- 2019 PCoP National Workshop (17 October)
- This webinar provided an overview of the upcoming 2019 National Planning Community of
Practice Workshop in Kansas City in November. Presented by Kim Townsend
(Headquarters Planning & Policy Division), the webinar discussed the agenda and
logistics, and provided participants an opportunity to ask questions. For those unable to
attend the workshop, this webinar also gave an opportunity to provide input on the
session topics the community would like to see as PCoP webinars in FY20.
- IWR Planning Suite II (3 October)
- This webinar provided an overview of the capabilities and uses of the USACE-certified
IWR Planning Suite II (IWRPS-II) software. The webinar was presented by Shawn Komlos
and Laura Witherow (Institute for Water Resources), as well as and Cory Rogers (CDM
Smith) and focused on the IWRPS-II Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis module and its
potential uses during execution of USACE Planning Studies.
- Barrow Alaska Coastal Erosion Feasibility Study - Challenges and Lessons Learned (5 September)
- This webinar provided an overview of challenges and lessons learned from the Barrow
Alaska Coastal Erosion Feasibility Study. This unique study, which is on track to be
completed in 27 months, has successfully utilized risk informed decision making, while
also justifying a project with Other Social Effects. The webinar was presented by resented
by Cindy Upah (Alaska District Chief of Planning) and Jen Cate (Alaska District Chief of
Project Management and included discussions on the roles of vertical alignment,
communication, and public involvement.
- Working with Cooperating Agencies (22 August)
- This webinar provided an overview of Section 1005 of the Water Resources Reform and
Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 and the requirements for involving Cooperating
Agencies in a study. Cooperating Agencies are required to be involved in studies per the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), but the enactment of Section 1005 of WRRDA
2014 has resulted in further requirements. The webinar discussed tips and tools for
working with Cooperating Agencies, courtesy of the Collaboration and Public
Participation CX (CPCX) and was presented by Julie Alcon (Environmental Team Lead,
Office of Water Project Review [OWPR]), Wes Coleman (Chief, OWPR), Hal Cardwell
(CPCX Director at theUSACE Institute for Water Resources), and Seth Cohen
(Collaboration and Public Participation CoP lead).
- Flood Risk Management Planning Webinar 6 - Incorporating Life Safety in FRM Planning Studies (9 August)
- This webinar focused on best practices for incorporating life safety into FRM Planning
studies, including discussion about the recently released Planning Bulleting 2019-04:
Incorporating Life Safety into Flood and Coastal Storm Risk Management Studies. The
webinar was presented by Kendall Zaborowski (Dam Safety Modification Mandatory
Center of Expertise) and Nicholas Applegate (National Technical Specialist, FRM Planning
Center of Expertise) and addressed the following questions: Why is life safety becoming
more important in FRM Planning? What do you need to know about Life Safety Risk? What
are Tolerable Risk Guidelines and why are they important? Whats the difference between
Incremental Risk and Total Risk? What are some of the best practices I can use to
incorporate Life Safety into my Planning study? Whats the right level of detail and
analysis for my study? This is the sixth in a series of webinars from the FRM Planning
Center of Expertise (FRM-PCX) focused on helping PDTs with current and relevant
challenges on their FRM Planning studies through tips, tools, and lessons learned.
- Flood Risk Management Planning Webinar 5 - Implementing Non-Structural Measures in HEC-FDA (25 July)
- This webinar provided insight into how nonstructural measures can be analyzed using the Corps-certified HEC-FDA model. The
webinar was presented by Brian Maestri (National Nonstructural Committee member) and Britt Corley (Nonstructural Working
Group member), both economists stationed in New Orleans District. The presentation covered the following topics: defining
nonstructural measures, modeling nonstructural measures using the HEC-FDA model through use of modules to adjust the
structure inventory, providing economic results for nonstructural plans using risk-based methods, incorporating sensitivity
analyses for the participation rates of nonstructural plans, and using structure detail output information to evaluate increments of
a nonstructural plan. This is the fifth in a series of webinars from the FRM Planning Center of Expertise (FRM-PCX) focused on
helping PDTs with current and relevant challenges on their FRM Planning studies through tips, tools, and lessons learned.
- DPM 2019-02: Operationalizing Risk-Informed Decision Making in Project Management (Planning Phase) (11 July)
- This webinar discussed the content and implications of Directors Policy Memorandum
(DPM) Civil Works (CW) 2019-02, Operationalizing Risk-Informed Decision Making in
Project Management (Planning Phase). The webinar was presented by Ms. Andrea Bias-
Streat (Deputy, Program & Project Management Community of Practice) and provided an
overview of key highlights of the memo, including its purpose of reaffirming key project
management responsibilities during the Planning phase of a project, with the goal of
ensuring consistency across the USACE enterprise.
- Flood Risk Management Planning Webinar 4 - Sea Level Change (7 June)
- This webinar provided an overview of sea level change (SLC) tools and best practices for
FRM studies. The presentation discussed what SLC is, why SLC is important for FRM
studies, policy and guidance related to SLC, economic analysis with SLC, and existing
SLC tools and how to use them. The webinar was presented by Mr. Nick Applegate
(National Technical Specialist, FRM Planning Center of Expertise) and Mr. Will Veatch
(Hydrologist/MVD Regional Technical Specialist, New Orleans District). This is the fourth
in a series of webinars from the FRM Planning Center of Expertise (FRM-PCX) focused on
helping PDTs with current and relevant challenges on their FRM Planning studies through
tips, tools, and lessons learned.
- Flood Risk Management Planning Webinar 3 - Climate Change (7 June)
- This webinar provided information on climate change for inland hydrology, with a focus on
tools and best practices for inland FRM studies. The presentation discussed the science
of inland climate change, why inland climate change is important for FRM studies, policy
and guidance related to inland climate change, and existing tools and how to use them.
The webinar was presented by Mr. Nick Applegate (National Technical Specialist, FRM
Planning Center of Expertise) and Mr. Will Veatch (Hydrologist/MVD Regional Technical
Specialist, New Orleans District). This is the third in a series of webinars from the FRM
Planning Center of Expertise (FRM-PCX) focused on helping PDTs with current and
relevant challenges on their FRM Planning studies through tips, tools, and lessons
- USACE and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Technology (6 June)
- This webinar provided background information on Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
technology, and applications of UAS in the Corps as a force multiplier for various mission
sets. The webinar was presented by Mr. Victor Wilhelm, UAS Program Manager at the
Jacksonville District. Mr. Wilhelm also discussed USACE efforts to reorganize its UAS
formations into an Enterprise Aviation Program and associated regulation challenges.
- Continuing Authorities Program (30 May)
- This webinar provided an overview of the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP)
presented by Joe Mose, National CAP Program Manager at Headquarters. Topics
addresses included the newly published EP 1105-2-58, Continuing Authorities Program
(formerly Appendix F of the Planning Guidance Notebook), a brief review of CAP
authorities, the project planning and implementation process, and national program
perspectives including current funding. Guidance referenced during the presentation
included Implementation Guidance
for Section 1119 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2016, Indian
Tribes, EP-1105-2-58, and the rest of the Pla
nning Guidance Notebook.
- Planning Guidance Notebook Updates (23 May)
- This webinar provided an overview of recent and future policy updates with a focus on
updates to the Planning Guidance Notebook and its appendices, as well as guidance on
watershed studies and working with Tribes. The webinar was presented by personnel
from the Planning & Policy Division at Headquarters, including Amy Frantz (Senior Policy
Advisor), Nancy Brighton (Cultural Resources Sub-CoP Lead and Deputy Federal
Preservation Officer), and Jeff Strahan (Office of Water Project Review economist).
- Dam Safety Modification Studies (16 May)
- This webinar provided an overview of Dam Safety Modification Studies including best
practices, how these studies incorporate risk informed planning, and examples of recent
successes. The webinar was presented by Kendall Zaborowski and Jami Buchanan,
Planners with the Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise (DSMMCX).
