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Technical Sessions

Thursday, March 10

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | ASCE-CI Research Awards Luncheon

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Technical Session 1: Industry Tracks CI 1A, CI 1B, and CI-1C (1 PDH)

Track 1A – Post-Pandemic Construction Engineering Education

Join us in a discussion about post-pandemic construction engineering education as we have learned lessons from the past two years. Panelists from academia, government agencies, and the construction industry will discuss a variety of topics, including but not limited to, virtual learning and teaching; internship/co-op programs; diversity, equity, and inclusion; emerging technologies (3D printing, BIM, data science, drone, robotics); new skills required for early career engineers, and changes for new hires. This discussion will be beneficial to industry professionals, faculty, and students as they will gain deep knowledge about the lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic, and challenges and opportunities for construction engineering education as we move forward.

Moderator: Susan Bogus Halter, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of New Mexico

Speakers: James Rowings, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Kiewit University; John Gambatese, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Oregon State University; Dr. Denise Simmons, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, University of Florida; Hani Alzraiee, P.Eng, M.ASCE, Cal Poly.

Track 1B – Rebar Cage: Analysis, Design, and Innovation

Large rebar cages are commonly used in reinforced concrete constructions. These temporary structures are made of longitudinal and transverse reinforcing bars usually connected by tie-wires. Numerous incidents of rebar cage failure and collapse have been reported at construction sites, often leading to injuries, fatalities, construction schedule delays, and added costs. This session will collect and present state-of-the-art research and innovation in detailing, analysis, and design of rebar cages to ensure their safety during various construction processes.

Moderator: Vincent Arthur Siefert, P.E., M.ASCE, Siefert Associates LLC

Speakers: Hamed Ebrahimian, P.E., M.ASCE, University of Nevada, Reno; Masood Vahedi, S.M.ASCE, University of Nevada, Reno

Track 1C – SuperSpec: A New Frontier for Next Generation

The risk of poor or deficient specifications is still as high as it has been in the past, but can be prevented if engineers, project managers, and owners envision final specifications at the start of a project. The ASCE CI Specifications Committee will demonstrate how to make this vision a reality by focusing on two key solutions for managing specifications: (1) collaboration among stakeholders and within firms fostered by centralized and modern document management systems, and (2) communication of clear definitions of specification deliverables through all project phases to all stakeholders. Fundamental best practices and case examples will be shared and discussed.

Moderator: Rusty Sprouse, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE, Jefferson Lab

Speakers: David M. Siegler, P.E., M.ASCE, New Jersey Turnpike Authority; Theresa Jablonski, P.E., M.ASCE, Nova Consulting; Lawrence Eckersley, M.ASCE, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

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

Track 2A – Exploring EJCDC’s new Alternative Delivery Contracts

EJCDC publishes contract documents used widely throughout the construction industry for design and construction, particularly on civil projects. This session will provide information in an interactive game show format that will be informative, educational and fun on the different documents and benefits associated with those documents. While EJCDC provides documents for the major project delivery methods, this session will focus on alternative delivery methods, design-build, progressive design-build, and the soon to be released Construction Manager at Risk documents. We will also address the recently released Agency Construction Management family of documents. Come join us for and entertaining and education program.

Speaker: Dan Becker, M.ASCE, CCM, PMP, CCP, ENV SP., D. Becker Consulting, LLC

Track 2B – Bridge Demolition with Explosives

The need to repair and replace a copious number of bridges in our current infrastructure is well documented. For nearly all these present and future projects, safe and controlled demolition of the existing structure is of the highest importance. Using explosives for removal of a bridge structure, which to those unfamiliar may not sound controlled or safe, will be the focus of this presentation. To properly execute a successful explosive demolition, much preplanning and preparation must take place before the big event. This presentation will cover typical scenarios for when explosive demolition is the best method of removal and discuss the engineering and community outreach preparation that is typically involved in an explosive demolition project. Additionally, the presentation will examine several case studies.

Speakers: David Byers, P.E., M.ASCE, Genesis Structures; Joshua Crain, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, Genesis Structures; Matthew Tebo, Kiewit Corporation

Track 2C – Assessment of Informational Value of Construction Specifications for Prevention of Defects

The CI Specifications committee members will discuss how the specification addresses the information relevant to common design defects and what information should be more included in the specification. The presentation will be followed by an industry panel discussing how to effectively include necessary information in a project specification.

