ASCE 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana | Oct 8–11, 2017

Concurrent Sessions

Planning your ASCE 2017 experience? Technical session topics and descriptions are listed below.
This page will be updated as the program is finalized.

Bridge to Vision 2025: Engineering Career Support

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.

Engineering Risk Management: Best Practices for Today’s Design Professional

This session will focus on how you can reduce your risk of professional liability claims by introducing good risk management in your everyday design practice. Drawing on her experience with actual lawsuits, attorney Sarah Johnson will discuss best practices during project execution to mitigate the risk of potential claims against design professionals. John Hansen, principal bridge project manager with HDR, will then provide insights into how his firm practices good risk management during project pursuit and after award, and discuss how he has implemented project management plans to reduce risk in recent alternate delivery large transportation projects.

U.S. Antiterrorism Design Standards and Lessons Learned in Europe

Terrorism attacks have killed more people in Europe in the last two years than in all previous years combined. U.S. Army Europe is responsible for the safety of 100,000 U.S. personnel and $10.2 billion worth of assets across 51 countries with an extreme diversity of threats. Protecting these lives and assets is a multidisciplinary and tiered approach, but civil engineers play a crucial role in the stages of “deter” and “defend”. Whether in Europe or in the U.S., civil engineers incorporate antiterrorism (AT) considerations from the first phases of planning through the final periods of construction in order to create facilities that dissuade aggressors from

What’s Up in Washington? Federal Infrastructure Legislation Update

President Trump has pledged to work with Congress and introduce a trillion-dollar plan over 10 years to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Democrats have said infrastructure is an area where they are eager to work with the President and Republicans. How should the new funding be invested? How do P3s fit into the infrastructure plan? Where is all the buzz leading? Learn the latest legislative developments from Capitol Hill and the Trump Administration, and how engineers can get involved.

Great Builders

In the past century the means and methods to design and build infrastructure have evolved at an ever increasing rate. Yet, there are timeless lessons 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 of the builders of the Great Projects.

Structural Design Innovation at a Large Scale

Numerous design innovations were incorporated into the structural engineering of the New Mercedes Benz Stadium, including a never been- done-before retractable roof, the first use of single skin ETFE in the United States and supporting the largest scoreboard in sports. The challenges of innovation in large-scale projects will be discussed, especially in light of fast-track schedules, and the engineering solutions to these challenges will be presented.

Game Changers

America has a backlog of infrastructure improvements that need to be addressed—congested roadways, overflowing sewers, broken transit systems. But that’s only half the story. Innovation is changing the way infrastructure is designed and built. As part of the Infrastructure Report Card program, ASCE has combed through successful solutions across infrastructure to identify the most innovative #GameChangers. This session will examine a few case studies of innovations as they came to fruition and the benefits that came from these creative solutions.

Contractually Disclaim Design Liability & Risk Recognition & Management

Session description pending

Design and Construction Practice of High-speed Rail Hubs in China

Along with the Chinese high–speed rail network taking shape, the hubs centered around high–speed rail stations appeared in some major cities in China. The development and construction of high–speed rail hubs usually integrate urban renewal with jointly development of both ground and underground space. Meanwhile, the hub is usually regarded as a “city flagship” promoting the regional economic growth. Based on two high-speed rail hub projects, this study will analyzes some characteristics of the hubs during design and construction. These two hubs are Lanzhou west rail station and Chongqing west station, which author was either leading or participating in the design. Firstly, the presentation begins with an overview of the development of high-speed rail and large-scale hubs in China in recent years. Then, the situation of Lanzhou west rail station and Chongqing west station will be introduced, including the scale and components of the hubs, transport interchange in transport hubs and so on. Next, the characteristics of these two hubs in the design of large-span roof and large-scale platform canopy will be analyzed emphatically. At the same time, the difficulties and points in the construction process will be introduced. Lastly, the summary and outlook of development of high-speed rail hubs and their importance in urban development will be presented in the end.

How to Successfully Research and Release a State Report Card

Interested in preparing an infrastructure report card for your city or state? Come to our panel to hear from people who have successfully prepared report cards and hear about best practices from the State and Regional Infrastructure Report Card process, including forming a successful committee, collecting data, and using the American Society of Civil Engineers resources at your disposal to prepare and release a successful Report Card and make a difference in your state’s infrastructure.

