diciembre 2014 | Report for the Design of Concrete Structures for Blast Effects

The American Concrete Institute publised a report by Committee 370, including Bal Cherwoo, senior vice president at Ammann & Whitney. Cherwoo contributed to “370R-14, Report for the Design of Concrete Structures for Blast Effects,” which presents a methodology for developing reinforced concrete structures to resist the effects of blast loads and to minimize the resulting structural damage and loss of life. Cherwoo has been involved in the development of this resource for many years, including the writing and editing of several sections of this manual. The American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials.

diciembre 2014 | Determining appropriate pile testing to achieve optimum project designs

Finlay Leibrick, director and geotechnical practice leader for the Middle East and North Africa region at Louis Berger, presented at the 2014 Underground Infrastructure Deep Foundations Summit in Dubai. His presentation, entitled "Determining appropriate pile testing to achieve optimum project designs," covered the benefits of various testing methods used to tackle the risks of natural ground conditions in the United Arab Emirates, delivering high quality foundations through soil testing and cavity management, and improving the stability of building foundations and roads by treating soil conditions at an early stage.

diciembre 2014 | Examining Accelerated Bridge Construction Techniques in the Clayton Street Bridge Replacement
Malek Al-Khatib, vice president for Northeast transportation at Louis Berger, presented the Clayton Street Bridge project at the 2014 National Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) Conference in Miami. Louis Berger provided the engineering and design services for the project, which featured the replacement of a 102-year-old transit bridge over a single weekend and was the first Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) transit bridge to be replaced using accelerated bridge construction techniques. The 2014 National ABC Conference, co-sponsored by State departments of transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, brought together Department of Transportation engineers and other premiere bridge professionals from across the industry.
octubre 2014 | Driving resiliency and risk mitigation in transportation

Deborah Matherly, principal planner, presented at the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) Transportation Working Group Conference on October 31, 2014. NIAC is conducting a transportation resilience study of the U.S. transportation infrastructure to identify and address important resilience issues and has established the NIAC Transportation Resilience Working Group to help in gathering data and conducting interviews with key leaders in the transportation sector to discern their unique perspectives on this topic. Matherly was invited to address and participate in an interactive discussion with members of the Working Group to provide insights on what is needed to help transportation systems become more resilient and understand how the Federal Government can support transportation resilience. The NIAC advises the President, through the Secretary of Homeland Security, on issues regarding the security and resilience of critical infrastructure assets and systems.

octubre 2014 | Revolution Engineering in the Days of Global Iconomy

James D. Stamatis, president of Louis Berger's International operating company, spoke at the plenary session of the 13th meet.ING 2014 organized by Syntec-Ingénierie on "Revolution Engineering in the Days of Global Iconomy." The event was held October 23, 2014, at the Center of New Industries and Technologies La Défense in Paris. Stamatis spoke during the plenary session entitled “R[evolution] Engineering in the Days of Global Iconomy: What Changes Should Be Made between a Disruptive Scenario and a Development Scenario?” The discussion focused on“Iconomy,” a term coined to refer to the changes in economy associated with information technology, internet and innovation, and aimed to assess its impact on the engineering sector. The debate centered on the consequences of the third industrial revolution, driven by global digitalization affecting many sectors and society as a whole. “Historically, work was executed locally in countries where companies are based,” Stamatis said. “Due to technology, the free flow of capital and greater mobility, work has now shifted to be more global. Globalization demands integrated companies working across markets and geographies to deliver services anywhere in the world. Louis Berger has over the past two years developed solutions for efficient collaboration to respond to customers’ expectations.”

octubre 2014 | 10th Annual MENA Rail & Metro Summit

Francisco Caso, high-speed rail project director for Louis Berger in Spain, talked about world-class high-speed rail projects during a panel discussion at MEED’s 10th Annual MENA Rail & Metro Summit. Topics included the latest international techniques and innovations in high-speed rail; civil engineering challenges to project execution, the latest integration, systems choices and applications; and bench-marking safety standards and operational excellence.

