Technical Tours/Sessions

All technical sessions will be receiving one pdh credit.

Opening Session, Friday, June 16, 2017

Phil Eng, Chief Operating Officer of the MTA

Luncheon Honoring Past Presidents, Friday, June 16, 2017

NYCDOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg 


Bob Collyer, NYCDOT Chief Bridge Engineer

will be recognized as ASHE’s Person of the Year.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:30PM-5:30PM  

Technical Tour 1 – Tech Tour to LaGuardia Airport, NY  (1 PDH)

 Cost: $25  (1 PDH) SOLD OUT

Agency – Port Authority of NY and NJ      

Speaker: Emmanuel Ciminiello, PE, Sr. Engineer of Constructio,PANYNJ

Bio.:  Manny Ciminiello is the Senior Engineer of Construction for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), assigned to oversee the construction of the LaGuardia Reimagined Program at LaGuardia Airport in the borough of Queens in New York City.  He oversees 100 technical staff in the Resident Engineers’ Office of the PANYNJ’s Construction Management Division, including a combination of agency and consultant personnel.  Licensed in New York, he holds both an MBA from Saint John’s University and  Master of Engineering degree from Manhattan College, where he also received his undergraduate degree. He has been with PANYNJ for a total of seventeen years, and his career highlights also include employment with the New York City School Construction Authority as well as a private consultant.  He has overseen the construction management and resident engineering of both vertical and horizontal construction projects at JFK and LaGuardia (LGA) ranging from small work orders to projects of $100M and the current Central Terminal Replacement program at LGA Airport that is currently budgeted at $4B.  He is also a member of Sigma Iota Epsilon – Management Honor Society and is a recipient of the Executive in Residence Program at St. John’s.

Description:  LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is undergoing two major redevelopments programs at the same time. Both involve modifications to both the airside and landside portions of the airport. Also included will be the future “air-train” transit component as part of a master plan for LGA.

Please click here to register for Technical Tour 1.


Friday, June 16, 2017 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

 Tech Session 2A – New NY Bridge, NY (1 PDH)

Agency: New York Thruway Authority     

Speakers: David Capobianco,P.E. Design Compliance Engineer and Project Manager for Delivery, NYTA

 Jamey Barbas, P.E., Project Director, NYTA

Bio.: David Capobianco is the Design Compliance Engineer and Project Manager for Delivery for the NYS Thruway Authority’s New NY Bridge Project.  Dave managed the concurrent development of the Environmental Impact Statement and the Design-Build procurement documents including the technical evaluation of proposals and selection process.  Prior to his involvement in the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, Dave held positions as the Director of Structural Design and Highway Design for the Authority.  

Bio.: Jamey Barbas is transformative senior executive with a career in bridge design and construction, she has held leadership positions in several international consulting firms. Her industry experience includes leadership of the strategic, operational and technical aspects for the delivery of major structures projects. A registered professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in bridge management, design, construction and inspection, she has special emphasis on complex and long span bridges.Jamey Barbas is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She has written numerous technical papers and was named by Engineering News Record as one of their top Newsmakers of 2004 for her work in providing an emergency solution to a failing historic suspension bridge.

Description:  The New NY Bridge is the largest single design-build contract for a transportation project to date in the US.  The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) project is replacing the existing Tappan Zee Bridge with a new 3.1-mile twin-span crossing of the Hudson River between Rockland and Westchester Counties, approximately 20 miles north of New York City.  Each span will carry four lanes of traffic, with space for disabled vehicles, emergency responders and bus rapid transit. The westbound span will incorporate a shared-use path for pedestrians and bicycles. The new crossing is also being built with the structural capacity to handle rail in the future. The bridge design was required to provide a 100-year service life before major maintenance for all major and non-replaceable components.  The project includes numerous Environmental Performance Commitments which go above and beyond regulatory requirements to ensure protection of the river and the surrounding communities.  The New NY Bridge is the first design-build delivered project for the NY State Department of Transportation and the NY State Thruway Authority.


Tech Session 2B – Making Resilience Happen!  (1 PDH)

Agencies: NJT, NYC- ORR, PANYNJ                 

Moderator: John R. Boulé, Senior Vice President, NY Branch Manager, Dewberry,

John is Senior Vice President and Branch Manager of the New York City office of Dewberry.  He leads Dewberry’s resilience efforts in the NY/NJ area. His distinguished career includes the creation of a regional recovery and resiliency program in response to Superstorm Sandy that spanned over 20 local, state, and federal clients. The program executed more than 50 projects with an estimated contract value of over $50-million. John served from 2009 to 2012 as Commander of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In this role, he was responsible for the Corps’ water resource development, navigation and regulatory activities on Long Island and in northeastern New Jersey, eastern and south-central New York State, and parts of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. 


