skip to main content

Technical Sessions

Session Highlight

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, AECOM
Speakers: Elizabeth Mow, P.E., NTTA; 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. This presentation will introduce the audience to 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., PhD, S.E., F.ASCE, University of Nevada, Reno

Track B - GIS Based Data Analytics And Visualization For Highway Projects

Many state departments of transportation (DOTs) have started to utilize spatial data analytics and visualization tools to extract important information from their spatial data and to communicate it with management teams for better and smarter decision making. An example includes a unit price exploration tool that has been developed for Montana DOT, which visualizes bid data in a colorful and interactive GIS map that can be used for local construction market analysis and estimating bid item prices for any location in the state. In this session, the use of such GIS based data analytics and visualization tools for highway projects will be discussed with real examples.

Speakers: K. Joseph Shrestha, Ph.D., East Tennessee State University; H. David Jeong, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Iowa 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.

Moderator: Bill Hinton, P.E., M.ASCE, the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF)
Speakers: TBA

Return to Top ^

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 & 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)

In this presentation we’ll discuss pile configuration comparison and Standard Gr. 60 vs new Gr.80 HRTB; fabrication and splicing; less bars and less labor. We’ll talk about safety aspects, including elimination of internal bracing and rigidity of cage and safer hoisting and placing. We will also go over testing using hollow rebar:  testing tube replacement with hollow rebar and hollow rebar as a structural member. Additional rigidity for lifting.

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

Lessons Learned In 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 missed opportunities in better organizing and analyzing 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
Speakers: TBA

The Use Of 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 anything else they may want to use it for.  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; Lapo Cozzutto

Return to Top ^

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: Martin D. Larisch, Ph.D., Fletcher Construction Company

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

CI’s Management Practices in Construction Committee will pick up where they left off with last year’s session on the craft labor shortage, with a panel representing from 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 shortage.

Moderator: John Schaufelberger, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, University of Washington
Speakers: TBA

Track C - New EJCDC Construction Documents

Speakers: TBA

Friday, March 2

Details coming soon!


Saturday, March 3

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

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Session Break

9:15 – 10:15 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 resolultion 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: TBA

Track B – Temporary Structures in The Sports, Music Festivals for The Entertainment Industry

The entertainment industry which includes, sports, music festivals/concert and TV/Movie business is temporary in nature. Typically, a crew is only on site one, two or three days and must start from scratch and build a complete set, camera platform, stage or whatever is needed for the production. In addition, they 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, do a great job in implementing an industry wide safety program. The presentation will review the challenges of working on a short schedule to address a wide variety of safety issues to assure 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 -TBA

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. | Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 – 11:30 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: TBA

Track C -  Legal Affairs And Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations -TBA

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Session Break

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Closing Plenary Luncheon & 2018 Construction Management Award Presentation (1 PDH)

Return to Top ^

jump to top