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APRIL 10, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
4:00 PM (1.0 PDH) Precast Reinforced Box Culvert Design & Installation
5:30 PM (1.0 PDH) Cross-Examination of an Expert

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

Your reservations are appreciated.  Please click below on one of the scheduled times 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 PM (1.0 PDH)

Title : Precast Reinforced Box Culvert Design & Installation

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

Abstract : Precast Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts (RCB) is a versatile product that can have many applications from storm drain, detention system, bridges to cattle underpass. Learn about applicable standards used for precast RCB design, proper RCB installation and inspection of installation.

Alena Mikhaylova, Ph.D. is a Technical Promotions Engineer with Rinker Materials for South Central Region. She earned her Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gubkins Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow in 2005, Masters 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, a friend of AFF70 Standing Committee on Culverts and Hydraulic Structures, has technical publications in peer reviewed journals and made numerous presentations at industry conferences and to 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. Section has successfully grown to 55 members to date. Alena became a chair of the committee for Critical Thinking for the Infrastructure Advancement Institute in 2018.

5:30 PM (1.0 PDH)

Title : Cross-Examination of an Expert

Speaker : John H. Boswell w/ Boswell & Hallmark, P.C., Tel. 713-650-1600

Abstract : The following are examples of actual trials in which I cross-examined the opposing parties expert witness: 1. The investigating office failed to pass the Texas Drivers Handbook Test in a multiple fatality accident on Interstate 10. 2. The Plaintiffs Economists opinions about economic forecasting may not be any more reliable than the flip of a coin. 3. If the factual information that the Plaintiffs Attorneys furnish to their economist is not reliable, then then Plaintiffs Attorneys Economists testimony is not admissible. 4. Cross-examining opposing counsel on attorneys fees when opposing counsel is an Irishman from New York who attended Harvard Law School and is a senior trial attorney i the largest firm in Boston. 5. Some thoughts about the selection of the expert witnesses and consulting experts and dual capacity witnesses.

John H. Boswell, born and resides in Houston, Texas. Admitted to practice in Texas; also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Courts, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory Education University of Houston (B.B.A.); Legal Education University of Houston (J.D.). Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate National Board of Trial Advocacy. Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Member: American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation. Martindale- Hubble AV rating, Preeminent Peer Review 5.0 out of 5. Former U.S. Naval Aviator.



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April 10, 2019
4:00 PM
Alena Mikhaylova, Ph.D. w/ Rinker Materials
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April 10, 2019
5:30 PM
John H. Boswell w/ Boswell & Hallmark, P.C., Tel. 713-650-1600

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