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Effective Communications and Data Analytics in Crisis Management 

Dr. Jennifer Avegno

The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed society, thrusting
science and data into the limelight like never before.  After being identified as an early hotspot, New Orleans was able to not only explain but also "crush"; the epidemic curve, using a careful, evidence-based approach in an environment where that evidence was often lacking or shifted quickly.  Communicating complex scientific topics to the public in an environment of fear, mistrust, and sometimes defiant opposition is incredibly challenging and requires clarity, honesty, compassion, and a thick skin.  Bridging the gap between the technical and the human is key not only in a pandemic, but in any scientific or technical endeavor that affects people.

Herbert J. Roussel, Jr. Lecture

Evolution of the Structural Concrete Building Code: Reinforcing Bar Development 

Robert J. Frosch, PhD, PE, FACI, FASCE

The building code requirements for development length have evolved over the years.  This presentation will discuss the background for the development and splicing requirements up to the latest version of ACI 318.  Understanding this background is especially important for the evaluation and strengthening of existing structures as current design codes typically require much longer development lengths than the past.  Furthermore, the presentation will discuss changes made in ACI 318-19 to address high-strength reinforcement as well as holistic changes that are on their way which will provide improved tools for both the design and evaluation of structures.

ASCE's Proposed Code of Ethics

Dr. Brock Barry

The Task Committee on the Code of Ethics (TCCoE) will present a comprehensive overview of the rigorous, thorough, thoughtful, and consensus-building process used in developing ASCE’s Proposed Code of Ethics. This seminar will cover the charge presented to the TCCoE, a detailed description of the process used in writing the Proposed Code, a review of all stake-holder engagements to-date, a discussion related to the need for a revised Code, and a summary of key items inherent to the Proposed Code. The latest version of the Proposed Code of Ethics will be shared with the audience. The TCCoE will detail the current status of the Proposed Code and the path forward. Finally, the TCCoE will reserve time in the seminar to listen to audience feedback and address questions.


Loyola Drive /I-10 Design Build

Timothy Nickel, P.E.

Louisiana DOTD is continuing to look into innovative ways to design, fund, and construct in a timely manner, infrastructure improvements for the public. Design-Build is a delivery system that can be used to expedite project delivery. The I-10/Loyola Interchange Improvements projects was challenging due to the complexities of the existing infrastructure, ongoing construction project within the project limits, and the completion and opening of the LANOIA terminal construction and opening. We will discuss what it took to procure, design and construct the I-10/Loyola Interchange project using the design-build process.

Buzz Hair Lecture

Risk-Informed Geotechnical Design of Levees and Dams

Brad Arcement, P.E.

 Over the last +10 years USACE has competed formal risk assessments that re-evaluate the reliability and life safety risk of levee and dam structures in the USACE portfolio.  One of the major findings of the assessment of the USACE portfolio is that strict compliance with design standards alone does not always result in levee or dam that would be considered to have tolerable risk.  Consequently, USACE has begun using risk assessments during design to verify that traditional design standards meet the desired level of reliability and as a basis to upscale/downscale design criteria based on the life safety risk.  This presentation will provide real world examples of how geotechnical engineers within USACE have used risk assessments to influence planning and design of levees and dams.

Mississippi River Deepening

Jason Binet, P.E.

The Mississippi River Project continues to stay current with national needs to accommodate larger shipping trends.  Congress authorized a deepening of the navigation channel under Section 101 of the 1985 Supplemental Appropriations Act and Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 1986.  Presentation will provide a current status on a multi-phase implementation plan.

Louisiana Watershed Initiative

Ian B. Trahan, P.E.

To prepare for guidance on 1.2 billion in CDBG-MIT funding, the State of Louisiana has spent the last year building the foundational elements of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative.  Initiative activities include (1) the establishment of statewide regional watershed boundaries, (2) the formation of regional steering committees, and (3) facilitating procurement of hydrologic and hydraulic models that—together—will cover the entire state and provide both state and regional entities with the science and data to better understand and address their risk in coordination with anticipated CDBG-MIT project and planning development activities.    Attend this session to learn more about the Louisiana Watershed Initiative’s long-term goals and next steps in program implementation from state staff and leading agency representatives.