Senior Research EngineerResearch & 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. 17129 · fax (210) 979-9694
Short BiographyDr. 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 interaction between energy developments and transportation systems; utility conflict management; utility data collection and mapping, accommodation, coordination, and permitting; 3D, BIM, CIM, GIS, and other spatial data technology applications; data modeling and database design and development; optimization of the project development and delivery process; asset and infrastructure management; right-of-way acquisition and property management; freight data and processes; and transportation operations and safety. His professional experience, which spans more than 30 years, also includes several years of surface hydrology and hydraulic engineering work as well as construction supervision.
Dr. Quiroga is an international expert in the area of utilities. He is also a leading expert on the interactions between unconventional energy developments and transportation systems. He is active on several committees and organizations. At the Transportation Research Board (TRB), he is the Chair of the Utilities Committee as well as a member of the Design Section and the CIM Subcommittee. At the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), he is a member of the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data Standards Subcommittee and the Collection, Administration, and Exchange of Utility Infrastructure Data Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the recently established Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) at ASCE.
He has conducted numerous studies that have attracted national and international attention. He completed a research project that measured the impact of increased level of unconventional energy developments 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 completed and anticipated energy developments in the state, collection and analysis of pavement data, 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 unconventional developments and the operation of disposal facilities. The research produced an assessment of the cost to maintain or restore roads to their original condition as well as four categories of recommendations for implementation.
This project has led to a number of initiatives both in Texas and other states. For example, he participated in all sessions of the TxDOT Energy Task Force. He also led a response to the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB), which asked for feedback on five questions related to the impact of energy activities on the state's transportation infrastructure. He is playing a leading role in the new Comprehensive Transportation and Energy Systems Initiative at TTI to develop the framework for a long-term strategic research roadmap to develop technology and knowledge transfer. He is also leading a research project for TxDOT to develop engineering guidelines for permitting, installing, operating, and maintaining temporary lines within the state right-of-way. The research is examining issues such as public vs. private uses, accommodation practices, construction and inspection procedures, structural configuration of aboveground temporary facilities, standards and specifications, safety issues, and environmental concerns.
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 interest are IACs with the Maintenance Division, the Corpus Christi District, the Laredo District, and the San Antonio District. He was also the principal investigator on a project requested by the Texas Legislature in 2014, which involved updating the initial research to document trends of oil and gas energy developments throughout the state and correlating those developments with changes in pavement conditions. At the Legislature's request, the research was expanded to include an analysis of crash and safety trends in energy sector areas throughout the state.
He was a co-chair of the 2014 ASCE Shale Energy Engineering Conference (SEEC) 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.
Dr. Quiroga finalized a research project for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to document issues related to the responsibility of state departments of transportation (DOTs) to manage utility installations within the highway right-of-way, with a focus on 3D utility mapping and marking. The research includes a literature review on the use of 3D technology; documentation of business practices and lessons learned from a review of selected case studies; an analysis of strategies, barriers for implementation, and return on investment (ROI); and a review of the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to mark and manage underground utility installations, along with a discussion of benefits and costs.
Dr. Quiroga led SHRP 2 Research Project R15B, which produced a prototype utility conflict matrix (UCM) approach for managing utility conflicts during project development and delivery. The research included a review of trends and practices from around the country, development of a standalone spreadsheet-based prototype UCM, development of a UCM data model and corresponding database, and development of a hands-on UCM training course. Dr. Quiroga also led a pilot implementation of these products at the Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA). MDSHA identified six sample projects, which provided a wide range of project types and field conditions. Dr. Quiroga has remained involved in the implementation of the UCM products throughout the country providing support to FHWA and AASHTO as a subject matter expert (SME) as part of Round 3 of the SHRP 2 pilot implementations.
Dr. Quiroga completed 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 reviewed strategies that TxDOT and other agencies use to engage utility owners, developed a set of strategies designed to optimize utility owner participation, conducted stakeholder meetings and workshops to gauge the potential acceptability of these strategies, and developed recommendations for changes to business processes and procedures.
Dr. Quiroga led NCHRP Project 20-84, which resulted in the development of integrated real property procedures and business practices in the project development and delivery process as well as recommendations to improve property management practices. One of the research products was a prototype, reference real property acquisition and relocation assistance work schedule that enables dynamic evaluations of what-if scenarios that can be used for decision making during project development and delivery. Another relevant product was a list and discussion of strategies to address issues and challenges that affect the timely, effective delivery of real property interests to transportation agencies. This project led to a follow-on research initiative to implement software-based tools to manage schedules and conduct what-if scenario analyses to facilitate the acquisition of real property at TxDOT.
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 led the development of software applications to automate and facilitate 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 oversaw 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 conducted research on ITS and freight-related topics. He led two research projects that examined the usability of ITS volume, occupancy, and speed sensor data to develop system performance measures. He 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.
- 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.
- Senior Research Engineer, Research & Implementation - San Antonio, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, December 2011 - Present.
- Program Manager, Research & Implementation - San Antonio, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, August 2010 - Present.
- Research Engineer, Research and Implementation - San Antonio, Texas Transportation Institute, August 2010 - January 2012.
- 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.
Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Registration No. 84274.
Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, Registration No. 27669.
Ingeniero Civil in Colombia, Registration No. 2520209404CND.
- Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Design Section.
- Chair, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Committee on Utilities.
- Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
- Co-Chairman, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Infrastructure Track.
- 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 of the Board, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute.
- Charter Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Transportation and Development Institute, 2002 - Present.
- Member, AASHTO-Subcommittee on Right-of-Way, Utilities, and Outdoor Advertising Control, Technical Council on Utility Project Scoping and Coordination.
- 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.
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.
C.A. Quiroga. Comprehensive Transportation and Energy Systems (CTEs) - Strategic Research Roadmap. TTI/SRP/15/161503-1. Project No. 10727. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. November 2015.
C.A. Quiroga, I. Tsapakis. Oil and Gas Energy Developments and Changes in Crash Trends in Texas. PRC 15-35 F. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. October 2015.
C.A. Quiroga, I. Tsapakis, E. Kraus, J.T. Le, A.J. Wimsatt. Oil and Gas Energy Developments and Changes in Pavement Conditions in Texas: Final Report. PRC 14-35F. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2015.
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, S. Sharma, M.E. Meyland. Determine the Cost for TxDOT to Process/Review/Approve Utility and Driveway Permits. 0-6756-S. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2014.
C.A. Quiroga, S. Sharma, M.E. Meyland. Evaluation of Costs to Process and Manage Utility and Driveway Permits. 0-6756-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. October 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. PSR. 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. PSR. 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.