Moderator: Rusty Sprouse, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE, Jefferson Lab

Speakers: Hyun Koo, A.M.ASCE; Wayne State University; TBD

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. | Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Technical Session 3: Industry Tracks CI 3A/Plenary (1.5 PDH)

The Young Professionals Forum is a gathering of ASCE-CI younger members on a mission to impact their community. A generation of young professionals put a thoughtful and interactive session which is set to be a model of excellence. Members of CI Young Professionals Council have a commitment to bring the change they desire in the construction industry and their community.

Speaker: TBD

Friday, March 11

7:30 – 9:15 a.m. | Plenary Breakfast

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. | Break

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

Track 4A – Delaware Memorial Bridge Tower Pin and Link Replacement

The Delaware Memorial Bridge (DMB) is a twin‐span suspension bridge that carries I‐295 across the Delaware River. The first structure opened in 1951 and originally supported two lanes in each direction. Southbound traffic was shifted to the second structure when it opened in 1968, leaving the 1st structure to carry northbound traffic. In 2019, over 80,000 vehicles crossed the twin spans daily. The existing tower links supporting the suspended spans were showing significant deterioration at pin holes. The bridge owner, Delaware River and Bay Authority, engaged HNTB to design a replacement for the links and were interested in alternatives to the existing system. A solution utilizing uplift bearings to provide the necessary vertical restraint while allowing for the significant movements of the flexible suspended span was developed and implemented.

Moderator: Jeffrey Sawyer, P.E., M.ASCE

Speaker: Dan Millman, PE, SE, HNTB Corporation

Track 4B – Proper Rebar Detailing including Constructability Concerns, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute’s (CRSI) perspective

This session will offer CRSI’s insights and discuss some of the DOs and DON’Ts in rebar detailing. The speakers will address the constructability concerns that arise when things have been overlooked “on paper” versus where the fresh concrete hits the rebar and formwork in construction.

Speakers: Brett R. Lord. CRSI; Robbie Hall, Headed Reinforcement Corporation

Track 4C – LADR Workshop

LADR-786 – Construction Claims and Payment Disputes Analysis: Is Alternative Dispute Resolution Worth It?

Speaker: Krishna Kisi, Texas State University

LADR-765 – Differing Site Conditions: Clarifying Misunderstandings to Reduce Costly Litigation

Speaker: Hossein Ataei, University of Illinois at Chicago

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Networking Break

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

Track 5A – Automation and Robotics in Construction

Construction robots continue to be increasingly deployed on construction sites to assist human workers in various tasks to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity. The emerging field of human–robot collaboration has significant potential applications in construction and continues to advance the state of the art in defining the responsibilities of both humans and robots during collaborative work. This session will explore the history and recent advances in collaborative human–robot work in construction teams. The session will begin with a technical talk and will be followed by an interactive panel discussion to identify current challenges and knowledge gaps in collaborative human–robot construction work and recommend directions for future research.

Speakers: Vineet Kamat, Ph.D., M.ASCE., University of Michigan, TBD

Track 5B – Choosing Equipment for Bridge Demolition

What engineers need to consider selecting the equipment for bridge demolition? How to navigate choices for the modern, specialized equipment and processes that minimize disruption to surrounding structures and land and comply with all safety regulations. The presentation will provide a high-level guideline, based on best available tools and equipment utilized for bridge demolitions, and will help to provide further understanding on tool and equipment capabilities.

Moderator: Reuben Zylstra, PE, PEng, M. ASCE, Foothills Bridge Co.

Speaker: Jericho Tumanguil, P. Eng, M. ASCE, Priestly Demolition Inc.

Track 5C – LADR Workshop

LADR-519 – Post-Construction Evaluation of Fill Compaction

Speaker: Timothy D. Stark, University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne

LADR-663 – The Legitimacy of The General Duty Clause Citations: Court Cases Review

Speaker: Ahmed Jalil Al-Bayati, Ph.D., PE, CHST, M.ASCE, Lawrence Technological University

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Exhibit Hall lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Technical Session 6: Industry Tracks CI 6A, CI 6B, and CI 6C (1 PDH)

Track 6A – Developing your Moral (or is it "Ethical"?) Vocabulary

ASCE’s NEW Code of Ethics encourages engineers to “continue professional development to enhance technical and non-technical competencies.” (3.g) In this session, Carlos, an engineer-turned-philosopher, will cover a bit of that non-technical stuff: what is the difference between “ethical” and “moral”? What distinguishes a “bribe” from “extortion”? What does “standard of care” mean? You get the picture. Carlos will review some of the vocabulary associated with moral choices that engineers face during their careers. In the process, he will also cover some theoretical language used in engineering ethics, which will (hopefully) enhance those non-technical competencies the Code of Ethics is referring to.

