TTI Senior Research EngineerUtility Engineering
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
3500 NW Loop 410, Suite 315
San Antonio, TX 78229
ph. (210) 321-1229 x17129
Email: [email protected]
- Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1997
- M.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1986
Dr. Cesar Quiroga is a Senior Research Engineer and Manager of the Utility Engineering Program at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Dr. Quiroga is an international expert in the area of utility engineering. He is also a leading expert on the interactions between unconventional energy developments and transportation systems. His professional and research activities extend to 3D, BIM, GIS, and other spatial data technology applications; data modeling and database design and development; optimization of the project delivery process; right-of-way acquisition and property management; and transportation operations and safety. His professional experience, which spans more than 35 years, also includes several years of surface hydrology and hydraulic engineering work as well as construction supervision.
Dr. Quiroga 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 committee updating the Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data and the committee developing the Standard for Recording and Exchanging Utility Infrastructure Data. He is also a founding member of the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) at ASCE. At UESI, he is active in various leadership capacities at the national, state, and regional levels. He also provides support to groups and organizations promoting utility engineering in other countries.
He has conducted numerous studies that have attracted national and international attention. Worth noting is Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Project R15B, which produced a holistic utility conflict management (UCM) approach for managing utility conflicts during project delivery. Dr. Quiroga is playing a leading role on the implementation of this UCM approach throughout the country providing support as a subject matter expert (SME). In some cases, the involvement has been more in-depth. For example, for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Dr. Quiroga has led an initiative that involves providing UCM training throughout the state and monitoring the UCM implementation at the five metro districts (Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio). This implementation has produced millions of dollars in monetary savings, saved several years in project delivery time, and led to a more positive, effective relationship between TxDOT and utility industry stakeholders.
Dr. Quiroga has also conducted groundbreaking research analyzing the impacts of energy developments that rely on horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques on the state transportation system, as well as developing recommendations to address those impacts. Examples of impacts include additional truck traffic volumes, accelerated pavement and roadside degradation, and increases in traffic crash, injury, and fatality rates. This effort also includes developing leading edge, GIS-based forecasting tools.