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AGENDA
 

During the first two days, topics such as best engineering practices, world infrastructure projects and future engineering trends will round out the agenda. The last day the participants will visit the Canal Expansion sites.

During the conference, the experiences of project execution and design such as the Sanitation of the Panama Bay, Tocoma Hydroelectric Project in Venezuela, failure mechanisms of New Orleans levees during Hurricane Katrina, the main dredging

  projects in the world, the foundation systems of the world's tallest buildings, in addition to other projects that are currently being undertaken in Panama will be presented.

In the last years, the Republic of Panama has strengthened its position as the transportation hub of the Americas, and its economy is one of the most vibrant in the region. The Panama Canal Expansion Project has been awarded as the most significant infrastructure project of this decade.
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PLENARY SESSIONS
 
 
Managing Mega-Infrastructure Projects
April 18, 2012 - 8:15 a.m

This keynote presentation will address best practices and lessons learned in management of the $14.6 Billion New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System constructed following Hurricane Katrina (2005), as well as, major lock and dam projects under construction in other regions of the United States.
 
The Asphalt Ribbon of Afghanistan
April 18, 2012 – 11:15 a.m.

In 2003 President Bush promised President Karzai that Afghanistan's Highway One, a virtually impassable 482 km (300 mile) connection from Kabul to Kandahar, would be paved by year end. In April 2003, the Louis Berger Group was told "to make it true". LBG had eight months to build a road on a heavily mined track, passing through regions still under Taliban threat. Three decades of fighting had left Afghanistan without any national construction capacity: no equipment, no labor pool, no materials sources, no contractors,. This is the story of how LBG addressed the risks to bring the project in on time.
 
Major Infrastructure Projects in Panamá
April 18, 2012 – 4:15 p.m.
 
The Road to the Panama Canal Expansion
April 19, 2012 – 8:15 a.m.
 
Best Practices in the Management of Large Projects
April 19, 2012 – 1:45 p.m.

CH2M HILL CEO Lee McIntire will highlight the company's customizable approach to program management on some of the world's largest infrastructure projects. From the London 2012 Olympic venues and infrastructure to Mumbai, India's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and the Panama Canal expansion, CH2M HILL is helping project owners and communities around the world meet their most challenging goals. The engineering and construction company is ranked by Engineering News-Record as the No. 1 program manager, is a global leader in sustainability, and is recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies.
 
The Panama Canal Expansion Program
April 19, 2012 – 4:15 p.m.
 
TRACKS
 
 
Track 1: Best Design Practices for Large Infrastructure Projects
 
Track 2: Risk Management
 
Track 3: Water Management
 
Track 4: Case Histories - Structures for Transportation Systems
 
Track 5: Case Histories – Dams and Levees
 
Track 6: Case Histories - Other Industries
 
Track 7: Project Planning & Financing
 
Track 8: Borinquen Dam 1E
 
Track 9: Canal Expansion Design Issues
 
Track 10: Canal Expansion New Locks Design
 
Track 11: Project Management
 
Track 12: Other Industries