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Concurrent Sessions

Planning your ASCE 2019 experience? Technical session topics and descriptions are listed below.

This page will be updated as the program is finalized, so it 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

Friday, October 11

10:30 — 11:30 a.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.0 PDH*

STI — Adjuncts in Civil Engineering Education

Most students study civil engineering because they want to change and improve the built environment. They long to see how the abstract concepts learned in the classroom can be applied to the “real world.” Often, it is the adjunct who is most apt to bring that “real world” experience into the classroom. Most adjuncts are practicing engineers with many years of experience, and they view teaching as 1 way to “give back” to the profession. Adjuncts can and do compliment full-time faculty by bridging the gap between academics and experience. While teaching as an adjunct does require a commitment of time and energy, the commitment is not prohibitive, and the rewards far outweigh the costs. Personal experiences will be shared, with the goal of encouraging other practicing engineers to consider teaching as adjuncts in order to improve engineering education and to help students begin the transition from academics to practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will understand the impact of lessons learned and "real-world" experiences on students, and how incorporation of these concepts is crucial for the educational and professional development of future engineering leaders
  • Upon completion, participants will understand best practices for bridging the gap between the professional civil engineering industry and education, and how the role of adjunct professor is an important complement to faculty members
  • Upon completion, participants will understand proven educational tools and techniques for educating and provide attendees with an understanding of how serving as an adjunct professor would not only positively impact students but also enhance attendees' own professional skills and knowledge

Speaker: Mark C. Kanonik, P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Structural Engineer, Senior Associate EYP Architecture & Engineering, PC

SI — Building in Resiliency

Resiliency is defined as the ability to withstand a “high impact-low probability“ event with little or no customer outage impact. Resiliency can with applied to most basic infrastructure:  electric, gas, water and communications. In Florida, the electric utilities have spent  the past several years to “hardening” overhead transmission and distribution lines against severe storms. These engineered improvements make the system more resilient as opposed to more reliable. Some regulated utilities have encountered state regulators that caution against building an increasingly reliable system at a higher marginal cost. There may be a diminishing return for some utilities that already have good reliability.

To address this concern and reduce the longer term impact of high-impact, low-probability events, some electric utilities have started to “strategically underground” poorly performing overhead lines and reduce the total line restoration (TLR) time. Recent strategic undergrounding pilots in Virginia quantify the value of undergrounding with empirical data that shows significant reduction of storm restoration time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between reliability and resiliency for utility infrastructure
  • Examine the pros and cons of strategic undergrounding at two major utilities
  • Determine if a resiliency program is right for you.

Speaker: Michael E. Beehler, P.E., F.ASCE, Founding Member and COO, MBA, LLC

SP — Dissecting The Cumbersome Monster-An Intersection Story

In 2012 the City of Worthington embarked on a massive undertaking; a problematic intersection, dubbed “The North East Gateway”, had posed serious challenges for over two decades. A single point intersection with heavy semi-truck and commuter traffic, the confluence of four roadways underneath an interstate, near three rail crossings with triple tracks involving two rail companies, and a severely impaired stream in an industrial corridor would prove formidable to fix. The engineering challenge of a career, involving roadways, railways, regional transmission pipelines, industrial wastewater, electric service, telecom, fiber optic lines and no less than 124 separate parcels to acquire for right of way. Working with multiple agencies, the City sought the service of EMH&T to assist in the study, design, coordination and construction of what is approaching a 19-million-dollar project. When completed the project will move higher volumes of traffic efficiently, make accommodations for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, allow for expansion of public transit, accommodation for autonomous vehicle technology, space for public art, and incorporate smart technologies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about targeting and designing for the six key elements of Transit Equality (vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, emerging technology, rail, public transit).
  • Emphasize the benefit of researching archives, historic documents and use of GIS technology to uncover unknown attributes during planning and initial design phase (discovering what you don't know).
  • Discuss engagement of key stakeholders early in the process to "control the conversation" and help to shorten time frames

Speaker: Dan Whited, P.E., Director of Service and Engineering, City of Worthington, Ohio

NMD — Geotechnical Mechanisms Triggering Sinkhole Failures

Geotechnical failure mechanisms associated to sinkhole hazards will be presented from a historical and numerical perspective. Advanced finite element model results will be shown to illustrate the sinkhole-induced geotechnical damage mechanisms triggered as a deep cavity propagates toward the ground surface. The failure mechanisms observed during the Winter Park sinkhole will be used as the testing bed to describe the geotechnical characteristics of these events that cause millions in losses every year.

On May 8th, 1981, a gigantic sinkhole in Winter Park, Florida, opened mobilizing 250,000 cubic yards of soil, the crater reached approximately 107 meters in diameter and 30 meters in depth. This event provided an opportunity to investigate the mechanical behavior of soils around cavities before and during collapse. In the numerical framework to be presented, a cavity will be gradually expanded while applying plastic-consolidation analyses in a staged construction environment of the adopted finite element platform. Soil deformations, strains, and stresses will be presented to assess the geotechnical failure mechanisms at the Winter Park Sinkhole.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify geotechnical failure mechanisms associated with sinkhole hazards from a historical and numerical perspective.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to determine and calibrate constitutive soil model parameters with field and laboratory testing data to model the geomechanical features of gradual expansion of underground cavities.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to evaluate the main causes of sinkhole failures, in light of the geotechnical mechanisms observed during the Winter Park sinkhole (1981), considered one of the largest and deepest sinkholes in Florida.

Speaker: Luis G. Arboleda-Monsalve, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida

MDT— Implementation of Green Infrastructure Across the Globe

Expansions and improvements to infrastructure are occurring at a rapid pace. As municipalities improve their assets, consideration of sustainability and environmental impacts should be paramount in the decision making process. The integration of green infrastructure has been shown to provide significant economic, as well as environmental benefits. We will present two case studies which showcase the development, implementation, and outcomes of implementation of green infrastructure at the local and national levels. We will explore the City of Lancaster’s integrated approach to achieve cost savings by integrating stormwater reduction projects as part of its core public works practices. The City of Lancaster is highly impervious and approximately 45% of the City is served by combined sewers. On a larger scale, we will provide insight into green infrastructure in development, setbacks, cost constraints, and measures to expand acceptance in Nigeria. Green infrastructure in Nigeria would lead to sustainable economy and infrastructure.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the economic and environmental benefits of implementing green infrastructure.
  • Learn about effective education and outreach programs working to foster support for green infrastructure.
  • Learn how municipalities may implement ordinances and fees, as well as inspection, monitoring, and maintenance protocols.

Speakers: Khuzaifa Salisu Toranke, Civil Engineer, Road Development Company Limited; Ruth Ayn Hocker, P.E., D.WRE, CFM, Manager, Bureaus of Stormwater and Wastewater CollectionsCity of Lancaster

SP— Shared High Speed Rail Global Projects Delivery

Successful delivery of rail passenger, transit and freight programs, in the U.S. or abroad, requires relevant professional rail program management experience in all phases: concept, design, construction, operations and maintenance.  Increasingly, in an era of shared public-private funding of high-value programs such as high-speed rail projects and major capital improvements and recapitalizations, detailed knowledge of the intricacies of project financing must be added to the traditional engineering disciplines.  All aspects of quality project management and delivery are dependent upon an understanding of the specific requirements of various funders and funding mechanisms, including approvals for funding, forward funding vs. reimbursement, timing of funding availability, and how those factors affect project planning and execution.  These often-competing requirements include those from state and national Departments of Transportation, transit agencies and oversight boards, private railroads, shippers, international funding agencies and development banks.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to apply professional rail program management experience in design, construction, project financing, and operations and maintenance phases.

  • Learn tools to execute major complex projects from concept to design into construction.

  • Understand the challenges of applying these skills to high speed rail projects, locally and internationally.

 

Speaker: Vinay V. Mudholkar, MS, MBS, Consulting Engineer

HH — Statue of Liberty

This presentation will discuss the civil engineering-related aspects of the design, construction, and restoration of one of the world’s most famous landmarks. Liberty’s ingenious structural framework was devised by French engineer Gustave Eiffel to transfer gravity and wind-induced loads from her copper skin and is one of the earliest examples of curtain wall construction. American General Charles P. Stone served as the chief engineer for the reassembly of the statue in New York Harbor and construction of the pedestal, which was one of the heaviest pieces of masonry ever built. From 1984 to 1986, Liberty underwent a major restoration led by a French-American team of architects, engineers, and workers. This effort—documented by ASCE for the National Park Service—included the use of CAD and finite element analysis to develop solutions to address structural problems found to be caused by misalignment of the statue’s shoulder and head.

