Event Speakers

Photo of Innovation speakers: Stephanie Pollack, Pamela Stephenson, Frank DePaola, Patrica Leavenworth

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 • 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Registration/First Floor and Third Floor Exhibits: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of Transportation & Chief Executive Officer for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

Break/First Floor and Third Floor Exhibits: 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM


Session 1A: Phytoremediation - Using Plants to Clean Contaminated Soils, Air & Water Along Roads
Presenter: Kate Kennen, Offshoots, Inc.
Facilitator: George Batchelor, MassDOT
This session will provide the tools to create ‘phyto’ roadway landscapes that enhance environmental conditions. A review of plant species and example projects will be provided. Case studies will include the innovative phytoremediation work designed to treat phosphorus, petroleum and metals in stormwater at the Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge, as well as soils contaminated with pollutants from an old gas station and manufactured gas plant at the River Street and Western Ave. bridges in Boston.

Session 1B: “ForECAST” MassDOT’s new Internal Software for Construction Scheduling Reviews
Presenter: Matt Poirier, Keville Enterprises
Facilitator: Bill Moore, MassDOT
MassDOT has implemented an innovative solution to aid in the organization and review of construction schedules. “ForECAST” - For Evaluating, Controlling And Scheduling Timelines - is a web-based software that has been designed, with MassDOT Construction Scheduler input, to help formalize and standardize all construction schedule reviews that are submitted from construction contractors. This software is also expected to assist MassDOT leadership in performance management and project management.

Session 1C: Boston Vision Zero Plan & Rapid Response Implementation
Presenter: Michelle Danila, Toole Design Group
Facilitator: John Mastera, MassDOT
The City of Boston has adopted Vision Zero and is working to reduce injuries and fatal crashes through effective policies and systematic evaluation, enforcement, engineering, education, and community engagement. This presentation will discuss the overall program, planning efforts underway, crash analysis results, safety countermeasures, and examples of rapid response projects to date. In addition, an interactive case study will be conducted with the session attendees, in which they will develop recommendations for a rapid response implementation at an intersection.

Session 1D: The Use of 3D Visualization and Animation in Design
Presenter: Ryan Marshall, Stantec
Facilitator: Joshua Grzegorzewski, FHWA
This presentation will discuss how engineers can use 3D visualization as an integral design tool throughout the design process. In early design stages, 3D models can be used to consider multiple concepts simultaneously, allowing the engineer to efficiently choose the most aesthetically favorable and technically appropriate solution. Throughout the design process, 3D models can be used to avoid unforeseen problems, such as conflicts between components.

Session 1E: Combining the Waterproofing Protection of a Membrane with the Riding Surface of Hot Mix
Presenter: Mark Brum, MassDOT
Facilitator: Greg Doyle, FHWA
This presentation will outline the applications of the “Superpave Waterproofing Surface Course” and how it will save both time and money on projects ranging from small repairs to full deck placements. The product is composed of only one HMA waterproofing course which acts as both the membrane and protective course. Designated as “Superpave Waterproofing Surface Course” or SSC-W for short, it is easy to install since it is produced and placed with the same equipment used for traditional HMA.
Combining the Waterproofing Protection of a Membrane with the Riding Surface of Hot Mix Presentation

Session 1 JUNIOR BALLROOM: Applications for Drones in Civil Engineering
Presenters: John Diaz, Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Chris Lorain, LandTech Consultants
Facilitator: Jonathan Gulliver, MassDOT
The presentation will provide insight into infrastructure design and construction applications where drones are currently being deployed including existing conditions mapping, ground survey, construction oversight and inspection, as well as traffic monitoring and photo and video logging. The presentation will also encourage participants to think about additional applications where drones could be beneficial in providing more cost-effective and potentially safer options than traditional methods.
Applications for Drones in Civil Engineering Presentation

Break/First Floor and Third Floor Exhibits: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM


