Presentations and Panels
Sofia Berger, Louis Berger senior vice president of transportation, attended the Transportation Diversity Council and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (TDC-MIT) TRANSportation and Infrastructure Summit on April 16 in Brooklyn. Louis Berger was a primary sponsor for the event which brought together over 100 graduate transportation and engineering students and industry professionals for a day of panel discussions, workshops and keynote presentations focusing on “Intermodalism & Innovation.”
Tom Lewis, Louis Berger U.S. division president, and Heather Unger, Louis Berger corporate social responsibility manager, participated in the Zofnass Program Workshop, Making the Business Case for Planning Sustainable Infrastructure, from March 19-20 at Harvard University. The workshop was dedicated to continuing the discussion of ongoing research on sustainable infrastructure, which is recognized as an investment and business driver. During the Zofnass workshop, Louis Berger’s presentation focused on India’s 100 Smart Cities Mission and highlighted the ongoing Mangaluru Smart City project in which the company is involved as a project management consultant.
Deborah Matherly, Louis Berger principal planner, with Jon Carnegie, executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, and Cris Liban, executive officer for the environmental compliance and services department of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority, participated in the Transportation Research Board’s webinar on Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters. The webinar focused on resilience strategies research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s project of the same name published in December 2017, with a Q&A segment moderated by Jane Mobley, Louis Berger senior consultant.
Fred Wenger III, Louis Berger associate vice president for program and construction services, and Suni Shrestha, Louis Berger senior environmental scientist, met with Guam government officials, including Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and the director of the military buildup office, Robert Crisostomo. Wenger and Shrestha expressed Louis Berger’s continued interest in working in Guam and provided an overview of the company’s capabilities. They focused primarily on services that correspond to the foreseeable needs of an island, such as resiliency and emergency response power.
Brenda Villarreal, Louis Berger structural engineer for U.S. transportation engineering, participated in a panel discussion held on February 23 for Virginia Tech Network for Engineering Transfer Students (VT NETS). As an alumna of VT, she shared her insights, challenges and advice about the transition from college to the working world, as well as her past and ongoing projects at Louis Berger. The panel attendees are recipients of a grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue STEM careers.
In his fifth year as chairman of the volunteer Clean Energy Task Force in the Town of Fairfield, CT, Scott Thompson, Louis Berger vice president of sediments, led a team of 10 individuals in the development of a sustainability plan to help enable community resiliency for current and future generations of residents. The plan ties together initiatives already implemented by town and state departments and committees. During two workshops with the community in January and February, the task force presented the plan and received feedback from the public. The hope is that the plan can be a tool to stimulate individual action.
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.
Louis Berger hosted a Speakers Series presentation on resiliency with Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) executive director Brig. Gen. Joseph ‘Joe’ Schroedel U.S. Army (Ret.) The presentation highlighted the importance and the unique challenges of resiliency in today’s world. Brig. Gen. Schroedel discussed the role of innovation and leadership in addressing economic, infrastructure and social needs for our future. Louis Berger Senior Vice President Bill Haight, PE, shares his takeaways from the event on LinkedIn Pulse. The event took place in Louis Berger's Washington, D.C. office on December 18. Previous Speaker Series events have included talks with Dr. Madeline Albright as well as a panel discussion on Women in Policy.
Tom Lewis, president of Louis Berger's U.S. operating company, shares his takeaways from the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City on LinkedIn Pulse. During the three-day event that took place Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, mayors from megacities around the world as well as urban and sustainability leaders met to discuss innovative solutions to the effects of climate change. This year’s summit focused on the financial and social components of climate action, as well as the health and economic impacts of urbanization. Founded in 2005, C40, a global network of megacities, encourages urban action to address climate change. During the summit, C40 member cities and industry leaders renewed their commitment to sustainability and resiliency.
Tom Topolski, president of Louis Berger's international operating company, delivered a keynote speech as the International Road Federation (IRF) vice-chair at the 12th Annual South East Europe Transport Observatory (SEETO) Meeting of Ministers in Brussels. IRF partnered with SEETO to connect transport decision-makers with economic actors to promote an informed policy debate, encouraging reflection around new partnership models. This year’s meeting highlighted the role of public-private partnerships in tackling road planning and safety challenges.