- Flood Risk Management Planning Webinar 2 - Determining the Appropriate Level of Detail (10 May)
- This webinar discussed progressive strategies for better defining the proper level of
detail throughout various iterations and phases of Flood Risk Management Feasibility
studies. Scoping and managing study risk have proven to be challenging for project
delivery teams (PDTs) under SMART Planning, but through more appropriate utilization of
the Risk Register and other tools teams can be more successful. The webinar was
presented by Ms. Monique Savage (Plan Formulation Section Chief, St. Louis District) and
Mr. Jerry Fuentes (Regional Technical Specialist, Sacramento District). This is the second
in a series of webinars from the FRM Planning Center of Expertise (FRM-PCX) focused on
helping PDTs with current and relevant challenges on their FRM Planning studies through
tips, tools, and lessons learned.
- Cultural Resources Compliance Activities (2 May)
- This webinar, presented by Nancy J. Brighton (Cultural Resources Sub CoP Lead and
Deputy Federal Preservation Officer), provided an overview of Planning Bulletin 2018-01,
with a focus on the timing of cultural resources compliance activities. The presentation
walked through each of the bulletins decision points and product milestones, and
discussed what cultural resources efforts should be done at each point.
- 2019 Planning Community of Practice Workshop (25 April)
- This webinar discussed the preparations underway for the 2019 PCoP Workshop to be
held November 5-7 in Kansas City. The workshops planning team discussed the draft
agenda and requested input from participants on the topics to be covered, potential topic
leads, and creative delivery methods. Any additional recommendations from the field can
be e-mailed to the session leads identified in the presentation or the
- Overview of Planning Assistance to States and Flood Plain Management Services (18 April)
- This webinar 18 provided an overview of Planning Assistance to States (PAS) and Flood
Plain Management Services (FPMS), including program descriptions, recent legislative
changes, discussion of the future of technical services, study processes, and elements of
a successful technical services program. The presentation also discussed alternative
methods and funding sources that can be used to address water resources issues at a
local or regional scale. The webinar was presented by Beverly Hayes (PAS and FPMS
Program Manager), and is one of a series of periodic program updates informing USACE
professionals of our technical services capabilities. It is focused on helping team
members find innovative ways to address water resources problem solving.
- Flood Risk Management Planning Webinar 1 - Planning Steps 1 and 2 (Problems/Opportunities/Objectives/Constraints/Future Without Project) (11 April)
- This webinar provided an overview of common challenges associated with the first 2
steps of the planning process for Flood Risk Management (FRM) studies. Problems,
Opportunities, Objectives and Constraints (POOCs) and the Forecasting the Future
Without Project condition (FWOP) are foundational steps to plan formulation and must be
re-visited throughout the study to ensure success. The webinar was presented by Mr.
Nicholas Applegate (National Technical Specialist, FRM Planning Center of Expertise) and
Jerry Fuentes (Regional Technical Specialist, Sacramento District). This is the first in a
series of webinars from the FRM Planning Center of Expertise (FRM-PCX) focused on
helping PDTs with current and relevant challenges on their FRM Planning studies through
tips, tools, and lessons learned.
- Overview of QC/QA and Policy & Legal Compliance Review Procedures (4 April)
- This webinar discussed the review process which USACE has developed to address the
Information Quality Act and the OMB Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review.
Ms. Karen Miller (Regional Technical Specialist for LRD, CELRH) presented information on
Quality Control and Quality Assurance, including some best practices. Ms. Fay Lachney
(Plan Formulation Team Lead for the Office of Water Project Review, HQUSACE)
presented an overview of the Legal and Policy Compliance and State and Agency reviews.
The presenters also provided an overview of EC 1165-2-217 and ER 1105-2-100, which
establish the procedures to ensure the quality and credibility of USACE decision and
- National Nonstructural Committee and Nonstructural Measures (21 March)
- This webinar provided an update on nonstructural measures for Flood Risk
Management (FRM) and Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) within
USACE, presented by members of the USACE National Nonstructural
Committee (NNC) Ms. Lea Adams (Committee Chair, HEC) , Ms. Danielle
Tommaso (NAN), and Mr. Jodie Foster (SWF-RPEC).The presentation
introduced the NNC and provided background on why USACE is involved with
nonstructural measures. The presenters also gave an overview of
nonstructural measures, walked through incorporation of nonstructural
measures / alternatives in the USACE planning process, and highlighted an
example project with a nonstructural focus. The goal of the presentation was
to help PDT members working on FRM and CSRM projects know what
nonstructural measures are, how to incorporate them in planning studies,
and where to access additional resources.
- SAD Supplemental Alternatives Milestone Meetings After Action Review (8 March)
- This webinar provided an overview of lessons learned from an After
Action Review (AAR) conducted by the South Atlantic Division (SAD)
on the first 90 days of and the Alternatives Milestone Meetings for
their Supplemental studies, presented by Mr. Pat ODonnell (Acting
Chief, SAD Planning and Policy). The emphasis of the AAR was on both
complying with guidance and various issues related to how guidance is
disseminated and the consistency among different guidance
documents. The webinar provided useful information for study teams
and vertical teams on the intent of quickly starting feasibility studies,
and the lessons learned from the AAR are applicable to both
Supplemental studies and typical feasibility studies.
- Director's Policy Memorandum (DPM 2019-01): Policy and Legal Compliance Review (21 February)
- This webinar addressed the recently released Directors Policy Memorandum (DPM 2019-01): Policy and Legal Compliance
Review. Mr. Michael Hallisy (Economics Section Chief, Los Angeles District) provided an overview of of DPM 2019-01, which
establishes procedures to ensure consistency in the conduct of policy and legal compliance reviews across USACE. It was
developed to aid implementation of DPM 2018-05: Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness in USACE Civil Works Project Delivery,
which delegated policy and legal compliance review for draft and final planning decision documents to the MSCs. The webinar
described the purpose, key provisions, and anticipated benefits associated with the implementation of DPM 2019-01, as well as
potential challenges and next steps.
- FY20 Floodplain Management Services (FPMS) Interagency Nonstructural Call for Proposals (7 February)
- This webinar provided an overview of the FY20 Floodplain Management Services (FPMS)
Interagency Nonstructural Call for Proposals, which was sent in December 2018 (see
attached email). The goal of the Interagency FPMS Call for Proposals is to facilitate
interagency flood risk management outcomes and collaboratively leverage multiple
agency resources and authorities. The webinar was presented by Beverley Hayes (FPMS
Program Manager) and Lisa Bourget (USACE Institute for Water Resources), who
reviewed the process and schedule for proposal submission and evaluation, offered tips
and cautions, reviewed select examples, and addressed questions.
- Exemption Procedures for Planning Studies Exceeding Cost and Schedule Limits (24 January)
- This webinar addressed the recently released Planning Bulletin 2018-02: Exemption
Procedures for Planning Studies Exceeding Cost and Schedule Limits. As outlined in law
and policy, the majority of USACE Planning studies should be completed in 3 years and
cost less than $3 million. PB 2018-02, issued on 11 December 2018, clarifies the
procedures for requesting an exemption to these cost and schedule limits. Ms. Amy
Frantz, HQ Senior Policy Advisor, discussed when exemption requests should be made;
how they are processed; who has approval authority; and roles and responsibilities for
those involved. Participants also learned about policy changes resulting from WRDA
- Teaching Ourselves Risk Informed Planning (13 December)
- This webinar featured MSC, District, and Planning Core Curriculum efforts to
"Teach Ourselves Risk Informed Planning." The webinar will be presented by
Judy McCrea (SPD Plan Formulation Specialist), Matt Rea (NWD Plan
Formulation Specialist), Tim Fleeger (NWD District Support Planner), Leigh
Skaggs (Plan Formulation Reviewer, OWPR), and Susan Conner (Planning
Branch Chief, Norfolk District). From regional workshops and book clubs to
hands-on sessions on rapid planning iterations, the presenters discussed
various ways that MSCs and Districts provide formal and informal training on
the evolving feasibility and planning process. The webinar also addressed
updates to the Planning Core Curriculum to reflect risk informed planning
- Quality Management in Civil Works (29 November)
- Mr. Leighton Quon (NASA) provided an overview of his recent Civil Works Quality
Management Review task sponsored by SPD Planning and Policy Division. Mr. Quon is
completing a six-month detail coming from NASA that started 4 June 2018 with the
Planning and Policy Division at SPD, via the President's Management Council (PMC)
Interagency Rotation Program. Using various USACE Quality Management Plans as a
starting point, he assessed how well the Corps is meeting its quality standards. Mr. Quon
also observed all aspects of Civil Works studies being conducted within SPD, including
evolving guidance, district quality control processes, vertical engagement, and report
writing. During the webinar, Mr. Quon reported on his observations (whats good and
what could be improved) and his recommendations for improving the quality of our
feasibility products and the way we work together to deliver them.
