Cold Region Engineering Workshop, Anchorage, 19-21 June 2000

Date: 
18 May 2000

Those interested in attending this conference should by 31 May contact both
of the following organizers: Ted S. Vinson, Ted.Vinson@orst.edu and
Hannele Zubeck, afhkz@uaa.Alaska.edu
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May 15, 2000
Dear Cold Regions Engineering Colleague:

We have finally confirmed the opportunity to conduct a Workshop to develop a
"Strategic Plan for Cold Regions Engineering Research in the New
Millennium." The Workshop will be held at the University of Alaska
Anchorage (UAA) Campus, June 19 - 21, 2000.

The agenda for the Workshop is as follows:
Monday, June 19, 2000

8:30 am - 12 noon - Plenary Session - invited presentations:
* Colonel Sheldon L. Jahn, District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Alaska District
* Barbara J. Sotorin, Technical Director, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research
and Engineering Laboratory
* Jeff Stasser, Co-Chair, Denali Commission
* John Miller, Engineering Manager, Alaska North Slope LNG Project
* Steve Borell, Executive Director, Alaska Miner's Association
* Oil Industry Representative (to be announced)
* Consulting Engineering Company Representative (to be announced)

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm - Breakout Groups (6 - 8 groups)

6:30 pm -9:00 pm - Dinner with Lecture presentation:
"History of Engineering in Alaska" James Rooney, President, R and M
Consultants, Inc.

Tuesday June 20, 2000

8:30 am - 12:30 pm - Breakout Groups (continued)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Summary Session Breakout Group Leaders present results
general discussion with all participants

Wednesday June 21, 2000

8:30 am - 12:30 pm - Breakout group recorders finalize written
recommendations

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Breakout group recorders deliver final recommendations

On Monday and Tuesday, June 19 and 20, intensive interaction and discussions
will occur among a group of practicing engineers, industry and government
professionals (who specialize in cold regions engineering), and university
faculty, who are assembled and divided into interest groups, and allowed to
collectively identify and elucidate specific cold regions engineering
research topics and describe research work which should be performed at the
beginning of this millennium.

On Wednesday June 21 a smaller core group will reassemble and
finalize/submit the sections of the Workshop Report. The report will be
delivered to the Workshop sponsors: National Science Foundation (NSF),
Alaska Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF), and the American Society of
Civil Engineers (ASCE). It will also be distributed to the participants at
the Workshop, other cold regions engineering professionals who were not able
to attend, and appropriate federal agencies.

The report will guide research efforts in the cold regions engineering
community, encourage faculty members to write proposals to conduct needed
research, and direct federal and state agencies to fund research proposals
which relate to the research needs identified in the report.

The Workshop is free to all persons who notify the organizers at least 2 1/2
weeks in advance (no later than May 31) of their intention to
participate. A complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided
on June 19th and a complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided June
20th to all registered participants. A block of housing has been reserved
on the UAA campus for Workshop participants coming from outside the
Anchorage area. A limited amount of funding is available for participants
coming from outside the Anchorage area to partially defray on campus housing
and travel expenses.

Please contact BOTH of the Workshop Co-organizers,
Professor Ted S. Vinson
Ted.Vinson@orst.edu

and

Professor Hannele Zubeck
afhkz@uaa.Alaska.edu

with your expression of interest to attend the Workshop and, if appropriate,
your need to receive financial assistance for on-campus housing and partial
reimbursement of travel expenses. Additional information will be e-mailed to
all registered participants.

The Workshop has been scheduled to follow the ASCE - Technical Council on
Cold Regions Engineering (TCCRE) Committee Meetings that will be held on
Sunday June 18th. Under the reorganization of ASCE-TCCRE the following
Committees welcome your participation:

* Environmental and Public Health Engineering
* Frozen Ground
* Hydrology and Hydraulics
* Transportation and Infrastructure
* Structures and Foundations
* Education
* Programs
* Publications

If you would like to attend a ASCE-TCCRE Committee Meeting contact

Dr. Jon Zufelt
jzufelt@crrel.usace.army.mil

or the Workshop Co-organizers for more information.