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2016 NACE/AACE Western Regional Conference
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10/26/2016 to 10/28/2016
When: October 26-28, 2016
Where: Aquarius Casino Resort
1900 S Casino Dr
Laughlin, Nevada  89029
United States
Contact: Sheila Hamilton

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$100 Public Agency Attendees
$170 Other Attendees
$320 includes Conference Registration & 1 Year New Associate Membership ($50 discount)

Hotel Reservations:  Should you choose to stay at the Aquarius Casino Resort, please book your room/s by October 10th. Call the Aquarius Resort at 1-800-662-5825 and ask for the Group Code C-ACE16 SM. Room rates are $39.99 per night (Tue-Thu), $69.99 per night (Fri-Sat).



WEDNESDAY 10/26/16

12:30pm AZ Time Golf  
1:00pm - 4:00pm Exhibitor Set Up  
6:00pm Welcome Reception  

THURSDAY 10/27/16

7:00am Breakfast  
8:00am - 8:20am

Karen Riggs, AACE President and Matt Machado CEAC President

8:20am - 9:20 am

Drought and Water Supply, a Never Ending Struggle in California
Thomas Fayram, PE, Deputy Public Works Directory, County of Santa Barbara

Drought and Water Supply in California has become a very important topic fueled by the Drought of the past several years. With a growing population and in many cases a reduced water supply, the presentation will discuss the status of the drought, how we got here, and explore options to solve this problem. This is an update to a similar presentation made to your group two years ago.

9:20am - 10:20am

The Roads to the Future are Paved with Recycled Materials
James Emersom, Technical Marketing, Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc.
Marco Estrada, Business Development Manager, Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc.

This presentation is meant to educate municipal directors/engineers and consultants to non-proprietary pavement recycling methods that many public and private entities are employing. These projects are put out for public bid like any other project. This is not meant to promote any particular company and only serves to educate you on the processes, and when a project may be suitable for them. Over 120 California agencies are specifying “greener” methods such as Cold In-Place Recycling (CIR) Cold Central Plant Recycling (CCPR) and Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) that provide significant economic benefits without sacrificing structural integrity. Case studies on Los Angeles County’s success with over 29 million dollars saved in just 5 years.


10:20am - 10:35am Break  
10:35am - 11:35pm

7th Street Bridge – We’re Number 2 (SR=2)
David Leamon, PE, Public Works Director Stanislaus County

Project overview of a 100-year old concrete bridge repair or replacement, which was an experimental bridge type that has had significant problems for nearly 80 years. The 7th Street Bridge is the lowest rated bridge in the State of California. Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto are now on our third attempt to replace the bridge (late 70’s and late 90’s efforts failed). Project environmental documents are nearly complete; NEPA and CEQA anticipated early 2017.

11:35am - 12:30pm Lunch - Exhibitor Highlights
Each Exhibitor and Sponsor will have 3 minutes to present.
12:30pm - 1:30pm

How To Be A More Effective Leader
Renee L. Hoekstra, CVS, Managing Partner, RHA, LLC

Everyone is looking for professional development.  The great thing about this presentation is that it is focused around each individual because they have taken the “test” to identify their own personal style.  This ensures a much more interactive presentation and one that is geared towards each individual.  Each participant will take a test during the meeting to help identify their leadership style.  The meeting will focus on each of the styles and discuss the traits associated with these styles as it relates to leadership, both the upside and the downside.  This presentation helps individuals to better understand their style and what impact it has on their ability to be good leaders.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Connected Vehicles
Jennifer Toth, Maricopa County

In the last few years rapid advancements have been made in the connected and automated technology development. Many DOTs and the communities they serve are not prepared for the significant changes that will accompany this emerging technology.  The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has been helping develop this emerging technology since 2007.  Learn how connected vehicles will affect transportation planning, policies and traffic operations now and in the near future.

2:30pm - 2:45pm Break  
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Lean Six Sigma Applications in Public Works
Jeff Pratt, PE, Public Works Director, Ventura County

The presentation will describe an example of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) implementation in a Public Works Environment. A brief history and overview of LSS will be presented. Lessons learned and successes earned will be reviewed.

3:45pm - 4:30pm

ADOT Continuous Improvement (LEAN) Update
Dallas Hammit, Deputy Director for Transportation/State Engineer, ADOT

Overview of ADOT's efforts into a Continuous Improvement (LEAN) Management System

4:30pm - 5:30pm AACE Board Meeting  
5:45pm Riverboat Ride Reception
Be at the Aquarius dock at 5:45pm.
7:00pm Dinner  

FRIDAY 10/28/16

7:30am Breakfast  
8:00am - 9:30am

Owner's Panel - Urban and Rural County Engineers

9:30am - 10:30am

Added benefits to the CIP of revising outdated floodplains with 2D modeling.
Geoff Brownell, PE, CFM, Surface Water Manager, Michael Baker International, Inc.

Modeling floodplain revisions using two dimensional models provides delineations that are typically much more refined than the effective modeling. The end result can be a more accurate flood hazard determination, and fewer structures placed in the Special Flood Hazard Area. An additional benefit to communities with limited resources is flood depth and velocity data at finite intervals that can be used to inform their Capital Improvement Projects program. Model output can be used to target and model improvements at a scale only limited by the model grid size, so that capital expenditures are focused and effective.

10:30am - 10:45am Break  
10:45am - 11:45am

Concrete Pavers as an Alternative to Asphalt Concrete
Matt Machado, Public Works Director Stanislaus County

A communities roadway system is it largest asset and liability. With declining revenues all communities must take a hard look at their street standards to insure that public interest is met from a use and liability perspective. Additionally, design details will be reviewed for an upcoming project replacing asphalt with concrete pavers at an interchange location on Interstate 5, in Stanislaus County. This presentation will show that concrete pavers are a viable and economical alternative for asphalt roadways and can be a structural solution for areas of high truck traffic. Concrete pavers as a replacement for asphalt concrete has pro’s and con’s. These will be discussed as part of the presentation.

11:45am Adjourn  







Welcome Reception Sponsors Riverboat Sponsors Breakfast Sponsor




Dinner Sponsor Supporting Sponsors Recognition Sponsor






 Western Emulsions

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

Neenah Enterprises


Superior Supply Inc.

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  Golf Tournament
Skill Hole Prize Sponsors

 Golf Tournament
Prize Sponsors
Golf Tournament
Drink Ticket & Lunch Sponsors

Desert Mountain Corporation

SouthWest Traffic Engineering, LLC


SouthWest Traffic Engineering, LLC 

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