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SDES ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

All Times are stated in Central Time. 

Schedule subject to change.

Check back for more details and speaker information soon.


Tuesday, April 30th, 2024

11:30a and 3:30p Pre-Conference Amazon Facility Tour - PDH Value 1.0

The 70-minute Amazon Facility Tours will guide conference attendees through the completed and operational Amazon Facility located on the north side of Sioux Falls. Tours are limited to 18 registrants for each tour. Preference will be given to members outside the Sioux Falls area, as tours will be offered to Eastern Chapter SDES members later in the summer. Tour attendees will be required to supply their full name, email address, organization name and birthdate at least 2 days prior to the tour date. Visitors must have a valid government issued ID to present to security before entrance into the building and will be required to follow strict safety procedures.


1:30p - 5:00p     SDES Board Meeting and Committee Work Groups

Minnehaha County Highway Department Conference Room

All current and incoming State and Chapter Board Members and Committee Chairs are encouraged to attend in person. All Chapter Leadership teams and members are also welcome. 


5:30p - ???? Welcome Hospitality Room 

Join your fellow conference goers at the Dakota Concrete Pipe Association Hospitality Room!

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

All Wednesday events will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, unless stated otherwise. 


Breakfast

7:00a - 7:45a

Breakfast for those attendees who purchased a breakfast ticket only.


Registration

7:00a - 8:00a


Welcome and Introductions

8:00a - 8:15a 

 

PDH Sessions - PDH Value 1.5

8:15a – 9:45a General Sessions

8:15a - 8:45a Infrastructure for a City on Steroids Panel (0.5 PDH)

City of Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken, Public Works Director Mark Cotter, PE. & City Engineer Andy Berg, PE


8:45a - 9:45a Satellite Observations of the Earth's Snow and Ice Covered Regions (1.0 PDH)

Walter Meier, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado


Exhibitor Break 

9:45a - 10:00a

Break and Exhibitor Visits


PDH Sessions - PDH Value 2.0

10:00a - 10:30a Concurrent Sessions

SDDOT UAS Bridge Inspection Program (0.5 PDH)

Joshua Olson, South Dakota Department of Transportation


Effects of Large Loads - Bitcoin Mining (0.5 PDH)

Chris Nordquist, PE, DGR Engineering


10:30a - 11:00a Concurrent Sessions

Landfill Development for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (0.5 PDH)

Luke Rodig, PE, Burns & McDonnell


Watertown Wastewater Treatment Improvements (0.5 PDH)

Michael Johnson, PE, HDR Engineering, Inc.


11:00a - Noon Concurrent Sessions

Uncovering the Impact of Mass Timber (1.0 PDH)

Nicholas Peterson, PE, ISG and Matthew Zobel, PE, ISG


South Veterans Parkway (1.0 PDH)

Shannon Ausen, PE, City of Sioux Falls, and Steve Hoff, PE, HDR Engineering, Inc.


SDES / ACEC Annual Awards Luncheon - PDH Value 1.0

Noon - 1:30p

Luncheon and Awards


1:30p - 2:30p

Keynote Speaker (1.0 PDH)

John Stiegelmeier, South Dakota State University Coach Emeritus


PDH Sessions - PDH Value 0.5

2:30p - 3:00p Concurrent Sessions

Asset Management for Transportation Systems (0.5 PDH)

Mike Behm, PE, South Dakota Department of Transportation, and Craig Smith, South Dakota Department of Transportation


Trends in the Automation of Buildings (0.5 PDH)

Kasey Abbott, PE, Direct Digital Control Inc.


Exhibitor Break 

3:00p - 3:15p

Break and Exhibitor Visits


PDH Sessions - PDH Value 2.0

3:15p - 4:15p Concurrent Sessions

3:15p - 4:15p 

Structural Precast, Prestressed Concrete for the South Dakota Design Professional (1.0 PDH)

Adam F. Roark, PE, Finfrock


3:15p - 3:45p

Flow Equalization: Peak Flow Management (0.5 PDH)

Sam Cotter, PE, HR Green


3:45p - 4:15p

A Proactive Approach to Floodplain Management using 2D BLE Models (0.5 PDH)

Albert Schmidt, CFM, City of Sioux Falls, and Greg Thompson, PE, CFM, Houston Engineering, Inc.


4:15p - 5:15p General Session

Achieving Big Outcomes for Smaller Cities: The Falls Park Master Plan Update (1.0 PDH)

Mike Patten, City of Sioux Falls, and Jon Jacobson, PLA, Confluence


SDES Annual Membership Meeting

5:15p - 5:45p


SDES Annual Conference Social

6:00p - 8:00p

Blue Rock Bar & Grill


Thursday, May 2, 2024

All Thursday events will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center


Breakfast

7:00a - 7:45a

Breakfast for those attendees who purchased a breakfast ticket only.


Registration

7:00a - 8:00a


Welcome and Introductions

8:00a - 8:15a 


PDH Sessions - PDH Value 1.5

8:15a - 8:45a Concurrent Sessions

Pipe Dreams and Concrete Realities (0.5 PDH)

Tevis Holzer, PE, Banner Associates


Section 404 of the Clean Water Act - The Essentials (0.5 PDH)

Nathan Morey, Corps of Engineers Omaha District


8:45a - 9:45a Concurrent Sessions

8:45a - 9:45a 

Emerging Infrastructure Retrofit Techniques (1.0 PDH)

Akram Jawdhari, PhD, PEng, M. ASCE, South Dakota State University


8:45a - 9:15a 

World Class Roads for a World Class Setting: The SDDOT Black Hills Context Sensitive Corridors Study (0.5 PDH)

Lyle E. DeVries, PE, PTOE, Felsburg Holt & Ullevig


9:15a - 9:45a

Cliff Avenue Levee Structure Improvements (0.5 PDH)

T.J. Yerdon, PE CFM, HDR Engineering, Inc.


Exhibitor Break 

9:45a - 10:00a

Break and Exhibitor Visits


PDH Sessions - PDH Value 2.0

10:00a - 11:00a Concurrent Sessions

What Engineers Need to Know about Cybersecurity to Protect Their Work, Business, and Clients (1.0 PDH)

Dr. Ashley Podhradsky DSc, Dakota State University


Pavement Marking Patterns and Widths -- Humans vs. Machines (1.0 PDH)

Ethan Peterson, Minnesota Department of Transportation


11:00a - Noon General Session

Infrastructure for a City on Steroids Panel (0.5 PDH)

Dennis R. Cooley, North Dakota State University/Northern Plains Ethics Institute


Closing Remarks

Noon - 12:15p 


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