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Technical Sessions

Thursday, March 7

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

Track A - The ABCs of Value Engineering – Part 1

An introduction to the formal process of value engineering. This 2‐hour workshop is designed for individuals involved in planning, design and construction projects, including planners, architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors, cost estimators and owners. We will present What and Why (Benefits) we do formal Value Engineering, and an introduction into How and When it is applied. We will begin the discussion of the three‐stage process of pre‐study, study and post study and start on the first phase in the Job Plan, the Information Phase. If you ever wondered “The Rest of Story…….and what Value Engineering is all about – stick around for Part II.

Speaker:  Renee L. Hoekstra, CVC, RHA, LLC.

Track B - Rural Community Infrastructure Projects: Dream Big (30 min) - Part 1

Small communities face unique challenges such as poverty, remoteness and sparse settlement, small population base, lower debt capacity, and outmigration, all of which can lead to higher user rates. Small communities often have limited financial, technical and managerial capacity, with limited in‐house staff to plan, develop and implement infrastructure improvements. Engineers working with small communities need to be aware of their unique needs and goals. This presentation will address the distinctive challenges of rural infrastructure projects: what small communities look for in a consulting engineer, how to navigate funding and regulatory requirements, unique operations and maintenance considerations of small systems, how to determine current and future needs of the community and how to work with the overall long‐term goals of the community.

Speaker: Marcy Newman, P.E., USDA-RD New York State

Track B - Smart Ways to Stretch the Infrastructure Dollar: Partnerships (30 min) - Part 2

Although several federal and state agencies provide assistance to rural communities for water and waste infrastructure, the need outstrips the available funding. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development (RD) Rural Utility Service (RUS) Water Environmental Program (WEP) provides about $1.5 billion in loans and grants for water and waste infrastructure projects to rural communities, while the EPA’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) Programs fund about $2.3 billion in any size communities. A partnership between USDA RD and Montana state SRF programs results in efficiencies and cost savings to rural communities looking to fund water and waste infrastructure projects. Standardized applications and engineering reports facilitate application to multiple funding sources, resulting in significant savings and reduced user rates.

Speaker: Karen Sanchez, P.E., USDA-RD Montana

Track C - 3D Sue Investigations and As-Built Records For 3D Design and BIM

Session will cover the following essential understandings for acquiring and managing 3D utility infrastructure data for project development and delivery:  effective utility records investigation; usage of ASCE 38 verses a conventional "potholing" campaign - common industry-wide misperception; new 3D utility survey methods, including integration of LiDAR, multichannel GPR, and SPAR300 data; and project owner implementation of the new ASCE CI utility as-built standard on construction contracts. Latest technologies and ASCE standard updates will be discussed, along with some myth-busting. Knowledge gained will illuminate on current industry trends for managing utility infrastructure for emerging 3D design and construction methodologies and technologies.

Speakers: Philip J. Meis P.E., M.ASCE, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.; Gabe Priebe, P.E., Montana DOT; Donald Haines, M.ASCE, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.

Track D - Cranes, Lift Plans and Key Pitfalls (60 min)

With the growing demand of engineered lift planning from Owners, Contractors and Jurisdictions it is imperative that more engineers learn about cranes, rigging and other critical items that affect a lift. This presentation will walk through key pit falls when sizing a crane, how to read a load chart, what a typical critical lift plan looks like and some key resources to learn from.

Speakers: Richard Mikut Jr, P.E., M.ASCE, The Dothea Group, LLC

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Technical Session 2: Track A, B, C and D (1 PDH)

Track A - The ABCs of Value Engineering – Part 2

The second hour of the workshop designed for individuals involved in planning, design and construction projects, including planners, architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors, cost estimators and owners. In Part II, we will dig further into the six‐phase job plan, starting with Function Analysis and play a little game, The Wheel of Function. This is a fun way to understand what the meaning of Function is and why it helps us to better understand our projects. We will finish with the remaining phases; Creativity, Evaluation, Development and Presentation and the tools that go along with this including Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Performance‐based Decision Making, etc. We will briefly discuss how and why to integrate Value Management into your organization, project and everything you do.

Speaker: Renee L. Hoekstra, CVC, RHA, LLC.

Track B - Atlanta Botanical Gardens Walkway Collapse Investigation

On 19 December 2008, a large portion of the S-shaped, steel-framed walkway under construction at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens suddenly collapsed during concrete placement operations.  The approximately 575 ft long canopy bridge was designed as a cable-stayed structure.  At the time of collapse and prior to the installation of masts and cables, temporary shoring tower frames and helical piles supported the walkway framing system.  This case-study presentation highlights the importance of understanding movement and structural behavior in permanent design, temporary design, and collapse investigation.

