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Conference - Agenda

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Workshop, Wednesday, Dec. 6th
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Resilient and Sustainable Water System
Sunil Sinha, Professor and Director, SWIM Center
8:30 am Federal Initiatives for Resilient Systems
NIST, US EPA, US DHS, US BR, and US DOE
10:15 am -10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Initiatives for Resiliency and Sustainability
Mary-Anna Holden, Commissioner, New Jersey
10:45 am ASCE Initiatives for Resilient Systems
James Anspach, Utility Engineering, ASCE
11:00 am AWWA Initiatives for Resilient Systems
Kevin Morley, Security Manager, AWWA
11:15 am Resilient Infrastructure in the Water Sector and Research Needs Assessment
Alison Witheridge, Research Manager, WaterRF
11:30 am Workforce Skills of the Future
Walter Graf, Program Director, WE&RF
11:45 am NIST Community Resilience Panel – Water Sector Standing Committee: White Paper
Mike Stuhr, Portland Water Bureau, Oregon
12:00 pm Innovative Risk Management Strategy
Jian Zhang, Research Manager, WaterRF
12:15 pm Collection and Compilation of Water Pipeline Field Performance Data
Lee Sears, Project Director, Bureau of Reclamation
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Houston Water Experience with Harvey
1:30 pm Miami-Dade County Experience with Irma
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm SWIM Center Research and Education WATERiD, PIPEiD, and SWIMeD Initiatives

Celine Hyer, SWIM Industry Board, Chair Woman
Peter Kraft, SWIM Strategic Committee, Chair
Tim Mitchell, SWIM WATERiD Committee, Chair
Matt Stolte, SWIM PIPEiD Committee, Chair
Greg Baird, SWIMeD Program Committee, Chair
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm Resilient and Sustainable Water Infrastructure
Panel Discussion (Multi-Hazards)

Session Moderator: Sunil Sinha, SWIM Center
Panelist: DC Water, Miami-Dade, American Water, Austin, LVVWD, MMSD, LADWP, Houston, and Portland Water
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm SWIM Award Reception and Dinner
SWIM Board Chair Woman: Celine Hyer, Arcadis
NASSCO Fellowship: Ted DeBoda, Director, NASSCO
Conference, Thursday, Dec. 7th
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Austin Water Resiliency, Reliability and Sustainability Plan – Drought Resilience
Raj Bhattarai, Division Manager, Austin Water
8:30 am Los Angles Department of Water & Power - Resiliency and Sustainability Program
Craig Davis, Resilience Manager, LADWP, CA
9:00 am Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) Resiliency and Risk Assessment
Charles Scott, Manager, LVVWD, Nevada
9:30 am Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD) Regional Resiliency Program
Gregory Hottinger, Program Manager, MMSD
10:00 am - 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 am Portland Water Bureau Resiliency and Sustainability – Earthquake Resilience
Mike Stuhr, Director, Portland Water Bureau
10:45 am DC Water Resiliency, Security, and Sustainability Program Demonstration
Maureen Holman, Sustainability Chief, DC Water
11:15 am Ocean County Utility Sustainability and Resiliency Plan – Hurricane Resilience
William Suchodolski, OCUA, New Jersey
11:45 am San Jose Water Security and Resiliency Program – Business Resilience
Jim Wollbrinck, San Jose Water Company
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch
12:45 pm WSSC Resilience Program
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Break
1:30 pm American Water Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness Program
Jim Chelius, Eng. Director, American Water, NJ
2:00 pm Integrating Asset Management and Contingency Planning into One Plan
Kevin Slaven and Celine Hyer, ARCADIS
2:30 pm Critical Customer Program: Lessons Learned from the Utility Perspective
Perry Gayle and Devan Thomas, AECOM
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Coffee Break
3:15 pm Maximizing Water Infrastructure Asset Life – IoT, Monitor, Early Detection
John Marciszewski, Dir. Business, Echologics
3:45 pm SWIMeD Training Program as a Critical Step in Resiliency and Sustainability
Greg Baird, Dir. Enterprise Strategies, Cityworks
4:15 pm How to Build a Culture of Asset Management for Resiliency/Sustainability
Peter Kraft, Asset Mgmt. Lead, Confluence Group
4:45 pm Conference Wrap-up


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