Learning Objectives:

  • Name the civil engineers who were involved with the design and construction of the statue and summarize their key contributions to the project.
  • Describe how the statue’s internal iron framework was designed to support the copper skin of the statue and resist wind loading.
  • Identify the technical problems identified with the statue in the early 1980s and explain how they were addressed during the restoration process.

Moderator: Ted Green, P.E., M.ASCE, HHC Chairman, Engineering Project Manager, CAIT, Rutgers University
Speaker: Erik C. Metzger, EIT, Chief of Transportation Systems, VHB

Friday, October 11

2:00 — 3:30 p.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDH*

SP — Sustainable Water Supplies

This session will have a pair of presentations focused on sustainable solutions to water supplies domestically and internationally:

The first session will cover the City of Atlanta’s $300M Water Supply System upgrade that included conversion of a-century-old rock quarry into a two billion gallon raw water storage facility, five miles of 450-foot deep, tunnels and two pump stations (136 MGD and 200 MGD). The project is being delivered using the Construction Manager at Risk (CMaR) model. Technical aspects of this project as well as contractual and delivery method observations will be highlighted.

The second session will present a $350 million water supply project in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The project aims to increase bulk water supply by capturing new groundwater resources in the western areas of the city and to reduce demands on existing water resources by providing infrastructure to treat wastewater effluent for industrial recycling. The presentation will outline the technical aspects of the project that will provide 52 new wells in two new wellfields and an Advanced Water Purification Plant with 100% filtration blended with water further treated with reverse osmosis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the implications of the CMaR contracting method on a tunnel and pump station project.
  • Visualize the impact of delivery method on overall project performance.
  • Identifying MODFLOW platforms to model surficial aquifers recharged by flowing rivers and estimate safe yields based on draw downs

Speakers: Shajan Joykutty, P.E., Vice President, Hazen & Sawyer; Kumar Ranhanathan, B.S., MBA, Senior Director / Practice Lead, Water Sanitation and Irrigation, Millennium Challenge Corporation.; Patrick A. Davis, B.S., Vice President, Hazen & Sawyer; Andrew Tartaglia, P.E.,M.ASCE, Senior Project Engineer, River To Tap Inc.; Don Del Nero, P.E., CDT, Vice President, Global Tunneling and Trenchless Practice Leader, Stantec; Ade Abon, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Watershed Director, City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management

NMD — A Tale of Two Fires: Civil Engineering Disaster Response

This session will highlight the many roles of civil engineering in emergency response situations through the study of two distinct fire emergencies. 

In California, fast-moving and hugely destructive fires have become a common occurrence in recent years. Through this presentation, attendees will be provided a glimpse into the activities of the 21 ASCE volunteers who responded to do rapid assessment of 21,000+ structures in the aftermath of one of California’s recent fires. The coordination between California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and ASCE in providing Safety Assessment Program (SAP)-certified volunteers to do these rapid assessments will also be discussed. Finally, attendees will learn what California is doing to mitigate loss of life and costly damage as a result of these recent mega-fires. 

On Friday, September 29th, 2017 a fire beneath Route 139 in New Jersey resulted in considerable damage to the existing superstructure. Route 139 is a vital link carrying traffic out of New York City, and as such, emergency responses were necessary to quickly identify, design, and replace damaged members while maintaining traffic. This presentation will discuss the design, construction, and fabrication challenges involved with this project; the coordination between NJDOT, the Port Authority of NY/NJ, the Engineer, the Contractor, and fabricators; and the security measures installed to mitigate future risks of fire beneath this bridge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify preventable man-made fire risks and discuss mitigation methods for minimizing the risk of future fires
  • Discuss strategies for mobilizing swiftly for emergency response situations
  • Discuss benefits of and strategies for proactive engineering and coordination between multiple entities in an emergency response situation

Speakers: Nart Appesh, Supervising Engineer Construction and Maintenance, New Jersey Department of Transportation; Gregory R. Stolowski, P.E., Senior Structural Engineer, WSP USA, Inc.; Alexandra N. Beyer, EIT, Structural Engineer, WSP USA, Inc.; Daniel L. Zaleski, P.E., Senior Structural Engineer, WSP USA Inc.; Kwame Agyare, P.E., M.ASCE, Consulting Engineer, Water Resources

NMD — Building Community Resilience: Broward County Future Conditions Map Series

Critical to Broward County’s efforts to build community resilience and address the impacts of climate change the “Future Conditions Map Series” was approved to incorporate new planning and design standards into drainage and surface water management systems. The maps will help ensure flood protection within the community under current and future conditions. The Future Conditions Groundwater Elevation Map established antecedent conditions for application in surface water permitting of all major redevelopment and new development projects, thus strengthening stormwater permitting requirements throughout the County. Currently under development is the Future Conditions 100-Flood Elevation Map. This map is based on updating the model used for FEMA flood map analysis to anticipate future conditions and determine the minimum finish floor elevations to prevent flooding, based on both higher future antecedent groundwater elevations and of more intense storm events.

Model technological advancements are utilized for the development of these maps. MODFLOW model was used in the groundwater maps, incorporating the SWR and URO packages which allow for dynamic canal levels and increased surface water/unsaturated zone physics. The flood maps benefit from the MIKE HYDRO 1D package along with the multi-cell overland component solver to increase resolution while decreasing runtimes.

As communities cope with increasingly frequent and severe climate-related impacts, there is a growing appreciation that investments in resilient infrastructure are key to reducing risk, protecting public safety, and stimulating the economy, both in Broward County, and across the nation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Illustrate how future climate conditions, including sea level rise and rainfall predictions, can be incorporated into design standards providing better designs of resilient infrastructure based on risk scenarios.
  • Learn about available climate data in Florida and understand the hydrologic and hydraulic modeling tools used to support the decision-making process and guide the adoption of the Future Conditions Map Series.
  • Demonstrate how current design standards based on historic norms are not applicable to evaluate future conditions.

Speakers: Carolina Maran, Ph.D., P.E., Water Resources Manager, Broward County; Michael Zygnerski, Water Resources Assessment Manager, Broward County; Jennifer Jurado Ph.D., Chief Resilience Officer and Director, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, Borward County 

HH — Engineering as Science and Art, Two Practitioners

Two engineers; Ralph Modjeski and Andrew Ellicott, although with careers two centuries apart, they accomplished significant work that span well into the 21st century. Modjeski, a preeminent bridge designer created work that today is considered of landmark status. His greatest work, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and dozens of others, are true works of art, that combined principles of strength and beauty. Andrew Ellicott, among the first group of colonial era engineer geodesists, completed numerous state and international boundary surveys. His work on the forty-mile boundary for the District of Columbia along with the north Florida Boundary between America and Spain are both considered achievements of historic proportions. Ellicott was both master of the science of measurement and the art of understanding the movements of the planets and stars. The session presentations study the lives and work of these two remarkable engineers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Both are considered pioneers in their respective fields and learn why for reasons that transcend their accomplishments.
  • The works of both engineers are considered civil engineering landmarks by ASCE and learn the justifications for such titles.
  • Gain an understanding of how each of them used engineering as not just a science but brought a form of human expression to achieve the functionality of the work.

Moderator: Tonja Koob Marking, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, HHC Member, President, Gaea Consultants, LLC
Speakers: Steve M. Pennington, P.E., PLS, M.ASCE, Senior Manager, Geo Instruments, Inc.; Jan S. Plachta, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, Consultant, Private

PD — Leadership Today: Building Your Path and 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 difference between leadership and management
  • 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 and Identify next steps for developing further as leaders

Moderator: Robert Cagle, III, P.E., F.ASCERetired, US Army Corps of Engineers
Speakers: Senator Clyde Chambliss, P.E. M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Chambliss Engineering, LLC; Matthew Cummings, P.E., M.ASCE, President and CEO, T.Y. Lin International Group; Josephine L. Emerick, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, COO and Senior Project Manager, Engineering Design Source, Inc; Emmanuel (Cris) CB Liban, P.E., D.Env, ENV SP, F.ASCE, Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

STI — Leading the Resilience Battle with Composite Materials

Infrastructure continues to deteriorate due to growing traffic and rising environmental impacts. Corrosion of steel is one of the main deteriorating mechanisms that significantly degrades traditionally reinforced concrete elements, leading to a reduced service-life of infrastructure components. In general, chloride rich environments lead to accelerated degradation of reinforcing steel and significant structural damage. Because this is a particular problem for coastal states in which many structures are exposed to saltwater and 123.3 million people, or 39% of the U.S. population, live in counties directly on shorelines, it is an urgent national interest to develop resilient materials for structural applications that better withstand the demands of harsh environments.

