2013 ASCE Annual Conference

Concurrent Sessions



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


Survey Grade Lidar Technologies for Transportation Engineering                                                                                                    Room: 217A
With the Nation's failing infrastructure becoming an ever increasing component in transportation dollars, the use of cost effective near survey grade technologies is becoming critical to transportation projects. Aerometric will present, compare, and provide best use applications for three of these technologies to include: Helicopter, Mobile and Terristrial Lidar. Attendees will have a better understanding of:

  • Applications for various near survey grade accuracy lidar and imagery technologies for transportation engineering.
  • Substantial cost benefits and increased production schedules.
  • Terrain and physical features modeling advancements of these technologies.

Moderator: Jenet Hattaway, P.E., M.ASCE, Student, UNC Charlotte
Speaker: James T. Stagg, Vice President for Transportation Solutions, AeroMetric, Inc

Life After Graduation - A Panel Designed for Students                                                                                                                         Room: 212AB    
The first few years after graduation are uncertain for a recent graduate. This panel is designed for the students to ask questions about what they can expect in their day-to-day career, how to handle work challenges, the next level of ASCE, and any other questions posed about expectations.

Moderator: Kristin Atkins, P.E., M.ASCE, Transportation Engineer, CH2M HILL
Speakers: Justin Arndt, P.E., MBA, M.ASCE, Senior Project Engineer, Kapur & Associates, Inc.; Jeremy Chrzan, P.E., PTOE, M.ASCE, Transportation Project Engineer, Pennoni Associates, Inc.; Allison Drake, E.I., A.M.ASCE, Project Engineer, Campco Engineering, Inc.; Christopher Guido, E.I., Engineering Specialist, STV/Ralph Whitehead; Serge Haddad, P.E., M.ASCE, Civil Engineer Associate, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Brian Meluch, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Engineer, NTH Consultants

Adapt and Thrive: Re - Engineering Development Infrastructure                                                                                                           Room: 217BC
Changes in global economic conditions often put development projects on permanent hold. A 1,100-acre oceanfront development in Hawaii provides a case study for successfully re-aligning project design to respond to a shifting marketplace. Attendees will:

  • Learn how engineers can help developers meet the demands of changing economic conditions through the innovative adaptation of project infrastructure.
  • Gain valuable perspective on the stakeholder and regulatory coordination required to revise previously approved plans.
  • See the benefits of an interdisciplinary planning and design approach when responding to changing market conditions.

Moderator: Ed McGuire, P.E., F.ASCE, City Facility Manager, City of Henderson
Speaker: Cassie Goodwin, P.E., M.ASCE, Civil Engineer, Project Manager, SmithGroupJJR; Fred Klancnik, P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Engineer, SmithGroupJJR

What the CRIP?                                                                                                                                                                                                    Room: 217D
Sometimes we can be creative as engineers. This presentation will look at the I-90 Hyak Cost Reduction Incentive Proposal (CRIP) project located in the Pacific Northwest and how significant cost savings resulting from CRIPs can be used to fund future projects. Participants will be able to:

  • Identify a Case Study which used the CRIP funding mechanism, in the northwest US.
  • Know the difference between CRIP and other funding mechanisms.
  • Present the advantages and disadvantages of this approach.

Moderator: Doug Buchanan, P.E., M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Buchanan Engineering
Speakers: Braydan Duree, P.E., M.ASCE, Geotechnical Engineer, GeoEngineers; Seth Olsen, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Engineer, GeoEngineers, Inc.

Engineering in the Disaster Zone                                                                                                                                                                 Room: 218AB
Civil engineers now play an established part in emergency response teams. But engineering in a disaster zone can be radically different from normal practice. This presentation explores the demands of emergency engineering, and introduces a concept of "risk vs. reward" that may be new to most engineers. Upon the conclusion of this session attendees will:

  • Learn about engineering duties on Federal and State rescue and investigatory teams.
  • Obtain a better understanding of engineering challenges in a disaster zone, and the different skills required.
  • Appreciate the concept of "Risk vs. Reward" during disaster operations.

Moderator: Jason Reeves, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, S&ME Inc.
Speaker: Tom Caldwell, P.E., M.ASCE, Chief Engineer, Atlas Engineering, Inc.

Civil Engineers Over the Sierras                                                                                                                                                                     Room: 219A
The construction of the Pacific Railroad between Sacramento and Omaha was the largest Civil Engineering project in the U.S. up to that time. Although there were a number of colorful personalities familiar to readers of history, there were many unheralded Civil Engineers working in the background. During this session participants will:

  • Relate to early history of civil engineering in the U.S.
  • Have a better understanding of the largest civil engineering project of the 19th century

Speakers: Chuck Spinks, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.


