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Concurrent Sessions

Planning your ASCE 2018 experience? Technical session topics and descriptions are listed below.

This page will be updated as the program is finalized, so is subject to change.

Convention Topic Legend

  • HH – History & Heritage
  • MDT – Multi-Discipline Technical
  • NMD – Natural & Man-Made Disasters
  • PD – Professional Development
  • SI – Strategic Issues / Public Policy
  • SP – Significant Projects
  • STI – State of the Industry / Profession

Saturday, October 13

10:30 — 11:30 a.m

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.0 PDH*

STI — Age of Electronic Applications - Electronic Preliminary Engineering Report - ePER

USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has an innovative tool called electronic Preliminary Engineering Report (ePER) for consulting engineers to use when applying for water and waste infrastructure funding. ePER is an online technical report with built-in population projection and life cycle cost analysis functions. It is secure—allowing access to a primary user and flexible—allowing for varying file uploads. It is also compatible with RUS’ online application for loans and grants, RD Apply.

Learning Objectives:

  • Instruct consultants in several simple steps how to develop a comprehensive project scoping document online.
  • Highlight and demonstrate key features and overall utility of the tool.
  • Create a document to apply to a number of federal programs for water and waste infrastructure funding.

Speaker: Nicole SchindlerSenior Engineer, United State Department of Agriculture - Rural Development Rural Utilities Service - Water Environmental Programs


HH — Building the Eads Bridge

As St. Louis, Missouri grew in size in the mid-nineteenth century, so too did the need for building a bridge over the mighty Mississippi River. Without a practical engineering solution and stalled by the Civil War, the start of construction of the Eads Bridge (then called the St. Louis Bridge) was delayed until 1867. 

James B. Eads, a self-taught engineer who had never designed or built a bridge proposed a radical steel arch design to span the river with spans over 500 feet in length and clearance of 88 feet above the river. Completed in 1874, the Eads plan required river piers be constructed using a new technique known as pneumatic caissons. These caissons pre-date those of the famous Brooklyn Bridge (1883). The superstructure was constructed from steel; a relatively new material for bridges using the cantilever erection method. Eads desire to use steel for a major bridge drove innovation in the manufacturing and quality control of steel. Eads and his engineering team had to develop many innovative solutions to overcome numerous obstacles during the course of construction. 

The Eads Bridge is an important chapter in the history of bridge design and construction. This presentation will bring the story of the Eads Bridge to life, providing a unique learning opportunity. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand why the Eads Bridge is still considered one of the greatest bridge-building stories in history.
  • How James Eads successfully leveraged men and machines through the introduction of innovative means and methods.
  • The importance of the Eads Bridge to the growth and development of the steel bridge practice in the late nineteenth century.

Moderator: Bernie Dennis, M.ASCE, Natural Hazards Program Manager, US Department of State - OBO

Speaker: Raymond Paul Giroux, Dist.M.ASCESenior Engineer, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.


MDT — Multidisciplinary Planning & Implementation - Envision Shooks Run Project

The Envision Shooks Run Facilities Master Plan (FMP) and Sustainable Infrastructure Plan (SIP) provide the City of Colorado Springs with a sustainable program to improve aging infrastructure in the Shooks Run Corridor, a 4-mile long creek running through eastern downtown Colorado Springs. General Palmer, the City’s founder, envisioned a ring of parks surrounding the downtown area over 100 years ago, but today some city infrastructure within this corridor is reaching its service life. 

The FMP, with significant community input and unique multidisciplinary planning, identifies deficiencies within the corridor and provides a plan to transform it into a multi-use community facility through natural channel restoration, park/trail upgrades, and roadway crossing improvements through some of Colorado Springs’ most historic neighborhoods. 

The SIP enables the City to program, prioritize, fund, and reconstruct city infrastructure in the corridor in flexible stages due to upfront investment in the development of conceptual designs and cost estimates. It also allows the City to incorporate both immediate and future infrastructure needs into the Shooks Run vision. The recommended implementation plan spans 50 years. 

This project required effective communication and strong teamwork between the community, City, and project team which contributed significantly to the success of the project.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the necessity and benefits of multidisiplinary planning efforts.
  • Learn about a method of closing the typical lack of continuity between big picture plans and development of a path forward so that implementation of the plan moves forward
  • Identify the challenges and obstacles of developing complex plans and obtain information about how to address these issues

Speakers: Dan Krueger, P.E.Associate, Felsburg Holt & Ullevig; Aaron Egbert, P.E.Public Works, City of Colorado Springs; Richard Shaw, PLAPrincipal, Design Workshop; Justine A. Fedde, P.E.Transportion Engineer, Felsburg Holt & Ullevig


PD — How to Interview to Win Project

So you've been shortlisted for your dream engineering project or position? Congrats! But…with the herds of applicants, how can you successfully deliver your ideas AND stand out from the crowd? 

Join Dr. David T. Williams as he outlines the secrets to a successful interview – from preparation to answering the tough questions based on his 40 years of interviewing for and sitting on local and national selection panels, AND how you can employ these real-world tested tips to win your next interview. 

Dr. Williams will walk you through his common sense strategies (based on 40 years of interviewing for and sitting on local and national selection committees) for successfully interviewing and winning engineering projects and positions. We'll start our discussion with a look at how to thoroughly research and prepare for the interview, the panelists, and the environment, and how to use this knowledge to enhance your presentation and position. Dr. Williams will then outline how to best manage the flow of your interview and the delivery of your presentation to optimize your time and message. We'll take a look at some of the common pitfalls and tough questions, and discuss the tips on how to best field and answer these questions confidently AND thoroughly. Dr. Williams will offer some advice on how to elegantly end the interview and follow up with persistence (but without being a pest). And finally, we'll take a look at some of the real-world self-destructing blunders by major companies and candidates culminating in a list of what NOT to do, and how you can avoid these mistakes and successfully win your dream engineering project or position.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to manage your presentation, timing, and delivery
  • Learn how to gracefully field and handle the tough questions
  • Learn the tips and tricks to enhance your presentation, AND what not to do

Speaker: David T. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.EWRI, CFM, PH, CPESCPresident, David T. Williams and Assoc.


SP — Ikitelli City Hospital Seismic Design

The Ikitell Hospital is a 2,682-bed Ikitelli City Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey and will be the world’s largest seismically isolated building. Having an approximately 1,000,000 m2 construction area, the project consists of three 15 to 18 story towers and six clinic buildings all of which sits on a 5-story common podium structure. 

The hospital is located in a highly-seismic region and is designed to satisfy ASCE 41 “Immediate Occupancy” seismic performance objective under a very rare earthquake event. To design the building, the engineering team developed and utilized cloud-based structural analysis and data processing procedures. Digital tools and cloud-based computing not only made the analyses of the massive structure possible but also significantly improved the efficiency of the design process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of an automated structural optimization processes and cloud computing on a very large scale.
  • Understand the application of nonlinear time history analysis of multiple structural schemes by going beyond computational limits.
  • Understand the challenges and rewards of processing and analyzing tera-bytes of data generated for the design of the lateral system.