To this end, a continued process exists to implement innovative materials to enhance the sustainability and durability of the built infrastructure. Technologies developed over the last two decades have facilitated the use of alternative reinforcements to traditional steel reinforcement due to significant advantages, such as magnetic transparency and, most importantly, corrosion resistance, equating to durability and structural life extension.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how composites can perform as a suitable reinforcement for concrete structures
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of recently completed projects using composite reinforcement for concrete structures with emphasis on coastal environments
  • Recognize the availability of standards, specifications and guides aimed at supporting practitioners in selection, design and construction

Speaker: Antonio Nanni, F.ASCE, Professor, University of Miami

SI — What's Up In Washington

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. 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: Kristina Swallow, ASCE President 2018, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, Director, Nevada Department of Transportation
Speakers: Ed Mortimer, Executive Director Transportation Infrastructure, United States Chamber of Commerce;  Ben Husch, Federal Affairs Council, Natural Resources and Infrastructure, National Conference of State Legislatures

Friday, October 11

4:00 — 5:30 p.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDH*

MDT — Artificial Intelligence for Utilities: Is Works!

This panel will present and discuss the application of powerful new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that can provide cutting-edge support to electric, gas, water, wastewater and communication utilities. 

The session will include an explanation of what AI is, and how it is being applied to make AI driven decisions for inspecting, monitoring, repair and replacement of high risk utilities, as well as decision making for choosing which utilities to delay repairs. 

The session will review current examples of AI applied to utility infrastructure and discuss how AI differs from data analytics. The panelists will provide recommendations on how to start using AI in private or public practice and how to present the concepts to clients and stakeholders, respectively.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the requirements for applying AI to asset management.
  • Demonstrate the benefits of failure prediction to optimize capital expenditures for asset management.
  • Identify first steps for applying AI to your practice

Speakers: Michael E. Beehler, P.E., F.ASCE, Founding Member and COO, MBA, LLC; David M. Hughes, P.E., M.ASCE, Principal, Modernizing Distribution; James C. Fitchett, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder, Voda.ai

NMD — Civil Engineering for Coastal Resilience

Coastal areas are a relevant part of the built environment and home to some of the most important ecosystems. It is a multi-hazard environment, where floods, erosion, seawater intrusion and other impacts affect millions of people every year. Disasters in coastal areas often have a cascading impact, especially in megacities. An increase in the incidence of extreme weather events from climate change and sea level rise, together with increasing coastal exposure and vulnerability will magnify the frequency and impacts of coastal disasters. This session will explore these impacts in coastal areas and the potential for civil engineering to build enhanced resilience against climate change-related disaster events. The internationally recognized panel is vastly experienced in the assessment of current knowledge and in coastal resilience and adaptation projects worldwide.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, the participant will be able to describe new and innovative ideas and solutions to address climate risk issues.
  • The participant will be able to define adaptive pathways and how they should be engineered in a framework of uncertainty.
  • The participant will be able to list best practices, golden rules, and green solutions that can be used to address climate risk.

Moderator: Vicente Esteban Chapapria, Ph.D., M.ASCEPresident, Spanish Society of Civil Engineers
Panelists: Jane McKee Smith, Ph.D., P.E., D.CE, Dist. M.ASCE, Senior Research Scientist,US Army Engineer Research and Development Center,  Chair - Coastal Engineering Research Council (ASCE); Iñigo J. Losada, Ph.D., M.ASCEProfessor, Universidad de Cantabria (Spain),  Member - Coastal Engineering Research Council (ASCE); Robert James. Nicholls, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Professor, University of Southampton (UK), Member - Coastal Engineering Research Council (ASCE)

STI — Design Build, The End to Professional Practice?

Traditional design-bid-build project delivery is disappearing; giving way to design-build. These days, nearly half of the nation’s projects are delivered using the design-build method. It is projected to increase by 18 percent by 2021. There are perceived advantages: The Owner manages only one contract, the engineer and contractor work together as a team, and it is perceived that there are fewer negligence claims against the engineer.

Not true. The number of claims against the engineer is increasing and represents a significant concern for the profession. Is there a difference in the level of quality between the two delivery systems? Does working for the contractor instead of the owner create new levels of responsibility? Is additional knowledge required when working for contractors? Do engineers need to change in response to the design-build delivery approach? Emphasis will be on how engineers need to transform their engineering practice, not the business and contract issues.

The Committee on Claims Reduction and Management offers the session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about key terms to be considered in Teaming Agreements between contractors and designers joining to pursue design build projects.
  • Learn about tools used by contractors and designers to identify risks in design build projects.
  • Learn about the need for design evolution contingency and construction contingency in design build projects where contract price is set based on preliminary design documents.

Speakers: John Tawresey, S.E., Vice President, Kpff Consulting Engineers - Retired; David HatemAttorney, Donovan Hatem LLP; Sam MuirAttorney, CCM+S Oakland; Paul Kelley, P.E.Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH)

PD — Pause. Think. Create.

This talk flows along the lines of the title: Pause. Think. Create. After framing the situation of our device usage today, we will discuss ideas for how and when to take a pause from devices. Then share examples of breakthroughs in science and design that came as a result of others taking time away from devices just to think. Then, referencing primary research from a global study I conducted, the positive impact on one’s creativity as a result of taking time to pause and think will be illustrated to the audience.

The second part of the session is a workshop that applies the concepts from the talk. In the workshop, attendees will learn an easy-to-learn and proven non-linear thinking technique designed to draw inspiration from within the individual and help them ideate quickly.

Pause, think, create sounds so simple - and it is - and yet it seems to be increasingly difficult for most of us to achieve in our personal as well as professional lives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to use on a daily basis, a non-linear creative thinking technique for quickly capturing ideas.
  • Participants will be able to enrich his/her personal life by simply taking time to think, which can reduce stress and improve overall satisfaction with life.
  • Participants will be able to positively impact his/her creativity and motivation by learning the beneficial effects of a few minutes a day away from electronic devices.

Speaker: Dennis Hodges, M.M.Founder and Creative Catalyst, Creatalyst LLC

PD — Target Zero Injuries: Engineering for Safety

The construction industry has made great strides to improve safety on jobsites, yet continues to experience a large and disproportionate number of worker injuries and fatalities compared to other industries. As the industry looks for new ways to improve construction site safety, attention is being focused on those risk management practices, implemented both prior to and during construction, that have been shown to benefit safety. In addition to concentrated safety efforts during construction, current safety management knowledge and concepts indicate a need to start addressing safety during planning and design. Developing an overarching, comprehensive safety program that integrates both design and construction requires forethought and planning, and a change in mindset. The program’s success relies on dedication by all involved and an ethical perspective that supports making safety the top priority. This presentation provides an overview of recommended practices for such a program that takes advantage of both design and construction to promote safe construction sites.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the need for, and benefits of, addressing safety in all phases of a project’s lifecycle, including during planning and design prior to construction.
  • Explain how organizations can work individually and collectively to improve safety on projects and throughout the industry, and how safety and ethics combine to support and benefit an organization and the industry as a whole.
  • Describe how safety can be promoted through educational programs such as university curricula.

Moderator: Steven Murphy, Boeing
Panelists: John A. Gambatese, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCEProfessor, Oregon State University; Mike Flowers, American Bridge Co., Retired; Patrick J. Natale, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAC, Senior Vice President, Business Strategies, Mott MacDonald

SI — Using Asset Management to Optimize Infrastructure Investments

Several pioneering cities and states are using asset management as part of smart planning and prioritization for infrastructure projects across asset classes, and as a strategy to strengthen resilience. A panel will discuss recent work from ASCE that examines existing federal and state policies to encourage asset management, as well as case studies from Washington, DC and the state of Michigan.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear from experts on how to optimize infrastructure investments using asset management
  • Discuss lessons learned about asset management as a way to address resilience across infrastructure assets
  • Discover best practices from other infrastructure sectors that can be applied to your own work

Moderator: Emily Feenstra, Managing Director, Government Relations, ASCE
Speakers: Darryl Street, Senior Financial Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, District of Columbia; David Clark, Program Manager, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, District of Columbia; David Totman, M.ASCE, Innovyze

SP — THE FLOATING CITY: Worldbuilding The Future

 Further explore both the virtual world of the Floating City and the deep research underlying its conception during this intensive 90-minute workshop. Participants will collaborate in World Building group sessions curated by a team from Experimental to explore the infrastructure solutions and engineering details present in the neighborhoods of the city.

Please Note: This session will be led by a team from Experimental. Due to the nature of this workshop, this session will have a 40-attendee cap. Please go to this session in the mobile app and submit your name for this workshop.
Access the convention mobile app by visiting your phone’s app store and searching for ASCE Conference & Events. The icon will be a vortex over palm trees, and the name will appear as ASCE. Download and install the app, then enter the email you used for registration to the app. From there go to "agenda" and click on this session. At the bottom of this session's page is a like to submit your name for this work shop. You will receive a confirmation email if you are one of the first 40 to submit your name.

