Thursday October 18, 2012

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Global Infrastructure - The $71 Trillion Opportunity

Room MCC 511E

Seventy One Trillion USD investment planned globally by 2030. Socio-economic trends - population growth, urbanization, demographic shifts, disasters, aging infrastructure and technology development are driving unprecedented needs for water, energy and basic infrastructure. Learn about the challenges facing the global community and the multitude of programs planned to address emerging needs.

Moderator: Ed McGuire, P.E., Facilities Maintenance Manager, Public Works Department

Speaker: Kevin Max, P.E., M.ASCE, Director of Construction Advisory Services, KPMG


Advances in Mapping and Design Technology

Room MCC 511F

Mobile LiDAR and high definition scanning techniques can provide detailed data without exposing field personnel to high speed traffic or substantially impacting traffic flow, typically within a shorter timeframe than traditional methods.  This session will provide an overview of the technology and discuss case studies where it has been successfully utilized.

Moderator: Leah Milcarek, P.E.

Speaker: Kevin Hanley PLs, Surveying and Mapping Consultants, Inc.


Small Boat Harbor Design and Economic Development

Room MCC 512E

Waterfront development continues to play a growing role in the new global economy. Given the technically demanding nature of waterfront design, engineers frequently find themselves at the forefront of a process increasingly pushed to achieve the highest standards of economic and environmental performance, social responsiveness, and aesthetic quality. This session will present two very different case studies on how to apply a highly integrated planning and design approach to small craft harbor development. The first is a 130 acre municipal marina/park located along the Cumberland River in Clarksville, Tennessee and the second is a major mixed use marina/residential/resort project located in Ayia Napa, Cyprus.

Moderator: Ed McGuire

Speaker: Fred Klancnik


Making the Case for Infrastructure Investment - Key Findings from ASCE’s Failure to Act report series

Room MCC 512G

As one of our core priorities, ASCE has focused efforts in 2012 on making the case to the public and elected officials that adequate infrastructure is key to a healthy economy. Learn about ASCE’s new research as part of the Failure to Act economic report series, and how we are working to change the conversation on infrastructure investment. This panel will feature a discussion and update on ASCE’s latest 2012 reports on electricity, as well as airports, inland waterways, and marine ports, which showed how our lag in infrastructure investment will impact America’s GDP, job numbers, and household income.


Speaker:Andrew Hermann, P.E., Past-President, ASCE; Brian Pallasch, Managing Directior, Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives, ASCE; Steve Curtis, P.E., Program Director for Waterfront Services, Collins Engineers; Robert Victor, P.E., Associate Vice-President, AECOM and Chair of the Committee on America’s Infrastructure.


2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Global Civil Engineers: Now and Future Generations

Room MCC 511F

Sustainability requires inspired, forward thinking professionals dedicated to stewardship of our built and natural environment.  As Civil Engineers are trained around the globe they need not only the requisite technical skills, but also a sense of environmental stewardship and an appreciation for the social environment.     During this session four speakers will present effective methods of K-12 outreach, simultaneously assuring that there will be a next generation of enthusiastic stewards while strengthening communication and leadership skills within our profession.  Presentations will include videos and discussions that will give participants the skills and confidence needed for effective outreach, skills that directly translate into effective leadership and management in the workplace.   This session is oriented to all professionals who are concerned with the future of our profession and seek knowledge and skills needed to effectively make a difference.

Moderator: Reed Brockman, P.E., Senior Structural Engineer, AECOM, Author, From Sundaes to Space Stations: Careers in Civil Engineering

Speaker: Ken Maschke,  Structural Engineer; Thornton Tomasetti, Author of ASCE’s “Bridging the Gap” Blog; Lauren Swett, Project Engineer, Woodward & Curran, and ASCE Region 1 Governor; Kyle Twitchell PE,  Structural Engineer, Robert Silman Assoc., and Programs Coordinator, ASCE CYM


San Francisco Bay's Innovative Tunneling Mega Project: Part 1

Room MCC 511E

This session will set forth the advancements in global tunneling technologies that make it possible for civil engineers to plan and construct these crucial underground facilities in urban areas, by focusing on the Bay tunnel as a case study. Strategic solutions will be presented to face challenges to build pipelines vulnerable to seismic damage from San Andreas and Hayward faults that cross the San Francisco Bay Area. Innovative approaches will be presented by the design team to minimize impacts to environmentally-sensitive wetland areas surrounding San Francisco Bay.

