ACE Online

ACE Online

ACE Online brings conference session highlights to those that were unable to attend ACE14 in Boston, Massachusetts, or who may have missed a session on-site.  ACE Online offers the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs).  ACE Online includes

  • Watch ACE14 Opening General Session featuring Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani
  • More than 30 hours of professional session content.



Opening General Session

Monday, June 9th, 8:30 AM - Grand Ballroom—Level 3

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will share his insights on the myriad of challenges facing municipal leaders today based upon his experience as a two-term mayor of America’s largest city. His remarks will also delve into security concerns facing communities and actions needed to address them. The Mayor will also address the risk facing America’s water and wastewater infrastructure and will inspire the water community to take on the challenge of leading U.S. utilities down the road to infrastructure renewal.

MON05 The Safe Drinking- Water Act Turns 40

Moderator: Bruce Macler BIO

The world of drinking water changed markedly with passage of the SDWA in 1974.  This retrospective offers the views of leaders from all sectors of the drinking water community.

2:00 A History of Safe Drinking Water
Michael McGuire, Michael J. McGuire, Inc. BIO

2:30 The Evolution of the SDWA in USEPA
 Peter Grevatt, USEPA Office of Water BIO

3:00 Looking Forward After 40 Years Of The Safe Drinking Water Act
 J. Alan Roberson, American Water Works Association BIO

3:30 Water Quality Concerns Then and Now
 Andrew Eaton, Eurofins Eaton Analytical BIO

4:00 Changes in the Water Industry: Hardware and Services
 Ronald Port, SPX BIO

4:30 40 Years of Drinking Water R&D
 Robert Renner, Water Research Foundation BIO

MON19 Pressure Pipe Design Factors

Moderator: George Ruchti BIO

For years, pipeline designers have had to equate differences in pipe material design factors without any technical cognizance.  This session, should go a long way in explaining these differences, their history and why they exist; enabling the design engineer and owner a better understanding of the level of conservatism in their pipelines.

2:00 Ground Rules
 George Ruchti, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. BIO

2:05 General Evolution and Background of Pipe Design Factors
 Robert Card BIO

2:25 Exploring Ductile Iron Pipe
 Paul Hanson, DIPRA BIO

2:35 Exploring Steel Pipe
 Dennis Dechant, Dechant Infrastructure Service BIO

2:45 Exploring Stainless Steel Pipe
 J. Green, Lockwood Andrews & Newnam BIO

2:50 Exploring Concrete Pipe (C300, C301, C302, C303)
 Richard Mueller, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Assn. BIO

3:10 Exploring PVC Pipe
 Ronald Bishop, Diamond Plastics Corporation BIO

3:20 Exploring HDPE Pipe
 Camille Rubeiz, PPI BIO

3:30 Exploring FRP
 Jeffrey LeBlanc, U.S. Composite Pipe South, LLC. BIO

3:40 Brief Networking Break

3:50 Facilitated discussion period
 George Ruchti, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. BIO

MON20 Bridging the Great Divide: 5 Differences Between Utility Perceptions of Customer Concerns & the Real Concerns Customers

Moderator: Tom Rusin BIO

As officers, managers, and administrators, we all like to believe that we know how our customers feel about the service we provide.   Through the results of a just-completed independent study, HomeServe reveals the five biggest similarities - and differences - in perception between water utilities and their customers.  Bridging the divide between these perceptions can mean the difference between offering “good”, and delivering “exceptional” customer service.

TUE02 Financial Management: Equip Your Utility for Economic Resilience

Moderator: John Mastracchio BIO

Why do some utilities struggle while others excel during economically challenging times?  This session focuses on relevant topics of financial management,and planning and capital financing that can position utilities for long-term economic resilience.

9:00 Financial Strategies to Prepare for the Next Economic Crisis
 John Wright, Raftelis Financial Consultants BIO

9:30 Focus Inward for Savings Before Reaching Outward for Revenue
 Ann Casey, CDM Smith BIO

10:00 The Dynamic Landscape of Evaluating Financing Alternatives
 Robert Ryall, Black & Veatch Corporation BIO

10:30 To the Bond Market and Back, What's Changed and What to Expect?
 Joseph Pezzimenti, McGraw Hill Financial - Standard & Poor's Rating Services BIO

11:00 Credit Quality - What Can and Can't Be Done to Maximize Your Credit Rating
 Tiphany Lee-Allen, Moody's Investor Service, Inc. BIO

11:30 Panel Discussion: Financial Management: Equip Your Utility For Economic Resilience
 John Mastracchio, Red Oak Consulting, An ARCADIS Group BIO

TUE19 Water Main Rehabilitation: Planning, Prioritization & Processes

Moderator: Jon Turner BIO

Water utilities have to evaluate methods to select the best rehabilitation process.  This session focuses on tools for selecting water mains for rehabilitation as well as determining the best process for the specific situation.

