The University of Kansas
Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

presents the

Professional Development Series
Spring 2020

 

The KU Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering will offer 6 two-hour presentations on topics of interest to practicing engineers.  This series will be presented on Mondays, 4-6 p.m., February 17th  through March 30th , at the Black & Veatch Ruisch Auditorium, 11401 Lamar Avenue St. in Overland Park, KS.  Participants will earn 2.0 hours of PDH credit for each session attended.

 

Tickets

 


February 17 - Construction Risks & Design Build
Josh Cindrell

This presentation will focus on project risks encountered by the project stakeholders and the use of Design Build from one Contractor's perspective.

Josh Cindrell is Vice President of Construction for Alberici Constructors. Throughout his career he has worked on a wide variety of projects in the United States and Canada including: Professional Football & Baseball Stadiums, Convention Centers, Heavy Industrial Manufacturing Facilities, Nuclear Power Facilities, and Design Build Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants.

 

February 24 - Organizational Change Management: Strategies to Improve Change Adoption
Brian Lines

Why do more than 70% of organizational change efforts fail? This session will take a data-driven approach (based on 550+ actual change initiatives) to identify common pitfalls & share proven practices that organizations are using to achieve successful change adoption. We will explore the right way for leadership to communicate the change, the psychological aspects of resistance, how to leverage internal change agents, approaches for delivering effective training, how to measure adoption rates, and more.

Dr. Brian Lines is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas. His research team directly partners with public & private organizations to facilitate change initiatives. Across the last decade, his team has helped organizations deliver more than $1B in project value while implementing new strategies, tools, and technologies. These efforts have resulted in tens of millions in direct savings.

 

March 2 - Learning from the May 28, 2019 EF4 Linwood, KS Tornado, and Examining Adoption Potential of Above-Code Performance for Residential Buildings
Elaina Sutley

This two-hour continuing education course will begin by framing the problem of why we need to design residential buildings with continuous load paths using damage, repair, and recovery observations from the recent EF4 tornado in Linwood, Kansas. The instructor will then review the current wood design provisions in the International Residential Code, including roof and wall construction, and anchorage requirements, and tornado-based amendments adopted in different parts of the US. The instructor will then introduce wood building design approaches, such as the Fortified Standard, that extend the current IRC requirements to provide a continuous load path. Examples of products and their installation guidelines will be provided. Finally, strength-to-cost tradeoffs, and examples of localities adopting these provisions will be shared.

Dr. Elaina Sutley is an assistant professor in structural engineering at the University of Kansas. Dr. Sutley was recently awarded two National Science Foundation projects, including one on improving the seismic resilience of building structures in Nepal, and the other supporting post-disaster field reconnaissance in the Florida panhandle after Hurricane Michael.

 

March 9 - None

 

March 16 - What's an Engineer To Do? The Struggle of Being Ethical in an Unethical World

CANCELLED FOR MARCH 16 RESCHEDULED FOR April 6

Steve Schrock

This session offers an upbeat talk about navigating your professional career while maintaining your obligation to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  Attendees will learn how codes of ethics came to be and how they have evolved, why engineers seem to be surrounded by unethical groups, and what we can do about it.  Includes many interesting case studies

Dr. Steve Schrock is a professor at the University of Kansas in the CEAE Department.

 

March 23 - Modern Civil Structural Heath Monitoring
Jian Li

To tackle the grand challenge of aging civil infrastructure in the United States and around the word, innovative structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques are being developed to achieve long-term, reliable, and low-cost condition assessment for large, complex civil structures. This session will introduce a wide range of advanced SHM techniques such as large-area skin-type sensors, wireless sensing techniques, computer vision, and digital image correlation, as well as un-manned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for both local and global structural condition assessment.

Dr. Jian Li is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas in the CEAE Department.

 

March 30 - Unchartered Territory of Alternative Project Delivery
Melinda Harger

The City of Lawrence continues to be challenged when recommending alternative delivery for public projects. The presentation will include an overview of the City's alternative delivery procurement procedures and a detailed look at the unique approach used to highlight design consultant expertise on recent large capital projects.

Melinda Harger is the Assistant Director of the Municipal Services & Operations Department for the City of Lawrence, KS.

 

April 6 -  What's an Engineer To Do? The Struggle of Being Ethical in an Unethical World

Steve Schrock

This session offers an upbeat talk about navigating your professional career while maintaining your obligation to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  Attendees will learn how codes of ethics came to be and how they have evolved, why engineers seem to be surrounded by unethical groups, and what we can do about it.  Includes many interesting case studies

Dr. Steve Schrock is a professor at the University of Kansas in the CEAE Department.


Tickets

 

Tickets

 

Tickets are $60 per session.  To order tickets, go online to the EventBrite page or contact Susan Scott at sbscott@ku.edu,
  Tickets are transferrable among participants and sessions; please inform Susan Scott of changes prior to the session.

Location

Classes will meet at Black & Veatch in the Ruisch Auditorium, 11401 Lamar Ave., Overland Park, KS.


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