Envisioning the Future of Professional Engineering                                                                                                                                  Room: 217BC
Discover what it will take for future civil engineers to become true leaders in advancing the public welfare and learn the new breadth and depth of skills needed for that future. Sample remarkable new technologies that will transform practice, and envision critical new
approaches to engineering education, licensure, and management. Upon conclusion of the session attendees will be able to:

  • Learn about an exciting new future in which civil engineers will need to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge in the areas of planning, design, construction, and operation of the built environment.
  • Gain insights into a few of the remarkable technical innovations that are-and will be- pushing the envelope in civil engineering practice.
  • Understand how the trends in engineering education and licensure can affect the ability of future professional engineers to fulfill their responsibilities in advancing the public welfare and how new approaches can foster a vital future.

Moderator: Tony Putin, P.E., F.ASCE, Group Manager/Senior Project Manager, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Speaker: Glenn Bell, P.E., S.E., Cheif Executive Officer, SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER; Jennifer Epp, P.E., M.ASCE, Water Resources Control Engineer, Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board; Blaine Leonard, P.E., ITS Program Manager, Utah Department of Transportation; Jeff Russell, Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Quality of Life in Sustainable Cities                                                                                                                                                        Room: 217D
Driven by fast growing population and economy, The City of Charlotte is relying on a variety of stakeholders and quality of life indicators to help develop a sustainability plan for the city and surrounding community. Representatives from several stakeholder groups will help
attendees to be able to:

  • Describe key components in a comprehensive quality-of-life program.
  • Identify key aspects of sustainable development within cities.
  • Understand the impact and importance of quality of life on the sustainability of cities.

Moderator: Helene A. Hilger, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Professor Emeritus in Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNC Charlotte
Speakers: Amy Aussieker, Executive Director, Envision Charlotte; Helene A. Hilger, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Professor Emeritus in Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNC Charlotte; Robert J. Phocas, Energy and Sustainability Manager, City of Charlotte; Dale C. Stewart, P.E., M.ASCE, President & Partner, LandDesign

Bus Rapid Transit Safety                                                                                                                                                                                Room: 212AB
Bus Rapid Transit routes and infrastructure are being planned and constructed throughout the world. However, vehicle and pedestrian safety for those along the route or accessing transit nodes is often overlooked. This session will educate attendees to:

  • Identify Bus Rapid Transit safety issues in the planning stages.
  • Perform a field safety audit in advance of Bus Rapid Transit implementation and construction.
  • Retrofit existing Bus Rapid Transit facilities with safety countermeasures.

Moderator: Martin Kane, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Undergraduate Director & Associate Professor, UNC Charlotte
Speaker: Matthew Carmody, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Project Manager, VHB

Alternative Approaches to Financing U.S. Infrastructure                                                                                                                      Room: 218AB
ASCE reported that America's infrastructure needed over a $2 trillion upgrade. As the government debt has risen, the U.S. may need alternative approaches to finance the upgrade. This presentation offers an insight into the current and alternative financing approaches and their applications. Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the differences among the alternative approaches and models being discussed to finance infrastructure projects in the U.S.
  • Become familiar with the terminology around infrastructure financing.
  • Learn about past uses and examples of each financing approach.

Moderator: Doug Buchanan, P.E., M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Buchanan Engineering
Speaker: Attila Boydak, M.S., MBA, Director, Procon IQ Global, LLC

The 2013 OPAL Award Winner and OPAL Finalists Project Presentation                                                                                         Room: 217A
The 2013 ASCE OCEA Award winning Project and two of the finalists will be presented in detail. The projects include the OCEA winning Alvarado Water Treatment Plant Ozone Upgrade and Expansion Project, the two OCEA finalist Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer
and finalists and William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery. The projects are all unique and interesting and were selected for innovative project delivery, complex or unique design aspects and all around outstanding examples of Civil Engineering.

Moderator: Ed McGuire, P.E., F.ASCE, City Facility Manager, City of Henderson
Speakers: Dan Billman, P.E., Vice President, HDR; Rick Carrier, P.E., M.ASCE; Doug Own; Paul Witt, P.E., M.ASCE, Sr. Project Manager/VP, HDR

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.


A Growing National Need for Infrastructure Investment and Renewal                                                                                                Room: 217BC
Released in March, the 2013 Report Card on America's Infrastructure provides a comprehensive look at infrastructure conditions across 16 categories. This session offers a dynamic panel discussion about key trends in ASCE's nationally-recognized report issued once every four years, and how you can use our growing body of research to drive action at the local, state and federal levels. Attendees will be able to:

  • Use key economic statistics from ASCE's Failure to Act studies to make the case for infrastructure investment and new financing mechanisms.
  • Recognize the suits of tools and information available as part of the 2013 Report Card app to help develop tailor-made messages for their local communities.
  • Identify best practices from Section and Branch leaders on how to successfully develop and promote a State or Local Report Card.

