November 2012 » Departments

NCPI appoints new president
– Jeff Boschert, P.E., was promoted to president of the National Clay Pipe Institute (NCPI). Boschert has been a field engineer with NCPI since 2004. He joined the organization after eight-years with the Missouri Department of Transportation and has served as the leader of trenchless initiatives.

"This is just one part of an ongoing initiative for NCPI," said Dick Brandt, chairman of the board for NCPI and president of The Logan Clay Products Company in Ohio. "Municipalities are rediscovering vitrified clay pipe and we're conducting an active outreach program to inform the engineering community about the solid reasons behind the shift."

Groups join forces to promote ports and waterways
MOBILE, ALA. – The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) are joining forces to build greater awareness of the need to significantly boost federal investment in the nation's ports and waterways infrastructure. The two groups signed a memorandum of cooperation Oct. 24 during AAPA's annual meeting in Mobile, Ala.

The agreement calls for each group to participate in the other's committee meetings and policy discussions, share technical best practices, exchange information through newsletters and reports, and jointly lobby Congress on pending legislation that impacts ports and waterways.

ASCE installs president
– The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) installed as president Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., LS, F.ASCE, CEO at the publicly owned Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) in the Portland, Ore. metro area. DiLoreto has been responsible for the overall management of the second largest water utility company in Oregon. Prior to taking over TVWD, DiLoreto was the director of the Department of Environmental Services in Gresham, Ore., where he was responsible for the city's water system, sanity sewer and wastewater treatment plant, transportation system, storm and surface water management, parks and recreation, solid waste and recycling, and building and property management.

USGS inducted into the 2012 URISA GIS Hall of Fame
– The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was selected to enter the Urban and Regional Information System Association (URISA) GIS Hall of Fame based on its 50 years of "cutting-edge developments and significant contributions in advancing the field of geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial sciences." According to URISA, USGS geospatial technologies, long-term datasets, research, innovations, information, and publications – all made available at no cost to the public through the USGS Store – have enabled advancements of science techniques and methods.

Don Dickinson of Phoenix Contact won Second Place for his paper, "Securing Critical Control Systems in the Water Sector – Where do I Begin?," which pinpointed new trends in cybersecurity. Third Place was awarded to Michael Waddell of CDM Smith and Isabel Szendrey of the Puerto Rico Water Authority for their paper, "Development of an Integrated Business Solution with Telemetry and GIS," which highlighted a recently deployed island-wide SCADA project in Puerto Rico. David Wilcoxson of MWH Americans and Travis Crane from the Jacksonville Energy Authority received Honorable Mention for their paper, "Optimization of Wastewater Lift Station for Reduction of Energy Usage and Greenhouse Gas Emissions."

The Best Presentation award was presented to Bob Dusza, Jr. of the Manchester (Connecticut) Water and Sewer Department for his talk, "Using Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET) for a Wastewater Treatment Plant." Dusza's address examined the end-user experience of the recently released CSET in a plant environment.

Three other presentations also were recognized: "Mobile Devices for SCADA Integration and Beyond: Considerations, Security and Applications," by Pavol Segedy of Brown & Caldwell and Brandon Erndt, earned Second Place; "So You Have SCADA, What's Next?" by Grant Van Hemert of Schneider Electric, won Third Place; and "Asset Tracking and Revision Control for Automated Water/Wastewater Control Systems," by Blair Sooley of Trihedral Engineering, received Honorable Mention.

Water reuse and desalination abstracts sought
– The WateReuse Research Foundation is accepting abstracts for technical presentations at the 17th Annual Water Reuse & Desalination Research Conference, May 6-7, 2013, in Phoenix. The conference showcases the latest results from "cutting edge" research related to water reuse and desalination. Submit an abstract online at

PPI names 'Member of the Year'
– The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) named Tori Durliat, director of marketing for Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., as the "Member of the Year for 2011." Durliat was selected by her peers in the Corrugated Plastics Pipe Division (CPPA). Her achievements, years of participation, and leadership of the group were cited as benchmarks of her character and devotion to the industry.

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