9:00 Forecasting The Future For Columbus Water Distribution Mains Using Advanced Statistical  Tools
 Christopher Heltzel, ARCADIS U.S., Inc. BIO
 M. Clouse
 Annie Vanrenterghem-Raven

9:30 How To Select And Prioritize The Replacement Of Water Mains- An Owner’S Perspective
 Darlene Garcia, Colorado Springs Utilities BIO
 Susan Funchion

10:00 Environmental Impact Of Asbestos-Cement Pipe Renewal
 John Matthews BIO
 Ryan Stowe

10:30 Interactive Lining : A Main Rehabilitation Solution That Is set to Become a Key Element  of Cost-Effective Asset Management
 Thomas Sangster, Downley Consultants BIO
 Holger Turloff

11:00 Cements, Polys, and Resins, Oh My! A Water Utility’s Journey Evaluating and Implementing  Different Main Rehabilitation Options
 Michael Wolan, New Jersey American Water BIO
 John Gillespie
 David Hughes

11:30 When Using Class IV Structural CIPP Technologies in Water Mains Is a ‘No Brainer”!
 Matt Wassam, SAK Construction BIO

TUE24 Emerging Health Risks Associated with Opportunistic Pathogens in Drinking Water

Moderator: Vincent Hill BIO

This session will examine recent investigations revealing that opportunistic pathogens, including Legionella, non-tuberculosis Mycobacterium, Pseudomonas, and Naegleria fowleri, increasingly represent a significant burden of disease and associated cost for drinking water systems.

3:00 Public Health Significance of Pathogens Associated With Premise Plumbing Systems
 Julia Gargano, CDC National Center For Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases BIO

3:30 Detection and Response to Naegleria fowleri in Premise Plumbing and Public Drinking Water  Systems in Louisiana
 Vincent Hill, Center for Disease Control and Prevention BIO

4:00 Limiting Occurrence of Opportunistic Pathogens in Premise Plumbing Through Engineering  Controls
 Amy Pruden, Virginia Tech BIO
 Marc Edwards
 William Rhoads
 Pan Ji
 Caitlin Proctor

TUE29 Improving Source Water Protection Programs Through Stakeholder Collaboration

Moderator: Robert Morgan BIO

This session emphasizes successful stakeholder processes from utilities and agencies across the country.  Attendees will learn how traditional tools have been used to improve collaboration as well as some new tools that are becoming available through the efforts of AWWA, the U.S. Forest Service and the Endowment for Forests and Communities.

1:30 Fundamentals of Stakeholder Involvement
Barry Tonning, Tetratech BIO

2:00 U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities Programs and Outreach and AWWA Survey
Adam Carpenter, American Water Works Association BIO

2:30 What Is The State of Your Aquifer? Providing Good Information to Engage Stakeholders in Source Water Protection
Carrie Gallagher, Suffolk County Water Authority BIO

3:00 Source Water Protection in State Water Plans – Examples and Ideas
Kelly Collins, CDM BIO

3:30 Engaging Stakeholders in Source Water Protection Efforts
Jennifer Heymann BIO

4:00 Panel Discussion
Adam Carpenter, American Water Works Association BIO
G. Mehan, The Cadmus Group, Inc. BIO
Carrie Gallagher, Suffolk County Water Authority BIO
Kelly Collins, CDM BIO
Jennifer Heymann BIO

TUE30 Broadening the Natl Dialogue on Contaminants of Emerging Concern & Public Health

Moderator: Alice Fulmer

This session provides an introduction to the challenges of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in water (regulatory, science, technology, toxicology, communication) and then offers some information on opportunities for water utilities to work with other public health organizations in different ways to address the challenges.

A workshop sponsored by the Water Research Foundation was held in Washington, D.C., in July 2013.  Public health groups, research organizations, water utilities, states and other organizations interested in the health effects of CECs in water supplies talked about opportunities to promote dialogue and to facilitate inter-disciplinary collaborations in research and communication efforts.  CECs are defined as including a variety of chemicals that have been detected in water supplies, are unregulated by the US at the federal level, and have real or perceived potential adverse effects.   This session will provide highlights of the workshop discussions including challenges CECs in water present and recommendations for water utilities to work differently with other organizations.  The session will introduce Pediatric and Environmental Health Specialty Units and how they operate in the US and opportunities for water utilities to works with them.  The session will also introduce the research being done at the National Institute of Environmental Health and the National Toxicology Program and synergies with water and health.