 

Saturday, October 12

10:00 — 11:30 a.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDH*

SI — The P.E. License - Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

In recent years, some state legislatures have moved to reduce or eliminate professional licensure requirements for occupations and professions including Civil Engineering. Licensing represents the minimum competency for professional practice and is necessary to ensure public safety. Why has there been an increase in attempts to deregulate and eliminate it? This session will examine the purposes of professional credentials and the role of P. E. licensing, political forces at work behind threats to licensure, the potential impacts of deregulation, and the value in attaining the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge. Presenters will examine alternatives for action to combat undesirable changes to licensing laws and explore credentialing to recognize the attainment of a higher standard of achievement. Presenters will discuss the importance of having a means to identify qualified individuals and highlight the civil engineer’s role in protecting the public's health, safety, and welfare.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the role of professional credentials including licenses and certification.
  • Recognize the potential impact of threats facing licensure today and understand how ASCE been actively opposing state proposals to erode licensure
  • Explore instituting alternative credentials to address the future educational needs of professional engineers to achieve the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge and ensure protection of the public.

Speakers:  Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., F.ASCE, Assistant City Manager/Public Services Director, City of Laguna Hills, CA; Brian McKeehan, P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Civil Engineer, Gresham Smith

HH — Building the Transcontinental Railroad

While no singular structure defines the first Transcontinental Railroad; the story of its builders, and how the tunnels, trestles, and tracks of its 1,776 mile alignment were built stands as one of the most important chapters in civil engineering history. Structures would have to be completed in remote and sometimes hostile areas, at unprecedented elevations, under extreme conditions, all while advancing armies of workers ever closer and closer to the roads final meeting point in Promontory, Utah. Completed 150 years ago in 1869; this presentation will explain its engineering challenges and how the right men, machines, and methods came together to build a railroad of unprecedented scope. When completed the Transcontinental Railroad not only connected the United States from east to west, it also helped unite a country that had been torn by civil war, and paved the way for engineering and building railroads for generations to follow.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the complexities of surveying, planning, and building the Transcontinental Railroad.
  • Describe the construction techniques used to grade the terrain and build the tunnels, trestles, and tracks for the Transcontinental Railroad.
  • Describe the contributions of the primary civil engineers who worked on the Transcontinental Railroad.

Moderator: Andy Herrmann, P.E., SECB, F.SEI, Pres.12.ASCEPrinciple, Hardesty & Hanover, LLP
Speaker: Raymond Paul Giroux, Dist.M.ASCESenior Estimating Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.

STI — Design Liability Evolution with Performance Based Designs

Generally, plaintiffs bringing malpractice lawsuits against civil engineers assert tort and/or contract claims. In such cases, liability can be found even if the engineer was diligent, and non-negligent, if it is determined that the contract was breached in some way. To save the engineer from contractual liability in excess of tort liability in such cases, traditional design contracts generally provide that the engineer is to render their duties with the skill and competence ordinarily exhibited by similarly situated professionals.

Performance based design methodologies are likely to disrupt this traditional formulation because a performance-based design is aimed at meeting specific performance goal. Performance based designs require engineers to meet set performance goals. For example, an engineer who agreed to design a building that could withstand a design earthquake with only 5% damage to building finishes, may to be held liable for the additional losses for breaching the contract if the building fails, even if they were otherwise diligent and non-negligent.

With performance-based designs rapidly gaining prominence, there is a need to evaluate corresponding changes in professional liability due to such designs, and a need to develop and evaluate cognizant contract terms, and business practices.

Speaker: Simran Tiwana, P.E., Esq., Associate Attorney, Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani; Steven LaRusso, NCARB, LEED AP, Senior Project Director, OBMI Architecture; Jonathan Newberg, General Counsel, OBMI Architecture; Michael Kashtan, General Counsel, Fort Partners

ASCE Presents: The Greatest Show on Earth! The OCEA's

The American Society of Civil Engineers annually recognized the best of the best engineering achievements. The award is the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement or OCEA. This year we have the winning project - The 150 North Riverside building and two runners up, the SR 99 NB Offramp Bridge and the Olympia Odos Motorway project. Please join the society for a project presentation for each, meet the project principles and a question and answer session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion all participants will have a better understanding of the challenges and rewards that come from the design and construction of a very challenging project.
  • Upon completion all participants will have the opportunity to discuss three "mega projects" with the project principals and gain a better working knowledge of the projects.
  • Upon completion all participants will have an increase in useful skills related to project management and conflict avoidance.

Speakers: Rob Chmielowski, P.E.,Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; George E. Leventis, P.E., F.ASCE,Managing Principal, Executive Vice President, Langan Engineering and Environmental; Mehdi Saiidi, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno

PD — Real Life Ethical Challenges: Today and Tomorrow

Engineers are always faced with ethical dilemmas. This panel discussion will answer address the following: What should I do when I observe my colleague act unethically? What are the ethical challenges related to climate change, sea level rise, and sustainability? What are the my responsibilities to act ethically? What are the most common ethical violations?

In addition, individual presenters will focus on ethical challenges in international business and whistle blowers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn techniques to avoid ethical conflicts in four real-life engineering decisions.
  • Understand at least 3 real-life ethical challenges and how decisions are made.
  • Identify how ASCE members can apply the 8 canons of the ASCE Code of Ethics in their daily work.

Moderator: Jeffrey Howard Greenfield, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, D. WRE, F. NSPEBroward County Water & Wastewater Services and Florida International University, ASCE Committee on Ethics
Speakers:  Robin A. Kemper, 2019 ASCE President, P.E., LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE; Dennis Truax,Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, Chairman, Department Head, Professor, Mississippi State University; Anna Pridmore, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Pipeline Solutions, Structural Technologies

MDT — Rethinking the Shoreline in Urban Waterfronts

In many cities, the threshold between land and sea is abrupt and impenetrable. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is no exception. A new paradigm is emerging motivated by aquatic conservation and social justice. This session looks at design interventions that are transforming human and ecological interactions across the divide as well as how to coordinate across multiple disciplines.

The project at the National Aquarium discussed in this presentation (Integrating New Technologies and Resiliency into Floating Wetlands) won the 2018 ASLA Honors Award for Research.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify the key design drivers and factors that contribute to ecological health in sensitive shoreline environments.
  • Upon completion, participants will be better prepared for collaborating with designers, scientists and other non-engineering specialists on multidisciplinary teams in order to tackle large, complex problems found in waterfront environments.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the prototyping process and explain how prototyping can help designs adapt in response to discovery.

Speakers: Daniel HartFederal Government Affairs Manager, American Society of Landscape Architects; Jonathan Ceci, ASLA, LEED APPrinciple, Jonathan Ceci Landscape Architect; Jacqueline Bershad, RA, LEED AP, NCARBVice President of Planning & Design, National Aquarium; Chris Streb, P.E., LEED APSenior Ecological Engineer, Biohabitats

NMD — Southeast Florida Resilience: Climate Change/Sea Level Rise

Southeast Florida has the greatest exposure of infrastructure value to coastal flooding in the world. It is also a primary economic engine for Florida and infrastructure resilience is crucial to the economic viability of the region. This panel session will review the engineering challenges the region faces and the novel collaborative efforts the local governments, engineering community, and academic partners have undertaken. It will provide the attendees with deep appreciation of the nature of the region's problems and the approaches to addressing them thus far. Topics will include regional-scale hydrology and the nature of flood risks, building code changes, flood barriers and other mitigation strategies, and long-term infrastructure resilience and sustainability with a view towards reducing life-cycle costs. The Southeast Regional Climate Change Compact, the Resilient Utilities Coalition, and the Florida Climate Institute are innovative regional-scale collaborations between governments, utilities and engineering firms, and academics that enable coordinated approaches to regional challenges. The session has relevance for many other regions that will face Southeast Florida's problems in the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to demonstrate understanding of the key types of flooding that threaten Southeast Florida and how these flooding events impact infrastructure.
  • Participants will be able to describe what solutions are being considered to ensure resiliency and sustainability with low life-cycle costs.
  • Participants will have an understanding of how local governments, the engineering community, and academic partners have self-organized to encourage continuity of approaches across the region.

Moderator: James Anspach, PG (r), Dist.M.ASCEGlobal Senior Principal, Cardno
Speakers: Jayantha Obeysekera, Ph.D., P.E.Director, Sea Level Solutions Center, Florida International University; Jennifer Jurado, Ph.D.Chief Resilience Officer and Director, Environmental Planning
Community Resilience Division, Broward, County; 
Hardeep Anand, P.E.Deputy Director, Miami Dade Water & Sewer Department

Saturday, October 12

1:00 — 2:00 p.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.0 PDH*

PD — Improve Your Writing and Win a Grammy!

