From Builders to Integrators - Civil Engineers Leading the Way
In a time when infrastructure revitalization is crucial to confront worldwide population growth, meet basic human needs, and promote economic growth, a new kind of civil engineer must lead the way. ASCE took the first steps toward identifying tomorrow’s engineer when it created “Vision 2025.” Now, it’s time to make the next leap. ASCE’s 139th Annual Civil Engineering Conference will change the identity of civil engineers to global communicators, leaders, managers, and technology experts as the master builders of the past become the master integrators of the future.
Thursday, October 29
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where will we as a global community be in 20 years? What actions can we take today, to ensure a better tomorrow? Erik Peterson, Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and founder and director of the Seven Revolutions project, is searching for answers. While sharing insights into the Seven Revolutions, Erik will discuss thought-provoking issues such as energy trends, innovation in technology, the economy, and population growth sure to impact our world in 2025 and beyond. Join Erik as he shares key points of this research in an exciting, fast-paced, multimedia presentation that has been seen around the world. Benefit from his discoveries on the Seven Revolutions of Change that affect companies globally and learn how to promote forward thinking by considering what these changes will mean for leadership around the world. Listen as he delivers his underlying message – we can either enact real, positive change or sit on the sidelines and risk the consequences. You won’t want to miss this provocative session moderated by 2009 Annual Conference Chair, Glenn Schirmer, P.E., F.ASCE, with remarks from ASCE 2009 President, D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE.
Glenn Schirmer, P.E., F.ASCE
D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Project Founder, Seven Revolutions
2009 Annual Conference Chair
ASCE 2009 President
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
CEO-Only Session (by invitation only)
Join fellow CEOs to discuss key issues affecting your business and the civil engineering profession. Participate in this exclusive opportunity to share critical challenges and solutions with peers.
Engineers’ Role in Emergency Management– Bridging the Disciplines
When disaster strikes, who is going to clean up the damage? For 25 years, the direct cost to the public following natural and man-made disasters has skyrocketed. And yet, the U.S. is only beginning to grasp the impact of additional indirect losses and the disruption of critical infrastructure. If there’s one thing we have learned, it’s the need to address the growing vulnerabilities and risk brought on by these disasters. ASCE has compiled a distinguished panel to help engineers, planners, and other related professionals develop a stronger knowledge of emergency management. These experts will discuss the importance of the interdependence of critical infrastructure to prepare for the next disaster and the critical need for enhanced communication and coordination with organizations throughout the nation. Above all, the engineering community will need to support emergency managers in all operational phases, at all levels of the government and private sector.
PRESENTERS: Edward Hecker, Aff.M.ASCE, Chief, Office of Homeland Security and Provost Marshal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Daniel Martin, CEM, CFM, M.ASCE, Founding Partner, Integrated Solutions Consulting; Dennis Schrader, P.E., President, DRS International, LLC
Maximizing Your Bottom Line: Flexible Work Arrangements
Advances in information technology have made the traditional workplace anything but. The concept of the traditional workplace is evolving and, with the infusion of Generation X and Millennial employees, this transformation in business culture is accelerating. This panel discussion will outline the advantages and challenges created by virtual employees, flex schedules, dress codes, and other non-traditional aspects of the engineering workplace. Then you will have the opportunity to offer your experiences about how these changes improve or challenge the performance, productivity, and retention of your employees. This session is perfect for both employers and employees of all generational groups.
MODERATOR: Debra Rubin, Editor-at-Large, Business, Management & Workforce Engineering News-Record Magazine and enr.com, McGraw Hill Construction
PRESENTERS: Joseph B. Cormier, P.E., M.ASCE , Manager, Architectural & Structural Services Group, SEA Consultants Inc.; Adam Gersh, SPHR, HR Manager, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.; Maria Lehman, P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President, Transportation System, Bergmann Associates; Lynne H. Moss, P.E., BCEE Associate, CDM
Vision 2025 – The New Role for Civil Engineers
If civil engineers are to become the master integrators and leaders society needs them to be, they must first embrace the technologies driving today’s sustainable solutions. A document such as “The Vision for Civil Engineering 2025” will help guide the way. ASCE has compiled a panel consisting of members intimately involved with the creation of Vision 2025. Representing sectors from private practice, government, academia, and international consulting, they will each present various fundamentals of the Vision and how it will ultimately help civil engineers earn the public’s trust and deliver sustainable projects. Following the presentations, attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss Vision 2025 with the panel.