Speaker: Dan Cook, M.ASCE., Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Track C - Stop Hitting Underground Utilities, The Middle Market of Private Utility Locating

According the Common Ground Alliance, (CGA) the cost of damages in the last 20 years caused by improperly located or not located subsurface utilities has reached $1.7 billion, resulted in 1,906 injuries and 421 fatalities. The CGA represents a body of industry stakeholders that advocate for the 811/One Call utility funded public property locating service. Outside of the free 811/One Call public property utility location service, there is a vibrant private property utility location market. Contractors that service this marketplace use specialized technologies like ground penetrating radar to image and mark-out underground utilities. This presentation is a summary of a proven methodology that greatly reduces underground utility strikes associated with private property locating.

Speaker: Matthew Dragon, GPRS

Track D - Development of US Construction Engineering Education

Join us in a discussion about construction engineering and management education and career development in the construction industry. Panelists from academia, government agency, and the construction industry discuss a variety of topics in the construction educational process including the construction curriculum, co-op and internship, practitioner participation, PE license, construction business model, leadership development, career advancement, and life-time learning. This discussion will help industry professionals gain deep knowledge about construction education and become more effective mentors for the future generations of workforce. At the same time, students will develop an understanding about construction industry expectations, so they can better prepare for their careers. 

Moderator: Charles T. Jahren, MBA, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Iowa State University 

Speakers: W. Edward Back, Ph.D., M.ASCE., The University of Alabama; James E. (Jim) Rowings, Jr., P.E., Ph.D., M.ASCE, Kiewit; Craig Ruyle, P.E., M.ASCE, New York State DOT

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | YP Forum – From the Classroom to the Office: Leading Our Young Professionals and Students (1.5 PDHs)

Today’s high demand of engineers in the construction industry is making it challenging for employers to obtain and retain talent.  Our industry has changed over the last 15 years with new contract models, technology, and focus on resiliency. Just as the industry changes, the process that companies use to train, advance, and motivate their employees is changing. Companies need to adapt to the industry and generational changes in order to develop talent and stay at the forefront. This interactive session will include a panel with perspectives from students, young professionals, and senior management. They will provide an insight on what companies should include in their training and development program to lead our young professionals to success.

Discussion and Roles Outline 

Mitchell HalleePrinceton University student graduating in May, CI Student Days participant and accepted offer with Kiewit. Mitchell will provide student perspective.
Halis Seawell, Kiewit – YP Discussion Champion/Speaker. Halis will be speaking to new technology and what YP’s feel should be included in company development plan. Stretch and Flex lead. 
LeAnne Napolillo, HNTB  – Discussion Champion. LeAnne will provide large designer development plan.
Tony  Puntin, BETA Group Inc, University of New Hampshire – Discussion Champion. Tony will be providing academia and small designer development plan
Travis Mohr, Kiewit – Moderator/Speaker. Travis will provide large contractor technology, work/life balance, development plan

All participants will be assisting with the breakout group discussions. 

*All speakers and discussion champions will have a PowerPoint in which each person will also have a role.

Moderator: Travis Mohr, A.M.ASCE, Kiewit

Friday, March 8

7:30 – 9:15 a.m. | Opening Plenary Session and Breakfast (1 PDH)

Call to Order: Dan Becker, M.ASCE, CCM, PMP, CCP, ENV SP, CI Summit 2019 Chair; Baabak Ashuri, Ph.D., M.ASCE, CI Summit 2019 Co-Chair

Welcome Remarks Marsha Bomar, P.E., F.ASCE, ASCE Technical Region Director
Keynote Presentation: The I85 Response, Major Mobility Investment Program and More: an Insider View of the Georgia DOT

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is reaching new heights of service and achievement. Chief among the Department’s thoughtful approach to transportation solutions for Georgia is the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP), an $11 billion program consisting of 11 initial transportation projects - four additional Express Lanes facilities, three major interchange projects, three major interstate widening projects, and one Commercial Vehicle Only Lanes project - that together will relieve congestion, increase mobility and improve travel times statewide. GDOT is also finding new ways to expedite project construction and completion. When the I-85 bridge in Atlanta collapsed due to fire in March 2017, GDOT sprang into action using a declaration of emergency and financial incentives to ensure the bridge was swiftly rebuilt and reopened to nearly 250,000 daily vehicles in just six weeks. Hear all about these compelling topics from GDOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry.