Soft skills are personal characteristics needed to succeed in the workplace, and effective communication is one of the most important soft skills to possess. Employers want individuals who effectively interact with others, as well as individuals who can effectively communicate in written form. Soft skills are often hard to teach, however, written communication can be improved instantly my improving one key factor - grammar. Proper grammar is not a strong suit for most individuals....let’s face it, you probably learned grammar a million years ago while sitting in your middle school English class….but how much of it did you actually retain or remember? We can all brush up on our skills and use reminders on simple grammar techniques to use in our everyday writing. Engineers and technical people do not often like to write, but the reality is that we write all the time! With all the written communication we do (i.e. emails, texts, social media messages, reports, technical proposals, etc.), everyone can use a little help in this area. Improve your writing instantly by learning some common grammar pitfalls and how to overcome them!

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to identify grammar mistakes in their own writing.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to implement simple grammar rules to improve their writing.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to communicate more effectively when writing emails, texts, social media messages, reports, technical proposals, etc.

Speakers: Elia Twigg, P.E., M.ASCESenior Project Engineer and Local Agency Manager, CONSOR Engineers LLC.

PD — Mentored Experience and Self-Development in the CEBOK

Early‐career experience, specifically experience that progresses with increasing complexity, quality, and responsibility and that is mentored by those who are practicing civil engineering at the professional level, is a necessary part of a civil engineer’s attainment of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK). This session will demonstrate how civil engineers can use the CEBOK, 3rd Edition, to guide their own professional development, or the development of early-career civil engineers in their charge. 

The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition, includes 21 outcomes and achievement levels that civil engineers should attain before entering the practice of civil engineering at the professional level. This session will focus on the 10 outcomes for which the typical path to fulfillment include mentored experience, and in some cases self-development. 

Presenters will introduce the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge and use a variety of interactive exercises to engage the audience in developing a plan to fulfill the mentored experience and self-development outcomes in the CEBOK. 

All civil engineers, especially students studying civil engineering, those who teach civil engineering, early‐career civil engineers, those who mentor early‐career civil engineers, will have an interest in this session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce and explain the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition.
  • Discuss how mentoring and self-development contribute to a successful civil engineering career and are critical to attainment of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge.
  • Develop a personal plan to fulfill the mentored experience and self-development portions of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge.

Speakers: Ken Fridley, Ph.D., F.ASCESenior Associate Dean for Administration, University of Alabama, College of Engineering; Decker Hains, Ph.D., P.E., PMP, M.ASCEMaster Faculty Specialist, Western Michigan University, College of Engineering and Applied Science/Haworth College of Business

SI — Life Cycle: Managing Costs with Timely Data

Accurate, up-to-date data is an important component of life-cycle costing (LCC). But learning to leverage the data to manage costs ahead of a budget is a whole other story. This interactive session will discuss cutting-edge techniques in LCC and demonstrate how these applications benefit engineers and their clients. Gain a better understanding of the costs incurred across the entire useful life of a facility and learn how to use data to thoroughly examine initial, operational, maintenance, replacement, and other cost trends that should be spotted early on. Discover how you can ensure costs in order to uphold industry standards of safety and security through planning before work ever begins. Explore current and future data trends in a way that will enable you to make more precise and productive decisions. Led by a seasoned civil engineer with cost data expertise, this instructional presentation will be followed by ample time for questions and answers.

Learning Objectives:

  • A deeper understanding of facility life-cycle cost analysis, and the importance of using accurate cost data in your analysis.
  • Knowledge of external and economic trends, and how these factors can be used to reduce a negative impact to the budget.
  • Real life examples of the good, bad and ugly of life-cycle costing, and tips for preparing a more accurate life-cycle cost analysis.

Speaker: Derrick Hale, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Management Professional, PMP, Sr. Engineer, RSMeans, Gordian

NMD — Rapid Post-Disaster Evaluation of Port Facilities

Following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria, the USDOT Maritime Administration (MARAD), Puerto Rico Port Authority, and FEMA, engaged in an effort to assess vital infrastructure for disaster recovery in Puerto Rico. Our team was tasked with the rapid assessment of eleven port facilities, which were identified as critical infrastructure necessary to maintain commerce and support the economy of Puerto Rico.

The project evaluated the conditions of maritime and support facilities and to provide descriptions and construction cost estimates for any recommended restoration and/or resiliency activities. Each evaluation typically included above and below-water structural inspections, biological assessments, feasibility studies for future redevelopment, and NEPA documentation for recommended improvements. Given the vital role that ports play in local and national economies, restoration of storm-damaged ports is a critical response component. Our experiences performing rapid post-disaster evaluations can provide a template for response to future events.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion participant will be able to identify the methodology of preparing a waterfront inspection in accordance with the Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment Manual (ASCE 130).
  • Upon completion participant will be able to evaluate the types of feasibility challenges to making port facilities resilient to future climate change impacts while maintaining present day utility.
  • Upon completion participant will be able to utilize new tools for disaster response inspections and resiliency planning.

Speakers: Nicholas Robert. Decotiis, P.E.Senior Engineer, Matrix New World; Paul Calabrese, P.E.Vice President, Matrix New World

SI — Risk Blindness - Risk with No Return

Traditional risk control focuses on codes originating primarily from standards organizations and the government. They include EPA, Underwriter Laboratories, ANSI, ICC, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Behavior Safety is the next generation of risk control. It is based on the premise that most accidents, whether rooted in inadequate design or unsafe activities, are based on two human factors: Aptitude and Tolerance. Sompo International has trademarked this as “Risk A/T” and is developing a scoring mechanism. The first factor is the individual’s aptitude. How well does an individual understand the risks they are taking and the consequences of their actions? We must educate professionals to the risks of their environment, of the products that they produce and/or of the services that they provide. Although risk taking is essential to a successful organization, some risks have rewards but those that can result in accidents may have overwhelming costs in relationship to the benefits. The second human factor is an individual’s tolerance for risk. As an example, there are some people who are afraid of flying and others who are skydivers. We can moderate tolerance through education. The individual must understand the consequences of actions or inaction. This can be learned by case studies, scenario analysis, and lessons learned. Some individuals may be not suitable for specific positions or the authority for levels of risk. It is important to place an individual in a position that benefits from the individual “Risk AT”. For example, you would want your personal investment strategist to always have a high aptitude but a tolerance that is higher when you’re young and lower as you age. By starting with the proper selection, training, and supervision of the individuals; you will build an organization with a culture that has the proper balance of risk aptitude and tolerance to ensure success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognizing Risk associated with any activities that one undertakes
  • Evaluating levels of Risk Tolerance necessary for functions in your organization
  • Understanding a baseline Risk Aptitude

Speaker: Victor J. Sordillo, P.E., M.ASCEGlobal Director of Risk Control Services, Sompo International 

NMD — The Need for Clean Load-Following Power Generation

Achieving carbon reduction goals and a reliable supply of electric power is difficult without nuclear power, as experienced in Germany. However, as shown by the growth of renewable resources in the U.S., a significant reduction in the amount of carbon produced solely because of wind and solar renewable energy technologies is difficult to achieve due to several factors independent of nuclear:

  • Renewable ‘fuel’ cannot be stored, limiting operation to when the wind blows and sun shines

  • Electrical energy cannot economically be stored on a utility scale for a significant duration

  • Except hydro and geothermal power, there are no emission-free load following power generation options that are required to integrate wind and solar power into grid operations without relying on fossil fuels.

This presentation will assess why load-following generation is needed, the status of practical near-term alternatives, and the importance of achieving a carbon-free grid in terms of the impact on the electric power and the ground transportation carbon emission sectors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participant will be able to name the amount of emissions-free utility-scale electric power generated in 2018 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to describe the correlation between the energy consumption forecasts for natural gas and renewable energy (wind & solar) over the next several decades according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to characterize the relationship between the emissions produced by the electric grid and the emissions produced by Electric Vehicles running on batteries charged by the grid.

Speaker: Sean F. Hagen, P.E.Managing Partner, Hagen Global Consulting LLC

STI — Visualizing Design and Construction Project Performance Data

Public agencies, engineering firms, and construction companies are data rich but information poor. The presentation will discuss the opportunities that public and private organizations have to use Big Data and develop tools that allow them to visualize both design and construction project performance. The tools include unit price heat maps for cost estimating, GIS-linked databases using historical design and construction production data for scheduling, mining daily work report information to produce as-built schedules and forensic analysis of construction delay claims. Actual tools developed by the presenters for the California, Iowa, and Montana Departments of Transportation and the Panama Canal Authority will be demonstrated to provide real-life examples of the value-added of these types of tools.  The presentation will conclude that the recent growth in computing power, communications, and sophisticated data analytics provide an opportunity to greatly enhance an engineering organization's understanding of its projects' cost, schedule, and quality performance with a minor front-end investment to mine and process the data that is already on their servers

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, Participants will be able to understand of the potential value of leveraging the data they already have in their organizations into visual project control information.
  • Upon completion, Participants will be able to understand of the vocabulary of Big Data in the engineering and construction context from a laymen's perspective.
  • Upon completion, Participants will be able to articulate the power of converting numerical information to visual information and its potential applications for communicating project performance in a fashion that can be immediately understood.

