Articles

September Technical Speaker 1

Evolution of Professional Land Surveying Mr. Andrew Lonnie Sikes, P.E., R.P.L.S. In the 17th century the modern economy was in the early stages of development. World wide navigation was well established and trade and commerce were expanding. Technology was evolving in the early stages of the ind...

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September Technical Speaker 2

Integrating Resilience and Sustainability in Infrastructure Design Ms. Carolyn LaFleur, P.E. - Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) Civil engineering is the nexus where science is applied to the design and management of built and natural environments for the benefit ...

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June Technical Speaker 1

Challenges to Development of Asset Management Plans for Small Water Districts Mr. Michael Rolen, P.E. - Project Manager at AECOM Technical Services, Inc. While there is need for Asset Management Plans (AMP) to be implemented in small water districts, these districts do not always have the financ...

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June Technical Speaker 2

Ship Channel Bridge Asphalt Overlay and Toll Plaza Demolition Mr. Jesus M. Olivas, P.E. - Engineer at HR Green This project included the Plan Preparation and Design of bridge related maintenance for the Sam Houston Tollway east from IH-10 to SH-225. Jesus developed Asphalt Overlay Plans for the ...

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May Technical Speaker 1

Data Driven Approach Towards Concept Development - A Traffic Engineer's Perspective Mr. Koushik Arunachalam, P.E. - Principal, Arcadis Texas Infrastructure The focus of this presentation is to provide an overview of the tools and techniques that traffic engineers should consider within the realm...

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May Technical Speaker 2

Stability Analysis of the USS Salem Wharf Under Gravity Loads Dr. Mina Dawood, Ph.D., P.Eng. - Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston The USS Salem Wharf Structure is located in Quincy, MA and was built in 1959 to expand a regional shi...

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April Technical Speakers 1

Building a Pump Station on the Water: Designing and Construction Challenges for a Raw Water Intake at Lake Conroe, Texas Mr. Jason Ward, P.E. - Project Manager and Associate, Freese and Nichols, Inc. Mr. Sam Meisner, P.E. - Associate, Freese and Nichols, Inc. Mr. Shane Porter, P.E., PMP - P...

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April Technical Speaker 2

Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project Mr. Greg Olinger, P.E., PMP - Chief Engineer and Operations Manager, Coastal Water Authority The purpose of the LBITP is to provide additional surface water supplies from the Trinity River to Lake Houston via pump station, pipelines and earthen canals to me...

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March Technical Speaker 1

Chain Walls, OysterBreaks and Arches... Oh My! We're not in Pipe & Box land anymore! Ms. Elizabeth "Liza" H. Kirk, P.E. - Forterra Building Products - Technical Resource Engineer Are you tired of waiting for concrete to cure? Is inclement weather delaying your projects? Concrete Precast prod...

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March Technical Speaker 2

Urban Applications of Low Impact Development Mr. Jimmy Galvez Low impact development techniques are being applied and to differing degrees in projects throughout the country where a sustainable approach is part of the initial vision for the project. In the case of infill development, these proje...

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February Technical Speaker 1

Public Infrastructure Maintenance - Needs, Goal & Long Term Program Development Milton Rahman, Ph.D, P.E., PMP, CFM ASCE performs a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure categories in ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure once every four ye...

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February Technical Speaker 2

The Port of Houston and Intermodal Transportation/Regional Mobility Bruce Mann - Director of Freight Mobility, Port of Houston Authority The continued port growth can only be supported by infrastructure investment. Access to intermodal hubs and easy access to major traffic arteries are critical ...

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January Technical Speaker 1

Smart Cement, Detection and Quantification of Corrosion and Polymer Treatment for Expansive Clays Soils: Technology Development and Applications Mr. Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan (Vipu), Ph.D, P.E. - Professor and Director of the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and the...

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January Technical Speaker 2

The Federal Wetlands Regulatory Program and How it Affects You Mr. James (Jim) Coody, P.E. - President of Wetlands Professional Services This presentation will provide an overview of the federal wetlands regulatory program and how it affects local land develop...

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November Technical Speaker 1

The Houston and Texas Central Railroad in the Development of Houston and Dallas Mr. Jerry R. Rogers, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Distinguished M.ASCE The cities of Houston and Dallas began growing rapidly after railroads began building lines from and through the cities, bringing many new residents. The ...

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November Technical Speaker 2

Texas Board of Professional Engineers - Professional Practice Update/Ethics Mr. David Howell, P.E. - Deputy Executive Director for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers Updates on Board rule changes within the last year, general updates on initiatives the Board is working on, information on ...

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September Technical Speaker 1

Turf Reinforcement Mats - Where are they used? What are their limitations? What tools are available to you to analyze their use for your project? Michael Close, P.E. - Engineering Solutions Specialist for North American Green Turf Reinforcement Mats (TRMs) have been used in a wide variety of app...

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September Technical Speakers 2

Developing the Plans and Priorities for Collection System Improvements, a Story of I&I Mike Halde, P.E. Rebekkah Nelson, P.E. Imagine a town with almost no available plans or maps of their sanitary sewer and collection systems that has a known history of high flows during rain events. Af...

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June Technical Speaker 1

Exploring Texas Boundaries Michael Hoover, RPLS, LSLS, CFM This presentation will be a condensed version of a current TSPS sponsored course entitled “Exploring Texas Boundaries”. We will take a look at the State of Texas boundary lines and touch on the history and events leading to ...

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June Technical Speaker 2

Analysis of Maximum Probable Storm Surge at the South Texas Project Site James R. (Bob) Bailey, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE Exponent conducted an analysis of storm surge inundation at a nuclear plant operated by South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC). The analysis reflected current best...

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