octubre 2014 | 10th Annual MENA Rail & Metro Summit

Mark Tulloss, Louis Berger’s legal counsel for the Middle East and North Africa region, spoke during a panel discussion on contracts and financing for rail and transit projects at MEED’s 10th Annual MENA Rail & Metro Summit 2014. Topics included the absence of traditional project finance and public-private partnerships in the sector, the structuring of contractor and vendor financing for rail and urban transport projects, and how contracts can capitalize on the diversified expertise of stakeholders in the region.

octubre 2014 | Defouling the data: Better tidal data collectors making better coastal projects

Tom Shinskey, environmental scientist, and Matt Holthaus, civil and environmental engineer, presented at the 10th annual New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management conference. Their presentation, entitled “Defouling the data: Better tidal data collectors making better coastal projects,” described how the Louis Berger team developed and tested a data collection prototype that was impervious to the brackish waters that skewed the data on conventional loggers. The conference is the premier floodplain management conference in the Northeast that creates a forum for the nation's foremost experts in the fields of engineering, hydrology, geology, planning, code enforcement, floodplain management and emergency management.

octubre 2014 | Major Infrastructure Needed Due to the Expansion of the Panama Canal

Horacio Ibarra, engineering manager, and Gabriel Borras, infrastructure manager, presented at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Global Engineering Conference 2014 in Panama. The presentation described the Port of Balboa project, in which Louis Berger assisted the Panama Ports Company in an ambitious expansion and modernization program, and the design of the Third Bridge over the Panama Canal, a road bridge spanning the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. The conference was held in Panama City to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. 

octubre 2014 | Transforming Vision to Reality

Sofia Berger, vice president in charge of Louis Berger’s Latin American and Caribbean operations, participated in a panel discussion with representatives from AECOM, MWH Global and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Annual Global Engineering Conference 2014, which took place in Panama City this year to commemorate the Panama Canal’s 100th anniversary. The conference also included a technical tour of the Third Panama Canal Bridge, designed by Louis Berger, that links the seaport of Colon to communities to the west of the Panama Canal. 

septiembre 2014 | MEED MENA Water Forum

Rick Schoenthaler, Louis Berger vice president for water and wastewater in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, spoke at the construction stakeholders panel at the MENA Water Summit held in Abu Dhabi. Schoenthaler joined the conversation on assessing procurement models and overcoming design and project challenges to achieve on-time delivery. The demand for water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is increasing across the Middle East, with priority on improving water supply and sanitation for a growing population, preventing depletion and contamination, and optimizing available water resources. 

septiembre 2014 | Erection procedures used in the construction of medium-high span bridges

Óscar Ramón Ramos, bridge division manager at Louis Berger, presented at the First International Bridges Conference in Santiago de Chile. During the presentation, "Erection procedures used in the construction of medium-high span bridges," he described different construction methods such as balanced cantilever, incremental launching, and stays installation systems, as well as some of the most relevant bridges designed recently in Chile, such as the Manchuria Network Arch Bridge and Treng-Treng Kay-Kay Cable-Stayed Bridge. The First International Bridges Conference was hosted by the Chilean Ministry of Public Works and was attended by bridge engineers from U.S., Japan, Europe and Latin American presenting their most recent projects. 

septiembre 2014 | Saudi Mega Transport & Infrastructure Projects Summit

Ayman Nahas, Louis Berger vice president and regional director for Saudi Arabia, participated in the construction leaders’ panel at the annual Saudi Mega Transport and Infrastructure Projects Summit. The summit occurs annually and provides information on many large projects underway or planned in Saudi Arabia, including urban transport, electricity and water reuse projects. Nahas shared his perspectives on Saudi Arabia’s construction sector and highlighted critical factors for delivering successful projects. Discussions centered on major challenges facing the sector, such as increased competition, narrowing profit margins and difficulties acquiring financing.

