South Dakota 
Engineering Society





Join Us in Sioux Falls for the

SDES 63rd Annual Conference!

The SDES Eastern Chapter has planned an all-encompassing professional development and networking experience. This not-to-be-missed event will start with tours of the Sioux Falls Amazon Facility on Tuesday, April 30th, and continue with PDH sessions, exhibitor interaction, the awards luncheon, socials, and more through noon on Thursday, May 2nd, 2024. In order to provide an exceptional learning and networking venue, this year's conference has been moved to the Sioux Falls Convention Center at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Scroll down to find all the Conference Information!

A reminder to Members: You must log in prior to going to the registration page in order to see your member registration rates. New this year is a discounted rate for members with a retired or life member status. If you have this status, the option will appear for you.

If you have multiple people to register, click HERE and download a group registration form. Complete and submit to Nancy via email and an invoice will be developed for your entire group.

Early Bird Registration closes April 15h!

Not an SDES/NSPE Member? 

Join SDES/NSPE today and receive as much as $175 off your registration! 

Find out more about membership and join here.


Contact Nancy at the SDES office at 605.951.1004 or email


With up to 10.5 hours of interactive PDH, including educational sessions and a project tour, plus a social event and exhibitor area -- the conference will be the perfect chance to learn about a variety of new topics, processes, and projects while catching up with colleagues, clients, and industry partners! 

Tuesday, April 30th, will kick off with an on-site tour of the Sioux Falls Amazon Facility. Follow up the tour and join us for the SDES Board Meeting, then visit the Dakota Concrete Pipe Association Hospitality Room for an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends!

Wednesday, May 1st, is a full day of Professional Development Sessions at the Sioux Falls Convention Center with plenty of time to visit exhibitors. We'll also celebrate our engineers and engineering achievements from the last year. After the PDH Sessions are wrapped up for the day, join us for the SDES Annual Membership Meeting, followed by the Conference Social at the Blue Rock Bar & Grill.

We'll wrap up the conference with more Professional Development Sessions on Thursday -- wrapping up right before lunch.

Speakers and Sessions include:

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken

SDSU Football Coach Emeritus John Stiegelmeier

Nick Peterson | Matt Zobel, ISG, Mass Timber Structures

Kasey Abbott, Direct Digital Control, Trends in the Automation of Buildings

Dennis Cooley, NDSU, Business Ethics

Jon Suomala, SDDOT, The New Version of the MUTCD

Walter Meier, National Snow and Data Center

TJ Yerdon, HDR, Cliff Avenue Levee Project

Lyle DeVries, FHU, SDDOT Black Hills Context Sensitive Corridors Study

Gabe Laber, HDR, Water Projects

Adam Roark, Finfrock, Structural for Precast Buildings

Shannon Ausen, City of Sioux Falls | Steve Hoff, HDR, South Veterans Parkway

Nathan Morey, Corps of Engineers, Channel Impacts vs. Wetland Impacts | 2023 WOTUS

Chris Nordquist, DGR Engineering, What's New in Electrical Engineering

Tevis Holzer, Banner Associates, Sensational Structures

Sam Cotter, HR Green, EQ Basins and More

Albert Schmidt, City of Sioux Falls, FEMA Map Updates | CFM

Luke Rodig, Burns & McDonnell, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Landfill

Jon Jacobsen, Confluence | Mike Patten, City of Sioux Falls, Falls Park Master Plan

Josh Olson, SDDOT, Bridge Inspection via Drones

Ethan Peterson, MNDOT, Pavement Marking Patterns and Widths - Humans vs. Machines

Akram Jawdhari, SDSU, Advanced Retrofit Techniques for the Built Environment

And More!!!!

Host a Booth, Sponsor an Event, or Partner with SDES

SDES Conferences and activities would not be possible without the generous sponsorships and partnerships with our friends in the industry. Thank you for the continuous involvement throughout the year that supports our scholarship fund, the many other activities that help encourage future engineers, and the events that support our other community and industry programs.

Of special note to Exhibitors-- A big part of our decision to move to the Sioux Falls Convention Center was due to the AMAZING Exhibitor Space! You'll have plenty of room in a huge, bright open space to set up your booth and visit with our attendees! WE can't wait to see you in this great space!

Learn all about SDES and Conference Sponsorship and Partner opportunities by clicking on the button below.

Conference Lodging / Room Block

Room blocks are reserved for the evenings of April 30th and May 1st at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Sioux Falls Airport by Marriott at a rate of $119/night (Federal Government rates available), and at the Comfort Inn & Suites Sanford Sports Complex at the rate of $119/night (State Government rates available). Individual reservations can be made online by clicking on the hotel name below or by calling them directly and requesting the South Dakota Engineering Society room block. 

Both hotels are conveniently located within walking distance of the Blue Rock Bar and Grill (our social location), Great Shots, the Sanford Pentagon, and a short drive from the conference venue. One of these hotels will also host the Dakota Concrete Pipe Association's Hospitality Suite on Tuesday night!

Comfort Inn & Suites Sanford Sports Complex 605.271.5558 

If you need a state rate room at the Comfort Inn, please reach out to for a link.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Sioux Falls Airport by Marriott 605.339.8997

Thank you to our SDES 2023-24 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 on the Sponsor and Exhibit button above.









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