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5A: Stories from the Top: Lessons in Leadership

Friday, March 2 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is growing by leaps and bounds. How do you manage the growing transportation needs of a major metropolitan area, manage key relationships, find innovative ways to fund and complete projects and lead teams? Learn this and more from a lively panel discussion with three of the region’s top women transportation executives. They will also provide insight into their journey to top posts in the public and private sectors and what has made them successful.

Moderator: Laura Weis, Michael Baker International
Speakers: Elizabeth Mow, P.E., North Texas Tollway Authority; Tracey Friggle Logan, P.E., HNTB; Theresa Poer, P.E., TxDOT Fort Worth District

Concurrent Technical Session Schedule

Thursday, March 1

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Technical Session 1: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - Research Needs for Safe Lifting and Handling of Rebar Cages for Deep Foundations

Rebar cages for Cast in Place Drilled Shafts (CIDH) are typically the longest and heaviest on the jobsite and their behavior is notoriously difficult to predict. As the popularity of these deep foundation elements increases, so do the challenges to safely lift and handle the prefabricated reinforcing steel elements. The fabrication and erection of these cages are generally based on experience and rule of thumb practices of the suppliers, fabricators and contractors. However, several recent collapses have exposed the shortcomings of these techniques and have demonstrated the need to perform research and establish scientific methods to safely lift and handle CIDH rebar cages. Hear about the past, present and future of safe handling of CIDH rebar cages.

Speakers: Dylan E. Allen, EIT, A.M.ASCE, Siefert Associates, LLC; Vincent A Siefert P.E., M.ASCE, Siefert Associates, LLC; Ahmad Itani, P.E., Ph.D., S.E., F.ASCE, University of Nevada, Reno

Track B - GIS Based Data Analytics and Visualization for Infrastructure Lifecycle

Many infrastructure projects have started to utilize spatial data analytics and visualization tools to extract important information from their digital data and to communicate it with management teams for better and smarter decision making. .In this session, the use of such GIS based data analytics and visualization tools for infrastructure projects will be discussed with real examples.

Moderator: H. David Jeong, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Iowa State University

Speakers: Alex Andreescu, America's Building Records; Terry Bills, Esri; K. Joseph Shrestha, Ph.D., East Tennessee State University;

Track C - Innovative Ways to Avoid Construction Disputes – DRBs and Their Application

The Dispute Review Board process (DRB) has not only become an effective method to help resolve disputes but, more importantly, a method to help the parties avoid disputes in the first place. After introducing the DRB process, the panel  will discuss DRBs from an owner perspective, a contractor perspective, an owner’s attorney perspective and a contractor’s attorney perspective. The panel will also present real-world case studies to demonstrate the value of the DRB process.

Speaker: Bill Hinton, P.E., M.ASCE, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)
 

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2:00 – 2:15 p.m. | Session Break

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | Technical Session 2: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - Rebar Cages Case Studies and Practical Applications

Analysis of Rebar Cages During Tripping and Setting Operations for Drilled Shafts on the Bayonne Bridge Project (30 min)

Rebar cages of varying lengths were required to be installed in drilled shafts on the Bayonne Bridge Project. The rebar cages to be installed were for 6’ diameter drilled shafts, and consisted of bundled vertical bars consisting of no. 9, no. 11 or no. 14 bars. Methodology used in the analysis and required rigging of these cages for tripping and setting of these cages of varying lengths will be presented.

Speaker: Gary L. Page, P.E., M.ASCE, Kiewit Infrastructure Co.

Case Study of High Ductile Gr. 80 Hot Rolled Thread Bars (HRTB) Used in The Fabrication and Placement of Drilled Shaft Pile Cages (30 min)

This presentation will discuss pile configuration comparison and Standard Gr. 60 vs new Gr.80 HRTB including fabrication and splicing; and the benefits, such as using less bars and less labor. Speakers will talk about safety aspects, including elimination of internal bracing and rigidity of cage and safer hoisting and placing. They will also go over testing using hollow rebar.

Speakers: Jim Close, Con-Tech Systems Ltd.; Horst Aschenbroich, Con-Tech Systems Ltd.; Thomas Fetzer, Con-Tech Systems Ltd.

