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Black & Veatch to host site visits at rapid excavation and tunneling conference & exhibit in Las Vegas


Source: Black & Veatch Corporation

Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, announced today its slate of activities planned for the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference & Exhibit (RETC) underway this week in Las Vegas, Nev.

A one-day field trip to two project construction sites will be held on Thursday, June 18. Participants will have the opportunity to visit Black & Veatch’s River Mountains Tunnel #3 project, owned by the Clean Water Coalition, and the Lake Mead 3rd Intake Shaft and Tunnel, owned by the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

“The River Mountains Tunnel #3 project will improve water quality and reliability of resources in both the Las Vegas Wash and Lake Mead,” said David Egger, Global Practice and Technology Leader for Tunneling for Black & Veatch. “Lake Mead is the primary raw water resource for the people of Las Vegas, Arizona and Southern California.”

In addition, Black & Veatch professionals will present six technical papers and chair one session. A list of presentations follows:

  • Daniel Island Surprise – Sand Lens Lurking in Cooper Marl; Charleston, SC (Paul Smith)
  • The Cost and Benefit of the Phase 2 Investigation for the Reach 4 Tunnel, How a Roll of the Dice Came Up Big in Las Vegas (Ray Brainard)
  • Planning and Implementation of the First Underground Water Service Reservoirs in Hong Kong (Derek Arnold)
  • Kansas River Tunnel Shaft Drilling (Clay Haynes)
  • Daylighting Chicago’s TARP – Thornton Composite Reservoir’s Thorn Creek Tunnel Connection (Cary Hirner)
  • Transfer of a Project Risk Register from Design into Construction – Lessons Learned from the
    WSSC Bi-County Water Tunnel Project (Robert Goodfellow)
  • Management of Risk in Underground Projects (Chaired by Robert Goodfellow)

“Black & Veatch is an established leader in excavation and tunneling-related research and helps clients successfully incorporate the latest technology to achieve environmental benefits, reliability of water resource and, in some instances, generate renewable power,” said Robert Goodfellow, Associate Vice President and Director of Tunneling for Black & Veatch’s East Region. “The River Mountain Tunnel project provides a conveyance to replenish Lake Mead, turns excess water pressure into a small hydro-electric power source and allows for the continued sustainable growth within the Las Vegas Valley.”

Goodfellow serves on the executive committee of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s Underground Construction Association. He was elected to the position in January. In addition, James McKelvey, Black & Veatch’s East Coast Tunnel Practice Leader, is scheduled to participate in the June 15 RETC Industry Leader’s Round Table discussion on issues affecting the underground industry and hosted by Tunneling Business magazine.

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