Speakers: Murat Melek, S.E., Ph.D.Associate, Arup; Aysegul Gogus, S.E., Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Arup; Lauren Biscombe, P.E.Engineer, Arup; Nami Rokhgar, MScEngineer, Arup


PD - Professional Development Initiatives for the Milennial

This panel discussion will be Part 3 of a 3‐Part Mentoring for Millennials series that has been presented at the previous 2 ASCE Conventions. The panel will consist of industry leaders, senior engineers, as well as young engineers. This panel discussion will discuss mentoring initiatives in firms across the country, how to get senior‐level buy‐in, and how to attract young employees to participate in these initiatives. The panel discussion will also allow the audience to participate by asking the panel members questions in an open forum, as well as share their own experiences with mentoring initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to engage millennial's in a mentorship program
  • What innovative mentoring initiatives are being employed in firms across the country and how they are successful
  • How can we capitalize on technology to reach out to young engineers

Speakers: Christopher M. Hanna,  P.E., M.ASCEStaff Engineer, Pennoni Associates; Maria Joanna Opena, P.E., M.ASCE; Elizabeth Ruedas, P.E., M.ASCE, CNC Engineering, Inc.


2:00 — 3:30 p.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDHs*

SP - Redevelopment and Modernization Strategies for our National Airports

Aging aviation infrastructure is leading airports to decide between two different strategies to serve the passengers demand of the 21st century: redevelopment or modernization. Redevelopment strategically replaces outdated facilities, while modernization allows existing facilities to be retrofitted and repurposed often at a fraction of the cost. The projects at (ATL) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and (SLC) Salt Lake City International Airport show how these two strategies can be successfully applied to address current demand, future growth, operations and passenger experience. Success was defined by both projects: The Landside Modernization ATL International Airport shows how modernization can improve and update existing structures, while SLC International Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program set a new benchmark for environmentally responsible aviation hubs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss specific strategies employed during the design process for minimizing impact on passengers and the existing airport operations.
  • Describe how parametric modeling was used to optimize the structural and architectural design
  • Identify criteria for build segment length, mechanical system design, resilient design strategies, and Levels of Service for airport redevelopment.

Speakers: Richard Saunders, P.E., S.E.Senior Structural Engineer, HOK;  Matt Breidenthal, P.E., S.E.Senior Vice President, HOK; Claire Moore, S.E.Senior Vice President, HOK; Brian Johnson, P.E., BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL APProject Engineer, HOK; Bart Van Vilet, Registered Architect, AIA, LEED BD+C, WELL APAssociate, Architecture, HOK


STI - Engineering Licensure - An Asset Facing Challenges

The Professional Engineer (PE) license has long been a valued asset that promotes public health, welfare and safety but the distinction between occupational and professional is increasingly blurred. Differences in state licensing rules, educational requirements, acceptance among engineering disciplines, and the degree of promotion at educational institutions contribute to increased scrutiny of professional licensure. Consequently, professional licensing faces increasing challenges to its continued value and existence. Engineers have unprecedented opportunity to actively address these challenges. 

Learning Objectives:

  • List one way each of these is impacting licensure: challenges to licensing regulations in general, mobility of professional licensing across state jurisdictions, and decoupling the experience and examination timeline.
  • Describe how engineering student educational issues pose challenges for professional engineering licensure, specifically perceptions of value and importance as evidenced by student participation in the FE exam and influenced by licensure among engineering faculty.
  • Explain how to monitor and influence PE licensure policy.

Speakers: Angela R. Bielefeldt, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Professor, University of Colorado Boulder; Marlon W. Vogt, P.E., M.ASCE, F.SEIProject Manager, Ulteig Engineers; Albert DownsPolicy Specialist - Employment, Labor & Retirement, National Conference of State Legislatures 


PD — Canon 8: Ethics of Diversity & Inclusion

ASCE’s Code of Ethics has remained largely unchanged since the substantive revisions undertaken in development of the 1976 Code of Ethics (sustainability language was added to Canon 1 in 1996 and anti-corruption language was added to Canon 6 in 2006). Adoption of Canon 8 in July of 2017 was a monumental event that affirmed ASCE’s Board of Direction’s commitment to providing fair and equal treatment for all within the profession and the stakeholders they serve. Canon 8 emboldens ASCE’s position and visibility in setting the industry standard for establishing a model for professional conduct of members. The panelists will discuss the process of leading such an effort, the guiding principles that informed their commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the professional community, and implications for engineering education and practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate among the terms diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion;
  • Explain diversity and inclusion as a matter of ethics;
  • Identify strategies to create inclusive academic and workplace environments;
  • Identify strategies for including diverse perspectives in the performance of their professional duties. 

Speakers: Yvette Pearson, Ph.D.Associate Dean for Accreditation and Assessment, Rice University; Quincy G. AlexanderChief, Sensor Integration Branch, Engineer Research and Development Center; Brock E. Barry, P.E., PhD, F.ASCE, Professor of Engineering Education, U.S. Military Academy, West Point; Michael K.J. Milligan, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Executive Officer, ABET; Melissa Wheeler, M.ASCE, Past Region 5 Director


NMD - Advancing Community Resilience through Civil Engineering

This session is intended to expose the Civil Engineering Community to current multi-disciplinary community resilience research and offer a vision of how it will shape the education and practice of the Civil Engineering Profession of the Future. For most practicing engineers research feels very far from the practical applications of today, yet they do change the Civil Engineering profession in profound ways. 

  • The Future of Civil Engineering practice : 
  • Connecting Physical with Socio-Economic – interdisciplinary design approach 
  • Simulating Impact of Natural Disaster on a community – models for predicting and planning 
  • The Future on Civil Engineering education 
  • Planning and Preparing for the Next Emergency 

Learning Objectives:

  • Become aware of the progress in the development of the necessary measurement science to assess community resilience
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of collaboration with social behavior and economics experts in addressing community resiliency planning
  • Envision the impact of the research efforts on the future of Civil Engineering education and practice

Speakers: John W. van de Lindt, Ph.D.George T. Abell Distinguished Professor in Infrastructure, Co-Director, Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, Colorado State University; Glenn R. Bell, P.E., S.E., C.Eng., SECB, F. SEI, F. ASCESenior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.; Dave Bergner, P.E.; Theresa P. McAllister, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEICommunity Resilience Group Leader and Program Manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Mikhail Gershfeld, M.ASCE, P.E, S.E., Professional Practice Professor, Professional Practice Professor; Andre R. Barbosa, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Oregon State University


SI - Planning for Implementing Reliable and Resilient Infrastructure

Cities are plagued by aging infrastructure, sea level rise and changing climate and there seems to be a disconnect as to how utilities and cities communicate the ‘true value’ of infrastructure to the public. Often, when planning and programming infrastructure improvements we find that we do not have enough money to build the ‘city we want’. Unfortunately, when asking for funds from elected officials and citizens we do not make it clear which target we are aiming for. This session will discuss the difference in levels of needs and the connotations for funding, and providing good infrastructure for a community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the appropriate level of need to use for planning, designing, and implementing programs for infrastructure
  • Identify the key issues cities face for galvanizing public support for infrastructure bond issues
  • Identify new designs for infrastructure that considers sea level rise predictions and upgradable to meet future demands of climate change.

