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.
2014 Publications and Research
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The development of the eastern segment of the North Tarrant Expressway in Texas.
- The Los Gallardos-Sorbas Highspeed Railway Viaducts in Spain.
- The Viaduct over the Genil River at the Granada External Bypass in Spain.
- The San Benito Viaduct over the Lerez River in Spain.
- The Viaduct over the Guadalhorce River and the A-92 Highway in Spain.
- A paper on the analysis and measurement of the behavior of high speed railway bridges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Krishna Murthy, Louis Berger project manager, discussed strategies for effective project delivery and key ongoing global airport development assignments in India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duncan Kisia, senior economist, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.
Kyeongsu Kim, transportation planner/statistician, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Susan Gonzalez, planner, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.
Leo Tidd, senior planner, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.
Deborah Matherly, principal planner, presented a poster at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.
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.
Manuel Perez spoke on the internationalization process in engineering companies and innovation as a key part of strategic direction.