Planning your ASCE 2017 experience? Technical session topics and descriptions are listed below.
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In the past century the means and methods to design and build infrastructure have evolved at an ever increasing rate. Yet timeless lessons may still be gained from the builders of the “Great Projects”: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Panama Canal. Veteran builder and award-winning civil engineering historian Paul Giroux shares his unique perspective and motivates his audience with timeless lessons from the builders of the Great Projects.
Speaker: Raymond Giroux, Dist.M.ASCE, Senior Engineer, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
Litigation in connection with engineering projects and services continues to be on the rise. The vast majority of testimony by engineers is offered through deposition. Preparation is key to successfully offering deposition and/or trial testimony. Although these services are less frequently needed when compared to others provided by engineers, when such services are desired (or required) as a function of litigation, it is extremely important that engineering professionals understand the process as well as the desirable traits associated with effective testimony. This presentation will offer a brief overview of the factual and procedural information about litigation, but primarily provide guidance from the engineers’ point of view in the areas of:
Especially in the case of litigation, engineers must be masters of their own domain, and keep their integrity intact by being able to explain anything that they have done or not done in a manner that is understood by non-technical people. Surprises generally happen only when preparation is lacking, or discovery was conducted poorly.
Speaker: Nicholas Albergo, P.E, DEE, Senior Engineer, GHD Services
The requirements of civil engineering professionals are changing, not only necessitating greater collaboration across disciplines, but also between engineers and fabricators. No longer can a single professional “know it all.” This session explores two ways in which civil engineering professionals are adapting to these new demands: developing teams to leverage the specific expertise of a broad spectrum of technical professionals, and blending fabrication and design.
Speakers: David Peterson, P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Manager, Structures, RK&K; Jasmin Sadegh, MSc, Engineer, Guy Nordenson and Associates; Bradley Aldrich, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, President, Aldrich + Elliott, PC Strategic Issues/Public Policy - Emerging Leaders Shaping the Future of the Profession
This session seeks to provide emerging leaders with knowledge and skills to begin shaping future public policy, identify potential future strategic professional issues, and help create innovative engineering solutions to meet tomorrow's challenges by inspiring, empowering, and informing these leaders of today's civil engineering strategic issues and public policy. Learn about the key issues that are affecting our professional careers and require our immediate attention, and how we can provide effective input for innovative, sustainable solutions.
Speaker: Elizabeth Ruedas, P.E., QISP, ENV SP, Design Engineer, CNC Engineering
This session will focus on “everyday ethical dilemmas” faced by civil engineers. It will be an interactive, practical, and relevant discussion. We will present multiple situations and how these ethical challenges were created and were managed. The speakers are experts with many years of practical experience. You will learn how ethical decisions were made, how to avoid ethical conflicts, and how to apply lessons learned to your real world.
Speaker: Michael Avery, P.E., M.ASCE, Associate Division Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation
Significant changes and much-needed updates to the seismic and wind provisions will be included in the 2016 edition of ASCE/SEI 7 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. This session will begin with an overview of the changes to ASCE 7-16 and then highlight the overall updates to the seismic and wind provisions, such as new seismic ground motion maps, new site factors, important changes for nonstructural components and nonbuilding structures, new diaphragm procedures, new wind maps, and the updated GCp values for components and cladding. ASCE/SEI 7 is a nationally adopted loading standard for the analysis and design of buildings and other structures. The 2016 edition of this consensus standard will be published in 2017 and is intended for adoption into the 2018 International Building Code.
Speakers: James Soules, P.E., S.E., P.Eng., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Principal Engineer, CB&I LLC; Ronald Hamburger; John Hopper; Don Scott
This session will feature regional career highlights of Outstanding National Civil Engineers: Herbert D. Vogel (1900-84) (director, Waterways Experiment Station [WES]), Ralph Modjeski (1861-1940) (involved with nearly 40 bridges, including the landmark 1935 Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans), James E. Eads (steel bridge at St. Louis and jetties to improve the Mississippi River), and Karl Terzaghi and Hardy Cross (study of piles driven and settlement of Charity Hospital of New Orleans).
Speakers: Reuben Hull; Augustine Fredrich, P.E., F.ASCE, D.WRE, Professor Emeritus of Engineering, University of Southern Indiana; J. David Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., P.G., F.ASCE, Professor and Karl F. Hasslemann Chair in Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
InfraGML is the new software standard for integrating CAD, GIS, and BIM. Front end project design historically involved InfraGML-supported survey information of above-ground conditions such as existing features and topographic information, but little information regarding existing subsurface utility systems. Advances in technology such as advanced GPR imaging arrays, electromagnetics, aerial photogrammetry, and LiDAR now make it feasible to extend InfraGML by merging above- and belowground facility information collected into a comprehensive data suite and visualization.