Speakers: Mark Reiner, Ph.D., P.E.Co-Founder, CEO, WISRD, LLC; Shelley Cobau, CFMPublic Works Director, City of Manitou Springs; Dennis Albert Randolph, P.E., M. ASCE, PTOE PTP Env-SPDirector of Public Works, City of Grandview Missouri; Rares Petrica


SI - Improving Mobility and Safety through Surface Transportation Policy --- or The Future of Surface Transportation Policy

State Departments of Transportation face numerous challenges in the next decade to address the nation’s surface transportation challenges.  Find out what strategies can be deployed to improve safety, address state of good repair, improve congestion.  Also, discuss how DOTs are addressing the challenges of funding and financing infrastructure projects.

 Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the role of civil engineers in improving traffic safety.
  • What strategies can DOT deploy to improve the state of good repair.
  • Review long-term strategies for improving mobility and addressing congestion.

Speakers: Brian Pallasch, CAE, Managing Director, Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers; Roger M. Millar, P.E., F.ASCE, FAICPSecretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation


4:00 — 5:30 p.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDHs*

HH - Colorado Water: History Lessons for Today's Water Professionals

Colorado’s unique “first‐in‐time, first‐in‐right” water management system evolved from historical antecedents such as inclusion of the appropriation doctrine in the state’s Constitution and other institutions. How this system that some consider a marvel and others a nightmare emerged will be explained. Development of Northern Water and the Colorado Big‐Thompson (C‐BT) Project are important elements in Colorado water resources. Hear how they supplemented water supplies during and following the 1930's drought and how they impact growth and development today.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the history and mission of the Colorado‐Big Thompson Project and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Northern Water).
  • Have a basic understanding of the hydrology of Colorado's rivers and why reservoir storage is a critical component of providing stable water supplies to the citizens and farmer in northeastern Colorado.
  • See how one water conservancy district manages a vital water supply in ways that reacts to the variability in supplies and the demands of agriculture and municipal water users.

Moderator: Theodore N. Green, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Manager

Speakers: Neil Sadler Grigg, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCEProfessor of Civil and Envlronmental Engineering, Colorado State University; Darell D. Zimbelman, Ph.D, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCEGeneral Manager/Chief Engineer, Water Systems Ops and Management LLC


NMD — Resilient Coastal Design in an Uncertain Future

In light of many recent severe coastal storms and increasing future risk, there is great need to develop and employ design and engineering solutions for the context and a changing future. Presenters will discuss concepts and case studies including WEDG®, a rating system and guidelines for resilient and sustainable waterfront design; modeling future storm surge risk; and share reconstruction lessons-learned from recent catastrophic storm events.

Learning Objectives:

  • Inform participants of primary concepts, resources, and techniques associated with WEDG V2, a new nationally-applicable rating system and standard for resilient, ecologically sound, and publicly accessible waterfront design, released in March, 2018.
  • Inform participants of the current state of flood risk modeling – the range models in use, incorporation of sea level rise, and applicability at the site scale.
  • Demonstrate waterfront design principles through case studies.

Speakers: Drew Fred Markewicz, P.E., PMPSenior Project Manager, NV5;  Kenneth Huber, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services; Kate Boicourt, MEsc, Program Manager, Waterfront Alliance


STI — BIM for Better Bridge Design and Construction

If the bridge construction industry is going to meet the public’s expectation for a world class transportation infrastructure, it needs to experience the productivity gains that other industries have seen (i.e. manufacturing). The key to these productivity gains is the use of 3D virtual models, which can be used to automate fabrication and optimize the bridge construction processes from the planning phase all the way through construction and asset management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize how roadway geometrics are incorporated into a bridge model.
  • Describe how the automated fabrication process differs from the traditional use of “Shop Drawings”.
  • Discuss the current developments and future potential of using Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Speaker: Douglas J. Dunrud, P.E.Senior Engineering Specialist -Building Information Modeler, WSP-USA


MDT — Utilizing UAS to Improve Bridge Inspections

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Collins Engineers, Inc. have completed three phases of research focused on utilizing drones as a tool for improving the quality of bridge inspections. The most recent phase has focused on new drone technology and finding ways to process the data into actionable inspection deliverables that improve the quality of the inspection and better communicates the results to bridge owners and engineers. The transportation industry being transformed by technology including drones that can collect, process, store and analyze large amounts of data and this research is applying the same transformative concepts and technology to improve bridge inspection results.

Learning Objectives:

  • Select equipment and develop workflows to utilize drones for bridge inspections.
  • Understand the cost savings and safety improvements associated with incorporating drones into their bridge inspection programs.
  • Understand how to improve their bridge inspection deliverables and data with the use of drones.

Speaker: Barritt Lovelace, P. E.Regional Manager, Collins Engineers


SI — CAVs: Impacts to Engineers, Infrastructure and Policy

Our country is on the verge of one of the most exciting and important innovations in transportation history – the development of automated driving systems. This session will provide an overview of autonomous technologies, explore the appropriate role for different levels of government to play in the regulation of autonomous vehicles. Additionally, a number of changes and improvements will be required to the nation’s transportation systems to fully utilize the potential benefits of autonomous and connected vehicles. 

Within the program, we will have sessions that will start with background/state of play, State/Federal issues and actions, technical challenges, and the future/next steps.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a better understanding of emerging autonomous and connected vehicle technology
  • Understand how this technology will affect the nation’s transportation system and infrastructure needs
  • Identify what infrastructure changes need to be addressed, and what role civil engineers play during the CAV infrastructure process.

Speakers: Jeff BridgesRepresentative, Colorado State House; Blaine LeonardTechnology & Innovation Engineer, Utah Department of Transportation; Richard Mudge, President and founder of, Compass Transportation and Technology Inc.; King GeeDirector of Engineering and Technical Services, Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials


PD - Experts on Ethics: A Panel Discussion

Ethics is a vital topic. It determines your character, it guides your choices, it reflects your values, it makes you who you are. It is a human necessity, both at a personal level (concerned with the self), and at a societal level (concerned with the relationship between self and others). In this panel session, three experts will explore ethical issues from the abstract to the applied, using examples from real life and professional practice. We will begin with a discussion of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of ethics. Next, a practicing engineer will discuss the ethics associated with the standard of care of the design professional in the performance of their services. Last, we will explore real life examples of both extraordinary and everyday ethical dilemmas that engineers must face, and discuss techniques you can use to make every day ethical dilemmas more engaging in the realm of education. The presentation will conclude with a moderated discussion by the panelists with audience participation encouraged.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the two fundamental topics in philosophy that lie at the base of ethics.
  • Understand how specific actions or performance may be interpreted in a civil procedure as being in conformance or not with the established standard of care for professional engineers.
  • Understand the difference between extraordinary and everyday ethical dilemmas, and how the latter can be made engaging in the context of educating engineers.

Speakers: Joshua Ben Kardon, S.E., Ph.D., F.ASCEPrincipal Structural Engineer, Joshua B. Kardon and Co.; Ranjit S. Sahai, P.E., F.ASCEPresident & CEO, RAM Corporation; Brock E. Barry, P.E., Ph.D., F.ASCEProfessor of Engineering Education, U.S. Military Academy, West Point


Sunday, October 14

10:00 — 11:30 a.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDHs*

ASCE Presents: Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements

The American Society of Civil Engineers presents the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements (OCEA) projects. This year we have the winning project, the NYC Second Avenue Subway and finalist SR 520 Floating Bridge in Washington State. 
New York City's biggest expansion of the subway system in 50 years, Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway opened for service January 1, 2017. Phase 2 is now underway with teams advancing preliminary engineering and environmental review and a Community Information Center. 