Eric Daleo, Assistant Executive Director, Capital Planning & Program, NJT (invited) 

Bio – Eric Daleo is Assistant Executive Director of Capital Planning and Programs at NJ TRANSIT where he is responsible for the development of capital projects from planning through design development, engineering, construction, and commissioning.  In that role, he is responsible for an annual capital budget of over $1.7 billion, and manages over $2 billion in ongoing Federal Transit Administration funded projects.  He previously led NJ TRANSIT’s Resilience Program where he led the agency’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Susanne DesRoches, LEED AP, Deputy Director, Infrastructure, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Bio – Susanne DesRoches is the Deputy Director for Policy, Infrastructure at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency where she focuses on adapting regional infrastructure systems to climate change. In this role, she oversees analysis and advocacy on a wide range of regulatory and legislative energy matters before the New York State and federal government. She also leads the NYC Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, a group of 60 public and private infrastructure operators, to identify climate risks, coordinate adaptation strategies and develop resiliency design guidelines. Susanne was previously the Chief of Resilience and Sustainability in the Engineering Department at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where she oversaw incorporation of sustainability and climate resiliency into the agency’s $27B ten-year capital program. She led the development of the PANYNJ Climate Resilience Design Guidelines, which incorporates future climate impacts into design strategies. She represented PANYNJ on numerous regional climate change initiatives including the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force, the NYC Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and the New York State Climate Action Council. Susanne holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. She is faculty in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University.

Josh Deflorio – AICP – Chief, Resilience and Sustainability, PANYNJ

Bio – Josh DeFlorio leads a team that focuses on ensuring that the aviation, port, urban rail, tunnel, bridge, terminal, and real estate facilities called for in the agency’s $32 billion capital plan are designed and delivered to be both environmentally sustainable and climate resilient. Prior to joining PANYNJ, he was national Practice Lead for Risk and Resilience at Cambridge Systematics, a transportation management consultancy, and served as a Senior Project Manager in NYCEDC’s Ports & Transportation group.

Description:  It has been over four years since Superstorm Sandy made landfall causing devastating impacts to infrastructure across the New York City metropolitan area and beyond.  Data predicting the impacts of climate change continues to show that sea levels will rise and severe coastal storms are likely to increase in frequency and intensity.  This panel seeks to explore what the city and public agencies have done to mitigate the damage of future storms enabling communities to quickly return to normalcy after severe events or adapt to long wave changes like sea level rise.

What strategies have been adopted?  How have they been implemented?  Are we ready for the next storm?  

Tech Session 2C – Improving Interstate I-81in the Syracuse Area (1 PDH)

Agency: NYSDOT                               

Speaker: Wahid Albert, P.E. Chief Engineer NYSDOT

Bio.: Wahid Albert is responsible for overseeing the design and construction of the Department’s $2.5 billion annual highway and bridge program, and assuring the safety of the over 17,000 publicly –owned bridges in New York State.  Mr. Albert has been working for NYSDOT for more than 32 years, starting in 1984 as a Junior Engineer.  Since then he has held a number of key positions from Supervisor of a Structures Design Unit, to Director of Structures Design and then Assistant Deputy Chief Engineer of Structures.  Wahid Albert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer Registered in the State of New York.   

Description:  The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is proposing to address the existing structural, geometric, and operational deficiencies of a 3.75 mile section of Interstate 81 in the City of Syracuse. NYSDOT is also investigating modifications along a 2.5 mile segment of Interstate 690 and potential improvements on Interstate 481 (I-481). When the project’s Scoping Report was published in April 2015, NYSDOT advanced a No Build Alternative; a Viaduct Alternative; and a Community Grid Alternative for further study in the Draft Environmental Impact State. The No Build Alternative serves as a baseline condition against which the potential benefits and effects of the build alternatives are evaluated. The Viaduct Alternative would replace the existing I-81 viaduct with a new viaduct that meets the latest engineering design standards and reconstruct I-81 and I-690. The Community Grid Alternative would involve demolition of the existing viaduct. The section of I-81 between the southern I-81/I-481 interchange and the I-81/I-690 interchange in Downtown Syracuse would be de-designated as an interstate, and I-481 would be re-designated as the new I-81. The Community Grid Alternative would disperse traffic throughout the city grid by promoting broader use of the existing street network. In addition, NYSDOT is also performing an independent feasibility study of the I-81 viaduct to examine other options such as a tunnel or depressed highway. The I-81 Viaduct project is one of the largest single transportation projects that DOT has ever had to address.