Session 2A: Fluvial Geomorphology and the Deerfield River Watershed
Presenters: Katherin McArthur, MassDOT and Beth Lambert, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Facilitator: Sue McArthur, MassDOT
Fluvial geomorphology is the study of rivers and how they interact with the land around them, including how they respond to natural events such as floods and human-induced changes in a watershed, such as urbanization. The science combines engineering, geology, hydrology and other disciplines in a holistic approach to predicting river behavior and riverine impacts on infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. Tropical Storm Irene gave us a stark example of the damage caused by extreme weather in inland areas of New England. Irene seriously impacted the Deerfield River watershed, and this pilot project will improve the ability of MassDOT and other interested parties to understand the vulnerability of road-stream crossings to severe weather and climate change over the next century.
Fluvial Geomorphology and the Deerfield River Watershed Presentation

Session 2B: Structural Health Monitoring Research
Presenters: Brian Brenner, Stantec and Nicolas Betancur, Geocomp
Facilitator: Alexander Bardow, MassDOT
This presentation will include an update of research on structural health monitoring (SHM) at the Powder Mill Bridge in Barre, as well as a case study of the structural life extension (SLE) of the I-91 Springfield Viaduct as a structural health monitoring (SHM) application.
Structural Health Monitoring Research Presentation

Session 2C: Smarter Work Zone Technology Application Workshop
Presenter: Neil Boudreau, MassDOT
Facilitator: Jim Hoyle, FHWA
The Smarter Work Zone Technology Application Workshop will provide design consultants, contractors, municipalities and DOT staff with an overview and operational/safety benefits of Smarter Work Zones portable ITS deployments. Building on the Massachusetts successes to date, we will be releasing a series of documents that aid in the planning, design, implementation and operation of Smarter Work Zones.
Smarter Work Zone Technology Application Workshop Presentation

Session 2D: Being at the National Forefront of the Recycled Engine Oil Bottoms (REOB) Research
Presenter: John Grieco, MassDOT
Facilitator: Greg Doyle, FHWA
This presentation will outline how MassDOT has taken a lead role in organizing research and partnering with state agencies, both regionally and nationally. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the inclusion and potentially damaging effects of using of REOB in Performance Grade Asphalt Binder (PGAB).

Session 2E: An Automated Decision Support to Provide Seasonal Load Restrictions
Presenter: Ramprasad Bala, UMass Dartmouth
Facilitator: Mark Moore, MassDOT
This presentation describes wireless sensors and a Decision Support System (DSS) designed to assist Maine and New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) officials in winter weight premium (WWP) and seasonal load restriction (SLR) decision-making.

Session 2 JUNIOR BALLROOM: MassDOT's Complete Streets Program/Low Cost Implementation
Presenters: Eileen Gunn, MassDOT and David Sousa, CDM Smith
Facilitator: Luciano Rabito, MassDOT
Complete Streets can benefit all communities - rural, suburban and urban. By attending this workshop, local leaders, decision makers, and consultants will gain a solid understanding of Complete Streets benefits, and a framework for funding, designing, planning, and delivering these projects. Also included are various low-cost measures or strategies municipalities can use to alter street and sidewalk structures to create shared spaces for people, and a transportation framework for the 21st century.



Session 3A: Maintaining MassDOT's Stormwater Management System
Presenter: Annie Bastoni, MassDOT, Bryan Cordeiro, MassDOT
Facilitator: Henry Barbaro, MassDOT
MassDOT has installed $27.5 million worth of stormwater management improvements across the state since 2010 and is proposing more improvements to meet state and federal regulations and protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources. Along with the construction of stormwater best management practices (BMPs), comes the responsibility of maintaining them for years to come. Through this presentation, you will learn the methods MassDOT is using to collect and evaluate data, and discuss ideas and concerns about the program moving forward.

