Fleet Technical Congress offers strategies and insights for sustaining commercial truck fleets

This article was published in the February 2019 edition of NTEA News.

Fleet managers will learn how to leverage new technologies and processes to find sustainable, creative solutions to enhance fleet operations for years to come at Fleet Technical Congress 2019, held with Green Truck Summit in conjunction with The Work Truck Show® 2019.

The Show runs March 5–8 at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Fleet Technical Congress and Green Truck Summit kick off March 5 at JW Marriott Indianapolis. Other Work Truck Week activities, including educational sessions, Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference and the exhibit hall, are all located at Indiana Convention Center. The exhibit hall is open March 6–8.

Fleet Technical Congress addresses key issues affecting the vocational fleet community, providing expert strategy and insight to help fleet managers enhance resources and overcome operational challenges. It’s designed for both established fleet managers and those moving into more senior fleet management roles.

“Fleet Technical Congress provides fleet managers from all over North America an opportunity to learn from each other and share best practices about maximizing fleet performance,” said George Survant, NTEA senior director of fleet relations. “In addition, attendees will hear how some of the industry’s top performers are leveraging new technologies to develop long-term solutions.”

Fleet Technical Congress begins March 5 at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks, followed by a keynote address at 8:45 a.m. Following the keynote, attendees can participate in a variety of general sessions led by top fleet managers and industry suppliers on

  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Strategies to secure fuel supplies
  • Using data to design work trucks
  • Ensuring a reliable fleet power supply
  • Last-mile delivery

Fleet Technical Congress and Green Truck Summit general sessions will run on the same schedule, and attendees can choose any session from either program. Lunch is included with registration, as is a reception from 5–6 p.m.

Educational topics
Claude Masters, fleet manager – retired, Claude Masters Fleet Consulting, will moderate Restoration and Disaster Recovery Planning: Being Your Team’s Hero. In this session, Sara Burnam, CAFM, director, fleet management, Palm Beach County; and Joe Suarez, director of fleet services, Florida Power & Light Co., will discuss preparing fleets to meet unique operational demands in response to a significant disruptive event or disaster.

In the session Securing Fuel During Supply Disruptions, Roger Murray, chief operating officer of PS Energy Group Inc., will offer insights into how fleets can establish contingency plans and strategies to ensure access to fuel even during fuel supply disruptions common during disasters or localized power outages along pipeline routes and at tank farm sites.

During Designing Your Next Work Truck — Make it an Acquisition, Not a Purchase, National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Adam Duran, program manager, and Lauren Lynch, researcher/mechanical engineer, and Mike Britt, CEO of MG Britt Inc., will teach fleet managers how to use structured experience, intelligent analysis, and drive and duty cycle data to design work trucks that provide a better customer experience, longer vehicle life and higher residual value.

In the session Critical Considerations for Restoring Equipment Without Wheels, Bill Burns, fleet and facilities maintenance manager for SWACO, will discuss the importance of ensuring fleets’ on-site power generators can run reliably under demanding conditions in order to effectively apply fleet resources.

Kevin Beaty, president, YUNEV; Michael McDonald, senior director of sustainability & government affairs, UPS; and Chris Nordh, senior director of advanced vehicle technologies, Ryder System Inc., will discuss how the evolution of technology is dynamically redesigning information management, speed of accurate decision-making and how work is completed. During this session, How Last-Mile Delivery Affects Vehicle Design and Fleet Operations, attendees will hear how UPS and Ryder plan to use redesigned trucks and packaging and delivery methods to improve the last-mile delivery experience, while increasing customer satisfaction and reducing expenses.

In addition to general sessions, registration for Fleet Technical Congress and Green Truck Summit includes access to concurrent sessions on topics such as fleet productivity, risk mitigation, OEM chassis updates, and more; all three days of Work Truck Show exhibits; Wednesday and Thursday lunch; and access to the Ride-and-Drive on Wednesday and Thursday.

To learn more about Fleet Technical Congress, visit worktruckshow.com/fleettechnicalcongress.