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Poster Session Information for CI CRC 2024

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CI Industry Sessions

Subject to Change (**60 min technical presentations and panels by CI Technical Committee Members and Invited Speakers)

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Opening Plenary Session & Luncheon | Next in Engineering and Construction: Industry Outlook for US, Global Trends, and a Construction Projects Owners Panel Discussion 

11:30 am – 12:45 pm (1 PDH)

Technical Session 1: Concurrent Tracks 11-13 

1:00 – 2:00 pm (1 PDH)

See CRC Technical Program for Tracks 1-10 Grid

Track 11: Industry Standard for Schedule Delay Analysis Revisions

The consensus industry standard for schedule delay analysis is in the process of revision. Members of the 27-member standard committee will discuss and debate changes to current industry practice, and what is being revised from the first edition of ANSI/ASCE/CI 67-17. 

Moderator: Robert M. D’Onofrio, PE, CEng, F.ASCE, Capital Project Management, Inc.
Speaker: Jesus M. de la Garza; Ph.D., F.CMAA, NAC, Dist.M.ASCE, Clemson University; Richard Maher, PE, PMP, LEED AP, CSL, MCPPO,M.ASCE., SOCOTEC USA; Dave Ponte, P.E., CCM, CFCC, M.ASCE, Ankura; Gerry Williams, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.,F.ASCE; Construction Research, LLC, Robert M. D’Onofrio, PE, CEng, F.ASCE, Capital Project Management, Inc.

Track 12: Emerging Trends and Technologies in Investigating Utilities for Project Development 

Technology and practices keep evolving as they pertain to investigating and documenting utilities for the benefit of project development.  This session will highlight some of these changes from the post-Covid time frame and will include standards; geophysical and survey tools; engineering practices; and applications. Multi-sensor geophysical devices, blue-toothed survey/geophysical devices, photo/lidar technologies, new utility as-builting and data-sharing standard, revised investigation standard, AI applications in utility identification and mapping, human metrics, and more will be discussed. 
Speaker: James H. Anspach, P.G. (r), Dist.M.ASCE, NAC, Iowa State University

Track 13: Recruit and Retain: What owners and contractors do to recruit and retain individuals

With a construction labor shortage, hear what creative actions are happening to recruit and retain staff from diverse demographic backgrounds to deliver projects. 
Speakers: Michele Heyward, EIT, A.M.ASCE, PositiveHire

Technical Session 2: Concurrent Tracks 11-13

2:30 – 3:30 pm (1 PDH)

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Track 11 – Dissection of a Specification
Specifications describing technical and "front end" contract requirements make up two of the three major contract document components required for any construction project. The specifications provide critical details to augment the final component, the design drawings. This discussion-oriented presentation explores the development of project specifications focusing on the industry standard three-part approach to segregating information into general materials and execution related articles. Front end, technical, and guide specifications topics will be addressed, including: properly locating common information, proper use of references in specifications, and document quality management. At the end of the session, attendees will be able to identify the elements of a good specification and its role in a project.
Moderator: Rusty Sprouse, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE 

Speakers: David Siegler, P.E., M.ASCE, New Jersey Turnpike Authority; Theresa Jablonski, P.E., M.ASCE., Nova Consulting, Hyun Jeong Koo, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Wayne State University; Ross Standifer, P.E., M.ASCE, Arcadis; Brad Dybel, P.E., M.ASCE, Geokinetics

Track 12 – Industry Needs for Construction Engineering Education - Temporary Works 
The industry needs more engineers to properly design temporary works. This presentation will share a sample Temporary Structures class, lessons learned, and expectations for entry-level construction engineers. Session attendees will gain knowledge of the state of practice in university education, learn teaching techniques, and review examples of specific construction engineering problems.

Speakers: Vincent Arthur Siefert, P.E., M.ASCE, Siefert Associates, John Gambatese, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Oregon State University  

Track 13 – Alternative project delivery: What changes occurred based on the last few years 

Alternative delivery methods continue to be used by owners. However, factors have influenced these projects. Hear about what has impacted alternative delivery: workforce, commodity pricing and delivery, owner's management, IIJA ~ new discretionary programs. 

Speakers: Jay Hietpas, PE, Minnesota Department of Transportation; Sid Scott, HKA 

Technical Session 3: Concurrent Tracks 11-13

4:00 – 5:30 pm (1.5 PDH)

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Track 11-13 Industry Plenary – Young Professionals Forum 

The next generation wants to work in the construction industry despite facing challenges past generations have yet to face. The leaders of the next generation will confront the challenges of the future. The Young Professionals Forum gathers those leaders, and the industry professionals shaping them today, to discuss the differences in generational challenges and the outlook of the construction and engineering industry.

