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FEBRUARY 13, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 PM (1.0 PDH) Jacking of RCP & RCB Culverts (Trenchless Technology)
5:30 -6:30 PM (1.0 PDH) Don't Miss Your Chance to Extend your Contract Access

Hess Club
5430 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77056
(Business casual dress code)

Please Note: Walk in members, members' spouses, and guests should pay at the door with cash, check or credit card.

Your reservations are appreciated. Please click here to make your reservation(s) online. If you are unable to register online, please contact Vicky Bonds at Geotech Engineering and Testing, Tel: 713-699-4000 at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided at the end of the meeting(s) for attendees that are current members and who have preregistered. However for Ethics Workshops, nonmembers who have preregistered will also be given Continuing Education Certificates at the close of the workshop provided a payment of $25 is received (pay at the door, check or cash please).

This technical program is complimentary to you thanks in part to our Room Sponsors:

Nelson Construction and Foundation Repair
Ram Jack
VoidForm Products, Inc.

4:00 - 5:00 PM (1.0 PDH)

Title : Jacking of RCP & RCB Culverts (Trenchless Technology)

Speaker : Alena Mikhaylova, Ph.D. w/ Rinker Materials

BIO : Alena Mikhaylova, Ph.D. is a Technical Promotions Engineer with Rinker Materials for South Central Region. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gubkin's Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow in 2005, Master's Degree in Civil Engineering in 2009 and Doctorate degree in Civil Engineering in 2013 from the University of Texas in Arlington. Before joining Rinker, Alena worked for Global Maritime, performing advanced finite element analysis of mobile offshore drilling units for operations in Gulf of Mexico, Canada and North Sea regions. Alena is an active member of engineering community serving on ASTM C13 and F17 committees, she also a member of Transportation Research Board AFS40 Standing Committee on Subsurface Soil-Structure Interaction and AFF70 Standing Committee on Culverts and Hydraulic Structures, has technical publications in peer reviewed journals and made numerous presentations at industry and international conferences, as well as engineering community. She also serves on the board of the American Society of Highway Engineers Houston as treasurer, helping launch the section in Feb 2018. Alena is also a chair of the committee for Critical Thinking with the Infrastructure Advancement Institute.

ABSTRACT : A growing segment of pipe installation includes trenchless applications. They are less disruptive to traffic, communities, utilities and businesses. Trenchless installation saves time, saves money and improves roadway safety. It is important to know this competitive option. As our nation's infrastructure approaches its service life, jacking pipe and box procedure is a beneficial option worth considering.

5:30 -6:30 PM (1.0 PDH)

Title : Don't Miss Your Chance to Extend your Contract Access

Speaker : James Rudnicki w/ Bush, Rudnicki, Shelton, and Ian Faria w/ Bradley

BIOS : James Rudnicki is a shareholder of Bush Rudnicki Shelton P.C. He serves on the TAB Contract Committee and at NAHB. His expertise includes representing residential contractors, land developers, and design professionals in challenges related to construction defect claims, job-site injuries, code violations, regulatory oversight, contract negotiation, document drafting, and real property transactions. He represents many well-known home building and development companies in Texas.

Ian Faria has broad experience in construction law, with a focus on megaprojects in all construction disciplines, including infrastructure, commercial, industrial and residential construction law. He is a member of Bradley's Construction and Government Contracts Practice Group and serves as the firm's office managing partner for the Texas offices.

Ian has extensive trial experience conducting jury and bench trials in federal and state court, as well as arbitrations -- from homeowner claims to multimillion- and multibillion-dollar commercial and governmental projects throughout Texas. He represents developers, general contractors, subcontractors, homebuilders, and business owners in a variety of disputes, as well as in OSHA compliance and investigation matters.

Additionally, his construction practice covers a range of projects, including highways and bridges, public works projects, commercial and retail construction, industrial and warehouse facilities, residential (single and multifamily), apartment complexes, pipelines, and drilling sites. His clients and their projects, as well as their disputes, extend across the country, including Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

Ian is actively involved in the construction industry. He serves as general counsel for the Greater Houston Builders Association and as legal advisor for Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit 501(c) that provides custom-made, mortgage-free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of fallen soldiers. He is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of topics concerning the construction industry for the State Bar of Texas, the Associated General Contractors and the American Subcontractors Association.

ABSTRACT : This talk focuses on Residential Construction Contracts, Subcontractor Agreements, and related material to help the residential professional better protect their business. The speakers will highlight key provisions needed in every contract to comply with Texas law, reduce risk, and deal with customer expectations.

The fast and energetic overview will include:

Money and Getting Paid
Change Orders and Selections
Substantial Completion and Challenging Customers
Punch List Disputes
Limiting Warranty Obligations
Legal Compliance



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