Cesar A. Quiroga, Ph.D., P.E.

Quiroga, Cesar

Senior Research Engineer

Research and Implementation - San Antonio
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
1100 N.W. Loop 410, Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78213
ph. (210) 321-1229 Ext. 17203 · fax (210) 979-9694
c-quiroga@tamu.edu

Short Biography

Dr. Cesar Quiroga is a Research Engineer and Manager of the San Antonio Office at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Prior to September 2010, he managed the Infrastructure Management Program at TTI, when he founded to conduct leading edge research in critical transportation areas such as utilities, right-of-way, GIS, GPS, and ITS. In September 2010, this research portfolio was expanded to include existing TTI research and implementation activities in South Texas, which focused primarily on transportation operations. Dr. Quiroga's contributions include other infrastructure management areas such as freight and bridge information management. His professional experience, which spans more than 25 years, also includes several years of surface hydrology and hydraulic engineering work as well as construction supervision.

Dr. Quiroga has been with TTI since 1998. Before joining TTI, he worked at the Remote Sensing and Image Processing Laboratory at Louisiana State University. He also worked as a consultant in the private sector. Dr. Quiroga's work has received funding from a variety of agencies and programs, including NCHRP, SHRP 2, NCFRP, TxDOT, SWUTC, and LTRC.

Dr. Quiroga has led numerous studies, several of which have attracted national and international attention. Currently, he is leading an NCHRP project that deals with the optimization of the right-of-way acquisition and property management process. He is also leading a SHRP 2 project that involves the development of improved procedures for utility conflict analyses. In Texas, he is working on a research project to examine the impact of energy-sector activities on the transportation system. He is also conducting research to examine and optimize the participation of utility companies in the transportation project development process.

Recently, he participated in the 2010 international scan on outdoor advertising in Australia and several European countries under the auspices of the joint AASHTO/FHWA Scanning Program. In 2008, he participated in the international scan on right-of-way and utilities in Australia and Canada. In both cases, he was responsible for compiling and writing the scan reports, which included the identification of ideas for potential implementation in the United States.

Dr. Quiroga led an NCFRP research project to develop the specifications for a national freight data architecture. The research effort involved assembling and analyzing a large number of freight data sources at the national level; examining issues and challenges related to freight data integration at the national, regional, state, and local levels; and developing a specification framework for the development of a national architecture for freight data.

Dr. Quiroga led a research project that focused on the evaluation of strategies to integrate the utility relocation process and the environmental process at TxDOT. The project also evaluated the feasibility of strategies to address design elements earlier in the project development process to help optimize utility coordination activities and developed updated business process diagrams for both utility adjustment and environmental process activities.

He also completed a research project that resulted in a prototype architecture for the management of right-of-way assets at TxDOT. As part of the research, Dr. Quiroga led a group of researchers that evaluated current right-of-way data practices around the country, and developed and tested an innovative GIS-based right-of-way asset data model. This prototype architecture is intended to facilitate the identification of current right-of-way boundaries, tracking of right-of-way boundary changes, automatic mapping of right-of-way surveying data to other layers of information such as control section job and route number locations, and complete attribution of right-of-way assets.

Dr. Quiroga led the development and implementation of a GIS-enabled, web-based system for automating the submission, review, and approval of utility permits called Utility Installation Review (UIR). UIR is now implemented throughout Texas. This project has attracted national attention, and Dr. Quiroga has been invited to give numerous presentations and demonstrations of the system around the country. Some of those demonstrations have taken place online using a web-based conference application at TTI that enables multiple attendees to view the demonstration and participate actively in the events remotely from their offices.

Dr. Quiroga also led a study that developed a framework for the development of construction specifications and unit costs for utility installations. He also led a project that produced an innovative architecture for the management of right-of-way parcels and related property right information and documents. Also worth noting is a prototype GIS-based architecture for the management of engineering documentation during the project development process and a prototype GIS-based data model for managing large amounts of data layers used for the transportation planning process.

In the area of GPS applications in transportation, Dr. Quiroga has led the development of software applications that automate and facilitate the processing, reporting, and analysis of vast amounts of raw GPS data collected to measure travel times, speeds, and other related trip information. His algorithms also enable the calculation of a variety of delay measures, including control delay, approach delay, and stopped delay. He has overseen the development of GPS-based procedures and coordinated the collection and processing of travel time data at a variety of locations, primarily in Texas and Louisiana.

Dr. Quiroga is an active member of numerous professional organizations. At TRB, he is currently the Secretary of the Utilities Committee (AFB70) and the Co-chair of the Geographic Information Science and Applications Committee (ABJ60). At ASCE, he is a Charter Member of the Transportation and Development Institute and a Member of the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data Standards Subcommittee (ASCE CI/38-09). He is also a member of ITE.

