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Engineer José Miguel Ortega Julio, brings professional traffic engineering services to the Argonaut International Consulting team. He has more than two (2) decades of professional experience in roads and ITS-related technologies, managing large regional and national road development projects in Chile, Peru, Honduras and abroad. He has designed and supervised construction and maintenance operations, adding the use of new ITS technologies, the installation of sensors and the creation of central traffic management zones, (Weigh-in-Motion, roadway surveillance, vehicle counting and classification, traffic management centers, the integration of roadway networks and tunnel technologies), generating real-time traffic databases for road management, as well as building large urban roadways, including access to ports in Chile. He is a highly regarded as a global expert in tunnels, roadways, Weigh-in-Motion and ITS technologies. Engineer (Eng.) Ortega currently serves as a Director of the Chilean Association of Roads and Transport (ACCT Chile), member of the PIARC, (World Road Association), Global Strategic Plan Commission, and is a former member of the International Road Federation (IRF) Board of Directors, and ITS America. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
As Regional Director of Chilean Roads for the regions of Tarapacá and Antofagasta from 1992 - 1995, and 1996 - 2001, and later as the Head of Chilean National Urban Roads, Engineer Ortega directly contributed to national roadway development by incorporating regional road policies, planning tools for road management and conservation, (HDM). In order to enhance motorist and pedestrian safety, for both inter-urban and intra-urban roadway network efficiency, he administered all available resources to provide an efficient road infrastructure for the development of new production centers throughout Chile.
In Perú, he was in charge of technical support for the Consultancy to the Special Program of Rehabilitation of Transport, (PERT), for the Peruvian Ministry of Transport and Communications from 1995 to 2002. This was specifically for the design and construction of the permanent Weigh-in-Motion, (WIM), stations throughout Peru, advising upon project design, and controlling all aspects of the WIM-station construction in Piura, Trujillo, Lima, La Oroya, Arequipa and Puno (Desaguadero) Peru.
As Deputy Director of Urban Roads of Chile, (URCh), from 2001 to 2004, Engineer Ortega promoted the construction of important urban road solutions throughout the country, and encouraged the incorporation of new ITS-related technologies for enhanced user safety and intelligent devices for traffic control to optimize traffic flow. The URCh directly designed and built Traffic Management Centers, (TMC), in the cities of Concepción and Antofagasta, encouraging closer working liaison between local, regional and national government roadway agencies.
Engineer Ortega worked in the Chilean Roadway Commission from 2005 through 2007, for the identification and deployment of advanced Security and Logistics and Management Technologies for southern access to the Port of Valparaiso, building a system of viaducts and suburban tunnels, called "La Pólvora". Together with designers, consultants and builders, he worked to ensure that project deadlines, milestones and budget, for technical and infrastructure solutions to the Port of Valparaiso, complied with the project plan.
As Coordinator of the Mission to Honduras from 2008 through 2009, Eng. Jose Miguel Ortega led collaboration for the implementation of a Commercial Vehicle Operations, (CVO), Weight and Dimension Control System for the Government of Honduras with funding from the US-based " Millennium Challenge Corporation", (MCC).
From 2004 through 2016, Eng. Ortega served as Head of the Public-Private-Partnership (3P) Contract Coordination Unit of the Chilean Roads Administration, a joint collaboration between the Chilean government and all private roadway concessionaires.
Eng. Jose Miguel Ortega served on the World Road Association, (PIARC), Executive Committee, for the dissemination of the incorporation of innovative technologies for road maintenance, using effective management tools for decision- making on major road infrastructure projects. He delivered a technical paper entitled "Asset Management Roads in Chile and Heritage Road of Chilean Road Administration" in Edinburgh- April 2016, showing that a country's periodic paved road maintenance project portfolio, can be planned and developed based on technical parameters incorporated into the HDM-4 (Highway Development & Management) program.
Since 2005, Eng. Ortega currently serves as Coordinator of International Affairs of the Chilean Road Administration and Chilean Coordinator of the World Road Association (PIARC). Since 2013, he serves as a Member of the World Road Association (PIARC) Executive Committee and Global Strategic Plan Commission. [PIARC is a global roadways Standards Development Organization (SDO), based in France, similar to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in the United States, based in Washington, DC].
Eng. Jose Miguel Ortega, earned a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences, in Civil Engineering, from the Universidad de Chile, located in Santiago. Eng. Ortega is fluent in Spanish and English.
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