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SPOTLIGHT | SSPEED Hosts Two Conferences Online for nearly 150 Attendees

The SSPEED Center recently hosted two conferences online to help keep our network informed on our current projects and initiatives. Both e-Conferences hit our capacity limits, for a total of nearly 150 attendees. Highlights included a discussion of the new floodplain maps and the current status of the Galveston Bay Park Plan. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the conferences.


The first e-Conference, “Coastal Flood Defenses for the Houston Region” on March 6th included and introduction from Phil Bedient, Director, SSPEED Center and Hermann Brown Professor of Engineering, Rice University and presentations from Clint Dawson, John J. McKetta Centennial Energy Chair in Engineering at University of Texas at Austin on Modeling, Approaches & Applications of ADCIRC for surge prediction; Jens Figlus, Associate Profession, Ocean Engineering, TAMUG on The Current State of the Coastal Spine Along Galveston/Bolivar, Charlie Penland, Senior Principal of Water P. Moore on The Construction of the Galveston Bay Park Plan; and Rob Rogers, Founder of ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers on Coastal defenses and the .


The next e-Conference, “Houston Flooding… Defining the Watermark” on March 25 included presentations from Phil Bedient, Director, SSPEED Center and Hermann Brown Professor of Engineering, Rice University on Flood Management in Post-Harvey Era; Nick Fang, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering at University of Texas, Arlington on Future of Flood Alert and Flood Mapping in Texas; Sam Brody, Professor of Marine Sciences, Director of CTBS, & George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts, TAMUG on Measuring, Mapping, and Communication Flood Risk in the Houston, TX Region; and Jamie Padgett, Stanley C. Moore Professor in Engineering, Rice University on Situational-Awareness related to Transportation Infrastructure and Mobility During Flooding


Overall, the conference was a success and we look forward to continuing our discussions on severe storm mitigation strategies along the Gulf Coast and inland Houston flooding.

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