Moderator: Janos Gergley, P.E., Ph.D., S.E., Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Speaker: Andrew Herrmann, P.E., SECB, F.ASCE, Principal, Hardesty & Hanover Consulting Engineers; Bryan Pallasch, CAE, Aff. M.ASCE

Emotional Intelligence: Foundation for Your Future                                                                                                                                   Room: 217D
This program provides an intense focus on the concept of emotional intelligence, its importance, how it is measured, and how it can be improved. Enlightening and entertaining, this interactive program shows participants how to use emotional intelligence to create positive
changes in themselves and increase their company's bottom line. At the end of the session attendees will be able to:

  • Define what emotional intelligence is and why it is important.
  • Understand how emotional intelligence can be measured and improved.
  • Understand steps to take to improve their emotional intelligence.

Moderator: Jerome Duran, P.E., Group Vice President, Enterprise Execution Services, Sun Trust Bank
Speaker: Brent Darnell, M.ASCE, Owner, Brent Darnell International

Complex Infrastructure Projects Made Simple - Tampa Program                                                                                                     Room: 212AB
A design build program was used to deliver the design of two pump stations and 40 miles of pipelines and the construction of 25 high profile, critical schedule pipeline urban projects. The program, including 8 projects simultaneously, yielded 94% reduction in public complaints and $5.2 million in savings. This session will educate attendees on how to:

  • Learn how a unique contracting structure for multiple infrastructure projects yielded a $2.9 million construction cost savings.
  • Discover how 25 infrastructure pipeline urban projects were delivered by Design Build program to yield $2.5 million cost-effective solutions.
  • Understand how the early engagement of public outreach and involvement approach reduced public construction complaints by 94%.

Moderator: Ed McGuire, P.E., F.ASCE, City Facility Manager, City of Henderson
Speaker: James Houston, P.E., M.ASCE, Program Manager, CH2MHILL

Failure Impacts of Infrastructure Systems Under Extreme Events                                                                                                    Room: 217A
What happens to buildings, power systems, transportation networks, and critical infrastructure when a storm event occurs? How are communities impacted when these systems cannot adequately resist natural hazards? Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how a "design level" event caused impacts and damage that can rendered facilities and infrastructure off-line.
  • Learn about how existing infrastructure can be assessed for hazard vulnerability.
  • Hear how some projects have weighed the decision to design for higher hazards to improve resilience.

Moderator: E. Scott Tezak, P.E., M.ASCE, Security & Emerg Mngt Practice Lead, TRC Companies
Speakers: Marsha Anderson Bomar, M.ASCE, Senior Principal, Stantec Consulting Inc.; Mathew Francis, M.ASCE, Infrastructure Resilience Dept. Mgr, URS Corporation; Jeffrey Kotcamp, BA, M.B.A, SVP National Distribution Operations, TRC Companies; John B. Malueg, P.E., M.ASCE, Disaster Management National Practice Leader, Stantec Consulting; E. Scott Tezak, P.E., M.ASCE, Security & Emerg Mngt Practice Lead, TRC Companies

Project Management for Success                                                                                                                                                              Room: 218AB
Project Management for Success gives participants (and their employers) an introduction to essential job skills for ' lifetime employability.' Participants are exposed, through discussions and interactive exercises, to the tips/tricks/strategies that will accelerate professional development to benefit both the employee and employer. At the end of the session you will be able to:

  • List project planning activities.
  • Identify key components of project proposals, budgets and schedules.
  • Develop project tasks to match the needed services.

Moderator: Gina Beim, P.E., M.ASCE, President, Senior Consulting Engineer, MCDA Consulting LLC
Speaker: Kwame A. Agyare, P.E., M.ASCE, Water Supply & Production Manager, Alameda County Water District; Clay Forister, P.E., M.ASCE, Design Teams Manager, Harris County Public Infrastructure Department - Architecture and Engineering Division

Water Utilities' Extreme Events Response and Adaptation                                                                                                                     Room: 219A
Learn how water utilities are responding to and planning for extreme weather and climate events based on six case studies. Academics, practicing engineers, and policy makers will gain insight into the physical and operational issues that water utilities face, as well as, social, economic, governance, informational, and communication barriers. At the conclusion of the session attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss how extreme weather events impacted six water utilities across the U.S. and relevance to their business or research.
  • Know lessons learned and useful tools for water utilities to practically adapt to and strategically cope with extreme events.
  • Understand needs for new technology, infrastructure, stakeholder involvement, information, decision support and costing tools for adaptation.