Session 3B: Post-tensioned Steel Tied Arches for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge
Presenter: Santiago Rodriguez, T.Y. Lin International
Facilitator: Mohammed Nabulsi, MassDOT
This presentation will discuss the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge design-build delivery method as part of MassDOT’s Accelerated Bridge Program. The design-build team proposed a bridge design that closely followed the configuration selected by the owner, but at the same time, introduced two innovative design features that made the structures more efficient and easier to build.
Post-tensioned Steel Tied Arches for the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge Presentation

Session 3C: MUTCD – Retroreflectivity, Sign Standards, and Sign Management Methods
Presenter: Michael Pompili, WorldTech Engineering, John Tomasz, City of Salem
Facilitator: Jim Danila, MassDOT
This workshop will bring attendees up to date on retroreflectivity requirements in the 2009 Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), mandated by the Federal Highway Administration. The presentation will also review other pertinent MUTCD sign standards and guidelines, as well as, introduce sign management methods municipalities can adopt to meet these requirements.
MUTCD – Retroreflectivity, Sign Standards, and Sign Management Methods Presentation

Session 3D: Efficient Design: The Evolving MassDOT CAD Standards
Presenter: Matthew Jasmin, MassDOT
Facilitator: Frank Suszynski, MassDOT
Project plans are at the heart of how engineers communicate the intent of a design to contractors. Inconsistency in the preparation of plans has led to variations in interpretation during the design review process and can result in a breakdown of the design engineer’s intent for what is implemented in the field. Since the first MassDOT CAD Standard was published in 2012, MassDOT continues to make a concerted effort to standardize the format of project documents, and evolve design methodologies and technology used for generating construction plans. The evolving MassDOT CAD Standard provides a format and procedure for how construction plans should be presented, to convey consistent direction to construction personnel. The Standard is intended to improve the efficiency of the Project Development, Plan Production, and Design Review processes, to decrease costs such as change orders and improve accuracy of project plans and construction estimates. Join us to discuss the expansion of these innovative design tools and find out how you can get involved in shaping the future of the MassDOT CAD Standards.
Efficient Design: The Evolving MassDOT CAD Standards Presentation

Session 3E: PERCEPT Based Interactive Wayfinding for Visually Impaired Users in Subways
Presenter: Aura Ganz, James Schafer, UMass Amherst
Facilitator: Kristen Baumann
This presentation will introduce a PERCEPT based interactive indoor navigation system that enables visually impaired users to independently navigate subway systems. The user carries an Android Smartphone that interacts with the subway environment in which Near Field Communication tags are deployed. Using navigation instructions generated by the PERCEPT system, the visually impaired users can successfully navigate to their destination. The system has been deployed in the Arlington Boston subway station and has been successfully tested by visually impaired subjects.

Session 3 JUNIOR BALLROOM: High Performance Highly Modified Thin Lifts for Demanding Traffic Applications
Presenter: Rod Birdsall, All States Materials Group
Facilitator: Ed Naras, MassDOT
This presentation will discuss the benefits of utilizing polymer-modified asphalt in these thin lift treatments. Example projects illustrating the range of applications and potential performance improvements will also be reviewed.

Session 3 MAIN BALLROOM: MA EDC3 e-Construction
Presenters: Daniel Casaletto, Greg Doyle (FHWA)
Facilitator: Mike McGrath, MassDOT
This presentation will discuss MassDOT Highway Division’s progress in FHWA’s Every Day Counts: e-Construction initiative. e-Construction is a paperless construction administration delivery process that includes electronic submission of all construction documentation by all stakeholders, electronic document routing/approvals (e-signature), and digital management of all construction documentation in a secure environment allowing distribution to all project stakeholders through mobile devices. This initiative aims to employ established technologies that are readily available to the transportation community, such as digital electronic signatures, electronic communication, secure file sharing, version control, mobile devices, and web-hosted data archival and retrieval systems to improve construction documentation management.

Break/First Floor and Third Floor Exhibits: 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM


Session 4A: State-wide Climate Change Adaptation Plan: Phase I - Transportation Asset Vulnerability Assessment
Presenter: Hongyan Oliver, MassDOT
Facilitator: Steve Miller, MassDOT
MassDOT is presently conducting a high-level climate change vulnerability assessment for all MassDOT asset categories across the state. The assessment aims to identify mode segments, facilities and assets at highest risk to climate change impacts, by utilizing the FHWA’s Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework, scenario analysis, expert opinion and other methods. The key components include: establish asset criticality criteria; identify and map the critical assets; identify future climate change stressors having the greatest impacts on MassDOT assets; conduct workshops, surveys and additional outreach to divisions and districts for institutional knowledge on current conditions and vulnerability; and, assess the critical assets’ future climate vulnerabilities using the indicator approach along three dimensions: sensitivity, exposure and adaptive capacity.

