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Houston SEAoT January 2020 Meeting

  • 01/16/2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Maggiano's Little Italy, 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

11:30 am Social / 11:45 am Lunch / 12:00 pm Program

Maggiano's Little Italy, Memorial City Mall, 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston TX 77024 

Tel: 713 461 0692

Topic: Post Oak Blvd BRT: Bus Platform Design Saves Time and Money while Reducing Traffic Impacts (1.0 PDH)

Presenters: Ashish Patel of LAN and Michael Hasen of HVJ

Abstract: Uptown Houston is rebuilding Post Oak Boulevard into an exquisitely designed grand boulevard while preserving existing automobile access, substantially improving transit service and creating a beautifully landscaped pedestrian environment. Initial design of bus platforms proposed slab on grade supported by drilled piers as large as 48” diameter with piers running into traffic lanes due to bridge beams needed to avoid conflicts with U/G utilities. Extended lane closures would have seriously increased congestion in the corridor during platform construction. The owner asked HVJ & LAN to brainstorm solutions. A platform foundation system more similar to the planned pavement construction would allow the platform and pavement to move together and eliminate the requirement for deep foundations. LAN & HVJ worked on fast track to issue revised construction documents. As of now, the bus platform and dedicated bus lane construction is approaching completion with substantial cost and time savings.

Bios: 

Ashish Patel, PE

As a professional engineer with 17 years of experience and a subject matter expert at LAN, Mr. Patel leads the analysis and design of complex projects that involve unique challenges associated with environmental and dynamic loading including hurricane force winds, flooding and seismic events. Ashish has provided structural engineering services for several Ports and Terminal projects, numerous Vertical Work projects, several Water & Wastewater projects, several Highway and Rail Road Bridges and a few Transit System projects. Ashish has provided his expertise in condition assessment, non-destructive testing, forensic analysis, repair and retrofit solutions for several building structures, several bridge structures as well as several water and wastewater structures. Having witnessed flood hazard firsthand in Houston, Ashish is passionate about ensuring that structures in coastal environments are designed, detailed and constructed with safeguard and resilience against potential flood hazard. Ashish’s in-depth knowledge of both structural and geotechnical engineering facilitates his analysis and design of structural systems that involve soil-structure interaction.

Michael Hasen, PE

Mr. Hasen is Executive Vice President of HVJ Associates® and leads both the firm’s technical practice and corporate development initiatives. HVJ focuses on providing geotechnical engineering, construction materials engineering and testing, environmental studies, and civil and pavement engineering. They deliver satisfaction reliably through listening, taking ownership, keeping commitments, and staying in touch. Mr. Hasen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois, a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, and a Master in Business Administration from University of Houston. He has provided geotechnical design services for many transit projects including the Post Oak Boulevard project, METRO Light Rail Southeast Corridor, and METRO Light Rail East Corridor.


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