2011 Annual Conference Presentations

If available, presentations from the CEAM 2011 Annual Conference are posted below.

1. 2011 Annual Conference Brochure
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2. R-E-L-A-X, Stress is not a Four-Letter Word
Robin Getman, InterACT Group

Session summary: What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think of stress? Stress, like most things, is good and bad. Stress can propel you to peak performance or it can drain your brain. You can choose to react or choose to R-E-L-A-X… Laugh and learn as Keynote Speaker Robin Getman shares stories and ideas guaranteed to help you harness the best of stress and tame the rest.
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3. Defusing Difficult People and Situations
Robin Getman, InterACT Group

Session summary:
Sometimes it’s the person that is difficult; sometimes it’s the situation. As city engineers facing budget constraints, unanticipated crises, challenging projects, the public, agencies, permit requirements, etc., etc., etc., we’re often faced with both. Increase your effectiveness by learning to recognize where the difficulty lies and to respond with grace, confidence, and ease!
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4. "Appearance," The Success or Failure Measurement of a Project
Fred Rozumalski, Barr Engineering Company; Chuck Joswiak, Windscapes; Matthew Zeller, Concrete Paving Association; Thomas Venema, American Engineering Testing, Inc.

Session summary: The finished product is always an indication of a successful project. Appearance is everything, right? Well, to most residents appearance is more important than the design of the street. This seminar will teach you some tricks of the trade to increase the appearance and longevity of sod, seed, and plant materials, and it will also help you understand why concrete pop-outs occur and what you can do to prevent them.
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5. Saying it Succinctly and Successfully: Tantalizing Technical Talking
Keith Hardy, Toastmasters International; Tod Sherman, Roseville Area Toastmasters, Mn/DOT Metro District

Session summary:
Toastmasters is an excellent format to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. Leam how to enhance your technical presentations for any public or private meeting and get tips for talking technical.
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6. MS4 Audit and Compliance
Bruce Elder, Saint Paul; Jim Hafner, Blaine

Session summary:
Part of the NPDES stormwater program is evaluation of individual permittees to ensure compliance with the permit. USEPA conducts evaluations of Phase I cities, like St. Paul and Minneapolis, while MPCA conducts evaluations of the Phase II MS4s. St. Paul (Phase I city) and Blaine (Phase II city) will share their experiences in preparing for the evaluations, meeting with the evaluators and the post evaluation follow up.
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7. MN Best Practices for Traffic Sign Maintenance and Management
Howard Preston, CH2M Hill

Session summary: This session will provide information on how to establish policies and procedures for your agency that move you toward compliance with the new traffic sign retroreflectivity requirements while managing your risk. Also, learn about the strategy of reducing sign maintenance costs by substantially reducing the number of signs along a system of roadways.
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8. City Approach to Complete Streets: A Process and Product that Works
Sherri Buss, TKDA; Klayton Eckles, Woodbury; Shelly Pederson, Bloomington

Session summary: Find out how Woodbury included all the city departments in a task force to tackle the issue of use of the right-of-way. Key issues, obtaining consensus, templates, implementation, and helpful information for your city on complete streets will be presented.
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9. Local Road Research Board Update
Deb Bloom, Roseville

Session summary:
Get highlights of a LRRB project from start to finish and learn about the process a project goes through from an engineer’s suggestion to LRRB to the Research Implementation Committee (RIC), and then to the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).
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10. CEAM 2010 Project of the Year: City of Osseo
Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Session summary: Learn about the CEAM 2010 Project of the Year
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