Dr. Quiroga has received several awards, including an FHWA utility outstanding achievement award (2006), a TxDOT top research innovation and finding award (2002), an ITE Southern District best technical paper award-honorable mention (1996), and a Fulbright scholarship in 1984.

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1997.
  • M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1986.
  • Ingeniero Civil, Civil Engineering, Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, 1982.

Experience

  • Senior Research Engineer, Research and Implementation - San Antonio, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, December 2011 - Present.
  • Research Engineer, Research and Implementation - San Antonio, Texas Transportation Institute, August 2010 - January 2012.
  • Program Manager, Research and Implementation - San Antonio, Texas Transportation Institute, August 2010 - November 2011.
  • Research Engineer, Infrastructure Management Program, Texas Transportation Institute, September 2007 - July 2010.
  • Program Manager, Infrastructure Management Program, Texas Transportation Institute, March 2006 - July 2010.
  • Associate Research Engineer, Infrastructure Management Program, Texas Transportation Institute, April 2001 - August 2007.
  • Program Manager, Research and Implementation - San Antonio, Texas Transportation Institute, April 2001 - February 2006.
  • Assistant Research Engineer, Research and Implementation - San Antonio, Texas Transportation Institute, July 1998 - March 2001.
  • Research Associate, Louisiana State University, November 1995 - July 1998.
  • Graduate Assistant, Louisiana State University, August 1993 - November 1995.
  • Principal Engineer/Specialist, Hidroestudios, S.A., November 1990 - July 1992.
  • Principal Engineer/Project Engineer, Consultores Civiles e Hidraulicos, Ltda., June 1988 - November 1990.
  • Instructor/Researcher, Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, July 1982 - June 1988.
  • Project Engineer, Hidroestudios, Ltda., July 1983 - July 1984.

Professional Registration

Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Registration No. 84274.

Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Registration No. 27669.

Ingeniero Civil in Colombia, Registration No. 2520209404CND.

Affiliations

  • Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
  • Member, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Texas Chapter.
  • International Right of Way Association.
  • Reviewer, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Geographic Information Framework Data.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Committee on Utilities, 2003 - Present.
  • Charter Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2002 - Present.
  • Transportation, Contents Standards for, 2002 - 2003.
  • Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Transportation Safety Council, 2002 - Present.

Honors & Awards

Utility Outstanding Achievement Award, Federal Highway Administration, 2006.

Top Research Innovation and Finding, Texas Department of Transportation, 2002.

Who's Who in America, Marquis, 2001.

Best Technical Paper Award-Honorable Mention, Institute of Transportation Engineers Southern District, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), 1996.

Graduate School Tuition Award, Louisiana State University, 1992.

Fulbright Scholarship, U.S. Information Agency, 1984.

Undergraduate Engineering Award, Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos, 1979.

Academic Courses Taught

Statics. Louisiana State University, Fall 1993.

Building Water Supply and Waste Water Systems. Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, Spring 1988.

Open-Channel Hydraulics. Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, Spring 1988, Fall 1987.

Fluid Mechanics. Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, Spring 1987, Fall 1986, Spring 1984.

Pipe Hydraulics. Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, Fall 1987, Fall 1986.

Introduction to Physics. Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria, Spring 1984, Fall 1982.

Selected Publications

C.A. Quiroga, E. Kraus, L.K. Cochran. Summary of Practices for Utility Coordination in Transit Projects. 602891-2. April 2014.

C.A. Quiroga, E. Kraus, J.T. Le, P. Scott, J. Anspach, T. Swafford, P.J. Meis. Identification of Utility Conflicts and Solutions: Pilot Implementation of the SHRP 2 R15B Products at the Maryland State Highway Administration. 601101-1. March 2014.

E. Kraus, Y. Li, J.H. Overman, C.A. Quiroga. Best Practices for Utility Investigations in the TxDOT Project Development Process. 0-6631-S. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2013.

E. Kraus, C.A. Quiroga. Managing Longitudinal Utility Installations on Controlled Access Highway Right-of-Way. 479580-4. December 2013.

C.A. Quiroga, I. Tsapakis, J.H. Overman, S. Anderson, L. Harrison, A. Souder, A. Adkins, R. Cooney, R. Neblett, B. Anderson. Strategies to Optimize Real Property Acquisition, Relocation Assistance, and Property Management Practices. 478060-2. October 2013.

S.A. Cooner, J.A. Crawford, J.A. Epps, E.G. Fernando, M.Q. Le, D.E. Newcomb, C.M. Poe, C.A. Quiroga, Y.K. Rathod, E.J. Seymour, W.R. Stockton, A.J. Wimsatt. TxDOT Administration Research: Tasks Completed FY 2012. 0-6581-TI-4. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. August 2013.

