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Iowa Engineering Conference
Marriott- West Des Moines
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 8:00 AM to Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Conferences

Iowa Engineering Conference
August 18-19, 2021
Marriott West Des Moines, Iowa

The Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner will be held the evening of August 18, 2021 with at Reception at 5:00 pm and Dinner following at 6:00 pm

Registration for both days- $315.00 (includes banquet)
Wednesday Registration Only - $240.00 (includes banquet)
Thursday Registration Only- $155.00

Non Members add $65.00 to the above fees

You may cancel on or before August 11, 2021 and your registration fee will be returned less a $40 administrative fee.  No refunds after August 11, however substitutions will be accepted at any time.

Engineering Excellence Banquet Only - $70.00

9.25 PDH Program Hours for both days

Marriott 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA  50266
Guest rooms are available on August 17-19, 2021.  Make your reservation by calling 515-267-1500 and asking for the Iowa Engineering Conference Rate before August 3, 2021.

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Tentative Conventional Schedule (9.25 PDH Offered)

Wednesday, August 18, 2021  9 am - 8 pm

9:00 am - 10:15 am Welcome and Presentation of Engineering Excellence Awards

9:00 am – 9:20 am  Transportation Category – 
Interstate 29 in Sioux City, HDR and HR Green

9:25 am – 9:45 am  Energy Category – 
Preparing for the Future & Clean Power:  Newport Substation Interconnect, Ulteig

9:50 am – 10:10 am Special Projects Category – 
Mill Pond Park Pedestrian Bridge and Trail, WHKS Engineers

10:15 am – 10:30 am  Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm  Standard Contracts aren't so Standard Anymore
Presentation by Holmes Murphy Associates

It seems like everyone’s drafting their own contracts anymore. AIA contracts, EJCDC contracts are being replaced by client-drafted or even contractor drafted agreements – and they are increasingly more one-sided.  Engineers are being asked to sign contracts with unreasonable indemnity clauses and uninsurable risks. This presentation will look at the high-risk language that should raise a red flag and how you can negotiate a win-win contract.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm  Best of the Best - The Conceptor Project-
Converting Organic Waste into Liquid Gold, Stanley Consultants

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Mapping the Digital Twin- MLS Mapping of Perry and Dubuque
Presentation by Jonathon Miranda & Ben Sullivan, Foth

From utility design to pavement condition indexing, signage or economic development, attendees will learn how MLS systems are being utilized to map cities, as well as the added benefits regarding data captured including how to share BIG Data among peers and clients.  Presenters will describe project backgrounds, processes, challenges, and overall experiences for two digital twin mapping projects.  From an arterial drive to a full city-level scan, details pertaining to collective speed, cloud based data sharing for Pavement Condition Indexing, existing topographic mapping and city-wide high fidelity 3D models will be discussed.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Lesson Learned and the Future of Working from Home or Transitioning to a Remote or Hybrid Firm
Presentation by Member Panel

As the world prepares to emerge from the impact of COVID 19, some firms are rethinking the way they will work post pandemic, including having a much larger contingent of employees working from home on a more regular basis.  A panel of ACEC firms will discuss lessons learned and what to prepare for to ensure a successful transition to a new working environment. We will also review possible changes in office configurations, work from home technology and what to do to ensure internal and external collaboration strategies. 

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm State of Engineering and Business Meeting
David Scott, Executive Director of ACEC-Iowa and Iowa Engineering Society, will deliver a recap of the past year and officially transition into the new year.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Reception followed by Engineering Excellence Banquet