Speaker: Carlos Bertha, Ph.D., COL (Ret., USAR), A.M.ASCE

Track 6B – Identifying Safety Issues When Reviewing Lift Plans Using Alternative Lifting Methods

Many times in the heavy construction industry, lifts are made with equipment other than cranes. Lifts made using these alternative lifting methods typically involve the preparation of a detailed lift plan. This program will be a discussion of safety issues that arise during the review of these lift plans. Topics covered will be hydraulic gantry systems, jacking systems, slide systems, and hydraulic modular transports. This program will introduce attendees to topics that are covered in greater depth in the Alternative Lifting Methods Guided Online Course.

Speaker: Timothy Parker, P.E., M. ASCE, SCDOT, Parker Consulting Engineers LLC

Track 6C – LADR Workshop

LADR-667 – Environmental Review of Highway Projects Using Planning and Environmental Linkages

Speaker: Timothy R. Wyatt, Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC

LADR-675 – Financial Remedies for Personal Property Damage in Water Main Breaks

Speaker: Karen Gupta LEED AP, EIT, A.M. ASCE, Colorado State University

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. | Technical Session 7: Industry Tracks CI 7A, CI 7B, and CI 7C (1 PDH)

Track 7A – COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Construction and Project Delivery

The pandemic has altered our lives in many ways and delivering projects has definitely been impacted by the pandemic! The panel members will present the opportunities, threats and concerns that the pandemic is having for their pursuits and delivering of projects. There are many threats and concerns that arose from the pandemic – however there has also been opportunities to assess and refine the way we do business. The panel will offer how they have adapted during the pandemic and how it is influencing the future.

Moderator: Melissa C. Rohland, PMP, P.E., M.ASCE, Digital Construction Works

Speakers: Travis Mohr, A.M.ASCE, Kiewit Infrastructure Co; Lisa B. Choplin, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP; Chuck Hixon, Digital Construction Works

Track 7B – Risk-Based Approach to Temporary Works Management

The management of Temporary Works on construction projects varies greatly by company and region. This session will present a systematic and scalable risk-based approach to Temporary Works management over the life cycle of a project. Project examples of contract language, risk mitigation plans, design tracking, inspections, and approval systems are provided. Targeted guidance is given for implementing this approach from the initial project development phase through contract execution, for Owners, Developers, Engineering firms, and Contractors. After attending this session, one should be able to understand the fundamentals of risk-based temporary works management and be able to implement such a system.

Moderator: Angie Hunter, P.E., M.ASCE, Kiewit

Speaker: Owen Berg, P.E., S.E., P. Eng., Kiewit

Track 7C – LADR Workshop

LADR-754 – Leveraging the Value of Project Scope Growth Through Construction Manager-At-Risk Delivery of Public University Capital Improvement Projects

Speaker: Nils J. Gransberg, University of Oklahoma

LADR-763 – Bim-Specific Prequalification Criteria in Construction Projects: Exploring The Nature And Timeline Of Their Inclusion

Speaker: Vijayeta Malla, NICMAR, India

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. | Networking Break

4:15 – 5:15 p.m. | Technical Session 8: Industry Tracks CI 8A, CI 8B, and CI 8C (1 PDH)

Track 8A – Model Based Contracting - NYSDOT Case Study for 138th Street Bridge over the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx

This presentation will discuss what Model Based Contracting is and how it was implemented on bridge projects at NYSDOT. Model Based Contracting is an innovative approach where contractual work can legally be specified with 3D CADD models or other electronic information, eliminating the need for 2D plan sheets. There were minimal plans and most of the project is contained in the BIM Model for 138th Street Bridge. The bridge has about 160,000 vehicles going through it every day, has every utility imaginable going over it, through it, or around it. Another interesting feature of this project - all of the structural design and modeling was done in-house by NYSDOT.

