2021 4-Day Professional Engineer Boot Camp

2021 4-Day Professional Engineer Boot Camp
Earn any last minute PDHs at ISPE's Professional Engineer Boot Camp. Three tracks over a 4-day period will give you the opportunity to earn up to 30 hours. Choose between civil, mechanical, electrical, structural and general topics.

Boot Camp Registration Rates

Each 8-Hour Day (Tues, Wed, Thurs):
Member: $205.00
Non-Member: $275.00
(After Sept. 10, add $50.00)

6-Hour Day (Fri):
Member: $155.00
Non-Member: $225.00
(After Sept. 10, add $50.00)

Please note: 
Registration pricing is set by day. Select each day you want to attend and select the sessions you plan to attend by adding it to your itinerary. Click Proceed to Checkout.

Lodging:

ISPE has a limited block of rooms available at Northfield Inn Suites at a rate of $91.00 + tax per night.  This rate expires September 20, 2021.  
Please contact the hotel directly at 217.523.7900 and indicate you are with the ISPE block.

Daily Boot Camp Schedule

8-Hour Days
7:30 AM - Registration / Check-in
8:00 - 9:45 AM - First Session
9:45 - 10:00 AM - Coffee Break
10:00 - 11:45 AM - Second Session
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch (Provided)
1:00 - 2:45 PM - Third Session
2:45 - 3:00 PM - Snack Break
3:00 - 4:45 PM - Fourth Session
4:45 PM - Day Concludes

6-Hour Day
7:30 AM - Registration / Check-in
8:00 - 9:45 AM - First Session
9:45 - 10:00 AM - Coffee Break
10:00 - 11:45 AM - Second Session
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch (Provided)
1:00 - 2:45 PM - Third Session
2:45 PM - Day Concludes

 

Important Notes

Early Bird Pricing:  Early Bird pricing ends at 5:00 PM CT on Friday, September 10, 2021.  All registration forms must be received in the office or online registration completed by that time to receive the early bird rates.  

Registration Deadline:  Pre-Registration closes on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM CT.  All registration forms must be received in the office or online registration completed by that time.  Onsite registration will be available for an additional $75.00 fee per registrant.
 
Cancellation Policy:  Refunds, less a $50.00 processing fee, will be given until September 10, 2021 with written notice of cancellation. No refunds will be made after that time, but your registration may be transferred to another PE with advance written notice. No shows will forfeit the full registration amount.


When
10/5/2021 8:00 AM - 10/8/2021 3:00 PM
Where
Northfield Inn Suites and Conference Center 3280 Northfield Dr Springfield 62702

Program

   

Tuesday, 05 October 2021

 
1 day, 4 2-hour sessions, with three tracks each session.  Earn up to 8 PDHs.
Category
Tuesday
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Megan Swanson, Mark Shaffer, John Senger, Bradly Hessing This session will provide an overview of IDOT's federally funded research program, as well as multiple current studies and projects underway, with a focus on roadway, bridge, and scour issues.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Kiersten Sheets, Ruyle Mechanical Services, Inc. What gets measured gets managed.  That’s the forethought of metering energy consumption and energy production.  But, if you can’t interpret the information provided with energy monitoring, how can you manage energy consumption?  This workshop will review 4 of the leading energy metering products available today:  SENSE, SolarEdge, Enlighten (platform for Enphase microinverters) and eGauge.  Learn how to read the information provided, analyze it and use it for energy efficiency measures that are productive and long term as well as other benefits to energy monitoring such as predictive equipment failure.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Bruce Bush & Jim Robinson, Geopier This presentation will cover how plate pile systems can save money vs traditional slope repair systems and what goes into the design of a project. As well as considerations when choosing a slope stability system. The speakers will also demonstrate how railroad subgrade issues are repaired using the GeoSpike system. The focus will also be on how the GeoSpike system works and how to differentiate between subgrade repair solutions.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Lloyd Sonenthal, Consulting Forensic Engineer and Attorney at Law An overview of the complications and how to deal with them, which may arise after the Forensic Engineer is hired, does his or her investigation and submits a report, inasmuch as the report is used by lawyers to assess culpability of the parties to the incident, and in doing so, the lawyers will require the Engineer to not just explain the conclusions, but to defend them against vigorous attacks on methods, conclusions and qualifications during discovery, deposition and trial
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Sam Reed, BSA Life Structures
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Leslie Babcock & Jake Winkler, Holmes Murphy This presentation will share 8 Key Contract Provisions and taking the Snap Quiz 2.0: Better Risk Management. Join our presentation to learn how to better manage your firm's risk by avoiding areas of uninsurability.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Craig Heither, CMAP CMAP staff will present an overview of travel modeling in the Chicago region and discuss how this information is used for air quality conformity, transportation project evaluations and small area traffic forecasts. Additionally, staff will discuss the region's programming process and how transportation projects are evaluated for inclusion in the region's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Carl Baldassarra, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc. Design professionals are obligated to meet the requirements of building codes, yet the prescriptive codes often present challenges for unique designs or application of new construction materials and methods. The author will identify the various provisions in the current edition of the IBC that allow the use of alternative methods and materials in design projects. Specific case study examples will be provided.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Derek Twente, TWM The presentation will focus on the various reality capture tools and methods, the advantages and limitations of each, and deliverable options.  We will also look at some sample project datasets.  The goal is to help participants better understand these technologies and their capabilities, and see applications in their own projects.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Aaron Toliver, IL Commerce Commission An overview of various projects assisted by the Illinois Commerce Commission's Railroad Safety Section, and challenges faced to bring them to completion.  Several specific locations and engineering solutions for each will be discussed. Topics will also include a discussion of agreements, design plan review processes, obtaining RR right of entry, track protection, and general safety when working around railroads.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Mark Vittori, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. Engineers & contractors alike face obstacles getting the optimal product used for commercial and residential sites and keeping clients happy.  This presentation is aimed at those obstacles by identifying and discussing them while also providing solutions.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Carl Baldassara, Gale Jamison
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Wednesday, 06 October 2021