Technical Innovation and Youth Education in Kuwait: On LinkedIn Pulse, our CEO Jim Stamatis shares takeaways from the Foreign Affairs Gulf Economic Update at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York City.
Fred Wenger III, associate vice president, program & construction management, published the article “Rescue Mission” in PM Network. Wenger explains how to overcome challenges in project management and shares his past experiences working on troubled projects. According to Wenger, “in the chaos of a failing project lies the opportunity to excel.” In addition to his work at Louis Berger, Wenger is a Project Management Institute (PMI) member. PM Network is a monthly PMI publication.
Sofia Berger, vice president and managing director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Javier Gonzalez, vice president for global aviation, share their insights on post-sanctions Cuba in a Louis Berger Brief. Post-sanctions Cuba is a largely untapped market for U.S. businesses interested in establishing partnerships and making investments in the Caribbean’s second most populous country. Although Cuba has a solid tradition of engineering, the island nation faces significant infrastructure challenges. Areas of immediate need include power and energy, water and wastewater collection and treatment systems, and transportation. “Opportunities in Cuba” provides a snapshot of these infrastructure needs and the investments required to address them.
Timothy Canan, M.SAME, environmental planning associate vice president, and David Plakorus, M.SAME, environmental planner, published and article in "The Military Engineer." Capitalizing on previous Army initiatives and studies, Louis Berger completed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) aimed at helping Fort Bliss evaluate its net zero energy, water and solid waste initiatives. Through completion of the EIS, associated consultations with state and federal agencies, and public meetings and comments, Fort Bliss has been able to gain perspective on the impact of its proposed net zero actions on the environment. This intelligence will inform the base's strategies for meeting its long-term sustainability goals and protect valued resources.
William Haight, vice president of construction services, presented at the 34th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations, organized by the American-Turkish Council (ATC), held in Washington, D.C. on September 27-30. The presentation, part of a panel entitled “U.S. and Turkey Partnerships in West/Sub-Saharan Africa Infrastructure Projects,” represented a Louis Berger-wide collaboration drawing on the expertise of team members in the company’s International and Services operating companies. The presentation described Louis Berger’s experience with Turkish partners in Africa and highlighted opportunities for future collaboration in transportation, water, institutional development and power and energy market sectors. Haight cited as a case study the South Sudan Juba-Nimule Road project, a USAID-funded 192 kilometer, $228 million initiative successfully completed by Louis Berger and two Turkish firms that resulted in the country’s first paved highway. The annual conference is attended by many senior government officials and industry representatives from the U.S. and Turkey. Keynote speakers included U.S. Senator John McCain and U.S. Trade and Development director Leocadia Zak.
Abdulai Fofanah, principal engineer with the environmental disaster management services team, presented at the 2015 Watershed Management Symposium held in Reston, Virginia. His presentation was titled, “Modeling the potential impact of watershed development on reservoir watershed runoff and safe yield using GIS-based SWAT model." The conference, hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers - Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) marks the 50th anniversary of the Watershed Management Symposium, and brings together engineers, hydrologists, soil scientists, foresters, environmentalists and decision makers to discuss vital watershed issues.
Malek Al-Khatib, Daniel Deng and Timothy Polson of Louis Berger and Michael Ryan of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) presented a case study of the MBTA West Route Mainline bridges over the Shawsheen River in Andover, Massachusetts at the 2015 International Bridge Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Constructed in 1847, the two historic stone arch bridges were in dire condition and required emergency stabilization. An innovative, award-winning design solution preserved the historic bridges and hid new steel structures within the old arches. The rehabilitation more than doubled the capacity of each bridge, lifted the speed restrictions, and provided scour countermeasures and bioengineering stabilization to the river embankments.
Louis Berger's Malek Al-Khatib, Daniel Deng and Timothy Polson with Elizabeth Ozhathil of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) presented a case study on Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods at the 2015 International Bridge Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The MBTA Ashmont Red Line Bridge over Clayton Street in Boston, Massachusetts, was a 102-year-old structure in poor condition with insufficient bridge clearance for large trucks travelling the street below. Numerous site, constructability, operational, and communal constraints required extensive attention to detail and coordination between all stakeholders. This was the first MBTA bridge to be replaced with ABC methods, saving the system $2 million and paring construction time by 10 months.
