Louis Berger participated in the Transportation Research Board-funded TCRP (Transit Cooperative Research Program) A-41: Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems project recently published in the organization’s weekly e-newsletter. Deborah Matherly, Louis Berger principal planner, and Jane Mobley, senior consultant, were part of the research team that conducted extensive literature reviews, case studies and a mid-development workshop to develop a stand-alone guide, online database and a final report. The guide provides step-by-step solutions and tools for implementing resilience strategies in transit agency policy, planning, asset management, capital investment, maintenance and operations to lessen the impact of natural disasters on transportation.
Baljit Vohra, Louis Berger senior vice president of Integrated Development Group, participated in the Financial Sector Development Network Conference, held November 14-15 in Zambia, Africa, where he shared his insights on the development of the financial sector around the world. His presentations were titled Using Third-Party Remittance Company Model to Usher in Mobile Financial Services in Nepal and Financial Inclusion Around the World: Insights from Asia.
Deborah Matherly, Louis Berger principal planner, with Pamela Murray-Tuite, associate professor of civil engineering at Clemson University, and Brian Wolshon, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency at Louisiana State University, authored the TR News article Evacuation and Emergency Transportation: Techniques and Strategies for Systems Resilience. The three resiliency experts establish the relationship among transportation, resilience and evacuation while laying out a road map to adapting resilience concepts to operational strategies. They explain that transportation management techniques that are applicable to evacuation and large-scale disasters can be adapted to more common, smaller-scale disruptions and vice versa.
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Niek Veraart, vice president, Tom Lewis, U.S. division president, Peg McBrien, ecological engineering director, and Heather Unger, corporate sustainability manager, took part in the Harvard University Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure Workshop and the subsequent American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI). During the ASCE ICSI and Zofnass Workshop, Louis Berger's presentations focused on how communities are rebuilding and adapting five years after Hurricane Sandy. Veraart highlights key take-aways from the projects showcased in the presentations.
Sofia Berger, senior vice president for U.S. transportation, was a panelist at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2017 Convention, held October 8-11 in New Orleans. She shared key leadership insights during the session “Leadership in Today’s World: Finding Your Path.” The panel was a forum for current and future industry leaders to explore individual paths to leadership. It also highlighted ethical standards and ideas on mentoring.
Connie Crawford, senior vice president and rail and transit global practice leader, moderated a panel on Capital Programs - Major Projects at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) 2017 Annual Meeting held October 8–11. The panel covered projects from all over the world, from highly visible rapid-transit to less obvious system upgrades. Industry leaders on the panel discussed challenges and the creative solutions they implemented. In addition, Louis Berger shared a booth with Egis at the Expo, and Sofia Berger and Nick Ivanoff also participated in the meeting.
Susana Arissó, AICP, principal urban designer, gave a presentation on the Breezy Point Home Elevation Study at DesignDC 2017: Rooted in Resilience, an AIA-hosted regional conference held October 3–5, 2017. In her LinkedIn article, she showcases the study, an award-winning and transferable methodology that sets an unprecedented standard by focusing on both architecture and urbanism. Arissó recounts how the DesignDC audience appreciated that the report can be applied to other coastal areas, particularly in the wake of back-to-back hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Ken Goldstein, senior vice president, water and environmental systems, moderated a session titled “High-Resolution Characterization in Fractured Rock” at the 2017 National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Conference on Fractured Rock and Groundwater held October 2-3 in Burlington, Vermont. In his presentation, Goldstein explained the importance of incorporating high-resolution sampling of the rock matrix and the fracture hydraulic flow network into site characterization and remediation performance plans.
Louis Berger participated in the 2017 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Sustainability & Multimodal Planning Workshop in Minneapolis, August 6-9. Deborah Matherly gave a presentation on the newly released transit guide, “Improving the Resiliency of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters.” Louis Berger’s Heather Unger also participated in the workshop.
Nick Ivanoff, president, U.S. transportation, shares insights from the annual American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Rail Conference. Ivanoff focuses on collaboration that would bring world-class expertise to U.S. transit systems.
Louis Berger participated in the annual American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Rail Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on June 11-14, where the company announced an exclusive partnership with global rail provider Egis. Connie Crawford, senior vice president and rail and transit global practice leader, moderated a panel on financing major rail projects. The panel used large-scale transit projects in Baltimore, Boston, Honolulu and Zurich as case studies, drawing on experiences from industry leaders. Louis Berger's Sofia Berger, Larry Pesesky, Nazih Haddad, Stephanie Wylie and Nick Ivanoff also participated in the conference.
