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FREE NAEP Webinar: Designing Resilient Transportation Networks with GIS
Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Category: Webinars

Designing Resilient Transportation Networks with GIS

Co-Hosted by ESRI

November 16, 2021 10:00 AM (PT) | 1:00 PM (ET) 

Location: Zoom

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Designing Resilient Transportation Networks with GIS Webinar co-hosted by ESRI

There has been a “staggering rise” in the number of extreme weather events over the past 20 years, driven largely by rising global temperatures and other climatic changes. This has had a significant impact on our transportation systems, and transportation and environmental planners are facing ever-greater pressures to design more resilient infrastructure. Building resiliency into current transportation projects requires a solid understanding of future climatic change. Whether it's from sea level rise or from increases in precipitation, storm intensity, or temperature extremes, GIS can help you understand and plan for these changes in the environment. With GIS, you can design more resilient transportation systems for the future.

Join Terry Bills, Esri’s global transportation industry manager, along with a panel of experts from leading transportation agencies for a discussion on how GIS technology can serve as the foundation for building stronger and more resilient transportation networks.

This webinar will include:

  • A discussion of how GIS allows you to analyze a wealth of data and determine the most environmentally positive and resilient transportation infrastructure
  • Real-world examples of leading transportation agencies implementing GIS to build resiliency into their transportation systems
  • Demonstrations of the GIS tools and solutions to help you get started


Courtney Arena, Principal Environmental Scientist 
Gannett Fleming


Terry Bills, Global Transportation Industry Manager

Terry Bills is the Global Transportation Industry Director at Esri, responsible for all transportation infrastructure segments worldwide. He has more than 25 years of experience in transportation, working on planning, policy development, information technology and GIS. He has been a principal planner for a large regional transportation planning agency, as well as the president of a GIS and transportation consulting firm. He was a doctoral candidate at UCLA, where he also earned two Masters’ degrees.

Toria Lassiter, Assistant Division Chief
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA)

Toria Lassiter is the Assistant Division Chief of the Innovative Planning and Performance Division (IPPD) at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University and worked as an engineering consultant for 6 years in Maryland, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee before joining MDOT SHA as a Transportation Project Manager in 2014, managing Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build projects.

Toria’s contributions in IPPD since joining in 2018 include managing MDOT SHA’s compliance with Federal Transportation Performance Management and Asset Management regulations, building relationships with asset class sponsors for our first Asset Management Plan, and providing strategies to incorporate risk and resiliency into project planning. She represents MDOT at Metropolitan Planning organization meetings and national peer exchanges to advance performance-based planning and programming.

Christopher Dorney, Director (Climate, Resilience, & Sustainability)

Christopher Dorney is a director in WSP’s Climate, Resilience, and Sustainability practice who has been engaged in extreme weather and climate change adaptation planning for over a decade. Over this time, Mr. Dorney has been involved in several adaptation projects involving work at both the systems level and at the scale of individual facilities. Mr. Dorney has conducted many systems level climate vulnerability analyses for transportation agencies, local governments, and other institutions that drew heavily on his expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and harnessed the engineering and climate science knowledge of his colleagues. These analyses have allowed agencies/institutions to understand their vulnerabilities/risks to climate change and extreme weather and to start prioritizing adaptive actions. Mr. Dorney has also been at the forefront of developing and implementing procedures for incorporating climate change adaptation into the project development process at individual facilities and has helped incorporate the use of climate risk into benefit-cost analyses.

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