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CI Summit Program

The 2013 CI Summit/ASCE Texas Section Centennial Conference is coming to the downtown Omni Dallas Hotel on September 12-14, 2013, where the Texas Section has partnered with CI to bring you two conferences in one. Some of the exciting events planned for the conference include:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The conference kicks off Thursday and will offer continuing education seminars in all disciplines, including certification for the post disaster infrastructure safety assessment, administered by California Emergency Management Agency, and the fresh-off-the-press Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) EnvisionTM Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System, among others.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday starts off with concurrent CI Sessions. The CI Summit Program was developed by the CI board, technical committees and members, and will feature the following presentation sessions, among others:

Management Practices in Various Future Delivery Methods (90 minutes)

MODERATOR: Raymond Crawford, A.ASCE, Chair MPIC

PANELISTS: Debra R. Brisk, P.E. (Agency), Keith Molenaar, UC (Academic), Richard J. Rizzo, Vice-Chairman
Tutor Perini Building Corp (Contractor), Greg Gesicki, PE, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Consultant)

The Management Practices in Construction Committee (MPIC) has identified various delivery means that are being considered for projects in the future and has collected data to support these various delivery methods. The scope of this panel is to identify the major challenges faced, the management processes used, and/or the best practices identified from the perspective of the owner’s/agency's construction manager, the consultant’s design manager and the contractor’s construction manager. This session will attempt to address issues related to alternative project delivery through an interactive dialogue between the audience and a panel of experts assembled from federal and local officials, as well as representatives from university and industry. The topic will be centered around traditional Design-Bid-Build (D-B-B), Design-Build (D-B), Private-Public Partnerships (PPP), and their potential impacts on the current economic climate, as well as the role they will play in the future of the transportation sector.

Innovative Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Construction (90 minutes)
MODERATOR: John Duval, P.E., M. ASCE (Chair of BMC)

The construction industry and its agency partners are constantly looking for ways to improve infrastructure performance, increase construction efficiency, conserve resources and advance environmental stewardship. Innovations in both materials and technologies are continuously being developed regarding this effort. Some examples include the use of sustainable materials such as warm mix asphalt (WMA), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) and recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), and innovative construction practices such as intelligent compaction. Among the issues arising from the use of these materials and technologies are performance, durability, compatibility, and environmental impacts. Others regarding the implementation include material design, cost analysis, specifications, and quality control, etc. This session will attempt to address new prospects, opportunities, and challenges associated with innovative materials and technologies for sustainable construction through an interactive dialogue between the audience and a panel composed of federal and local officials, researchers, practitioners, and industry experts. The aim of this session is to gather the knowledge of leading experts and professionals in civil engineering field and contribute it to the enhancement of the field to develop a sustainable environment for the whole community.

EJCDC: Engineering the Terms and Conditions to Plan, Design and Construct Improvements for Infrastructure, the Environment and Industry (90 minutes)
MODERATOR: Lawrence P. Eckersley, P.E., CCM, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
PANELISTS: Coy M. Veach, P.E., CCM, Freese and Nichols, Inc., Jim Brown, P.E., ARCADIS/Malcolm Pirnie, Kevin O’Beirne, P.E., ARCADIS/Malcolm Pirnie

Construction projects require a complex system of agreements, terms and conditions to provide the parameters for planning, design and construction. To minimize confusion, a strong understanding of important terms and conditions is required. Coordinated documents are an important tool to assist the parties in their role on the Project. The General Conditions, as modified by the Supplementary Conditions, forms the backbone of the agreement between the Contractor and the Owner. These documents also state the authority and activities of the engineer during the construction of the project. For nearly 40 years EJCDC Documents have provided agreements and provisions to meet that need for numerous projects across the United States. The EJCDC documents have recently undergone an update that was released earlier this year. This Program will provide an overview of the C-700 General Conditions of Construction and the C-800, which contains mandatory and elective supplementary conditions. Significant provisions and those areas that have undergone significant change will be highlighted.

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Master Format 2004 (90 minutes)
MODERATOR: John R. (Rusty) Sprouse, P.E., M.ASCE, Jefferson Lab
PANELISTS: Lawrence P. Eckersley, P.E., CCM, Freese and Nichols, Inc., Rajesh Singh, P.E., M.ASCE, Kleinfelder

This course will present the changes in specification numbering systems that are sweeping through the construction industry based on the updating of Master Format 95 to Master Format 04 by the Construction Specification Institute. The logic change behind the new numbering system will be explained, and individual specification divisions where Owners feel the most impact from these changes, such as general civil construction work, will be emphasized. Updates from 2010, 2011, and 2012 will be included in the discussion. We will also touch on the impact this new system will have in interacting with the new versions of integrated design software (BIM, etc.) and how being consistent across the design profession in the selection of specification numbers can help maximize the benefits of these new products in the constructed world.

Utility Engineering - Filling the Gaps of Practice (90 minutes)
MODERATOR: James H. Anspach, P.G.
PANELISTS: Drew Markewicz, P.E. , Dr. Tom Iseley, P.E.

The effects of existing utilities on projects are extensive and growing. A majority of civil engineers in practice today do not have the knowledge, resources, or experience to learn how these existing utilities affect their projects. When unanticipated utilities are discovered to be in conflict during construction, or not properly addressed during design, the effects on the project can be significant if not catastrophic. Yet even when identified early, projects still have utility problems. This session will identify a missing knowledge base among our civil engineering profession and give examples, that when this unique utility knowledge is applied, project risks are greatly reduced; saving both time and costs to all stakeholders.