- Policy and Legal Compliance Review (28 November)
- Mr. Jeremy LaDart (HQ Office of Water Project Review) and discussed the rollout of the
One Policy Review team policy and the new policy and legal review Planning Bulletin
2018-01. The webinar addressed roles and responsibilities of One Policy Review team
members (both MSCs and Headquarters), expectations for review comments, and how to
deal with issues when they arise.
- Recent Environmental Streamlining and Risk-Informed Decision Making (One Federal Decision) (1 November)
- Ms. Lauren Diaz (HQ OWPR), with the support of the other environmental reviewers
within the Office of Water Project Review (Mr. Mark Matusiak, Ms. Evie Haberer, Mr. Jeff
Trulick, and Ms. Julie Alcon), provided an overview of recent initiatives focused on timely
environmental compliance, including Executive Order 13807 on "One Federal Decision"
and Section 1005 of WRRDA 2014. The webinar tied these initiatives together in the
context of risk-informed decision making within the environmental discipline, so that
environmental compliance can be conducted in a timely manner and fully integrated into
a 3x3 compliant study.
- Incorporating Risk-Informed Decision Making for Costal Storm Risk Management Studies (18 October)
- Mr. Steve Couch (New York District), Ms. Carrie McCabe (Fort Worth District Regional
Planning and Environmental Center at Galveston District) and Mr. Jeff Gebert
(Philadelphia District) provided an overview of the Coastal Storm Risk Management
(CSRM) business line, and discussed business line specific policies and guidance relevant
to these studies as well as common challenges and risks. The presentation was
moderated by Larry Cocchieri, CSRM Planning Center of Expertise (North Atlantic
Division). The presentation addressed conducting iterations of risk informed planning in a
CSRM feasibility study with a focus on the various areas where CSRM studies differ from
other types of business line studies.
- New Guidance: Implementing Risk-Informed Decision Making in Civil Works (4 October)
- Ms. Karen Miller (WRCP, LRH), Mr. Eddie Douglass (HQ RIT Planner), and Mr. Aaron
Hostyk (HQ Office of Counsel) discuss recently signed guidance developed in response
to the Implementation Plan for the Directors Policy Memorandum Civil Works Programs
2018-05 SUBJECT: Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness in USACE Civil Works Project
Delivery (Planning Phase and Planning Activities). DPM CW 2018-05 provided direction to
incorporate risk-informed decision making in project development. A cross-discipline
Civil Works Implementation team has been working together to provide additional CoP-
specific guidance to further assist PDTs to improve efficiency and effectiveness in project
delivery. This webinar focused on the 31 August Office of Counsel's memo, The Role of
Counsel in Operationalizing Risk-Informed Decision Making During Project Development,
and the recently signed Planning Bulletin 2018-01, Feasibility Study Milestones.
- Feasibility Study Initiation in Light of Risk-Informed Planning (23 August)
- Overview of key steps to initiating a feasibility study: processes, documentation, and decisions in the first 90 days of a new
feasibility study. This deck was created as a guide to new study teams by the PCoP. Slides 3 and 6 were revised after the
presentation to clarify the signatory of the transmittal memo to the MSC. For more information, contact Kim Townsend, HQ.
- Inland Flood Risk Management Studies: Risk-Informed Business Line Introduction (16 August)
- Mr. Nick Applegate, Economic and Risk Analysis Section Chief, Sacramento District; Mr.
Peter Blodgett, PE, Senior Hydraulic Engineer, Sacramento District; Ms. Sara Schultz,
Senior Water Resources Planner, Sacramento District; and Mr. Eric Thaut, Deputy
Director, FRM-PCX provided an overview of the Flood Risk Management business line.
The presenters discussed specific policies and guidance relevant to flood risk
management studies, as well as common challenges and risks in flood risk management.
The presentation addressed conducting iterations of risk informed planning in a flood risk
management feasibility study, including practical examples. This webinar was the second
in a series of seven business line webinars presented in the PCoP webinar series.
- Feasibility Study Initiation: Fundamental Steps and Documentation (13 August)
- Overview of key steps to initiating a feasibility study: processes, documentation, and decisions in the first 90 days of a new
- Water Management and Reallocation Studies: Risk-Informed Business Line Introduction (2 August)
- Ms. Cherilyn Plaxco, Technical Director, Water Management and Reallocation Studies
Planning Center of Expertise, provided an overview of the Water Management and
Reallocation business line, specifically discussing business line specific policies and
guidance relevant to water reallocation studies as well as common challenges and risks in
water reallocation. The presentation addressed conducting iterations of risk-informed
planning in a water allocation feasibility study including analysis of a case study, and
focused on the various areas where water allocation studies differ from other types of
business line studies.
- Implementing Risk Informed Decision Making in Planning (1 August)
- This webinar aims to ensure participants understand how Risk Informed Planning enables USACE to deliver on its commitments.
The deck provides additional detail on how the recent Director's Policy Memorandum (2018-05) supports implementation of risk
informed decision making in the planning phase. Together with the presentations "Risk 101 - Common Understanding of
Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Informed Decision Making in Planning" and "Risk Informed Planning Tools for Project
Delivery Teams", this series describes how the Corps of Engineers is operationalizing risk-informed decision making in planning
project delivery. This webinar was presented to the DPMs in a joint PPM CoP and PCoP Webinar.
- Risk Informed Planning Tools for Project Delivery Teams (1 August)
- This webinar aims to orient planning project delivery teams to risk informed planning tools, including rapid iteration and the risk
register. The deck provides links for more information about these tools that teams will find useful. Together with the
presentations "Risk 101 - Common Understanding of Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Informed Decision Making in Planning"
and "Implementing Risk Informed Decision Making in Planning", this series describes how the Corps of Engineers is
operationalizing risk- informed decision making in planning project delivery. This webinar was presented to the DPMs in a joint
PPM CoP and PCoP Webinar.
- Risk 101 - Common Understanding of Enterprise Risk Management and Risk Informed Decision Making in Planning (1 August)
- This webinar aims to develop a high-level common understanding of the goals of implementing an Enterprise Risk Management
System at the Corps of Engineers, and specifically about applying to risk management to planning activities to improve project
delivery. The presentation covers how the Planning Community of Practice is applying recent direction from the Director of Civil
Works to operationalize risk in delivering an effective and efficient Civil Works Planning Program. The presentation reinforces that
the tenets of enterprise risk management have are a cornerstone of SMART Planning (the "R" in SMART is "Risk-Informed").
Together with the presentations "Risk Informed Planning Tools for Project Delivery Teams" and "Implementing Risk Informed
Decision Making in Planning", this series describes how the Corps of Engineers is operationalizing risk- informed decision making
in planning project delivery. This webinar was presented to the DPMs in a joint PPM CoP and PCoP Webinar.
- IWR Planning Suite II (26 July)
- Ms. Laura Witherow (Institute for Water Resources) and Ms. Monique Savage (St. Paul
District) provided information on the IWR Planning Suite II, the latest certified version of
the IWR Planning Suite Software used to conduct Cost-Effectiveness and Incremental
Cost Analyses and Annualize Ecosystem Outputs for ecosystem restoration, impact
analysis, and mitigation planning. The webinar highlighted the new capabilities of IWR
Planning Suite II, including multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), uncertainty, and
watershed wizard. Additional topics included how the software is used in planning, a brief
review of each module within the software, and instructions on downloading the software.
- FY19 Planning Associates Program (19 July)
- Mr. Byron Rupp, New England District, and the Planning Associates Refresh
Implementation Team (Ms. Joy Munch, IWR; Ms. Rachel Mesko, MVP; Mr. Nate Richards,
MVR; Mr. Jon Sobiech, MVP) provided an overview of the Planning Associates Program
and approximate due dates for application to the FY19 Planning Associates Program. The
presentation also addressed several new changes to the PA Program, which will be
transitioning to a two-year program starting in FY19.
