Oregon Chapter APWA Conference - Technical P ....


Technical Program is subject to last minute changes. The latest program will be published in the Onsite Program. Any changes after printing date will be posted onsite.

Technical Session Descriptions


Pavement Management for Small Cities

House Bill 2017 requires that by February 1st of each odd-numbered year, every city and county shall report the condition of its transportation infrastructure in order to be eligible for grant funding.  This presentation will focus on how small cities can implement a cost effective pavement management strategy, it will discuss different methodologies available to assess pavement condition, and what is needed to meet the reporting requirements to be eligible for grant funding.  Lindsi Hammond, PE

Connecting Neighborhoods with Active Public Outreach

The City of Tualatin recently took a unique public involvement approach with their Garden Corner Curves study, which sought to improve a narrow and constrained two-lane road. The project was prompted by public and political interest. Full roadway reconstruction to the City’s street standard is cost-prohibitive, so the city looked outside the box for a solution. An intensive public outreach program was used to arrive at a design that had a solid base of support.  Attendees will learn how public involvement can result in a feasible and constructible design solution at achievable cost. Jeff Fuchs / Mary Stewart / David Brokaw

Earthquake Preparedness - Early Warnings and Automated Response

The USGS, in collaboration with the University of Oregon and others, is expanding the network of seismic monitoring stations for a regional earthquake early warning system. The ShakeAlert system will rely on this network to detect an imminent earthquake, process that information for local predictions of shaking intensity, and transmit a warning. Depending on epicenter location relative to a user, the warning might be received seconds or even minutes before the arrival of shaking. The Eugene Water & Electric Board is piloting automated applications to protect infrastructure/public safety. Doug Toomey, Ph.D / Mark Zinniker, PE

Asphalt Paving Inspection

Inspecting asphalt paving projects can be hard. No specification covers every situation, yet many inspectors are told by managers to ensure the specification is being followed – which can lead to distracting and costly disagreements. This presentation will address common problem areas and provide ideas on how inspectors and managers can add value to paving projects. John Hickey, PE

Case Study of Seismic Retrofit Strategies for Concrete Bridges

Seismically retrofitting aging bridges is necessary, but can also be very expensive. This case study investigates the buckling restrained brace (BRB) retrofit concept and compares it to more traditional retrofits for three existing bridges in Oregon. The objectives of evaluating these cases were to determine the feasibility of the concept for both performance and cost on a variety of structures. The results of the analyses show that BRB bridge retrofits are a feasible, cost-effective strategy and should be part of the designer’s toolbox when considering bridge seismic retrofit options. Mike Miotke

Effective Emergency Response; Case Study-Eugene 2016 Ice Storm

Presentation will describe Eugene PW response to 2016 ice storm from initial response to FEMA reimbursement. The 2016 ice storm had a major impact to both the City's transportation system and urban forest.  Attendees will hear about the magnitude of this FEMA scale event, including, information collection systems (requests for service, and work orders), use of emergency command center, data collection for FEMA reimbursement, inter-agency coordination (e.g. utilities, state and county), work prioritization, pre-event contract agreements, multi-PW division coordination, and lessons learned.  Eric Johnson / Scott Altenhoff


Bridge Over Troubled Waters: McMullen Creek Dam Spillway Bridge

When Josephine County needed to replace the bridge over the McMullen Creek Dam spillway using ODOT/federal funds, it seems like a straightforward project. However, once the dam was reclassified as high hazard shortly after design began, the project became turbulent. Hear lessons from the design project manager and the County engineer on how they navigated the twists and turns that followed.  Jeff Bernardo, PE / Charles DeJanvier, PE

Sanitary and Stormwater Asset Management: Getting Started

GIS-based asset management is a vital tool for the City of Hillsboro Public Works in the operation, maintenance and engineering of sanitary and stormwater utilities. However, asset management systems aren’t cheap and don’t become fully-operational overnight. This presentation will explore the efforts and costs involved in the transformation of Hillsboro Public Works to becoming a modern asset management agency.  Gavin McRobbie / Mark Gibson

Practical & Sustainable Solutions for Rockfall Hazards

Rockfall can occur in rural or urban areas and is a serious problem which is expensive to evaluate and mitigate.  Sometimes practical methods of evaluation and mitigation can make addressing rockfall manageable and reduce its environmental impact.  Two such instances will be discussed, one near Oregon City and one on Oahu, Hawaii.  Practical methods were used to evaluate both sites and mitigation was selected that sufficiently addressed risk to the public.  The evaluation methods used, how the hazards were addressed, and the sustainable aspects of the approaches will be explained.  Tim Blackwood, PE, CEG