Track B – Civil Integrated Management and Big Data Analytics for Transportation Projects

Using Big Data Analytics for Transportation Project Delivery (30 min)

Take advantage of the opportunity to analyze projects through the lens of big data analytics. We’ll seek ways to better organize and analyze digital project delivery data, to develop intelligence that can improve decision-support for complex projects and directly add value to a project. We’ll start with a series of presentations, and then invite the audience to interact with a panel of project experts, consisting of representatives from agencies and industry, who have been directly involved in the projects under discussion. This session will be part of an ongoing discussion of cutting edge work in digital project delivery that began with a series of workshops hosted by the TRB sub-committee on information systems at the Transportation Research Board annual meetings.

Moderator: Amlan Mukherjee, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Michigan Technological University

Using Civil Integrated Management on a Large Highway/Bridge Project (30 min)

NYSDOT, with the backing of the FHWA Every Day Counts program, is introducing Civil Integrated Management (CIM) to the Kew Gardens Interchange Project in New York City. This project is a $100 million highway and bridge reconstruction project along a highly congested corridor and main access route to JFK Airport. The goal is to provide a 3D model as part of the bid documents to allow potential bidders to use it for estimating, shop drawings, layouts, and additional tasks of their choosing.  In addition, the contractor is required to create a 4D model that can be used to track the progress of the project, assist in the management of the project, and provide an as-built model at the end of the project.

Speaker: Craig Ruyle, P.E., M.ASCE, New York State DOT

Track C - Developing the Standard for Recording and Exchanging Utility Infrastructure Data

Join CI’s Standard for Recording and Exchanging Utility Infrastructure Data Committee (a.k.a. Utility “As-Built” Committee) for a panel discussion on how some states and cities are already using techniques being recommended in the standard we’re developing, including: implementation of digital data repositories for managing utility infrastructure installations; 3-D survey and 3-D CADD modeling of buried infrastructure and exporting to BIM/CIM; augmented reality; tablet enabled viewing; data collection and inspection; and digital Right of Way (ROW) Management (to control, document, and coordinate ROW occupations and facility installations). The panel will discuss the standard framework and provide some case studies of data usage.

Speakers: Philip J. Meis, P.E., M.ASCE, Utility Mapping Services, Inc; Richard Manser, P.E., M.ASCE, Utility Mapping Services, Inc; Donald Haines, A.M.ASCE, Utility Mapping Services, Inc

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3:15 – 3:45 p.m. | Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. | Technical Session 3: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - Case Study: Lifting Reinforcement Cages in New Zealand

The Fletcher Construction Company in New Zealand has made some innovative improvements in reinforcement cage safety in design, training and research and development. Learn how to deal with challenging situations, such as the installation of reinforcement cages into deep foundation elements like bored piers or diaphragm wall panels; requirements for regions with seismic activities like New Zealand or the west coast of the United States; as well as accommodating temporary load cases not considered in the design process, like lifting cages from a horizontal into a vertical position.

Speaker: Tim Pervan, Fletcher Construction Company

Track B - Educating and Developing Construction Professionals

Join us in a discussion about how universities educate construction professionals and communicate expectations for how they can contribute upon graduation. Civil engineering, construction engineering and construction management programs will be compared and contrasted. Hear from our panelists how early career construction professionals can develop by making a good start and keeping up-to-date with the changing construction industry. Various perspectives will be shared on what should be considered common knowledge and the challenges of defining the same.

Moderator: Charles Jahren, MBA, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Iowa State University
Speakers: Yong Bai, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Marquette University; Susan Bogus Halter, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, University of New Mexico; Greg Moore, PMP, A.M.ASCE, The Citadel; Timothy Parker, PE, PMP, M.ASCE, Parker Rigging Company, Inc.; Craig Ruyle, P.E., M.ASCE, New York State DOT

Track C - New EJCDC Construction Documents

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) produces a comprehensive suite of contract documents for construction projects. These documents are updated on a five year cycle and the next release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. This presentation will provide an overview of EJCDC in general, with a more focused look at the soon to be released Construction Series documents. Changes in the 2018 documents will be showcased with background information on the drivers for these changes.