- USACE Emergency Action Plan Guidance (21 June)
- Mr. Eric Halpin, USACE Deputy Dam and Levee Safety Officer, addressed the recently
published EC 1110-2-6074, Guidance for Emergency Action Plans, Incident Management
and Reporting, and Inundation Maps for Dams and Levee Systems. The webinar
discussed the vital role emergency action plans (EAPs) play in the comprehensive risk
management strategy for USACE dam and levee projects. The policy intent of EC 1110-2-
6074 is consistency of EAPs across the USACE portfolio of dam and levee projects.
USACE has an open data sharing posture with respect to local, state, and federal
emergency management authorities for not only EAPs but also their corresponding
inundation maps in both non-editable and editable electronic formats.
- Feasibility Study Execution and the 3x3x3 Rule (7 June)
- Ms. Lisa Kiefel, Planning Community of Practice, and Ms. Sue Hughes, HQ Planning and
Policy Division, Planning Community of Practice Deputy, discussed the active Planning
portfolio and the importance of transparency in communication and management to meet
the 3x3 rule of completing feasibility studies (from FCSA to signed Chiefs Report) in 3
years and $3 million federal. Ms. Kiefel and Ms. Hughes spoke about the importance of
managing to the schedule and budget, the procedures to request additional time, and
reminded PDTs of reporting requirements for study schedules and budgets dictated by
- Director's Policy Memorandum: Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness in USACE Civil Works Project Delivery (Planning Phase and Planning Activities) (31 May)
- Mr. Joe Redican, Chief of HQ Planning and Policy Division (Acting), Ms. Sue Hughes, HQ
Planning and Policy Division, Deputy for the Planning Community of Practice, and Mr.
Wes Coleman, Chief HQ Office of Water Project Review provided an overview of the
Directors Policy Memorandum Civil Works Programs 2018-05 SUBJECT: Improving
Efficiency and Effectiveness in USACE Civil Works Project Delivery (Planning Phase and
Planning Activities). DPM CW 2018-05 provides direction on incorporating risk informed
decision making in project development.
- EC 1165-2-217: Civil Works Review Guidance Policy (3 May)
- Ms. Karen Miller, Huntington District Plan Formulation Regional Technical Specialist and
Planner, gave an overview of EC 1165-2-217 which was released on 1 May 2018. The EC
provides updated guidance for Civil Works Review and supersedes expired EC 1165-2-
217 Civil Works Review. The webinar highlighted the changes and provided a review of
the major elements of responsibility for ensuring quality products are being produced
throughout the Civil Works program.
- Earth Day Webinar (19 April)
- Valeria Merino, Vice President for Global Earth Day, Karen Baker (Environmental Division
Chief, USACE HQ) and Sheri Moore (Environmental CoP), provided a presentation on the
Earth Day Network (EDN) to celebrate Earth Day 2018. The webinar focused on the Earth
Day Networks effort to End Plastic Pollution and sharing how the campaign supports
making Every Day Earth Day.
- Interagency Floodplain Management Services Opportunities - Call for Proposals (12 April)
- Beverly Hayes, FPMS Program Manager, and Lisa Bourget, USACE Institute for Water
Resources, provided an overview of the FY19 Floodplain Management Services (FPMS)
Interagency Call for Proposals and discussed the goal of the call for proposals, which is
to facilitate interagency flood risk management outcomes and leverage multiple agency
resources and authorities. The proposals are due to MSCs by 22 May 2018 (Districts may
specify an earlier date).
- Using 3-D Drawing Software in Civil Works Planning (5 April)
- Mr. Stephen Stello (MVN) shared his experience and successes using 3-D drawing
software in Civil Works planning documents. Mr. Stello has been using Sketchup and
other 3-D drawing software to create 3D models of USACE projects including flood risk
and navigation projects, and provided information on how these 3-D software tools can
be useful in the planning process.
- Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) Success (15 March)
- The 15 March 2018 Planning CoP Webinar will share information on Archaeological
Resources Protection Act (ARPA) success in Mobile District. Mobile District has
developed partnerships to combat looting on USACE Historic Properties.
- LRD and SPD Sharing Lessons on CAP Execution (1 March)
- Mr. Mike Saffran (LRD) and Mr. Mark Bierman (SPD Regional CAP Production Center)
shared information on efforts in LRD and SPD to improve execution of the Continuing
Authorities Program (CAP).
- Agency Technical Review Document Templates (15 February)
- This webinar, presented by Mr. Miki Fujitsubo with the Flood Risk Management Planning
Center of Expertise, includes an overview of the types of ATR, roles and responsibilities,
and how to document the review. ATR is a key component of ensuring the technical
quality of our products. The presentation will also share some new templates for
documenting ATR - the ATR Work Plan and ATR Summary Report.
- Operationalizing Risk-informed Decision Making in Planning (18 January)
- Ms. Sue Hughes, Planning Community of Practice Deputy, provided an update to the
community of ongoing activities to operationalize risk-informed decision making in
- WRDA 2016 Section 1184: Consideration Of Measures (7 December)
- Implementation Guidance for WRDA 2016 Section 1184 was recently completed. This provision defines natural and nature-based
features and requires USACE to consider these features and measures, as appropriate, when conducting feasibility studies for
flood risk management, hurricane storm damage reduction, and ecosystem restoration.
- Operationalizing Risk in Planning: Planning Mentors & Risk Champions (16 November)
- Ms. Sue Hughes, PCoP Deputy, provided an update on some of the PCoP activities that
further implement Mr. Dalton's 21 June 2017 memo, Further Advancing Project Delivery
Efficiency and Effectiveness of USACE Civil Works. In particular, she described the vision
for Line of Effort #1: Embrace and Operationalize Risk Informed Decision Making. Sue
discussed the new Risk Champions and Planning Mentors program and the anticipated
role these groups will play in driving the DCW's vision and Civil Works project delivery.
Specifically, Risk Champions will advocate for risk-informed decision making across the
USACE organization and Planning Mentors will serve as coaches to Project Development
Teams (PDTs) to assist with effective implementation of SMART Planning as well as the
methodologies in the Risk Informed Planning Manual.
- Successfully Integrating Dam Safety into Planning Studies: Tricks and Treats (31 October)
- Presented by Maria Wegner, HQUSACE Senior Policy Advisor, and Eric Halpin, USACE
Deputy Dam and Levee Safety Officer, the provides a brief overview of the USACE Dam
Safety program, highlights the key policies for the integration of dam safety with planning
studies, and offer some 'tricks and treats' to aid in successful integration.
- IWR-Assistance to Planning Teams (IWR-APT) (19 October)
- Presented by Rachel Grandpre, IWR, the IWR-Assistance to Planning Teams team
provided an overview of some of the latest updates and available features the Assistance
to Planning Teams (or APT) tool.
- Risk Informed Planning The "R" in SMART (21 September)
- Sue Hughes, PCoP Deputy presented this webinar, focusing on the "R" in SMART Planning. (Hint - it stands for Risk-Informed.) Planners around the Corps who have put risk-informed planning into practice shared their experiences, including: Angela Deen, St. Paul District, talking about the Souris River Basin Flood Risk Management feasibility study; Marsha Raus, New Orleans District, talking about the Cypress Creek Ecosystem Restoration project; and Stuart Norvell, Little Rock District, sharing analyses the team used to inform decisions in the Three Rivers Navigation Feasibility Study.
- Incorporation of Climate Change Impacts Into Inland Hydrologic Analysis (7 September)
- Ms. Chanel Mueller (MVP), a Climate Change Resilience and Preparedness Subject Matter Expert provided an overview of guidance on USACE Climate Adaptation Policy and shared useful tools for assessing potential climate change impacts to civil works projects on inland systems. A case study was presented for an ecosystem restoration project on the Upper Mississippi River.
- Utility Relocations for Harbor Projects Pipelines, Cables and Related Facilities (7 September)
- Ms. Mayley Boyce, USACE HQ Assistant Counsel for Real Estate, presented information on upcoming updates to Policy Guidance Letter 44 for Relocation and Removals of Utilities at Navigation (Harbor) Project, which broadens the definition of utilities and allows credit to some sponsors for relocation costs they were legally obligated to pay under state law or the terms of non-Federal permits and agreements.