Justin Baker, senior scientist with the environmental services team, spoke at the at the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) 2015 Annual Meeting held in Providence, Rhode Island. His presentation on using wetland banking to restore and preserve critical habitats featured a case study from the proposed Troy Meadows Wetland Mitigation Bank in Morris County, New Jersey. The event, themed “Changing Climate, Changing Wetlands” and attended by world-leading wetland scientists, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers, examined the role that wetlands play in the global carbon cycle, how they are affected by the changing climate and how they can provide adaptation services.
Sachin Apte, senior engineer with the environmental remediation and restoration team at Louis Berger, gave a presentation on the firm’s resiliency expertise at the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) 2015 Annual Meeting, held in Providence, Rhode Island. His presentation featured environmental mitigation at Jack’s Marina coastal resiliency project, highlighting the project’s focus on creating, enhancing and preserving former wetlands at an abandoned and degraded marina.
Ginny Snead, department manager of hydraulics, hydrology and drainage, published an article in "World Water: Stormwater Management." Snead reports on ways that cross-boundary collaborations are helping to improve water quality in the Baltic Sea by addressing excess nutrients and algal blooms. Despite differing national practices and policies, the Nordic, Central and Eastern European countries within the Baltic Sea watershed share responsibility for a water body with one of the largest dead zones in the world. Snead describes efforts to collectively reduce stormwater runoff and other vectors of nutrient pollution through a combination of public outreach, incentive policies, and increased regulation.
Louis Berger’s Bill Haight, vice president for contingency construction, and Ray Mardini, vice president in the power group, participated in a panel on contingency energy at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo 2015 in Houston, Texas. The panel covered topics such as contingency power initiatives, power resiliency, service programs, and included an open discussion on future power challenges. SAME is the premier professional engineering association in the United States that connects professionals in the architecture, engineering, construction, and environmental and facility management fields. This year’s conference and expo was attended by more than 1,600 participants.
Jamey Barbas, Louis Berger global practice leader for major structures and Women at Louis Berger steering committee member, moderated a panel discussion about the ongoing challenges faced by women in the construction industry at this year’s Engineering News-Record (ENR) Groundbreaking Women in Construction Conference (GWIC) in New York City.
Tom Lewis, president for the Louis Berger Group operating company, was a keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Transportation Diversity Council (TDC) Transportation & Infrastructure Summit in New York. Lewis’ speech introduced the roundtable discussion on technical, financial, and human resources solutions for resiliency and livability. The conference, titled Transportation for our Future City, included topics such as the challenges of ensuring a safe and resilient transportation and power infrastructure, improving existing infrastructure and facilities and the emerging trends in contract delivery methods. The one-day event brought together transportation and infrastructure engineering and construction industry professionals, financial managers, community leaders, and academia.
Tim Gaul, vice president of power and energy at Louis Berger, and Pete Sparhawk, director of transmission services for the power and energy group at Louis Berger, spoke at the 2015 WIRES Spring Meeting. Their presentation focused on how regional and state differences in siting, permitting, and regulatory requirements and policy can affect the development of interstate transmission lines, and emphasized how local preferences, land use concerns, and public perceptions have a significant influence on such projects. WIRES is a trade association that promotes investment in North America’s electric transmission system and represents electric transmission owners, investors and customers. Hosted by Louis Berger in its Washington, D.C., offices, the policy meeting featured experts from the government and industry sectors.
Niek Veraart, vice president for Louis Berger’s environmental planning and resilience practice, was a keynote speaker at the 13th annual Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting. His presentation shared examples from resilience initiatives and ways that short-term recovery projects can be used as important building blocks to developing long-term resilience solutions. The annual event highlighted key flooding, water-quality, groundwater, surface water and geology issues in South Dakota, and drew more than 270 attendees.