Tech Session 2D – I295/I-76/Route 42 Direct Connection, Camden County, New Jersey  (1 PDH)

Agency– NJDOT                 

 Speaker:  Dana Hecht, P.E. ,Director, Division of Project Management, NJDOT

Bio: Dana Hecht was appointed Director of Project Management in Capital Program Management in November 2015.  She is responsible for managing more than 100 employees and for organizing, overseeing and implementing the cradle-to-grave delivery of all CPM projects for NJDOT.  The capital program annually delivers more than $1.000B dollars of work to the consulting and contracting industry and intangible benefits to the motoring public. In July 2015, Dana took on the role of Executive Regional Manager for Team B in Project Management.  Dana managed more than 30 employees and oversaw all project management activities for over 180 projects in the counties of Warren, Sussex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean.  This included the Route 35 Emergency Superstorm Sandy projects, Route 37 Mathis Bridge rehabilitation, and I-287/78 and I-287/202/206 Interchange improvement projects, along with a multitude of fix-it-first infrastructure and safety improvements. 

Description:  This $900-million direct connection is one of the largest and most congested intersections in southern New Jersey, carrying large volumes of commuter traffic destined to and from Philadelphia via the Walt Whitman Bridge. 26 build alternatives were investigated and ultimately shortlisted to five.  An Alternative Analysis was performed to select the preferred alternative, which will carry I-295 over I-76/Route 42 on a six-lane structure. In all 13 bridges, 2 culverts, 16 retaining walls and noise walls are proposed.  The project is a recipient of 2011 National Environmental Excellence Award, National Association of Environmental Professionals. 

Friday, June 16, 2017 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Tech Session 3A – Goethels Bridge, NY/NJ (1 PDH)

Agency –Port Authority of NY & NJ                           

Speakers: Jim Blackmore,P.E. Program Director of the Goethals Bridge, PANYNJ

Trent Andres, P.E.  Assistant Project Director of Kiewit-Weeks-Massman, JV

Bio.: Jim is a 22-year veteran of the Port Authority of NY&NJ, currently serving as the Program Director of the $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge Replacement.  In this role, Jim has directed the replacement program from its’ origin in 2002, through preliminary design, a comprehensive NEPA EIS process (resulting in Records of Decision from the US Coast Guard and the FHWA), initiation and development of the P3 concept for Program Delivery, and then guiding the Program through procurement, award and now construction.  At the PA, Jim has also served as the Program Director for the AirTrain Newark project that connected the regional train system to Newark Liberty International Airport.  Prior to the PA, Jim worked in Investment Banking, developing or acquiring real estate assets for major pension fund investment.  Jim’s earlier experience included key construction management positions with Bechtel Power, Bechtel International, and United Engineers & Constructors in several megaprojects that included nuclear power plants and a new city in Saudi Arabia.  Jim holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Management from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.  Jim is currently recognized by Engineering News Record as a “Top 25 Newsmaker of 2016” for his long term efforts to produce the Goethals Bridge Replacement.  

Bio.: In the 30 year career with the Kiewit Companies, Mr. Andres has worked  throughout the US and Canada, spending a third of his career as Chief Estimator for the Kiewit Eastern District.  Additionally, Mr. Andres has held significant roles on complex heavy civil/transportation project including: hydro-electric dams, irrigation dams/canals, long haul fiber optic projects, mass transit facilities, swing bridges, bascule bridges, fixed bridges and now a Public Private Partnership (PPP) cable-stayed bridge project in New York City.

 Description:  The Goethals Bridge Replacement Project is a PPP for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Authority) to construct twin signature cable-stayed bridge across the Arthur Kill that links Elizabeth, NJ to Staten Island, NY.

This presentation will discuss some of the pros, cons and differences that are unique to a PPP contract as well as an update on the construction progress thus far. 

Tech Session 3B – Ethics (1 PDH)

Speaker:  Dr. Michael Steinman, Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Bio.: Dr Michael Steinman is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of Program in Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has lectured at Penn State as well as University of Freiburg and University of Tubingen. He has published several books and papers on a variety of subjects in the field of philosophy and ethics.

Description:  The presentation is intended to meet Ethics class requirements for NJ PE license renewal.  Discussions of case studies based on situations encountered in the practice of civil engineering will be used to determine ethical course of action for the engineers.