In the 15 years since the first report was issued, the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure has become a well-respected and authoritative assessment of the nation’s infrastructure. Policymakers, the media, partner organizations, and the general public have come to trust and rely on American Society of Civil Engineers’ national and local Report Cards to provide them with the Society’s expert opinion on the condition of the nation’s infrastructure and ways to improve it. To further the reach of American Society of Civil Engineers’ messages about the importance of infrastructure, Sections, Branches and Councils are strongly encouraged to consider preparing their own local Report Cards. By producing these local Report Cards, American Society of Civil Engineers groups help state and community leaders establish infrastructure grades using the national Report Card and process.

Design Thinking: Focusing on the End User to Improve Sustainable Infrastructure Functionality and Performance

Low-impact development (LID) is an economical and effective strategy for protecting and restoring water quality by preventing polluting stormwater runoff and reducing peak-flow discharge. It does this by mimicking a site’s natural surface water and groundwater hydrology. LID has become increasingly popular in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana where it is used to reduce detention volume, maximize land for development, and improve water quality. The most significant barrier to implementing this design approach is maintenance and premature sedimentation during construction. Design thinking is a concept that focuses on the end user and their capabilities for long-term maintenance of water quality systems. Lessons learned and feedback from the designers, contractors, and maintenance contractors must be incorporated into the overall design process, creating a constant feedback loop that strive to improve functionality. A valuable lesson that is a direct result of this design approach is reducing the risk of Green Infrastructure (GI) systems. Permeable pavement and bioretention systems can easily become clogged during construction. Even if they are adequately protected from sedimentation, the lack of maintenance can cause these systems to go into bypass after 1 or 2 years. In order to reduce the inherent risks of these systems, designers can use performance-based specifications that make these water quality systems “contractor proof”. Municipalities in the Gulf Coast have already implemented performance specifications in their LID Design manuals, and more and more areas of the country are favoring this design approach. Using a series of representative projects that draw on the company's experience over the past 10 years, we will take a case-study approach to evaluating the design and construction of high flow biofiltration systems. This presentation will help the designers decide not only when to use LID principles but also get them focused on the end user to improve the green infrastructure functionality and performance.

Most developments in The City of Houston and Harris County face strict detention requirements. Recent flooding events in Texas have proved that conventional stormwater infrastructure doesn’t mitigate the effects of flooding. The engineers for Eastern Commons developed a new approach for stormwater detention through the use of Permeable Articulating Concrete Blocks (PACB/M) and a High Performance Biofiltration System (HPBMS). By integrating the use of Green Infrastructure and conventional underground detention, the end user increased their lot yield, improved water quality, and prevented downstream flooding.

Freeway Removals & Organic Urbanism

Session description pending

Connected Vehicle Technology Trends

This presentation will discuss the planning elements for a Connected Vehicle Project and how to implement it with the Systems Engineering Process. It will discuss some tools that are available for CV project planning and system engineering. Connected Vehicles offers a myriad of applications that can be applied to both the vehicles and infrastructure. I will present a vision of where CV started, what is being done nationally and where it is going. I will discuss some of the hurdles that must be addressed in deploying CV projects.

Tools to Ensure Effective Preparation and Testimony as an Engineering Professional

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 both the process as well as 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:

  • What makes a credible witness?
  • How to perform a resume checkup to ensure accuracy and emphasize knowledge, experience and training
  • Managing your time
  • Preparing opinions and the substance of your testimony
  • Writing and defending your expert report
  • File management (email, document retention, etc.)
  • Strategic deposition preparation and tips to success
  • Strategic trial preparation and tips success

Especially in the case of litigation, engineers must be master 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.

21st Century Master Builders and Engineering Teams

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 broad spectrum of technical professionals and blending fabrication and design.

Emerging Leaders Shaping the Future

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, require our immediate attention and how we can provide effective input for innovative, sustainable solutions.

