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Partnering Provides New Winter Technology
Harvey Williams, Operations Technician, Illinois DOT, took one of the lead roles in the development of winter maintenance activities.Williams became a national spokesman for the use of liquid and alternative deicers, with core experience in the use of salt brine.
Rather than tackling this project by himself, Williams
enlisted my help.The corporation has taken a pro-active approach in the development of new ice melts and technology for the deicing market.
At the initial meeting, Enviro-Tech and IDOT laid out the ground rules and performance factors needed to accomplish a joint development effort.Williams
indicated the performance characteristics of the new deicer and that he
would be willing to conduct field testing, provide follow-up reports, and assist with development.Follow-up reports and evaluations are a must for this type of project.With limited funding, the Illinois DOT
would need assistance with product development, lab testing, blending equipment, and added storage facilities.EnviroTech
provided these services with a commitment from Williams
to use the material throughout the remainder of the 2001/2002 winter.
At this point, each agency began putting the details together for the development effort.Williams
went to gain approval from IDOT on the development of a new deicer, while I set out to pull together all the details for the supply of the product and equipment.
Over the next three months, Williams
was able to obtain approval for the project from the Illinois DOT
focused its efforts on various materials to enhance the performance of salt brine.
has been providing periodic updates, and all parties seem satisfied.
APWA Reporter Online
The Division teamed up with an expert, Harvey Williams, a former Illinois Department of Transportation research and development manager and now with Dultmeier Sales, to develop a blending manifold system.
If you would like to discuss this project please contact R. Mark DeVries, Superintendent of Operations, McHenry County Division of Transportation at (815) 334-4975 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Harvey Williams, Project Manager, Dultmeier Sales at (815) 288-1237 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
By Harvey J. Williams, Illinois Department of Transportation
...Harvey J. Williams is an operations technician for primary and interstate highway systems for the Illinois Department of Transportation (Dixon, Ill.).He has co-authored a manual on the use of liquids for winter maintenance and served as guest lecturer for organizations around the country and in Canada on the subject of current and future maintenance practices.He
has also partnered with manufacturers to develop equipment that is in use throughout the snow and ice industry.
Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee
Mr. Harvey WilliamsWinter Maintenance Sub-Committee
Name: Harvey Williams
...Bio: Harvey holds a degree in business management, and is a field technician (retired) with ILDOT in District 2.
Career activities during his
32½ years of service have included District Safety Manager, technology transfer, and Maintenance Operations for primary and interstate highways.He
partnered with major manufacturers to develop innovative equipment and practices.Also, he
co-authored the Illinois Practices and Procedure Manual on liquids for snow/ice control.Harvey
was selected as the Illinois Department of Transportation's Engineering Technician of the year in 1999.He
has extensive field experience in the production and use of liquid chemicals for snow and ice control.
Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee
Mr. Harvey WilliamsProject Manager