Moderator: Craig Ruyle, P.E., M.ASCE., NYSDOT

Speaker: Brenda Crudele, P.E., Office of Structures, NYSDOT

Track 8B – Structural Steel Building Erection: Understanding, Communicating, and Mitigating Risks

Various design guides and training materials are available that address engineering for structural steel building erection in a technical sense. However, the industry lacks guidance in the other key factor in mitigating risks for structural steel building erection: good communication between the erector and the engineer. This session will present the main design considerations that the erector and engineer should discuss during the development of the erection plan, and it will offer means of communicating the design risks to the erector. Real-life examples will also be provided. After attending this session, one should have a preliminary list of topics for discussion with the erector and understand options to mitigate the risks for common structural steel erection applications.

Moderator: Angie Hunter, P.E., M.ASCE, Kiewit

Speakers: Brian Ruegge, P.E., M.ASCE, Kiewit; Jon Richter, P.E., M.ASCE, Kiewit

Track 8C – LADR Workshop

LADR-764 – Municipal Ghg Emission Reduction Targets: The Role Of Building Energy Regulations And Laws

Speaker: Hossein Ataei, University of Illinois at Chicago

Saturday, March 12

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. | Technical Session 9: Industry Tracks CI 9A, CI 9B, and CI 9C (1 PDH)

Track 9A – Lessons Learned – Reducing the Chance of a Claim and Improving Public Safety

The insurance industry assembles information about claims. Their purpose for collecting data is to determine the cost to insure, not to identify areas of engineering and construction practice needing improvement or requiring extra attention and caution (except for the fine print in our contracts). To become better engineers and constructors, we need feedback on the mistakes we are making so we can stop repeating them. Two ASCE committees, the Committee on Claims Reduction and Management (CCRM) and the committee on Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures US (CROSS-US) are now actively working to correct this problem. The session will include presentation on the activities of CCRM and CROSS-US with examples of lessons learned, and inform the audience on how to participate and use the information the committees are producing.

Speakers: Glenn R Bell, P.E., S.E., CP, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, CROSS-US; James Robert Harris, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE; J R Harris & Company

Track 9B – TBA

Track 9C – Advances in Asphalt Pavement Design, Construction, and Assessment

This session will gather experts to share recent advances and development associated with all aspects of pavement design, construction, and performance assessment. Some topics include integrating quality assurance in balance mix designs for durable asphalt mixtures, multiscale discrete element modeling of asphalt materials, wireless sensors for in-situ pavement characterization, and asphalt pavement recycling. Panel discussion will be held at the end to highlight new prospects, opportunities, and challenges in the field.

Moderator: Wayne Lee, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of Rhode Island

Speakers: Zhanping You, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, F.ASCE, Michigan Tech; Shihui Shen, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Pennsylvania State University; David Wang, Missouri S&T

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. | Break

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

Track 10A – Claims Avoidance & Resolution – Dialogue

This panel will speak from experience the perspective of attorneys and consultants representing contractors and owners with the on how dialogues to resolve these disputes effectively and equitably for time impact issues and constructive changes. The panel will discuss frequently disputed matters as well as the process and methods for resolution, including proper notice, the differences between delay and disruption claims, plus issues that arise in documenting and quantifying the claims.

Speakers: Joseph R. Hellenbrand, P.E., PSP, M.ASCE, Capital Project Management, Inc.; Thomas Mitchell, PE, M.ASCE; MBP

Track 10B – TBA

Track 10C – Use of Waste Plastics in Asphalt Pavements

Over the last few years, there has been increasing interest in using recycled plastics in asphalt pavements with the potential opportunities to improve the performance of pavements while eliminating the growing amount of waste plastics being landfilled or polluting the environment through litter. This session will gather speakers who have been working in relevant projects to present latest findings in methods development, performance evaluations, and challenges and issues.

Moderator: Jenny Liu. Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Missouri S&T

Speakers: Baoshan Huang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, University of Tennessee, Fan Yin, Ph.D., Auburn University; Jenny Liu. Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Missouri S&T; Zhanping You, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, F.ASCE, Michigan Tech

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Networking Break

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

Track 11A – Design Change Control Boards

As more project owners select Innovative Contracting Methods, especially Design/Build and Public Private Partnerships (P3), engineers find themselves working for contractors and concessionaires in providing design services. This oftentimes results in questions on whether a particular design element should have been included in the Baseline Design Services. A DCCB can help the parties avoid possible disputes by getting issues settled early before major costs have been incurred that might otherwise have been mitigated. The session will provide an understanding of the development and use of DCCB’s. A panel of DCCB users will offer insights, answer questions and seek audience input on the process.

Moderator: Wilburt (Bill) Hinton, II, P.E., F.ASCE

Speakers: TBA

Track 11B – TBA

Track 11C – TBA

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