Moderator: Denis Lemelin  

Speaker: Julie Labonte, P.E., M.S., Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) Director, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Isabelle Pawlik, P.E., Dipl.-Ing., M.ASCE, Associate, Jacobs Associates; Sara Wilson, P.E., M.ASCE, Lead Associate, Jacobs Associates 


Civil Engineering Outreach in Practice

Room MCC 512E

The session introduces several non-profit organizations that provide opportunities for the engineering community to engage in projects to improve conditions in third world countries.  Session will include panelists from Engineers Without Borders, Water for People, Bridges to Prosperity and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers and will introduce attendees to how these organizations select and develop projects as well as the volunteer opportunities for engineers and non-engineers to participate.

Moderator: Leah Milcarek, P.E.  

Speaker: Yuri Estrada, P.E., LEED AP, Engineers Without Borders; Avery Bang, MSc, Bridges to Prosperity; Indra Prashad, P.Eng, Water for People; Richard Denham, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering


Challenges & Opportunities in Global Response to Emergencies

Room MCC 512G



3:45- 5:15 p.m.

San Francisco Bay's Innovative Tunneling Mega Project: Part 2

Room MCC 511E

This session will set forth the advancements in global tunneling technologies that make it possible for civil engineers to plan and construct these crucial underground facilities in urban areas, by focusing on the Bay tunnel as a case study. Strategic solutions will be presented to face challenges to build pipelines vulnerable to seismic damage from San Andreas and Hayward faults that cross the San Francisco Bay Area. Innovative approaches will be prensented by the design team to minimize impacts to environmentally-sensitive wetland areas surrounding San Francisco Bay.

Moderator:  Denis Lemelin                                                                                                                                                                      

Speaker: Julie Labonte, P.E., M.S., Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), Director, San Francisco Public Utilities CommissionTom Frischer, URS


Competence Redefined in a Global Workplace

Room MCC 511F

Due to the globalization and technical advances, business conducted abroad has increased considerably in the past decades.  One challenge is to build a team of professionals able to work in a multicultural environment.  A panel will discuss these and other aspects of the international enviroment, namely, reasons to go global, the international commercial environment, specific technical and non-technical challenges, managing multicultural teams, and the importance of good communications throughout the project cycle. 

Moderator: Kyle Twitchell P.E., Structural Engineer, Robert Silman Assoc

Speakers: Andres Torres PE, Valmont Industries; Eli Gottleib PE; Thorton Tomassetti; Mark Khoury PE, Langan Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering; Vinicio Avendano PE, Boeing


International Projects and Funding Lessons Learned

Room MCC 512G

The Session will feature the moderator and four leading panelists presenting their experiences in international project finance for large scale projects ranging from gateway transportation nodes to critical facilities in the urban environment . The international practice may offer "lessons learned" as the US market looks to the private sector to help address the infrastructure deficit.

Moderator: Chris Reseigh, P.E., F. ASCE, FCMAA, Life Member, Independent Consultant

Speaker: William Fullerton


Managing Risks In A Global Market

Room MCC 512E

Technological and geopolitical advances have changed the way design professionals practice and the markets they serve. These changes present design professionals with exciting new opportunities but also with unfamiliar forms of risk. This session will explore risks inherent in the industry's technological advancement; such as those related to BIM, GREEN, IPD and cyber-hosting. This session will also present a survey of those geopolitical, governmental, cultural, legal, and judicial risks frequently encountered by American firms seeking work abroad. The session will conclude with a critical analysis of what engineering firms can do to mitigate these risks.

Moderator: Mike Ircha

Speaker: Robert Hughes, Ames & Gough; Joseph Moore; John Strothman, Associate, Jacobsendaniels Associate


Friday October 19, 2012

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Global Career Opportunities for Younger Members

Room MCC 511E

Most Civil Engineers graduate without benefit of study abroad programs. They settle into domestic positions failing to take advantage of opportunities to work abroad. This session will offer engineers an alternative vision of how a career can be enhanced through overseas service. For those graduates anticipating difficulty finding entry level positions or those unhappy with their domestic assignments, this session should be of great interest.

Moderator:  Andres Roda PE, International Geographic Mbr Ctte on Younger Members, Rutgers University

Speakers:  Katherine Johnson, Chair, WFEO Committee on Young Professionals; Cathy Leslie, Executive Director, Engineers without Borders


Recognize, Assess and Mitigate Risks in Developing Countries

Room MCC 512G

Recognizing and Assessing Risk in Developing/Post Conflict Countries: This session will give you the tools to understand, recognize, and cost potential risks encountered in developing countries and assess through an in-depth analysis. When risk factors are identified and mitigated, energies can be focused on the successful completion of a project yielding repeat clients, new clients, and profitability.