Speakers: Douglas Drake Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E., President, Gransberg & Associates, Inc.; Ricardo Tapia-Pereira, Ph.D., PMPPresident, Tapia & Associates, Ltd

Saturday, October 12

4:15 — 5:15 p.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.0 PDH*

NMD — Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Adaptive Design and Risk Management

This presentation is designed to give an overview of ASCE Manual of Practice No. 140, which provides guidance for and contributes to the development and enhancement of standards for infrastructure analysis and design, as well as the numerous regulations and building codes that refer to them, in a world in which risk profiles are changing and climate change is a reality but cannot be projected with a high degree of certainty. It also offers guidance to inform engineering decisions and introduces adaptive risk management before standards have been updated to account for more severe climate or weather extremes. 

Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Adaptive Design and Risk Management introduces and builds on the 2015 ASCE report titled Adapting Infrastructure and Civil Engineering Practice to a Changing Climate to foster understanding and transparency of analytical methods necessary to update and describe climate and to promote exploration of the value of adaptive design methods as a central tenet of a new paradigm for engineering practice. 

Beginning with an overview of the driving forces and hazards associated with a changing climate, we delve into observational methods, the characterizations of extreme weather events, flood event design criteria and loading, adaptive design and risk management, and data and information sources.

Learning Objectives:

  • The first learning objective is to foster understanding and transparency of analytical methods necessary to update and describe climate and to promote exploration of the value of adaptive design methods as a central tenet of a new paradigm for engineering practice.
  • Audience members will be referred to ASCE Manual of Practice 140, and review the technical details involved in preparing for a climate-resilient infrastructure.
  • Audience members will develop an understanding of extreme precipitation and flooding events, the statistical computations of stationary and nonstationary time series analysis, and the risk-based approach to resiliency.

Speakers: Miguel A. Medina, Jr., Ph.D., F.ASCE, Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University; Gerarda Shields, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Interim Dean, New York City College of Technology 

MDT — Engineering in a Post Volcanic Eruption Environment

Guatemala's Volcano Fuego erupted in June 2018, causing extensive damage, loss of life and infrastructure. Key evacuation routes were destroyed, leaving communities isolated and vulnerable post event. Engineers Without Borders USA was asked to respond by the government to assess, design and build pedestrian bridges to re-establish these key evacuation routes and restore access to education, health care and markets.

The presentation will review the risk factors that were considered in a post volcanic event response and how they differ from traditional engineering challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish volcano disaster responses from other disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and drought.
  • Weigh risks and uncertainty against immediate needs in a disaster response and how it informs the selected design
  • Identify the challenges of planning, designing and building in a post disaster event.

Speaker: Michael Paddock, P.E., P.S., Chief Engineer, Engineers Without Borders USA

SP —Getting Water to Port Miami For Mega Cruise Ship Arrivals

Port Miami is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world, berthing larger cruise ships. Port Miami is facing water distribution system flow and pressure issues during cruise ship potable water filling activities. In addition, Port Miami is preparing for the arrival of the largest Mega Cruise Ships in the world, which will only worsen the water flow and pressure issues, if they are not addressed prior to their arrival. This presentation will summarize the planning work completed by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department and the Miami-Dade Seaport Department. In addition, it will review the subsequent activities to implement the planned water infrastructure and provide a status of the construction of the infrastructure and the arrival of the Mega Cruise Ships.

Hydraulic analyses were performed to identify transmission, distribution, and ship filling station improvements. Constructability was reviewed due to multiple ongoing construction projects as well as substantial subterranean structural components along the cruise ship wharf. This project included planning, utilizing one of the largest hydraulic models for one of the largest water systems in the US. It also included design coordination for various construction techniques, including Microtunneling and horizontal directional drilling, due to a subaqueous crossing of Biscayne Bay, in Miami, Florida and crossing of railways.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participant will be able to explain the water demand needs of Port Miami.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to recognize field testing plan data sources for evaluations of a water system at a cruiseport terminal.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to articulate alternative evaluations considered for design and construction.

Speaker: Annalise Mannix, MSM, P.E., PMP, Envision SP, Chief, Planning and Development Division, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department

SI — How is Social Justice Relevant to Civil Engineering?

Our research has identified the first signs of infrastructure deserts, low‐income neighborhoods with worse distributed infrastructure condition (e.g., sidewalks, pavement, crosswalks, transit access, park access) than higher‐income neighborhoods. Developing civil infrastructure investment strategies that are more equitable is essential to improving social justice and resilience of the most vulnerable populations to increasing severe weather events and other hazards. 

Beyond considerations in civil infrastructure projects, civil engineers also need to be aware of social justice issues in their own organizations, particularly “hidden scripts” that can unconsciously affect organizational decision making. Southern Methodist University’s Cultural Intelligence Initiative will be described as one model for improving inclusion and equity that is transferable to other types of organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve understanding of inequities in civil infrastructure investments and their potential impacts on resilience.
  • Gain knowledge on the importance of cultural intelligence for improving inclusion and equity in civil engineering organizations.
  • Learn about “hidden scripts” that can affect organizational decision making and concrete steps to reduce their impacts.

Moderator: Karen C. Kabbes, P.E., D.WRE, ENV SP, F.ASCE, President, Kabbes Engineering, Inc.
Speaker: Barbara S. Minsker, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Southern Methodist University

HH — Integrating Historic Preservation and Cleanup

The Manhattan Project started in the early 1940s to develop a nuclear weapon ahead of Nazi Germany. The uranium that fueled the Little Boy atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1946 was enriched at the K-25 Building in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. During operation of the K-25 Building, the structure, slab, and underlying soil became contaminated. When the Department of Energy planned to cleanup the area, they recognized that the building was a historic property as defined by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). A NHPA Memorandum of Agreement was signed requiring an evaluation to determine if the remaining slab could be safely and cost-effectively left in place for public access. The evaluation determined that the slab can be safely and cost effectively left in place for public access following cleanup. This presentation discusses how environmental cleanup was integrated with historic preservation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to describe the significance of Building K-25 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for ending World War II.
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to describe how environmental restoration and historic preservation were integrated for Building K-25 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
  • Upon completion, the participants will be able to describe how the historical significance of Building K-25 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee will be preserved.

Speakers: Sidney B. Garland, II, P.E., BCEE, Senior Engineer, RSI EnTech, LLC; Lesley CusickEngineering Specialist, RSI EnTech, LLC; Thomas Goode, Project Manager, RSI EnTech, LLC; James Dunn, Project Manager, URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC

STI — Visualizing and Immersing in Design Alternatives

Schematic Design is the first phase of a structural engineering design that defines a general scope and scale of the project. At this initial phase, the key players try to convey the schematic design to the owner; the team explores alternative design concepts and decide on the sizes and configuration of primary structural elements along with architectural finishes. However, there are challenges in demonstrating the proportions and what the scale of tall ceilings or long bays may look like, when illustrated on a traditional 2-dimensional paper space. Thus, architectural and structural firms have been adopting new technologies, such as 3D prototyping and virtual reality to accomplish this task. The 3D prototyping tools are a fast way to model and print a reduced-scale project. Virtual reality is an immersive experience, where an engineer renders the 3-dimensional building on a software, and the owner can navigate through the building with a headset and controllers. Both are extremely valuable adaptations that can help the owner understand what the structure will look like.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how new technology (Virtual Reality, Hololens, 3D printing) is being used in the industry and academia, specifically for structural engineering and construction, through hands-on demonstrations.
  • Apply and adopt new technology (Virtual Reality, Hololens, 3D printing) into the existing work flow.
  • Formulate new ideas to improve the field of structural engineering and construction.

Speakers: Sunai Kim, Ph.D., SE, Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University

PD — Younger Member Spotlight: Building a Brighter Future!

Attendees will learn about early stages in the Civil Engineering profession, and the challenges overcome by a fearless group of young professionals. A technically diverse group of panelist, will give insights on how to succeed with complex projects, complex people, and risky yet thrilling situations. Attendees will be inspired to be a part of this engineering movement of inventors, and innovators, as they continue through the field of civil 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.
  • Learn how to technically and ideologically prepare to get on-board with complex projects, people, and environment and work situations.
  • Learn about the Civil Engineer “Toolbox” needed to move your career forward and succeed.