 
1 day, 4 2-hour sessions, with three tracks each session.  Earn up to 8 PDHs.
Category
Wednesday
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Mike Mendenhall & Susan McCormick, Hanson Professional Services Inc. This presentation will provide an overview and construction update of the $356 million Springfield Rail Improvements Project that will consolidate rail traffic in the City of Springfield. In addition to this, an overview of the new Springfield-Sangamon County Transportation Center will be provided.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Seth Sommer, B&F Construction Code Services, Inc. The proper applications of the International Building Code requires the design professional to establish some basic code requirements. These three items are occupancy, type of construction and allowable area, height and number of stories. This session explains each one and how they are interrelated.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Kyle Lazell, Roy Cepero, & Eduardo Fernandez - Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation From a panel setting, we will provide information on the enforcement process within IDFPR, specifically for design professions, and share case examples of complaints reviewed by the Complaint Review Committee and their possible outcomes.  Additional information about the profession may be given as time permits.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Adam Groves - Clark Dietz The West Washington Street Watershed Drainage Improvements was an infrastructure investment that will pay dividends to the City of Champaign for future decades. It eased flooding concerns for households within the watershed, provided a safe space for public recreation, and improved water quality in the Copper Slough Channel. It is an example how carefully planned infrastructure can be truly transformative to an urban neighborhood.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

(Passive Optical Networks, Fiber for reliability and resiliency improvements) Gisela Sosa, John Prehn III, Ricardo Carrera, ComEd
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Felicia Burton - CDB
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Al Grosboll
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

(Microgrids, Battery Energy Storage Systems, Fault Tree Analysis, Fiber) Aleksander Vukojevic, Andrew Morris, ComEd By demonstrating advanced smart grid technologies, distribution utilities establish standards and anticipate challenges in the future upgrades. This presentation will review a selection of exciting emerging technology demonstration projects that ComEd is deploying, including Bronzeville Community Microgrid, Battery Energy Storage Systems, advanced fiber communications and fault tree analysis. These projects have been designed to provide exceptional energy system resilience and to increase the amount of renewable energy that the system can host while sustaining power quality and overall system efficiency.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Patrick Lach, Hey and Associates, Inc. The Report Card on Illinois Infrastructure was created to help Illinois citizens and elected officials better understand the state of our infrastructure. In 2018, the Illinois Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers completed its third Infrastructure Report Card. 30 Civil Engineers were assembled to evaluate and study the major components of our infrastructure. This session will discuss the Report Card methodology, grades for various components of our infrastructure. This session will discuss the Report Card methodology, grades for various infrastructure categories, recommendations for improving the grade and how recent events may affect the grade.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Robert Wetzel
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Dr. Gennaro Marino, Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Esther Seitz & Bruce Bonczyk, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP This presentation will discuss a variety of 3 legal topics. Specifically, (1) non-compete agreements in employment contracts, (2) to what extent copyright law protects engineering designs, and (3) bid protest proceedings in Illinois.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Thursday, 07 October 2021

 
1 day, 4 2-hour sessions, with three tracks each session.  Earn up to 8 PDHs.
Category
Thursday
Time
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM

Brent Lance & Ron Wright, CDB Brent and Ron will talk about how CDB’s Design-Build Program has evolved over time and responded to the State’s needs for a fast paced project delivery method that has the potential for delivering projects both faster and at a lower cost than some of the more traditional methods of construction.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Shannon Fulton, StraightUp Solar During this session attendees will learn about Illinois solar policies, incentive program(s), and growth, as well as applications of solar technology through the lenses of residential, business, municipal and non-profit case studies.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Dr. Gennaro Marino, Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Souhail Ellhouar, Bradley University The objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of the basic concepts of professional ethics and the critical role ethical conduct plays in the practice of civil engineering.  The presentation will include an examination of the applicable codes of ethical conduct and some case studies.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Steven Zeets, Whirrx Steve will discuss the start-to-finish process of completing Field Surveying for Civil Engineering Projects utilizing Traditional Survey Equipment alongside Drones. Steve will go over the differences between Drone LiDAR and Drone Photogrammetry Deliverables. He will discuss the pros and cons of each, including the achievable accuracies. He will talk about which sensor is best to use for different project types. Engineers and Surveyors attending this presentation will have a much better understanding of what is achievable with today’s technology.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Jesse Martinez - CDB
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Souhail Ellhouar, Bradley University The Construction Industry has been relatively slow in adopting and incorporating automation technology and robotics compared to the manufacturing sector.  This presentation will shed some light on opportunities for the construction industry to take advantage of in terms of automation and the challenges that it may encounter.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Brian Converse, Willett Hoffman The existing three span (3 @ 150’) steel riveted plate girder structure over the Fox River was closed in 2017 due to critical scour findings at the river piers resulting in settlement of the bridge supports. The bridge deck and steel girders were jacked/supported on temporary steel frames, allowing replacement of the old limestone piers with reinforced-concrete strut-tie piers spanning between battered-steel-pile-supported footings.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Cassie Reiter, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly What once was a bustling suburb with an arterial built specifically for vehicles no longer functions well in a community where walking is a necessary part of life.  The design approach has been focused on pedestrians & access management along the corridor to achieve the public-created project goals – Connect Communities, Strengthen Identity, Enhance Mobility, Build Momentum.  With the improved pedestrian and cyclist safety as well as transit improvements comes the ability for the West Florissant project to improve access to jobs, enhance and create community cohesion, improve the corridor aesthetics and most importantly, be a catalyst for other economic changes.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Rick Harnish, High Speed Rail Alliance The Illinois Fast Track Initiative calls for a coordinated statewide plan for modernizing transportation options and integrating them into a robust, connected network. This presentation will highlight the necessary steps forward with regard to technical aspects of the project such as preliminary engineering and design work, track alignment, and right of way clearance.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Ken Lorence - Green World Technology Group Overview and demonstration of Phase Change Solutions BioPCM - Bio phase change material technology.  Building envelope, refrigeration / cold-chain, food processing, HVAC and other BioPCM applications will be discussed.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Kevin Burke (TFIC Co-Chair) and Rebecca Mason The Transportation for Illinois Coalition will provide an update on state funding sources for the Rebuild Illinois Capital Bill, including how the pandemic has impacted state funding streams. TFIC will also provide information on implementation efforts and challenges faced by transportation agencies. In addition, updated federal funding information will be reviewed. Looking to the future, speakers will identify indicators to gauge long-term pandemic impacts and other potential changes that may impact revenue (positive and negative).
Time
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3:00 PM

Friday, 08 October 2021

 
1 day, 3 2-hour sessions, with three tracks each session.  Earn up to 6 PDHs.
Category
Friday
Time
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM

Todd LaFountain, City of Springfield At the turn of the century, the City Water, Light & Power embarked upon its biggest infrastructure improvements program since the original plant construction in the early 1930s. The Program involved significant improvements or replacement of most of the Water Works infrastructure. The Program has spanned two decades and has resulted in a $100 million investment in the City's water infrastructure. The Program was funded through two separate bond issues and related rate increases that were phased in over the course of the Program. Project improvements and funding mechanisms will be detailed in this presentation.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Rebecca Bowman, Eqs., PE, DFE - NSPE  In this session, we will examine components of competence.  Then, we'll examine a series of cases prepared by the Board of Ethical Review involving competence.  These cases are intended to provide attendees with a framework for evaluating competence issues.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Denise Johnson, IDOT This presentation will help educate the Grantee Community on the GATA process, what are the requirements, and how to become eligible to apply for state funding.  The presentation will take you through the entire process from finding a funding opportunity to reporting the funding and closing out your project.  There will be time to answer questions throughout the presentation.
Time
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
8:00 AM

Erica Spolar, HLR Engineering For 115 years, North Shore Gas (NSG) has delivered safe, reliable gas to residents and businesses in 54 communities within the Lake County, Illinois region. The existing gate was built in 1941. The proposed gate station helped NSG comply with required specifications, correct deficiencies and incorporate piping components. This project won both the ACEC award in the category of Energy and the APWA project award in the category of structures $25 million - $75 million.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Darren Forgy, PE - Prairie Engineers, P.C. Hydrography is the branch of applied sciences which deals with the measurement and description of the physical features of oceans, seas, coastal areas, lakes and rivers, as well as with the prediction of their change over time, for the primary purpose of safety of navigation and in support of all other marine activities, including economic development, security and defense, scientific research, and environmental protection. This presentation will explain modern hydrographic surveying objectives, the equipment and software used to perform these surveys, and the methods and sensors available to complete the required hydrographic measurements.
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Melissa Roberts, USI Insurance Services LLC
Time
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
10:00 AM

Paul Michiels, The Reinforced Earth Company The presentation will provide an overview of design and construction methods, including innovative solutions achieved with a very simple precast modular wall system. Through case histories and delivery alternatives, the presentation will also provide design and construction ideas owners, engineers and contractors should consider towards developing cost-effective modular wall systems for projects.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Justin Stichter & Steve Mohesky - PGAV Destinations
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

Melissa Roberts, USI Insurance Services LLC
Time
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00 PM

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