The SR 520 Floating Bridge and Landings project replaced the original, 53-year-old bridge as the “world’s longest floating bridge.” The new span across Lake Washington and was constructed by the Washington DOT. 

Both are incredible projects of amazingly complexity and scope. Both will be presented with time for in-depth questions and answers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, a participant will have a better understunding of the problems and solutions related to a 1.4 mile floating bridge.
  • Upon completion, participant will have a better understunding of the problems and solutions related to a massive underground subway project.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to better understand the funding and process related to a major public project.

Speakers: Anil Parikh, Richard Giffen, Greg Banks, Trevor Lightly


NMD — Mitigating Expansive Soils in Residential Construction

Expansive soils expand or contract depending on the introduction or removal of moisture. To mitigate and manage expansive soils in the Colorado Front Range, civil engineers in Colorado have developed innovative techniques, which have contributed to the state-of-the-practice for the design and construction of structures on expansive soils. We will explain the how the swell potential of a soil is measured and explain the concept of depth of wetting. The most commonly utilized foundation types on expansive soils will be reviewed, including drilled piers, micropiles, helical piers, and the technique of overexcavation with shallow foundations. We will also discuss using an underdrain system to mitigate the development of a perched water condition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define expansive soil and explain how the swell potential of a soil is commonly measured in Colorado.
  • Explain the concept of depth of wetting and the factors that influence depth of wetting below structures.
  • Identify the common types of foundations used for residential construction on expansive soils and describe the use of underdrains for foundations.
  • Describe using an underdrain system to mitigate the development of a perched water condition.

Speakers: Christopher T. Senseny, P.E.Senior Engineer, Higgins & Associates, Inc.; Craig Colby, P.E.Senior Engineer, Cesare, Inc.; Timothy Spencer, P.E.President, A.G. Wassennaar, Inc.; Narender Kumar, P.E., F.ASCECEO, Kumar & Associates, Inc.


PD - Public Speaking, Presentation and Communication Skills needed for success!

Public speaking, presentation and communication skills are requisite competencies for civil engineers; skills needed for effective communication to the public, clients, elected officials and peers. Communication capabilities remain one of the key areas of needed improvement for most engineers. As engineers, we are logical, analytical, and detail oriented; this allows us to do our work effectively and competently. However, when it comes to public speaking, presentation and effective communication skills, most engineers do not possess these fundamental skills as it is not usually a college course and needs to be learned and practiced outside of schooling. Engineers need to improve their presentations, their speaking capabilities, and communications capabilities to include an understanding of listening skills in order to effectively provide the message to the intended audience. In so doing, we can be better advocates for our profession, when engaging in public policy, when presenting on behalf of our clients and during interpersonal communications with peers. This presentation will focus upon the key elements that can be learned by engineers to be better communicators based upon the decades of experience of the presenters in both the private sector and as public agency representatives. The Authors have made hundreds of presentations and dealt with controversial topics in public settings with great success and have also utilized their skills when leading ASCE groups when addressing elected officials, when making presentations to Boards and when presenting difficult choices to clients. Come learn effective skills and techniques for public speaking, presentations and effective communications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify successful public speaking skills with knowledge of articulation errors to avoid, the use of appropriate body language, and how to engage with your audience.
  • Know how to plan a presentation, know how to practice your presentation, learn to calm your nerves and how to prepare for impromptu responses to difficult questions.
  • Identify the four different listening styles, how to improve your communication skills based upon these styles, and the need for multiple listening styles relative to the situation.

Speakers: Sheila Ackerman Shockey, MPAPresident, Shockey Consulting Services; Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., F.ASCEAssistant City Manager/Public Services Director, City of Laguna Hills, CA; Yazdan Emrani, M.S., P.E., Q.S.D.Director of Public Works/City Engineer, City of San Fernando


STI — Global Perspective: Civil Engineering Practice

Panelists will discuss the importance of Global Interoperability from both USA and international perspectives and the importance of global collaboration between professional organizations. Mr. McCaul, whose firm has offices in 34 countries, will discuss international challenges. Today nearly every built project, whether local or across the globe, has international components in design, materials, and construction. Session discussion will explore the benefits and challenges to our profession faced domestically and internationally and will include audience participation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why acknowledging the importance of Global Interoperability is necessary for the future of the civil engineering profession.
  • Learn what challenges civil engineers face when practicing globally.
  • How to succeed in practicing in this new global world.

Speakers: Glenn R. Bell, P.E., S.E., C.Eng., SECB, F. SEI, F. ASCE, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.; Tim McCaul, CEngPrincipal, Arup


HH - Chronicling Life and Career of Three Civil Engineers

William Jackson Palmer, directed the greatest railroad survey in American history; 2,700 miles with 116 surveyors, over Raton Pass west along two routes to California, to San Francisco and back to Missouri. Gouverneur K. Warren identified a route through the Rocky Mountains for a transcontinental railroad and developed the first comprehensive map of the US west of the Mississippi. J.A.L. Waddell's 1916 book, Bridge Engineering, is a comprehensive and instructive book on the practice of bridge engineering in the early 20th Century.

Learning Objectives:

  • How a civil engineer changed the course of history by supervising the largest and longest railroad survey ever undertaken.
  • The engineering required to identify the route of the transcontinental railroad through the Rocky Mountains and the saga of the mapping of the American West.
  • Identify the 10 primary principles of Waddell’s 50 “First Principles of Design”, and their relevance today and Waddell’s seven “Duties of the Bridge Engineer” related to engineering ethics.

Moderator: Theodore N. Green, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Manager

Speakers: William Vermes, P.E.Senior Bridge Engineer, Pennoni; J. David Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., P.G., F.ASCE, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Ph.D., P.E., P.G., F.ASCE; Reuben F. Hull, P.E., PMP, LEED Green Assoc., M. ASCERegional Director, McLaren Engineering Group


MDT — Volunteers Bring Infrastructure Improvements to Under-served Communities

Many communities across the United States have deficient infrastructure systems and struggle with regulatory compliance issues. Leveraging the membership of Community Engineering Corps’ alliance partners – American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, and Engineers Without Borders USA – the program brings more than 200,000 technical professionals and students together to serve communities across the United States. 

Through this session, engineers will understand how Community Engineering Corps is used as a channel to help underserved communities on the path to infrastructure improvement. Additionally, ASCE members will understand how they can volunteer their time to provide these underserved communities with the technical assistance they need. 

The session will include at least two examples from current infrastructure projects. Each case study illustrates a range of perspectives across multiple disciplines impacting the project. These examples will highlight the relationship between the community partner and the project team as well as demonstrate project progress and lessons learned. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, the participant will have knowledge of the Community Engineering Corps Program.
  • Upon completion, the participant will have information on how to volunteer within CECorps.
  • Upon completion, the participant will have knowledge of the CECorps impact in the U.S.

