Seven Central District innovations have been selected for the 2015 Innovations Challenge Showcase to be presented April 27 and 28 at the Springfield Convention Center. Innovations were judged on efficiency, value (cost & quality), safety and organizational and environmental impact. Each district selects submissions and a statewide evaluation team chooses the best innovations to compete at the Showcase. Congratulations to our innovative Central District employees. We wish you the very best at the Showcase!
The district innovations selected for the Showcase are (organized by category):
Submitted by Ryan Libbert and Kent Bohon along with the team of Bob Lynch, Cindy Kremer, Bruce Green, Jacob Ray, Trent Brooks, John Schaefer, Erica Ross, Danny Roeger, Dirk Honeycutt, Norb Dickneite, Terry Blankenship, John Patterson, Donald Hake, Loren Groose, Clint Jones, Joe Martin, Jamey Asahl, Allan Haslag and Rodney Whittle.
Description: This is an alternative to a traditional roundabout, which has raised concrete islands. This alternative is simply a striping pattern that provides the benefit and functionality of a roundabout at a fraction of the cost.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Trim Line Carrier
Submitted by Donald Maddox and Brad Murray.
Description: This improvement allows a full set of trim line channelizers to be stored with the message board and thus less likely to be forgotten.
Tie Road Boots
Submitted by Chris Stuckenschneider of General Services Fleet Support.
Description: This is a simple addition to the tractor tie rod that further protects it from weed/brush damage thereby reducing future maintenance costs.
Gear Box Shaft Bit Attachment
Submitted by Lewis Trapanier, Zach Honse and Juan Guillen.
Description: This is a specially built drill bit that can reverse a spreader gear box without the need for a pipe wrench, thus preventing unneeded damage to the gear box shaft.
Articulated Saw Attachment
Submitted by Brian McMillian, Jason Harmon, Thomas Cox, Adam Perrett, Dave McGinnis, Brenda McClain, Jeannie West, Ronnie Pyatt, Dustin Hardy, and Ronald Laney.
Description: This is a purchased product that attaches to a back hoe and can be turned on multiple axes to remove overhanging limbs in a quick and efficient way. It serves as an alternative to the Jarraff Tree Trimmer.
Electronic Striping Database
Submitted by Brandon Schreimann and Joe Moore.
Description: Using ArcMAP 10, this group created a striping map that can be shared on SharePoint. This process allows for the year's striping plan to be shared for the district as a whole, as well as provides individualized plans for each maintenance area. This allows for a better sharing of information, which results in less re-striping and a more efficient use of department resources.
Submitted by William Sentman, Jarrett Reedy, Nathan Ragsdale, Leroy Barton, Randy Lea, Brian Black, Mike Halbert, Jeff Manthey, Andrea Starkey, Alan McBride, Justin Nash, Jason King, Justin Sundell, Kit Horbyk, John Evans, Ken Thomas, Calvin Bunton, Kyle Good, and Karl Desch.
Description: This is a purchased item that can be attached to a weed or brush trimmer. This attachment reduces the amount of thrown debris as compared to traditional string trimmer and thus increases safety for MoDOT staff and the traveling public.