1:30 Introduction
Alice Fulmer, Water Research Foundation BIO

1:35 Workshop Overview: Objectives and Key Highlights of Discussion
Rula Deeb, Geosyntec BIO

1:50 Water Quality Practitioner's Perspective on CECs, Public Health, and Inter-disciplinary Collaboration
Richard Sakaji, East Bay Municipal Utility District BIO

2:05 Public Health Practitioner's Perspcetive on CDCs, Public Health and Inter-Disciplinary Collaboration
Leonardo Trasande, New York University (NYU) School of Medicine BIO

2:20 Public Health Researcher's Perspective on CECs, Public Health and Inter-Disciplinary
Christopher Weis, National Institutes of Health - National Institue of Envir. Health Sciences BIO

2:35 Open Question and Answer Session/Panel Discussion

WED08 Water Quality Implications From Direct Potable Reuse Applications

Moderator: G. Miller

Speakers in this session will demonstrate the value and functionality of Direct Potable Reuse through case examples and project applications.

8:15 Potable Reuse: San Diego Style
Marsi Steirer, City of San Diego, Public Utilities BIO

8:45 Managing The Delicate Balance Between Wastewater Discharges To The Same Groundwater That Serves As The Drinking Water Supply
Marc Drainville, GHD BIO

9:15 A Case Study For Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Plants In Sugar Land, Texas
Michael Rolen, Aecom Technical Services, Inc. BIO
Ambarish Ravi
Colleen Spencer

9:45 Recent Advancements in Reverse Osmosis Integrity Monitoring for Water Reuse Applications: A Review
Joseph Jacangelo, MWH BIO

10:15 GWRS: Experiences of Operating a Large Scale IPR Facility and About to Get Larger
Mehul Patel, Orange County Water District BIO

WED15 Advanced Water Infrastructure Renewal and Replacement From Cradle to Grave

Moderator: Annie Vanrenterghem-Raven BIO

Presenters in this session will discuss selection of appropriate technologies as well as project prioritization, planning, and implementation.  Projects that have adopted an analytical approach and/or advanced technologies will be emphasized.

8:15 Assessing The AWWA Buried No Longer Tool In A Big Way
David Hughes BIO
Shaoqing Ge

8:45 Making Dollars (and Sense) Of Condition Assessment Data For Improved Capital Project Planning
Kurt Vause BIO
Todd Helgeson
Stephen Nuss
Chris Garrett

9:15 Linear Asset Management Using Likelihood And Consequence Of Failure Tools For Renewal Prioritization
Christine Ogino, CH2M HILL BIO
Yakir Hasit

9:45 Service Life Extension Option For Large-Diameter Potable-Water Transmission Pipelines
Michel Peloquin, Tacoma Water BIO

10:15 The Leading Edge: Gwinnett DWRFS Approach to Infrastructure Renewal and Replacement
Steven Seachrist
Adam Sharpe

H2Open Forum

Moderator: Patricia Tennyson

Perspectives on Water Reuse: What’s on the Mind of the Water Sector?

Successful implementation of water reuse is a leading issue facing the water sector today. As such, the 2014 H2Open Forum session will highlight leading direct and indirect potable reuse projects and how public perceptions of water reuse have changed over time. Distinguished industry professionals will share their experiences and interact with the audience as they address a variety of hot-button topics related to water reuse applications.

11:15 Distinguished Water Industry Professionals
Edmund Archuleta BIO
Wade Miller BIO
Mark O'Donohue BIO

WED26 Exploring the Connections Between Drinking Water Resources and Stormwater Management

Moderator: Margaret Medellin BIO

Presentations in this session will illustrate the relationship between stormwater, watersheds, and water supplies.  Examples of effective monitoring and mitigation strategies will be discussed.

2:00 The City of Atlanta's Integrated Water Resources Management - How Does Stormwater Fit?
Aylin Lewallen, Brown and Caldwell BIO

2:30 The Impact Of Stormwater On Drinking Water Resources
Peter Hanrahan, Everett J. Prescott, Inc. BIO

3:00 Professional Networking Break

3:30 Green Infrastructure Provides Practical Reduction in Sewer Overflows
Jeffrey Henson, Black & Veatch BIO
Les Lampe
James Schlaman

4:00 The Bridge Between Aesthetics, Public Opinion and Effectiveness for CSO Abatement in NYC
Minah Lee, Department of Environmental Protection BIO

4:30 Kensico Reservoir Storm Event Monitoring
Vincent Crodelle, NYC DEP BIO
Kurt Gabel
Kerri Alderisio
Christian Pace

WED35 Unique Approaches to Design & Construction of Water Infrastructure

Moderator: Richard Hope BIO

2:00 Cooperation is Key for Northern Wisconsin Communities and CIPP
Paul Pasko, SEH, Inc. BIO
David Wasserburger
Bradley Marquardt
James Wojcehowicz

2:30 Features Not Flaws for Metro-Boston: The Case for Operator Involvement in Design and Construction of New Treatment Processes.
David Coppes, Mass. Water Resources Authority BIO

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