Speakers: Clare Haas Cleveau, P.E.Community Engineering Corps Program Director, ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS USA; Glenn Gilbert; Cheyenne Maio-Silva; Jasmine Akers


1:00 — 2:00 p.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1 PDH*

NMD — Resiliency: an Integral Part of Projects

Although Resiliency as a concept is being accepted as a part of the overall sustainability efforts, it does not get the necessary attention that is required to make it a part of the overall thought process of a project. It needs to be included in the economic aspects, project specifications, design and overall outcome. It should go beyond the scope of the project and relate it to the contribution to its relevant surroundings, environmentally ,economically and socially, to deal with a natural hazard.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify system-level considerations of resilience in projects.
  • Recognize what design parameters are needed for developing resilience in entire system.
  • List specific mechanisms for incorporating resilience in projects through specifications.

Speakers: Vilas S. Mujumdar, D.P.A., P.E., S.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCEConsultant; Keith A. Porter, P.E., Ph.D., Research Professor, University of Colorado Boulder; Sri Sritharan, Wilkinson Chair of Engineering and Professor of Civil Engineering, Iowa State University; Warren Edwards, Sr Fellow, CARRI and Dist Sr Fellow, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University


Distinguished Lecture Series

Mr. Kenneth Wright is a registered Professional Engineer in 17 states. He serves as principal engineer and CFO of Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE), of Denver, a company he founded in 1961. WWE provides sustainable and integrated water resources engineering services, including water rights; drainage and flood control; water supply; dam and reservoir design; and wetland permitting. Mr. Wright will be available immediately after this session for a book signing.

Speaker: Kenneth R. Wright, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Wright Water Engineers, Inc. 


SI — Advancing Educational and Professional Standards for CEs

ASCE’s BOD adopted six society level goals in 2017. Goal 3 states that, “ASCE advances the educational and professional standards for civil engineers.” The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CE-BOK) developed by ASCE represents the claim on its jurisdiction in the marketplace and its pursuit is deemed to be essential to defend and advance civil engineering as it faces profound challenges and changes in the years to come. In 2019 ASCE will release the third edition to the CE-BOK. 

The CE-BOK was first published by ASCE in 2004 and was the first Body of Knowledge written by an engineering society. The CE-BOK is used to set criteria in academia and has been instrumental the last two decades in educating today’s civil engineers. The second CE-BOK was published by ASCE in 2008 and added sustainability as a professional outcome. The third edition of the CE-BOK is in progress and will have further enhancements and outcomes added. 

The CE-BOK is a valuable tool for achieving ASCE’s Society Goal 3. To uphold our obligation to the public, entry into the civil engineering profession must be regulated to ensure all professional civil engineers are fully competent, which is clearly and specifically enumerated in the CE-BOK. Tomorrow’s professional civil engineer be required to advocate for our civil engineering profession in order to ensure that civil engineering remains a vibrant and strong profession. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK): The minimum skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for professional practice and review various means to fulfilling the CEBOK.
  • Describe the differences between CEBOK-2 (2008) and CEBOK-3 (2019) and how the revisions will continue to aid in the development of the future professional civil engineer.
  • Discuss how ASCE's professional and educational standards can be used to advance civil engineering and defend the jurisdiction of of civil engineering in the marketplace against those trying to eliminate licensure and commoditization. 

Speakers: David B. Peterson, P.E., F. ASCESenior Manager, Structures, RK&K; Horst G. Brandes, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCEProfessor, University of Hawaii


MDT — Design, Construction and Performance DOE Solar Decathlon

Co-authors: David E. James, PE, Eric Weber, AIA, Alexia Chen, AIA, Ludwing Vaca, AIA, Jinger Zheng, Nasko Balaktchiev, Adam Betemedhin, Rick Hurt 
The DOE Solar Decathlon competition, held biennially since 2002, “ is a collegiate competition made up of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency.” Student-led teams from institutions around the world design and build energy-efficient houses that use solar energy as the primary energy source. UNLV's successful 2013 and 2017 Solar Decathlon competition entries incorporated innovative architectural, structural, energy and water conserving features. UNLV's homes feature innovative architectural and net zero energy designs, concentrating solar thermal radiant floor heating and hot water, high efficiency HVAC systems, and energy recovery ventilators. The 2017 home earned 8th place overall, and earned first place in Innovation, 2nd place in engineering and tied for 2nd place in Architecture. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the goals and objectives, and the 10 contests in the 2013 and 2017 Solar Decathlon competitions.
  • Describe innovative architectural, structural, energy & water conservation and smart home features of UNLV's competition entries.
  • Know where to obtain publicly available home plans and documents for all nine solar decathlon competitions held since 2002.

Speakers: David E. James, Ph.D., P.E.Associate Professor, UNLV Civil & Environ Engr & Constr; Nasko BalaktchievGraduate Student, UNLV; Alexia H. Chen, AIAArchitect, LGA, Inc; Adam BetemedhinUndergraduate Student, UNLV Center for Energy Research


SP — Project Neon: Nevada's Largest Public Works Project

The largest public works project in Nevada’s history is “Project Neon” a nearly $1Billion Design-Build investment in the heart of Las Vegas. The project is improving safety and operations along Nevada’s busiest stretch of freeway – 3.7 miles of I-15 that sees 300,000 vehicles/day, 25,000 lane changes/hour, and three crashes/day and expected to double by 2035. 

Project Neon includes expansion of the Las Vegas valley’s HOV network, construction of 30+ bridges, installation of state-of-the-art active traffic management signs, and new connections into downtown. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate 5 best practices/lessons learned for large design-build contracts.
  • Define proven methods to minimize impacts through effective maintenance of traffic in an urban environment.
  • Use proofs for implementing stakeholder outreach with a focus on proactively being present in the community.

Speakers: Dale Keller, P.E.Assistant Chief of Project Management, Nevada Department of Transportation; Debi BohnetProject Neon Community Liaison, CH2M


4:15 — 5:15 p.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1 PDH*

HH — Building the Transcontinental Railroad + Bridges Named After Engineers

May 10, 2019 is the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad: celebrations planned for Promontory, UT and Sacramento, CA. In 1869, the UPRR and CPRR competed for Government payments, yielding interesting stories as crews passed each other during final weeks. Also, learn about 8 western bridges memorializing Civil Engineers: Harlan Miller; Conde McCullough; Homer Hadley; Fredrick Panhorst; Nello Greer; Marilyn Jorgenson Reece; James Roberts - Bridges and biographies, plus The California State Engineer Memorial Interchange.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand some of the history of the greatest Civil Engineering project of the time, the First Transcontinental Railroad, and the Federal Acts that controlled its engineering and construction. For the 8 bridges, understand how, as the technology of vehicles developed, a variety highway bridge types were created.
  • Show how Civil Engineers lived and worked on the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Demonstrate why these 8 bridges were important at the time of their construction.
  • Appreciate the impact that the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad had on the nation as a whole. Understand why the taxpayers and politicians renamed these bridges to honor these very talented ASCE Member Civil Engineers.

Moderator: Bernie Dennis, M.ASCE, Natural Hazards Program Manager, US Department of State - OBO

Speakers: Chuck Spinks, P.E., M.ASCEVice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates; Alfred Mangus, P.E., M.ASCETransportation Engineer, Civil, PECG - Professional Engineers in California Government 


Younger Member Spotlight

Young Professionals will be presenting projects they have completed in a TED talk style presentation. Attendees will learn about the early stages in the Civil Engineering profession, and the challenges they overcame. The panel will give insights on how to succeed with complex projects, diverse people, and risky yet thrilling situations. Attendees will be inspired to be a part of this engineering movement of inventors, innovators, and diverse skills as they continue through the field of engineering.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about common challenges in the early stages of joining the civil engineering workforce, and provide tips on how to overcome them.
  • How to technically and ideologically prepare to get on-board with complex projects, people, environment and work situations.
  • Learn about the Civil Engineer “Toolbox” needed to move your career forward and succeed.