Moderator: Tricia Malinowski, P.E., M.ASCE, Principal, TETHYS Water and Environment, PLLC
Speakers: Lauren Fillmore, Senior Program Director, Water Environment Research Foundation; Miriam Heller, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Principal/Dir. Council Affairs, MHITech/ ASEE; Brian Ramaley, M.S., P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Technical Specialist, CDM Smith; Tanya Spano, CPM, WEF, Chief, Regional Water Quality Management, Water Resources Program, Dept. of Environmental Programs, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.


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


Public Works in Emergency Management                                                                                                                                                  Room: 217BC
Public Works is a primary emergency responder, a role that Public Works itself and other disciplines have not fully recognized. This presentation will explore the role of Public Works in prevention, mitigation, response and recovery and how attendees can better prepare for their expanded responsibilities in emergency management. Also discussed is how and why Public Works/ Transportation will be involved as a major responder in the emerging Traffic Incident Management system. Participants will be able to:

  • Define the five missions of the Homeland Security National Preparedness Goal and Civil Engineering's involvement.
  • Describe the new role of Public Works in Emergency Management and how it fits within the Incident Command System.
  • Explain the vital functions Public Works/ Transportation perform in Traffic Incident Management that support other responder disciplines.
  • Develop plans to obtain the training, equipment, and other resources needed for effective response and recovery operations.

Moderator: Brian Meluch, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Engineer, NTH Consultants, Ltd.
Speakers: Dave Bergner, M.A., Planner, Monte Vista Associates, LLC; Kimberly C. Vasconez, US DOT, Team Leader, Traffic Incident & Events Management, FHWA Office of Traffic Operations

Managing Utility Risks on Projects: Standards, Asset Management, and Technology                                                                    Room: 217D
This session will look at some of the risks created by our existing underground utility infrastructure. It will introduce ASCE's two utility standards, and how they fit together to assist in project risk assessment, mitigation, and management. It will take a look at the near future of automated construction. Attendees will be able to:

  • Develop an appreciation for the risks that existing utilities create for civil engineering projects.
  • Understand the basic principles of ASCE's two standards on utilities.
  • Have an understating of future automated construction as it relates to underground infrastructure.

Moderator: James H. Anspach, P.G., M.ASCE, Director/Senior Fellow, Cardno, Inc.
Speakers: James H. Anspach, P.G., M.ASCE, Director/Senior Fellow, Cardno, Inc.; Robert Garrett, P.E., Product Manager, Utilities, Bentley Systems, Inc; Tom Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Professor & Director of the Construction Engineering Management Technology Program, Purdue School Of Engineering & Technology, IUPUI; Philip John Meis, P.E., BS, MS, MASCE, Vice President/ Principal Engineer, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.

Super Storm Sandy - Impacts on New York and Lessons Learned                                                                                                    Room: 212AB
Super Storm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey and New York City causing extensive floor damage to the region. All five boroughs of New York were flooded by record setting tides and storm surge above the predictions. In the aftermath the New York City Department of Buildings engaged the design industry to help with assisting in the FEMA flood assessments. This session will review the observed damage and discuss the lessons learned of managing disaster response in large cities. Attendees will gain a better understanding of:

  • The damage caused by the storm.
  • The resulting response by the New York City DOB and private firms to perform rapid assessments.
  • The lessons learned from a logistic and planning stand point about disaster response.

Moderator: Kyle Twitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, Robert Silman Associates
Speakers: Amy Hwang, P.E., Senior Project Engineer, Robert Silman Associates; Karl Rubenacker, P.E., M.ASCE, Partner and 2012 SEAoNY President, Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP; Kyle Twitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, Robert Silman Associates

Gaining the Digital Advantage of Your Projects                                                                                                                                        Room: 218AB
This session will present issues around the age-old problem of "Getting everyone on the same page." Today the AEC/FM industry uses a combination of paper, CD, FTP sites, plan rooms, and hybrids of these methods to "share" information with project constituents. We will identify methods for achieving your full project potential. Upon the conclusion of this session attendees will be able to:

  • Identify information road blocks created by their own organizations.
  • Ask questions within their own organizations to determine if they are ready to take advantage of their own digital potential.
  • Learn what questions to ask digital information suppliers.

Moderator: Jason Reeves, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, S&ME Inc
Speakers: Raymond Steeb, III, BSCE, P.E., MBA, M.ASCE, President & CEO, FASTTAC, Inc.

The Future is Now for Public-Private Partnerships                                                                                                                                   Room: 219A
Financing infrastructure projects via Public-Private Partnerships is rapidly becoming an accepted delivery approach. Financing infrastructure projects is morphing from predominately publicly-funded enterprises to models including private investment. This session provides an overview of this paradigm shift, snapshots of global PPP projects and insights on the future of financing infrastructure projects. At the conclusion attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the imperatives driving alternative financing for capital projects.
  • Articulate the various financing models collectively labeled as Public-Private Partnerships.
  • Provide an overview of the largest planned/active global PPP projects.

