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February Branch Meeting

February 20, 2018
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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5430 Westheimer Road
Houston , TX 77056



  • 11:00 AM - Technical Sessions Begin
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 12:15 PM - Keynote Speaker 



Mr. Quincy D. Allen, P.E., Houston Direct Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation, Bio


Mr. Jim Webb, AICP, Chief Executive Officer, The Goodman Corporation, Bio

Tech Session 1: "The State of Federal and Transportation Funding and Why It Is Important to Local Governments”  

Recent work completed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that $2 Trillion in funding is needed to bring our nation’s transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair. In response to this and other calls for action, local and state governments have been working towards approving new funding mechanisms to increase transportation revenues, exemplified via the State’s passage of Proposition 1 in 2014 and Proposition 7 in 2015. Additionally, there have been recent Congressional discussions of a nationwide transportation stimulus package and a potential increase to the federal motor fuel tax.
It is important to remember the role that federal-aid funding plays for local governments. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 led to the creation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, or MPOs, to foster transportation planning and direct the expenditure of these federal dollars for projects throughout a given region. In Texas, there are 25 MPOs, which program hundreds of millions of dollars annually for projects that directly impact local and regional transportation networks. Often these federal dollars are programmed to expedite the implementation of local government priorities to include road widening, reconstruction, bridge repair, freight rail improvements, and public transportation projects.

Mr. Steven F. Albert, P.E., CFM, Principal, Sherwood Design Engineers, Bio

Mr. David Batts, LEED AP, Director, EcoServices System Sales, Bio

Tech Session 2: “Principals of Low Impact Development Multifunctional Design”

The presenters will focus on the use of Low Impact Development as a tool for creative engineering design making use of development site footprints to achieve multiple project objectives. Multifunctional Design encompasses methods to increase lot yield, improve aesthetics, reduce capital costs, reduce localized flooding, and improve water quality. These principals allow for new avenues of engineering creativity with a focus on user outcomes to improve project economics while satisfying regulatory constraints. Examples will be presented for a wide variety of project types including commercial redevelopment, roadways, new commercial sites, multifamily housing, and urban and suburban single-family residential. Details on the specifics of hydologic and hydraulic methods used for analysis will be discussed.

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$40.00 Non-ASCE Member
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$15.00 Student
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