2018 Annual Conference Presentations

The City Engineers Association of Minnesota held the 2018 Annual Conference, January 24-26, 2018, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park. The conference offered a terrific opportunity for you to stay informed on current topics of interest and to maintain continuing education. But just as important, it provided an excellent forum for the best social networking of all -- the face-to-face connection with your peers and colleagues.
(The CEAM 2019 Annual Conference will be held January 30-February 1 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park.)

If available, presentations from the CEAM 2018 Annual Conference are posted below.

1. Download the CEAM 2018 Conference Brochure (pdf)

2. Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering and Leadership
Moderator: Jen Desrude, City of Bloomington
Sybil L. Dunlop, Greene Espel PLLP
Session summary: This session will provide an introduction to the concept of implicit bias against persons because of race, gender, disability, age, and sexual orientation. This will include an explanation of where implicit bias is encountered and offer commonly-seen examples of implicit bias in action. Finally, the speaker will give you tools and strategies to foster diversity and inclusion in our profession.
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3. Engineering Cost Analysis of Compliance with Water Quality Standards and Rules for Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Systems
Moderator: Steve Klein, Barr Engineering Company
Bryan Oakley and Greg Wilson, Barr Engineering Company; Shannon Lotthammer, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Session summary: The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget recently completed a legislature-mandated study of the overall capital and operating costs that municipalities might expect to spend on maintaining and upgrading wastewater and stormwater systems to meet existing and proposed water quality standards.
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4. Stormwater Reuse and Groundwater Recharge: What Is Happening?
Moderator: Russ Matthys, City of Eagan
Jon Eaton, City of Eagan; Vijay Sundaram, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
Session summary: Water is essential to life and the fuel for economic growth and prosperity, but it is also the object of ever-increasing demands. The water challenge is reliably delivering water where and when it’s needed, both today and into the future.
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5. Maryland Avenue Road Diet Test
Moderator: Marc Culver, City of Roseville
Erin Laberee and James Tolaas, Ramsey County Public Works; John Maczko, City of Saint Paul
Session summary: After a pedestrian fatality on Maryland Avenue and a response to do something, Ramsey County Public Works, working with Saint Paul Public Works, decided to test the conversion of this major county arterial carrying 23,000 vehicles per day.
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6. Lobbying 101: You Can Make a Difference
Moderator: Michael Thompson, City of Plymouth
Heather Corcoran, League of Minnesota Cities; Shelly Hanson, City of Bloomington
Session summary: You can make a difference just by sharing your professional knowledge and experience. League of MN Cities advocacy professionals will give you tips on how to effectively communicate items of importance to our profession. In addition, hear firsthand how getting involved made a difference in the Small Cell wireless bill.
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7. Ethics & Professionalism
Moderator: Joseph Rhein, Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Chad Weinstein, Ethical Leaders in Action
Session summary: Chad Weinstein holds a PhD in Ethics from the University of Minnesota and established the organization Ethical Leaders in Action. He has been an educator, manager, and consultant for more than 20 years, serving a wide range of industries. 
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8. Asset Management—Why, How and When: New Tools Case Study
Moderator: Michael Thompson, City of Plymouth
John Mackiewicz, WSB & Associates, Inc.; Steve Love, City of Maplewood; Matt Reitter, City of Minnetonka
Session summary: Learn from your peers about the importance of asset management and how to move forward and implement a new system. 
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9. Flexibility in Design—Thinking Beyond the Standards
Moderator: Debra Heiser, City of Saint Louis Park
Jim Rosenow, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Session summary: More and more challenges are being placed on today’s engineers as we design and build projects. Flexibility in design allows for the opportunity to balance community, environmental, safety, and mobility objectives in our projects.
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10. Attack of the Drones! UAV Issues for Cities
Moderator: Steve Winter, MSA Professional Services
Bill Alms, WSB & Associates, Inc.; John Kubiak, Barr Engineering Company; Jeff Powell, MSA Professional Services; Brian Simmons, Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Session summary: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, are becoming more commonplace and available to everyone. Viewed from a municipal perspective, they can be a powerful tool for performing inspections, gathering data, and a host of possibilities. However, when employed for commercial purposes the use of drones becomes complex.
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11. Autonomous Vehicles and their Influence on Land Use and Streets
Moderator: Marc Culver, City of Roseville
Tom Fisher, University of Minnesota; Jay Hietpas, Minnesota Department of Transportation; Bernie Arseneau, HDR, Inc.
Session summary: Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the taxi industry, but this is only the beginning of a much larger change in mobility. This session will review the emerging trends in the automotive industry, the progress being made toward autonomous vehicles, and what these mean for cities.
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12. Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner’s Update
Moderator: Mitch Rasmussen, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Charlie A. Zelle, Transportation Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation (invited)
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13. Saint Croix Crossing
Moderator: Shawn Sanders, City of Stillwater
Kevin Western, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Session summary: After decades of planning and amid much fanfare, the Saint Croix Crossing connecting Oak Park Heights, MN, to Saint Joseph Township, WI, opened on August 2, 2017. MnDOT State Bridge Engineer Kevin Western will discuss the many obstacles that delayed the project for decades, as well as developments that finally made this crossing a reality. 
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