Speakers: Seth Martin, P.E.; Reza Sheykhi, Ph.D., Assistant Strategy Manager, Office of the Provost, EVP and COO, Florida International University (FIU); Nicholas Eggen, E.I.; Joanna Smith, M.Eng., M.ASCE, Geotechnical Engineer II, AECOM


SP — 5-Mile, $750M Belt Parkway Project, Brooklyn, NY

In 2009, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) embarked on an ambitious, 12 year, three (3) phases - $750 million reconstruction program of the historic Belt Parkway between Exit 9 and 14, including (6) bridges of varying span lengths, configurations and design features, while minimizing all traffic impacts. The program is highly complex, with the combined constraints of a coastal national park/recreation area, a dense urban location, varying site conditions, and a myriad of stakeholder permits and approvals required. The project benefits include substantially improved highway geometry and correction of structural deficiencies, resulting in enhanced highway safety and operations. Several innovative construction methods have led to substantial time and cost savings that have further enhanced the overall success of the program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the unique challenges associated with replacing an aging infrastructure, in a dense, urban setting, that is surrounded by a sensitive, ecological environment.
  • Describe the benefits achieved through the coordination and programming of the individual bridge replacement contracts along the 5-mile corridor.
  • Describe the innovative construction methods utilized to construct the bridges, while maintaining full capacity of the roadway travel lanes and the pedestrian/bicycle facilities

Speakers: William G. Ferdinandsen, P.E.Program Manager, Greenman Pedersen Inc; Daniel Hom, P.E.Engineer In Charge, New York City Department of Transportation; Paul Dombrowski, P.E.Chief Resident Engineer, AECOM; Jessica Wang, P.E.Project Engineer, New York City Department of Transportation


SI - Mitigation Saves: Benefit-Cost Analysis of Exceeding I-Code

Approximately 70 million Americans live in regions of high seismicity. Many engineers believe that the US needs at least optional building-code provisions to exceed the seismic performance objectives of the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). Slightly oversimplifying, the 2015 IBC aims to assure life safety, not necessarily to assure that buildings are habitable or economically repairable after a rare earthquake. A majority of respondents to a recent public-opinion survey expressed an expectation of better performance and willingness to pay for new buildings to remain habitable or fully functional after a strong earthquake. 

Several options present themselves for how to meet these public expectations. A recent study by the National Institute of Building Sciences explored one: designing new buildings to be both stronger and stiffer than required by the IBC by a factor labeled Ie, where Ie = 1.0 denotes a design that just meets current life-safety requirements. Ie = 2.0 means the building is at least 2 times as strong as I-code seismic design requirements, and that it would experience no more than 1/2rd the deformation the code allows. 

Greater strength reduces the chance that buildings will collapse or be red-tagged. Greater stiffness generally reduces the potential for costly damage. While 2015 I-code requirements limit the probability of collapse or red-tagging, they do not entirely prevent either outcome. Greater strength and stiffness generally reduce those probabilities, along with reducing repair costs and other losses. 

Different values of Ie appear to be optimal in different places, in the sense of benefit-cost analysis. The optimal value of Ie for approximately 2,700 counties is the same as current code minimum, but for approximately 70 million people (about 1 in 4 Americans), design to exceed I-code requirements appears to be cost effective, in some places saving up to 8 times the added cost of new construction. 

To build all new buildings built in one year in the US to the optimal values would add on the order of $1.2 billion in construction cost and ultimately save on the order of $4.3 billion, saving approximately $4 for every $1 spent. Reduced property losses alone would pay for the added up-front cost. One year of immediate-occupancy construction would save about $2 billion in future economic activity and $800 million worth of avoided deaths, nonfatal injuries, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Relatively small but noticeable savings ($30 million) come from reduced urban search and rescue costs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Characterize the motivation or need for one or more, possibly optional standards to design new buildings to exceed life-safety requirements in 2015 model building codes (2015 International Building Code and the 2015 International Residential Code, the I-codes).
  • Understand one way to measure the costs and benefits of design to exceed 2015 I-code requirements for seismic design, using one relatively simple method for above-code design, namely, an increase in design strength and stiffness like an earthquake importance factor (Ie) above 1.0.
  • Understand that benefit-cost ratio from the importance-factor approach to above-code design varies regionally, and can reach 3 to 1 in highly seismically active areas

Speaker: Keith A. Porter, P.E., Ph.D.Research Professor, University of Colorado Boulder


STI - Designing Corporate Social Impact to Engage & Grow

Business today is being shaped by major demographic and societal shifts and the civil engineering profession is no exception. Many experienced professionals are also shifting into different work and life seasons. These shifts are changing the way many of us look at our work and personal lives. Today, there is a growing desire for more meaningful work and connections that are integrated as part of our success. At the same time, however, we are becoming more and more consumed with the expectations and demands for work. As a result, burnout, disengagement, and career pivots are on the rise, especially for professionals. 

This divergence creates opportunities for leaders and organizations who embrace the realities of work today and strategically act to tackle burnout and inspire their employees. Corporate social impact initiatives can be designed to reverse burnout and immediately engage. These actions can then help differentiate and grow our organizations. 

Despite convincing data that well-designed corporate social impact programs have a high return on investment, barriers still exist for many leaders and organizations. Our leadership mindset and understanding of the changes that are happening are key aspects to eliminating these internal barriers. Both the data and the barriers will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define professional burnout and disengagement, explain why it is so prevalent today, its impact on both individuals and organizations, and what can be done to reverse and avoid it.
  • Explain the four archetypes of how corporate social impact is being practiced today in terms of “shareholder maximizers”, “corporate contributors”, “impact integrators”, and “social innovators” based on a study by Deloitte.
  • Outline a specific 5-step process leaders and organizations can follow to begin to address burnout, engage employees, and differentiate themselves that follows the acronym I.M.P.A.C.T. which include Inventory, Mission, Planning, Authenticity, Capacity, and Trigger elements.

Speaker: Peter C. Atherton, P.E.President, ActionsProve, LLC


NMD — Engineering Climate Adaptation to Caribbean Hurricanes

The 2017 hurricane season produced remarkable impacts across the Caribbean and southern US.  EWB-USA responded to United Nations Development Program (UNDP) requests for engineering assistance in transition from response phase to recovery phase work on the island of Dominica, which had experienced 150 MPH winds and heavy rains in Hurricane Maria. The island nation has experienced increased frequency and severity of hurricanes in recent years. The leadership of the island is committed to becoming the first climate resilient nation on the planet. 

Climate change will tend to adversely impact some of the poorest nations around the world. Mitigation of, preparedness for and response/recovery to climate-caused disasters is our shared professional responsibility. Engineers bring critical skills that are often lacking in disaster response and recovery.

Our focus in Dominica was assisting in the planning and preparation for the recovery phase so as to best use the capacities and capabilities of the people on the island. Key steps included: Evaluation of pre-disaster building professional and supply chain capacity; Training local capacity in Building Damage Assessment; creation and implementation of improved housing guidelines; Training of builders, building inspectors, bankers and the public in resilient construction methods. 

