"Robots, Drones, Artificial Intelligence and the Changing Legal Landscape” was just one key topic of discussion during the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 8th annual “Transportation Construction Law & Regulatory Forum,” held June 1-2 in the Nation’s Capital.
The program agenda was developed by participants of last year’s forum and provided practical, real-world advice regarding laws and regulations that affect the transportation design and construction industry. ARTBA President & CEO Pete Ruane discussed the recent passage of the FAST Act with the nearly 40 lawyers, in-house counsel, contractors, planners and business owners involved in the management of transportation infrastructure projects.
Ruane thanked the attendees for their help in getting the FAST Act passed and signed by the President last December. But, he said, there are already efforts in Congress to cut the funding authorized in the bill.
Ruane affirmed ARTBA’s primary focus remains achieving a long-term transportation funding solution. “When the FAST Act was passed, there was no celebration on our part.” “It does not solve the nation’s underlying transportation problems. The Highway Trust Fund is on fumes and the job is not done,” Ruane said.
Among the nation’s top construction law attorneys and practice leaders delivering presentations were:
- Seth Firmender, Lane Construction;
- Chris Brasco, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald;
- Patrick Kelly, Navigant;
- Neal Sweeney, Jones Walker;
- Tyler Scarbrough, Jones Walker;
- Chris Kane, AECOM;
- Sasha Page, IMG Rebel;
- John J. Moroney, Franco & Moroney, LLC;
- Mark Berry, Peckar & Abramson;
- Michael Cox, Peckar & Abramson;
- Zachary Jones, Stites & Harbison;
- Dr. Gary Brierley, Dr. Mole, Inc.;
- Dr. Ron Heuer, Geotechnical Consultant; and,
- Lorraine D’Angelo, LDA Compliance Consulting