MODERATOR: Blaine Leonard, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, ASCE 2010 President
PRESENTERS: Stan Caldwell, P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President, Halff Associates, Inc.; Kenneth J. Fridley, Ph.D., F.ASCE, Professor and Department Head, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, The University of Alabama; Eva Lerner-Lam, M.ASCE, President, Palisades Consulting Group, Inc.; Deborah Snyder, P.E., M.ASCE, LEED AP, Civil/Environmental Engineer and Management Consultant
With a new administration facing record budget deficits, tough financial decisions will have to be made – both by politicians and you. Discuss the governmental implications of the 2010 expiration of current estate tax laws and what you need to do today to preserve your financial wealth tomorrow.
PRESENTER: Larry Grogan, Grogan Advisory Services
Infrastructure Investment and Sustainable Solutions
The world is a smaller place, and the engineer’s role in designing infrastructure in it is evolving rapidly. Recent disasters, such as levee failures during Hurricane Katrina, Midwest flooding, the 2003 Northeast Power Blackout, and collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minnesota, have exposed the far-reaching effects a local disaster can have on both a domestic and global scale. Now more than ever, civil engineers are called upon to make far-reaching investment decisions. During this session the panel will: present strategies to facilitate communication between stakeholders, decision makers, and the public; help attendees recognize the value of effective communication with the public; and demonstrate the benefits of simulating investment effects over the lifecycle of infrastructure components, and how it will help predict performance during hazardous events. Learn what demands today’s evolving engineer must meet when designing sustainable, resilient infrastructure.
PRESENTERS: Craig Farkos, P.E., M.ASCE, Program Manager, Michael Baker Corp.; Larry W. Frevert, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President/National Program Director-Public Works, HDR Engineering; James Martin, Ph.D., Director, World Institute for Disaster Risk Management at Virginia Tech
Guiding Principles for Developing Critical Infrastructure
Today’s public projects require cooperation across a multitude of fields. Faced with projects that are multi-funded, multi-jurisdictional, and require long term construction and operation, engineers have the added pressure to build sustainable infrastructure. Events such as the New Orleans levee system failure during hurricane Katrina, underscore the importance of cooperation across all systems. Compiled by ASCE’s Committee on Critical Infrastructure, this panel of experts will identify the Guiding Principles essential to developing and sustaining the nation’s critical infrastructure.
MODERATOR: Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, Future Directions Program Director, IWR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
PRESENTERS: Robert B. Gilbert, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; Ronald E. Smith, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, ASCE Technical Region Director; Steve Stockton, P.E., M.ASCE, Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Messages from Raising the Bar – Challenges and Successes
For a decade, ASCE has collaborated with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to raise the educational requirements for entry into the professional practice of engineering. The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 and the Second Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century (BOK) have served as guides to drive this initiative. ASCE leaders involved in this project will help attendees:
- understand the updated master plan for “raising the bar”
- understand the fulfillment of the formal educational components of the BOK
- learn how engineers will attain the experience requirements of the BOK
- what changes to licensure laws and rules will be made
MODERATOR: Thomas A. Lenox, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Senior Managing Director, ASCE
PRESENTERS: Kenneth J. Fridley, Ph.D., F.ASCE, Professor and Department Head, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, The University of Alabama; Forrest M. Holly, Ph.D., P.E., M.EWRI, Civil Engineering Consultant, Forrest Holly & Associates; Jon D. Nelson, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, Vice President, EAS, Central Region, Tetra Tech; Jeffrey S. Russell, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison; G. Nicholas Textor, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, Vice President, AECOM
Industry Leaders Forum: Focus - Sustainability
8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
How are senior engineering industry leaders addressing sustainability, infrastructure, and workforce development issues? What keeps these senior executives awake at night? Bring your burning issues directly to our panel of experts from industry, government, and academia to help direct a stimulating discussion among leaders of the civil engineering profession. James A. Rispoli, P.E., F.ASCE, Chair of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council, will moderate the Forum adding his own valuable perspectives. All attendees are invited to participate in this stimulating session.
MODERATOR: James A. Rispoli, P.E., F.ASCE, Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton
PANELISTS: Greg M. Graves, P.E., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Burns & McDonnell; Councilman Russ Johnson, Kansas City Council; Vice Admiral Michael K. Loose, P.E., M.ASCE, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, U.S. Navy; Priscilla Nelson, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Len C. Rodman, P.E., M.ASCE, Chairman, President and CEO, Black & Veatch Corporation
|James A. Rispoli||Greg M. Graves||Russ Johnson||Michael K. Loose||Priscilla Nelson||Len C. Rodman|
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
ASCE Presents: ASCE Group Insurance – Your Insurance Program 101
Determine which plans and coverage amounts would best support your family’s long-term goals. Learn about the ASCE Disability Income Plan, 10- and 20-Year Level Term Life plans, Term Life, and the ASCE Professional Liability Program. Space is limited, be sure to take advantage of this free educational seminar.