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Utilities Management on Design-Build Projects (90 minutes)
MODERATOR: James H. Anspach, P.G.
PANELISTS: John Harter, P.E., Cardno; Scott Stockburger, Ferrovial Corp.

The North Tarrant Expressway was design-build projects where the project team was responsible to identify all existing utilities, determine project impacts, and coordinate their relocations where necessary. The lack of comprehensive records and a multitude of known and unknown utility owners made this a challenging task. The project team used ASCE 38, Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data, as its base standard for finding and identifying utilities. The data collected from this effort was used to develop a utility conflict matrix from which risk assessments, relocation requirements, costs, and responsibilities were tracked. This allowed the project to proceed without delays, redesign costs, and unnecessary relocations of the existing underground utility network affected by the project.

Where is that Utility, and Why don’t we know where it is? (90 minutes)
MODERATOR: James H. Anspach, P.G.
PANELISTS: Phil Meis, P.E., UMS; John Campbell, TXDOT ROW Chief; Dr. Cesar Quiroga, P.E., Texas A&M

There are about 35 million miles of underground utilities in the U.S. We don’t know where they are with sufficient accuracy to plan, design, and construct projects without some amount of risk. These risks end up impacting more than just the project. A wide variety of disjointed methods are in place to mitigate the risk, mostly in the construction phase of the project. A convergence of technologies now allow us to comprehensively identify and map those utilities for which there are poor records, and to cost effectively develop accurate records for newly installed utilities. This session will look at the new ASCE As-Builting Standards activity, TXDOT’s utility management practices, and their research efforts to address utility issues.

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Digital Project Delivery (90 minutes)

MODERATOR: Danny Kahler, PE, M.ASCE
PRESENTERS/PANELISTS: Experienced engineers from design consultants, construction contractors, construction engineers, and transportation facility owners who have prototyped the delivery of projects using digital design information.
Delivering the Digital Transportation Design - Mansoor Ahsan, PE – Bridgefarmer & Associates
Delivering the Digital Transportation Project - Craig Ruyle, PE, M.ASCE – New York State DOT
Building the Digital Transportation Construction Project – TBD
Assuring the Quality of the Digital Construction Project - TBD

The new MAP-21 law requires that the use of advanced digital modeling be encouraged and promoted for the delivery of all federally-funded transportation projects. However, as happened when “BIM” was required for all federally-funded buildings, existing civil engineering practice methods were out of date, resulting in piecemeal experimenting of the technology hidden inside traditional analog processes. If civil engineering practice methods and processes aren’t addressed, the technology will either sit in the closet, or organizations will develop “workarounds” to make it appear that the technology is being used while the legacy analog practices continue to deliver the projects. This session will investigate the professional and organizational practice methods and processes that need to change in order for advanced digital modeling to become a mainstream practice in the delivery of transportation projects. While the technology that will be needed already exists, the primary barriers are rooted in psychology, human behavior, and legacy organizational requirements.

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Bridge Erection (90 minutes)

MODERATOR: Alan Fisher, PE, M.ASCE

PANELISTS: Robin Ko, PE

The session description is coming soon.


Rebar Cages (90 minutes)

MODERATOR: Vincent Siefert, PE, M.ASCE

PANELISTS: Mark Alexander, PE, Besmir Xhurxhi, Kevin O’Neill PE, Michael Casey, 1-2 Others TBD

In order to optimize efficiency and safety, prefabrication of steel reinforcing bars (rebar cages) has become the norm on today’s projects involving cast in place concrete construction. There are risks faced by all parties during the design, detailing, fabrication and erection of these rebar cages, as well as rewards to be gained when a successful operation is attained. Recent past practice has been primarily based on the contractors experience and judgment. With the risky environments that are now routinely encountered on project sites, it is evident that rebar cage construction and safety is enhanced by sound construction engineering.

This session will focus on best practices for handling of rebar cages through the design, fabrication and erection phases. These cages are inherently unstable, often held together by tie-wire alone. They are challenging to fabricate, to lift from the horizontal to the vertical position, and to support in the temporary condition until the concrete is cast. Rebar cages used for both above ground elements such as bridge piers and high rise buildings, as well as underground elements including slurry walls and drilled shaft foundations, will be covered.

Falsework/Formwork (90 minutes)

MODERATOR: John Brain, PE, M.ASCE

PANELISTS: Aramis Hernandez, PE; Andrew Bombassaro; 2 others TBD

Bridge designs today are ever pushing the envelope for contractors to build them safely, on time and stay within the projects allocated budget. When constructing today’s modern bridges, quite often it takes specialized systems to construct the concrete structural elements. Today’s modern structural elements such as Cable Stay Pylons, Extradose Bridge Decks and Mass Concrete Pier Tables all require highly engineered systems to safely construct to ensure a worker goes home to their families every evening.

This session will provide a participant the greater understanding of the modern formwork and falsework/shoring systems being used on today’s bridge projects around the globe. Some of the systems that will be discussed are Self Climbing Formwork Systems, High Capacity Falsework Systems, and Bridge Launching Systems.

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