South Dakota 
Engineering Society






All Times are stated in Mountain Time. 

Schedule subject to change.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Noon - 3:00p     SDES Board Meeting and Committee Work Groups at RESPEC, 3824 Jet Drive, Rapid City

Lunch to be provided. All State and Chapter Board Members and Committee Chairs are encouraged to attend in person. All Chapter Leadership teams and members are also welcome. Please RSVP to A virtual option will also be available through Webex.

Pre-Conference Tour                             PDH Value 1.5

3:00p Courtyard by Marriott Rapid City, 580 WaTiki Way, Box Elder

All conference attendees are encouraged to meet at the Courtyard at 3pm to carpool to the Water Reclamation Facility. Please park in the lot by the Courtyard and look for the NSPE-SD logo sign to coordinate carpooling. Directions to the WRF and instructions for parking will also be distributed. Please bring your own PPE as all tour attendees will be required to wear PPE (hard hat, vest, closed toe shoes, glasses). We will have some extras on site, if needed, but not enough for the whole group.

Directions to the Water Reclamation Facility from the Courtyard:

Exit the Courtyard by heading north out of the parking lot area and turning left to head west on the S I-90 Service Road. Turn left to head south on N Elk Vale Road for 2.7 miles. Take the ramp toward SD-44/Rapid City, then turn right onto E Highway 44 (SD-44). Go East on SD-44 for 3.3 miles to Anderson Road. Click on the link for a map showing directions to the WRF from Anderson Road. WRF Map.

3:30 - 5p City of Rapid City Water Reclamation Facility South Plant Improvements

Eduardo Lopez, PE, Operations Management Engineer, City of Rapid City, and Dave VanCleave, Water Reclamation Superintendent, City of Rapid City

5:30 - 7:30p Welcome Social at Cohort Craft Brewery

First beverage on us! A local food truck will also be on site.

4905 5th Street, Suite 103/104, Rapid City

Cohort Craft Brewery - Rapid City Craft Brewery (


Thursday, October 12th, 2023

All Thursday events will be held at The Box Event Center, 580 Watiki Way, Box Elder, SD. 

Enter through The Box north entrance and you will find the registration table and exhibitors in the pre-function area.


7:00a - 7:45a

Breakfast for those attendees who purchased a breakfast ticket only.


7:00a - 8:00a

Welcome and Introductions

8:00a - 8:15a

Zach Keeney, PE, President, SDES Black Hills Chapter  

Rapid City Mayor Jason Salamun


Session 1 - PDH Value 1.5

8:15a - 8:45a 

Dr. Bret Lingwall, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

PFAS in the Water and Soil in Western South Dakota

8:45a - 9:15a

Brenda Flottmeyer, EIT, South Dakota Department of Transportation

Diverging Diamond Interchange: A "Rear View" Perspective and Lessons Learned

9:15a - 9:45a

Andrea Brickey, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Renewable Energy, Post-Mining Land Uses, and Critical Minerals

9:45a - 10:00a

Sherrie Dyer, South Dakota Board of Technical Professions

Update from the Board of Technical Professions


10:15a - 10:45a

Break and Exhibitor Visits

Session 2 - PDH Value 2.0

10:45a - 11:45a 

Rick Besancon, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.

Mitigation Banking: An Overview with Case Studies

11:45a - 12:15p

Dr. Bret Lingwall, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Creativity in Engineers and Building Creative Engineers

12:15p - 1:15p

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology CAMP Students (.5 PDH)

Aero Design, Baja, Concrete Canoe, Formula, Moonrockers, and UAS Team Presentations 


12:15p - 1:15p

Lunch, Exhibitor Visits and CAMP Student Presentations


Session 3 - PDH Value 1.5

1:15p - 1:45p

Chris McKillop, HDR

Substation & Electrical Innovations

1:45p - 2:15p

Bryan Patterson, GCC of America

New Industry Standards: Replacing Type I / II Cement

2:15p - 2:45p

Cory Foreman, HDR, and Pete Rausch, RESPEC

Physical Scale Models for Hydraulic Spillway Design: Update on the LaPrele Dam



2:45p - 3:15p

Break and Exhibitor Visits

Session 4 - PDH Value 1.5

3:15p - 3:45p 

Molly Brown, GenPro Energy Solutions, LLC

The Inflation Reduction Act Impact to Energy Project Structures and the Market

3:45p - 4:45

Trevor Krugman, SRAM LLC

History of Quarq: From Startup to SRAM Development Location

4:45p - 5:00p Wrap-Up and Announcements

Thank you to our SDES 2022-23 Platinum, Gold and Silver Partners! 

This conference and other SDES activities are only made possible through the ongoing support of our industry partners. Find out more about additional Partnership and Sponsorship opportunities by clicking here.









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