Hurricane Engineering Response

Using the response to the 2017 hurricane season as a case study, this session will explore the roles a PE plays in disaster recovery, both immediate and long term. The session will look at how resiliency, renewables (e.g., solar hybrid) and distributed generation (e.g., microgrids, and diesel generators plus battery storage) can be included as a better way for power in more rugged, storm-prone, and remote environments. The case study will look at the assessment of temporary power needs and the mobilization of over 700 temporary generator sets to power critical infrastructure in the critical months after the disaster. With the near total destruction of Puerto Rico’s electrical transmission and distribution and high-profile failures to restore the network, the case study then looks at the long-term effort to restore power and take stock of the lessons learned.

Learning Objectives

Discuss the role of leadership in responding to disasters;
Review best practices on making ethical decisions during a disaster and crisis management techniques.

Tom Lewis, PE, JD

Tom Lewis is president, in charge of the US division of Louis Berger. Louis Berger is consistently ranked as one of the top global design and infrastructure services companies by Engineering News-Record.

Previously, Lewis served as Louis Berger’s lead on environment, renewables, climate resilience, and disaster management. He has also served on a variety of boards and committees, including Advanced Energy NJ, the Transportation Research Board’s National Committee on Resource Conservation and Recovery, and Concord Blue Development, among many others.

Lewis is a licensed professional engineer and has passed the bar in multiple states. He holds a BS and MS in engineering from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate of jurisprudence with focus on environmental law/regulation from Rutgers.

Friday, July 20, 2018
Start Time: 
1:30 pm
End Time: 
2:25 pm
Number of PDHs: 
Credit Type: 
NY Approval Pending
Room Number: 
Florentine IV