Bill Haight, PE, senior vice president and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) life member, shares his takeaways from the 2017 SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) on LinkedIn Pulse. Haight led the Joint Engineer Table Top Exercise, a national security scenario focused on humanitarian assistance, interagency cooperation and resiliency for a natural disaster recovery response in Western and American Samoa. Louis Berger's Steve Hill, Charlie Bell, Frank Jordano, James Romasz, Megan Eisenhauer, Dan Patton, Brian Moore, Ken Kost, Tim Canan and Kasi Miner also participated in the conference.
Carolyn Mitchell, principal, landscape architecture, presented at the 2017 American Planning Association Federal Planning Division Training Workshop in New York City. Her session focused on the new Naval Facilities Engineer Command Climate Change Planning Handbook: Installation and Resilience. Along with a representative from Leidos, an American defense firm, Mitchell detailed the handbook’s four stages, accompanying spreadsheets and resources.
Susana Arissó, senior urban designer, presented at the 2017 American Planning Association Federal Planning Division Training Workshop in New York City. Arissó detailed the Breezy Point Home Elevation Study, a comprehensive guide to making home-raising decisions that consider the urban context of elevated homes as well as neighborhood architectural standards in flood-prone communities. The award-winning study merges urbanism and architecture to create the ultimate homeowner’s guide to elevated homes.
Tim Canan, associate vice president of land use planning, was a presenter at the 2017 American Planning Association Federal Planning Division Training Workshop in New York City. Along with representatives from the National Park Service, the D.C. Office of Planning and the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District, Canan gave a session on the vision and plan developed to transform Franklin Park in Washington, D.C., into an active, sustainable urban park connected to its community.
Sharon Bailey, principal environmental engineer, was a presenter for the 10th Symposium on Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS 2017), hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). In a presentation titled, "Alternative Approaches for Implementation of USEPA’s Selected Remedy and Transport of Dredged Material on the Lower Passaic River", Bailey shared solutions for the Lower Passaic River, including an engineered cap bank-to-bank, dredging of contaminated fine sediments, institutional controls, and long-term monitoring and maintenance.
Robert Thiel, vice president of design-build, presented at the New Jersey Transportation Conference and Expo – TransAction 2017. In his session, “Exploring New Procurement Methods in Construction,” Thiel brought together transportation experts and agency officials to discuss additional procurement models for New Jersey's transportation agencies.
Tom Topolski, president of Louis Berger’s international operations, and Eric Feldman, senior vice president and managing director, corporate ethics and compliance programs, of Affiliated Monitors (AMI), delivered a presentation at the 5th Annual European Compliance and Ethics Institute hosted by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) in Prague, Czech Republic. Topolski and Feldman highlighted the long-term benefit gained from working together in a monitoring relationship, a process that is being conducted transparently with the aim of ensuring Louis Berger has firmly embedded a culture of integrity, ethics and compliance.
Larry Walker, executive vice president of global strategy and development, participated in an anti-corruption panel at the Society of International Development. The panel, “Where We Work: Anti-Corruption and the Challenges We Face,” focused on the difficulties organizations face with development projects in remote, and sometimes hostile, locations where corruption concerns are widespread. Walker, who served as a key executive in Louis Berger’s post-2010 reform efforts, shared lessons learned in combating corruption on every level. Walker presented Louis Berger's experience as a case study on ethics reform.
Scott Thompson, vice president of environmental services, won the Green Award 2017 for an Individual Effort. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recognized Thompson with the award for his devotion to environmentalism. Thompson says, “My passion for environmental causes is driven by a deep belief that I am here on this earth to serve and to be a steward of the earth for future generations.” As chairman of the Clean Energy Task Force (CETF) in Fairfield, Connecticut, Thompson leads the town government’s efforts to "go green."
Ben Zitelli, principal planner, contributed an article to the U.S. Army's Public Works Digest describing the charette-driven planning process and potential impact of two Area Development Plans for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, home of one of the oldest and largest National Historic Landmark Districts managed by the U.S. Army. The article provides insights on planning with historic resources for long term facility capacity. Turn to page 13 of the January/February/March 2017 edition of Public Works Digest to learn more.
Louis Berger attended the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th annual meeting from January 8-12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Among the record-breaking 14,000 registrants were Tom Lewis, president of Louis Berger's U.S.-based operating company; Niek Veraart, vice president of environmental planning; Al Racciatti, vice president of economics and transportation planning; Adrienne Heller and Duncan Kisia, economists; Deborah Matherly, principal planner; and others. This year’s meeting focused on resiliency, smart technology, and innovations in transportation and public health.