 Tech Session 3C – East Side Coastal Resilience, NY (1 PDH)

Agency- NYCDDC                

Speaker:  Tom Foley, P.E., CCM, ENV SP, Deputy Commissioner, Public Bldgs,  NYCDDC

Bio.: As Deputy Commissioner, Thomas Foley manages the overall direction of DDC’s Public Buildings Division supported by approximately 400 executive, managerial, professional and administrative staff with over 711 active projects valued at over $6 billion. He is responsible for establishing short and long-term plans, manage how to best align its portfolio to meet the goals of the agency, set objectives and priorities for more than 25 City agencies, and provide executive leadership on divisional/agency initiatives. He is also currently managing the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project.

Description:  This project incorporates architectural, infrastructure and landscape along 10 miles of shoreline around the bottom half of Manhattan (from West 57th Street, around Battery Park and to East 42nd Street).  The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project will implement an integrated flood protection system along a portion of the East Side of Manhattan from Montgomery Street on the south, to East 23rd Street on the north – an area whose vulnerability to rising water levels and extreme weather events was made clear during Super Storm Sandy in 2012. This project will improve the resiliency of Manhattan to future storm events as well as climate change. 

Tech Session 3D -Asset Management and Capital Planning Panel (1 PDH)              

Agencies: MTABT, NYCDOT, NJTPA,NYTA                    

Moderator: Tanvi Pandya, PE has over 20 years of experience in bridge engineering, including the management of large multi-disciplinary teams in the development of projects from design through construction. Her experience on projects such as Willis Avenue and Unionport Bridge replacement for NYCDOT led her to her current role managing the largest capital project undertaken by NYCDOT to date.



Joe Keane,P.E.  Chief Engineer, MTABT As Vice President and Chief Engineer of MTA Bridges Tunnels (MTA B&T).  Bio- Joe Keane is in charge of the planning, design and construction of Capital and Major Maintenance projects at Bridges & Tunnels’ seven bridges and two tunnels.  Mr. Keane leads a 155 person professional Engineering and Construction organization with responsibility in the management of design, construction, and construction administration. Mr. Keane is responsible for the execution of the MTA B&T’s multi-billion dollar Capital and Sandy programs, as well as, over $80 Million in yearly operating expenditures related to non-capital projects. Mr. Keane has been at MTA Bridges & Tunnels since 1988 and previously worked for New York City Department of Transportation.

Robert Collyer,P.E. Chief Bridge Officer/Dep. Commissioner, NYCDOT

Bio – Mr. Collyer oversees all aspects of design, construction, rehabilitation and reconstruction, maintenance, operation and administration of 789 bridges and tunnels under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Transportation. He is responsible for formulating policy and providing executive and administrative direction for the Division of Bridges. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York and New Jersey.

Mary K. Murphy, AICP,PP, Executive Director, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

Bio – Ms. Murphy is the Executive Director of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.  The NJTPA is responsible for the annual investment of more than $2.5 billion in transportation improvement projects in the 13 county northern NJ area impacting more than 6.5 million people throughout the region.  Prior to joining the NJTPA, Ms. Murphy was the Deputy Executive Director for Planning and Operations at the NJ Turnpike. 

Ms. Murphy is a licensed planner in the State of New Jersey with more than 20 years of experience in transportation planning and policy in the greater New Jersey/ New York metropolitan area.  She holds a MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas and a BS in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers University.


Richard Garrabrant, Director of Capital Program Development and Asset Management, NY Thruway Authority

Bio – Richard has work experience in the public sector, domestic and international consulting and the academic environment.  Richard serves as a high-level advisor on the New New York Bridge project for insurance valuations, structural health monitoring systems, asset and maintenance management systems and operational planning. Richard previously served as Special Assistant to the Chief Engineer, Syracuse Division,  Director, Buffalo Division Deputy Division Director and Buffalo Division Construction Engineer.  Richard was an adjunct faculty member for ten years in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo where he taught graduate level courses on construction engineering.  

Mr. Garrabrant is the author of “Section 16 – Highway Engineering” in McGraw-Hill’s 5th Edition of the Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers.  He was a principal reviewer of the first edition of McGraw-Hill’s publication entitled, “Bridge Engineering: Design, Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Modern Highway Bridges” by Jim Tonias, P.E.  


Description: Panel discussion will focus on asset management and capital planning at agencies. The use of technology in tracking asset maintenance  as well as determiagency approach in development of capital plans and on going asset management and maintenance will be


Friday, June 16, 2017 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Tech Session 4A – BQE Triple Cantilever, NY (1 PDH)

Agency – NYCDOT             

Speaker- Tanvi Pandya, P.E. Senior Program Manager, NYCDOT

Bio.: Tanvi has over 20 years of experience in bridge engineering, including the management of large multi-disciplinary teams in the development of projects from design through construction. Her experience on projects such as Willis Avenue and Unionport Bridge replacement for NYCDOT led her to her current role managing the largest capital project undertaken by NYCDOT to date.

