Technical Sessions

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: 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 pm – 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 and 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 and 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