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Iowa Engineering Conference
Marriott- West Des Moines
1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 8:00 AM to Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12:00 PM CDT
Category: Annual Conference


We are offering our outstanding conference content on August 18-19, 2021.  All ACEC-Iowa and Iowa Engineering Society members are welcome to join this in person conference and earn up to 9.25 professional development hours.  A tentative schedule of presentations and registration information is presented below.

Iowa Engineering Conference
August 18-19, 2021
Marriott West Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, August 18, 2021  9 am - 8 pm

9:00 am - 10:15 am Welcome and Presentation of Engineering Excellence Awards

9:00 am – 9:20 am  Transportation Category – 
Interstate 29 in Sioux City, HDR and HR Green

9:25 am – 9:45 am  Energy Category – 
Preparing for the Future & Clean Power:  Newport Substation Interconnect, Ulteig

9:50 am – 10:10 am Special Projects Category – 
Mill Pond Park Pedestrian Bridge and Trail, WHKS Engineers

10:15 am – 10:30 am  Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm  Standard Contracts aren't so Standard Anymore
Presentation by Holmes Murphy Associates

It seems like everyone’s drafting their own contracts anymore. AIA contracts, EJCDC contracts are being replaced by client-drafted or even contractor drafted agreements – and they are increasingly more one-sided.  Engineers are being asked to sign contracts with unreasonable indemnity clauses and uninsurable risks. This presentation will look at the high-risk language that should raise a red flag and how you can negotiate a win-win contract.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm  Best of the Best - The Conceptor Project-
Converting Organic Waste into Liquid Gold, Stanley Consultants

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Mapping the Digital Twin- MLS Mapping of Perry and Dubuque
Presentation by Jonathon Miranda & Ben Sullivan, Foth

From utility design to pavement condition indexing, signage or economic development, attendees will learn how MLS systems are being utilized to map cities, as well as the added benefits regarding data captured including how to share BIG Data among peers and clients.  Presenters will describe project backgrounds, processes, challenges, and overall experiences for two digital twin mapping projects.  From an arterial drive to a full city-level scan, details pertaining to collective speed, cloud based data sharing for Pavement Condition Indexing, existing topographic mapping and city-wide high fidelity 3D models will be discussed.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Break

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Lesson Learned and the Future of Working from Home or Transitioning to a Remote or Hybrid Firm
Presentation by Member Panel

As the world prepares to emerge from the impact of COVID 19, some firms are rethinking the way they will work post pandemic, including having a much larger contingent of employees working from home on a more regular basis.  A panel of ACEC firms will discuss lessons learned and what to prepare for to ensure a successful transition to a new working environment. We will also review possible changes in office configurations, work from home technology and what to do to ensure internal and external collaboration strategies. 

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm State of Engineering and Business Meeting
David Scott, Executive Director of ACEC-Iowa and Iowa Engineering Society, will deliver a recap of the past year and officially transition into the new year.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Reception followed by Engineering Excellence Banquet

Thursday, August 19, 2021  8:00 am - 12:00 pm

8:00 am Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 12:00 pm From Technical Professional to Confident, Comfortable, and Capable Seller- Doer
Presentation by David Stone, bluStone Marketing 

Over the past forty years or so the engineering profession has accomplished some incredible things - we’ve replaced slide rules with the most sophisticated analytical and predictive modeling tools. We’ve made plants, structures, and buildings smarter than the people who use them. Heck, we’re even 3D printing entire buildings now!

But there is one thing we’ve consistently failed to do. We have yet to find a way to successfully and predictably transform a talented technical professional into a confident, comfortable and capable business developer.

Why have we been so consistently bad at this? The reason we’ve failed so miserably at transitioning technical professionals into successful seller-doers is that we have completely misunderstood the nature of this transition.

You see, we’ve been working on the premise that it’s simply a new set of skills to be learned. No different than learning the next version of SketchUp or HEC-HMS. Watch this video, practice a little, and you’re good to go.

But that’s a completely and utterly misguided approach that is guaranteed to fail. Just like it has so often up till now.

The transition from technical professional to seller-doer doesn’t happen by learning a new skill. It comes from a significant shift of mindset, worldview, and priorities.

In this educational and paradigm-shifting program, you’ll learn:

• How to develop a growth path that is designed around each person’s personal strengths and weaknesses
• How a simple shift in mindset can completely change your business development success
• How to establish a “personal business development plan” that actually increases enthusiasm among seller-doers
• How to overcome all the normal obstacles to seller-doer success including lack of time, project responsibilities, and an aversion to being too ‘pushy’
• How to overcome the ‘hidden’ obstacles including comfort zone expansion, fear, and lack of self-confidence
• How to establish a tracking program that provides real time feedback and course correction

You didn’t become an engineer for the opportunity to sell. But here you are and the next phases of your career demand that you both embrace and excel in your role as a seller-doer.

You’ve crushed everything you’ve done so far. Now it’s time to crush this.

Registration Pricing-

Registration will remain open until Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Registration for both days-  $315.00 (includes banquet)
Wednesday Registration Only- $240.00 (includes banquet)
Thursday Registration Only - $155.00

Non Members add $65.00 to the above fees

You may cancel on or before August 11, 2021 and your registration fee will be returned less a $40 administrative fee.  No refunds after August 11, however substitutions will be accepted at any time.

Engineering Excellence Banquet Only - $70.00

9.25 PDH Program Hours for both days

Click Here to Register for the Conference

Marriott 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA  50266
Guest rooms are available on August 17-19, 2021.  Make your reservation by calling 515-267-1500 and asking for the Iowa Engineering Conference Rate before August 3, 2021.

Interested in becoming a Sponsor?

You have an opportunity to play an important role in the continued success of this joint meeting and at the same time receive valuable exposure.  Please review the enclosed information to see the many benefits your company will receive by helping to sponsor speakers and events at this year's conference.  In order to make sure you receive recognition and are prominently mentioned in our material, we will need to hear back from you by July 31, 2021.  Thank you in advance for your support.  

Click Here to become a Sponsor

Iowa Engineering Society
1080 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 106C
West Des Moines, IA 50266
PH: 515-284-7055
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 515-284-7301