The Engineering Service Corps at EWB-USA has responded to past (earthquake) disasters is building capacity to respond to future disasters across the globe by training members and by building alliances with other professional organizations. 

Learning Objectives:

  • The role of good engineering practices in disaster recovery
  • Understand the preparation needed for service in international disaster response/recovery
  • Consideration of future resilience to climate change in hurricane recovery

Speakers: Kevin Bruce Hagen, P.E.Project Manager, Engineers Without Borders-USA; Michael William Paddock, P.E., PSSenior Engineer, Engineers Without Borders-USA; Luca Renda


Monday, October 15

8:00 — 9:30 a.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDHs*

PD - Keys To Success In Public Works and Project Delivery

One learns to be a successful leader. The best lessons learned are from the mistakes of others. In this session, the speaker will share and discuss what he feels are some of the most important keys to a successful career in public works and project delivery - factors he has identified in highly successful public works managers and project delivery during more than four (4) decades of experience with local, regional and state public organizations. Do you know what the major causes of project failure are? Do you know successful project managers spend 90% of their time on "communications?" These success factors the speaker has learned over the years helped him and his organization deliver a $700 million transportation program "On-Time" and with less than 1.3% of construction contract change order value for the entire program. Also, be prepared to share with the audience the best public works success and project delivery factors you have witnessed or experienced during your career.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and implement key factors for future personal and project delivery success in public works.
  2. Use key factors for success in public works and project delivery to train and develop staff members.
  3. Determine where to focus attention and resources to implement projects successfully.

Speaker: John T. Davis, P.E., PSM, F.ASCERetired


SI — Preparing for Professional Practice: Civil Engineering & Other Professions

In this session, the speaker will introduce ASCE’s Raise the Bar Initiative, including the body of knowledge expected for the professional practice of civil engineers and the importance of both education and experience in meeting this standard. 

Next, a panel of professionals (from civil engineering and other professions, such as accounting, law, and medicine) will discuss their progression from education through professional practice and the impacts that advanced education and early training had on their career development and advancement. They will also share any roadblocks to attaining this education. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the education and training requirements of civil engineering to that of other professions.
  • Explain the benefits advanced education has on one’s career.
  • Recognize potential roadblocks associated with pursuing advanced education and identify ways to manage these challenges.
  • Increase awareness of other professionals’ perceptions of engineers.

Speakers: Kelly Dooley, P.E., M.ASCEDirector, Raise the Bar, ASCE; Eric L. Flicker, P.E., M.ASCESenior Consultant, Pennoni; Luke Hagedorn; Amanda Jamison, MBA, CPA, Senior Accountant, EverCommerce; Elizabeth Martin, Ph.D.


STI — Building a Smart City

The ideas behind a smart city have been around for two decades, and few question the immense potential behind the concept. So why isn't the movement happening faster? Often, citywide efforts reach a scale and complexity that hinder progress. Taking incremental steps can be the solution. 
The world is growing more urban every day. According to the United Nations, more than half of the world's citizens reside inn cities and towns, and by 2050 the urbanite population will grow by 3 billion people. The future of our planet will be defined by the future of our cities. 
A smart city connects all infrastructure - electric, gas, water, wastewater, stormwater, transportation, lighting, security - in diverse neighborhoods and communities using technology to drive operational excellence, increase revenue potential and support sustainable customer lifestyles. 
In a competitive landscape, a scalable innovation neighborhood as the first step toward a smart city is smart business for civic leaders. Innovation neighborhoods are smart cities on a more attainable scale. But while the project scope is smaller, the benefits can be significant. Citizens receive better and faster services at a lower operating expense while enjoying new, convenient features that accompany exciting technologies. Sustainability is a higher priority, reflecting an increasingly green worldview. And cities become more attractive in an increasingly competitive landscape, setting the stage of increased growth and prosperity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the components of a smart city.
  • Describe an innovation neighborhood.
  • Develop an action plan for an innovation neighborhood.

Speaker: Michael E. BeehlerVice President, Burns & McDonnell


MDT - Raising the GPA: Tackling Aging Pipelines

America's alarming infrastructure gap has been well documented and publicized by ASCE. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the US and is of course not immune to the issue. WSSC suffered several highly publicized failures of large diameter water pipes that left no choice but to tackle its infrastructure head on. 

For WSSC, the highest risk assets, which is the primary target of the asset management program, is primarily comprised of its inventory of large diameter (36 to 96-inch) Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP) pipelines. This pipe serves as the backbone of WSSC's water transmission system, typically fails catastrophically, and has an interesting (and disappointing) manufacturing history. 

The asset management program employed by WSSC involves a wide range of in-line inspection techniques, from low-tech (hitting the pipe wall with a hammer) to high-tech (acoustic technology to detect leaks and monitor structural condition). This inspection and analysis information is used to make financially responsible long-term asset management plans. 
This program is one utility's solution to the infrastructure gap and illustrates doing more with less. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the challenges associated with embracing and maintain a proactive mindset over a reactive mindset
  • Discuss the thought-process required to develop and install effective asset management programs
  • Recognize various techniques available for pipeline condition assessment, and understand how to choose between different technologies for any asset assessment

Speakers: Sean J. Lammerts, P.E., LEED APEngineer, US Pipe and Foundry; Jorge Rodriguez, P.E.Program Manager, Pure Technologies; Mike Woodcock, Principal Civil Engineer, WSSC; Greg FickPrincipal Civil Engineer, WSSC; Mike JacobsonP.E., M.ASCE, PMP, Senior Project Manager, Pure Technologies; Heather Himmelberger, MEng, P.E.Director of Southwest Environmental Finance Center, University of New Mexico


NMD - Resiliency in the Built Environment

How do we create resilient built environments and lifeline systems? First we must define resiliency in a broad sense and then apply it to specific systems. A resilient community is one that can overcome disruptive events and provide continuity for its inhabitants. This requires buildings that safely protect its occupants and systems that remain sufficiently functional to provide critical services in support of public health, safety and community recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the practical, organizational, and social characteristics of resilience in the built environment.
  • Understand the importance of resilient design in structures, lifeline utility, and infrastructure systems.
  • Apply sustainable concepts to enhance resiliency.

Speakers: Mika Moessle MarshEIT, Project Engineer, Ashley & Vance Engineering; Jill K. Nelson, P.E., S.E., LEED AP BD+CAssociate Professor, California Polytechnic State University SLO; Craig A. Davis, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., M.ASCE, Resilience Program Manager, Los Angeles Dept Of Water and Power


SI — What's Up Washington? - Infrastructure Legislation Update

Americans frequently identify infrastructure investment as a policy area they would like Congress and President Trump to work on. Infrastructure is a topic that tends to receive bipartisan support. The perennial challenge is finding the best way to increase funding, and the political will to support it when it comes to a vote. In this election year, learn the latest legislative developments from Capitol Hill and the Trump Administration, and how engineers can get involved.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the status of federal legislation to increase federal infrastructure investment.
  • Explore the role of direct federal investment and the role of public-private partnerships in addressing the infrastructure deficit.
  • Obtain talking points and tips for advocating for infrastructure investment as Congress moves forward on legislation.

