ASCE 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana | Oct 8–11, 2017

Special Sessions

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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES: Marine Civil Engineering & the Evolution of the text “Design of Marine Facilities…”

Monday, October 9 | 10:30 – 11:30 am

An overview of the field of marine civil engineering emphasizing its broad scope and relevance to the civil engineering profession and its importance to society at large will be given. Highlights of selected projects from the authors’ own career will be presented to illustrate the diversity of project types and how the text; “Design of Marine Facilities…” came to be beginning with the publication of his earlier work; “The Marine Environment & Structural Design” in 1981. An overview of the scope, purpose and content of the current third edition of “Design of Marine Facilities…“ will be presented along with the authors’ perspective on its relevance and the future of the book and this exciting field of professional practice.

Speaker:  John Gaythwaite, P.E., D.PE, D.CE, M.ASCE, President, Maritime Engineering Consulting


Monday, October 9 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

While most construction projects serve only as local points of interest, some are conducted on a national stage. The restoration of the U.S. Capitol’s dome was one such project. The extent of the scaffolding and the progress of the work were fully visible on various national news programs from the summer of 2014 until the fall of 2016. Very little of the work performed during the restoration could be considered typical, and all of it needed to be performed with limited effect on the occupancy and use of the spaces below. Come hear how this never-before-attempted complete restoration of the dome’s interior and exterior was accomplished.

Speaker: Christopher P. Pinto, P.E., Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti


Tuesday, October 10 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

The ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) projects will be highlighted again this year, and the session will include short presentations from three of the finalists and the winning project, including the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, the Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar project, and the winning project, The Emergency & Carryover Water Storage Project. This promises to be an enlightening session you won’t want to miss.

2017 Winner | Emergency & Carryover Storage Project, San Diego, CA

The Emergency & Carryover Storage Project is a system of reservoirs, interconnected pipelines and pumping stations designed to make water available to the San Diego region if imported water deliveries are interrupted. The E&CSP added 90,100 acre-feet of water storage capacity for emergency use, and 100,000 acre-feet of carryover storage capacity as a hedge against dry years.

2017 Finalists

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 | Mumbai India
The new iconic Terminal 2, is India’s first and most advanced vertical passenger terminal that integrates world class design, architecture, infrastructure and operational efficiency, with a rich infusion of Indian heritage and cultural character. The transformation of CSIA, a brown-field project, is a one-of-its-kind unique infrastructural project in the world.

Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge | New Haven, CT
The old Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge was replaced by a $554 million 10-lane extradosed bridge. The new bridge span was completed in late 2015. the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge was the first extradosed bridge completed in the United States when it fully opened in September 2015.

Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar Project | Dallas TX
The Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar Project (Dallas Streetcar) started as a guided-rail transit system that would link residents of the Oak Cliff borough with downtown Dallas. Winning multiple awards, spurring extensions and driving development in the economically distressed community of Oak Cliff, this roughly $28.7 million, 1.6-mile starter streetcar has turned into much more than a simple means of transportation.


Tuesday, October 10 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the difference between leadership and management
  • Recognize the importance of identifying and acting in accordance with your values and leading by example with high ethical standards
  • Identify next steps for developing further as leaders

Moderator: Robert Lee Cagle, III, P.E., F.ASCE, Chairman, Committee on Leadership and Management


Sofia Berger, A.M.ASCE, Senior Vice President, Louis Berger
James Dalton, P.E., M.ASCE, Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Roger Millar, P.E., AICP, CFM, F.ASCE, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State
Robert P. Wadell, P.E., MSCE, F.ASCE, President/CEO, Wadell Engineering Corporation

Industry Leaders Forum | From Disasters to Solutions

Tuesday, October 10 | 2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

In 2005, the City of New Orleans and nearby coastal communities, experienced the historically devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina. Significant loss of life and property damage in the immediate New Orleans area was attributed to overtopping and failure of levees that were built for hurricane protection.

What followed were investigations, recommendations and lessons learned. The Industry Leaders Forum will be a moderated circumspection of what lasting affect Katrina has had on New Orleans and the civil engineering profession.

Moderator:  Terry F. Neimeyer, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, CEO and Chairman, KCI Technologies

Roundtable Participants:

Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., M. ASCE; Acting Director, City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering
Maj. General Donald E. (Ed) Jackson, P.E., M. ASCE; Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, United States Army Corps of Engineers
Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F. ASCE; 2017 ASCE President, Professor, University of New Orleans
Robert Turner, P.E., M. ASCE; Director of Engineering and Operations, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, (Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans)
Maj. General Michael Walsh (USA Ret.), P.E., M. ASCE; Executive Vice President, Dewberry

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