- Planning Manual Part II: Risk-Informed Planning (17 August)
- The webinar introduce Risk-Informed Planning and the new publication available from IWR titled
- Planning CoP Perspectives: Further Advancing the Project Delivery Efficiency and Effectiveness of USACE Civil Works (3 August)
- This webinar featured Mr. James Dalton, Director of Civil Works, sharing his perspectives and expectations for implementation of
his 21 June memorandum:
- NDMU RISK Management Certificate Program (20 July)
- This webinar provides information on the distance learning Risk Management Graduate Certificate Program available through the Notre Dame of Maryland University. The webinar was be presented by program graduates including Ms. Karen Miller Plan Formulation Regional Technical Specialist (LRH), and other graduates and current students of the program. The Risk Management Graduate Certificate program consists of six accelerated graduate level on-line courses to be completed in just under one-year and has been supported by the Dam and Levee Safety, Planning, and Asset Management Communities of Practice (CoPs).
- Planning Training and Planner Database (6 July)
- Ms. Jodi Creswell, Environmental Planning Branch Chief, St. Paul District, provided an update on Planning Training, the Planning Associates Program and the Planner Database. The webinar gave an overview of the three core planning PROSPECT courses that all planners are required to take. Ms. Creswell encouraged planners to update their profile in the Planner Database and provided information on the FY18 Planning Associates Program.
- Web Meeting Facilitation (1 June)
- Jodi Creswell, HQ Planning Community of Practice with support from Camie Knollenberg Plan Formulation Branch Chief, MVP/MVR/MVS, shared tips for successfully facilitating virtual meetings using AT&T Teleconferencing and CiscoWebEx. The webinar included information on sharing content, meeting roles, managing and engaging participants, using webcams, and costs and capacity limits.
- Civil Works Review Policy Update - Draft EC 1165-2-217 (18 May)
- Engineer Circular (EC) 1165-2-217 will provide updated guidance for Civil Works Review and supersedes expired EC 1165-2-214, Civil Works Review. The new EC is undergoing routing for approval at HQ, but is not yet published. Most areas of content have not been significantly changed with the exception of District Quality Control. This webinar highlights the changes and the major elements of responsibility for ensuring quality products are being produced throughout the Civil Works program. The webinar was presented by Ms. Karen Miller, a Plan Formulation Regional Technical Specialist and Planner from the Huntington District, and Mr. John Clarkson with the Risk Management Center.
- FY18 Interagency FPMS Flood Risk Management Call for Proposals (15 May)
- Beverley Hayes, FPMS Program Manager, and Lisa Bourget, IWR, provided an overview of the request for proposals and the updated process for proposal submission and evaluation. The webinar also includes tips and cautions for preparing your FY18 proposals.
- Civil Works Review Board Process: A Jacksonville District Perspective (4 May)
- Matt Schrader, Stacey Roth, and Patrice Morey from Jacksonville District shared tips and experiences related to preparing and presenting to the Civil Works Review Board for the St. Johns County, Florida, Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Study.
- Planning Associates Refresh: Shaping the Future of Planning Training (20 April)
- This webinar was presented by Kim Carsell (SPK), Maria Lantz (IWR), Karen Miller (LRH), Byron Rupp (NAO) and Jon Sobiech (MVP), who are part of the Planning Associates Refresh Team. Participants were asked for their input on the Planning Associates Program including skill expectations for program graduates, program issues and opportunities for improvement. Input from the field will also be collected through interviews.
- Floodplain Management Plans, A Short Course (6 April)
- Brian Rast, with the Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise, Institute for Water Resources, presented an overview of floodplain management plans and described how development and implementation of these plans can contribute towards increased community resilience. Non-Federal interests are required to prepare and implement a floodplain management plan as part of construction of cost-shared flood risk management or coastal storm risk management project (Policy Guidance Letter 52). The presentation also shared examples of community-adopted floodplain management plans
- Overview of USACE Climate Preparedness and Resilience (16 March)
- Dr. Kathleen White from IWR presented a webinar on USACE Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The webinar provided an overview of USACE climate preparedness and resilience activities and resources that could be of use to the PCoP. Dr. White described the 4 strategies that guide USACE climate preparedness and resilience, and gave an overview of relevant regulations and tools. She encouraged planners to address these issues early in the study process and provided information on how to request assistances from the Climate and Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice.
- Dealing With Costs (2 March)
- Mr. Jeremy LaDart, Economist from the HQ Office of Water Project Review (OWPR) covered cost guidance, cost basics and terminology, and cost share ratios. Mr. LaDart discussed how and where to obtain costs and common cost issues.
- 2017 Planning Workshop and Teleconference/ Web Meeting Tips (16 February)
- Ms. Jodi Creswell, HQ Planning Community of Practice addressed two topics - the upcoming Planning Community of Practice Workshop and tips for teleconferences and web meetings. The webinar provided an overview of the workshop; participants provided input on topics of interest using webinar polls. Ms. Creswell also shared tips and tools for participating in and hosting teleconferences using AT&T Teleconferences and Web Meetings.
- Environmental Resource Significance in Civil Works Planning (2 February)
- Ms. Camie Knollenberg, Plan Formulation Branch Chief, Regional Planning and Environmental Division North, St. Paul District described how the significance of environmental and other resources are determined, and how this information is used in civil works planning. Resource significance drives plan formulation in the aquatic ecosystem restoration mission and drives mitigation planning in other civil works mission areas.
- Scheduling and Scoping a 3 Year Feasibility Study: Key Timelines and Decisions (18 January)
- Wes Coleman, Chief of Office of Water Project Review and Sue Hughes, HQ Planning and Policy Deputy for the Planning Community of Practice provided information on scheduling of milestones for a Feasibility Study within a 3-year study timeline. Mr. Coleman and Ms. Hughes shared their perspectives on when different milestones should be scheduled in relation to study initiation, study completion, and in relation to each other.
- Opportunities to Support Levee Inventory, Inspections and Risk Assessments of Non-USACE Levee Systems (5 January)
- Mr. Noah Vroman (Director of the Levee Safety Production Center in MVD, Vicksburg, MS), Ms. Jamie McVicker (Levee Safety Production Center, St. Louis, MO) and Ms. Cathi Sanders (Program Manager for the National Levee Database, Kansas City, MO) shared information about an effort to inventory and review all non-Federal levee systems which was authorized in WRRDA 2014 and will be initiated in FY17. The presentation presents an overview of the process to be followed and provided information on how planners can get involved in the State Liaison Teams and Levee Inspection and Risk Assessment Teams. Statements of Interest for State Liaisons are available at the USACE Levee Safety Community of Practice site on the Technical Excellence Network (TEN) link below and are due to Janet Ulivi by 13 January 17
- Southwest Coastal Louisiana NED/NER Multi-Purpose Study: Lessons Learned (15 December)
- Andy MacInnes, (MVN Plan Formulation), Brian Maestri (MVN Economics) and Bill Klein (MVN Environmental), and Eddie Douglass (HQ MVD Regional Integration Team) shared key insights related to plan formulation, real estate, economics and environmental for this large project that recommended $1 billion in non-structural and $2.4 billion in ecosystem restoration for the 4,700-square-mile study area. The team shared how they overcame challenges unique to formulation and evaluation of non-structural measures.
- Civil Works Research and Development Process (8 December)
- Mr. Tony Niles, HQUSACE Assistant Director for Civil Works Research and Development described how the Civil Works Research and Development Program is organized and how research needs are identified by the field, prioritized by Communities of Practice and Research Area Review Groups (RARGs), and approved for funding. The leads for the Environment, Navigation, and Flood and Coastal Risk Management Research Area Review Groups provided a brief summary of planning-related R&D work units. Statements of Need for research and development that are submitted by 30 December 2016 will prioritized and considered for funding in the following Fiscal Year.
- New Planning Guidance: Feasibility Study Milestones (1 December)
- Ms. Sue Hughes, HQUSACE PCoP, presented an overview of the revisions to the feasibility milestone processes and decisions. She discussed why there is a need for change now, and provided an overview of what is changing: clarification on the readiness to proceed to a milestone meeting, clarification on the milestone decisions and decision makers, revised read-ahead requirements, new report summary guidance, and revised documentation of decisions made. She was joined for the Q/A session by Wes Coleman, Chief of the Office of Water Project Review.
- Independent External Peer Review (IEPR) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) & Template Updates (17 November)
- This webinar discusses Independent External Peer Reviews (IEPR) and was presented by Anastasiya Hernandez (NAB), Andrew MacInnes (MVN) and Miki Fujitsubo (SPK). The presenters are all IEPR leads for the Planning Centers of Expertise. The discussion highlighted the newly updated IEPR Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and provided information on cost, scope and timing of reviews. The presentation shares lessons learned regarding the IEPR Exclusion Process and preparation of Agency Responses to IEPR.