Speaker: Russell R. McMurry, P.E., Commissioner, GDOT

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

Track A - Introduction to Claims Management Guideline

The goal of successful completion of the project now includes the expectation of project closeout free from disputes and claims. Construction disputes and claims threaten the schedule, cost and quality of the projects, impact future capital programs, divert critical resources and erode public confidence. The Construction Manager(CM) plays an important role and is responsible in avoiding, mitigating, and resolving the disputes and claims between the owner and the contractor(s) during the execution of construction projects. Claims Management Guidelines provides the menu of services that relates to these responsibilities. The CM must understand the responsibilities of each party as stated in the Contract and have the skill to manage those separate parties and the project objectives of time, cost, quality, and safety. Understanding the most common causes of disputes and claims, the CM should implement a Claims Management Plan that enables the project team to avoid, mitigate and resolve disputes. 

Speakers: David M. Ponte, P.E., Arcadis; Eric Schatz, P.E., Arcadis

Track B – American Iron and Steel for Federally Funded Water Infrastructure Projects

There are many misperceptions about American Iron and Steel (AIS) requirements for federally funded projects which may have deterred construction firms from bidding on water infrastructure projects in the past. However, in recent years, federal funding has exponentially increased to support the nation’s overall water infrastructure needs, which means that construction demands in this area are likely to increase as well. For this reason, construction firms will continue to play a significant role in ensuring their client’s compliance with AIS requirements for water infrastructure projects.  This session will identify key federal funding programs for water infrastructure improvements that include the AIS requirements (notably, the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolve Fund (SRF) Programs and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program); describe the AIS requirements and the role construction firms play in its implementation; and strive to address some common misunderstandings about navigating AIS requirements.

Speakers:  Dan-Tam Nguyen, USEPA; Kirsten Anderer, P.E., USEPA; Leslie Corcelli, USEPA

Track C - Improving Construction Project Delivery Through Standard Work: Why Standards Matter

According to a 2013 research article titled "Applying Lean Thinking in Construction and Performance Management", published in the Alexandra Engineering Journal, the productivity of the construction industry worldwide has declined over the past 40 years, and continuously struggles with time and cost overruns. Further, the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) states that "Construction labor efficiency and productivity has decreased, while all other non-farming labor efficiency has doubled or more since the 1960s. Currently, 70% of projects are over budget and delivered late. The industry still sees about 800 deaths and thousands of injuries per year. The industry is broken."  The term "Lean" has been around for decades and has transformed industries such as manufacturing. One of the key principles of Lean is Standard Work, which includes documenting a standard, making sure the standard is up-to-date, and making sure the standard is followed. The ASCE Specifications Committee has identified several key issues in project delivery and has recognized that applying Standard Work principles can help Owners, Engineers, and Contractors improve safety, quality, and productivity in their projects. Through various resources and case studies, the Committee will present why the Standard Template is fundamental to specifications. 

Speakers: Rusty Sprouse, P.E., M.ASCE, Jefferson Lab; David Siegler, P.E., M.ASCE, Acting Project Engineer 

Track D - Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-450 Application of Natural Language Processing and Text Mining to Identify Patterns in Construction Defect Litigation Cases 

Speakers: Baabak Ashuri; Elizabeth Brogan; Yashovardhan Jallan

LADR-410 An Approach to Quantify the Delay due to Lost Productivity 

Speakers: Carol Mikhail, Orascom Construction

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

Track A – An Introduction to the ASCE CI Loss of Productivity Standard

In 2016, the ASCE Construction Institute sponsored and began the process of establishing a new Standard Guidelines for the Measurement of the Loss of Productivity to address the best practices for conducting productivity analysis in construction. The intent of the standard would be to minimize and resolve disputes over loss of productivity measurement methods and to provide interested parties the tools to properly identify, measure, and quantify loss of productivity. The intended audience for the standard includes owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers, and consultants who deal with productivity measurement and disputes and will cover various stages in a project life-cycle (pre-construction, construction, and post-construction perspectives). This presentation will focus on the elements being covered in the standard including: the purpose of the standard, productivity basics, collecting and storing productivity data, identifying loss of productivity, proving loss of productivity, and quantifying loss of productivity. The presentation will highlight content in and the current status of the standard document as presented by contributing members of the Committee.