Moderator: Doug Buchanan, P.E., Principal Engineer, Buchanan Engineering
Speaker: Kevin Max, P.E., M.ASCE, Director Major Projects Advisory, KPMG

See Dick Build, Watch Jane Sue                                                                                                                                                                  Room: 217A

Join us for Willis A&E’s seminar titled “See Dick Build, Watch Jane Sue.” This program will address risk management topics such as managing client expectations, documentation, communication, managing your client and sub-consultant relationships and we will discuss areas of the project most susceptible to claims. We will have a lively discussion as well as provide you with the tools necessary to avoid common pitfalls as well as claims associated with these topics. This is an excellent way to educate your staff and earn Continuing Education Credits. 

Speaker: Daniel T. Buelow, Managing Director, Willis of Illinois

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.


How to Hug a Porcupine: Relationship Building with Lawmakers                                                                                                       Room: 217A
Building relationships with elected officials can be uncomfortable - like hugging a porcupine. This program will help you overcome that discomfort by revealing methods and benefits for building relationships with elected officials. This session will help attendees understand:

  • Who Congress and State Legislators listen to and the top three things that gain the attention of elected officials.
  • How and whether the internet has made legislators more responsive and accountable to constituents.
  • The "5 Rules for Influencing Lawmakers."

Moderator: Jenet Hattaway, P.E., M.ASCE, Student, UNC Charlotte
Speakers: Kristina Swallow, P.E., M.ASCE, Program Manager, City of Las Vegas; James Vaughn, Special Consultant, Congressional Management Foundation

Exceeding Your Own Expectations Not Just Your Clients                                                                                                                      Room: 217D
Use technology to exceed client's expectations was a top session last year, and tells how engineers use technology to win business. This year look at how 3D modeling will excite your designers and put the creativity back into civil site design, allowing for delivering better results in less time and less overhead. Upon conclusion of this session attendees will be able to:

  • Understand how 3D modeling technology is shaping the future for designers in the Civil Engineering industry.
  • Describe how to implement 3D modeling technology into an existing engineering firm's workflow to benefit designers and clients.
  • Explain to fellow design professionals the value of 3D modeling and how this technology will differentiate their firm from others.

Moderator: Brian Meluch, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Engineer, NTH Consultants, Ltd.
Speaker: David Settlemyer, P.E., M.ASCE, Director of Civil Engineering, BLUERIDGE Analytics

Two Availability Payment P3 Case Studies                                                                                                                                               Room: 212AB
The Port of Miami Tunnel and the Presidio Parkway Project are two prominent U.S. Availability Payment P3 projects. Participants will learn why the project sponsors elected to pursue alternative procurements, how the P3 deals were structured, and how the projects are doing
today. At the conclusion of this session attendees will be able to:

  • Define the difference between traditional highway procurement and public-private partnerships.
  • Speak to others about alternative financing of highway infrastructure.
  • Understand the importance of the FHWA TIFIA program.

Speakers: Ignacio Barandiaran, P.E., MBA, Principal, Arup; Orion Fulton, MBA, Senior Consultant, Arup; Don Phillips, P.E., Principal, Arup

Effective Use Dispute Boards to Promote Harmonious Relationships on Complex Projects                                                      Room: 218AB
Infrastructure Dispute Resolution Boards that regularly meet with the project team have amassed an impressive record of minimizing claims and preventing disputes. DRBs have evolved from expedited arbitration to a valuable facilitation & resolution tool. Upon conclusion of this session you will understand how to select effective panel members and implement procedures keyed to the success of your project by:

  • Implementing the current 'Best Practices' to utilize Dispute Boards on complex projects to preserve relationships among the various project team members.
  • Understanding the claims mitigation and dispute avoidance opportunities presented by properly implemented Dispute Boards.
  • Identifying the ethical and technical issues involved in selection of Dispute Board members.

Moderator: Kurt Dettman, Principal, Constructive Dispute Resolutions
Speakers: Douglas Holen, P.E., Independent Consultant, Douglas J. Holen Construction Consultant, LLS; Kerry C. Lawrence, Senior Counsel, Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs PLLC; Deborah Mastin, Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator, Law Office of Deborah Mastin

Engineering the Infrastructure Conversation - Fulfilling Visions 2025                                                                                                 Room: 217BC
ASCE envisions the Civil Engineers of 2025 as leaders in Public Policy. This presentation explores the limitations and opportunities we have as an organization; raises our communication skills when engaging the general public, stakeholders, and elected officials; and empowers the audience to find creative solutions to achieve Vision 2025. By participating, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the limitations and opportunities of ASCE in the political arena.
  • Define Outcome 5 of Vision 2025.
  • Develop the course structure, description, objectives, and major content for an Infrastructure Engineering course.

