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June Branch Meeting

June 19, 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. Michael Moore, Regional Vice President for External Affairs, Texas Central Partners, LLC, Bio



Mr. Kevin Sullivan, Partner, BRAYN Consulting, Bio

Session 1: "Tax Incentives for the Engineering Industry"

The Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit and other related tax breaks save U.S. businesses more than $12 billion annually. Many owners, officers, and CPAs of engineering firms are unaware that they are eligible for valuable federal and state R&D Tax Credits. However, due to the expansive definition of R&D for tax credit purposes, many of the day-to-day design and engineering activities performed by engineering firms qualify for such treatment.

There are four criteria that are considered when qualifying R&D activities. Each activity must meet this “four-part test” to include the associated taxable salaries and wages, supplies, and/or contract research in the calculation of the tax credit. Work performed under contract can qualify, but engineering firms should always be mindful of the exclusion related to funded research.  

This presentation will focus on the federal and Texas state R&D tax credits with specific application to engineering companies, and include case studies and examples.

Mr. Gowen Dishman, P.E., Resident Engineer, HNTB Corporation, Bio

Session 2: "New Tappan Zee Bridge Over Hudson River"

This presentation will discuss the construction of the main span of the New Tappan Zee Bridge Project over
the Hudson river in New York. It will highlight some of the design features of the main span and how the
contractor proceeded with the construction.

  • Major Components of the Superstructure:
  • Edge Girders
  • Anchor Pipes
  • Floorbeams (Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Redundancy Truss
  • Support Struts
  • Precast Panels
  • Stay Cables
  • Tower Anchor Boxes and SIPs
  • Operations for Erection of Superstructure Components
  • Field Section Assembly (Tomkins Cove)
  • Field Section Erection
  • Stay Installation (Force 1A)
  • Panel Installation (Force 1B)

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Julia P. Clarke Julia P. Clarke
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