The Civil Engineering Team – The Importance of the Paraprofessional
As civil engineers evolve into the master integrators of the future, paraprofessionals will play an essential role in helping the civil engineering team succeed. While paraprofessionals possess a broad range of job skills, their roles and responsibilities have yet to be defined nor has a standard type of education, training, and credentialing been established. This 90-minute panel discussion will include speakers with varied paraprofessional expertise. Each, will share their perspectives on paraprofessionals now and in the future. A discussion period with audience participation will follow. Attendees will learn the different roles engineering professionals, paraprofessionals, and technicians perform in addition to understanding the important issues involved with integrating paraprofessionals into the civil engineering community.
MODERATOR: Joe D. Manous, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, Future Directions Program Director, IWR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
PRESENTERS: Michael A. Clark, CAE, Chief Operating Executive, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET); Bryan Johnson, P.E., Kansas Area Manager, Kleinfelder; Jon D. Nelson, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, Vice President, EAS, Central Region, Tetra Tech; Richard A. Schneider, P.E., M.ASCE, Instructor of Civil Engineering Technology, Madison Area Technical College
The Economic Crisis – Leveraging Infrastructure Development for Recovery
In today’s global economic crisis, policymakers worldwide are developing plans to invest public resources to stimulate the economy. Civil engineers, as leaders in the public policy arena, play a key role in influencing policymakers by prioritizing public investments, incorporating the principles of sustainability, and ensuring resources are allocated effectively. Attendees at this session will hear from state-level public officials and international practitioners before joining them in a facilitated Q&A discussion. Speakers will address how civil engineers can establish priorities in public investments as well as why new analytical approaches must qualitatively and quantitatively describe broad societal benefits. Ultimately, attendees will come to understand how infrastructure development will provide benefits to the public and private sectors and what approaches can be used to assess public and private benefits.
MODERATOR: Blaine Leonard, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, ASCE 2010 President
PRESENTERS: J. Richard Capka, P.E., M.ASCE, Brigadier General (Retired), Dawson and Associates; Toru Kondo, Dr.Eng., Aff.M.ASCE, President, Japanese Society of Civil Engineers; Jean Venables, OBE, FREng, Aff.M.ASCE, President, Institution of Civil Engineers
Making the Most of Generational Differences
There are more generations in today’s workforce than ever before. While it offers a diverse perspective when approaching projects, it can also bring communication challenges. In order to optimize workforce recruitment and retention, organizational and team performance, knowledge transfer, and individual professional satisfaction, civil engineers must take advantage of the strengths of the four generations in today’s workforce. This session will feature a panel discussion which will include a representative from each workforce generation. Following an overview of the generations and their characteristics, each presenter will share their perspectives on their own generation as well as working with other generations. A discussion period with audience participation will follow. Participants will walk away understanding the characteristics of the four generations in today’s workforce. They will learn the strengths that each generation brings to the job, how to utilize them effectively on teams, and which communication methods work best with each generation.
PRESENTERS: Robin A. Kemper, P.E., LEED(r) AP, F.ASCE, Associate, French & Parrello Associates; Paul R. Munger, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Director of Business Development, Morris and Munger Engineers LLC; Jennifer M. Nolan-Kremm, EIT, A.M.ASCE, Bridge Designer, STV Incorporated; Brant M. Vermeer, EI, A.M.ASCE, Assistant Civil Engineer, Burns & McDonnell; Melissa K. Wood, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Burns & McDonnell
Civil Engineering Leadership in Developing Sustainable Infrastructure
For civil engineers to truly become the trusted stewards of the environment, the profession must embrace a more sustainable approach to creating new infrastructure.
This 90-minute panel session will examine how the most successful private sector companies have grappled with sustainability and made it part of their commercial enterprise. Using the 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure as a guide, the session will look for viable solutions to today’s infrastructure challenges.
You will also learn the analytical and policy approaches that support investment in sustainable development and engineering, plus exchange viewpoints with practitioners from around the world.