Speakers: Matthew Wolf, MSc, Geology, Chief Technology Officer, GEL Geophysics LLC; Paul Scarponcini, P.E., Ph.D., Standards, Bentley Systems, Inc.
Who will make ASCE’s Vision 2025 a reality? This session features an introduction to Vision 2025 and the Roadmap for the Profession, a case study on Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Pilot program for retaining women in civil engineering, and a panel discussion of ASCE award winners sharing experiences, support systems, and personal career milestones. The session will highlight opportunities to support a diverse workforce and create career bridges that overcome obstacles to diversity and change.
Speakers: Abigail Charest, Ph.D., P.E., A.M.ASCE, Assistant Professor, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Laurie Dickstein-Fischer, Ph.D., LMHC, LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator for School Counseling, Salem State University
In 2015 a devastating earthquake occurred in Nepal. The earthquake took thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars of damage. The U.S. Response Team searched buildings and stabilized historic landmarks. Understanding the resilience of communities and cities to natural disasters is an ongoing R&D area worldwide, with the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning working to develop the underlying science. This presentation will highlight results from Nepal and the related R&D.
Speakers: Jon Tung; John van de Lindt
The construction of the Washington Monument was started in 1848 and completed in 1885 after going through budget problems and dramatic settlement, as well as the Civil War. The construction was halted in 1855 with the monument at a height of 55 m after the project ran out of money. Construction was restarted in 1878 after the Civil War and required an ingenious civil engineering approach to solve the dramatic settlement of 1.6 m experienced by the Monument during Phase I. This approach saved the Monument while creating some stressful moments during the second phase. The pressure under the Monument is very high by today’s standards and comparable to the pressure under the Tower of Pisa. Yet there is no leaning Monument of Washington as today the Monument stands tall at 165 m high and as straight as an I. However, any visitor can see the distinct difference in color between the Phase 1 construction and the Phase II construction. Why did the Washington Monument experience such dramatic settlement during Phase I, what was the technique used to save it during Phase 2, and why did the Monument not tilt even though the pressure was comparable to that under the Tower of Pisa? Come and discover the answers to these questions, which include learning outcomes on construction techniques to save badly started projects, foundation issues and remedies, proper calculations, what is an acceptable settlement for tall structures, and what is an acceptable risk for our civil engineering structures.
Speaker: Jean-Louis Briaud, Dist.M.ASCE, Professor, Texas A&M University
The system of flood protection surrounding New Orleans has evolved over the past 300 years, longer than any other locale in the United States. During the 19th century 58 km of drainage canals were excavated through the swampy depressions bordering Lake Pontchartrain to drain the swamps. A system of pump stations were constructed from 1895 to 1927, which lift runoff into the river, the lake, and adjacent bayous. After the 1927 floods, the Army Corps of Engineers established the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project. In 1955 the Corps’s role was expanded to include New Orleans. Flood walls were constructed in the 1990s along subsiding drainage canals, and several of these walls failed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. These high-visibility failures led to the deaths of 1,464 people, which ushered in a new era of comprehensive flood protection, costing over $14.5 billion. The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier won ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award of 2014.
Speaker: J. David Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., P.G., F.ASCE, Professor and Karl F. Hasslemann Chair in Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
This presentation will focus on the innovative approach to long-span structural design. It features a case study of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, the home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS's Atlanta United. The 75,000 seat stadium will feature a host of engineering innovations in its pioneering design, including a 723' long-span steel retractable roof with 8 moving cantilevered "petals." The roof also supports, at the center of its span, a 58' tall, 360-degree LED video scoreboard, the largest in sports. The scoreboard is supported along the sides of the trusses, integrated into the structure, to allow uninterrupted views to the sky when the petals are open. This presentation will focus on the innovative approach to long-span structural design. It features a case study of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, the home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS's Atlanta United. The 75,000 seat stadium will feature a host of engineering innovations in its pioneering design, including a 723' long-span steel retractable roof with 8 moving cantilevered "petals." The roof also supports, at the center of its span, a 58' tall, 360-degree LED video scoreboard, the largest in sports. The scoreboard is supported along the sides of the trusses, integrated into the structure, to allow uninterrupted views to the sky when the petals are open.
The geometrically complex facade is clad in single-skin ETFE, a lightweight and translucent material, its first use in the United States. The facades lean both toward and away from the building in large triangular facets, a move away from the more typical curvilinear sports stadium facades.
The building is also on track to be the first LEED Platinum stadium.
