Infrastructure Virtual Summit 2019

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Live event aired October 1-3, 2019, but now you can join the ranks of more than 1,000 of your peers to earn PDH credits and gain knowledge on a range of topics.

• Vermont Transportation Planning Tool (Milone & MacBroom)
• Treating Stormwater as a Resource: The New Paradigm (Stantec)
• Retrofitting an Existing Development with Green Infrastructure (CDM Smith)
• American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card (ASCE)
• Wet Retroreflective Pavement Marking Technology (3M)
• Highways and Bridge Construction
• Dam Removal - Improving the Health of the Milwaukee River (Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District/MMSD)
• Stormwater Control Measures: Using Treatment in Conjunction with Storage (Oldcastle Infrastructure)
• Electrical Safety on the Job: Always Look Up! (Electrical Safety Foundation International/ESFI)

Attendees can earn Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits, and view quality content conveniently available on-demand.


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Brett Brenner,
President, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)

Brett Brenner is President of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Appointed as President in 2005, he has developed aggressive marketing and awareness campaigns to advance electrical safety. Such accesses have established ESFI as the primary source for unbiased electrical safety information to reduce the instances of fires, injuries, and deaths. Mr. Brenner is a graduate of Radford University and is currently serving on the National Fire Protection Association’s Educational Messages Advisory Council and Underwriters Laboratories Consumer Advisory Council.

Andrew Goodrich,
Global Product Marketer, 3M Transportation Safety Division

Andrew is a Global Product Marketer within 3M's Transportation Safety Division where he leads safety and product related marketing programs for the Pavement Marking portfolio. Andrew joined 3M in 2016 after completing his MBA at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

Jay Holtz, PE,
Director of Regulatory Management, Oldcastle Infrastructure

Jay Holtz, PE, is Director of Regulatory Management at Oldcastle Infrastructure Stormwater. Jay's engineering background is in hydrology and hydraulics. His career spans more than 30 years, having earned his degree in Civil Engineering at the University of California at Davis in 1986. Since that time, has worked for many firms associated with the design and application of stormwater treatment and storage systems. He worked as a contractor with Peter Kiewit Construction, as a designer with CH2M Hill, as a regulator with Clean Water Services in Washington County, Oregon, and as a manufacturer's technical lead with Oldcastle Infrastructure Stormwater, among others. This breath of experience gives Jay a unique perspective and understanding of each party's water quality needs and goals.

California Stormwater Sector Leader, Stantec

Othmer is the California stormwater sector leader for Stantec and has more than 25 years of engineering experience as a storm water practitioner. Othmer has served as principal-in-charge and project manager on many storm water projects across the U.S. His expertise includes the development of NPDES storm water pollution prevention and monitoring programs, preparation of erosion and sediment control guidelines, storm water research and pilot studies, best management practice treatment design, NPDES illicit storm drain connection programs, industrial storm water pollution prevention programs, and storm water litigation. Throughout his career, Othmer has managed projects for federal, state, local and private sector clients. Othmer served as a consultation committee member for the San Dieguito River WQIP, was a member of the Construction General Permit Training Committee and the SWRCB's Industrial Stormwater General Permit TMDL stakeholder group, and currently serves on the TAC for the City of San Diego Offsite Storm Water Alternative Compliance Program. He is the president of the Industrial Environmental Assn., and he is a San Diego State University Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Faculty Advisory Board Member. Othmer routinely teaches storm water classes for many organizations, including UCSD Extension Program and Lorman Education. Othmer is a registered civil engineer in California and received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and his master’s degree in civil engineering from Tufts University.

Stefan Schuster, P.E., ENV SP,
Senior Water Resources Engineer & Project Manager, CDM Smith Inc.

Stefan Schuster is a senior water resources engineer and project manager with CDM Smith. Schuster has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada at Reno. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in California and Nevada, holds multiple storm water certifications, and is an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). Schuster manages the CDM Smith offices in Truckee, Calif., and has overseen many projects involving water quality, storm water management and monitoring, erosion and sediment control, low impact development strategies, and CEQA/NEPA environmental analyses.

Suzanne Wilkins, AICP, ENV SP ,
Senior Environmental Planner, CDM Smith Inc.

Suzanne Wilkins is a senior environmental planner, who works on multi-benefit transportation, Storm water management, water resources and restoration projects throughout California and the western U.S. Wilkins has worked extensively in the Lake Tahoe basin, a highly regulated environment, providing environmental and regulatory compliance services. Many of her projects include providing storm water permit acquisition and compliance services along linear transportation projects for roadways and the railroad. Wilkins is an Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) who prepared the Envision application for the first platinum-rated project for Placer County in the Lake Tahoe basin. Wilkins is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has presented at numerous conferences over the years about sustainable storm water infrastructure design and planning.