Real Life Ethical Challenges Faced by Today's Civil Engineer

Every day engineers face Ethical Dilemmas. We read front page news such as Volkswagen’s shortcuts to pass emissions tests, about Flint Michigan’s water quality and the U.S. House of Representatives voting and then retracting their vote to “gut the Office of Congressional Ethics”. Engineers’ Ethical Decisions determine if public safety is protected, projects are effectively completed and in some cases determine if someone loses their Professional Engineers license and goes to jail.

Sustainability and Resiliency in Coastal Communities

This moderated multi-disciplinary panel discussion addresses the issue of coastal region natural Hazards Risk and Resilience. Speakers will present the risks to coastal regions including but not limited to the infrastructure, coastal structures and impact on the coastal community. The panelists will provide examples of how risk can be reduced and community resilience improved through proper development and implementation of regulations, standards and public policy.

Be Ready : LEAD Your Organization Through Change

Want to be a More Effective Leader? Be prepared--mentally, emotionally, and physically--to Lead Your Organization Through Change....because that's what real leaders do!

As we move deeper into the 21st Century, we continue to note the need for effective leaders at all levels throughout the engineering profession. The pace of change is accelerating. The need for change has moved from periodic, discrete "surge" events to ubiquitous, continuous, and ongoing change. We find ourselves at a point at which most can no longer adopt to a changing world at a pace that is equal to the change rate. In simple words, most leaders are only equipped to continue to fall behind and wonder why they could not make change happen in their organization. Our profession begs for effective leaders who are personally, professionally, and mentally prepared to lead their organizations and our profession through ever-evolving times.

This session will provide participants with the critical tools for leading organizations through successful, sustainable change. Through interactive exercises, session guided conversations, and participant interaction, attendees will learn how to prepare their organizations, plan the details, execute a change process across an organization and measure the plan’s effectiveness and the change it brings to achieve desired continuous improvement.

While anchored in scholarly theory for successfully leading change, this session focuses on practical knowledge, skills, and attitudes of leaders who make a difference in their organizations every day. Attendees will leave the session with "real world" abilities to implement in their units when they return from this convention.

This session is intended for leaders throughout an organization who want to be successful and effective change agents to improve their business and their personal & professional lives.

ASCE 7-16: Learn from the experts

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 in intended for adoption into the 2018 International Building Code.

Careers of Outstanding National Civil Engineers

This session will feature regional career highlights of Outstanding National Civil Engineers: Herbert D. Vogel (1900-84) (Director, Waterways Experiment Station), 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 the Charity Hospital of New Orleans and Karl Terzaghi and Hardy Cross (on piles driven and settlement).

New InfraGML Standard Plus 3D Subsurface Utilities

Session description pending

Emergency Management: Risk Reduction, Response, and Recovery

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.

Louisiana Land Loss and Proposed Solutions

Louisiana is in the midst of a land loss crisis that has claimed nearly 1,900 square miles of land since the 1930s, and predictions without action suggest Louisiana could lose an additional 4,000 square miles.

Given the importance of Louisiana’s coast — waterways, natural resources, unique culture, and wetlands — the effects of additional land loss and the increased risk of flooding would be catastrophic. Barrier islands, marshes, and swamps throughout the coast reduce incoming storm surge, resulting in reduced flooding impacts. If there is continued loss of habitats, the vulnerability of communities and infrastructure will increase substantially. In addition, flood protection systems will become more vulnerable as the land around them erodes.

The Louisiana 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan outlines projects that cost, in present value, approximately $50 billion. These investments provide direct restoration and risk reduction benefits, and provide tremendous economic development opportunities for Louisiana and its residents. The unprecedented investment in coastal restoration will continue to put Louisiana at the forefront of scientific innovation to plan a sustainable future for Louisiana’s coastal communities and valuable ecosystem.

Multidisciplinary NTIS Tunnel Inspections - Lessons-Learned & Best-Practices

This session will describe the initial NTIS inspections of several different types of roadway tunnels comprised of multiple engineering disciplines including structural elements, civil elements, mechanical systems, electrical and lighting systems, fire protection/life safety/security systems and signage. Each tunnel inspection will be presented as a Case Study, providing valuable Lessons Learned including inspection methods, equipment, and management techniques, as well as innovations, ideas, and best practices for all tunnel owners, operators, maintainers, inspectors and engineers.