septiembre 2014 | Management Tools: Overcoming Challenges to Connectivity

Horacio Ibarra, engineering manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, spoke at the fourth International Road Federation Congress in Lima, Peru. In a presentation entitled “Road Inventory for Implementation of a Data Management System and a Bridge Management System for the Bolivian Road Network,” Ibarra highlighted Louis Berger’s experience in managing road and bridge inventory processes and monitoring systems, which can be beneficial tools for highway administrations and private concessions. 

julio 2014 | A Guide to Regional Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies, and Significant Events

Deborah Matherly, principal planner, led the team that prepared the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report 777: “A Guide to Regional Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies, and Significant Events.” The guide provides resources for facilitating regional transportation planning, coordination and operations in the case of large-scale disasters or events. 

junio 2014 | Louis Berger at the "Model Highway Initiative" Launch in Romania

Madalina Randasu, communications manager for Europe and CIS, presented Louis Berger's road sector experience in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey at the event, which was sponsored by the Romanian Association of International Road Transporters.

junio 2014 | Economic Development of Communities: Public-Private Cooperation for Business Development and Marketing

Madalina Randasu, communications manager for Europe and CIS, highlighted Louis Berger's contributions to local and regional development at the “Collaborative Public Management: Pathway to Good Governance at the Local Level” four-day international forum on local public administration, hosted by the Romanian Review of Local Public Administration and the American Society for Public Administration. Louis Berger has implemented over 100 successful projects in the country over the past 20 years in the transport, environment, energy and buildings/facilities sectors. 

junio 2014 | Presentations at the VI Congress of the Scientific-Technical Association of Structural Concrete (ACHE)
The scientific committee of the Triennial Congress of the Scientific-Technical Association of Structural Concrete (ACHE) selected six papers by Louis Berger employees for presentation at the VI International Structural Congress in Madrid. Oscar Ramón Ramos, bridge division manager at Louis Berger’s international design center in Santander, Spain, highlighted the division's most recent work in the area of bridge design across projects. Presentations included Louis Berger's designs for:

In addition to Marcos Pantaleón and Oscar Ramón Ramos, presenters included Juan Francisco Martín Caracuel, Cristina Gaite, José Manuel Martínez, Guillermo Ortega, Ricardo Rafael Pereira, David García Sánchez and Jorge de Vena. The conference is one of the most important international events for professionals and specialists in the field of structures.

mayo 2014 | High-Speed Train Technology: A New Frontier in U.S.-Japan Relations?

Connie Crawford, rail and transit global practice lead, spoke about the challenges and opportunities for the development of maglev technology in the U.S. in a forum hosted by the Brookings Institute.

abril 2014 | R.I.P.: Relocation in Pieces

Susan Grzybowski, assistant director, cultural resources, discussed best practices for putting cemetery relocation puzzle pieces together and turning an unpleasant situation into a celebration of life and heritage at the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association conference.

marzo 2014 | Debunking the Myths of Cemetery Relocation

In an article published in "American Cemetery Magazine," Louis Berger's Susan Grzybowski, assistant director, cultural resources, and co-author Melody Carvajal detail the involved process of relocating a cemetery, which requires forethought, preplanning, and a team of specialized and devoted members.

marzo 2014 | Meet the Construction Chiefs

Tom Lewis, Louis Berger Group president, spoke to a capacity crowd representing every sector of architecture, engineering and construction industries at the Professional Women in Construction annual event, Meet the Construction Chiefs. Lewis spoke of the firm’s commitment to diversity; the “amazing level of talent” it attracts; and its global reach with projects in 70 to 90 nations each year.

febrero 2014 | Selling Future Airport Planning Ideas to Clients in Emerging Markets

Krishna Murthy, Louis Berger project manager, discussed strategies for effective project delivery and key ongoing global airport development assignments in India.