MODERATOR: D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, ASCE 2009 President
PRESENTERS: Peter Binney, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Black & Veatch; Andy Herrmann, P.E., SECB, F.ASCE, Managing Partner, Hardesty and Hanover LLP; Nancy Kralik, P.E., M.ASCE, Fluor Corp.
Ethics: The Keystone of Civil Engineering Leadership
To earn the trust of the public, civil engineers must hold paramount their individual values and the ethical principles that have become the cornerstone of the profession. The session begins by covering the definition, growth and importance of ethical thought in human and professional affairs. Then students from two universities will perform live skits of ethics cases, followed by a discussion about each case. Beyond discussing ethical dilemmas and participating in developing the appropriate course of action, you will learn the importance of evaluating all actions on ethical terms, draw experience from others in tackling ethical dilemmas, and gain a heightened sense of self-questioning and self-evaluation.
PRESENTERS: Brian R. Brenner, P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike; Michael F. Garrett, P.E., M.ASCE, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology; Norma Jean Mattei, P.E., M.ASCE, Professor, University of New Orleans, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Jimmy Smith, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Professor, Texas Tech University, Department of Civil Engineering; Thomas Smith, CAE, M.ASCE, Asst. Executive Director and General Counsel, ASCE; Coy M. Veach, P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President, Freese & Nichols, Inc.
Innovation in Infrastructure Management
When transportation agencies began looking for innovative ways to fund infrastructure projects, they turned to the public-private partnership (PPP). In essence, the PPP joins the owner, operations management, constructor, and designer together to deliver the project. While this new approach facilitates closer working relationships between these groups, new challenges also emerge.
This panel discussion will explore the changing relationships of the owner and PPP team as well as use major PPP projects throughout North America to present a “lessons learned” summary. You will leave understanding the key aspects of specifying and implementing infrastructure management systems for PPP teams and the unique aspects in the oversight of PPP concessions.
MODERATORS: David Hein, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Transportation Applied Research Associates, Inc.
PRESENTERS: Jiri Filipovic, P.E., Senior Program Director, AECOM Transportation; James Geer, Manager, Public Private Partnerships, Kiewit Corporation; Fidel Saenz de Ormijana, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Technical Director, Ferrovial Agroman US Corp.; Geoffrey Segal, Vice President, Government Relations, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
So Your House is Behind a Levee
The ASCE Inter-Institute Levee Committee has prepared a booklet entitled "So Your House is Behind a Levee," which will be introduced during the ASCE Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Kansas City. This session will focus on the booklet, its scope and purpose, its intended audience, and its contents. The booklet provides a succinct overview for people who live behind levees and in flood-prone areas. It describes issues such as flood size and risk, signs of trouble, ways to reduce risk, and how to prepare for and respond to emergencies. A major focus of the session will be a call to action: How ASCE members can raise awareness of floods and levees in their own communities.
MODERATOR: Lawrence H. Roth, P.E., GE, D.GE, F.ASCE, Deputy Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
PRESENTERS: Matt Bond, P.E., Stormwater Engineer, City of Lawrence, Kansas; Jane Howell Lombardi, Director of Communications, American Society of Civil Engineers; Peter Rabon, Director, National Flood Risk Management Program
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
2009 was a remarkable year for ASCE. Celebrate the achievements of the Society and your fellow members at this year’s ASCE Business Meeting. ASCE Executive Director Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.ASCE kicks the meeting off with a report on the state of the Society, followed by the induction ceremony for the 20 10 Board of Direction. The ceremony will culminate with the inaugural address of ASCE 2010 President Blaine D. Leonard, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE.
Blaine is the Research Program Manager with the Utah Department of Transportation in Salt Lake City, where he is responsible for balancing research needs and resources within the Department, and for managing a wide variety of research projects. Prior to joining the Department, Blaine spent 20 years as a consulting civil engineer in Utah. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Utah. He has served ASCE in numerous capacities at the national and local level, as a Zone IV Vice President, a Governor of the Geo Institute, President of the Utah Section, and chairing a number of National ASCE Committees. ASCE awarded him the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award in 2006.
4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Want Sustainable Infrastructure - Start with Geomatics
The Practice, Education and Research for Sustainable Infrastructure (PERSI) initiative was developed to advance and incorporate concepts and knowledge of sustainability into the standards and practices used throughout the lifecycle of infrastructure systems. Inspired by the Geomatics for Sustainability Task Committee Report, attendees will learn the principles of: sustainability and infrastructure and the potential uses of geomatics in these areas; the national geospatial databases available for use by the infrastructure community; and the challenges of information sharing, database compatibility, education, and available technologies.