Speakers: Matt DiBara, DiBara Masonry ; The Contractor Consultants

Discussion Moderators: Emma Herr, Ian McKane, Nathan O’Donnell, Hanna Hoffman, CI Young Professional Council

Friday, March 22, 2024

Morning Plenary Session | CI & CRC Awards Presentation 

8:30 – 9:30 am

Technical Session 4: Concurrent Tracks 11-14

9:30 – 10:30 am (1 PDH)

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Track 11 – Engineering for Bridge Demolition - Recommended Best Practices  

Understand the current state of practice for bridge demolition work and learn how bridge demolition practices differ from construction and final design. 

Speakers: Josh Crain, S.E., P.E., M.ASCE, Genesis Structures; Sam Kevern, S.E., P.E., M.ASCE, Foothills Bridge Co

Track 12 – The Examination of a Claim: Understanding My Risks  

Introduce general concepts of the claim process and the preparation, analyses, management, avoidance, and resolution of claims, focusing on schedule delay, damages, and supplemental technical analyses. Learn about practical steps to avoid claims. 

Moderator: Thomas Mitchell, PE, MASCE, GREYHAWK 

Speakers: Dan Becker, M.ASCE, CCM, PMP, CCP, ENV SP, D. Becker Consulting, LLC.; John Ciccarelli, PE, CCE PSP FAACE, MASCE, JS Held LLC;  Wendy Wendrowski, Esq, A.M.ASCE, Seyfarth Shaw LLP 

Track 13 – Asphalt Pavement Technologies to Enhance Sustainability and Resilience  

Stay current with asphalt pavement technologies and practices to enhance sustainability and resilience, which is crucial for creating long-lasting, eco-friendly road infrastructure. 

Moderator: Zhanping You, Ph.D., P.E., F.EMI, F.ASCE,, Michigan Tech 

Speakers: Jenny Liu. Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Missouri S&T; Daniel Oesch, P.E., Missouri DOT; Steve Saboundjian, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE , Alaska DOT&PF

Track 14 – Tools for Digital Project Delivery
This session will present various digital tools to aid construction engineers in planning and execution of construction projects.

Moderator: Joseph Shrestha, Ph.D., C.Eng, M.ASCE, East Tennessee State University

Panel Speakers: Craig Ruyle, P.E., M.ASCE; Shawn Blaesing, GISP, Materials Bureau, Iowa Department of Transportation; H. David Jeong, Ph.D., M.ASCE. Department of Construction Science, Texas A&M University

Technical Session 5: Concurrent Tracks 11-14

11:00 am – 12:00 pm (1 PDH)

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Track 11 – Case Study: Constructing the Capillune Bridge  

This case study will describe how Foothills Bridge Co and Roberto Carrillo developed an erection procedure for the Capillune Bridge, a 5-span truss bridge high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. 

Speakers: Reuben Zylstra, P.E., P.Eng, M.ASCE, Foothills Bridge Co.; Roberto Carrillo, Lumisa Construction

Track 12 – Why Won't Some Construction Workers Wear Their PPE? 

Construction workers are at a disproportionately higher risk of fatal and nonfatal injuries compared to workers from other industries. The absence of and inappropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) are among the major causes of fatal and nonfatal injuries at construction workplaces. The presentation will discuss the contributing factors to this challenge, such as inadequate safety supervision, poor risk perception, lack of changing industry climate adaptation, lack of safety training, and lack of management support.  

Speakers: Ahmed Jalil Al-Bayati, Ph.D., P.E., CHST, M.ASCE, Lawrence Technological University; Chad Morrison, P.E., F.ASCE, Berlin Steel 

Track 13 –   Reviewing EJCDC's Alternative Delivery Contract Documents 

EJCDC documents are designed to help your team throughout different project delivery methods: Design Build, Construction Management at Risk, and Construction Manager as Advisor. 

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

Track 14 – Innovating Highway Asset Management: e-Construction Updates from Iowa DOT

Join us for a dynamic exploration of Iowa DOT's e-Construction initiatives, where innovation meets practical application in highway asset management. This session will cover the transformation of highway asset lifecycle data flow, addressing challenges through advanced technology. We'll discuss the integration of e-tickets, GIS, drone technology, and innovative data collection methods, featuring tools like Haul Hub, Pix4D, Propeller Aero, and OnStation. Additionally, we'll share insights from the Advanced Digital Construction Management Systems grant, exploring future plans for BIM in highway bridge projects and the use of Bentley Synchro for digital model as a legal document testing. This presentation is a journey through the latest advancements and future prospects in digital construction management.

