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 Senior Research Engineer and Manager of the San Antonio Office at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. His professional and research interests include optimization of the project development process; utility accommodation, relocation, and permitting; right-of-way acquisition; impact of oil and gas energy developments on transportation infrastructure; and application of spatial data technologies to transportation. His professional experience, which spans 30 years, also includes several years of surface hydrology and hydraulic engineering work as well as construction supervision.

Dr. Quiroga has led numerous studies, several of which have attracted national and international attention. He led a TxDOT research project that measured the impact of increased level of energy-related activities on the state highway right-of-way and infrastructure and developed recommendations to reduce and manage TxDOT?s exposure and risk resulting from those activities. The research included the development of a geodatabase of energy developments in the state (including completed and anticipated developments), collection and analysis of pavement data along 710 ?-mile roadway segments, and analysis of operational and safety impacts. The research also included the development of a high-level tool to estimate the reduction in pavement life associated with the development of typical oil or gas wells and the operation of saltwater disposal facilities. The research also included preparing an assessment of the cost to maintain or restore roads to their original condition as well as four categories of recommendations for implementation.

Dr. Quiroga has continued his involvement in energy-related activities. He was an active participant in all four sessions of the TxDOT Energy Task Force. In 2013, he led a response to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) asking TTI to provide feedback on five questions related to the impact of energy activities on the state?s transportation infrastructure. Dr. Quiroga plays a critical role on several TxDOT interagency contracts (IACs) that deal with, or have active tasks related to, energy development topics. Of particular are IACs with the Maintenance Division, Corpus Christi District, Laredo District, and San Antonio District.

Dr. Quiroga is also playing a lead role on the new Comprehensive Transportation and Energy Systems Initiative, which TTI started recently to develop the framework for a long-term strategic research roadmap to develop technology and knowledge transfer. He is also the principal investigator on a project that involves updating the initial research project to document locations and trends of oil and gas energy developments throughout the state.

Recently, he was a co-chair of the Shale Energy Engineering Conference (SEEC) organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference had four major tracks: water resources, environmental and regulatory issues, geotechnical aspects, and infrastructure. Dr. Quiroga was responsible for the development of the infrastructure track, which included 11 sessions with close to 40 presentations and papers, many of which pertained to surface transportation topics and issues dealing with oil and gas energy developments. Major themes included roadway assessment and monitoring; roadway repair and reconstruction technologies; pipeline detection, mapping, and monitoring; best practices for site development; and best practices for stakeholder coordination.

In 2011, Dr. Quiroga completed SHRP 2 Research Project R15B, which resulted in the development and testing of a prototype utility conflict matrix (UCM) approach for the management of utility conflicts during the project development process. Major research activities included a review of trends and best practices from around the country, development of a standalone spreadsheet-based prototype UCM, development of a UCM data model and corresponding database, development of a hands-on UCM training course, and development of implementation guidelines. From September 2012 to March 2014 he led a pilot implementation of the SHRP 2 R15B products at the Maryland State Highway Administration. MDSHA identified six sample projects, which provided a wide range of project types and field conditions. Project deliverables included updated versions of the R15B products.

Dr. Quiroga led a research project at TxDOT that focused on developing strategies to improve the participation and response of utility owners in the project development and delivery process. To achieve this objective, the researchers (1) reviewed strategies that TxDOT and other agencies use to engage utility owners, (2) developed a set of strategies designed to optimize utility owner participation, (3) conducted stakeholder meetings and workshops to gauge the potential acceptability of these strategies, and (4) developed recommendations for changes to business processes and procedures.

In 2010, he participated in an international scan on outdoor advertising in Australia and 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 the development of a GIS-enabled, web-based system for automating the submission, review, and approval of utility permits called Utility Installation Review (UIR). The UIR implementation in Texas has produced many tangible positive results, including, but not limited to, the following: (a) automated online data entry and document uploads; (b) faster, more thorough reviews; (c) substantial improvements in efficiency and business practices; (d) long-term inventory of utility facilities on the right-of-way; and (e) substantial economic benefits, with a (conservative) benefit/cost ratio of 20:1.

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 has also been active conducting research in ITS and freight-related areas. He led two research projects that examined the usability of ITS volume, occupancy, and speed sensor data to develop system performance measures. He has also led or participated in several research projects dealing with the use of various types of traffic data to characterize truck routes and loads, including oversize/overweight (OS/OW) vehicle fleets. He played a critical role developing maps and reports that involved the development of custom code to extract OS/OW route data from millions of free text records that were available at the time.

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, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Texas Chapter.
  • Reviewer, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Geographic Information Framework Data.
  • Co-Chairman, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Infrastructure Track.
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Chair, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Committee on Utilities.
  • Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
  • Member, AASHTO-Subcommittee on Right-of-Way, Utilities, and Outdoor Advertising Control, Technical Council on Utility Mapping, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE).
  • Member, International Right of Way Association.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Design Section.
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data Standards Subcommittee.
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Standard for the Collection, Administration, and Exchange of Utility Infrastructure Data Committee.
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Utility Engineering Committee.
  • Member, AASHTO-Subcommittee on Right-of-Way, Utilities, and Outdoor Advertising Control, Technical Council on Utility Project Scoping and Coordination.
  • Charter Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Transportation and Development Institute, 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

E. Kraus, C.A. Quiroga, J.T. Le. Strategies to Optimize Right-Of-Way Parcel and Utility Information Management. http://docs.trb.org/prp/14-2242.pdf. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. 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.