Use of Technology to Exceed Client Expectations

Room MCC 512E

Utilizing technology in the early stages of your project can make it faster and easier while delivering superior designs. This session will explore new technologies that will allow engineers to be more productive in the early stages of a project; Site Optimization Modeling is a technology being used in today's industry to develop projects and will be explored through case studies and interactive demonstrations.

Moderator: Leah Milcarek, P.E. 

Speaker: David Settlemyer, P.E., M.ASCE, Blueridge Analytics


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

All Civil Engineering is Local

Room MCC 512G

A career in Civil Engineering at the local level is rewarding and meaningful. The Civil Engineer is critical to providing small communities with the skill set, knowledge and experience needed to improve and maintain the local infrastructure, solve complex problems and efficiently use limited funding, all while being politically astute and a good communicator.

Moderator: Ed McGuire, P.E., Facilities Maintenance Manager, Public Works Department

Speaker: Kenneth Rosenfield, P.E., F.ASCE, Professional Engineer, City of Laguna Hill California


The Risks and Rewards of Foreign Investment

Room MCC 511E

Sovereign wealth funds, foreign currency funds and other foreign controlled funds have made inroads in the control and management of US based infrastructure assets. This trend is likely to continue for some time as foreign entities continue to hold large portions of US debt. The question is what does this mean for US domestic and international policymaking, regulatory structures, the role of the US A&E community, risk assessment and the optimal allocations of US capital? These issues have only recently come into view as a result of well publicized foreign acquisitions of transport related assets on a long term basis. Two speakers will review the current thinking on this. The first will summarize a recent Brookings Institution study and the second will look at this trend from the standpoint of a private A&E firm.


Speaker: Joel H. Moser, Partner,  Bingham McCutchen LLP; Brendan Duval, Managing Partner, Glenfarne Group, LLC


Ethicana - Global Anti-corruption Education and Training Program for Engineers

Room MCC 511F


How to Prepare a State Report Card and What Do You Do With It Afterwards?

Room MCC 512E

The session will present lessons learned from Government Relations efforts to increase awareness for and funding of infrastructure and legislative changes that impact the practice of Civil Engineering on a State level.  The Session will include panelist from the Louisiana Section on their recent development and release of a State Infrastructure Report Card; from the Colorado Section who recently worked to oppose a proposed repeal of dedicated transportation funding and their on-going government relations efforts supporting continuing education requirements; and from the Illinois Section who recently oppose a QBS rollback bill, and worked to support the creation of public-private-partnership legislation.

Moderator: Dale Nelson

Speaker: Russell J. Coco, Jr., P.E., MBA, Engensus; Nick Talocco; Louis V. Arrigoni, P.E., M.ASCE, Terra Engineering LTD.


4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Turning Lemons into Lemonade Innovative Infrastructure Investments

Room MCC 511F

This session will describe two rehabilitation projects with multiple community benefits. Converting an abandoned railroad bridge into a productive roadway bridge also provided recreation space and contamination cleanup. A proactive municipality purchased a defunct and contaminated golf course and turned it into a regional park resolving environmental concerns and improving property values.

Moderator: Ed McGuire, P.E., Facilities Maintenance Manager, Public Works Department

Speaker: Dana Gillette, M.ASCE, LEED Accredited Professional, Professional Engineer, Professional Survey and Mapper; William Castle, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, WJ Castle & Associates


Civil Engineers and the New Global Economy

Room MCC 512G

A panel discussion about the issues facing civil engineers in a global economy including; education, work life, home life and flourishing in an international marketplace. Each panelist will make a short presentation stating their ideas, and then the panelists will answer questions from each other and the audience.

Maximizing Resources Across Geographic & Cultural Barriers

Room MCC 512E

This session will provide an overview of the logistical challenges of project control with a global supply chain and present two case studies where engineering design services were supplied on international projects. Emphasis will be placed on how each project successfully transferred engineering knowledge and technology between North America, the Middle East and Asia.

Moderator: Theresa Erskine, MBA, P.Eng Director, Marketing, Munro Ltd.

Speaker: Dan Huntington, SE, CE, P.E., LEED AP, Associate Principal, KJWW Engineering Consultants; Michael Keenan, MBA, P.Eng Manager, Engineering Projects, Munro Ltd.

Sustainable Energy Production, Transmission and Distribution

Room MCC 511E

Sustainable energy generation from hydraulic and wind sources are in the forefront of the new global economy. This session showcases civil engineering expertise and challenges to cope with technical, environmental and population acceptance stakes of green energy projects including transmission lines and substations.


Saturday October 20, 2012

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Integrating the Multicultural Workforce

Room MCC 511E

The demand for Civil Engineering is a global phenomea to enhance the quality of life on the plane . The workforce to plan, design and construct is increasingly becoming multicultural as mobility and transportation of skills is commonplace.

