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SEI Technical Session - CANCELLED

March 31, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Arup Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
10370 Richmond Ave, 1st Floor Conference Room
Houston, TX 77042



Join your peers for the next SEI Houston Chapter Luncheon Technical Session:


On Friday, September 20, 2019 Tropical Storm Imelda dumped 40 inches of rain on Texas causing major flooding in Houston. During the storm several loose barges struck the structures at IH10 and San Jacinto River damaging the westbound portion of the bridge.  The bridge was immediately shut down as TxDOT engineers assessed the damage. The IH10 westbound bridge carries three lanes with 8’ shoulders and it has an ADT of 123,000. Due to the bridge closure motorist traveling this major corridor was forced to take 15 mile detour each way. Immediately after the incident, the Texas Dept. of Transportation put together what it can be considered a master class in how to get an emergency project done safely, efficiently and ahead of schedule. Main goals of the emergency project were to put together a repair plan to restore the structural capacity of the damaged bridge and get the westbound bridge back to its original configuration.

Speaker: Roger Lopez, P.E

Where: Arup Building, Conference Room @1st floor, 10370 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX, 77042

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 11:30 AM to 1 PM

Online Tickets*: Member: $25; Government Employee: $20; Student: $10; Non-Member: $30

Walk-in Tickets **: Member: $30; Non-Member: $35

**CC not accepted. Checks preferred; Address checks to "ASCE Houston".

* We accept RSVPs on the website (not via e-mail). There will be a no-show penalty fee of $25 if RSVP was made.

Speaker Bio: Roger Lopez started his career at TxDOT in 2001 as engineer assistant for the Beaumont district office. After two years working in construction projects, Roger joined the roadway design group at the Bexar Metro area office in San Antonio. His previous experience in the construction department, allowed him to succeed with the roadway engineering group where would later move him to his next challenge at the bridge structures section at the San Antonio office and Houston districts. During 18 years working for TxDOT, Mr. Lopez acquired a broad range of experience in highway construction, roadway design, bridge structure design, hydraulic design, geotech and bridge maintenance related projects. He became design lead engineer at the Houston bridge section. Roger worked on the IH10/SH99 interchange project, US 290 project, US69/IH610 interchange project, IH45 reconstruction projects and the IH610/SH288 main lanes and interchange reconstruction project. As a strong key player and respected professional, he was part of the district emergency response team, performing bridge assessment and emergency repair projects around the Houston district. Currently he is member of the Special Projects office that is working on the North Houston Highway Improvement Project (NHHIP). Mr. Lopez holds a master degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas in San Antonio, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston downtown and attended La Molina University in Lima, Peru.

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is dedicated to serving and promoting the worldwide structural engineering profession and related industries by providing a forum for research, education, design, testing, manufacturing, construction, and operations in the structural engineering profession. 

Event Contact: Ardalan Mosavi, PhD, PE | President, SEI Houston


$25.00 Member

$20.00 Government Employee

$10.00 Student

$30.00 Non-Member


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