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This intensive technical program at George A. Fox packs a ton of valuable tunneling and underground construction content in just one day. Explore the program details below.

8:30 am – 8:35 am
Welcoming Remarks
Victor Paterno, Conference Chair
8:35 am – 9:15 am
Keynote Address: Building a New Era of Passenger Rail in America
Laura Mason, Executive Vice President, Capital Delivery, Amtrak
9:15 am – 9:50 am
Update on NYC DEP Shaft 17B and Shaft 18B Project
Ovidiu Pena, Deputy Portfolio Manager - NYC DEP
Jesse Sylvestri, Senior Project Manager, James Peterson
Jaspreet Singh, Assistant Project Managers, Walsh Construction
10:10 am – 10:45 am
Hudson Tunnel Project (HTP) Update
Kris Kolluri, Gateway Development Commission, CEO
10:45 am – 11:20 am
Ground Freezing for Tunnels and Adits
Joe Sopko, Director of Ground Freezing, Keller North America
11:20 am – Noon
I Already See the Light at the End of the Tunnel
Luigi Rosa, AVP, Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program, AMTRAK
1:10 pm – 1:45 pm
Status of Sound Transit’s WSBLE Program in Seattle, WA
Dirk Bakker, Corridor Design Manager, Sound Transit
Anthony Pooley, Principal Construction Manager, Sound Transit
Luis Piek, Principal Tunnel Engineer and Robert Wallner, HNTB
1:45 pm – 2:20 pm
Overcoming Third Party Challenges to Deliver Alexandria, VA's Largest Infrastructure Project to Date
Kelvin Coles, RiverRenew Program Manager
Shae Quigley-Duddempudi, Traylor Bros, Design Coordinator, Underground Div East
2:20 pm – 2:55 pm
Project Update: VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension
Carolyn Gonot, CEO/GM, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Bill Mariucci, Area Manager, Kiewit /Shea/Traylor JV
2:55 pm – 3:30 pm
Key Issues: Managing Drill and Blast Works in Dense Urban Areas
Douglas Anderson, Blast and Vibrations Specialist, HNTB
3:50 pm – 4:30 pm
Challenges with the Underground Construction for the Second Avenue Subway Phase II
Liam Dalton, Project CEO, MTACD and Kieran Spillane, Project Design Manager, P2P
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
U.S. Tunneling Industry Update
Jim Rush, Editor, Benjamin Media
5:00 pm – 5:05 pm
Closing Remarks and Announcements
Victor Paterno, Conference Chair

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