Jennifer Gonzalez, senior environmental planner at Louis Berger, presented on green infrastructure at the American Planning Association New Jersey chapter’s Annual Planning Conference. The event hosted more than 40 workshops focused on resiliency planning, the challenges of a changing energy future, and redevelopment. Gonzalez also shared a case study of the Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan, an award-winning project that is helping build a stronger, more resilient New Jersey. The New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association's mission is to support the development of vital communities by advocating for community planning, citizen empowerment, and the tools to meet the challenges of growth and change.
Malek Al-Khatib, vice president for Northeast transportation, discussed Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) with the Maine section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Al-Khatib condensed his vast experience on the subject into a one-hour discussion focused on the replacement of the 104-year-old, three-span Clayton Street Transit Bridge. Louis Berger provided engineering and design services for the Clayton Street Transit Bridge project, which was the first Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority transit bridge to be replaced using ABC techniques. Completed in a 56-hour window, the short timeline was made possible by ABC techniques, cutting construction by 10 months and costs by $2 million.
Deborah Matherly, principal planner at Louis Berger, presided over two sessions at the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting. The first session, entitled “Intermodal Passenger Facilities: Design and Modeling,” featured research on access features, design considerations, and efficiency of passenger intermodal facilities. Transportation professionals from around the world presented their research at this poster session. Matherly also presided over a lectern session entitled “Location, Location, Location: Safety, Access and Placement Features of Intermodal Passenger Facilities.” During this session, research papers were presented highlighting various safety aspects of transit as well as the ridership implications of transit-oriented development.
Kyeongsu Kim, transportation planner and statistician at Louis Berger, discussed the implementation of an innovative transportation demand management (TDM) approach in South Korea at the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting. Kim's presentation, entitled “Experience in a Company-Wide Long Distance Carpool Program in South Korea,” was part of a lectern session on “Implementing TDM Strategies – International Perspective.”
Niek Veraart, vice president of environmental planning at Louis Berger, participated in the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee and the Risk and Resilience Assessment and Planning Subcommittee meetings at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The meetings covered a variety of resiliency topics, including cost-benefit analysis and the incorporation of climate change risk assessment in infrastructure asset management and operations planning.
At the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Camilla Deiber, senior architectural historian at Louis Berger, presented on program comment mitigation activities at a lectern session entitled “Post-1945 Common Bridges: Federal Highway Administration’s Program Comment.” The session discussed the Federal Highway Administration’s recently adopted program comment that would eliminate individual historic review requirements for common post-1945 concrete and steel bridges and culverts. The program comment would ensure that more unique historic bridges receive the attention they deserve in the midst of a process that is substantially streamlined for common bridges that would be unlikely to be historic and need preservation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kyeongsu Kim, transportation planner/statistician, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.
Mariana Torres-Montoya, senior economist, presented at the Transportation Research Board’s 93rd annual meeting held January 12-16 in Washington, D.C.
Mariana Torres-Montoya, senior economist, 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.
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.
Duncan Kisia, senior economist, 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.
Tom Lewis, president of Louis Berger's group operating company, presented at the Dupont Summit on Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Issues on December 5, 2013.
DK Pandey, principal environmentalist, and Anil Sharma, sociologist, presented a lecture and training to various senior staff of State Public Works Department working on the topic of environmental and social issues related to highway projects at a training program for the Indian Academy of Highway Engineers (IAHE), an institution of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India. Pandey and Sharma provided training on practical problems relating to the understanding and appreciation of environmental and social issues in highway/road projects, which included discussing how environmental and social studies fit into a highway planning, design, fixation of alignment, construction and operation cycle and pre-construction activities in highway projects.
Deborah Matherly, principal planner, and Jane Mobley, Ph.D., senior communications specialist, presented the toolkit in a live webinar hosted by The National Transit Institute.
Patricia Weslowski, hydropower services director, participated in a live webinar hosted by Alden Lab on the feasibility of pumped storage projects. Patricia spoke on the challenges of the licensing process, focusing on the regulatory requirements, the importance of stakeholder consultation and suggestions on how to avoid costly additional information requests.
Leo Tidd, senior environmental planner, AICP, gave a paper presentation at the Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting held on January 13-17 in Washington, D.C.
Peter Foote, senior environmental scientist, published an article in "International Water Power and Dam Construction."
Gary Moore, principal environmental engineer, presented “Making Things Work in Other Countries” at the Engineers Without Borders Northeast Conference held on November 16-18, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA.
