CIGMAT Informs, Grows In 09

May 2009 Vol. 64 No. 5

Four technical sessions were held with invited speakers from around the country. The first panel discussion was on the “Asset Management of Water and Wastewater Systems in Major Cities.” Brandon E. Wade, assistant city manager, director of Public Works, city of Galveston, TX, discussed the “Challenges and Issues After Hurricane in Galveston.” Lisa Lattu, supervising engineer, city of Houston, discussed the “Planning and Hydraulic Modeling of City of Houston Drinking Water.” Ravi Kaleyatodi, assistant director, city of Houston, talked about the “City of Houston’s Approach for Maintaining Large Diameter Sewers.”

The second panel discussion was on “Hurricane Issues and Geotechnical Issues” with a focus on power grids and water utilities performance during Hurricane IKE and a mega crane lift project undertaken by an oil company. Douglas White, emergency management coordinator, CenterPoint Energy, discussed the “Power Issues and Challenges after Hurricane IKE.” Gary Oradat, executive director, Coastal Water Authority, discussed the “Power Grid and Water.” Kenneth Tand, Kenneth Tand and Associates; Ken Dessert, Jacobs Engineering; and Morris Parrott, British Petroleum, presented the major issues related to the “Mega Crane Lift Project in Texas City.”

Professor Paul W. Mayne from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, delivered the fourth Mike O’Neill Lecture on “Evaluating Axial Elastic Pile Response from Cone Penetration Tests.” Dr. C. Vipulanandan followed with a presentation on “New Down-Hole Penetrometer (DHP-CIGMAT) for Construction Applications.”

The fourth session presented was on stormwater management and flooding issues related to Houston and coastal Louisiana. The featured speakers were Mike Talbott, director of Harris County Flood Control District; Chris Williams, Office of Coastal Preservation and Restoration Authority, New Orleans, LA; and David Peters, CDM, New Orleans, LA.

A reception was held in the exhibit area displaying posters on research activities at CIGMAT and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Several grouting, pipe, material supply and wastewater rehabilitation companies participated in the exhibition.

This is the third year that Stavros Koukatsikas, senior project manager-construction for the city of Houston, has attended CIGMAT. “The city of Houston and CIGMAT are working together on different techniques,” he said. “This is the conference I attend to find out the outcomes of what they are working on, and to get more information about what is happening in Houston.”