Leveraging observations to drive improvement in winter road maintenance

Winter Road Maintenance Single Snow Plow
Weather & Environment

When it comes to winter maintenance, better decisions can save lives

Winter weather is a constant challenge for road maintenance organizations that strive to optimize road treatments according to conditions. However, it can take years of experience to interpret weather forecasts, combine it with road sensor data, and execute the right response at the right time.

Join us for an engaging webinar where we will discuss the challenges and solutions available to road maintenance organizations, including:

  • The value of weather observations to drive improvement in road weather forecast modeling
  • How Vaisala utilizes forecasts in our generation of actionable information, reducing the need for the end-user to interpret the forecast

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Speakers:

​Mark DeVries

Solutions manager, Vaisala


As Solution Manager, Mark applies his winter maintenance and chemical use expertise to help clients/agencies improve operations and solve problems. Prior to joining the Vaisala team, Mark was with McHenry County Division of Transportation (retired,) for 30 years where he served as Maintenance Superintendent.

A frequent industry author and speaker, Mark has been featured at snow/ice, environmental, and municipality seminars across the globe and is also a member or committee participant for numerous industry organizations including APWA, AASHTO, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Among other awards, Mark is honored to be a past recipient of the APWA Presidential Leadership Award.

 

 

Samu Karanko, Vaisala

Samu Karanko

Head of Science, Europe, Vaisala


Samu Karanko is the head of science for Vaisala Digital, where he sets the research and development priorities in alignment with the company’s strategic vision. With more than 20 years of road weather experience, he is an expert at managing the development of new processes and technologies, often in concert with global partners across a wide range of industries and organizations. Samu is well-versed in navigating the challenges of technical feasibility, quality, and return on investment (ROI).

Prior to joining Vaisala Digital, Samu worked as the chief scientist at Foreca, where he was responsible for a wide array of initiatives, notably the development of the company’s Road Weather Model, which was later acquired by Vaisala. Samu has also long been involved in national road weather service initiatives, where his project leadership experience includes creating and implementing specifications for the national road weather services of New Zealand, Sweden, and Russia, as well as creating the foundation for public road weather forecasts for the Finnish Road Authority. Karanko also oversaw the integration of the METRo road weather model into Foreca systems.

Although much of his work relates to strategy and process, Samu stays engaged in software design and development to enhance his perspective on emerging technologies. He enjoys sharing his strong personal investment in this field and enabling its continued evolution.

 

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