Speakers: John Ciccarelli, P.E., CCP, PSP, M.ASCE, J.S. Held, LLC; David M. Ponte, P.E., M.ASCE, Arcadis

Track B – Precursor Analysis: Predicting the Potential for Serious Injury and Fatality Incidents

Construction industry statistics show that serious injury and fatality (SIF) rates have declined over the past 25 years but are currently stagnant. Data from recent studies suggests that there are precursors to SIFs that can be used to predict which operations have the greatest risk and potential for a safety incident. This presentation will describe the results of a recent study that led to the development of a precursor analysis process. The process involves assessing the presence of potentially detrimental precursors (anomalies) in the work place and alerting those overseeing field operations of the likelihood of a SIF incident. The presentation will define SIF events and describe the process and when it can be applied. An example of a precursor analysis checklist will be presented.

Speaker: John Gambatese, PhD, PE(CA), Oregon State University

Track C - Use of Bypass Panel Bridges in Place of Staged Construction

With the ever-increasing traffic on today's highways it is becoming more of a challenge for the repair or replacement of bridges. Over the past 25 years, staged construction was the normal method used to facilitate this type of work, but with the traffic volumes of today maintaining flows and travel times for the public are becoming more of a challenge. Over the last 10 years, the use of temporary bypass bridges had become more common to divert traffic around a bridge project to maintain the traffic flow as if the original bridge was still in service. This session will discuss the benefits of using bypass bridges in place of staged construction as well as the types of bypass bridges commonly used within the US market.

Speaker: John Brain, P.E., M.ASCE

Track D - Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-400 Change Orders on Road Maintenance Contracts: Causes and Preventive Measures 

Speaker: Pramen Prasad Shrestha, P.E., M.ASCE, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

LADR-401 Change Orders and the Effects on Cost and Schedule for Small Low-Bid Highway Contracts 

Speaker: Pramen Prasad Shrestha, P.E., M.ASCE, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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

Track A - Diversity in the Transportation Industry: Attracting and Engaging Talent

Atlanta’s Transportation Industry 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 diverse teams? Learn this and more from a lively panel discussion with four 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: Malika Reed Wilkins, PhD, APR, WTS Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission

Speakers: Tamae Partain, Atkins North America; Adelle P. Robinson, MBA, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority; Sherl White, HNTB, Nancy Juneau, Juneau Construction Company

Track B - Managing Construction Operations at Airports

This session will feature prominent airport executives who will discuss their experiences in managing day-to-day construction operations as well as major expansion projects at airports. The session will specifically highlight the difficulties of managing construction within an on-site/in-use facility with significant amount of various daily operations such as an airport. The session will include suggestions and lessons-learned both from policy and technical perspectives.

Moderator: Mehmet Ozbek; Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Colorado State University

Speakers: Ginger Evans, Former Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Aviation; Roger Natsuhara, Vice President for Engineering at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Track C - Virtual Claim Decision – Arbitration 

Construction claims are common. The issues range from delays due to various reasons to disputes between parties regarding interpretation of construction requirements. Whatever the reason, sometimes disputes cannot be resolved, and the parties are compelled to resolve the dispute using arbitration. This forum for resolution will take the dispute out of the parties’ hands and place it in the hands of the adjudicator, which is the audience. The audience will act as a panel of arbitrators. The arbitration presentation will provide the opportunity for the audience to act as the arbitrator and determine the outcome of a dispute.

Scenario: Construction differing site condition claim presentation between a contractor (claimant) and State DOT (respondent). The contractor and its counsel will present its affirmative version of its construction claim issue. The State DOT and its counsel will present its defensive perspective of the claim issue and may present a counterclaim. The audience will have opportunity to question each party after the presentation of each side on a limited time basis. At the conclusion, the moderator will facilitate audience discussion and deliberation of the pros and cons of the case.

Moderator: Thomas Mitchell, P.E., M.ASCE, Urban Engineers, Inc.

Speakers: Thomas Mitchell; Liza Akins, Esquire, A.M.ASCE  DLA Piper; John Ciccarelli, P.E., CCP, PSP, M.ASCE, J.S. Held, LLC; Zachary Jones, Esquire, A.M. ASCE, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.; Michael E. Radbill, PE, F.ASCE,  Hill International, Inc.