- Social Vulnerability: Overview and Analysis (3 November)
- Ms. Susan Durden and Dr. Seth Cohen, both with the Institute for Water Resources, provided a review of the "Other Social Effects" account and described socially vulnerable populations and factors that make them vulnerable during an flood or storm event. Dr. Cohen provided an overview of the IWR primer on social vulnerability entitled "Identification and Engagement of Socially Vulnerable Populations in the USACE Decision Making Process." Ms. Durden shared information on the Social Vulnerability Index Explorer (SOVI-X), a tool that performs social vulnerability analyses of populations at risk under with and without project conditions.
- Flood Risk Management and New Risk Communication Tool in The Netherlands (20 October)
- Ms. Vera Konings from Rijkswaterstaat, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands presented on Flood Risk Management and the new Risk Communication Tool in the Netherlands. Ms. Konings is working with the USACE Risk Management Center as part of a partnership between USACE and the Netherlands. She explained the Dutch water system and provided information on the three circles of flood risk management activities including operations and maintenance, periodic assessments and long-term strategies. Ms. Konings demonstrated the Netherlands risk communication website: residents input their zip code and receive specific information regarding the flood risk to their home and helps them decide whether to stay or evacuate during a flood. The website also provides visual information to communicate the risks associated with flooding.
- Ready or Not? Have a Plan (6 October)
- Ms. Maria Wegner, HQ Planning Senior Policy Analyst presented a webinar entitled "Ready or Not? Have a Plan," addressing higher level thinking on what it means to manage risk and how USACE can share responsibility for managing flood and disaster risks, especially those associated with levee systems.
- Project Success in 6 Easy Steps: Risk Management (15 September)
- All PDTs will encounter risk. Successful PDTs will manage risk. Project Managers will learn best practices across the life cycle that save time, money & relationships. When Risk Management is integrated with the organizations culture and every day PDT activities, project delivery outcomes significantly improve and project objectives are achieved. Doris Marlin, HQUSACE Project and Program Management CoP, presented this webinar for the PPM and Planning Communities.
- SMART Planning & USACE Feasibility Studies: Guide to Coordination and Engagement with the Services (7 September)
- This webinar provided an overview of the SMART Planning process, and demonstrate how key environmental compliance activities, such as the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and Magnuson-Stevens Act, are integrated into the process. The webinar provided lessons learned from the Seattle District
- Plan Formulation Strategies for Ecosystem Restoration Projects (1 September)
- This webinar presented formulation strategies that have been successfully applied on ecosystem restoration studies. It was presented by Mr. Leigh Skaggs, HQ Office of Water Project Review.
- Planning Assistance to States & Floodplain Management Services (18 August)
- Ms. Beverly Hayes, HQ Planning and Policy, provided an overview of the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) and Flood Plain Management Services (FPMS) Programs and participants shared types of projects the have completed under these programs. Ms. Hayes highlighted some challenges in program delivery and solicited input on how to improve the programs.
- Annual Profile Updates Needed and Reporting Training Metrics (4 August)
- Ms. Jodi Creswell, HQ Planning and Policy, and Ms. Erin Rooks, Institute for Water Resources, taught planners how to update their planner profiles in the Planner Database and described how this information is used to manage planning workforce and report on Planner Training Metrics. Planner Profiles should be updated annually and updates should be completed by 15 September 2016.
- Planning Associates FY17 Program (7 July)
- Planners interested in applying for the Planning Associates Program joined us for the July 7 Planning CoP Webinar presented by Ms. Camie Knollenberg with assistance from some Planning Associates graduates. The webinar provided details about the program, tips on how to apply, and application due dates.
- IWR-APT: Assistance for Planning Teams (23 June)
- Erin Rooks (Institute for Water Resources) provided an overview of IWR-APT (IWR Assistance to Planning Teams), an online software tool available to USACE PDT members at http://iwr-apt.planUSACE.us . APT encourages collaboration, transparency, accountability, consistency, quality products, and sharing lessons learned. APT has applications to assist planning teams in developing their study
- Cherry Creek Dam Safety Modification Study (16 June)
- This presentation by Mr. Jeff Greenwald, Lead Planner/Project Manager, Omaha District, provided information and background on the Cherry Creek Dam Safety Modification Study and compare/contrast these type of studies against typical feasibility studies. It also covered formulating alternatives to address problems associated with and to reduce consequences of dam failure. Mr. Greenwald provided lessons learned for each topic well as public meeting tips specific to dam safety modification studies.
- Planner Training (9 June)
- Jodi Creswell (HQ PCOP) and Camie Knollenberg (Plan Formulation Branch Chief, MVD Regional Planning and Engineering Division North) provided an update on Planner Training. For Corps Planners, the webinar provides information you should be including in your individual development plan and how you should be planning your training and development opportunities over the next couple of years. The webinar should also help supervisors understand planning requirements and inform the allocation of limited training dollars.
- Watershed Planning Fundamentals (2 June)
- Cindy Tejeda, SPD's Watershed and Floodplain Program Manager, presented an overview of watershed planning at the Corps, and detailed how Watershed Planning fits into a SMART planning process. Ms. Tejeda was joined by Cindy Barger from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), who shared her experiences reviewing watershed plans in the Secretary's office.
- Section 7001: Preparing the 2017 Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (19 May)
- Lisa Kiefel
- Shared Vision Planning through the Multi-Hazard Tournament Framework (5 May)
- Dr. Harvey Hill (IWR), Marcia Hackett (Ft. Worth District), Michelle Hamor (Baltimore District), and Jason Smith (Rock Island District) shared their experiences with using the Multi-Hazard Tournament framework developed at IWR to engage communities and other state and federal agencies in planning and problem solving across multiple hazards / objectives.
- Preparing and Submitting Proposals for the Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (WRRDA Section 7001) (28 April)
- Lisa Kiefel provides an overview for non-Federal interests for preparing and submitting proposals for the Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development. Additional information on the Report to Congress is available on the HQ website, http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/ProjectPlanning/WRRDA7001Proposals.aspx
- Water Resources Certified Planner Program (21 April)
- Ms. Jodi Creswell, HQUSACE, provided an introduction and overview to the new national USACE Water Resources Certified Planner program.
- Initial Plan Formulation Strategies (7 April)
- Mr. Leigh Skaggs, HQ Office of Water Project Review, presented this webinar focusing on Planning Step #3 of the six-step planning process Formulation of Alternative Plans, and specifically, developing initial plan formulation strategies. Leigh discussed tools and helpful tips for this step, engaging the audience with polls, feedback via chat, etc.
- Nonstructural Policy Clarification (PB 2016-01) (17 March)
- Mr. Jeremy LaDart, Office of Water Project Review, and Ms. Maria Wegner, Senior Policy Advisor, provided a review of the policy clarifications regarding nonstructural activities in flood risk management and coastal storm risk management feasibility studies/project planning, including special considerations during formulation, evaluation, and when recommending buyouts.
- USACE Infrastructure Strategy: UIS Overview and P3 Review (3 March)
- Mr. Edward (Eddie) Belk, Jr., P.E., SES, Director of Operations and Regulatory, Civil Works Directorate, discussed the challenges and opportunities the Corps has with its infrastructure and presented an overview of alternative financing approaches. Alternative financing approaches, including P3s (public-private partnerships) and P4s (public-public-private partnerships), are a key component of the Corps
- Cost Allocations (2 March)
- Mr. Jim Fredericks presented an informative webinar on Cost Allocation, with a focus on water supply cost allocation. The information presented will be particularly helpful to plan formulators and economists who deal with multi-purpose projects.
- Conservation Planning to Recover Federally Listed Species: The Threatened and Endangered Species Team (TEST) Summary (16 February)
- Joe Wilson, from the Headquarters Operations & Regulatory Division shared experiences and activities from the cross-disciplinary Threatened and Endangered Species Team (TEST).
