Join us at the TFMA Fall Technical Summit

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Jim Keith

Stormwater Engineer

We’re proud to be presenting at the TFMA Fall Technical Summit. We look forward to connecting with you. 

Title: Hands-On HEC-RAS 2D (For Intermediate 1D Users)
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28
Presenters: Garrett Johnston, PE, CFM, GISP, Freese and Nichols; Boris Minot, PE, CFM, Freese and Nichols
What: This hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the new two-dimensional flow modeling capabilities of HEC-RAS 5. Class time will alternate between brief lectures and instructor-led hands-on practice building 2D and 1D/2D HEC-RAS at individual computers.

Title: We’ve Got a Dam Problem (And Opportunity)
Time: 2-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29
Presenters: Murphy Parks, PE, Freese and Nichols; Kenneth (Lynn) Schaub, CPESC, Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works
What: Fort Hood Directorate of Public Works is increasing installation resiliency by implementing a dam safety program to address its portfolio of 49 dams located throughout the cantonment and training areas. Asset management principles have been utilized to develop dam condition assessments, quantify regulatory compliance status, implement a maintenance program, and develop a “roadmap” for future projects prioritization and investment.  This presentation will: 1) provide an overview of the Fort Hood Dam Safety Program, 2) explain dam safety regulations in Texas, 3) discuss basic risk management strategies for dam owners, 4) discuss economic analysis of dam ownership, and 5) share valuable lessons learned throughout the program implementation.

Title: Engineering Ethics
Time: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29
Presenters: Gina Smith, SPHR, Freese and Nichols
What: During this session, participants will discuss the definition of ethics and explore the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Professional Code of Ethics for Engineers. Participants will apply the NSPE Code of Ethics to case studies published by the Board of Ethical Review (BER).  This class will equip participants to be confident in handling ethical situations that may arise.

Title: Return to Purgatory – Watershed Planning for Historic Hopkins Street
Time: 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30
Presenters: Garrett Johnston, PE, CFM, GISP, Freese and Nichols; Christine Klein, EIT, CFM; Richard Reynosa, PE, CFM, City of San Marcos
What: This presentation will include an overview of the project and detailed discussion of the phased flood mitigation improvements. The offsite drainage area upstream of Hopkins Street is over 400 acres and requires a phased flood mitigation approach. As part of this project, three future drainage projects were designed at a conceptual level using a dynamic rain-on-mesh stormwater model. The rain-on-mesh analysis not only informed the sizing of the Hopkins Street main trunk line, but also led to the production of informative public outreach maps that depict residual flood risk as each project is constructed.

Title: Harness the Power of 2D for Road Design
Time: 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30
Presenters: Justin Oswald, PE, CFM, Freese and Nichols; Boris Minot, PE, CFM
What: As a case study, this presentation examines the Alsbury Boulevard extension project in Burleson, Texas. This new roadway will cross the floodplain of Shannon Creek near its confluence with a minor tributary; the floodplain has been significantly altered by landowners, causing floodwaters to flow in unexpected ways. The proposed road will be constructed on fill above the floodplain, obstructing the flow of water. The project design team used HEC-RAS in 1D and 2D to evaluate the impact of this fill and evaluate multiple alternative designs to pass the base flood without impacting adjacent properties.

Title: Hurricane Harvey, Before, During and After
Time: 4-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30
Presenters: Hector Olmos, PE, CFM, Freese and Nichols; Mike Stone, PMP, CFM, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2
What: Immediately following Hurricane Harvey, Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2 partnered with the City of Sugar Land ,and Freese and Nichols to perform an H&H analysis in all neighborhoods with flooded homes.  Less than six months after Harvey, FBCLID2 has engaged engineering firms to begin the design for a new pump station and evaluate other improvements. The FBCLID2 prompt and analytical response to Harvey included many public forums to keep all residents informed of what happened during Harvey and, more importantly, what will be done to keep it from happening again.

Title: Proactive Protection – The Upper Langham Creek Frontier Program
Time: 4:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30
Presenters: Cory Stull, PE, CFM, GISP, Freese and Nichols; Jonathan St. Romain, PE, Harris County Flood Control District; Ashley Poe, PE, CFM, Freese and Nichols
What: A January 2018 report sponsored by several public and private organizations, including FEMA, recently found that investing in mitigation projects can save $6 in future disaster costs for every $1 spent today. Understanding the benefit and importance of a regional mitigation strategy, the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) created the Upper Langham Creek Frontier Program – an impact-fee based program which takes a proactive approach to providing infrastructure necessary for anticipated development. This presentation will provide an update on implementation progress and how the design of the Program has evolved over the past 5 years to respond to unique flooding challenges, changes to rainfall data, and new regulations which have been adopted by Harris County after Hurricane Harvey.

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Jim Keith, PE, CFM, is an Associate and the Stormwater Manager in Dallas.