenance Lead
Solid Waste Project Coordinator
Right-of-Way Management Coordinator
City of Buckeye
Administrative Assistant – Development Services
Budget Analyst - Finance
Building Inspector II
Building Inspector Supervisor
Civil Engineer, Senior (Survey)
Construction Inspector I (contract)
Economic Development Business Manager
Instrumentation & Controls Supervisor
Permit Technician I
Plans Examiner I & II
Traffic Signal Technician II
Water Resources Operations Manager
Water Resources Operators I, II, & III
City of Chandler
Sr. Applications Support Engineer (IT Sr. Programmer/Analyst)
Water Plant Operator II
Town of Gilbert
Plans Examiner II – Building/Fire
Solid Waste Operator I
Wastewater Utility Worker I & II
City of Glendale
Business Intelligence Developer
Budget & Finance Analyst
Civil Engineer, Sr - Water Svcs
Contract Analyst – Finance
Contracts Program Manager – Budget & Finance
Development Services Representative
Manager, Water Services SCADA System
Planning Project Manager, Sr.
Streetlight Program manager
Supervisor, Water Facilities – Water Treatment
Transportation Education Program Manager
Transportation Program Manager – Transit Planning
Water Services Plant Operator
City of Goodyear
Building Inspector I/II
Building Inspector III
Construction Inspector II
Deputy Building Official
Economic Development Project Manager
Plans Examiner – Development Services
Utility Tech II - Reclamation
Town of Marana
Assistant Building Official
Assistant to the Town Manager
CIP Engineering Division Manager
Facilities Technician II
Grant Administrator Supervisor
Quality Assurance Coordinator
City of Mesa
Assistant City Engineer
Construction Inspector I
Electrical Controls Specialist I/II
Facilities Equipment Tech II – HVAC & Electrician
Real Estate Services Specialist I/II
Senior Civil Engineer
Senior Traffic Studies Analyst
Streetlight Technician I
Water Quality Supervisor
Water Resources Operator II
Water Resources Plant Supervisor – Wastewater
Water Treatment/Reclamation Plant Operator/Maint. Intern
City of Peoria
Lead SCADA Instrumentation Control Specialist
Civil Engineer (Water/Wastewater)
Lead Solid Waste Equipment Operator
Utility Plant Operator II (Butler)
Plans Examiner I/II
Facilities Operations Technician
Solid Waste Equipment Operator
Town of Pinetop/Lakeside
Public Works Maintenance Worker – Facilities Division
City of Prescott
Airport Operations Superintendent
Public Works Director
City of Scottsdale
Maintenance Worker at WestWorld of Scottsdale
Project Management Assistant
Solid Waste Equipment Operator I, II, III
Water Maintenance Technician II – Wells & Boosters
Water Resources Asset Program Manager
Water Service Worker II - Water Distribution
City of Surprise
Service Worker - Utilities
Traffic Control Coordinator
City of Tempe
Building Equipment Technician II+
Fire Inspector I/II+
Fleet Service Worker II
Sr Code Inspector Specialist
Facility Maintenance Supervisor
Plan Check Engineer I/II
Plant Operator (SBP)
Senior Civil Engineer
Solid Waste Equipment Operator I/II
Street Maintenance Equipment Operator I/II
Transportation Lead - Signing & Striping
Transportation Worker I/II
City of Tucson
Civil Engineer – Tucson Water
Director of Transportation
Director of Water
Economic Development Specialist
Environmental Services Administrator
Senior Fleet Services Technician
Tucson Water Survey Crew Chief
City of Yuma
Senior Equipment Mechanic
Sr. Planner (Transportation/GIS)
Street Maintenance Worker
Water Treatment Plant Operator III
Looking Back at PWX 2021: Stronger Together
by Sandy Niebel APWA Arizona Chapter Secretary
PWX 2021 was held this last summer both in person (St. Louis, MO) and virtually through PWX Plus (an online version with more than 80 pre-recorded presentations). What is PWX you ask? While APWA National defines the Public Works Expo as: a first-class multimodal learning experience designed at all levels and across the entire spectrum of public works. I am here to tell you that it is an experience that you do not want to miss!
PWX offers everything in just a few days. You can choose to attend educational and technical sessions, seminars, workshops, and networking opportunities, as well as visit North America’s largest exhibit floor for public works equipment and services. Then there is a long list of additional events that you don’t want to miss like the golf tournament, local tours, the equipment roadeo, fun run, chapter dinners, and so much more!!! Whether you have a technical background and work for a public agency or are in a non-technical role supporting public works, this conference is for you. Save the Date for PWX 2022 and speak with a board member about how you can make this event successful for you! Grow your career through new and lasting relationships and come back educated and energized!!
Roadway Improvements to Lincoln, Mockingbird, and Indian Bend
Delivery Method: Construction Manager of Risk (CMAR)
Owner: Town of Paradise Valley
Design Engineer: T.Y. Lin International
Prime Contractor/CMAR: Achen-Gardner Construction
Final Project Amount: $11.3M
Project Completed: July 2021
Description and Scope: This project included roadway, wet utility, hardscape/landscape, and other aesthetic/artistic improvements within multiple arterials in the Town of Paradise Valley. The majority of the reconstructed roadways were adjacent to Five Star Development's Ritz-Carlton hotel/residential project, which was and is still under construction. The project team coordinated with the on-site development contractors, multiple jurisdictions, area businesses, residents, and the traveling public to minimize disruptions during construction and complete the work on time and under budget.
The project was delivered using two guaranteed maximum price (GMP) phases:
GMP 1 included the widening of Lincoln Drive at Tatum Boulevard to accommodate the addition of a westbound deceleration/right turn lane and a second westbound left turn lane. Also included in the scope of the project was landscaping, the construction of a new decorative stucco wall, relocation of a water service, traffic signal modifications, paving, sidewalk, curb and gutter, landscaped median modifications, signing, striping, and a driveway.
GMP 2 included roadway and wet utility improvements to Lincoln Drive, Mockingbird Lane, and Indian Bend Road near and adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton development. Improvements included storm drain, sewer, new City of Phoenix water lines on Mockingbird Lane and Indian Bend Road, signal modifications to the intersection of Lincoln Drive and Mockingbird Lane, a new signalized intersection at Lincoln Drive and Quail Run, new ITS conduits, median modifications, new medians, cut-and-patch pavement to accommodate the early underground work, grading and paving (full roadway reconstruction), concrete flatwork, decorative pavers, new landscaping and irrigation, meandering sidewalks, signing, striping, construction of a roundabout for traffic calming at Indian Bend Road and Mockingbird Lane, and improvements to the frontage along Lincoln Medical Plaza and Smoketree Resort. Total quantities included more than 30,000 SY of pavement and more than 8,100 LF of wet utilities.
For more information and photos please visit https://www.achen.com/3526100-roadway-improvements-related-to-ritz-carlton
The Top Five Trending Technologies of 2022
APWA National asked members to pick the top 5 of 16 technologies for the new year. Your top 5 for 2022 include:
~ Fleet Electrification
~ Smart Technologies
~ Asset Management Technology
~ Intelligent Transportation Systems
To read more about each of these technologies and how they interact with public works, click here: https://apwa.partica.online/reporter/january-2022/inside-apwa/the-top-five-trending-technologies-of-2022
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