2019 CONFERENCE | Post-Harvey Era: Resilient Engineering, Infrastructure & Policy

Thank you to our speakers, sponsors and guests for making SSPEED’s 2019 Conference a success!

Available presentations can be found by clicking the hyperlinks below.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2019

 

INTRODUCTION

Reginald DesRoches, Dean of Engineering, Rice University

Philip Bedient, Director, SSPEED Center & Professor, Rice University

 

KEYNOTE.  RESILIENT HOUSTON

Marissa Aho, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston

 

KEYNOTE.  GALVESTON BAY PARK: SECURITY, RESILIENCY, EQUITY

Rob Rogers, FAIA, Founder, ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers

 

SESSION I.  URBAN DESIGN & NEW POLICIES FOR FLOOD PROTECTION

Mitigation Strategies: Brays vs Greens Bayou

Philip Bedient, Director, SSPEED Center & Professor, Rice University​

Toward Smart Resilience: The Case of Access and Mobility in Flood Prone Communities

Jamie Padgett, Associate Professor, Rice University

The New Rules – What You Need to Know

Charles Penland, Senior Principal, Walter P Moore

SESSION II.  IDENTIFYING & COMMUNICATING FLOOD RISK TO THE PUBLIC

Why is the Planning of Stormwater Infrastructure an Afterthought?

Jerry Cotter, Chief of Water Resources Management, USACE (Ft. Worth)

Strategies for Engaging the Public around Risk, Recovery, and Resilience

Kyle Shelton, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Kinder, Rice University

Measuring, Mapping, and Managing Flood Risk

Sam Brody, Director of CTBS & Professor, Texas A&M Galveston

MAAPnext – A Next step to Evolving Floodplain Mapping

Ataul Hannan, Director of Planning,  Harris County Flood Control District

KEYNOTE.  FUTURE OF THE PORT

Ric Campo, Chairman of the Port Commission, Port of Houston

 

SESSION III.  CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECTS ON FLOODING

The Worst Case Scenario

John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist & Professor, Texas A&M University

Future Texas Hurricanes: More like Harvey, or More like Ike?

Pedram Hassanzadeh, Assistant Professor, Rice University

Climate Change and the Future of Hurricanes

Dan Cohan, Associate Professor, Rice University

SESSION IV.  COASTAL SURGE MITIGATION UPDATE

Implementing the Galveston Bay Park Plan

Jim Blackburn, Co-Director, SSPEED Center & Professor, Rice University

Coupled Rainfall-Storm Surge Modeling in Support of Hurricane Flood Protection System Evaluation in Coastal Texas

Clint Dawson, John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering, UT Austin

Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study: Project Update

Kelly Burks-Cope, Research Ecologist, USACE Galveston

Tony Williams, Environmental Review Coordinator, Texas GLO

PANEL.  COASTAL RESILIENCY (MODERATED BY JIM BLACKBURN)

  • David Batker, President and Chief Economist, Earth Economics

  • Kelly Burks-Copes, Research Ecologist, USACE Galveston

  • Robert Twilley, Executive Director, Louisiana Sea Grant and Professor in Oceanography & Coastal Science, LSU

  • Tony Williams, Environmental Review Coordinator, Texas GLO

 

RECEPTION

Generously sponsored by AECOM, Arcadis, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., Kinder Institute, Texas Coastal Exchange, Vieux & Associates, Inc., & Walter P Moore

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019

 

SESSION I.  FLOOD MITIGATION IN THE BAYOU CITY

Why Do we Keep Flooding?

Larry Dunbar, Project Manager, SSPEED Center

Buffalo Bayou & Tributaries Resiliency Study

Andrew Weber, Project Manager, USACE

Resiliency and Floodable Parks

Richard McNamara, Senior Program Manager, Houston Parks Board

 

SESSION II.  NON-STRUCTURAL MITIGATION

Texas Coastal Exchange: Supporting Natural Coastal Ecosystems to Reduce the Effects of Climate Change and Flooding

Azure Bevington, Science and Technical Director, Texas Coastal Exchange

The Recreation Economy as a Strategy for Coastal Resilience

Elizabeth Winston-Jones, Board of Directors, Lone Star Coastal Alliance

SESSION IIIA.  FLOOD WARNING SYSTEMS FOR RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE

Flood Alert Systems Empowered by Machine Learning Algorithms

Nick Fang, Assistant Professor, UT Arlington

Integrating Scalable Roadway-Level Flood Warning Sensors: A Bottom-Up Approach

Jacob Torres, Principal, Torres & Associates, LLC.

Development, Operation, and Maintenance of the HCFCD’s Flood Forecast Program

Justin Terry, Flood Forecaster, HCFCD

Developing Integrated Floodplain Management from Scratch – Featuring the Chehalis River Basin Flood Warning System

David Curtis, Sr., Vice President, WEST Consultants

SESSION IIIB. PANEL. HARRIS COUNTY'S NATURAL ASSETS: MAKING NATURE WORK FOR A MORE RESILIENT REGION

MODERATOR

Larry Dunbar, Project Manager, SSPEED Center

PANELISTS

SESSION IVA.  ENVIRONMENTAL RESILIENCE IN EXTREME EVENTS

Resilience of Environmental and Industrial Infrastructure

Hanadi Rifai, Professor, University of Houston

Sediment Transport Vulnerabilities in Extreme Hydrology and Hydrodynamics

Amin Kiaghadi, Post Doc, University of Houston & University of Texas at Austin

Debris Vulnerabilities During Hurricanes and Severe Storms

John Pardue, Professor, Louisiana State University

SESSION IVB.  ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY IN RESILIENCE

Community Resiliency by Design

Susan Rogers, Associate Professor & Director of the CDRC, UH

Evaluating Neighborhood-Scale Flood Hazard and Flood Mitigation Options for Greens Bayou Watershed

Andrew Juan, Research Scientist, SSPEED

Accelerate Recovery: Looking towards the Future for Advanced Ways to Survive Disasters

Ivory Mayhorn, Executive Director, Houston Launch Point

 

PANEL.  LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE & FINAL THOUGHTS (MODERATED BY CHARLIE PENLAND)

  • John Blount, County Engineer, Harris County

  • Russ Poppe, Executive Director, Harris County Flood Control District

  • Carol Ellinger Haddock, Director, Houston Public Works

 

KEYNOTE.  STATE OF PRECINCT 2

Adrian Garcia, Commissioner, Harris County Precinct 2

CLOSE.  THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING SSPEED'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE!

 

 

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