Speakers: Matthew Miller, CPM, Construction and Materials Bureau, Iowa Department of Transportation; Shawn Blaesing, GISP, Materials Bureau, Iowa Department of Transportation 

Technical Session 6: Concurrent Tracks 11-14

1:30 – 2:30 pm (1 PDH)

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Track 11 – Blue Hill Falls Bridge Demolition  

Learn about the design, installation, and use of a temporary platform to demolish an existing historic bridge in a challenging location on the Maine coast, including lessons learned. 

Speaker: Brenda E Nichols, P.E., M.ASCE, Cianbro Companies 

Track 12 – Sorting Through the Utility Noise to Make Music 

Explore how the significant influx of utility information encountered throughout the pursuit and pre-award stages of a design-build project can be used for success. In these critical phases, the volume and complexity of utility data play a pivotal role in project success. We analyze the challenges faced in managing this abundance of information and propose strategies for effective integration into the project planning process. By addressing these issues, this research aims to enhance the efficiency and reliability of design-build project, ultimately reducing delays and costs. 

Moderator: James H. Anspach, P.G. (r), Dist.M.ASCE, NAC, Iowa State University 

Speakers: Vincennes (Vinnie) LaVallette,    EIT, A.M.ASCE, Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers, Utilities & ROW Department; Garrett J. Coffin, P.E., Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers, Utilities & ROW Department 

Track 13 –   Automation and Innovations in Asphalt Pavement Construction 

Gain information and knowledge in advancements in the field, transforming the asphalt pavement construction industry, such as intelligent compaction, advanced quality control technologies, recycled materials, and data analytics and AI applications.  

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

Speakers: Baoshan Huang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, University of Tennessee; Shihui Shen, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Pennsylvania State University;  Chris William; George Chang 

Track 14 – ASCE’s Future World Vision Program and its Application in Academia

This session will introduce ASCE’s highly impactful Future World Vision program and its first products: (i) Mega City 2070, a platform depicting the virtual model of a future city with 50-million inhabitants in the year 2070 and (ii) the giant-screen feature film, “Cities of the Future.” Additionally, this session will include examples of the use of Future World Vision in academia to inspire faculty and students, as well as stimulate energizing discussions and research on imagining future built environments and contemplating designing and constructing tomorrow's infrastructure today.

Speaker: Mehmet Ozbek, PhD, AM.ASCE, Colorado State University

Technical Session 7: Concurrent Tracks 11-14

3:00pm- 4:00 pm (1 PDH)

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Track 11 – Introduction to Marine Construction Engineering 

Construction in or around the water provides unique challenges for contractors. How marine construction engineering can address those unique challenges. Learn about cofferdams, trestles, falsework, pile templates, equipment and material barges, heavy lifting devices, and the challenges of working on the water. 

Speakers: Tom Petray, P.E., M.ASCE, Kiewit Engineering Group, Inc.; Pendleton Dana, PE, MASCE, Kiewit; Phan Jennifer, PE, MASCE, Weeks Marine

Track 12 – Retrospective of COVID-19 and Supply Chain Impacts  

What impacted the construction industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and the year after? The panel of claim experts will address the labor and supply limitations during those challenging years and how those challenges were reflected in construction claims.  

Moderator: Thomas Mitchell, P.E., M. ASCE, GREYHAWK 

Speakers: Andrew Holmquist, P.E., PMP, CCM, DBIA, ENV SP, M.ASCE, STV; James (Jim) Starling, P.E., M.ASCE, Denver International Airport; Justin Weisberg, P.E., M.ASCE; Robbins Dimonte

Track 13 –  On-the-Job Learning - Industry/Academic Partnerships to Grow the Construction Workforce 

Learn about creative ways that industry and academia can work together to grow the construction workforce through micro-internships and career coaching programs. This collaboration session will benefit industry and academic attendees and offer insights about innovative recruitment programs. 

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

Speakers: TBA

Track 14 – Modernizing Utility Infrastructure Management – A Road Map for Accurate Utility As-Built Data

This presentation will provide a summary of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s recent study on how existing business practices within the department can be adapted to ensure accurate, standardized data on utility installations is acquired and utilized to enable proactive, predictive engineering, which mitigates risk and expedites construction.  

Speaker: Philip J. Meis, P.E.. MASCE, Utility Mapping Services, Inc.

Evening Plenary Session | Prioritizing Mental Health in Engineering and Construction

4:15 – 5:15 pm (1 PDH)

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Technical Session 8: Concurrent Tracks 11-13

8:45 – 9:45 am (1 PDH)

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Track 11 – Construction in Culturally Sensitive contexts: How owners deliver projects within the boundaries of historic properties 

Hear from individuals who have navigated success in delivering projects in culturally sensitive and historic properties ~ lessons learned.  

