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WEDA Pacific Chapter Meets in Hawaii

Doris McKillip, Nancy O’Bourke and Carol Sanders at the poolside ice breaker.

Doris McKillip, Nancy O’Bourke and Carol Sanders at the poolside ice breaker.

Chris Houk, Keith Kroeger and Bill Hussin at the “speaker ready” table.

Chris Houk, Keith Kroeger and Bill Hussin at the “speaker ready” table.

Presenting Corps of Engineers dredging reports were, from left: Allen Churchill, Thomas J. Szelest, Hiram Arden, Jim Pennaz, Mo Chang, Dylan Davis, Jim Sandner and Steve Chesser.

Presenting Corps of Engineers dredging reports were, from left: Allen Churchill, Thomas J. Szelest, Hiram Arden, Jim Pennaz, Mo Chang, Dylan Davis, Jim Sandner and Steve Chesser.

Prior to the renourishment project, high tide lapped at the retaining wall on this section of Kohio Beach, across the street from the Marriott on Waikiki Beach.

Prior to the renourishment project, high tide lapped at the retaining wall on this section of Kohio Beach, across the street from the Marriott on Waikiki Beach.

Doris McKillip, left, with Col. Lawrence Sansone

Doris McKillip, left, with Col. Lawrence Sansone

Doris McKillip, left, with Col. Lawrence Sansone

Doris McKillip, left, with Col. Lawrence Sansone

Dolan Eversole (in yellow shirt) explains the Kuhio Beach Nourishment Project on a post-luncheon walking tour.

Dolan Eversole (in yellow shirt) explains the Kuhio Beach Nourishment Project on a post-luncheon walking tour.

Mike Lee, USACE Institute for Water Resources, helped arrange speakers.

Mike Lee, USACE Institute for Water Resources, helped arrange speakers.

The WEDA Pacific Chapter met on October 24 through 26, 2007 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The meeting was well-attended by many Corps of Engineers and private sector individuals.

At a Corps/Dredging Contractors meeting on Wednesday, October 24, Barry Holliday of the Dredging Contractors of America led a discussion on a number of topics of interest to companies contracting with the U.S.government.

He described the revised format of traditional pre-bid meetings held by the Corps of Engineers with potential bidders. In the form of a teleconference (conference phone call), the pre-solicitation meetings will allow dredging contractors to provide input on dredging methods and cost drivers that will allow the Corps of Engineers to create a more biddable contract.

Cost drivers are items such as fuel costs and compliance with government regulations that may be unique to a specific contract, and that cause companies to increase their bid amounts.

“This is a new aspect of partnering,” said Holliday, stressing that during the discussion the proprietary issues of each contractor are protected.

Other topics were the role of multibeam in hydrographic surveying, Federal Technical Data Solutions (FedTeDS) as a source of contracting information, overdepth dredging, emergency dredging contracts, ICHDMG (Industry/Corps Hopper Dredge Management Group), and continuing contracts.

Corps of Engineers representatives from the Pacific and West Coast U.S. areas then described projects planned in their areas. They were: Allen Churchill, Chief, Operations Branch, Alaska District; Thomas J. Szelest, Chief, Navigation Section, Seattle District; Hiram Arden, Navigation Project Manager, Seattle District; Jim Pennaz, Chief, Civil Works Tech Branch, Honolulu District; Mo Chang, Chief, Navigation Section, Los Angeles District; Dylan Davis, Chief, Waterways Contracts, Portland District; Jim Sandner, Chief, Operations Branch, Kansas City District; and Steve Chesser, Dredging Program Manager, San Francisco District.

On October 25, Col. Lawrence Sansone, Deputy Division Commander and Chief of Staff, Pacific Ocean Division USACE welcomed the group to Hawaii, and WEDA president Bill Hanson opened the program.

Technical Presentations

Long-Term Dredging Strategic Plan for the Small Ports of Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties, Washington, Vladimir Shepsis, Coast and Harbor Engineering, Inc.

Jetty Island Habitat Preserved by Dredged Material at Everett, Washington: Doing the Right Thing With Dredged Material, by Hiram Arden, Seattle District, COE.

Environmental Assessments of Dredged Material in the Pacific: Challenges, by David W. Moore and Shelly Anghera, Weston Solutions.

Innovative Construction Contracting for Todd Pacific Shipyards Sediment Superfund Cleanup, by Matt Woltman, Floyd/ Snider.

Effects of Dredging on Coral Reefs, by Jim Maragos, USF&W.

Coral Reef systems and compensatory Mitigation Strategies in the 21st Century: Watershed Approaches in the Pacific, by Cindy S. Barger, COE Honolulu district.

Kuhio Beach Nourishment Project, by Dolan Eversole, University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program.

Designing and Permitting a Multi-User Contained Aquatic Disposal (CAD) Site in Port Hueneme, California, by Steve Cappellino, Anchor Environmental.

Barge Dewatering on Contaminated Sediment Projects. An Overview of Options, by Reid Carscadden, Integral Consulting; and John Lally, Independent consultant.

Why Did the Dredges go? an explanation of why Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has deployed much of their fleet to the Middle East, by Bill Hanson, GLDD.

Special Situations: Sediment Remediation Constraints Within Urban Areas, by Richard May, Dalton, Olmsted & Fuglevand.

Fork Island Dredging & Upland Disposal Project, Nehalem, Oregon, by Keith Kroeger, Tetra Tech EC Inc.

Recovery of Dry Bulk Spillage in the Port of Los Angeles: A Case History, by Nick Buhbe, AMEC, and Kathryn Curtis, Port of Los Angeles.

Lunch on Thursday featured a revue of Polynesian dancing and a fire dancer.

On Thursday afternoon, Dolan Eversole, University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, led a walking tour of the Kuhio Beach Nourishment Project, close by the hotel, illustrating the complication of nourishing even a heavily-used beach such as Waikiki, which had eroded so badly that the retaining wall was wet at high tide.

The final event was election of new officers. Doris McKillup, president, turned the gavel over to Pete Rude, new president. Other officers for the coming year are: Vice President Kathryn Curtis, Port of Los Angeles; Treasurer Chris Houck, The Retec Group; Secretary Bill Hussin, Manson Construction Co.; and Program Director E. Allen Churchill, Jr. P.E., Alaska District, Corps of Engineers.

Corporate sponsors of the meeting were: AMEC, Anchor Environmental, Coast & Harbor Engineering, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Integral Consulting, Manson Construction Company, Moffatt and Nichol, Nautilus Environmental, Port of San Diego, The Dutra Group, The RETEC Groups (merged with ENSR), SNF Environmental, Vosta, Inc., and Weston Solutions.

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