Moderator: Kyle Twitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, Robert Silman Associates
Speakers: Serge Haddad, P.E., M.ASCE, Western Geographic Representative, Committee on Younger Members; Steven D. Hart, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, ERDC Engineering Fellow and Director of Infrastructure Studies, U.S. Army; J. Ledlie Klosky, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Associate Professor, West Point and Deputy Director, Center for Innovation and Engineering, U.S. Army

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Subsurface Utility Engineering                                                                                                                                                                       Room: 217BC
Underground utilities can have a significant negative impact and create risk on engineering projects during construction, resulting in construction schedule delays and cost overruns including, contractor claims and change orders. Subsurface Utility Engineering and Utility
Infrastructure Mapping is a proven branch of engineering practice that assists the design engineer in managing those risks and includes identification of utilities using different geophysical methods. At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  • Understand the subsurface utility engineering industry and how to manage risk regarding utility identification and conflicts on design projects.
  • Review and discuss real design project examples utilizing a comprehensive subsurface utility engineering process from design to construction.

Moderator: John Midyette, Vice President Business Development, InfraMap Corp.
Speakers: Kenneth Kerr, P.E., M.ASCE, Regional Director, InfraMap Corp.; John Midyette, Vice President Business Development, InfraMap Corp.

SAWS Water Infrastructure Fuels Economic Development                                                                                                                   Room: 217D
Anderson Regional Water through innovation and entrepreneurship partnered with First Quality Tissue to expand Anderson County's water infrastructure and drive economic development. The SAWS project is the culmination of a public-private partnership that realized the beneficial use of raw water for growth and the recruitment of new industry. The session will help attendees be able to:

  • Understand the benefits that a public-private partnership can provide to a region.
  • Recognize the importance of water infrastructure and planning to economic growth.
  • Identify the potential value of raw water to new industry.

Speaker: Jennifer Barrington, P.E., M.ASCE, System Engineer, Anderson Regional Joint Water System; Phil Parkins, P.E., Project Manager, CDM Smith, Inc.

Body of Knowledge Ethical Debate                                                                                                                                                             Room: 212AB
A professional uses credentials to define their expertise in certain areas of work. A professional's body of knowledge from experience can provide better qualifications over credentials. Come hear a debate from the Daniel Mead Paper Topic "Is it Ethical to Associate Credentials with Competency?" Attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the ethical responsibilities the profession has in setting licensure.
  • Define potential ethical issues of using credentials as a measure of professional competency.
  • Identify issues related to, continuing to maintain current licensure requirements in light of ever-increasing technical complexity of our profession.

Moderator: Kristin Atkins, P.E., M.ASCE, Transportation Engineer, CH2M Hill
Speakers: Della Caldwell, Student, University of Iowa; Allen Townsend, EIT, Engineer, Brown and Caldwell; Kyle Twitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, Robert Silman Associates; Jacqueline Wilson, EIT, A.M.ASCE, Civil-Environmental Engineer, KAYA Associates Inc.

Patenting Civil Engineering Innovation Globally                                                                                                                                        Room: 218AB
By fully realizing the patenting potential of its vast innovative resources, the Civil Engineering industry can transform technological advances into valuable intellectual property. Attend this session to learn about broad Civil Engineering patenting eligibility, the global patent system, and using patents to increase productivity and bolster project financing globally. At the conclusion, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize how Civil Engineering's broad patent eligibility affords opportunities to protect Research & Development investment globally.
  • Understand how intellectual property promotes innovation and increases productivity in maintaining and developing infrastructure.
  • Recognize how the global intellectual property system can bolster project financing in the global marketplace.

Moderator: Ed McGuire, P.E., F.ASCE, City Facility Manager, City of Henderson
Speaker: Stephen Keefe, P.E., M.ASCE, Patent Attorney, Rabin & Berdo, P.C.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Flood Mitigation Program                                                                                                                                  Room: 219A
Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Flood Mitigation Program is a nationally recognized program that began in the late 90's to reduce the potential for loss of life and property due to flooding. It has evolved to become a diverse program involving many government entities while enhancing the natural and beneficial functions of the floodplain. This session will help attendees:

  • Identify the need for a specific program.
  • Understand and find program funding sources.
  • Build a nationally recognized program.

