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All Times are stated in Central Time.

All events, unless otherwise noted, will be at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre, SD.

Schedule subject to change.

Check back for more detailed information on the Technical Sessions and Speakers.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

8:00a - 11:00a  ACEC of SD Membership Meeting

2:00p - 5:00p    SDES Board Meeting – Lake Sharpe

5:00p - 6:00p    Registration – Lake Oahe Lobby

5:30p - 10:00p    Hospitality Room – Ramkota Hotel Courtyard

Sponsor: Dakota Concrete Pipe Association


Wednesday, April 5, 2023

7:00a – 5:00p      Registration – Lake Oahe Lobby

7:15a – 8:00a   Breakfast – Gallery B & C

8:00a – 8:15a    Welcome – Mayor Steve Harding

Engineering South Dakota – Governor Kristi Noem (Invited)

8:15a – 8:45a General Session G1 – 0.5 PDH – Gallery B & C

        Tim Cowman, SD Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

                          “Impacts of Sedimentation in the Lewis & Clark Lake Delta”

8:45a – 9:15a General Session G2 – 0.5 PDH

Robin Bobzien, City of Aberdeen – Gallery B &

      "Sanitary Sewer and Pipe Collapse Projects”

9:20a – 9:50a Concurrent Sessions C1 – 0.5 PDH

   A Britt Smith, PE, F.NSPE

      Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”

B    Erin Steever, PE, Bartlett & West, and Mark Mayer, SD Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Statewide Lead Service Line Inventory”

9:50a – 10:20a  Break & Vendor Exhibits – Lake Oahe Lobby

10:20a – 11:50 Concurrent Sessions C2 – 1.5 PDH

A    Joshua Willhite, PE, PMP, Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility & Allan Stratman, Sanford Underground Research Facility

      “Designing a 5,000’ Shaft, Managing Plumbing a Mile Underground, and More!”

B    10:20a – 10:50a – 0.5 PDH

      Bob Nicol, Public Works Sales Holdings, LLC

“Control of Water Hammer & Water Column Separation”


10:50a – 11:20a – 0.5 PDH

Jeff Simkins, Valmont Structures

      “Michigan’s 19 Bridge Bundling Project”


11:20a – 11:50 – 0.5 PDH

      Matt Gregg, Wheeler

      “Pressure Treated Wood Structures”


Noon – 1:30p   Awards Luncheon – Gallery B & C

Inspiring Leaders – Britt Smith, PE, F.NSPE, National Society of Professional Engineers, President 2022-23

New Officer Installation– Britt Smith, PE, F.NSPE

Awards Celebration– Brad Ludens, PE, SDES Awards Chair


1:35p – 2:30p General Session G3 – 1.0 PDH Gallery B & C      

Ashley Podhradsky, DSc, Dakota State University

"What Engineers Need to Know About Cybersecurity to Protect Their  Work, Businesses, and Clients”

2:30p – 2:45p   Break & Vendor Exhibits – Lake Oahe Lobby

2:45p – 4:15p Tours T1 – 1.0 PDH

        Gidget Palmer, City of Pierre

        Pierre Drinking Water Facility 


Dean VanDeWiele, SD Department of Transportation

      Virtual Tour: Fort Pierre – Pierre Missouri River Bridge

2:45p – 3:40p Concurrent Session C3 – 1.0 PDH

      Lacy Pomarleau and Anne Winckel, RESPEC

      “So You Wanna Win?: Business Development Strategies to Improve Win Rates”

3:40p – 4:10p Concurrent Session C3 – 0.5 PDH


4:15p – 4:45p Concurrent Sessions C4 – 0.5 PDH

A    Brian Jenner, Rinker Materials

      “Precast Box Culverts – Not Just Cast-in-Place Anymore!”

B    Paul Sanow, HDR, and Nick Borns, City of Sioux Falls

                  "Minnesota Avenue Reconstruction”

4:45p – 5:30p     SDES Annual Membership Meeting – Amphitheater II


6:00p – 8:00p     Social – Lake Oahe Lobby  


Thursday, April 6, 2023

7:15a - 7:55a     Breakfast 

8:00a – 8:55a General Session G4 – 1.0 PDH  

      Aaron Mann and Mike Yost, Terracon

        “Hard Conversations: An Ethics Case Study and the Destructive Power of Conflict Avoidance and the Redemptive Power of Honest”

9:00a – 9:55a General Session G5 – 1.0 PDH

              Todd Thompson, PE, PTOE, SD Department of Transportation

Revitalization of the Keystone Wye Bridge

10:00a – 10:15a Break & Vendor Exhibits – Palisades Room

10:15a – 10:45a Concurrent Sessions C5 – 0.5 PDH 

A      Andy Lampy, SD Department of Transportation

        “2D Hydraulic Modeling”

B      Clint Freeman, SD Department of Transportation, and Collin Kubinski, Utility Mapping Services

        The Historical Streets of Huron: Steam Tunnels, Speak Easies, Utilities, and Geophysical Equipment”

10:45a – 11:15a Concurrent Sessions C6 – 0.5 PDH 

A    Kirk Fredrichs, Federal Highway Administration SD Division

      “Federal Highway Discretionary Grants”

B      Bryan Lipp, Banner

        “Water Investment in Northern South Dakota (WINS)”

11:15a – 11:45p General Session G6 – .05 PDH                                          

      James Unruh, HDR

      “1-29/41st Street Diverging Diamond Interchange”

11:45a – 12:15p General Session G7 – 0.5 PDH

      Dustin Witt, SD Department of Transportation

“Safe Systems and the Current Research Project to Initialize a Zero Fatality Initiative”

12:15p – 12:20p Closing Remarks

12:30p – 1:30p    Past SDES Presidents’ Luncheon

A maximum of 10 PDH are available through this conference.

Agenda is current as of posting, but subject to change.

Check back for the most current agenda and speaker information.

Register for the conference by clicking here.

Thank you to our current 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. 










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