febrero 2014 | STEM Career Panel

Tom Topolski, Louis Berger Middle East North Africa (MENA) managing director, recently presented at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Career Panel at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi. The two-hour session included a series of questions ranging from career advice to industry-specific knowledge. The panel was attended by more than 50 students, including undergraduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty. Topolski explained the various career opportunities in the civil engineering field and particularly within Louis Berger globally.

febrero 2014 | Strategies Against the Crisis

Mario Pérez, chief business developer for Louis Berger's design center, gave a presentation to the Civil Engineering Companies meeting at the University of Cantabria, Spain, on Louis Berger's experience in internationalization and adaptation, which are two key strategies to address Spain's current economic crisis affecting its construction sector. He also discussed professional engineering skills currently in high demand.

febrero 2014 | High Hopes: Reconciling Nature with Nurture Where It Comes to Working Safely at Heights

Toby Hayward, MENA director of health, safety, environment and quality, published an article in Health and Safety Middle East magazine about the risks associated with working at heights.

enero 2014 | Challenges and Benefits of Urban Wetland Restoration in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary

Margaret McBrien, P.E., manager of ecological engineering, presented “Challenges and Benefits of Urban Wetland Restoration in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary” at the second Wetland Recovery Workshop, Innovations in Wetland Design & Restoration, hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hurricane Sandy Recovery Office.

enero 2014 | Integrating Local and Regional Infrastructure Resilience through Market-Based Strategies

Niek Veraart, vice president of transportation planning, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands

Niek Veraart, vice president of transportation planning, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Creating Safety Nets through Community Connections

Deborah Matherly, principal planner, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C. She presented during the session Public Involvement Challenges Associated with Demographic and Climate Changes.

enero 2014 | Investing in U.S. Transportation Systems and Post-Sandy Adaptation

Tom Lewis, president of the Louis Berger Group, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Viaduct over the Guadalhorce River and A-92 Highway, Málaga, Spain

Óscar Ramón Ramos, Marcos Pantaleón, Guillermo Ortega, Cristina Gaite and José Manuel Martínez of Louis Berger's design center in Santander, Spain, with co-author Rubén Magán published a paper on their design of a viaduct over the Guadalhorce River and the A-92 Highway in Málaga, Spain, in the Structural Engineering International "SEI Journal," the prestigious official publication of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.

enero 2014 | What's next? Lesson from comparison of 2009 NHTS add-on with 2010-2011 NYMTC/NJTPA Regional Travel Household Survey

Kyeongsu Kim, transportation planner/statistician, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | The Impact of Parking Pricing and Transit Fares on Mode Choice to a Major University Campus

Mariana Torres-Montoya, senior economist, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Tackling Fare Evasion in Transsantiago - An Integrated Approach

Mariana Torres-Montoya, senior economist, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Consider the Possibilities: Cultural Resource Management's Conversations with the Public

Hope Luhman, vice president, cultural resource management, presented a poster at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Assessing Indirect Land Use Effects of Transportation Projects in Montana

Leo Tidd, senior planner, and Al Racciatti, associate vice president, presented a poster at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Electronic NEPA Project Collaboration Tool (eNEPA)

Laura Sliker, senior environmental planner, presented a poster at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Background and Ambient Near-Road Particulate Matter Monitoring Insights and Analysis Strategies

Leo Tidd, senior planner, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | Transportation Guide for All-Hazards Evacuation Research Findings Synopsis

Deborah Matherly, principal planner, presented a poster at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.

enero 2014 | National Cooperative Highway Research Program: A Guide to Region Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies and Significant Events

Deborah Matherly, principal planner, presented at the 2014 National Evacuation Conference, held in conjunction with the International Disaster Conference and Exposition, January 7-10 in New Orleans.

enero 2014 | Innovation and Internationalization at the Civil Engineering College of the University of Cantabria, Spain

Manuel Perez spoke on the internationalization process in engineering companies and innovation as a key part of strategic direction.