Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo

Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo
Port engineering professionals from around the globe, share their knowledge, best practices & solutions by engaging one on one with their colleagues and some of the best port & marine engineering firms in the world.

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 Required Program
 AAPA's Premier Fleet Sponsor 

 AAPA's Premier Anchor Sponsor 

Registration Rates:
  Early Bird Rate   Regular Rate 
Member  $1,025   $1,075
Non-Member $1,200  $1,250

PPM candidates receive a 20% discount on the member registration rate
The deadline for the early bird rate is October 21, 2021.
Hotel Information:
The DeSoto 15 East Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401

Click here to make your reservation, or call the hotel at 800-239-5118. The group rate is $189/night plus tax (single/double). To get this rate, please mention that you are attending the AAPA Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo. The deadline for the group rate is Tuesday, October 21, 2021 (rooms may not be available at the group rate after the deadline, and rooms are on a first-come first-serve basis). Check-in is at 4:00 p.m.; check-out is at 11:00 a.m.

No Refund/Cancellation Policy for Registrations
Once paid, registration fees for seminars and other events are non-refundable. If a registrant desires to cancel his or her attendance at a seminar or event, the registration fee associated with the cancellation is transferable in the form of a credit in the dollar amount of the registration fee. This credit may be used by any staff person of the registrant's organization and may be applied to the registration fee associated with another seminar or event hosted by AAPA, including the AAPA Annual Convention. The credit associated with the cancellation must be used at a seminar or event within one (1) year from the original seminar or event date.

To use a credit to pay for your registration fee, please select Pay Later when you register and type "use credit" without the quotes into the PO field. Your credit will be processed and an updated email confirmation will be sent from Renita Gross by email at rgross@aapa-ports.org. Please contact Renita if you have any questions about your remaining credit. Credits do not work as a payment method online. 

11/2/2021 - 11/4/2021
The DeSoto 15 East Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401 UNITED STATES

Event Pricing

ItemReg. ClassPrice
Seminar Attendee RegistrationMember1075.00
Seminar Attendee RegistrationNon Member1250.00
Table Top Exhibit (includes one registration)Member2075.00
Table Top Exhibit (includes one registration)Non Member2550.00
Table Top Exhibit (includes two registrations)Member2495.00
Table Top Exhibit (includes two registrations)Non Member3050.00



Tuesday, 02 November 2021

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:30 AM

Perspectives on Strategic Asset Management from Ports on the Journey
The panelists will discuss why they began the asset management process, what their goals and expectations are, results to date including lessons learned, and next steps in the increasingly critical business process.

Moderator: Erik Stromberg, Executive Director, Lamar University Center for Advances in Port Management
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
8:45 AM

Engineering Solutions to Your Container Handling Equipment Obstacles
This panel will discuss current trends and technology solutions to container handling equipment problems such as enhancements to help with concerns of higher cranes, when you should upgrade versus buying a newer crane, how to plan for obsolescence, how to keep it running after a purchase, including how to keep it running without support from the OEM, how to estimate total cost of ownership, what should you include in your inventory to support your operation, and more.

Paul Harkness, Director of Crane Maintenance and Repair, Georgia Ports Authority
Rich Philips, Principle, Casper, Philips & Associates
Jussi Suhonen, Sales Director, Port Solutions, Konecranes

Moderator: Chris Novak, Georgia Ports Authority
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Join us in the hotel lobby at 1:45 p.m. as we head to the Georgia Port Authority for a tour of the Garden City Terminal that includes scaling the 152’ Ship to Shore Crane; reviewing an operational rubber tire gantry crane; and visiting the GPA’s crane simulator.
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
1:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Griff Lynch, Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
Business casual (jackets required)

Sponsored by: Georgia Ports Authority

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM

Wednesday, 03 November 2021

Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Port Industry
An active panel discussion of lessons learned from port industry professionals that had to adjust their operation in order to continue business and support their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rackley Dawson, Regional Sales Manager, TMEIC Corp.
Eric Nichol, President, Moffat & Nichol
Charles Pennington, Human Resources Operations Manager, Georgia Ports Authority

Moderator: Zac Canody, Jacobs Engineering
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
9:00 AM

Multi-Discipline Delivery of a Major Port Capital Project - Design and Construction of the Mason Megarail at the GPA
Panelists will discuss the challenges associated with planning, designing, and constructing the largest on-terminal intermodal facility in North America.