Moderator: Jason Reeves, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, S&ME Inc
Speaker: Robert Billings, P.E., CFM, Project Manager, Mecklenburg County, NC; Edward Dickson, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE, Department Discipline Manager, AECOM

USDA Rural Utilities Service Funding for Water and Wastewater Systems - An Overview                                                          Room: 217A
USDA's Rural Utilities Service annually funds $1.5B in rural water and wastewater projects across the country. This session will explain the availability of USDA funding and its regulatory, financial, engineering, and environmental requirements. Attendees will leave this session and be able to:

  • Understand funding options from USDA for design and construction of rural water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • Define requirements of the USDA funding process
  • Better utilize available funding for your rural infrastructure project.

Moderator: Shirshant Sharma, P.E., A.M.ASCE, Project Engineer, AMEC
Speaker: John Melhus, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer, USDA Rural Development


8:00 - 9:30 a.m.


Leadership and Management Strategies and Risks for Innovative Financing of Projects                                                           Room: 217A
This session provides perspectives on the benefits, management, and leadership needed to advance alternative project financing and delivery, including an overview of various strategies worldwide, variations in contractual relationships, and opportunities to manage contractual disputes and risks, and a private public partnership (P3) project presented as a focused case study. At the conclusion, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the leadership and management competencies needed to lead a project team for innovative financing.
  • Evaluate the competencies required in context of a firm's corporate culture, risk profile, and other factors.
  • Know where and how to seek information and critically evaluate competencies worthwhile to develop in conjunction with teaming partners and other stakeholders.

Speakers: Kurt L. Dettman, Principal, Constructive Dispute Resolutions; Peter F. Donahue, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Gregory A. Kelly, P.E., M.ASCE, Global Chief Operating Officer, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Sam Liao, Ph.D., P.E, P.Eng, M.ASCE, Manager, Facilities Engineering - Light Rail Transit/LRT Engineering, Toronto Transit Commission, Parsons Brinckerhoff

3D Subsurface Infrastructure Design - LAX Cup                                                                                                                                      Room: 217BC
The subsurface utilities design for the new $438M Central Utility Plant (CUP) at Los Angeles International Airport has been delivered using 3D design software to optimize new utility alignments, design drawing output, and coordinate the design with the numerous building design disciplines on this high profile Design-Build project in Los Angeles. This session will enable participants to be able to:

  • Realize the benefits of designing complex underground utilities infrastructure using 3D design tools and Design-Build collaboration.
  • Understand the dynamics of working within a high profile Design-Build team and streamlining the design and construction process.
  • Define the relationship between the Owner, Contractor and Consultant in delivering high profile Design-Build projects.
  • Managing change on Design-Build Projects
  • Managing project risk.

Moderator: Brian Meluch, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Engineer, NTH Consultants, Ltd.
Speaker: Anthony Kirby, P.E., C.Eng, M.ASCE, Associate, Arup North America Ltd. (Arup)

Enclosing the Provo Reservoir Canal - Successful Collaboration                                                                                                       Room: 212AB
The 100-year old earth-lined Provo Reservoir Canal was enclosed in a 21-mile, 126-inch diameter welded steel pipeline to improve safety, prevent seepage and provide operational flexibility. Provo River Water Users Association negotiated complex agreements, developed unique federal/state/local funding, and successfully united diverse stakeholders in completing this historic $150 million project. This session will help attendees be able to:

  • Secure project funding and support at the federal, state and local levels.
  • Develop partnerships among stakeholders with diverse interests.
  • Create a unique win-win-win project that provides infrastructure improvements, environmental benefits, and community amenities.

Moderator: Jerome Duran, P.E., Group Vice President, Enterprise Execution Services, Sun Trust Bank
Speakers: Keith Denos, P.E., Project Manager, Provo River Water Users Association; James Matsumori, Executive Vice President, George K. Baum & Company

How to Successfully Research and Release an ASCE State or Local Infrastructure Report Card                                               Room: 217D
Curious about what it takes to put together an infrastructure report card for your city or state? Join our panel to hear best practices from beginning to end; including data collection, forming a successful committee, and using the ASCE resources at your disposal to ensure a professional product and release event. Learn how to leverage the Report Card to raise awareness about the infrastructure issues facing your local community and:

  • Be more familiar with what goes in to preparing a state specific report card.
  • Know how a state report card increases awareness and impact infrastructure.
  • Learn about best practices for researching, releasing, and using a Report Card to create an impact.

Speakers: Seth Olsen, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Engineer, GeoEngineers; Robert Victor, P.E., M.ASCE, ASCE Society Director, Region 2, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Design and Construction of Energy Infrastructure                                                                                                                                  Room: 218AB
Charlotte is a U.S. energy hub with over 250 energy companies located in the area, many of which focus on infrastructure that supports energy production and distribution around the world. Representatives from several of these companies will describe technical opportunities and challenges unique to design and construction of energy facilities. Attendees will leave this session and be able to:

  • Describe key processes for design and construction of infrastructure that supports new energy production and distribution facilities.
  • Define critical aspects of designing and constructing repairs and retrofits to components and systems of energy infrastructure.
  • Identify the impact and importance of monitoring the condition and the performance of energy infrastructure components and systems.