Nepal & Community Resilience Planning

Session description pending

Washington Monument: The Civil Engineering Story

The construction of the Washington Monument was started in 1848 and completed in 1885 after going through budget problems, 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 of 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, why did the Monument not tilt even though the pressure was comparable to the one under the Tower of Pisa? Come and discover the answer to those 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, what is an acceptable risk for our civil engineering structures.

Leadership In Today's World: Finding Your Path

This session will demonstrate real paths to leadership to inspire leaders at every level. Attendees will hear about the paths and leadership stories through a panel discussion of successful, prominent leaders in the civil engineering profession. Learn what it takes to become an ethical leader in today’s world and what leadership traits to develop to succeed. Speakers will also share their ideas on mentoring and values in order to foster leadership in others.

Addressing the Triple Bottom Line

The triple bottom line of infrastructure’s environmental, financial and social impacts are being recognized today as the new paradigm of how civil engineers must plan, design, construct, and maintain public infrastructure projects.

As the largest public works organization in the nation, the economic and social footprint of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works is great. Yet the Department had placed little focus on the economic and social pillars of sustainability. Recently, Public Works is now focusing on using public infrastructure as a vehicle to drive inclusive contracting opportunities, workforce development, job creation, and enhanced economic vitality of Los Angeles County. This presentation will cover Los Angeles County’s goals and progress of this model to drive innovation, add value to business performance, create jobs, and reduce poverty within the County

Development of the New Orleans Flood Protection System Prior to Hurricane Katrina

The system of flood protection surrounding New Orleans has evolved over 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 1895-1927, which lift runoff into the river, the lake, and adjacent bayous. After 1927 floods, the Army Corps of Engineers established the Mississippi River & Tributaries Project. In 1955 the Corps role was expanded to include New Orleans. Flood walls were constructed in the 1990s along subsiding drainage canals, and several of these 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 >$14.5 billion. The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier won the 2014 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award of ASCE.

NFL Stadium, Structural Innovation at Large Scale

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, that will feature a host of engineering innovations in its pioneering design. The 75,000 seat stadium features 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 onto 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 light weight and translucent material, its first use in the United States. The facades lean both towards and away from the building in large triangular facets, a move a 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.

Nonverbal Communication in Your Workplace Environment

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-so 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 work-place communication by being more in-tune with nonverbal communication?

The proposed presentation will provide an overview of nonverbal techniques used to enhance two-way work-place 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.

The Challenges in Bridging an International Border

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 design process, construction planning, stakeholder involvement, and public interests 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.

Failure: When Engineers Make Mistakes

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, mid level PE, or a Senior Executive; how we are prepared and how we respond are usually the only differences to our mistakes becoming either a success or a failure.

Separated Bike Lane Guidance & Capital City Bikeway

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 best practice, the 2015 MassDOT SBL design guide, the 2018 AASHTO Bike Design guide, and presents a case study of the Saint Paul Capital City Bikeway.

History of Civil Engineering in Offshore Industry

The presentation will demonstrate the Lasting Significance & Relevance to Modern Practice that Civil Engineering has contributed to the Offshore Industry.

Attendees will receive an Interesting Description of the History & Evolution of Civil Engineering Application & Advancement for Offshore Structures. Attendees will also be provided with a Basic Description of the Key Civil Engineering Concepts Utilized for Offshore Structures.

The presentation will be provided by two speakers: David J. Cardon, PE & Jason D. Cardon, PE (father & son), civil engineers who have both enjoyed a career in the offshore industry starting in a design role, and advancing to Project Manager Roles.

The presentation will cover all key major developments in the industry on a timeline from the late-1800's to today. The presentation will include photographs & diagrams from actual projects. The length of the presentation will be 1 hour. Key specific structural concepts utilized in the industry will be presented describing design factors, limitations, & construction / installation challenges.

Data and Analytics in Today's Infrastructure Systems

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, 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.

Engineering Risk Management: Best Practices for Today's Design Professional

Session description pending

Infrastructure Report Card: Solving the Infrastructure Crisis

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.