Speakers: Mel Garber CSEng, F.ASCE, FIStructE, FSLIE, NOMA, Gedeon GRC Consulting; Steve Olson, Steve Olson, P.E. , Olson Nesvold Engineers 

Track 12 – Engineer's Role During the Construction Phase 

ASCE's National Committee on Claims Reduction and Management (CCRM) created a document on the design engineer's responsibility during the procurement and construction phase of the project. What are the roles and responsibilities, and how do you identify the resources and areas to avoid claims? 

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

Track 13 – Construction Innovation for Sustainable and Resilient Underground Structures 

The latest research findings will be shared on innovative construction methodologies to build sustainable, eco-friendly, and climate-resilient subterranean structures. Understand cutting-edge techniques, examine a comprehensive knowledge of modern materials, and learn about challenges and solutions.  

Moderator: Xi Jiang, Ph.D., Aff.M.ASCE, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University 

Speakers: Nan Hua, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Mott MacDonald; Xuehui Zhang, Ph.D., Aff.M.ASCE, TU Delft; Haotian Zheng, Ph.D., Aff.M.ASCE, Mott MacDonald; Lei Wang, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, University of Cincinnati 

Technical Session 9: Concurrent Tracks 11-13

10:00 – 11:00 am (1 PDH)

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Track 11 – Above and Beyond: Ethics and Responsibility in Civil Engineering 

Many agencies, companies, and professional organizations "require" that their members attend a yearly "ethics session" (usually for PDH credit) to maintain their good standing. Why? Do these sessions make its attendees "more ethical"? Or is it a paperwork drill to protect against potential liabilities? What are the engineer's moral obligations? Where do these obligations come from? After framing these questions with a bit of moral philosophy, the ASCE Code of Ethics will be used to discuss how engineers should understand--and grapple with--what is morally required of them. 

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

Track 12 – Claim Management Case Studies 

Review real-world case studies for claims for contractor performance and differing site conditions. Learn how to identify delays and disruptions in real-time and methodologies for quantifying delay and loss of productivity.  

Moderator: Joseph R. Hellenbrand, P.E., PSP, M.ASCE, Capital Project Management, Inc. 

Speakers: Jack Knowlton, P.E., M.ASCE, American Consulting Professionals; Zach Jones, Jones Law EJCDC; Gerry Williams, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.,F.ASCE; Construction Research, LLC 

Track 13 – The Artificial Intelligence for Digital Project Delivery

This session will present applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) including Generative AI (GAI) that can be used to aid construction project development and management.

Speakers: K. Joseph Shrestha, Ph.D., C.Eng, M.ASCE, East Tennessee State University; Matthew Miller, CPM, Construction and Materials Bureau, Iowa Department of Transportation

Technical Session 10: Concurrent Tracks 11-13

11:15 am – 12:15 pm (1 PDH)

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Track 11 – The need for Design for Safe Maintenance 

This presentation aims to showcase Facility Management safety needs, identify the types of incidents in various facilities, and describe the features that may require modifications after occupancy to address the owner's Occupational Safety and Health needs. The presentation will also identify the methods with which Operations, Maintenance, and Repair incidents are misattributed to construction and how OM&R incidents are severely underreported.  

Speakers: Nicholas Tymvios, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Bucknell University; John Gambatese, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Oregon State University 

Track 12 – Yes, the Project is late, But it's not all my Fault – Understanding Concurrent Delays 

This session will examine concurrent schedule delays on a construction project. The attendees will understand what the schedule concurrency is, will be able to identify it by learning from the best industry practices, and will know how to allocate responsibility for concurrent delays correctly. 

Speakers: Dave Ponte, P.E., CCM, CFCC, M.ASCE, Ankura; TBA 

Track 13 – Quality Contractors: The Art of Attraction and Retention for Successful Project Execution 

Through the lens of a general contractor with 20 years of field experience, this presentation will address the scarcity of skilled contractors, the evolving role of contract administration, and the differing values of contractors and administrators. The talk emphasizes building mutual trust and innovative strategies for both attracting and retaining top contractors, highlighting the long-term benefits of strong contractor-administrator relationships for successful project outcomes.  

Speaker: Sean Ciampaglia, ContractComplete & Geoscape Contracting 

Closing Plenary Session & Luncheon | The Anatomy of a Complex Demolition Project – Engineering and Execution of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Removal 

12:15 – 1:45 pm (1 PDH) 

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