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Friday | Featured Speaker + LIVE Tunnel Demand Forecast with Q&A


Welcome to NATWeek: A Virtual Experience!
You can begin to access today’s on-demand content at 9 am MT. Be sure to join the Live Q&A to hear from the presenters and pose your industry questions to the experts at 10 am MT.

Today's Schedule

9:00 am                               Keynote Session | On-demand

10:00 am – 12:30 pm       Live Tunnel Demand Plenary Session and Q&A

On-demand Sessions

The Northeast Corridor Superconducting Maglev Project
Speakers: Cosema E. (Connie) Crawford, Senior Vice President Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, WSP USA; and Vojtech Gall, Ph.D., P.E., Principal, Gall Zeidler Consultants

The Northeast Corridor Superconducting Maglev Project (SCMAGLEV) entails the construction of a high-speed train system between Washington, D.C. and New York City, with the first leg between Washington and Baltimore, MD. The system operates using an electromagnetic levitation system developed and deployed in Japan that achieves an operating speed of 500 km/h. SCMAGLEV is an innovative project that will shorten travel times between Washington D.C. and Baltimore to 15 minutes, and connect to New York City in under an hour. In 2019, the design is being advanced to an engineering level sufficient to support an Environmental Impact Statement. A preliminary geotechnical investigation campaign was also underway. This presentation provides an update on the project and discusses construction of the predominantly soft ground TBM driven tunnels.

About Cosema E. (Connie) Crawford:
Connie Crawford has over 35 years of public and private sector experience in the management, design and construction of major transportation programs. She served as Chief Engineer for MTA New York City Transit, where she was responsible for a $2.25 billion annual capital program for subway and bus infrastructure. Previously, as Chief Engineer for the New York City Department of Transportation, she managed planning, design, construction and maintenance of the City’s bridges and tunnels. Ms. Crawford serves as the chief engineer for the Northeast Corridor Maglev Train project that proposes to provide one hour service at 311mph between New York City and Washington, DC. She managed major transit projects in the Middle East, including project director for over $2 billion of construction on the Doha Metro system, and project coordinator for a 100km metro system in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. She currently oversees the Santa Ana Streetcar Project in California for the Federal Transit Administration. Ms. Crawford holds a master's and bachelor's degree in engineering from Princeton University, where she also taught a course on bridge engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer and is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Transportation Diversity Council, FIRST Robotics and the Moles.

About Vojtech Gall, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Gall has over thirty years of experience in the design, construction, and construction management of tunnels and underground structures. His expertise encompasses soft-ground, mixed-face, and rock-tunneling utilizing TBM, conventional tunneling (SEM/NATM), and cut-and-cover techniques. 

He frequently serves on expert review panels dedicated to the investigation and improvement of tunneling schemes ranging from initial inception stages through final design development at bid document level. His peer review services relate to a wide variety of facilities ranging from hydro-power schemes in remote settings to complex transit structures in urban settings.

He is a Principal of Gall Zeidler Consultants, a firm specializing in geotechnics, tunnel engineering and tunnel consulting. He has authored over 50 technical publications on the subject of tunneling and lectured extensively on the implementation of modern tunneling techniques.

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10:00 am  Live Tunnel Demand Forecast Plenary Session
Session Chair: Jonathan Klug, Vice President, David R. Klug & Associates

The Tunnel Demand Forecast session will have presentations from various owners and engineers regarding upcoming projects throughout the US and Canada. An overall update and summary of North American tunnel projects will also be given. Some of the projects and programs to be discussed will include:

  • MWRA Metropolitan Tunnel Program, Boston, Mass.
  • DART D2 Subway, Dallas, Texas
  • Sound Transit, Seattle, Washington
  • Superconducting MAGLEV Project, Baltimore/Washington D.C.
  • Canadian Upcoming Projects Update

Each presentation will last approx. 20 minutes with limited question and answer period to follow.

Presentation list is subject to change.

Panelists: Jonathan Klug, David R. Klug & Associates, Inc.

  • Matt Preddy, Sound Transit
  • Britney Grey, Sound Transit
  • Brandi Crawford, HNTB
  • Mala Ciancia, HNTB
  • Sanja Zlatanic, HNTB
  • Kathy Murtagh, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Fred Brandon, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Gary Kramer, Hatch
  • Dominic Reda, Gall Zeidler Consultants


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