Track D - Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations 

LADR-408 Loss of Productivity Analysis Using Project Specific Curves 

Speaker: Tong Zhao

LADR-430 Administration Impairments Resulting from Imbalanced Contract Conditions: The Case of Owner's Payment Defaults

Speaker: Mohamed-Asem Uthman Abdul-Malak, American University of Beirut

LADR-433 Liability Exposure and Indemnity for Architecture/Engineering Professionals Acting as Independent Consultants or Design Subcontractors

Speakers: Mayssa Kalach; Mohamed-Asem Uthman Abdul-Malak, American University of Beirut

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Technical Session 7: Track A, B, C and D (1 PDH)

Track A – Disaster Duty: Emergency Project Best Practices

Devastation of category 4 winds, 20‐foot surge flooding, and 126 miles of highway is what HDR’s team of Disaster Debris Professionals faced after their 9+ hour journey into the Florida Keys the day after Hurricane Irma made landfall. First, they needed to clear and repair roads enough just so EMS could enter. Second, “cut & toss” so residents could survey damage to their homes and deliveries could be made. Third, debris removal to return to normalcy. A Herculean Task considering rationed fuel for generators, essentially no phone nor internet service, and virtually no lodging.

This session discusses lessons learned & best practices surrounding:

  1. Unconventional, emergency recruiting and hiring
  2. Logistics for extensive projects in isolated areas
  3. Personnel management while maintaining safety and quality.

Speakers: Tony Sabbag, HDR; Cliff Lowe, HDR; Ron Garraffa, HDR; Leonard Salazar, FDOT

Track B - Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA): how, why and the outcomes of applying this delivery method on a healthcare facility.

The session illustrates a project being delivered as an Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA), the first agreement of its type to be used for a healthcare project in Chicago. The contract agreement was signed by the Owner, Architect, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer, General Contractor and six subcontractor trade partners who all shared in a risk/reward pool. This profit's original pool ($291,545) was established in the event a cost overrun occurred. The team had an incentive to outperform the metrics and the project goals (project charter). The project goals and metrics were met and the team profit pool increased to $509,822, and returned $450,000 in savings to the Owner. The original schedule was 11 months from groundbreaking through substantial completion and ultimately occupancy. The project team utilized pull planning methods from the planning thru construction. During the pull plan of the construction phase, a micro/macro method to track the project schedule, where the micro activities focused on the next 3-weeks of work and the hand-offs required for each day. The macro schedule focused on up to 3-months to ensure coordination and to meet or exceed the milestone dates identified in the master schedule. The entire team saw the benefits of this methodology, saving time and focusing on the project goals. The result was a project completed in 9 months, 2 months early and a project that met the project goals.

Moderator: Debra R. Brisk, P.E., M.ASCE
Speaker: John Zachara, CCM, LEED AP, Integrated Facilities Solutions, Inc.

Track C - Challenges Posed by Rebar Cages: Part 1, Below Ground

This presentation outlines the construction engineering challenges faced when preparing lift plans for below ground rebar cages, including those required for drilled shafts and slurry walls. Specific challenges highlighted are structural analyses of rebar cages during trip-up and erection, load path evaluation, temporary bracing and strengthening, and designs of custom lifting devices and rigging. Case studies are included to illustrate the means and methods.

Speakers: Vincent Siefert, PE, Siefert Associates LLC; Andrew Ritter, PE, Siefert Associates LLC; Dylan Allen, EIT, Siefert Associates LLC

Track D - Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-424 Comparative Analysis between Distracted Driving Texting Laws and Driver's Behavior in Construction Work Zones

Speakers: Carla Lopez del Puerto, A.M.ASCE, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez; Benjamin Colucci-Rios, Ph.D., PTOE, M.ASCE, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez; Ricardo Garcia Rosario, S.M.ASCE, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

LADR -446 Designating Responsible Parties for Drainage Within Five-Feet of the Building

Speakers: Lance VanDemark, P.E., M.ASCE, University of Colorado, Denver; Elizabeth Brogan, P.E., M.ASCE, University of Colorado

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Technical Session 8: Track A, B, C and D (1 PDH)

Track A - Project Scoping for a More Integrated Approach in Alternative Delivery

Alternative Delivery Projects including Design/Build (DB), Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) and Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC), have provided some unique opportunities and challenges for organizations now embracing these methodologies. These new delivery methods require new approaches and changes to existing approaches, often entrenched in our organizations. We cannot just try and make these methodologies fit into the standard delivery method of design/bid/build. This presentation focuses on: Sharing information on how to use a "team scoping" meeting to gain understanding of the expectations; create alignment around the issues and how to tackle them; of all involved; and the best way to begin the project; set the team and project up for success thru strategic, focused preconstruction services; and how to open up critical lines of communication and build an “Integrated Team” amongst the separate entities involved.