This presentation will showcase the technologies employed from the initial concept, to construction documents, through an atypical 3D approach checking 3D steel shop drawings. Innovation in large-scale projects will be discussed, especially in light of the fast-track schedule, and a discussion of engineering solutions to the many challenges will be presented.
Speaker: Erleen Hatfield, SE, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers
A reported 93% of all face-to-face communication occurs nonverbally. Much of the nonverbal communication we project outwardly, as well as the nonverbal communication we interpret as projected by others, is done without conscious effort. What if we missed out on a large portion of the nonverbal communication that is on-going around us? Is it possible that we could become more effective and more efficient in our workplace communication by being more in tune with nonverbal communication?
The proposed presentation will provide an overview of nonverbal techniques used to enhance two-way workplace communication. Various scientific taxonomies of nonverbal communication will be discussed. In addition, the six “C’s” of nonverbal communication—context, clusters, congruence, consistency, culture, and confounding factors—will be illustrated using interactive techniques that are sure to stimulate group discussions.
Speaker: Brock Barry, P.E., Ph.D., F.ASCE, Associate Professor/Mechanics Group Director, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
The purpose of the Manual of Practice (MOP) is to provide guidance for and contribute to the development or enhancement of standards for infrastructure analysis and design in a world in which risk profiles are changing and climate change is a reality, but cannot be projected with a high degree of certainty. The MOP offers guidance to inform engineering decisions, and introduces adaptive design and risk management before standards have been updated to account for more severe climate/weather extremes. The chapters of MOP include climate projections, adaptive design, extreme estimation, risk management, and practical examples.
Speaker: Bilal Ayubb, Ph.D., P.E., Professor and Director/President, University of Maryland/BMA
I used to believe that good engineers never made mistakes. Now I know that good engineers have just learned enough from their mistakes to never make them again. The truth is that every single one of us has blown it at some point (or many points) in our career. When we are young, our mistakes are most often a result of our inexperience and can be valuable tools to help us grow. As we gain experience, the causes of our mistakes become more clouded but the weight of them grows, as they often affect the financial interests, or even the safety, of our clients, colleagues, and the public.
This session will look closely at the role mistakes can have for engineers. First, we will discuss why mistakes happen and our response to them once they do. Second, we will discuss some of the ways to create environments within our organizations and teams that are better suited to minimizing the frequency and the severity of our mistakes. Whether you are an entry-level engineer, a mid-level P.E., or a senior executive, how we are prepared and how we respond are usually the only differences between our mistakes becoming either a success or a failure.
Speaker: Michael Howell, P.E., SE, MBA, M.ASCE, Senior Structural Engineer, Allegheny Design Services
70% of the population is interested in riding a bicycle for transportation, yet bicycle mode share in most U.S. cities is under 2%. This ridership disparity results from the stressful bicycling environments inherent to traditional roadway design. As communities work to improve their health, safety, and sustainability, separated bicycle lanes have emerged as the preferred low-stress facility to attract bicyclists of all ages and abilities. This session highlights separated bike lane (SBL) best practice, the 2015 MassDOT SBL design guide, and the 2018 AASHTO bike design guide, and presents a case study of the Saint Paul Capital City Bikeway.
Speaker: William Schultheiss, P.E., Vice President, Toole Design Group
A tale of two cities, two countries, two transportation agencies, and one bridge. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Ministry of Transportation - Ontario (MTO) are replacing the US 72 international border bridge. The bridge provides access to Baudette, Minnesota and Rainy River, Ontario and connects port of entry facilities. As an international border crossing, the bridge calls for a design process, construction planning, stakeholder involvement, and public interests that are more rigorous and demanding than for normal projects. We will discuss challenges faced and how the requirements of two countries - and all their affiliated agencies - were integrated into a single, cohesive process.
Speakers: Dale Grove, P.E., Principal, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.; Kevin Saunders, Senior Project Manager, Ministry of Transportation, Ontario; Joseph McKinnon, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Big Data and analytics concepts have been applied in many industries to draw new insights and make better use of the available information. Infrastructure networks are now embracing these broader business trends to improve predictive capabilities, save time and money, and improve the overall performance of the underlying systems. This session presents two examples of how this is being done today in water and transportation.
Speakers: John Broemmelsiek, P.E., Transportation Engineer, U.S. Dept of Transportation - FHWA; Sidney Edmonds, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Manager, Accenture; Sachin Dalal; Betsey Tramonte, Highway Safety Specialist, FHWA - Louisiana Division
ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card is the go-to resource on the state of our nation’s infrastructure challenges and how to fix them. Learn about why the grades are what they are, the amount of investment required to raise the grades to a “B,” and the consequences for our economy if we fail to act. Then discover the Report Card’s solutions and what it will take to raise the grades nationally.