Brian Quinney, Director of Container Operations, Georgia Ports Authority
Daniel Peavy, Senior Project Engineering and Deputy Program Manager, Moffat & Nichol
Duke Akors, Director of Strategic Operations and Safety, Georgia Ports Authority

Moderator: Chris Novak, Georgia Ports Authority
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
10:45 AM

Participants tour of the newly completed Mason Megarail with review of the rail mounted gantry cranes by the GPA Engineer of Record and Program Manager, Moffatt & Nichol.
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
1:30 PM

Thursday, 04 November 2021

(committee members only)
Committee Discussion/Issues
2023 AAPA Facilities Engineering Seminar & Expo (Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA)
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
9:00 AM

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Attendee Roster

Dean AbbondanzaJD Fields & Co., Inc.Dir. of Engineering & BD(206) 914-0284dabbondanza@jdfields.comABBONDANZA, DEAN21FACENG
Mr. Brian CoxPort of South LouisianaDirector of Operations(985) 652-9278 X1110bcox@portsl.comCOX, BRIAN21FACENG
Mr. Rackley DawsonTMEIC Corp.Regional Sales Manager(336) 210-4708 cellrackley.dawson@tmeic.comDAWSON, RACKLEY21FACENG
Mr. S. Wesley Dortch, P.E.HDR Engineering, Inc.Assoc. VP/Ports Area Business Class Mgr(813) 282-2300wes.dortch@hdrinc.comDORTCH, S. WESLEY21FACENG
Jeff EllardJD Fields & Co., Inc. (206) 914-0284jellard@jdfields.comELLARD, JEFF21FACENG
Renita M. GrossAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesSenior Manager of Meetings and Database Services(703) 706-4701rgross@aapa-ports.orgGROSS, RENITA21FACENG
Mrs. Lisa LefeberPort of EverettCEO/Executive Director(360) 739-2505lisal@portofeverett.comLEFEBER, LISA21FACENG
Ing. Aldo MartinezAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesLatin American Facilitator+52-722-247-5136membresia@aapa-ports.orgMARTINEZ, ALDO21FACENG
Mr. Jeff Massengill, P.E.HDR Engineering, Inc.Senior Vice President(361) 696-3300jeff.massengill@hdrinc.comMASSENGILL, JEFF21FACENG
Alwyn McDowallJD Fields & Co., Inc. (206) 914-0284amcdowall@jdfields.comMCDOWALL, ALWYN21FACENG
Ms. Katie MillerPort of StocktonDirector of Human Resources & Administrative Services(209) 946-0246kmiller@stocktonport.comMILLER, KATIE21FACENG
Ms. Imani PoindexterAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesMeetings and Database Associate(703) 684-5700ipoindexter@aapa-ports.orgPOINDEXTER, IMANI21FACENG
Mr. Jeff RosenbergZPMC USAVP, Sales & Marketing732-677-4990jeffrosenberg@zpmc.usROSENBERG, JEFF21FACENG
Ms. Alissa ShayPort of Grays HarborManager of Business Development, Satsop Business Park(360) 482-1600ashay@portgrays.orgSHAY, ALISSA21FACENG
Kelli SmithJD Fields & Co., Inc.  ksmith@jdfields.comSMITH, KELLI21FACENG
Mr. Walter Van ZuthemJD Fields & Co., Inc.President of Construction Products(206) 914-0284walter@jdfields.comVAN ZUTHEM, WALTER21FACENG
Bryan WedinPresto GeosystemsChief Design Engineer(920) 791-0291Bryan.Wedin@prestogeo.comWEDIN, BRYAN21FACENG