Speakers: Renee L. Hoekstra, CVC, Managing Partner, RHA, LLC; John Carlson, DBIA, Senior Vice President, Sundt Construction; Kerry Averyt, Project Manager, San Antonio River Authority

Track B - Stiffleg Derricks: What Good Are They?

As the predecessors to the present-day crane, derricks and gin poles were the way to lift and move objects in the days of yore. Seemingly complicated, derricks and gin poles were a compilation of guys, a boom, block and tackle, sometimes a mast and possibly even horses as hoists. Today's cranes are self-contained machines capable of conducting the same operations with relative ease. However, the derrick still has its place in construction, specifically the stiffleg derrick. The components of a stiffleg derrick will be presented, along with its safe and efficient applications in today's construction sites.

Speakers: Edward M. Deegan, Jr., P.E., M.ASCE; Jim Worrell, P.E., M.ASCE

Track C- Challenges Posed by Rebar Cages: Part 2, Above Ground

This presentation outlines the construction engineering challenges faced when preparing lift plans for above ground rebar cages, including those required for pier columns and cap beams. Specific challenges highlighted are structural analyses of rebar cages during trip-up and erection, load path evaluation, temporary bracing and strengthening, and designs of custom lifting devices and rigging. Case studies are included to illustrate the means and methods.

Speakers: Vincent Siefert, PE, Siefert Associates LLC; Andrew Ritter, PE, Siefert Associates LLC; Dylan Allen, EIT, Siefert Associates LLC

Track D - Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations 

LADR-402 Requirements and Practices of Underground Construction Activities: A Review of Recently Updated Act 

Speakers: Ahmed Al-Bayati, P.E., M.ASCE, Western Carolina University; Louis Panzer, North Carolina 811

LADR-420 Litigation Proneness of Dispute Resolution Clauses in Construction Contracts

Speaker: Murali Jagannathan

Saturday, March 9

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | Technical Session 9: Track A, B, C and D (1 PDH)

Track A – The evolving use of Virtual Design and Construction in the Heavy Civil Construction Industry – Strengthening the Connection between Designers and Builders 

Skanska’s presentation will show how Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) has grown from its early use in Heavy Civil construction as a simple graphical platform into a tool that is utilized by Construction companies through all phases of a job’s life cycle, from project understanding to facility management.  The session will provide examples of how we use VDC to more efficiently manage the ideation and design development processes for design build projects, as well as how Skanska creates innovative means and methods improvements on bid-build jobs.

Speaker: Paul Pedini, Skanska USA

Track B - Managing Project Risk thru Alternative Delivery

One of the biggest misnomers out there is the term “Alternative Delivery”. Design-Build (DB), Progressive Design-Build (PDB), Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) and Public Private Partnerships (P3) account for more than 50% of projects delivered in this country and is growing in popularity in public sector project delivery. Owners are preferring these delivery methods as a means to develop collaboration and reduce conflict amongst the project team as well as manage project risk. Through this session we will share trends in the industry and examine elements of risk that are not always considered when determining the best method to employ. The discussion will include risk management measures that you might want to consider in selecting the project delivery method to best meet your project’s and organization’s requirements. We will also share the distribution and management of risk included in the Engineers Joint Construction Document Committee’s (EJCDC) family of documents for DB, PDB and P3.

Speakers:  Dan Becker, M.ASCE, CCM, PMP, CCP, ENV SP, HDR; Chris Matthews, P.E., EXW, ARCADIS

Track C - Succession Myths

With baby boomers retiring at an astounding rate, the loss of experience, knowledge, and leadership is alarming. The need to be strategic in building your leadership bench is imperative when trying to navigate this rapidly changing workforce. By understanding the common pitfalls and myths associated with succession planning your company will be better prepared to endure and thrive through the changes. This session will give insight into: navigation of leadership preparations for each working generation, complications in succession planning and how to overcome them, simplification of a succession process with FMI’s Peak Succession Model, and how to build an enduring organization with a strong team of successors.

