Our staff has put together a virtual tour of the favorite activities, demonstrations, and materials we have showcased over the years at our in-person Public Works Day Event. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations in technology and science at Ventura County Public Works Agency and fully explore a range of public sector careers. Thanks for joining us!
Public Works helps keep you safe by being prepared not only for disasters but at home too! Here is a light-hearted reminder of how to be prepared for natural disasters, and we give you links to help make your family safer today.
Learn how the Lean Six Sigma process-improvement methodology provides PWA staff with simple-to-use tools to identify service improvements that can be quickly implemented by eliminating steps in a process that do not add value to the customer experience and frees up staff time and resources for more critical needs.
The Ventura County Public Works Agency has been operating a Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program for the past two years. We have been able to reduce the time spent on projects and have been able to increase our worker’s safety. The UAS combined with our processing software allows us to create highly accurate 3D models of project sites. We continue to refine our methods and save more time and money on each project.
Engineering Services is responsible for a wide range of services! They not only manage consultant and construction contracts issued on all Public Works projects but oversee all vertical construction projects for the County, land development, and surveying & mapping.
In the video, you will see a time-lapse of one of their vertical construction projects, the VC Hospital Wing. This project was 232,000 square feet with 122 licensed hospital beds, 10 operating rooms (8 ORs and 2 Interventional radiology procedure rooms) and LEAD silver certified. This project and countless others throughout the County are examples of how VCPWA works to improve the community and keep the residents safe.
The Ventura County Public Works Agency Transportation Department is responsible for public transit services to the unincorporated areas of the County. As technology continues to grow so does our Tranit system. This presentation will provide information on how technology has made it easier to plan your bus trip, pay your fares, track your bus, and receive important updates all through the county.
This is a crack sealing activity being done with a mastic machine. A mastic machine is more efficient due to the severity of the fissure that was occurring on Hueneme Rd. This process is used anytime there is a crack or separation in the road that is more than 2” wide.
The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Division of the Transportation Department preserves and provides routine maintenance of 542 miles of road and 158 bridges within the County Road System to reach the best condition possible. Our O&M do a wide variety of to keep our road safe and clean ranging from tree trimming, filling in potholes, storm drain cleaning, and more.
In this video, we are removing the slides that had breached over the shoulder and into the edge of the pavement. The excavator is a Gradall 4100XL operated by Equipment Operator IV Jose Hernandez. The excavator is picking up the material from the shoulder and loading it onto the dump truck operated by Maintenance Worker III Erick Brockway. This operation is being conducted after a few rainstorms that caused the slides to occur. The crew consists of 2 flagmen, 2 Equipment operators, 3 truck drivers. Road work signs are set and the work zone is cone off for the crew’s protection.
In the photos, the crew consists of Maintenance Worker III’s Rene Moreno and Erik Flores shoveling and sweeping the edge of the pavement at the same location as the video.
This video depicts work that was performed on April 8th, 2019 after heavy rainfall that eroded the shoulder on Yerba Buena Road.
Meet the Crew: John DeVito, with Gradall Rentals, is using a Gradall excavator with an extended boom to help repair the damage to the outside slope of the roadway by placing “Geo Fabric”. This Geo Fabric is then nailed at 18-inch intervals. The Crew Leader for this project is Manny Romero. Greg Acosta is operating the remote-controlled “Pad foot” roller to compact dirt placed at these intervals Dionicio Rodriguez is the dump truck driver.
Have you ever wondered where or who makes the traffic signs that you see out on the street?
Our Operations and Maintenance, O&M, Division maintains and installs street signs for any condition in the county. John Bryson of Public Works gives you a behind the scenes look into our agency sign shop at the Saticoy Operations Yard.
Resources: Make Your Own Street Sign
Did you know we are drinking the same water the Dinosaurs drank? Former Wastewater Lab Manager Al Sexton explains how the recycled water we use and reuse has been around for millions of years.
Much of the Public Works Agency is involved with matters related to our environment. IMWD is “Integrated Waste Management Division”— part of the Water and Sanitation Department. Here, David Goldstein shows how you can create a worm box to turn your food scraps into fertilizer.
Watershed Protection staff members go into the field to maintain equipment which is used to monitor rainfall, stream flow, lake levels and other meteorological information in real time. The video will show staff using hydrology equipment during a rain event.
How does the lay of the land influence the direction that rainwater flows to the ocean and to underground aquifers? We will demonstrate in this hands-on exhibit using topographic projection to calculate topographic lines in real-time as we reconfigure the dunes and valleys in our “augmented reality” sandbox.
Resources: Topography Worksheet
A new technology that is hitting the pavement is Pervious concrete! It contains void spaces to let stormwater through for subsurface infiltration when it rains. Think about it, if rainwater flows quickly through the storm drains and channels it out to the ocean, we will not have a chance to use it before it becomes just as salty as the ocean. Stormwater staff are here to tell you more about Stormwater Pollution Prevention and how you can help to save our water.
Interested in a career with Public Works? We hope that after watching our agency director and some of our employees talk about their jobs and why they enjoy working here, you’ll be inspired to look further into joining our team and making a difference in the quality of life in Ventura County.