Session 4B: Rapid Bridge Replacement over Railroad
Presenters: Nicholas A. Scenna, Paul Harrington and Peter Moser, Stantec
Facilitator: Anne Gorczyca, MassDOT
This presentation will discuss case studies of select bridge replacements over the railroad. Topics covered will include utility relocation, utility bridges, Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) and other rapid bridge construction methods, railroad coordination, and lessons-learned. Lessons-learned discussions will cover various topics including issues unique to procurement approach, contractor’s means and methods, special specifications, precast concrete details and construction tolerances, and protection of adjacent existing structures during rapid demolition and replacement. The use of incentive/disincentive clauses will also be discussed.

Session 4C: Modern Snow & Ice Operations - Saving Time, Money and the Environment
Presenters: Mike Smith, Baystate Roads/UMTC, Dave Derosiers, Town of Granby, MA
Facilitator: Sam Salfity, MassDOT
This presentation will discuss the proper use of salt and liquid anti-icers and the environmental impacts. Pre wetting and pre-treating, anti-icing vs. de-icing and the use of sand and it’s environmental impact will be presented. It will also cover proper equipment calibration and usage specifications and technology. The speaker will explain how a large city or rural town can convert from sand to salt to save time, money and the environment.
Modern Snow & Ice Operations - Saving Time, Money and the Environment Presentation

Session 4D: Using Economic Analysis in Transportation Investment
Presenter: Pamela Yonkin, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Facilitator: Scott Hamwey, MassDOT
Most DOTs, municipalities, and other public entities have a long list of important infrastructure investments, but a relatively short list of approaches to prioritize or articulate the benefits, costs and risks associated with these investments. This presentation focuses on the decision-making tools available to evaluate projects from an economics perspective, including lifecycle cost, benefit-cost, economic impact, and risk analysis. The pros and cons of each approach will be highlighted when considering investment alternatives.
Using Economic Analysis in Transportation Investment Presentation

Session 4E: Software Tools to Support Transportation Network Performance and Vulnerability Analysis
Presenter: Lance Fiondella, UMass Dartmouth
Facilitator: Chester Osborne, MassDOT
The presentation will describe two software applications being developed to enable research on urban transportation network vulnerability around the world. The first application extracts static maps from widely used open source file formats, such as Open Street Maps. The second is a smartphone app to anonymously collect the geo-coordinates of travelers to construct the dynamic (time-varying) demand profile of a transportation network. We aim to interest transportation researchers in network vulnerability and emergency management problems that depend on critical network infrastructure. The software tools under development also possess broad applicability to general forms of transportation engineering research.

Session 4 JUNIOR BALLROOM: Regionalizing Precast Quality Acceptance Inspection Activities
Presenter: Richard Mulcahy, MassDOT
Facilitator: John Grieco, MassDOT
By developing a unified Quality Acceptance and cost sharing program across New England, states are seeking to streamline the deployment of inspectors to the regions precast concrete producers and reduce costs for the agencies involved. This presentation will review the research to date on this unique opportunity for regional cooperation. New England has the opportunity to be the first regional program to deal with project level specifications, shop drawings and recommendations for individual structural members or products. This may lead to an effort to create a regional precast concrete specification.


