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Lisa Briggs, SE, M.ASCE

Lisa Briggs, PE., M. ASCEKansas City, MO. She has 15 years of experience working on a variety of bridge construction and demolition projects including suspension bridge demolition, network arch erection, bascule construction, truss float-outs, swing span replacements, trestle design, and curved girder erection. She also serves on ASCE’s Temporary Works Committee, which is currently working towards publishing a Best Practices document for bridge demolition.

Prior to working at Genesis, Lisa earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas. For the I-74 bridge project, she served as the lead engineer for the suspension span demolition, including the structural analysis for removal of the concrete deck and steel superstructure, and the pre-blast analysis for the main towers and suspension cable. 

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Thomas Schebler, EIT, A.M.ASCE

Thomas Schebler, EIT, A.M.ASCETom Schebler is a Project Engineer with Helm Civil, located in East Moline, IL. Tom is a native of Davenport, IA, where he continues to reside. He has worked for Helm Civil since 2018, first as an intern, and then moving into his current role after graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 2020.

Tom has helped manage numerous bridge replacement, bridge repair, and marine construction projects throughout the Quad Cities Metro area during his time with Helm Civil. Currently, Tom is working full-time on the Interstate 74 Bridge Demolition Project where he assists in overseeing daily operations, completes project planning tasks, facilitates Helm Civil’s Safety Program, and supports project coordination efforts.

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Zach Bardot, EIT

Zach Bardot, EITZach Bardot is a Structural Engineer with Genesis Structures, located in Kansas City, MO. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Missouri Science and Technology. Zach has 9 years of experience working on a variety of bridge projects, including curved girder erection, arch erection, truss demolition, trestle bridge design, and cofferdams/SOE.

He has also worked on several dam rehabilitation projects including stoplog removal, tainter gate rehabilitation, overhead crane removal and replacement, gantry crane erection, and crane load testing. For the I-74 bridge project, he served as the lead engineer for the demolition of the continuous truss spans, Bettendorf and Moline Deck Truss spans, as well as the design of the containment structures required for substructure removal.

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Brian R Manning, P.E., F.ASCE, mc2 civil, inc.

Brian ManningBrian Manning is the CEO of mc 2 civil, inc. and has over thirty years of experience in designing and constructing transit, highway and water infrastructure projects. He is a professional engineer whose background includes award-winning achievements in fieldwork, engineering design, operations, estimating and management.

Brian was instrumental in growing Sterling Construction Company, Inc. from a small Houston-based, privately held company to a national, publicly traded company. His signature projects include the original downtown section of Houston METRO Light Rail and, most recently, the reconstruction of Bagby Street in front of Houston City Hall and the Hobby Center. Brian’s key responsibilities include strategic planning, new market development, new business development (mergers, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures), investor relations, legislative representation, risk management and succession planning.

He is also active in professional societies by serving in leadership positions at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), The Construction Institute and the Houston Contractors Association on a local, state and national level.  

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Will Gruy, FMI

Will GruyWill Gruy works with companies across the U.S. serving the built environment with an emphasis on operational improvement and strategic thinking. He specializes in corporate strategy, using a research and evidence-based approach to achieve improved financial results through organizational focus.

Prior to FMI, Will worked as an IT enterprise insights consultant for a major consulting firm serving global Oil & Gas companies.  

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Scott Staffon, CSP

Scott StaffonScott joined Holmes Murphy Construction in 2012 and has over 44 years of construction experience. Scott began his construction career in the 1978 working as a laborer and yard helper. Over a 20-year period he worked for several National Construction Companies serving in different roles from Superintendent, Project Manager and Safety Director.

Prior to joining Holmes Murphy Construction, Scott spent 13 years with a large national Insurance broker where he was a Senior Vice President in the Construction Risk & Safety Practice.  

Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stout where he earned degrees in Construction Management (BS) and Risk/Safety Management (MS). Scott is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and holds many other designations.

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