Moderator: Katie Scanarello P.E., Geotechnical Engineer, AECOM 
Author: Carla Palma, MS, M.ASCE, Associate Engineer, Clark County Department of Building & Fire Prevention 
Panelists: Jason Goff, P.E., Project Engineer, Langan Engineering and Environmental; Claudia Corsetti, P.E., CMF, M.ASCE,Civil Engineer, CDM Smith; Suzanne Trabia, P.E., MS, LEED Green Associate, Atkins North America; Samantha L. Hanzel, P.E., Project Engineer/Manager Jacobs

Sunday, October 13

8:00 — 9:30 a.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDH*

MDT — Current/Future Risk Assessment of Coastal Road Overtopping

Recently coastal roadway flooding has become a more frequent and more severe hazard. In many cases the risk of roadway overtopping is impacted by the joint probability of tidal and inland flooding. Sea level rise and climate change can further complicate future flood risk assessment. This study was conducted to find a feasible way to assess the current and the future flooding risk of a coastal roadway controlled both by tidal and stream flooding. The first challenge is to evaluate the risk of a bivariate process as defined by joint probability of two variables. The second challenge is to translate that risk into the traditional flood risk concept defined as annual exceedance of certain flood depth. This study also evaluates the change in the risk of road overtopping in future when sea level rise causes higher tides and climate change causes larger stream flows. The results clearly indicate more frequent road overtopping and larger overtopping depth for the same probability level in the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how joint probability of rainfall and tides impacts the roadway overtopping at stream crossings in coastal areas.
  • Appreciate why risk development and communication is difficult for these conditions.
  • Understand how the future changes due to climate change and sea level rise might impact flooding vulnerability of road ways under these conditions.

Speaker: Kaveh Zomorodi, Ph.D., P.E., M. ASCESenior Hydrologist, Dewberry

MDT — FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team Reports: Recent Hurricanes

In response to a natural disaster caused by an event such as a flood or hurricane, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may deploy a Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT). Following disasters in 2017 and 2018, FEMA sent MATs to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. These teams are formed by and operate under the direction of the Risk Management Directorate's Building Science Branch at FEMA Headquarters. The MAT conducts field assessments and technical evaluations of the performance of buildings subjected to forces produced by the event. The primary purpose of the MAT's technical assessments is to identify design practices, construction methods and building materials that failed under the forces generated by the event and those that successfully resisted such forces. The performance of previous mitigation activities is particularly of interest. One of the major objectives of the MATs is to provide recommendations for updating codes and standards to reduce future damage from natural disasters and improve resilience. The MAT's findings and recommendations are aimed primarily at construction contractors, architects, engineers, planners and those local building officials who are involved in permitting, inspection and development of building codes as well as floodplain and land use management regulations. The presentation will include an overview of the MAT program, case studies of visited locations, and key lessons learned and recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the purpose of the FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) program.
  • Understand building performance observations including mitigation successes of the MAT reports.
  • Name key recommendations from each of the MAT reports.

Speakers: Stuart Adams, EI, CFM, A.M. ASCEAssociate/Program Manager, Stantec; Dan Bass, RA, CFM, Mitigation Assessment Team Program Manger, FEMA; Brian Caufield, P.E., CFM, D.CE, Coastal Engineer, CDM Smith

SI— Implementing Resilience: Learning from Real-Life Case Studies

The engineering profession has an obligation to protect the health and safety of the public. What can we do, and what should we do, to incorporate resilience into all infrastructure and building projects? Our profession needs to take a strategic perspective, focusing on the concepts of mitigation and adaptation while building an environment that is resilient and protective of the public. 

We need to understand how the financial sector is starting to respond to climate risks and the financial impact on the public, government agencies, and businesses. We need to identify opportunities for engineers to help solve the challenges of increased sustainability and resilience — exploring connections to ASCE’s role in fostering new thinking and collaboration toward a more resilient future. Finally, we need to discuss how the engineer’s duty of care may include bringing resilience into the design, sharing best practices and standards and guidance on resilience. 

This session draws on real-life case studies to provide practical solutions to the resilience needs of the community.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain a perspective on the issues and challenges connected to implementing resilience through case studies of projects that improve infrastructure resilience.
  • Participants will learn how the engineer’s duty of care includes bringing resilience into the design, sharing best practices, standards, and guidance on resilience.
  • Participants will learn about the challenges and requirements related to responding to real-time sea level rise. They will learn tactics for starting the necessary change in thinking about how to approach resilience issues and related challenges.
  • Participants will learn about developing a solutions approach to resilience that is broader than the historical structural-based solutions. They will learn how resilience issues require the incorporation of technological, social, environmental, and economic solutions.

Moderator: Raymond Daddazio, P.E., F.EMI, M.ASCE, President, Thornton Tomasetti
Speakers: Col. Andrew Kelly, Jacksonville District Commander, District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Juvenal Santana,  Aff.M.ASCE, Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Miami; Joshua DeFlorio, AICP, LEED AP, ENV SP, Chief, Resilience and Sustainability, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Amy J. MacDonald, Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti; Kris Pagan, P.E., M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Mott MacDonald

PD — Improv Comedy Workshop for the Corporate Environment

The first half of this session will focus on games that highlight being in the moment and listening. These games 
function both as a method of introducing the players to each other and warming them up while setting the stage for the “yes, and” method of building a scene. The second half of the session will introduce scene work. These will be short, two-partner, demonstrative scenes that allow the improvisers to establish the reality of the scene and then find the game, or fun, within it. If you have never done improv, have done improv only a few times, or do improv regularly, this is the session for you! Everyone is welcome and it will be easy to keep up. The important takeaway from this session is that everyone have fun!

Learning Objectives:

  • Live in the moment and be unafraid to make mistakes!
  • Support your scene partner.
  • Find the game.

Speaker: Pallavi Gunalan, M.S, Stand-up Comedian and Improviser

MDT — “What’s in My Backyard?”: UEF Funded Campaign

CECorps, a partnership program of ASCE, American Water Works Association, and Engineers Without Borders USA, brings underserved communities and volunteer engineers together to advance local infrastructure solutions. The United Engineering Foundation (UEF) in 2019 is funding CECorps’ educational and outreach campaign entitled “What’s in My Backyard” to equip volunteers interested in volunteering with CECorps and making a difference close to home. While the Campaign includes a number of goals and objectives, it primarily seeks to locate and connect engineers with underserved communities here in the U.S.
Developed educational modules utilize an interactive player that features stories of impact, links to resources, and  activities. Educational Module topics include:     

  • Learning about CECorps

  • Volunteer with CECorps -Determine volunteer readiness to work within the CECorps program.

  • Expand your awareness

  • Define your backyard - Define your backyard and identify potential partners.

  • Build new relationships

This roundtable session will incorporate segments from the above described developed video/media modules and facilitated discussions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participants can determine if volunteering for CECorps is something they would like to pursue.
  • Upon completion, participants will have an understanding of the work CECorps does and the impact it makes in underserved communities across the US.
  • Participants will have resources to help them develop engineering soft skills.

Speakers: Clare Haas Claveau, P.E., CECorps Program Director, Engineers Without Borders; Melissa Prelewicz, P.E., Associate Executive Director at AAES & Director at ASCE

 

PD — Winning the Talent War - 2019 Research

In response to the increasing challenge of recruiting and retaining top talent among engineering firms, In 2018 Hinge led a study of over 800 leading professional services firms and professionals to investigate an emerging trend: employer branding. To gain perspective on both sides of this issue, respondents were asked questions as either Talent Evaluators or Employee Candidates, depending on their role in the recruitment process. In 2019 Hinge will be expanding the employer branding study to focus on understanding what civil engineering firms can do to attract top talent in an extremely competitive market.

In this presentation, Karl Feldman will share timely and relevant data and insights gleaned from the 2019 study, particularly how half of the top 10 business challenges facing civil engineering firms today — including recruitment and retention — point directly to the need for an increased emphasis on employer branding. He will provide guidelines on how firms’ efforts can directly address, and help to resolve, some of the biggest talent challenges engineering teams face today.

Learning Objectives:

  • The difference between employer branding and traditional branding
  • Research-based trends in employer branding
  • Why employer branding is important and how civil engineering firms can improve their approach

Speaker: Karl Feldman, Partner, Hinge Marketing

 HH — The Everglades: Past, Present, and Future

Historically, the Everglades was powered by a vast drainage basin that stretched from present‐day Orlando to the Florida Keys. Fed by summer rains, water flowed south into Lake Okeechobee and rather than exiting the lake as a channelized river, the water overtopped its southern banks, forming a 60‐mile wide sheet flow “River of Grass” that sustained life throughout the ecosystem. 