C.A. Quiroga, E. Kraus, J.T. Le. Strategic Plan to Optimize the Management of Right-of-Way Parcel and Utility Information at FDOT. Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, FL. May 2013.

C.A. Quiroga, Y. Li, E. Kraus, J.T. Le. Optimizing Utility Owner Participation in the Project Development and Delivery Process. 0-6624-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. April 2013.

E. Kraus, Y. Li, J.H. Overman, C.A. Quiroga. Utility Investigation Best Practices and Effects on TxDOT Highway Improvement Projects. 0-6631-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. April 2013.

C.A. Quiroga, Y. Li, E. Kraus, J.T. Le. Improving the Response and Participation by Utility Owners in the Project Development Process. PSR. 0-6624-S. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2012.

C.A. Quiroga, E.G. Fernando, J.H. Oh. Texas Energy Developments and TxDOT Right of Way. 0-6498-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2012.

C.A. Quiroga, E. Kraus, Y. Li, J.T. Le. Strategies to Encourage and Facilitate Utility Owner Participation in Transportation Projects: Guidebook and Training Materials. 0-6624-P1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. November 2012.

C.A. Quiroga, E.G. Fernando, J.H. Oh. Energy Developments and the Transportation Infrastructure in Texas: Impacts and Strategies. 0-6498-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2012.

C.A. Quiroga. Geodatabase of Energy Developments in Texas. 0-6498-P1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. February 2012.

A.J. Wimsatt, C.A. Quiroga, J. Weissmann, N.A. Koncz, J.T. Le, Y. Li. Framework for Comprehensive Bridge Management and Information System (BMIS). 0-6389-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2011.

C.A. Quiroga, N.A. Koncz, E. Kraus, J.C. Villa, J.E. Warner. Guidance for Developing a Freight Transportation Data Architecture. NCFRP Report. 9. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. 2011.

E. Kraus, J.H. Oh, E.G. Fernando, Y. Li, C.A. Quiroga, N.A. Koncz. Evaluation of Overweight Load Routing on Buried Utility Plant. 0-6394-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2011.

E. Kraus, J.H. Oh, E.G. Fernando, E. Li, C.A. Quiroga, N.A. Koncz. Evaluating the Impact of Overweight Load Routing on Buried Utility Facilities. 0-6394-2. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. December 2011.

C.A. Quiroga, J. Weissmann, N.A. Koncz, J.T. Le, Y. Li, A.J. Wimsatt. Framework for a Comprehensive Bridge Management and Information System. 0-6389-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. November 2011.

C.A. Quiroga, E. Kraus, P. Scott, T. Swafford, P.J. Meis, G. Monday. Identification of Utility Conflicts and Solutions. 477440-1. July 2011.

C.A. Quiroga, N.A. Koncz, L. Harrison, A. Souder, A. Adkins, R. Cooney, R. Neblett, B. Anderson. Improved Right-of-Way Procedures and Business Practices. 478060-1. June 2011.

C.A. Quiroga, N.A. Koncz, J.T. Le, Y. Li, A.J. Wimsatt. Use of Existing Information Systems and Data to Support Bridge Management at TxDOT. 0-6389-P1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. February 2011.

E. Kraus, E.G. Fernando, Y. Li, J.H. Oh, N.A. Koncz, C.A. Quiroga. Evaluating the Impact of Overweight Load Routing on Buried Utility Facilities. 0-6394-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. February 2011.

M.J. Daluge, M. DeLong, L. Hanig, H. Kalla, C. Klauer, K. Klein, S. Klekar, L. McMillan, C.A. Quiroga, J. Soule, M. Tracy, B. Wessinger. Outdoor Advertising Control Practices in Australia, Europe, and Japan. 403301-3. February 2011.

H.G. Hawkins, Jr., A. Lodgher, J. Perkins, Y. Yang, E. Jones, C.A. Quiroga. Feasibility and Applications of RFID Technologies to Support Right-of-Way Functions. 0-6142-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2010.

C.A. Quiroga. Swim Lane Diagrams. 0-6065-P2. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. May 2010.

C.A. Quiroga, E. Kraus, J.T. Le. Strategies and Recommendations for Integrating Utility and Environmental Processes at TxDOT. 0-6065-P1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. May 2010.

C.A. Quiroga, E. Kraus, J.H. Overman, N.A. Koncz. Integrating Utility Conflict Elimination and Environmental Processes. 0-6065-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. February 2010.

C.A. Quiroga, E. Kraus, J.H. Overman, N.A. Koncz. Integration of Utility and Environmental Activities in the Project Development Process. 0-6065-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. January 2010.