Anna Denecke,
Director of Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Anna Denecke is the Director of Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). She oversees the development of ASCE Infrastructure Report Cards. Denecke previously worked in multimodal freight policy for the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors. She has B.A.'s in History and Political Science from the University of Southern California.

Thomas Hedblom,
Division Scientist, 3M Transportation Safety Division

Tom began his career at 3M in 1983 after completing his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota (UofM). In 1987 Tom obtained his Master's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, also from the UofM. Tom has worked the past 36 years researching retroreflective pavement markings, having developed and led several product introduction teams in the commercialization of both temporary construction work zone products and durable pavement markings. He is the co-author of several human factor research papers published with the Transportation Research Board, and has been named inventor of 26 issued US patents. Tom is currently a Division Scientist in 3M's Transportation Safety Division.

Daniel Majano,
Program Manager, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)

Daniel Majano is Program Manager at the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Since 2014, he has managed ESFI's programs including Workplace Safety, National Electrical Safety Month, Fire Prevention, Disaster Safety, Holiday Safety, along with raising awareness of the National Electrical Code, Tamper Resistant Receptacle, Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter, Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter, and Surge Protection devices. Mr. Majano is a graduate of George Mason University.

Roy Schiff, PhD, P.E.,
Water Resource Scientist and Engineer, Milone & MacBroom, Inc.

Roy is a Water Resource Scientist and Engineer with Milone & MacBroom, Inc. He received his PhD (Aquatic Ecosystem Studies) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2005 and his M.S.Eng. (Civil and Environmental Engineering) from University of Washington in 1996. Roy is a licensed Professional Engineer in Vermont and frequently works on applied projects including flood protection, channel and floodplain restoration, crossing structures, bank stabilization, and river corridor assessment.

Jeremy Triebenbach,
MMSD Section Manager, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Jeremy Triebenbach is a Section Manager for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. As Section Manager, Jeremy is responsible for overseeing and managing the District’s Conveyance and Plants Capital Improvement Program. Prior to becoming Section Manager, Mr. Triebenbach worked as a Construction Manager for the MMSD, managing large and complex Water Reclamation Facility and Watercourse construction projects. He is a registered professional engineer and certified wastewater operator in the State of Wisconsin.

Russell Vadenais, P.E. ,
Water Resources Engineer, CDM Smith Inc.

Russ Vadenais is a water resources engineer with twelve years of experience in stormwater management including civil design of stormwater infrastructure and Best Management Practices (BMPs), water quality monitoring, erosion control, and stormwater manual development. He is experienced in green infrastructure and Low Impact Development, hydrologic, hydraulic, and water quality modeling, stream surveys, pollutant source control, and BMP performance evaluations. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California and is also a certified developer of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for construction and industrial sites.


Milone & MacBroom, Inc.
Vermont Transportation Resilience Planning Tool

Roy Schiff, PhD, PE, Milone & MacBroom, Inc.

The damage to Vermont's surface transportation system caused by major and minor floods over time has illustrated the vulnerability of road segments, bridges, and culverts to the effects of river flooding, erosion, and deposition.  Flood recovery along the transportation system is a major annual expense for the State of Vermont. The goal of this project is to improve the resilience of Vermont's highway network to floods and erosion by providing data and tools to inform planning and investment decisions. The Transportation Resilience Planning Tool (TRPT) is a web‐based application to display transportation risk and mitigation information. The TRPT includes a method to systematically identify road segments, bridges, and culverts that are vulnerable to flood and erosion damages and a screening tool to pinpoint the most critical locations and mitigation options on the transportation network.

Wet Retroreflective Pavement Marking Technology

Andrew Goodrich, Global Product Marketer, 3M Transportation Safety Division
Thomas Hedblom, Division Scientist, 3M Transportation Safety Division

In nighttime wet and rainy conditions, non-wet reflective pavement markings may disappear, leading to reduced driver visibility. While only 25% of travel in the U.S. occurs at night, in 2017 we saw 55% of the 9,952 deadly crashes occurring at night or in low-light conditions taking 3,811 lives. Learn about the pavement marking technology that allows drivers to see pavement markings in day, nighttime and in wet conditions.

Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)
Always Look Up, All Ways: Electrical Safety on a Job Site

Brett Brenner, President
Daniel Majano, Program Manager

The Electrical Safety Foundation International has been compiling data related to workplace electrical fatalities since 2003. Based on data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, ESFI found that since 2003, the construction industry has had the leading number of workplace electrical fatalities. Most of these fatalities occurred in those with the “Construction Laborer” job title, and many were caused by overhead power lines. ESFI released a campaign titled “Always look up, all ways” to educate non-electrical workers on the electrical hazards on construction worksites. ESFI recommends the following to reduce electrical injuries and fatalities in the construction industry:

  • Before starting any job, have a qualified worker review all potential electrical hazards
  • Ground-Fault Protection is a necessity when working with electricity outdoors
  • Extension cords and other temporary power should always be inspected before use
  • All workers should always look up, all ways, to avoid contact with overhead power lines
  • If contact with overhead power lines occurs, all work should be stopped, and emergency services should be contacted.
  • All electrical work should be performed by a qualified electrical worker

Making the Grade – ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

Anna Denecke, Director of Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Every four years, ASCE provides a comprehensive assessment of the nation's 16 major infrastructure categories in the Infrastructure Report Card. Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Infrastructure Report Card examines current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise them. Hear about the Report Card's findings, with a special focus on the water and wastewater categories.

Oldcastle Infrastructure
Stormwater Control Measures: Using Treatment in Conjunction with Storage

Jay Holtz, PE, Director of Regulatory Management, Oldcastle Infrastructure

Stormwater control measures are designed to provide water quality control, water quantity control, or both. When a stormwater control measure is designed to provide for both water quality and quantity, the treatment and storage systems must work together and so the designer must consider several design factors in order to provide a complete system that is effective, economic, and reasonable to maintain. The type, location, and sizing of the treatment system will depend on the specific characteristics of the storage system. This presentation explores the relationship between stormwater treatment systems and stormwater storage systems and shares important design considerations that are often overlooked by designers.

CDM Smith Inc.
Retrofitting an Existing Development with Green Infrastructure: A Pathway to Water Quality Restoration in South Lake Tahoe

Russell Vadenais, Water Resources Engineer
Stefan Schuster, Senior Water Resources Engineer & Project Manager
Suzanne Wilkins, Senior Environmental Planner

The Sierra Tract Phase 3 & 4 Water Quality Improvement Project was successfully completed by the city of South Lake Tahoe during the summer of 2016. The Sierra Tract subdivision is located within a 350-acre, densely developed commercial and residential community in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The area originally was developed in the 1950's with minimal drainage infrastructure and no consideration of water quality. Prior to the project, several directly connected storm water systems efficiently conveyed large volumes of untreated storm water to the Upper Truckee River and to Lake Tahoe. The large size of the catchments and the dense commercial, residential, and primary roadway land uses, combined to create significant pollutant sources and a high priority for effective mitigation. The Sierra Tract Project provides an example of how older and densely developed communities, with challenging environmental conditions can be successfully retrofitted with green stormwater improvements. Green infrastructure elements include dispersed infiltration, disconnection of hard conveyances, large and small-scale subsurface infiltration galleries, bioretention basins and bioswales. Together, these improvements reduce erosion, hydromodification, recharge the groundwater table, and improve water quality in downstream surface waters. The project represents a key component of the city's compliance strategy with its MS4 permit and the associated Lake Tahoe TMDL implementation requirements. This presentation will provide an overview of the key project components, the adaptations for cold-climate conditions, and how the project was used for TMDL compliance through load reduction modeling and ongoing condition assessments. Unique aspects and challenges of the Lake Tahoe TMDL also are discussed, along with specific solutions that were implemented in the Sierra Tract Project.

The New Paradigm: Treating Storm Water as a Resource

Ed Othmer, PE, CPESC, CPSWQ, QSP/D ToR, QISP ToR, ENV SP, PMP, California Stormwater Sector Leader, Stantec

We are evolving from the practice of simply conveying storm water away from inhabited areas as fast as possible to prevent urban flooding. Rather, we are moving toward the approach of capturing storm water and using it as a resource. A host of emerging business conditions, such as increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, aging infrastructure, and climate change are causing us to recognize storm water as a resource rather than a waste. More so, we are now embarking on the integration of water, wastewater, storm water, and groundwater management–one water. This shift to integrating planning and management coupled with state-of-the art tools will lead to optimized water supplies and improved water quality, while attaining sustainability and resiliency goals.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Estabrook Dam Removal: A step in improving the health of the Milwaukee River

Jeremy Triebenbach, MMSD Section Manager

The Estabrook Dam was located on the Milwaukee River, approximately five miles north of downtown Milwaukee. In 2008, the dam was inspected found to have deficiencies, was ordered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to be repaired or removed. Originally designed and bid as a repair project, the project took a complete reversal to become a dam removal project. The regional sewerage district, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) took this project on with the goals of reducing flood risk for homes within the Milwaukee River floodplain, improving water quality, improving aquatic habitat connectivity, and removing a long-term financial liability for the community. This presentation describes the steps taken to achieve those goals.

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