Description:  The BQE project is for the rehabilitation, and/or replacement of approximately 1.5 miles of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE)/I-278 in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York, with a significant portion of its length supported by 21 bridges, including a unique 0.4-mile long triple-cantilever structure. The segment of the BQE within the project limits carries a daily traffic volume of approximately 140,000 vehicles including a significant number of trucks, which comprise approximately 18 percent of the total traffic during the peak travel periods.  This segment of the BQE is a critical link of I-278, which is the sole interstate highway in Brooklyn connecting Brooklyn with Queens, the Bronx, and New England to the North/East, and Staten Island and New Jersey to the South/West.

Tech Session 4B – Business Development for Technical Professionals

Speaker: Gil S. Brindley, P.E., CPSM, Society of Marketing Professional Services

Bio.: Throughout his 30-year career in the AEC industry, Mr. Brindley has worn hats of the owner, engineer and contractor.  His journey from operations into marketing and business development began as a project director working for a national contractor.  Mr. Brindley has taught over 40 business development, marketing and seller doer sessions throughout the U.S. varying in length from an hour to a full day class.  He has developed content for SMPS used for webinars and live sessions.  He has served on panel discussions and is often called on to represent the seller-doer or “technical professional become marketer”.    A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Engineering, Mr. Brindley is Director of the New York City Regional Office for H2M, a multi-disciplined A/E firm in the New York metropolitan area. As both a marketing professional and licensed practitioner, he has a unique perspective on business development, marketing and operations Business Development for Technical Professionals

Description:  Technical professionals are increasingly being asked to do more to help build their company’s business.  Terms like seller-doer, doer-seller and technical sales have been around for a long time.  But what does it really take to go from technical “Doer” to business developer “Seller” and win work for your organization.  During this 1-hour interactive program we will address a business development culture and process with a focus on the seller-doers that lead the Business Development efforts.  The program will cover:

  • Understanding the Marketing and Business Development Process
  • Developing a Business Development Culture
  • The Role of the PM in Developing Business
  • Defining and Understanding Client Expectations


Tech Session 4C – Connected Vehicles  (1 PDH)

Agency: US Department of Transportation            

Speaker:  Jonathan Walker, P.E. Program Mgr, Research and Demonstration, USDOT

Bio.: Mr. Jonathan Walker has a major responsibility with the oversight of research and deployment for the Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) at the U.S. Department of Transportation. ITS JPO provides national leadership in research initiatives, monitoring relevant research, coordinating ITS research with other modes as well as external partners. Mr. Walker received a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (MD), and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University (DC). He serviced four (4) years in the U.S Marine Corps as an electro-mechanical technician and is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Maryland and Virginia as well as the District of Columbia.

Description:  Connected vehicles have the potential to transform the way Americans travel through the creation of a safe, interoperable wireless communications network – a system that includes cars, buses, trucks, trains, traffic signals, cell phones and other devices. US DOT and its public and private partners are working to address the technical, safety and policy challenges and are helping to create the standards and the wireless architecture that will be the backbone of the system.


Tech Session 4D – Planning for the Future:  Keeping Communities Connected (1 PDH)

Client: MTA Bridges & Tunnels

Speaker:   Justine Tietjen, P.E.  Director of Program Operations and Asset Management of MTA Bridges & Tunnels (MTA B&T)

Bio.: Justine Tietjen is responsible for overseeing the Capital Program planning, oversight reporting on the Capital Program and the WBE/MBE program, development of E&C’s asset management initiatives, as well as providing support to other E&C divisions in the form of estimating and scheduling.  Ms. Tietjen leads a 15 person professional Engineering organization including the Program Oversight Unit, Estimating and Scheduling Unit and the E&C asset management program.  Ms. Tietjen has been with MTA Bridges & Tunnels since 2003 and has previous experience in the private sector in engineering consulting implementing major public works projects in the New York area.

Description:  The presentation will focus on some of the ongoing projects and studies at the MTA B&T facilities and their impacts on regional mobility, coordination with sister agencies, etc.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Tech Tour 2 – Tech Tours to WT Hub/Memorial, NY  (1 PDH)                             Cost: $12

Client- Port Authority of NY & NJ                             

Speaker: Steve Plate, Port Authority of NY & NJ

Behind the scenes technical tour related to architectural and structural work at the Oculus.

Please click here to register for Technical Tour 2.

All technical sessions will be receiving one pdh credit.

Any questions please contact Tanvi Pandya at for email and 347-931-2437.