Speaker: Coy Veach, P.E., F.ASCE, CCM, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

 


Friday, March 2

7:30 – 9:15 a.m. | Opening Plenary Session and Breakfast: How Mergers and Acquisitions are Impacting Your Project (1 PDH)

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. | Session Break

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Technical Session 4: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - Resolving an Engineering/Construction Dispute Using Litigation and Mediation

Although we hear about lessons learned regarding claims, it is often from the perspective of attorneys and claim managers, rather than from engineers who have dealt with claims multiple times. Join this group of engineers to dissect a real-world claim and walk through the litigation process, examining the professional practice issues involved and exploring the resolution from the perspective of an engineer. The panel will also propose a theoretical outcome from a mediation, and demonstrate why a mediation might lead to a different outcome from a litigation.

Moderator: Craig Lindquist, P.E., M.ASCE, CCS Group, Inc. 
Speakers: Zachary Jones, J.D., A.M.ASCE, Stites and Harbison PLLC; Thomas Mitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Urban Engineers, Inc.; John Knowlton, P.E., M.ASCE, American Consulting Professionals, LLC; Dan Becker, M.ASCE, CCM, PMP, CCP, ENV SP, HDR Engineering Inc.

Track B – BIM and Virtual Reality in Construction

How is BIM being used to effectively manage construction projects? Explore examples of its use on substantial transit and bridge projects in a large urban area. Learn how virtual reality can also be used on construction projects; particularly as an effective tool for proposal creation.

Speaker: Lennart Andersson, LiRo Group

Track C -  Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-349, "Effect of Change Orders on Cost and Schedule Overruns of School Building Renovation Projects"
Speaker: Dr. Pramen Prasad Shrestha, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (20 min)

LADR-352, "Risk Mitigation for the Design and Installation of Underdrain Systems"
Speaker: Lance VanDemark, University of Colorado Denver (20 min)

LADR-367, "Analysis of the Head Office Overhead Claims - Legal Precedence in India"
Speaker: Yogita Manan Bindal (20 min)

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10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Networking Break in Exhibit Hall, Sponsored by Kiewit

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Technical Session 5: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A – Stories from the Top: Lessons in Leadership

The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is growing by leaps and bounds. How do you manage the growing transportation needs of a major metropolitan area, manage key relationships, find innovative ways to fund and complete projects and lead teams? Learn this and more from a lively panel discussion with three of the region’s top women transportation executives. They will also provide insight into their journeys to top posts in the public and private sectors and reveal the secrets of their success.

Moderator: Laura Weis, Michael Baker International
Speakers: Elizabeth Mow, P.E, North Texas Tollway Authority; Tracey Friggle Logan, P.E., HNTB; Theresa Poer, P.E., TxDOT Fort Worth District

Track B – The U.S. Craft Labor Shortage, Part II

CI’s Management Practices in Construction Committee will pick up where they left off in last year’s session on the craft labor shortage, with a panel representing Texas contractors. They will discuss the nature of the shortage and the situation on the ground in Texas, and offer strategies they are implementing to address the issue.

Moderator: John Schaufelberger, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, University of Washington
Speakers: Daniel Harris, Osburn Contractors, Inc.; Sean Ray, Sundt Construction, Inc. 

Track C -  Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-353, "Emerging Patterns in Construction Defect Litigation: A Survey of Construction Cases"
Speaker: Elizabeth Brogan, University of Colorado Denver (20 min)

LADR-355, "Multi-layered Framework for Testing the Justifiability of Time-at-Large Callings"
Speaker: Dr. Mohamed-Asem Uthman Abdul-Malak, American University of Beirut (20 min)

LADR-350, "The Standard of Care for the Practicing Structural Engineer"
Speaker: Justin Ittmann (20 min)

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12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Buffet Lunch in the Exhibit Hall, Sponsored by HDR Engineering, Inc.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Technical Session 6: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - Lessons Learned in the Design, Construction, and Operation of Pump Stations

The owner, design engineer, contractor and construction manager on a $70 million pump station project will discuss the challenges they faced and overcame in building the largest (1,000,000 gpm) stormwater pump station in the City of Dallas, for the Trinity Watershed Management division.

Moderator: Jack Furlong, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE, Jacobs Engineering Group
Speakers: Lonnie Geiger, P.E., M.ASCE, Trinity Watershed Management, City of Dallas; Chris Hill, Trinity Watershed Management, City of Dallas; Dennis Berger, BAR Constructors; Michael Arrambide, BAR Constructors; Lance Ferland, P.E., HDR Engineering, Inc.

