Keys to Success in Digital Delivery: Panel Discussion with Pennoni, Delaware DOT, and ALLPLAN

Join panelists from Pennoni, the Delaware Department of Transportation, and ALLPLAN BIM software as they discuss a recent success in digital delivery. They’ll take a deep dive into Pennoni’s experience at the forefront of digital delivery, discuss how Allplan helped both Pennoni and the Delaware DOT implement BIM processes in their recent project, and take a broader look at the current state of the industry.

Drawing from their recent project success, the panelists will walk you through their experience, sharing both their challenges and triumphs. Learn how to achieve successful project completion, develop workflows for future projects, and drive collaboration between consultant, project owner, and vendor to pave the way for wider BIM adoption and digital delivery workflows.


You'll learn: 

  • Pennoni’s experience in delivering a project in both digital and CAD formats
  • DelDOT’s experience managing both the design and the technology exploration aspects of this project
  • Risks and opportunities for consultants in adopting the sort of BIM-based design workflows used here
  • Challenges and shortcomings in the state of practice to-date
  • Planned future efforts to improve software and practice

About the speakers:



David Loughery, Business Development Manager - Infrastructure, ALLPLAN

David Loughery received a Master's in structural engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing and practiced engineering in China for several years before returning to the United States. In the US, he has been deeply involved in the AEC software sector, focusing on the development of BIM for infrastructure and bridge structures. 



Michael Alestra, PE, Senior Engineer/Project Manager, Pennoni

Michael Alestra, PE, a Senior Engineer/Project Manager in Pennoni’s Newark, DE office has more than 21 years of experience as a bridge engineer and 3D bridge modelling. Registered in DE, MD, VA, DC, and NC, he has worked extensively on both large-scale, small-scale projects, and moveable bridge projects for both highway and rail. For Pennoni, he manages multidiscipline bridge projects and performs bridge analysis and design for both steel and concrete structures. He additionally implements and manages Pennoni’s Bridge Information Modeling procedures and standards used on bridge design projects. Mr. Alestra’s understanding of bridge design and structural analysis, fabrication and construction, structural detailing, and plan development combined with his proficiency in CAD and 3D modeling techniques, and visualization software bring a unique skill and understanding to the engineering world.



Scott Walls, Project Manager - Bridge Design, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)

Scott Walls is a Project Manager with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). Scott began his career at DelDOT in 2012 as a Project Engineer in the Bridge Design Group. Scott was the lead designer for numerous replacement and rehabilitation projects designing with both steel and concrete. In his current position as Project Manager, Scott leads a small group of engineers and consultants from project initiation through project completion. Scott earned his bachelors of civil engineering in 2011 and his master’s degree in civil engineering in 2018, both from the University of Delaware. Scott is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Delaware.

Scott helped jumpstart the Department’s Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) program by being amongst the first designers to utilize ultra-high performance concrete, geosynthetic reinforced soil – integrated bridge system, and steel decked modular superstructure units. Scott is involved in a number of outreach programs aimed at developing an interest and excitement for civil engineering. Along with his colleagues, he developed and manages a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach program to support students learning STEM concepts throughout the state. In the 2016-2017 school year alone, this program reached over 2,000 students.







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