- A District's Perspective on Civil Works Review Boards: Tips for Success and Lessons Learned (21 January)
- Gail Saldana (Portland District) and Rachel Mesko (Seattle District) shared their experiences and lessons learned preparing for two successful Civil Works Review Boards (CWRBs) in 2015. In FY15, the Portland and Seattle Districts completed successful Civil Works Review Boards on the Lower Willamette River Environmental Dredging and Ecosystem Restoration Project and Skokomish River Basin Ecosystem Restoration, respectively. This webinar will share lessons learned applicable to all CWRB presentations as well as lessons learned specific to ecosystem restoration projects.
- Civil Works Sustainability (7 January)
- Heather Morgan, HQ E&C, shared the work of the Sustainability working group: the concepts, principles and application of large scale sustainability in Civil Works. She included the status of the Civil Works Sustainability Initiative and describe the future actions for this initiative.
- Real Estate and SMART Planning (17 December)
- In a webinar for planners, realty specialists and appraisers, John Cline, HQ Real Estate, Paula Johnson-Muic, SWD Chief of Real Estate, and Belinda Estabrook Savannah District Senior Realty Specialist discussed the role of Real Estate in a feasibility study team, specific decisions made throughout the feasibility study process that should include Real Estate, and the perspective of Real Estate during Agency Technical Review.
- How to Effectively Write and Respond to Review Comments (3 December)
- Camie Knollenberg from MVDs Regional Planning Division North, and Eric Thaut of the FRM-PCX, encouraged good habits for reviewers and reviewees, including understanding and using the 4-part comment structure; key components of comment responses; and tips for discussing and back-checking comments.
- HEC-FDA 1.4: Overview of Key Changes and Transition from Previous Versions (29 October)
- Eric Thaut, Deputy Director of the Flood Risk Management Planning Center of Expertise (FRM-PCX) was joined by John Kucharski and Bob Carl from the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) to provide an overview for planning teams using the newly certified Flood Damage Reduction Analysis (HEC-FDA) 1.4 software. The webinar included a live demonstration, review and fixes of known issues, and guidance to teams for transitioning to the current certified model.
- Engineering with Nature to Create Project Value (15 October)
- Dr. Todd S. Bridges, Senior Research Scientist from the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), provided an overview of the integration of Engineering with Nature initiative across all USACE missions. Engineering with Nature approaches have been applied in field research and demonstration projects. The principles of Engineering with Nature were included in the development of the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, specifically the inclusion of Natural and Nature Based Features for Coastal Resilience.
- Planner Database (1 October)
- Erin Rooks, USACE Institute for Water Resources, provided an overview and demonstration of the USACE Planner Database, which is a single hub for Corps Planners and those that work with them to identify and find planners in each district and Planning Sub-CoP; gather Community statistics; record training and identify training needs; track ATR Certification and find ATR Certified Planners; and more.
- Planning Training Updates (17 September)
- The Planning Essentials and Plan Formulation and Evaluation Capstone Development/Instructor Teams, represented by Jodi Creswell (HQ Planning CoP), Tim Fleeger (LRP), and Leigh Skaggs (HQ OWPR), provided an overview of the new Planning Core Curriculum courses and shared details about the Planning Essentials and Plan Formulation and Evaluation Capstone Courses.
- Understanding Consequences in the Dam Safety Periodic Assessment (PA) Process (3 September)
- Kurt Buchanan, a Consequences Technical Lead with the Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences Mandatory Center of Expertise (MMC-MCX) shared overview of the economist's role in the Dam Safety Programs Periodic Assessment (PA) process. PAs are performed on Corps projects on a 10 year cycle and include a Semi-Quantitative Risk Assessment (SQRA). Periodic Assessments require the participation of an economist and potentially other planners to help assess the consequences of potential failure modes. This presentation will include an overview of how PAs fit into the overall dam safety process, the role of the economist in estimating consequences for PAs, and how MMC-MCX products are used to inform those estimates.
- Section 106, Cultural Resources and SMART Planning (20 August)
- Nancy Brighton, Supervisory Archaeologist and Chief of the Watershed Section in New York District, walked through the steps in the Section 106 process with the required information needed at each milestone under SMART Planning. The presentation will assist Cultural Resources Specialists with planning cultural resources activities at each phase, and assist planners in understanding the determination of "appropriate level of detail" throughout the progress of the study. Nancy's talking points are included in the PDF, if you missed the presentation. To view the talking points in Adobe Reader, right click on the comments icon in the top left of the slide and "Show Comments List" - this will make it easier to expand each slide's notes.
- Risk-Informed Decision Making (6 August)
- Dr. Charlie Yoe shares his informed perspectives on Risk-Informed Decision Making in the context of Planning. This webinar highlights why risk management is vital to the agency
- Planning Associates FY16 Program (16 July)
- Camie Knolleberg provided an overview of the FY16 Planning Associates Program, with input from past PAs, supervisors, and the PA Program project manager
- Working Together to Modernize Planning: Overview and Take Back (2 July)
- Ms. Jodi Creswell of the Planning CoP and Ecosystem Planning Center of Expertise shared information from the national workshop, Working Together To Modernize Planning, and shared some of the tools and materials available to the Community to "take back" information form the workshop to their colleagues.
- Section 7001: Preparing the 2015 Annual Report to Congress (18 June)
- Lisa Kiefel of the Planning Community of Practice provided an update on first-year lessons-learned in developing the Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (per WRRDA Section 7001), discussed newly available online resources to assist with internal and external communication and coordination of proposals, and provided a summary of next steps once proposals are received.
- SMART PLANNING & Effective Stakeholder Collaboration (9 June)
- Gigi Coulson (New Orleans District) and Joel Benegar (San Francisco District) provides updated recommendations on how to cost effectively and efficiently incorporate vital public and stakeholder involvement into our diverse array of SMART planning projects. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and we understand that without proper consideration of public involvement and stakeholder collaboration, our projects can be left with significant risks and uncertainties during our formal public reviews. This webinar will offer background about the challenge and importance of incorporating public involvement into our projects. It will also provide suggestions and possible strategies on how we might use existing collaborative tools to implement public involvement strategies and help your project avoid common pitfalls.
- CWRBs and SMART Planning (21 May)
- An overview of lessons learned regarding the execution of CWRBs and the application of those lessons to future CWRBs.
- PCoP Panel Question and Answer Forum (7 May)
- A panel from the Planning Community of Practice took questions from across the community on any planning topic / question that came forward.
- The "Four Ps" of Planning Modernization (16 April)
- Sue Hughes of the Planning Community of Practice provided an update on the 4P's of Planning Modernization: what they are, why we're communicating modernization in those terms, and our key initiatives to measure our progress. A common understanding and ability to articulate the 4P's of Planning Modernization is essential to address current and future PCoP goals.
- USACE Tribal Engagement and SMART Planning (2 April)
- Chris Koeppel, RPA, Mississippi Valley Division Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison, discussed opportunities and tools to integrate government-to-government consultation with Federally recognized tribes within the SMART Planning framework. His presentation also includes talking points for communication with Federally recognized tribes.
- Environmental Evaluation & Compliance in SMART Planning: A common understanding for PMs, Planners, and Environmental team members (19 March)
- A webinar presenting a common understanding for PMs, Planners, and Environmental team members on integrating the NEPA and environmental compliance tasks associated with planning milestones in the SMART Planning framework.
- Implementing Single Phase Feasibility Studies: Getting to the Alternatives Milestone (5 March)
- Brian Harper from the Institute for Water Resources provided useful tips for new start feasibility studies implementing single phase studies (without reconnaissance). The presentation includes Brian
- Implementation of WRRDA Section 1002Single-Phase Planning & Notification of Study Schedules (19 February)
- Sue Hughes and Lisa Kiefel from the Planning Community of Practice provided a preview of the changes to the feasibility study process and notification requirements established by Section 1002 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
- Regional Coordination with Natural Resource Agencies: Tips & Lessons Learned (5 February)
- David Bauman from the Corps South Atlantic Division (SAD) provides tips, lessons learned and examples of coordination tools, as well as suggests ways to positively engage with the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
- WRRDA Overview Section 7001: Annual Report to Congress (4 December)
- An overview of recently signed Implementation Guidance for WRRDA Section 7001, which creates a new Annual Report to Congress listing studies and projects for consideration for Congressional authorization.
- SimSuite Overview for Planners (6 November)
- An overview of SimSuite, a user-friendly mapping and analysis tool with basic and advanced GIS functions that allows USACE staff to share, collaborate, plan, and more.