This presentation will feature three ASCE National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks which helped change our society in Louisiana and around our major waterways. (1) The Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, MS has been an important contributor in providing research on the lower Mississippi and its tributaries since November 1929; (2) The Huey P. Long Bridge, near New Orleans, was designed by Ralph Modjeski with geotechnical support from Karl Terzaghi. Built in the early 1930s, it is the longest U.S. railroad bridge; and (3) the Causeway Bridge spans twenty-four miles across the center of Lake Pontchartrain, linking the New Orleans metropolitan area with the North Shore communities. At the time of construction in 1956, it was the longest continuous bridge and used unique modular construction techniques and pre-stressed sections.
Speakers: Jackie Pettway, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Chief, Navigation Division, Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center; Tonja Marking, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, President, Gaea Consultants, LLC; Miles Bingham, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Manager, AECOM
Fly-through animations and other 3D renders have been used for years to communicate complicated infrastructure projects. Now, using the latest in video game technology, projects can be brought to life with realistic and interactive visual experiences including virtual reality tours, mobile applications, touchscreen kiosks, and ultra-high definition video and photo renders.
Speaker: Sam Lytle, P.E., Owner/Founder, Civil FX
The Engineering Service Corps (ESC), an international program of EWB-USA, supports organizations through the deployment of our most seasoned engineer volunteers to tackle specific engineering challenges facing some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Organizations requesting our professional-grade pro bono services range from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and UN-Habitat to national governments and NGOs, to other institutions such as universities and hospitals. In general, our volunteers perform a wide variety of services such as engineering studies, owner’s representation, planning, design, project management, training, and knowledge sharing. Recent projects have found ESC volunteers conducting post-earthquake structural assessments in Nepal and Ecuador; designing and constructing a much-needed oxygen concentrator system for Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis; working with IKEA partners on projects world-wide that address climate change issues; or teaching government workers in Ethiopia how to repair broken water well pumps in the drought-stricken east of the country.
The Community Engineering Corps (CECorps), a domestic program of EWB-USA, is currently working with disadvantaged communities throughout the U.S. to help them advance their infrastructure needs. CECorps volunteers work with underserved communities that are unable to address their infrastructure issues using their own resources; the communities may have significant poverty; residents may not speak English as a primary language; and/or the communities may be isolated and rural. While international projects can capture the imagination, CECorps is working right here at home in places like the Navajo Reservation, small communities in the Salinas River Valley of California, inner city communities in Pittsburgh, PA, Camden, NJ, and New Orleans, and more. Projects include evaluation and design services for drinking water and sanitation projects, implementing community gardens, and trail design and build, among other types of infrastructure projects.
This presentation will provide an overview of the ESC and CECorps program structure, including how interested engineers can get involved in helping to empower some of the world’s most vulnerable communities by addressing their basic human needs. Projects highlight the positive impact of the engineering profession when it helps the communities that need these services most.
Speakers: Cathy Leslie, P.E., F.ASCE, CAE, Executive Director, Engineers Without Borders USA; Clare Haas Claveau, P.E., Community Engineering Corps Director, Engineers Without Borders USA; Chris Bleers, Managing Program Director, Engineers Without Borders
This is the second lecture of an engaging two-part series discussing Mentoring and Millennials. This presentation will identify challenges senior managers face with a dynamic workforce. The presentation will also discuss strategies for junior-level employees to engage with their seniors to successfully create mentoring programs and flexible work environments, and to develop a culture of progressingresponsibility.
Speakers: Vatsal Shah, P.E., Ph.D., P.P., M.ASCE Associate & Senior Project EngineerMott MacDonald; Christopher Hanna P.E., M.ASCE Staff Engineer T&M Associates
This moderated panel discussion addresses several emergency management issues from the civil engineers’ perspective. Robust infrastructure condition assessment procedures are essential to identify and reduce risk. The evaluation of consequences of disasters and best response practices can be improved through the development of disaster databases. The disaster declaration process is complex. Once a disaster declaration has been made, civil engineers and emergency managers in the affected community should work together in a coordinated manner to address appropriate response, recovery, and future mitigation actions.
Speakers: Glen Andersen, ScD, P.E., Principal Engineer, Eustis Engineering LLC; John Furlong, P.E., D.WRE, Senior Construction Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group; Richard Furlong, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, F.ASCE; Carrie Furlong Little, EMS; Theodore Hromadka II, Ph.D., D.WRE, P.E., L.G., P.H.