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April 2019

April 24, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Ramada Inn -Mandarin
3130 Hartley Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32257



Resiliency and Mitigation of Critical and
Essential Facilities for Natural Hazards:
Planning, Design & Retrofit

Critical and essential Facilities are buildings and other structures that are intended to remain operational in the event of extreme environmental loading from Flood, Wind, Snow, or Earthquakes. Recent and historical evidence has shown that critical and essential facilities havehad their core mission impacted or fully compromised due to environmental damage from storms. These facilities serve vital functions for the community before, during and after storm events andthus have a higher functional requirements and service demands than other typical buildings.They therefore have lower acceptable damage threshold since it must be in service not justrepairable after event. Lessons learned from recent disaster studies [Irma, Maria, and Michael] willbe shared as well as examples and experiences from our practice will be shared.


David Conrad, PE - Atkins

David Conrad is a senior structural engineer with 28 years of experience including structural engineering analysis and design. His background includes establishing design criteria, loads, and conditions; structural analysis and design; specication review; reviewing shop drawings for accuracy, completeness and errors; cost estimating; and scheduling. He has also performed construction inspections. He has experience in analysis and design of marine structures, mooring and berthing facilities,and marine liquid terminals. He has worked on FEMA projects and onpost disaster assessments and recommendations and coastal design guidance. He has assisted with FDEP coastal projects as a technical resource.

David has experience in shallow and deep foundations, coastal construction, open sea piers, protected and semi protected port facility design, marine oil terminal (MOTEM) design, mobile harbor cranes suitability assessment, permanent rail mounted crane assessments, inland barge facility mooring, mooring and passing ship analysis, heavy load berth design, mooring assessments, mooring and fender design, bulkhead evaluation, analysis, maintenance and design, water treatment plant structural design, upland structural analysis and design,miscellaneous structures design (signs, airplane wash racks, airport manholes).
He also provided engineering support to the Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) program which provides recommendations and guidance on building performance following damage causedby natural disasters. Mr. Conrad participated on two teams in 2008, one deployed to Iowa and Wisconsin after wide spreading flooding impacted the Midwest and the other deployed to Galveston/Houston area after Hurricane Ike. Mr. Conrad also deployed to Alabama following theApril 2011 Tornado outbreaks. He was involved in the development of the April/May Tornado MAT report. In 2016 Mr. Conrad returned to the Midwest Flooding in Iowa and in Missouri. 2017 saw Mr. Conrad supporting two MAT reports, one in USVI and one in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Conrad's FEMA and Risk and Emergency Management experience includes providing technical expertise in the update of the FEMA 550 document - Recommended Residentia lConstruction for the Gulf Coast. Mr. Conrad assisted with updates to, and additional designs for,this FEMA document for design on foundations. Mr. Conrad has had the opportunity to teach the Residential Coastal Construction course in several locations including: Austin, Brownsville,Galveston, Houston, Bolivar Peninsula, TX; Portland, OR; Gulfport, Mississippi, and Puerto Rico. He has taught the CCM course as well as the multi hazard mitigation course and the residentialcoastal construction course in multiple states and jurisdictions. Mr. Conrad’s teaching and training courses include FEMA 499-500, FEMA 55, FEMA 320, FEMA 361 and Local Officials Guide to Coastal Construction. Mr. Conrad has taught courses at EMI on wet and dry food proofing as well.He has taught courses on multi hazard mitigation in Saipan, Guam, Seattle, St Thomas and St Croix.
Mr. Conrad’s publication assistance include updates to FEMA 259, FEMA 499, live MAT reports following disasters including hurricane, tornado and flood damage, and several Recovery Advisories (RA’s). Mr. Conrad assisted in the development of the USVI Stronger Homes Guide V4.

Mr. Conrad received his BSCNE (BSCEM) at Purdue University and his MSCE from GeorgiaInstitute of Technology. Mr. Conrad is a licensed Professional Engineer in 7 coastal states focused in the Southeast USA and has provided design services on US barrier Islands as well as in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Conrad started his career in commercial and heavy construction and has been a commercial and residential contractor previously licensed in Florida. At one point Mr. Conrad held both a contractor’s license and an engineering license prior to his focuson marine and coastal structural engineering. Mr. Conrad is currently a member of the ASCE 24 – 2022 Flood Resistant Design and Construction Standard and was on the ASCE 7-2016 Wind load subcommittee.


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