Track B - Expectations About the Duties and Responsibilities of Construction Managers

What are the responsibilities of a construction manager? Is there consensus among all parties involved in construction projects? CI’s committee on Management Practices in Construction (MPIC) investigated the expectations of the parties involved in the construction process, including designers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, construction managers, and educators. We will explore the findings, including a discussion of areas of consensus and reasons for disagreement, as well as offer recommendations to lead to greater consensus. Has the situation changed? We will compare the results to what we found in an identical study 10 years ago.

Moderator: Gabriel Cajigas, M.ASCE, Forney Construction
Speakers: David Arditi, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Illinois Institute of Technology; Syed M. Alavipour

Track C -  Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-356, "Visualization of Delay Claim Analysis Using 4D Simulation"
Speaker: Michel Guevremont, Hydro-Quebec (20 min)

LADR-357, "Particularized Analysis of AIA's Expeditious Mechanisms for Administering Claims and Disputes"
Speaker: Mohammad Barakat, American University of Beirut (20 min)

LADR-361, "Model Language for Specifying the Construction Contract's Order-of-Precedence Clause"
Speaker: Dr. Mohamed-Asem Uthman Abdul-Malak, American University of Beirut (20 min)

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2:00 – 2:15 p.m. | Session Break

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | Technical Session 7: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - Preparing Enforceable Specifications

Learn how to distinguish between the various specification types and use effective and specific specification language and structure, and receive practical tips on best practices to reduce litigation and excessive cost.

Speakers: Theresa Jablonski, PE. M.ASCE, Nova Consulting; Raj Singh, M.ASCE, Ramboll Environ; Rusty Sprouse, P.E., M.ASCE, Jefferson Lab; Ross Standifer, PE, M.ASCE, Alan Plummer Associates, Inc.

Track B - Heavy Transportation Requirements for EPC Contracts vs. Current Infrastructure Conditions

The outlook for Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contracts over the next 20 years is promising, especially in the power generation and oil and gas sectors. These projects typically include the manufacture, transport, and installation of large components such as turbines, generators, and vessels whose weights and dimensions prevent conventional means of transport. These components must be transported by specialized equipment over roads and rails to the site. However, EPC contractors are finding it more difficult to have these components shipped to sites, due to the inadequate condition of the current infrastructure in the United States. This panel discussion will examine the requirements needed for transport of these heavy components and compare these requirements to the current road and rail infrastructure in the United States.

Speakers: Timothy Parker, PE, PMP, M.ASCE, Parker Rigging Company, Inc.; Kirk Richards, PE, M.ASCE, SCDOT; Greg Moore, PMP, A.M.ASCE, The Citadel

Track C -  Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-358, "Claims and Project Performance Between Traditional and Alternate Project Delivery Methods - A Foundational Research Study"
Speaker: Mohammed Mehany (20 min)

LADR-359, "Progression Analysis of the EJCDC's Underlying Claim and Dispute Resolution Mechanism"
Speaker: Mohammad Barakat, American University of Beirut (20 min)

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3:15 – 3:45 p.m. | Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. | Technical Session 8: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - Changing Times - Streamlining Project Delivery

Join us in a discussion on innovations in how we deliver projects, how we work together and how we use available resources; all of which are making project management more efficient. The panel will provide a broad overview of project delivery – including various ways to deliver projects and effective practices to support these alternative delivery methods, such as partnering, risk management and value analysis. Utilizing these practices has enhanced delivery in the areas of job performance, safety and profit. The panel will give the owner, consultant and contractor views on benefits of these processes in relation to the changing times.

Moderator: Jennifer Shane, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Iowa State University
Speakers: Debra Brisk, P.E., Aff.M.ASCE, DRB Consulting, LLC; Renee Hoekstra, CVS, RHA, LLC; John Carlson, DBIA, Sundt Construction, Inc.

Track B - Recent Advances in Asphalt Pavement Design, Materials, and Construction

There has been quite a bit of technology progress in asphalt materials and paving technologies in the past decade. Innovations include the use of warm mix asphalt technologies, rubber asphalt and bio-mass derived asphalt, as well as the application of mechanistic-empirical design. The asphalt pavement industry has made extensive efforts to develop and promote new pavement materials and structures for constructing and maintaining sustainable pavement. Join us to explore advances in advanced asphalt materials and paving technologies, which may serve the industry, researchers, government agencies and other stakeholders.

