2020 CECON Program* Details

10:15 AM -11:35 AM
Opening Ceremony “ASCE Future World Vision” featuring ASCE 2020 President K.N. Gunalan PhD, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE, Senior Vice President, Transportation Alternative Delivery Americas, AECOM

11:35-11:45 AM

11:55 AM-1:00 PM 
Keynote: “A 2020 View of Transportation and TxDOT” featuring Marc D. Williams PE, Deputy Executive Director, TxDOT

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Breakout Sessions


2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Panel: A TxDOT Divisions Town Hall 
featuring Dan Harmon (Aviation), Graham Bettis (Bridges), Marisabel Ramthun (Design), Carlos Swonke (Environmental Affairs), and Martin Rodin (PEPS Professional Engineering Procurement Services)

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Break

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Breakout Sessions


5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Break

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Happy Hour with ASCE Texas Section Leaders (Networking Reception)

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Engineering Ethics Session*: “Proposed Watershed Changes to ASCE Code of Ethics”
featuring Steven Starrett PhD, PE, D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI (LeTourneau University) and Carlos Bertha PhD (United States Air Force Academy)
*Qualifies for ethics PDH

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Exhibit Hall Break

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Lightning Round

  • Projected Reservoir Rating Curves Based on Sedimentation Surveys by John Zhu PhD, PG
  • Texas Water Management: A Fourfold Solution by Jim O’Brien PE, CFM
  • The Future of Houston by Eva Schexnider EIT

Breakout Sessions

  • Getting the Most from Your SUE Deliverables by Ronke Osibajo PE, CFM
  • Burnout Proof Your Leadership by Michael Levitt
  • Ductile Iron Pipe Restrained Joints & Horizontal Directional Drilling by John Simpson PE

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Exhibitor Hall Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Breakout Sessions


11:45 AM-12:00 PM

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Keynote: “The Role of AI in Tomorrow’s Organizations” featuring Toby Cappello, Vice President for Watson AI Expert & Delivery Services, IBM 

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
ASCE Region 6 Assembly & “Spaceport America: From Concept to Development to Operation” featuring William M. Gutman PhD, Director of Aerospace Operations, Spaceport America

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Breakout Sessions

  • I-35 Waco by Blake Axen PE
  • Crocket Street Bridge Historic Truss Rehabilitation by Brian Kuehl PE
  • Full-Depth Repairs of Jointed Concrete Pavements by Tim Martin PE 
  • Geohazard Management for Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines by Rodolfo B. Sancio PhD, PE, D.GE

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Break

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Legislative Panel Discussion featuring Texas Representative, Dennis Paul PE
Along with Texas Senators 
Sarah Eckhardt & Bryan Hughes and Texas Representatives Donna Howard, John P. Cyrier, & Dade Phelan

5:15 PM – 5:45 PM
Exhibit Hall Break

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
ASCE Texas Awards Ceremony & CECON Gala Reception featuring a virtual bingo game

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakout Sessions 


9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Breakout Sessions

  • Chemical Grouts: A Useful Tool for Civil Engineers by John M. Ziebell
  • Construction Site QC & Special Inspections in Texas by Bryan M. Sy PE & Russell Gibson PE
  • Volumetric As-Built Determination of Concrete Structures by Todd Allen
  • Winning Communication: Strategies to Connect and Convince by Alan Hoffer

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Breakout Sessions


11:30 AM – 11:45 AM

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Business Meeting & Keynote
“Building a More Resilient Texas: Flood Mapping, Planning and Mitigation” 
featuring Jeff Walker, Executive Administrator, and Kathleen Jackson PE, Board Member; Texas Water Development Board

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

1:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Project Virtual Tour: Baylor Scott & White Administration Center (Dallas, TX) by Jonathan Brower PE, Associate, L.A. Fuess Partners

*Confirmed Speakers as of November 2, 2020. All times are Central (CST). Final program subject to change.