Moderator: John H. Enslin, P.E., Ph.D., Director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Speakers: John H. Enslin, P.E., Ph.D., Director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), University of North Carolina at Charlotte; William A. Fox, III, P.E., Senior Vice President and Project Director, Chicago Bridge and Iron Company; Thomas G. Franch, P.E., Senior Vice President of Reactors and Services, AREVA, Inc.; Brent M. Reuss, P.E., Senior Vice President, Black and Veatch

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.


Creative Problem Solving in Mexico's New Subway Line                                                                                                                     Room: 217A
Mexico City, is one of the biggest,  most crowded and conflictive cities in the world. To deal, they have successfully developed a new subway line crossing from east to west, which is a formidable challenge in at least five key aspects: technical, social, financial, environmental, and worker and citizen safety.
The session will help attendees be able to:

  • Deal with conflicting interests during a complex construction project.
  • Respond to unexpected technical problems.
  • Interact with the media during a highly visible project.

Moderator: Jose Hartasanchez, CFO, Grupo Profesional Planeacion y Proyectos
Speakers: Enrique Hortasitas, General Director, Mexico D.F. Government; Miguel A. Ramirez , Project Manager Subway 12, Mexico D F, Civil Engineers Associated ICA ; Luis Rodriguez, Director IPISA Integracion de Proyectos de Ingenieria S. A. de C. V.,IPI

North Carolina Turnpike Authority's Triangle Expressway Project                                                                                                      Room: 217BC
The Triangle Expressway is North Carolina's first Modern Toll Road. The 19 mile project required $1 billion of bond financing during the great recession of 2008. The project utilizes Open Road Tolling (all electronic - no stopping) and included aesthetic designs
and landscaping. The project was completed in about four years using the Design-Build procurement method. This session will help attendees be able to:

  • Understand the challenges and solutions in financing, designing & constructing the first modern toll road in North Carolina.

Moderator: Kristin Atkins, P.E., M.ASCE, Transportation Engineer, CH2M Hill
Speakers: Steven DeWitt, P.E., Alternative Delivery Technical Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff; David Peterson, P.E., F.ASCE, Structures Project Manager, RK&K; Shannon Sweitzer, P.E., Director of Transportation, S&ME Inc.

Making Good Projects Better: Value Engineering and the Power of Innovation for Infrastructure Projects                            Room: 212AB
How to deal with the reality of limited resources? One of the proven tools available to improve project value is the VE methodology that can increase the value of infrastructure projects when practiced early in the design cycle. This panel discussion combines public and private sector individuals with experience in successful application of VE and helps attendees be able to:

  • Understand the benefits, application and potential of Value Engineering.
  • Define the principles of value engineering and value analysis.
  • Distinguish how this process is applied for different clients.

Moderator: Jenet Hattaway, P.E., M.ASCE, Student, UNC Charlotte
Speakers: William Finney, CVS, Regional Value Engineering Manager Virginia DOT; Richard Johnson, P.E., CVS, Principal, PMA Consultants; Chris Petrov, P.E., Project Manager, Hatch Mott McDonald; John Sloggy, P.E., CVS, MBA, M.ASCE, Principal, Value Based Design; Nancy Yoo, P.E., M.ASCE, State Value Engineer, Minnesota DOT

Accounting for Engineers - It's Not About The Numbers                                                                                                                          Room: 217D
Do you want to learn more about financial and accounting systems and how to apply them? The session will address the difference between project cost accounting and financial accounting, identify key accounting ratios in the engineering service business, present key
business concepts and present base line numbers to make comparisons. At the conclusion of the session attendees will:

  • Establish a better understanding of financial management applicable to the civil engineering profession.

Moderator: Kyle Twitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, Robert Silman Associates
Speakers: John Tawersey, P.E., M.ASCE, KPFF Consulting Engineers; Kyle Twitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, Robert Silman Associates

Performance Contracting for Guaranteed Energy Savings!                                                                                                                  Room: 218AB
Performance Contracting is a method of project funding and procurement that funds the project cost with projected savings. The best projects have guaranteed savings and the flexibility to meet the owner's needs. This session will provide an overview of an award winning project from scope to performance to date and enable attendees be able to:

  • Understand performance contracting.
  • Discover operational and hard costs from a different point of view.
  • Recognize lifetime cost and operational efficiency.

Moderator: Ed McGuire, P.E., F.ASCE, City Facility Manager, City of Henderson
Speakers: Paul Ira, Business Developer, Ameresco; Ed McGuire, P.E., F.ASCE, City Facility Manager, City of Henderson