Pamela Stephenson, FHWA Division Administrator of the Massachusetts Division


Wednesday, March 9, 2016 • 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Registration/Exhibits: 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


Frank DePaola, General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Chief Operating Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

Break/ Third Floor Exhibits: 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM


Session 5A: Beyond Pavement Management, the Future of Asset Management
Presenters: William Scarpati, Stantec and Katie Choe, City of Boston
Facilitator: Facilitator: Jack Moran, MassDOT
This presentation will discuss current software used for asset and pavement management systems, data collection methods, including automated crack detection, GPR, and laser asset scanning. Also covered are commonly used urban and rural pavement management decision matrices, important factors in smart repair planning - a universal design approach that encompasses ADA accessibility improvements, and underground utility upgrades into an Overall Condition Index (OCI). OCI is the new condition index metric for Asset Management System planning.
Beyond Pavement Management, the Future of Asset Management Presentation

Session 5B: Capabilities and Design Considerations for Flexible Buried Bridges
Presenter: Joel Hahm, Big R Bridge
Facilitator: Walter Heller, MassDOT
The goals of this presentation are to outline the design process for buried bridges, highlight key design inputs, and show design advantages of using flexible buried bridges as an alternative to traditional bridges. This will include an introduction to the AASHTO LRFD design requirements for buried bridges and include case studies. Among the specific topics to be discussed are design, materials, foundations, fabrication, load rating, construction, and maintenance.
Capabilities and Design Considerations for Flexible Buried Bridge Presentation

Session 5C: GIS‐Based Management Application Support for Snow Removal Operations
Presenter: Simon Lewis, McMahon Associates
Facilitator: Mike Smith, Baystate Roads/UMTC
The goal of this session will be to provide participants with a review of Winter Maintenance Management Systems (WMMS) or Snow Removal Management Systems (SRMS), including an overview on what each system does, considerations for system design, and the benefits of the systems once they are set‐up. When appropriately implemented, the applications give agencies that are responsible for snow removal, significant benefits. The benefits include improved operational and cost efficiencies, increased safety, reduced salt in the environment, improved communications and interactions with residents, and potentially reduced liability. A case study will be presented on how the City of Newton, Massachusetts, has utilized Trasir® by McMahon Associates, for their winter operations.
GIS‐Based Management Application Support for Snow Removal Operations Presentation

Session 5D: Increasing Physical Activity Through Health, Transportation and Land Use Collaboration
Presenter: Karin Goins, UMass Medical
Facilitator: Tom DiPaolo, MassDOT
Lack of physical activity is responsible for significant illness and premature death in the United States. Active transportation modes such as walking and bicycling offer sustainable means of increasing physical activity, and the US Surgeon General recently issued a Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. A national Expert Panel of 49 local and state planning, engineering, and public health officials participated in individual interviews and a group ranking process, and roles and responsibilities are under development. An online survey of the relevant activities, knowledge and skills will be administered to local health departments across the United States, and results will inform an intervention to improve participation among local health agencies with varying resources. This session will present project rationale and summarize Expert Panel preliminary findings.
Increasing Physical Activity Through Health, Transportation and Land Use Collaboration Presentation

Session 5E: Bats in Bridges/Federal Endangered Northern Long-Eared Bat
Presenters: Tim Dexter, MassDOT and Scott Civjan, UMassAmherst
Facilitator: Tim Dexter, MassDOT
Due to recent significant population declines, the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) was afforded federal protection as a Threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) effective on May 4, 2015. The main cause for the listing is the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a disease killing the bats as they hibernate. If bats are using bridges for roosting, significant effort is required to ensure that they are not disturbed or harmed, especially during construction or maintenance work.

Session 5 JUNIOR BALLROOM: Measuring Transit Agency Performance Using Open, Real-Time Data
Presenter: Dominick Tribone, MBTA
Facilitator: Kristen Baumann
Two recent trends in the Transit industry are (1) providing real-time information to the public, and (2) using abundant automatically collected data to measure and improve performance. This presentation will discuss work at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) that combines these two efforts to create an open-source public-facing platform for real-time and historical customer-weighted performance data based on the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) and GTFS-real-time data standard.