Gregory Gajewski, senior economist, published a paper with the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy.
Masoud Sanayei, Ningyu Zhou, Pradeep Maurya, James A. Moore, Jeffrey A. Zapfe and Eric M. Hines published an article in the "Journal of Structural Engineering."
Patti Kuhn, Debra McClane, Sarah Groesbeck and Camilla Deiber published a report for the Transportation Research Board of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Project undertaken by Louis Berger and Mead & Hunt.
Craig Hanlon, principal environmental scientist, gave a presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals 2012 Annual Conference held at Shawnee on the Delaware, Pa. The 35 miles of road and interchange improvements associated with New Jersey Turnpike Interchange 6 to 9 Widening Program resulted in numerous impacts to specific environmental resources regulated by state and federal agencies. The natural resources included wetlands, open waters, state and federal protected species habitat, riparian corridors, and forest communities. Some of the resource areas overlapped on individual land parcels. A credit stacking approach was developed to maximize the efficiency of land used for mitigation/creation of habitat required to meet agency permitting regulations for those areas impacted by the widening program.
Deborah Matherly, principal planner, was a guest speaker for the Emergency Management Forum's Live Meeting presentation and discussion. The discussion topic was the Transportation Research Board's report prepared by Deborah Matherly in association with Jane Mobley Associates. The Toolkit provides recommendations for transportation options to reach vulnerable populations.
Tom DiChiara, senior manager, environmental studies, participated in a panel discussion at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Gregory Gajewski published an analysis in the German Marshall Fund "Connections" paper series.
Fred Wenger, managing director of the Marine Corps program, participated in a discussion at the annual Association of Americans for Civic Responsibility 2011 Roundtable Conference held in Washington, D.C. The program discussed how corporate America might protect and advance American interests by fighting against extremism and improving the reputation of our nation through our business abroad.
Thomas Lewis, president of the Louis Berger Group, presented "Getting Drawn by Others into Superfund Actions: Gowanus Canal Effects on Public Works, and Transportation and Transit Agencies in New York City" and "Be Careful of Potential Superfund Project Ripple Effects: Long-Term Transportation Implications of Passaic River Clean-up Alternatives on New Jersey Department of Transportation and Maritime Navigation" at the Transportation Research Board's Transportation Implications of Recent Stormwater and Superfund Decisions panel at its 90th Annual Meeting.
Abdulai Fofanah presented a poster at the National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration. The presentation was co-authored by Murat Utku.
Julius Haas and John Tan published an article in the "Civil Engineering Magazine." The $102-million upgrade of the Trenton–Morrisville Toll Bridge featured the innovative use of cantilevered pier caps to facilitate the widening of the aging structure. Through this design, the bridge was widened without having to carry out additional foundation work in the Delaware River.
Abdulai Fofanah, principal engineer, presented a poster, "Combating Urban Flooding: Rutherford/East Rutherford Ditch System Restoration," at the American Water Resources Association's National Water Resources Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.
Fred Wenger III published an article in the "Marine Corps Gazette." The focus on winning “the long war” hinges on the soft power of socioeconomic interventions, supported by military stabilization efforts. This article discusses one framework for interagency planning in support of the long war.
Michael Kirk and Nikhil Bhandari published an article in the "New York Construction Magazine." Public-Private Partnerships offer unprecedented advantages to government agencies willing to invest in them, and when the initial phases of the process are properly navigated, it can yield outstanding results.
Patricia Weslowski published an article in the "International Water Power and Dam Construction Magazine." Licensing a hydropower project can be a long and costly process that can be especially burdensome to small-scale developers. This article helps those developers navigate through the hydropower licensing process in the United States, which is increasingly important because of recent national policies that promote investment in renewable energy.
Alan Karnovitz, Sonia Moldovan and R.D. Menelaws published a white paper for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Peg McBrien presented on the Richard P. Kane Wetlands site at the Texas conference.
Fred Wenger III published an article in "The Military Engineer" that examines the benefits of using contract engineers in U.S. Marine Corps projects using the draw down in Iraq and the build-up in Afghanistan as examples of the types of engineering support contractors can lend to the Marines.