This presentation recounts the history, stories, lessons, and legacy of the human attempt to conquer the Everglades and will provide on the current Federal‐State ecosystem restoration and management effort.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the environmental problems affecting the Everglades
  • Identify sources of pollutants and how to mitigate them
  • Be able to understand the way forward to ensuring a healthy Everglades ecosystem

Moderator: Bernie Dennis, M.ASCE,Civil and Structural Engineer, Retired
Speakers: Reuben Hull, P.E., PMP, M.ASCE, Regional Director, McLaren Engineering Group; Daniella Levine Cava, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County

Sunday, October 13

9:45 — 11:15 a.m.

*Sessions during this time will earn 1.5 PDH*

Disney Presents: Floating Mountains - Innovation in Design & Engineering

Inspired by the blockbuster film, AVATAR, and in collaboration with James Cameron and Lightstorm 
Entertainment, Walt Disney Imagineering has brought Pandora – The World of Avatar to life at Disney’s 
Animal Kingdom. At the center of this awe‐inspiring immersive land are the Floating Mountains, rising 
127’ above the Valley of Mo’ara, these massive elements appear to be floating in an alien environment, 
and yet they were designed and engineered, fabricated, and constructed right here on Earth. 
To develop the “structural illusion” of floating, the Imagineering team called upon decades’ worth of 
experience and combined with modern digital design tools, in new and innovative ways. This resulted in 
an incredible product that couldn’t have been delivered without the convergence of legacy and modern 
tools, new technology, and highly collaborative design and delivery team. This is the story of how we 
made mountains float.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the design and engineering practice at Walt Disney Imagineering
  • See an innovation application of digital and parametric design tools to gain time and increase positive iteration
  • Understand how collaboration methods inspired by new delivery models can help build strong, dispersed teas
  • Learn how a project team can work to integrate legacy practice with new and innovative methods and tools.

Speaker: Robert Shmerling, P.E., Project Design Management Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, Design & Planning Studio; Joseph M. Ales, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., S.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE, Senior Principal and Managing Director, Walter P. Moore

SI — Confidential Reporting of Structural Safety in the United States

Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS), originated in the UK in 2005, is a system designed to improve standards of practice through learning from structural safety concerns, failures and incidents. It was modeled after the US Aviation Safety Reporting System, designed by NASA. In July 2019 the CROSS program was launched in the United States by the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE.

Through a web‐based portal, individuals may submit confidentially reports of structural failures, near misses, and similar incidents. The reports are first anonymized and de‐identified and then forwarded to a team of distinguished subject matter experts for review and comment on lessons learned. The reports with analysis commentary are then posted on the CROSS web portal, where they are available to all free of charge. CROSS has been very effective in the UK in improving practice to reduce the incidence of failures.

This session will describe the history of CROSS and its introduction and launch in the US, focusing on US accomplishments to date and future vision and how it has positively impacted practice in the UK and elsewhere, and the vision for CROSS International.
Session will discuss CROSS‐US goals and US efforts at learning from failures over recent decades, the rational and lead‐up to CROSS‐US, and future vision for the role of CROSS‐US in the global CROSS network.

Finally the session will describe how CROSS‐US operates and what we have accomplished to date.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe a tested method to confidentially report instances relating to structural safety.
  • Use the CROSS-US system to learn lessons from past structural failures and near misses.
  • Access the CROSS-US system to research structural failures from its database.

Speakers:  Andy Herrmann, P.E., SECB, F.SEI, Pres.12.ASCE, Partner Emeritus, Hardesty & Hanover, LLP

PD — How to Influence Others Without the Positional Power

When you have staff and direct reports, they have to do what you ask. Good supervisors lead by not using their authoritarian power to get things done (most of the time), but by building consensus and fostering a team spirit - in most cases, they are being persuasive with their staff and influencing them to act willingly. But there are some cases, especially when you need anything from someone higher than you or your peer in an organization, the only way to do it is by persuasion and influence. This session will explain what the different types of persuasion and influence techniques are and how to adopt them to your particular professional situations. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the key factors that Project Managers can implement to elevate their leadership skills to the next level
  • Identify strategies and techniques to be more influential as a Project Manager, even if you don't have the positional power
  • Explain the various methods and techniques for elevating your project-focused leadership

Speakers:  Carol C. Martsolf, P.E., PMP, LEED AP, Director of Training, Urban Engineers, Inc.

MDT — New Guidance for Accommodating Bicyclists on Roadways

The design of streets to accommodate bicyclists as an integral part of roadway design is rapidly evolving. Separated bike lanes, protected intersections, and new traffic control devices provide a wealth of opportunities to provide safe, inviting facilities for people on bikes; they also add complexity to inclusive, multimodal street design. New guidance to help planners, designers and engineers is on the way: the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is updating their best-selling design manual on bicycle facilities. The primary authors of the guide we will present a sneak preview of the contents and the philosophy behind it all.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the physical dimensions and operational characteristics of separated bike lanes, and the appropriate conditions for installation.
  • Identify the six elements of a protected intersection and understand the safety and operational benefits of each.
  • Understanding the importance of design user selection and network connectivity to encourage more people to choose bicycling for transportation.

Speakers: Jeremy A. Chrzan, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP, Multimodal Design Practice Lead, Toole Design Group

NMD — Oroville Dam Spillway Replacement

Oroville Dam in Northern California is America’s tallest earthen dam. In early 2017 heavy rains filled Lake Oroville, requiring water releases from the 3,000 ft long main flood control spillway. Under heavy flows, the main spillway structure and foundation were damaged requiring its closure and use of the emergency spillway system which then began to erode the hillside below, necessitating the evacuation of downstream communities. In the aftermath of the crisis, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) needed to develop a strategy to repair both spillways. Work would need to be accomplished within the seasonal operational requirements of the dam.

The successful conclusion of repairs in the fall of 2019 was the result of extraordinary collaboration between DWR, its consultants, designers, and Kiewit. Repairs required 1,000,000 cubic yards of excavation, 60,000 cubic yards of structural demolition, 247,000 square yards of foundation preparation, 61,000 square foot secant pile wall, 7,400 each slab anchors, 1,046,000 cubic yards of roller-compacted concrete, 13,000,000 pounds of reinforcement, and 160,000 cubic yards of structural concrete.

This talk will describe the challenges of the project’s accelerated procurement, rapid mobilization, and how design and construction were performed concurrently to meet schedule requirements. In an age of often prolonged project delivery, the Oroville Dam Spillways story demonstrates the power of collaboration and common purpose.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will review the timeline of events which caused the damage to the existing structures.
  • Attendees will understand the accelerated procurement process.
  • Attendees will learn how the project was mobilized and organized.
  • Attendees will understand how design and construction were performed concurrently.

Speakers: Todd OrbusArea Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure West, Co.Ted Craddock, P.E., Assistant Deputy Director of the State Water Project, California Department of Water Resources 

SP— FDOT Signature Bridge

The $802 million, I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design-Build Project is currently underway in Miami, Florida and will bring improvements to three of the City’s crucial arteries that all converge at the SR 836/I-395/I-95 (Midtown) Interchange. The Midtown Interchange, with an Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) of approximately 450,000 vehicle trips is the vital junction that serves residents and tourist as they make their way to major special events venues, tourist destinations, health district, court facilities as well as the vibrant downtown area and communities such as Overtown and Edgewater. The project will include several firsts for the area, such as the double-decking an elevated bridge (SR 836), construction of an iconic, six-arched signature bridge that will span approximately 1000 feet over Biscayne Boulevard and NE 2 Avenue and the creation of community spaces under a major expressway.

Speakers: Jacqueline Sequeira, P.E., I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design-Build Project; Mark Croft, P.E., I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design-Build Project, Walfrido Pevida, P.E., I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design-Build Project

SP — THE FLOATING CITY: Worldbuilding The Future

 Further explore both the virtual world of the Floating City and the deep research underlying its conception during this intensive 90-minute workshop. Participants will collaborate in World Building group sessions curated by a team from Experimental to explore the infrastructure solutions and engineering details present in the neighborhoods of the city.

Please Note: This session will be led by a team from Experimental. Due to the nature of this workshop, this session will have a 40-attendee cap. Please go to this session in the mobile app and submit your name for this workshop.
Access the convention mobile app by visiting your phone’s app store and searching for ASCE Conference & Events. The icon will be a vortex over palm trees, and the name will appear as ASCE. Download and install the app, then enter the email you used for registration to the app. From there go to "agenda" and click on this session. At the bottom of this session's page is a like to submit your name for this workshop. You will receive a confirmation email if you are one of the first 40 to submit your name.

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