Speaker: Michael Mangum, FMI

Track D - Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations 

LADR-435 Proposed Framework for the Rendering of Construction Contract Documents Interpretations by Engineering Professionals

Speakers: Jamileh M. K. Hamie, KPMG; Mohamed-Asem Uthman Abdul-Malak, American University of Beirut

LADR-448 Administration of Construction Contract Interim Payments Based on Earned-Value Reduction Techniques

Speakers: Farah Samir Demachkieh; Mohamed-Asem Uthman Abdul-Malak, American University of Beirut

LADR-413R1 The Impacts of Change Orders on Cost and Schedule Performance and the Correlation with Project Size of DB Building Projects

Speaker: Pramen Prasad Shrestha, P.E., M.ASCE, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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

Track A - Practical Use of Drones for Construction Management

Recent regulatory changes now promote the increase use of small unmanned aircraft systems (aka drones). Emerging drone technology has many advantages over traditional approaches to the planning and management of construction projects. They can provide real-time, high resolution data much faster and at significantly lower costs than other land-based and airborne methods. Drones can collect valuable information in complex situations where worker safety is a key consideration. A range of “real world” examples will be presented to clearly demonstrate how drones can be used to save time and money, monitor project progress, seamlessly update clients, and not place workers in unsafe situations. Steps to protect the public and your organization, such as insurance requirements and drone-pilot qualifications, will be discussed.

Speaker:  Stephen Ellingson, TRC Solutions

Track B - Looking beyond ASCE’s Report Card: Insights into Rural America’s Infrastructure (30 min) - Part 1

The ASCE report card rated nationwide drinking water and wastewater infrastructure as D and D+, respectively. However, these grades are overall averages that can obscure conditions specific to rural systems. Providing high quality service in rural communities is challenging due to aging infrastructure, remote location, and often lower incomes and property values. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development (RD) Water and Environmental Programs (WEP) provides financial assistance for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in rural America, where many systems struggle to meet standards or are nearing the end of their useful life. We will highlight projects from rural Arizona with a focus on unique solutions developed with assistance from RD.

Speaker: Mike Luecker, USDA- RD

Track B - Be Prepared or Else: Building Resilient Infrastructure (30 min) - Part 2

In a typical year, WEP provides about $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding to rural communities. In its forty‐year lifetime, a water or wastewater system should provide long‐lasting benefits. However, like all infrastructure, such systems are vulnerable to natural disasters. The incidence of – and monetary losses from – hurricanes, flooding, drought and wildfires have steadily increased since 1980. Prudent planning, design, construction and response can lessen the impacts of extreme events. The National Institute of Building Sciences estimates that every dollar spent on mitigation prevents $6 of future losses. Accordingly, WEP is developing policies to ensure built‐in resilience to flood, high wind, wildfire, earthquake, drought and cyberattack. These policies protect the taxpayer’s investment while ensuring continued provision of safe drinking water, basic sanitation, and environmental protection in the event of a natural disaster.

Speaker: Valdis Krumins, USDA- RD

Track C - Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: Assessment of the Damages, Reconstruction Efforts and Beyond Recovery

Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20, 2017, near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico as an intense Category-4 hurricane, the fifth strongest hurricane to ever hit the United States. Hurricane Maria caused major damaged to the island’s infrastructure. The hurricane force winds, extreme precipitation events, riverine floods, and landslides severely affected the informal housing construction, the significant and vulnerable socioeconomic portion of the residential sector, and the electrical power and telecommunication infrastructure. The widespread outages of power and telecommunication service exacerbated the first response coordination efforts. Moreover, the combined power of wave action (waves over 8 m) and storm surge (between 0.7 to 2 m) also caused major public and private coastal infrastructure loses. During the session, first, we will present field observations using traditional methods, smartphone apps, and unmanned aerial surveys to show the damage caused by the hurricane. Estimates of wind speeds, rainfall, river flooding and landslides will be presented. Examples of damaged housing, bridges, utility poles and towers, and water infrastructure damage will be shown. Then, we will present ongoing reconstruction efforts including temporary and permanent solutions. Finally, we will present lessons learned and efforts beyond recovery to design and build infrastructure that can withstand the impact of natural events such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Moderator: Javier Irizarry, Associate Professor, School of Building Construction, Georgia Institute of Technology

Speakers: Carla Lopez del Puerto, Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, Ismael Pagan, Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, Ricardo Lopez, Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, Patricia Chardon-Maldonado, Center for Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

Track D - Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations

LADR-436 Sequencing and Operational Variations of Standard Claims and Disputes Resolution Mechanisms

Speakers: Mohammad Barakat; Mohamed-Asem Uthman Abdul-Malak, American University of Beirut

LADR- 442 Lessons Learned from Progressive Design-Build Implementation on Airport Projects

Speaker: Pramen Prasad Shrestha, P.E., M.ASCE, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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