A Systems Approach to Water Infrastructure Planning

Planning water infrastructure reflecting watershed systems approach has been on the forefront of 21st century water resource management to meet the challenges of heavily urbanized watersheds. Processes to effectively balance system thinking with local or city infrastructure needs and prioritization has not been adequately addressed in the field of sustainable infrastructure planning. This presentation addresses methods of integrating local water infrastructure needs with a watershed systems approach necessary to sustainably address water supply, water quality, and water recycling issues using the Santa Ana River Watershed as an example. Through analysis of water’s impact and how it is impacted as it travels from the upper watershed forests to the downstream beaches and estuaries, better approaches to sustainable water infrastructure to reuse, recycle and preserve our precious water supplies can be achieved. For example, effective source control of flows and pollutants in the upper watershed resulting from partnerships with forest management services will likely result in far more uses as water travels downstream as well as avoiding costlier downstream cleanup solutions. Though cleanup technology has become more affordable in recent years, far less impairment and end-of-pipe cleanup will be necessary if we focus on integration and multi-benefit solutions to address problems under a systems approach and thus avoid creating legacy issues for future generations to resolve. With the growing challenges from climate change and continually expanding populations with associated increasing water demands, we must adopt new lines of watershed systems thinking to plan for resilient and sustainable infrastructure in urbanized watersheds.

Join EWB-USA - Home & Abroad

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 US 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, 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.

Management and Millennals - Succeeding Together

This is the second (2.0) lecture of a series discussing Mentoring and Millennials, and how senior level managers can relate better to the ever changing workforce. On the heels of a successful presentation of “Engineering Millennials” to over 150 ASCE members during both ASCE Convention 2016 and the ASCE Region 1, 2, 4 and 5 MRLC, feedback was received that the management have heard and understood what Millennials are looking for-- but they want to share their voice now, too! The first lecture discussed traits, working styles, and employment needs of the Millennial to help managers identify this group of young engineers, as well as learn important retention techniques. Senior professionals and managers will now discuss what they need this young workforce to recognize so that both groups can meet in the middle and achieve the common goal to succeed together.

This audience-participated presentation will identify what senior managers are looking for in younger staff, and identify how they ideally prefer to mentor, share knowledge, and work with young staff. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the results from both parts of the series and discuss strategies for young level employees to engage with their seniors and how to successfully create mentoring programs, flexible work environments, and developing a culture of progressing responsibility. Participants will leave with ideas on how to apply these strategies within their organizations.

Smart Cities: A Glimpse into the Future

Cities and counties across the U.S. are using data and technology to become safer, more efficient, and better accessible and to improve their sustainability and resiliency. This session will explore the differing approaches and projects several cities are implementing as they work towards becoming a “smart city.”

The ASCE Grand Challenge, join the movement

The ASCE Grand Challenge hits all areas of the industry; the workforce, lifecycle analysis, innovation, sustainability and resilience. Rolled out at the 2015 ASCE Convention in NYC, learn what milestones have been reached through the journey and how you can get on board and be part of the shaping of the future of our nation’s infrastructure.

ILC Members will share their work to date which includes the results of the second ASCE Innovation Contest and future plans for this project, development of content for academic curriculum and professional practice, and outreach to industry experts within the ASCE community and organizations outside of ASCE. Learn how you can become an advocate for the ASCE Grand Challenge, join the community and take resources and materials back to share with your company, organization, section or club.

Attendees will learn how the focus areas of the ASCE Grand Challenge; lifecycle analysis, workforce, innovation, sustainability and resilience, combine to deliver the goal of reducing the life cycle cost of infrastructure by 50% by 2025 and foster the optimization of infrastructure for society. Success requires participation from academic, corporate, and non-profit communities along with policy makers and the public. Become part of the solution, join the ASCE Grand Challenge.

The ILC wants to engage with you, hear your feedback and take your suggestions to the next ILC meeting later in October. With your help, we will reach the goal and reshape the future of our nation’s infrastructure.

Important Dates

Aug 2
Early Bird Registration Ends
Sep 13
Advance Registration Ends
Sep 14
Onsite Registration rate begins
Sep 18
Hotel Booking deadline
Sep 20
Cancellation/Refund Deadline
Oct 8
Convention starts


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