Speakers: Baoshan Huang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, University of Tennessee; Kang-Won Wayne Lee, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of Rhode Island; Xue Luo, A.M.ASCE, Texas A&M; Samer Dessouky, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of Texas at San Antonio; Zhanping You, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Michigan Technological University

Track C -  Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-360, "Quantifying Lost Labor Productivity in Domestic and International Claims"
Speaker: Tong Zhao, P.E., M.ASCE, Delta Consulting Group (20 min)

LADR-354, "Effects of Change Orders on Cost Growth, Schedule Growth, and Construction Intensity of Large Highway Projects"
Speaker: Dr. Pramen Prasad Shrestha, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (20 min)

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Saturday, March 3

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. | Continental Breakfast, Sponsored by American Institute of Constructors

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Plenary Session: Exploring the State of Our Infrastructure (1 PDH)

9:00 – 9:20 a.m. | Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

9:20 – 10:20 a.m. | Technical Session 10: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - You Be the Judge

When a construction claim cannot be resolved between the involved parties, they are often compelled to seek a resolution using an arbitrator, a judge, a jury, or a board. These forums take the dispute out of the parties’ hands and place it in the hands of the adjudicator. Join us to experience the unique opportunity for you, the audience, to act as the adjudicator and determine the outcome of a dispute between a contractor and a public agency owner.  

Moderator: Thomas Mitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Urban Engineers
Speakers: Zachary Jones, J.D., A.M.ASCE, Stites and Harbison PLLC; Philips Vallakalil, CCM, Esq., M.ASCE, S.J. Louis; John Knowlton, P.E., M.ASCE, American Consulting Professionals, LLC; Michael Radbill, P.E., F.ASCE, Hill International 

Track B – Temporary Structures for the Entertainment Industry

The entertainment industry, which includes, sports, music festivals and concerts and TV and movie production, is temporary in nature. Typically, a crew is only on site from one to three days and must start from scratch and build a complete set, camera platform, stage or whatever is needed for the production. In addition, the crew must “strike” or disassemble everything and cart it away within a few hours. The safety requirements are a mix of mostly construction and general industry standards, when in stadiums or theaters. The sports industry (ESPN, FOX, NBC, CBS, Turner) in particular, does a great job of implementing an industry-wide safety program. Hear about the challenges of working on a short schedule to address a wide variety of safety issues to ensure that safe work practices are followed while preparing to broadcast a show with a limited amount of time.

Speaker: Anthony Brown, Aff.M.ASCE, ADBrown Company

Track C -  Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-347, "Analysis of Transportation Agencies Claim History: Partnered Versus Non-Partnered"
Speaker: Dr. Carla Lopez del Puerto, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez (20 min)

LADR-348, "Development of a Partnering Maturity Assessment tool for Transportation Agencies"
Speaker: Dr. Carla Lopez del Puerto, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez (20 min)

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10:20 – 10:40 a.m. | Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

10:40 – 11:40 a.m. | Technical Session 11: Track A, B, and C (1 PDH)

Track A - Solving Serious Ethical Dilemmas

Engineers face serious ethical dilemmas and it can be a struggle to determine the best path forward. Fulfill your licensing requirement and explore some interesting case studies, as well as some background philosophical concepts and the ASCE Code of Ethics.

Speakers: Steve Starrett, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI, Kansas State University; Carlos Bertha, Ph.D., US Air Force Academy

Track B - Owners Panel on Alternative Delivery

Explore the pros and cons of various innovative delivery methods with a panel of owners from Texas and other parts of the country, who will inspire you with new ideas on how to make all stages of your construction process more smooth and efficient.

Moderator: Dan Becker, CCM, PMP, CCP, ENV SP, M.ASCE, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Speakers: Amy Middleton, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, PMP, San Antonio River Authority; Ed Weaver, IPL Program Deputy Director, Tarrant Regional Water District

Track C -  Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-001, "Propagation of Collaboration Governance Framework for Building Information Modeling" 
Speaker: Adam Alwash (20 min)

LADR-002, "Bare Facts and Benefits of Resource-Loaded CPM Schedules"
Speaker: Jeff Ottesen, P.E., University of Washington (20 min)

11:40 – 11:50 a.m. | Break

11:50 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Closing Plenary Luncheon and 2018 Construction Management Award
Presentation: Texas’s Integrated Pipeline Project (1 PDH)

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