Creating a 21st Century Design Standard Manual

Too many of the Design Standard Manuals are dated 1980, some even back to the 70's.  This session will dive into Performance Based Design Standards intended to provide safety, efficiency, and cost effectiveness while maintaining a Standard for the entire community.  Hermanus Steyn, PE

How to survive the traps and pitfalls of Asset Management

In today’s world there is always something to make life easier. This is all great and I’m sure has helped everyone out a lot. This has created the ‘Easy Button’ effect where everything should be done with the push of a button. However, these processes still require data to be accurate and the cognitive power of a human to fill in the blanks. When looking at Asset Management, there are many areas where outcomes have been improved. Software can do many things to better your life but you need to plan ahead to ensure expectations meet reality. We will discuss ways to make this a manageable effort.  Mike Schwab

EWEB's Oregon Watershed Emergency Response System

In 2003, EWEB developed the McKenzie Watershed Emergency Response System (MWERS) to protect Eugene’s sole source of drinking water, the McKenzie River, from hazardous material spills.  Given advances in technology and a web first vision MWERS needed to be redesigned as a fully-functional web-based application that includes and expands the original search and reporting capabilities.  The results of this effort are complete and details of the Oregon Watershed Response System (OWERS) implementation will be presented.   Karl Morgenstern / Kerry Halligan, Ph.D

LED Street Light Conversion and Smart Controls

The City of Hillsboro will begin construction in January 2018 to convert its entire street light system to LED fixtures with smart nodes. This includes a purchase of just under 2,000 fixtures from PGE, full fixture replacement of nearly 6,700 fixtures to convert from HPS and MV to LED, and installation of nearly 8,000 smart control nodes. All new LED fixtures installed will have a dimmable driver that can be accessed remotely via GE Control nodes. The City intends to use adaptive street lighting that reduces the lighting on the roadway throughout the day based on traffic volume. Tegan Enloe, PE

Floodplain Function and Aggregate Opportunities & Design & Engineering of Large-Scale Floodplain Restoration

In the Willamette Valley, more than 70% of people live within 20 miles of the river, many of these people whether they know it or not, live in a floodplain. The Willamette Confluence Project is being undertaken by the Nature Conservancy (TNC), in association with Rivers to Ridges Partners and Tetra Tech. The project transformed a 1,300 acre aggregate mine site through restoration and enhancement of the wetland, riparian, and upland habitats, which span over 6 miles of river frontage. Lessons learned and scalable solutions can be applied to future projects.  Two dimensional hydraulic modeling and phased construction, among other design tools were utilized during the course of the project.  Jason Nucklols / Ryan Kilgren /  Melissa Olson

Lessons Learned from Mexico's September 2017 Earthquakes

Mexico City experienced two large earthquakes of magnitudes 8.2 and 7.1 in September 2017. In meeting with public agencies, affected public, and lifeline system owners and operators, the American Society of Civil Engineer Infrastructure Resilience Division team learned a great deal about the successes and lesson learned from the people that led the emergency response and recovery. This presentation will present their advice for those of us living in areas expect large seismic events and other natural disasters.  Allison Pyrch, PE, GE

Morrison Bridge Deck Replacement–History, Design and Construction

This presentation will discuss the safety and performance history related to the Morrison Bridge deck, the search for deck replacement alternatives, and highlights of the design and construction of the new deck.  The selected replacement deck type is a partially-filled steel grid deck system utilizing lightweight concrete, the construction of which required bridge jacking and mechanical rehabilitation, significant traffic control and impacts, maintenance of river and vehicular traffic, staged span balancing, and strict adherence to U.S. Coast Guard schedule constraints.  Joel Tubbs, PE, SE / Matthew Harlan, PE

Salmon-Safe Certification: O&M and Capital Project Implications

In 2017, Eugene Parks and Open Space was certified Salmon-Safe. The Salmon-Safe organization certifies agencies, businesses and organizations whose land management activities affect streams, rivers, and waterways. The certification process involves a comparison of existing protocols and site conditions to a set of certification standards established by Salmon-Safe. Eugene Parks and Open Space is only the second municipal park system to be awarded Salmon-Safe certification. Our certification includes a suite of conditions with milestones that must be met within the 5-year certification window.  Shelly Miller