Moderator: Carol E. Haddock, P.E., M.ASCEDirector, Houston Public Works;

Speakers: Ed Mortimer, Executive Director, Transportation Infrastructure, United States Chamber of Commerce; Brian Pallasch, CAE, Managing Director, Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers


9:45 — 11:15 a.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDHs*

NMD — JCSE-ASCE International Research on Infrastructure Resilience

The Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) and ASCE are taking an international leadership role to develop a framework for creating resilient infrastructure systems in support of developing community resilience. Progress on creating the framework and areas in need of research and development to provide for practical implementation will be discussed from the JSCE and ASCE perspectives. This session intends to gain perspectives from the audience to help direct the framework development and needed research.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the need for developing infrastructure resilience for systems exposed to extreme events
  • Describe to others why infrastructure resilience is essential to creating resilient social and economic systems in communities
  • Articulate the value of international collaboration in defining, measuring and using resilience in design and planning

Moderators: John W. van de Lindt, Ph.D., George T. Abell Distinguished Professor in Infrastructure, Co-Director, Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, Colorado State University; Onishi Masamitsu

Speaker: Craig A. Davis, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., M.ASCEResilience Program Manager, Los Angeles Dept Of Water and Power;  Bilal Ayyub, Ph.D., P.E., Professor and Director, Center for Technology and Systems Management, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park; Sue McNeil, Ph.D.Professor/Department Chair, University of Delaware; Kiyoshi Kobayashi; Yoshikazu Takahashi


PD — Leadership Today: Building Your Path and Your Personal Brand

This session will demonstrate real paths to leadership to inspire leaders at every level. Attendees will hear the paths and leadership stories through a panel discussion of successful, prominent leaders in the civil engineering profession. Learn what it takes to become an ethical leader in today’s world and what leadership traits to develop to succeed. Speakers will also share their ideas on mentoring and values in order to foster leadership in others. This session will also provide participants of all career levels advice on how to build their positive reputation and brand within the workplace to become the well-known, well-liked, and go-to employee in any organization. Participants will learn about strategies and habits geared towards differentiating themselves to achieve career growth and recognition. A question and answer session with the panelists will follow their presentations. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of identifying and acting in accordance with your values and leading by example with high ethical standards
  • Discover practices and habits to grow your career and increase brand recognition
  • Identify next steps for developing further as leaders

Speakers: Marlo Abramowitz, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE, Transportation Engineer, HDR; Robert L. Cagle, P.E., F.ASCE, Retired, US Army Corps of Engineers; Robert P. Wadell, P.E., M.SCE, F.ASCE, President/CEO, Wadell Engineering Corporation; Marsie Geldert-Murphey, P.E., F.ASCEChief Operating Officer, Jim Taylor Inc.; Ronald W. Welch, Ph.D., F.ASCE, COL (US Army Retired)Dean of Engineering, The Citadel


STI — Collaboration Model Between Practicing Professionals and University

Many universities have “advisory councils” providing curriculum advice or fund raising. The University of California, Irvine’s civil and environmental department has a more robust partnership with local engineers which is over thirty years old. CEE Affiliates has evolved into a multi-facetted organization going well beyond its original goals: teaching the capstone senior design course, supporting student clubs, organizing technical programs, providing scholarships, and facilitating university involvement with ASCE infrastructure report cards. Presenters will describe the Affiliates’ genesis, structure, activities, benefits, and provide road maps for success for anyone interested in creating a similar organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand three key reasons an organization like the one described in the presentation (The Affiliates) is needed.
  • Identify the specific areas where the activities of such an organization can better prepare students for professional practice.
  • Identify the 3 primary elements required to start and sustain a successful Affilates-type group.

Speakers: T. Ted Miyake, P.E., M.ASCEPrincipal, NMG Geotechnical, Inc.; C. Stephen Bucknam, P.E., F.ASCE, President, Bucknam and Associates, Inc.; Joel Lanning, Ph.D., P.E., MASCEAssistant Teaching Professor, University of California, Irvine


SP — Leveraging City Assets with Green Infrastructure

Platte to Park Hill: Stormwater Systems is a comprehensive approach to against flooding while improving storm water quality and enhancing public spaces. The program is focused on northern neighborhoods in the City & County of Denver which are at risk of severe flooding. This four-project program, is part of a coordinated construction process to realize cost savings and project efficiencies, and ensures compatibility with nearby improvements. The four-project program increases neighborhood connectivity, improves stormwater quality, adds new park and recreation spaces, while providing critical flood protection. The Program is solving regional-scale stormwater quality and flooding problems while enhancing the city architectural assets. The owner and multi-disciplinary engineering team will provide attendees with lessons learned for a complex program that accomplished multiple goals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Breakdown the key components of a Project Development process
  • Define multi-objective goals with a multi-disciplinary projects
  • Identify appropriate delivery method based on identified risks and project goals.

Speakers: Andrew Beck, P.E., CFMDeputy Director, Water Resources, Matrix Design Group; Sam Stevens, P.E.Engineering Supervisor - CPM, Public Works, City and County of Denver; Leslie FangmanDirector of P3 Infrastructure, Saunders Construction, Inc.; Greg CieciekSenior Landscape Achitect, City and County of Denver


SI — Perspectives on the Public-Private Partnership Financing Model

States and localities are increasingly turning to Public-Private Partnerships as a way to increase infrastructure investment. P3s have proven effective for certain projects, bringing additional resources and revenue to building, operating and maintaining infrastructure assets. This session will explore what makes a successful P3 and dive into the benefits and drawbacks of the P3 model, the structures of P3 agreements, and highlight effective P3 projects. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what makes an effective P3
  • Name and distinguish the various P3 models
  • Discuss the various participants involved in a P3

Speakers: Adam Ortiz, Director of the Department of the Environment, Prince George's County, MarylandDavid SpectorDirector, Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise; Lisa StablerPresident, Transportation Technology Center, Inc; Matt GirardGroup Head – Civil Division, Plenary Group; Ed MortimerExecutive Director, Transportation Infrastructure, United States Chamber of Commerce; Kevin PulaSenior Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures


MDT — We Won the Bid: Managing Litigation Risk

The success of engineering projects is measured by multiple parameters, the most critical of which is the project's ultimate commercial success. Both effective risk management and the effective anticipation of disputes/litigation – before, during and after the project – are fundamental to this goal. Pearson Bitman LLP will share risk management tips, lessons learned and other practical suggestions which are essential to lowering claim risk exposure and are easily implemented by field engineers, project managers and engineering support staff, and ultimately keep their firms out of trouble. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess, mitigate and/or eliminate risk and potential liability in pre-litigation disputes and/or litigation at the contract drafting level by identifying the need to include or remove contractual provisions or the language implemented in those provisions; and to analyze the ramifications of failing to implement good drafting/contract review best practices through lessons learned discussion.
  • Identify, evaluate and understand necessary and strategic project document control and retention techniques and best practices, including but not limited to, the proper use of email and other communication during the project; and to analyze the ramifications of failing to implement good project control/retention and document preservation techniques through lessons learned discussion.
  • Identify, understand and articulate post-project document and communication preservation techniques and best practices and the best use of IT resources prior to and during disputes/litigation to mitigate and/or eliminate unnecessary risk and liability.

Speakers: Karl E. Pearson, J.D.Managing Partner, Pearson Bitman LLP

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