Track A - Designing And Building A New City Center For A New City

The city of Sandy Springs was created by the Georgia legislature in 2005 and immediately became the sixth largest city in Georgia. Previously an unincorporated suburb of Atlanta, the new city had no "downtown". After the completion of a city plan by the firm Goody-Clancy of Boston, newly elected Mayor Rusty Paul and the six member city council decided to develop a new city center on a fourteen acre site owned by the city. A four-year effort that included a great deal of citizen input and a highly collaborative design and construction process concluded in 2018 with the completion of "City Springs", the new center of the City of Sandy Springs. The complex includes a new city hall office building, The Byers Performing Arts Center, a community theater, a 15,000 square foot conference center, a major public park with six fountains, and a public-private partnership which resulted in the construction of nearly 300 apartments and townhouses. The project, which was completed on a highly accelerated basis using the CM at risk delivery method, was completed well within the $222 budget for the public component, and is an extremely successful example of an integrated delivery process.

Moderator: Ennis Parker, Georgia Institute of Technology School of Building Construction;

Speakers: Frank Crittenden, Carter Associates; George Bushey, AIA, Rosser International; Hayes Todd, Holder Construction Company (CM); Russell K. (Rusty) Paul, Mayor, City of Sandy Springs, Georgia

Track B - Adopting Procurement Best Practices for Design-Build Project Promoted Innovative Best Value Proposal. 

MassDOT has procured 26 Design-Build Projects totaling $1.9B.  The Program continues to incorporate lessons learned and industry recommended practices.  The  procurement for the $90M  I-495 Bridge Replacement over the Merrimack River Project is an example of their new risk-based approach to design development. Limiting prescriptive requirements gave the successful DB Entity more flexibility to develop the best design solutions and manage project risks. This presentation will highlight the key procurement and environmental permitting strategies adopted by MassDOT, and the innovations the  SPS New England/HNTB team were able to incorporate in their Alternative Technical Concept and Technical Proposal.   

Speakers: Anne J. Gorczyca, P.E., M.ASCE, MassDOT; Gary Bua, P.E, HNTB; Tim McLaughlin,  P.E., SPS New England, Inc.

Track C - Legislative Update: What’s Happening in Washington on Infrastructure Issues 

Recent polling indicates that Americans overwhelming identify infrastructure investment as a policy area they would like Congress and President Trump to prioritize, and infrastructure issues had several significant “wins” in Congress last year from the passage of WRDA and FAA Reauthorization to support for infrastructure investment. Learn what is happening on Capitol Hill when it comes to water issues, what to watch for in 2019, and how engineers can get involved and influence policy.

Learning Objectives:
•    Find out about the status of state and federal legislation affecting infrastructure issues.
•    Learn about ASCE’s Public Policy development process, how they are used to support ASCE’s Vision, Mission, and Goals, and how you can get involved.
•    Dive in to ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card and discover how it is used in lobbying and advocacy efforts.
•    Learn about all the tool and resources that ASCE’s Government Relations office provides to our members and uncover the many ways that you can be actively engaged in state and/or federal advocacy.
Session Moderators/Panelists: 
Brian Pallasch, Managing Director, Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives; Maria Matthews, Senior Manager, Grassroots Program

Track D - Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution Paper Presentations 

LADR-423 Late and Non-Payment within the Construction Industry- Causes, Effects, and Solutions

LADR-447 Till debt do us part - Exploring Knowledge Transfer enablers for successful construction joint ventures

Speaker: Hector Martin, R.Eng, M.ASCE, University of the West Indies

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Closing Plenary Luncheon (1.5 PDHs)

The City of Atlanta was faced with two challenges. First, their emergency raw water reserve was limited to just three days. If the City were to lose access to clean, safe drinking water for a longer duration, the cost to the local business community could exceed more than $100 million per day. Second, their aging pump and piping system was over 100 years old, which greatly increases the risk of potential service disruption. The expansion of the Atlanta’s raw water storage capacity will provide the City with a reliable supply of drinking water for the next 100 years and increase the emergency raw water reserve to more than 30 days. The project will also address Atlanta’s goal of achieving a sustainable water infrastructure for future generations and flexibility in the system’s operation.

Panelists: Ade Abon, Director, Department of Watershed Management City of Atlanta; Robert Huie, Project Director, PC; Gevan McCoy, Vice President, Atkinson Construction; Joe Ussery, Design Project Manager, River 2 Tap (R2T)

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