The panel presentation and discussion will address and share their experiences in the challenges of integrating multicultures to ensure successful delivery and execution of worldwide projects and programs.

Moderator: Chris Reseigh, P.E., F. ASCE, FCMAA, Life Member, Independent Consultant
Speaker: Toby Duffell, C.Eng, Eur.Ing, Vice President/Director of Resourcing, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Kevin Max, P.E., M.ASCE, Director of Construction Advisory Services KPMG; Jim Rozek, P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President, Principal Project Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Avery Bang, M.ASCE, Executive Director, Bridges to Prosperity


Daniel Mead Presents: Ethics of International Practice

Room MCC 511F

"Is it ethical for an engineer to sign and seal engineering documents that meet local code but are less stringent then codes used in the country where the engineer is licensed?" This is the question asked in the Daniel Mead Ethical Paper.

The Daniel Mead Paper is awarded to a Younger Member and Student for their excellence on presenting their analysis on the ethical dilemma presented to them. The Student Member will provide opening remarks about the issue at hand. Younger Members will provide for and against argument with regards to the topic.

Moderator: Guna Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President, AECOM 


Prevention Through Design: Construction Safety

Room MCC 512E

This session will summarize the opportunities and threats associated with Prevention through Design (PtD), an emerging design practice with important ethical and practical implications. Designers in many nations are required to explicitly consider construction worker safety. Large U.S. firms are implementing PtD but some industry professionals have raised concerns about liability and other issues.

Moderator: T. Michael Toole, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Professor of Civil & Env. Engineering, Bucknell University
Speaker: Brad Giles, P.E., CSP, Senior Vice President for Envir., Saftey, health & Security, URS Corp; Eli Bintner, Principal Engineer – Offsite

Infrastructure; John Gambatese, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Professor, CE Excellence Faculty Fellow, Oregon State University.


Strategies to Retaining Talent in Any Time

Room MCC 512G

Retention of engineers at companies and helping engineering students land their first job is critical to the success of our profession. Even in a good economy, engineers leave the profession to pursue other challenges. What will happen post recession? It's a fact: many students graduated to find no jobs and employees delayed switching jobs during the recession. Post-recession retaining staff and hiring will be instrumental to firms staying competitive.

Moderator:  Ed McGuire, P.E., Facilities Maintenance Manager, Public Works Department
Speaker:  Rachel Cantor, RC Associates LLC; Kyle Twitchell, M.ASCE, Professional Engineer, Robert Silman Associates


10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Off-Shoring of Engineering: Concerns and Realities

Room MCC 511E

As the engineering community becomes global, in language and culture, competition becomes a key driver with firms harnessing lower cost analytical talents in developing countries. Teams of engineers in India, for example, are able to provide a standard design for a typical infrastructure asset, such as a wastewater treatment system or power plant. This trend has been quietly under way for some time now. Cost advantages have resulted but a range of issues such as licensure, quality control, proprietary designs, codes and standards, have developed as well, ultimately adding to the cost in the long run. The pros and cons of these developments will be discussed.

Speaker: Ron Hira, Rochester Institute of Technology; Martin Kenney, UC Davis


Financial Strategies for Infrastructure Programs

Room MCC 512E

Innovative Engineering and financing for infrastructure programs and projects is a key driver in the New Global Economy .Panelists will present and discuss their experiences, observations and potential actions for solutions to initiate successful financial mechanisms such as P3s, leveraging revenue flows and promoting public transportation with Private capitalization.

Moderator: Chris Reseigh, P.E., F.ASCE, FCMAA, Retired Independent Consultant 
Speaker: Hossein Nasseri, M.ASCE, Estimator/Field Engineer, Stacy & Witbeck Inc.; Theresa Eskine, P.E., MBA, Munro Ltd; James Fogarty Jr., P.E., EI, LEEDAP, A.M.ASCE, Transit Planner, Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit


Ethics in Project Procurement and Competition

Romm MCC 512G

The procurement of engineering and construction services for projects by governmental agencies is usually the first checkpoint for preserving ethical conduct internationally in global infrastructure development. Panel members/speakers will present internationally diverse examples of procedures and mechanisms in procurement that can provide checks and balances for maintaining high ethical standards.

Moderator:  Guna Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Vice President, AECOM
Speaker:  Sam Liao, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng, Senior project Manager/Deputy Chief Engineer-Facilities, Transit Expansion Department, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Paul Corbet, Eskom Enterprises; Paul Haynes, Senior Investigator, Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), The World Bank Group; Kamel Ayadi, Chair, Anti Corruption Committee, World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO); Mike Kramer, The World Bank Group



We look forward to welcoming you to Montréal in October!