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Friday, March 2

Opening Plenary Session | 7:30 - 9:15 a.m.

The plenary breakfast panel features Bob Pragada, the President of Buildings and Infrastructure at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., speaking about the Jacobs/CH2MHill merger, and Brian Barth, P.E., Transportation Program Officer, Texas DOT, providing the TxDOT perspective on the impact of mergers on infrastructure projects.

Brian R. Barth, P.E.Brian R. Barth, P.E.

Transportation Program Officer, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Brian Barth is responsible for blending all functions in transportation programming and delivery, including strategic and operational performance measures, governance, business process oversight, resource management and IT functions within the department’s unified structure.

Barth began his career in the Dallas District in 1988 after graduation from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. In 2003, Barth was appointed as the Dallas District’s director of transportation planning and development. From 2009 to 2013, Barth served as the Fort Worth District’s deputy district engineer, providing oversight of the DFW Connector, North Tarrant Express, I‐35W, I‐30, and Chisholm Trail Parkway.

Appointed as Fort Worth district engineer in November 2013, Barth served on the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments working to solve Metroplex‐area transportation issues.

Robert V. PragadaRobert V. Pragada

President, Buildings & Infrastructure and Industrial Lines of Business, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Offering full engineering, procurement, construction management, integrated project delivery, and stand-alone construction services, as well as asset maintenance and turnarounds, the businesses Bob leads partner with clients to design, build, and deliver projects for the buildings and infrastructure, consumer goods and manufacturing, mining and minerals, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, and petroleum and chemicals industries.

Bob originally joined Jacobs in 2006, holding a number of senior management positions over nine years including Senior Vice President, Global Sales; Group Vice President, Northern Region; and Vice President, Field Services, and returned to Jacobs in 2016 after serving as Board of Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brock Group.

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, Bob began his career in the Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps and Seabees officer, providing base construction and maintenance services and international contingency operations, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He also earned a Master of Science in engineering and management from Stanford University.

Saturday, March 3

Plenary Session | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Exploring the State of Our Infrastructure

Hear from a panel of ASCE Infrastructure Report Card experts how the 2017 national and Texas report cards have been received, and join in the discussion about the proposed initiatives of the Trump Administration and their potential impact on the state of our nation’s infrastructure.

Speakers: Jack Furlong, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, Water CM/PM, Jacobs; Travis Attanasio, P.E., M.ASCE, CFM, City Engineer, City of Haslet; Brian Pallasch, Aff.M.ASCE, Managing Director of Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives, ASCE

Jack Furlong and Travis Attanasio sat down with CI to preview the session. View the video and make your plans to attend!

Closing Plenary Lunch & 2018 Construction Management Award Presentation | 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Our closing luncheon panel will showcase the Integrated Pipeline (IPL) Project, a partnership between Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) and the City of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) to finance, plan, design, construct and operate an integrated water delivery transmission system connecting Lake Palestine, Cedar Creek Reservoir, and Richland Chambers Reservoir to Lake Benbrook by integrating TRWD’s existing pipelines and creating flexibility in delivery as well as quick response to fluctuating customer water demands.

The project consists of nearly 150 miles of pipeline, three lake pump stations and three booster pump stations delivering a required capacity of 347 million gallons per day (MGD) of raw water to North Central Texas. TRWD and DWU currently serve about 4.4 million customers and the IPL Project will allow these agencies to continue supporting regional community and economic growth.

Moderator: Coy Veach, P.E., F.ASCE, CCM, Vice President, Freese & Nichols, Inc.

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