US Congressman John Carter Tours SENSR Monitoring Technologies, LLC in Georgetown, Texas
Friday, April 21, 2017
by: Lindsey Collins

Section: 2017 NRC Grassroots Events

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Georgetown, Texas – On April 11, U.S. Congressman John Carter of Texas joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) member company – SENSR Monitoring Technologies, LLC (SENSR) – for a site tour in Georgetown, Texas.
Attendees included:
US Congressman John Carter (TX-31)
Ms. Corry Schiermeyer, Director of Communications, US Congressman John Carter
Mr. Anthony Triola, District Field Representative, US Congressman John Carter
Mr. Christopher Aadnesen, Executive Chairman
Mr. Wiggie Shell, Chairman, SENSR, and NRC Board Member
Mr. Walter F. Bleser II, PE, President, SENSR
Mr. Leslie Davis, Chief Technology Officer, SENSR
Mr. Tim Harris, Member of the Board, SENSR
Mr. Greg Grissom, Member of the Board, SENSR 
Ms. Lindsey Collins, VP of Grassroots Advocacy, NRC
Ms. Michaela Dollar, Director of Economic Development, City of Georgetown
Ms. Ariel Traub, District Representative, Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner
Ms. Karen Sheldon, President, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Dan Harbeke, Director of Public Affairs, Union Pacific
SENSR President Walt Bleser guided Congressman Carter through SENSR’s operations, explaining along the way how SENSR’s products play a key role in maintaining U.S. rail infrastructure. SENSR has developed monitoring solutions to help clients monitor the safety and stability of critical structures, such as rail and highway bridges. SENSR’s technologies are specifically designed to help bridge owners manage difficult challenges like scour, collisions, settlement and nearby construction activities, and to keep them aware of conditions at their bridge sites.
“Both railroad and highway infrastructure are vital to our nation’s economy, moving billions of travelers and billions of dollars of goods each year, so it’s important that our nation’s bridges are safe,” said Bleser. “For nearly 5 years, SENSR has worked continuously to assist railroads and Departments of Transportation with monitoring technology necessary to ensure these bridges are as safe to cross as the day they opened to traffic.” 
As part of the SENSR facility tour, Bleser demonstrated how SENSRsi works and explained a recent incident when the technology detected two barge strikes to a bridge across the Mississippi River. This incident is now a case study for the importance of bridge monitoring technologies.
“I appreciate SENSR for hosting this important and informative event. It is an honor to represent our job creators and their employees throughout Texas district 31, and have the opportunity to discuss the many issues with them,” said Congressman Carter. “SENSR is very important to the Central Texas economy and, through their technologies and monitoring solutions, they are innovators in keeping America’s infrastructure safe.”
Congressman John Carter was re-elected in November 2016 to his eighth term representing Texas’ 31st congressional district. Congressman Carter sits on three Appropriations subcommittees including the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee; Defense Subcommittee; and as Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee. He is serving his fourth term as Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Army Caucus. 
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