Break/ Third Floor Exhibits: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM


Session 6A: Modernizing Airport Information Resources
Presenter: Daren Mackiewicz, CDM Smith
Facilitator: Tom Mahoney, MassDOT
With a small staff, 36 airports to regulate, and a 1990’s era Microsoft Access Database collecting all information the office is responsible for, the MassDOT Aeronautics Division decided it was time to modernize their data management processes. Aeronautics contracted with CDM Smith to design and construct a web-based Airport Information Resources Portal (AIR-Port) that could be accessed by state airports and their consultants. Improvements reduce paper communication and create efficiencies in data-processing, also allowing a common picture of what is happening at the airports for all players involved.
Modernizing Airport Information Resources Presentation

Session 6B: CFCC Pre-stressing Strands and GFRP Reinforced Concrete Bridge Deck
Presenters: Jim Hall, McFarland Johnson and Rick Hebert, T.Y. Lin International
Facilitator: Tom Donald, MassDOT
This presentation will discuss the challenges of using Carbon Fiber Composite Cable (CFCC) pre-stressing strand within heavy precast bridge beams, as well as the benefits of Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP), the differences in design between GFRP reinforcement and conventional steel reinforcement, and limitations of GFRP reinforcement.
CFCC Pre-stressing Strands and GFRP Reinforced Concrete Bridge Deck Presentation

Session 6C: Evaluation of Portable Road Weather Information Systems for MassDOT
Presenter: Russell Tessier, UMass Amherst
Facilitator: Sam Salfity, MassDOT
Two different portable road weather information systems (RWIS) have been designed, implemented, and delivered to MassDOT by UMass for use on roadways in the Commonwealth. These systems use solar power and batteries, avoiding the need for a fixed power source in the field. The systems include sensors that measure pavement condition and temperature, air temperature and humidity, atmospheric pressure, and wind speed and direction. Over the past eight months, the mobile systems have been evaluated in roadside environments. In this presentation, we describe the benefits and limitations of the systems and critique their performance.
Evaluation of Portable Road Weather Information Systems for MassDOT Presentation

Session 6D: Government Center Construction
Presenters: Erik Stoothoff, MBTA, Don Swarce, HDR

Session 6E: GeoTech Tools: Improved Decision Making in Project Delivery (SHRP2 R02)
Presenter: Silas C. Nichols (FHWA)
Facilitator: Pete Connors, MassDOT
The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) R02 project developed GeoTech Tools, which contains a technology selection system to aid project managers, planners, resident engineers, consultants, and contractors in identifying potential solutions to project delivery issues. A vast amount of critically important information on geotechnical solutions has been collected, synthesized, integrated, and organized into the Web-based GeoTech Tools product. Users save considerable time and effort on researching applicability of a solution, design guidance, specifications, quality assurance requirements, and cost estimating resources. The consistent and comprehensive tools provided in the GeoTech Tools product allow any user to better identify and mitigate risk, leading to better-informed decisions in all phases of project delivery.

Session 6 JUNIOR BALLROOM: Right Sizing Roundabouts - State of the Practice in the U.S.
Presenter: Andrew Paul and Alek Pochowski, Kittelson & Associates
Facilitator: David Anderson, MassDOT
Kittelson & Associates is currently working on a project with the National Academy of Sciences researching the current state-of-the-practice for roundabout operations, design, and safety. This presentation will summarize the findings from the research synthesis including innovative design and operational techniques used by DOT’s throughout the country to right-size roundabouts.
Right Sizing Roundabouts - State of the Practice in the U.S. Presentation


Patricia Leavenworth, Chief Engineer for the MassDOT Highway Division.


Session 7A: GIS as a System of Engagement (1:15 PM - 3:15 PM)
Presenters: Heather Fuller, VHB, Jame Marine, MassDOT
Facilitator: José Simo, MassDOT
This presentation will describe and illustrate, in practical terms, how web GIS can be used to: map to an Excel spreadsheet and then shared with others; tell a story with maps and data visualization; find and share authoritative data; perform powerful analytics with easy to use tools; configure an app for your mobile device to collect data in the field; and many more features. The GIS platform is installed and ready to use by everyone within MassDOT, as well as by MassDOT stakeholders. The GIS Services team will demonstrate the capabilities of this GIS system, and describe how to take advantage of this powerful platform to engage and collaborate with others.

Session 7 JUNIOR BALLROOM: STIC Meeting (1:15 PM - 3:15 PM)

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