Building Vibrancy in Downtown Eugene

Eugene’s downtown should be safe, welcoming and vibrant. Last year, the City of Eugene began working with internationally-renowned Project for Public Spaces (PPS) on a public engagement effort to improve downtown. This summer, we implemented many of PPS’s “lighter, quicker, cheaper” recommendations, launching coordinated initiatives to improve infrastructure, public safety, social services and community events. Data show these initiatives have begun to positively impact activation of public spaces and people’s perceptions about downtown.  Sarah-Kate Sharkey / Colette Ramirez


Kinsman Rd Extension - Willamette Water Supply PLM 2.0

The City of Wilsonville, in partnership with Willamette Water Supply, completed the $10M extension of Kinsman Road. The project included the first half mile of the 66-inch diameter waterline as part of the Willamette Water Supply program to bring water from the Willamette to Hillsboro. The project improved the transportation network on the west side of I-5 for the industrial district and rapid growing neighborhoods. Come hear lessons from the field on the construction of the project and insights on the Willamette Water Supply program.  Jason Kelly, PE

Building and leveraging GIS vs. CAD for infrastructure:

Public and private agencies face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less as increases in demands, regulatory requirements, infrastructure deterioration, and political and economic forces have significantly outpaced increases in capital and operating budgets. Technologies are changing, and specific uses are emerging for engineering designs and operations management using CAD and GIS software. We will discuss how to develop/enhance GIS programs within your org, the differences in application and purposes with CAD, improve productivity/performance, and maximize ROI on your assets.  Arnab Bhowmick

The Basics - Preserving Asphalt Pavement With Asphalt Pavement

There are many variables when it comes to pavement preservation. This presentation will focus on many of the topics that confuse engineers and managers who do not deal with pavements every day. The presentation will cover: mix design basics for preservation (how to incorporate smaller NMAS mixes and select the correct binder); incorporating recycled materials in asphalt pavements (benefits and risks); polymer modified binders (purpose, cost, and proper use); warm mix additives; surface preparation; and Thinlay case studies showing performance and expected life when best practices are followed.  John Hickey, PE

Technologies for Local Govt. Crisis Management:

The market is becoming overly complex with tech options & IT jargons. Organizations face continuous challenges to accomplish more with less: emergencies, compliance, legal/regulatory requirements, IT/GIS strategies, resiliency. Understanding, planning, and implementing right technologies in the right way at the right time is key to operate successfully. Technologies like drones, virtual and augmented reality, cloud services, mobile apps, scenario and time series analysis etc. are becoming commonplace to enable local govt. achieve their resiliency goals and serve citizens better.  Arnab Bhowmick

Keynote Speakers


http://oregon.apwa.net/Content/Chapters/oregon.apwa.net/Image/Events%2FSC18%2FMedary-1.jpgEvery Day Matters!

It’s not the big moves, but the incremental things you do that enable and make progress. Medary and Brown share the little things and a few big things that led them to the top, and a few dumb things too. You won’t want to miss the kickoff luncheon as you will be jointly welcomed to Eugene, and your future, by two inspiring Public Works leaders who will share their pro tips on how to make progress on your leadership goals so you can save yourselves and save the world one little assignment at a time. Sarah Medary / Paula Brown


http://oregon.apwa.net/Content/Chapters/oregon.apwa.net/Image/Events%2FSC18%2FMcGlone%20Edward.jpgEmX West: Buildiing a Healthy Transportation Ecosystem

This presentation will explore how LTD's new EmX line, EmXWest, is more than just a bus line to WalMart. The new EmX line, which carries more than 3,000 passengers a day also has led to extensive investment in roads, sidewalks, and accessibility for all users throughout west Eugene. Edward McGlone

Preconference workshop

http://oregon.apwa.net/Content/Chapters/oregon.apwa.net/Image/Events%2FSC18%2FAllison%20Pyrch1x1.25.jpgGet certified to be a Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Evaluator for the Cal OES Safety Assessment Program

The class is based on the ATC 20/45 Assessment program and qualifies you to be a building safety evaluator in California after natural hazards including earthquakes. FEMA frequently calls on Cal OES SAP trainers for disasters all over the country. Oregon does not yet have an organized and useable Post-Disaster Safety Assessment program.  By being certified in the California system, you’ll get a badge, be registered on the official list that is available to FEMA, and be able to renew for free online.Allison Pyrch

More about the program: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/disaster-mitigation-technical-support/technical-assistance/safety-assessment-program

Those qualified for certification:



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