Thursday, July 11, 2019

Track 1: Regulatory & Advocacy

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote: Legislation and Advocacy in our Industry: Are you at the table or on the menu?

Marty Fiorentino
Marty Fiorentino

Marty Fiorentino, President of The Fiorentino Group

Outline: Becoming politically involved isn’t just good for the country, it can be good for your business. Failing to do so can put your company on the menu while others are at the table.

Track 2: Construction

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Keynote: A Geotechnical Practitioner’s Case for a Foundation Design-Construction Continuum

Billy Camp
Billy Camp

Billy Camp, III, P.E., D.GE, Technical Principal/Vice President, S&ME


Upon successful completion of the program, the learner will

  1. Understand the limitations of geotechnical site characterization and the impact of uncertainty
  2. Understand the limitations of current deep foundation design methods
  3. Recognize the value of design-phase foundation testing
  4. Recognize the importance of foundation construction observation and testing

Outline: A substantial and critical component of geotechnical engineering is the management of uncertainty. Significant uncertainty exists even after a comprehensive site characterization has been performed. Additional uncertainty is introduced during analysis and design since our theories and methodologies are imperfect. Potential construction variables create further complications. The resulting uncertainty can only be reduced during construction, when actual performance can be evaluated and observed. In short, a geotechnical design is not “final” until construction is complete. Case histories and supporting research findings are used to explain why foundation design and construction should be continually linked.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Track 3: Technology & Innovation

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Keynote: Sheet Piling – Past, Present, and Future

Richard Hartman
Dick Hartman

Dick Hartman, P.E., Owner and Principal Engineer, Hartman Engineering


Upon successful completion of the program the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the history of sheet piling
  2. Describe the current sheet piling products and their uses
  3. Describe the evolution of sheet piling design methods and determine the appropriate methods for project designs.

Outline: Sheet piling is a very versatile product. It is used in permanent structures such as bulkheads, mooring dolphins, bridge abutments, and subterranean parking garages. It also is used in temporary structures such as cofferdams and excavation shoring walls.

Steel Sheet piling has been available to us as a construction tool for slightly more than one hundred years. During that time, the product has undergone substantial changes. In addition, the design process has evolved as a consequence of research and the evolution of computer based computational methods.

The presentation will review where we have been, where we are now, and where we hope to be in the future with both the product and design considerations.