- Winning With People: Trained, Equipped and Capable of Solving Problems: Understanding Planning Modernization: People (16 October)
- An update from the Planning Community of Practice on Planning Modernization
- Strategies for Scoping 3x3x3 Studies (2 October)
- Tips for scoping a 3-year / $3 million (3x3) compliant study with recent examples from Seattle District (Navigation) and Sacramento District (Flood Risk Management) studies.
- Reclamation Managing Water in the West - Reclamations Water-Supply Activities (24 September)
- SMART Planning FY15 Interagency Projects (18 September)
- An overview of the upcoming available funding opportunities for interagency projects via FY15 Floodplain Management Services dollars. Contact your FPMS Project Manager for more information.
- Planning Tools and the IWRM Suite (4 September)
- Planning Subject Matter Expertise Database (21 August)
- Integrating WRRDA Implementation Guidance & PGN Updates (7 August)
- Sue Hughes
- Lessons Learned Post Final Feasibility Report (17 July)
- Wes Coleman
- Moving from the Study Phase to Preconstruction Engineering and Design (10 June)
- Office of Water Project Review
- Watershed-Informed Budgeting (5 June)
- Utilizing Risk Assessment Methodologies for Public Safety and Flood Risk Management (15 May)
- An overview of life-safety risk assessments and how they are incorporated into flood risk management studies, particularly in the dam and levee safety programs. The presentation describes tools and procedures for assessing safety risks and shows example results.
- Endangered Species Act Biological Opinions (1 May)
- An overview of interagency coordination and consultation and the development of Biological Opinions under the Endangered Species Act.
- USACE Navigation FY 2014 Workplan and FY 2015 Budget (22 April)
- Jeffrey A. McKee
- Planning Bulletin 2014-02: SMART Planning in the Reconnaissance Phase (17 April)
- An overview of implementation guidance for Reconnaissance Studies based on the Planning Guidance Notebook and PB 2014-02.
- Cost Engineering Support for SMART Planning (3 April)
- A presentation by members of the Cost Engineering Mandatory Center of Expertise (MCX) and Planning Community of Practice on integration of Cost Engineering, including Cost Agency Technical Review (ATR) in SMART feasibility studies.
- Sutter Basin: A Lessons Learned Webinar (6 March)
- A presentation by members of the Sutter Basin PDT on lessons learned in completing their Planning Pilot feasibility study that are informing the development / implementation of the SMART Planning process.
- Dam Safety & Planning: Examples of Collaboration and Lessons Learned (6 February)
- Eric Halpin,
- Value Engineering (VE) in SMART Feasibility Study Process (16 January)
- This joint Planning and Value Engineering-hosted webinar addresses opportunities and experiences for integrating Value Engineering in USACE feasibility study processes. WRRDA 2014, section 1004, eliminated the requirement for VE studies during feasibility.
- Planning Modernization and SMART Planning (7 January)
- Theodore A. Brown
- One-Corps Feasibility Studies: Lessons Learned in Roles and Collaboration in Executing Feasibility Studies (5 December)
- This joint Planning and Engineering & Construction hosted webinar addresses common challenges to the execution of feasibility studies under the constraints of 3x3 and lessons learned in the last year of implementation.
- Winning with People: Trained, Equipped and Capable of Solving Problems (7 November)
- This webinar provided an update to the Planning Community of Practice Training Plan and expectations for training developments in FY14.
- AAPA - Project Cost Limits (WRDA 1986 Section 902) (28 October)
- Jeremy LaDart, Economist, HQUSACE
- Documenting Decisions: Tips, Tools, Techniques and Lessons Learned in Report Writing (19 September)
- This recorded webinar included tips from the field on technical story telling: How are those in the field writing integrated feasibility study and environmental compliance documents that are both technically complete and readable? Jacksonville and Little Rock Districts shared recent experiences and lessons learned as they prepared and released draft reports for public - and concurrent internal - review.
- AAPA - Contributed Funds (23 August)
- Jan Rasgus, USACE
- Environmental Evaluation & Compliance in SMART Planning Feasibility Studies (15 August)
- This webinar outlined how USACE environmental evaluation activities, such as environmental assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) fit into feasibility studies process, including documentation in integrated reports.
- SMART Planning and USACE Feasibility Studies: Agency to Agency Coordination (1 August)
- This webinar focused on the ongoing coordination between HQUSACE, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Presenters from all three agencies discussed application of SMART Planning principles and process within the context of their agency mandates.
- New Planning Bulletin: SMART Planning Milestones (18 July)
- This webinar focused on changes to the feasibility study process, including additional detail on Milestones and read aheads, based on Planning Bulletin 2013-03, released on 15 July.
- SMART Planning: Different Perspectives on Concurrent Review (6 June)
- This webinar panel on concurrent review included three presentations: the Pilot Review Experience of Jordan Creek FRM study (Anslow); Planning Centers of Expertise Perspective (Thaut and Creswell); and the role of Headquarters reviews and reviewers (T. Hughes).
- Risk Management in Planning: Tools and Application (16 May)
- This presentation provides background and examples in applying Planning Risk Management Tools, including the Decision Management Plan and Risk Register.
- Risk Management in Planning: An Overview (2 May)
- This presentation provides an overview of risk analysis and its role in Planning. Risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication were discussed.
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Summary Series Wrap-up (1 May)
- Bill Frechione
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Navigation Economic System Modeling (24 April)
- Buddy Langdon
- SMART Planning: Feasibility Study Milestones & Process (18 April)
- This presentation provides an overview of the SMART Planning feasibility study process and milestones, including vertical integration and the reviewers perspective.
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Great Lakes Vessel Operating Costs (17 April)
- Roger E. Haberly
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Elasticity of Demand - Shipper Responsiveness (10 April)
- Michael R. Hilliard, Ph.D.
- SMART Planning: Unifying Planning Modernization (4 April)
- This presentation provides an overview of SMART Planning and how it relates to Planning Modernization.
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Navigation Component Engineering Reliability (3 April)
- Gabriela M. Lyvers
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Engineering Reliability (27 March)
- Mark Lisney
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Transportation Rate Analysis and Externalities (20 March)
- Lin Prescott
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Waterway Traffic Projections (13 March)
- Wes Walker
- USACE Responses to IEPR (12 March)
- Bruce Carlson
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Navigation Data Resources Webinar (6 March)
- Dick Ash
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Great Lakes Navigation Economics 101 (27 February)
- Roger E. Haberly
- Watershed Valuation: A Closer Look (includes IWR Planning Suite presentation) (26 February)
- Shawn Komlos
- SMART Planning Charette Facilitation Webinar (21 February)
- Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Inland Navigation Economics 101 (20 February)
- Mark Hammond
- An Update on Current and Upcoming Review Tools (18 December)
- Miki Fujitsubo
- SMART Feasibility Studies: Milestones and Process (15 November)
- This 16 minute video provides more detail on the milestones and process for conducting feasibility studies applying the SMART planning principles. The video is hosted by the USACE Corps Connection YouTube channel.
Download the SMART Feasibility Studies: Milestones and Process PowerPoint presentation.
- Foundations of SMART Planning (15 November)
- This 17 minute video provides an introduction to the foundations of SMART Planning and the SMART planning feasibility study process. The video is hosted by the USACE Corps Connection YouTube channel.
Download the Foundations of SMART Planning PowerPoint presentation.
- SMART Planning and Rescoping Charettes (1 July)
- This presentation provides an overview of the SMART Planning Feasibility Study Process and introduces the planning charette as a tool for Project Delivery Teams to launch or rescope their study. PPT File
- Nonstructural / Flood Proofing Webinar (12 June)
- NFPC Committee
- SMART Planning - The Risk Register (1 June)
- This recorded webinar provides an short introduction to the Risk Register tool for PDTs to identify - and address - study and project risks. The link opens the webinar in a new window in Adobe Captivate. The webinar cannot be downloaded.
- Civil Works Feasibility Study Program Execution and Delivery (28 February)
- Introduction to Planning Modernization and Feasibility Study execution improvements
- Assuring Quality of Planning Models: EC 1105-2-412 Rollout (14 June)
- Information for the field in implementing EC 1105-2-412, Assuring Quality of Planning
- Lessons Learned During Washington Level Review (9 June)