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2015 AAR Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Conference


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Tuesday June 16, 2015


8:15 – 9:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dave Hopkins, Director BNSF Load and Ride Solutions (LARS)
Chairman, Damage Prevention and Freight Claim Committee


9:15 – 10:00 Keynote Address

Railway Service Excellence
Sam Sexhus, Vice President Engineering, BNSF


10:30 – 11:15 Service Excellence 
Dr. RJ Graham, President - Dynamic Transitions


11:15 – 12:00 Trends in Railroad Technology
David Cackovic, AVP Technical Standards, TTCI


1:15 – 2:15 Remote Monitoring for Safety and Quality
Moderator, Russ Bryan, BNSF




2:30 – 3:15 Intermodal Weight Concentration – A Closer Look


Moderator, Matt Hardin, NS   
Railroad and intermodal engineers discuss the complications of concentrated weights; how containers and trailer floors, cross members, and other components distribute the weight of lading. 
A erudite demonstration for loaders, shippers, and the Damage Prevention community

Dave Hopkins,  BNSF


3:15 – 4:15 Railroad Cargo Protection Strategies


Moderator, Kelly Smith, KCS         

Panelists will provide an analysis of the current threats regarding railroad transportation and protection strategies being developed
and implemented to thwart these threats.

James Kniestedt, KCSM
Tom Farmer, AAR



2:30 – 3:00 New Series Jump Chock Codes/Data Analysis

Marna Short, Vascor

A review of data collection since January 1 implementation date and what challenges and opportunities this presents to the rail industry.


3:00 – 3:30 AIAG Update

Update from the AIAG committee on recent activities.

Peter Daly, Vascor
Kathy Moynigan, GM


3:30 – 4:15  MUAR Update


Moderator, Russell Bryan, BNSF

A review of growth of the automotive business in Mexico and what challenges and opportunities this presents to the rail industry and our customers.

Carlos Velez, KCSR
Marlon Escamilla, KCSM
Arturo Gonzalez, FXE


Wednesday June 17, 2015


General Session

8:30 – 9:15 The Mexico Connection
Frank Hernandez, General Director U.S. Mexico Ops, BNSF Railway


9:15 – 10:00 Packaging Technology & Securement – The Relationship Challenge

Moderator, John Brainard, BNSF
Herb Schueneman, WestPak
Michael Kuebler, Smithers Pira


10:30 – 11:15 Improving Railcar Quality, a Team Effort

Moderator, Kelsey Even, CSX
Chip Summey (David), Railinc
Lora Dorman, Director of AAR Services, CSX Mechanical


11:15 – 11:45 DPLS: The Supply Side
Tom Feltault, AAR/TTCI                                                                  

A look at current AAR DPLS initiatives to enhance supplier opportunities that support service excellence.



1:00 – 1:45 Reaching the Mile High Goal through Communication,
Education and Cooperation

Moderator, Jim Cappy, NS

Kelsey Even, CSX
Steve Legge, CN
Darren Burden, Complete Packaging


1:45 – 2:30 Conversations and Opportunities for shipping rolled
paper in the expanding intermodal network


Moderator, Jerry Jones, BNSF

Mike Wiggins, CSX Railway
Travis Wolgram, TTCI
Luke Rothwell, BNSF Railway
Chaunzey Tenbrink, BNSF Railway Matt Sewell, Sunrise Manufacturing



1:00 – 1:45 Exploring and Enabling Innovation:  General Electric

Moderator, Josh Massey, NS

James Taylor, GE

1:45 – 2:15 Loading & Unloading Facility Safety

Bret Witzig, AWC


2:15 – 2:30 AAR Update & Awards


Moderator, Pat Breslin, AAR/TTCI

Ray Fries, AAR/TTCI





3:00 – 3:30      Creating WIN WIN Situations


Moderator, Wayne Ronci, UP

Doug Bank, Shippers Products
Kevin Arnold, Hexacomb Corporation
Al Hart, Verso Paer
Keith Bragg, Verso Paper
Dennis Miller, JB Hunt