5B - Designing to the New NYC Flood Maps: Implications for Buildings and Coastal Areas

A session at After Superstorm Sandy

Thursday 6th June, 2013

2:15pm to 3:15pm (EST)

FEMA issued Advisory Base Flood Elevations has captured the full attention of both private developers and public officials that deal with facilities and development along the waterfront.
Gregory L. Biesiadecki of Langan will provide an overview of the issues that need to be considered/addressed and answered in a practical and cost effective manner when dealing with shoreline stabilization. The presentation will cover the design process, including the criteria used to guide the design, and use case histories to follow up on their performance in the aftermath of Sandy. Several waterfront projects that were completed prior to Sandy will be reviewed in terms of critical issues considered pre-construction and how the completed project performed as a result of Sandy. In addition, the impact of Sandy on the design of waterfront projects that are in progress and modifications being considered for recently completed construction will be discussed.
Several projects will be discussed several projects related to waterfront structures and shoreline stabilization. Traditional coastal stabilization approaches and proposing innovative solutions for the past 25 years are studied as well as projects looking at non-traditional riverine and bayshore stabilization options. “Living shorelines” approaches which combine traditional structural stabilization with enhancements designed to improve the ecological performance of the structures are also discussed.

About the speakers

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Greg Biesiadecki, PE LEED AP


Mr. Biesiadecki is a Principal Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management, at Langan Engineering. He is an experienced geotechnical engineer whose practice involves subsurface investigations, design and construction supervision of foundations for waterfront structures, bridges and buildings; development of rehabilitation and expansion programs of existing facilities; assessment of structural conditions, seismic vulnerability and slope stability evaluation; temporary and permanent excavation support systems; underpinning and slurry walls; pre-construction conditions surveys; and analysis of existing and imposed stresses on tunnel linings.
Jon Miller, PhD

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Jon Miller, PhD

Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Jon Miller is a Research Assistant Professor of coastal and ocean engineering at the Center for Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to Stevens, Dr. Miller was a recipient of the prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and was named a Fulbright Post-doctoral Scholar. While in Australia, Dr. Miller was hosted by the University of Queensland, where he conducted research on shoreline changes related to variations in waves and water levels during extreme storms. In addition to his role as Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Miller also serves as the New Jersey Sea Grant Coastal Processes Specialist and Assistant Director of the New Jersey Coastal Protection Technical Assistance Service (NJ CPTAS). In his role as Coastal Processes Specialist, Dr. Miller works with stakeholder groups on issues related to coastal hazards including climate change. Through NJ CPTAS, Dr. Miller works with local municipalities and the State on coastal engineering projects designed to increase their resiliency to coastal hazards. Dr. Miller’s research interests include shoreline changes, coastal processes, nearshore wave measurement and analysis, and remote observing systems.

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Time 2:15pm3:15pm EST

Date Thu 6th June 2013

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