This panel session will feature two speakers who will address the government’s role in spatial data infrastructure, spatial attributes of the engineering physical infrastructure, and challenges to the geomatics engineering industry and information sharing. Two case studies will illustrate the importance of incorporating digital spatial data and new data gathering techniques into the design of infrastructure systems. Terry Bennet will help you come to understand new techniques for infrastructure data capture for use in BIM (building information modeling) and its importance in sustainable design. Jeff Harrison will discuss a project funded by FGDC on cross border infrastructure that draws upon OGC standards for sharing data.
PRESENTERS: Terry D. Bennett, PLS, LEED AP, Aff.M.ASCE, Senior Industry Manager, Civil Engineering & Construction, Autodesk, Inc.; Jeff Harrison, President and CEO, The Carbon Project; Carolyn J. Merry, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, The Ohio State University; Milo Robinson, Federal Geographic Data Committee, U.S. Geological Survey
Philosophy and Civil Engineering
If civil engineers are to become "the master integrators of the future," some self-reflection is in order to investigate the intellectual foundations on which the profession is built. Besides helping engineers to do their jobs better, such an exercise may lead to the discovery that engineers have more to contribute to society than previously realized. This session will explore the idea that civil engineering is more of an art than a science by suggesting how the various branches of philosophy-metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and aesthetics-apply to it, and highlighting how philosophical considerations are relevant to current issues in the profession.
Each panelist will give a brief presentation to introduce the subject matter. Jon Schmidt will provide a general overview, including definitions of philosophy and engineering and suggestions for how the two fields are, and should be, related to each other. Erik Nelson will address the nature of engineering knowledge, including the distinction that is commonly made between theory and practice, and some implications for education. David Goldberg will contrast today's typical engineering curriculum with the largely qualitative skills that separate great engineers from the merely technically competent, and note how philosophy can help restore needed balance. A question-and-answer format will follow, including ample time for audience members to participate.
MODERATOR: Jon A. Schmidt, P.E., SECB, M.ASCE, Associate Structural Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
PRESENTERS: David E. Goldberg, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois; Erik A. Nelson, P.E., M.ASCE, Partner, Structures Workshop
Early Career Transitions - Lessons Learned
Change can be scary. As life in the classroom ends, life in the real world begins, and that means the questions and decisions are starting to pile up. Before you get overwhelmed, remember that plenty of engineers have been there before you – and survived! Now is your chance to listen to the stories – good and bad – of how five engineers navigated the turbulent first years of their career. Find out what obstacles they had to overcome in their new job, how they met people in new cities, and what they didn’t learn in the classroom that’s essential to getting the job done. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to not only ask them what’s on your mind, but also break into smaller groups with one of the panelists for more in-depth discussions. The change may still be scary, but now you’ll be more prepared to start your career on the right foot thanks to the advice of those who’ve been in your shoes before.
PRESENTERS: Holly Boomsma, P.E., LEED AP, A.M.ASCE, Staff Civil Engineer, GBA; S. Joji Calabro, P.E., LEED AP, A.M.ASCE, Civil Engineer, Burns and McDonnell; Erin N. Fletcher, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Manager, HDR Engineering Inc.; Glenn E. Schirmer, P.E., F.ASCE, Director of Project Development, Homer L. Chastain & Associates, LLP; Robert W. Stokes, Ph.D., F.ASCE, ASCE Region 7 Director, Professor, Kansas State University
BIM and Integrated Project Delivery - What Civil Engineers Need to Know about the Future of Practice
Design and construction is based on workflows going back to the turn of the century. This has limited our ability to reduce the 15 to 20% of a project's overall costs coming from change orders and rework, or to analyze sustainable design approaches. This session will discuss how BIM tools and the value of IPD processes are reducing risk and liability in projects, while lowering costs and timelines.
PRESENTERS: Joe Horvath, RLA, ASLA, Project Landscape Architect, Cole & Associates Inc.; Robert Middlebrooks, Industry Programs Manager, Autodesk Inc.
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Close out the Conference with Actor, Author, News Commentator, and Attorney Ben Stein at the ASCE Closing General Session Breakfast. Stein has authored over 30 books, written speeches for both Presidents Nixon and Ford, contributed columns for the Wall Street Journal, and served as a commentator for FOXNews, CBS, and PBS. Listen as Stein offers up his expert opinion on finance, ethics, and life. Prepare yourself for a hilarious morning as he delivers advice with his unique sense of humor, while telling you what you need to know.