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Training Resources - Planning Webinars

    Resources

  • USACE Knowledge Now Video Library First-Time Login Instructions
    In order to view recordings of previous PCoP webinars, USACE staff must use their credentials to access the USACE Knowledge Now video library. This document guides new users through the process of accessing the USACE Knowledge Now video network, setting up a profile, and accessing the Planning channel.

    2022

  • Life Safety Risk Indicator (20 October)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Life Safety Risk Indicator (LSRI). In an effort to develop a consistent way to recommend projects that warrant funding based on risk to life safety, USACE has developed the LSRI tool, which provides a screening-level, relative representation of the life risk (average annual life loss) that would be reduced if a given structural or non-structural flood damage reduction project was constructed. The LSRI is intended to serve as a budget tool to prioritize studies and projects starting with the FY25 budget development process. The LSRI builds off of and replaces the Life Safety Hazard Index (LSHI) tool by incorporating not just consequence information, but also likelihood of the consequences. Presenter Jason Needham (Consequence Specialist, Risk Management Center) described the LSRI methodology and introduced the web-based LSRI tool and how to use it.
  • Update on Planning Policy & the Planning Guidance Notebook (6 October)
    This webinar provided an overview of evolution of USACE policy on formulation of water resources projects and the Planning Guidance Notebook (Engineer Regulation 1105-2-100). Presenter Amy Frantz (HQUSACE Senior Policy Advisor) discussed the evolution of Planning policy along with insights into how policy is developed, updated, and maintained.
  • Developing and Applying a Logical Aggregation Methodology in the First 90 Days of a Study (22 September)
    Planning Bulletin 2019-03 requires that nonstructural analyses formulate and then evaluate measures and plans using a logical aggregation method. This webinar presented strategies for developing and applying a logical aggregation methodology in the first 90 days of a feasibility study, a critical step in study scoping and development of the initial array of alternatives. Presenters Michelle Kniep and Eric Thaut (National Flood Risk Management Planning Center of Expertise (FRM-PCX)) provided best practices, focusing on the study scoping phase prior to the alternatives milestone meeting (AMM).
  • Strategies for Successful Nonstructural Planning (8 September)
    Nonstructural planning can be challenging. On this webinar, Rachel Williams (Omaha District planner and project manager) and Danielle Tommaso (New York District plan formulator) of the National Nonstructural Committee (NNC) shared strategies to help planning team succeed. In addition to sharing an overview of the latest hot topics, important guidance, and best practices for nonstructural planning success, the presenters facilitated an interactive brainstorming session to allow participants an opportunity to share lessons learned and ask questions.
  • Feasibility Study Templates, Checklists & SOPs (1 September)
    This webinar provided an overview of a number of new and updated templates for Chief's Reports and Director's Reports, Review Manager and Vertical Team Roles and Responsibilities guides, and Study Issue checklists. Jeff Lin, Plan Formulation Team Lead (HQUSACE Office of Water Project Review) discussed the purpose and intent of each of the new templates, guides, and checklists.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series – Session #6 – People Strengthen Our Connections With Each Other (18 August)
    The sixth PCoP Virtual Summer Series session focused on examples from the field of how our internal connections were strengthened to produce better results and featured opening remarks from Mr. Eric Bush, Headquarters Chief of Planning & Policy.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #5 - Partnering: Better Project Delivery Through Partnering and Tribal Engagement (11 August)
    The fifth PCoP Virtual Summer Series session focused on the importance of partnering with other federal agencies and Tribal engagement in Planning.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #4 - Workforce Development: People are our Greatest Asset (4 August)
    The fourth PCoP Virtual Summer Series session focused on professional development and increasing skills, experience, and capacity across Planning.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #3 - Innovation: Revolutionizing Our Project Delivery through Innovation (28 July)
    The third PCoP Virtual Summer Series session presented several case studies focused on how project delivery teams "revolutionized" the planning process to provide innovative features in project delivery. These case studies demonstrated innovation across various business lines.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series – Session #2 – Partnering: Engaging Disadvantage Communities in the Age of Smart Planning: Environmental Justice (21 July)
    The focus of the second PCoP Virtual Summer Series session was on how to provide meaningful engagement while implementing smart planning, discussion regarding implementation of ASA(CW) environmental justice (EJ) guidance, tools for identifying and engaging with disadvantaged communities, and EJ success stories.
  • 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series - Session #1 - Readiness: What’s New on the Planning Horizon? (14 July)
    The focus of the kickoff session of the 2022 PCoP Virtual Summer Series was trends in planning policy, Water Resources Development Act implementation guidance and other relevant guidance. The discussion informed planners on what to expect next in the planning and policy world and topics included scoping and the Vertical Team Alignment Memo (VTAM), evaluating and documenting benefits across accounts, conducting mega studies, and policy and guidance updates. Speakers included Mr. Al Lee (Director of Civil Works), Joe Redican (Deputy Chief, Headquarters Planning & Policy), Jason Norris (Headquarters Office of Water Project Review), Brian Harper and Saji Varghese (Southwestern Division/Regional Planning and Environment Center), and Amy Frantz (Headquarters Senior Policy Advisor).
  • Planning Associates Program (30 June)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Planning Associates Program and why USACE planners should consider applying. Presenters Lisa Rabbe (IWR, Planning Associates Program Manager), Brandon Wadlington (RPEC, Chief of NEPA and Natural Resources Section), and Ken Woodard (LRH, Chief of Plan Formulation) highlighted the benefits of the Planning Associates Program as well as the application process. In addition, the webinar provided tips and insights from current Planning Associates.
  • Agency Technical Review (ATR) Certification (16 June)
    This webinar provided an overview of the categories of certification for Agency Technical Review in Planning, as well as discussed certification application timelines and tips for success. Presenters included Debby Scerno (Environmental Compliance/Ecosystem Restoration ATR lead, Headquarters Office of Water Project Review), Nancy Brighton (Cultural Resources ATR lead, Headquarters Planning & Policy Division), Max Millstein (Economics ATR lead, South Atlantic Division), and Charlie Hanneken (Plan Form ATR lead, Northwestern Division).
  • NDMU Risk Management Certificate (2 June)
    This webinar provided an overview of on the distance learning Risk Management Graduate Certificate Program available through the Notre Dame of Maryland University. This year-long, graduate level training program prepares participants to provide thoughtful, evidence-based approaches to reduce vulnerability; minimize risk to achieve organizational goals; and to acquire the knowledge and skills most in demand for careers in this growing field. Presenters included Karen Miller (HQ lead), Matt Shanks (LRD, recent NDMU program graduate, and special guest Dr. Charles Yoe (NDMU professor and author of Principles of Risk Analysis: Decision Making Under Uncertainty). Participants learned about the program application process and had the opportunity to ask questions.
  • Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (Section 7001 Report) (19 May)
    This webinar provided an overview of the annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development, also known as the 7001 Report. The presentation addressed the entire process to complete the report, with emphasis on our outreach efforts and the proposal evaluation process. Presenter Karla Roberts (Program Manager, Southwestern Division Regional Integration Team) discussed requirements established in Section 7001 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, as amended and details of the annual process, including acceptance of non-Federal proposals, district, division and headquarters evaluation of proposals, and development of the Report to Congress.
  • Water Resources Certified Planner Program (5 May)
    This webinar provided an overview of the USACE Water Resources Certified Planner Program in advance of the 2022 Call for Applications. The webinar was presented by Rebecca Albert (Acting WRCP Program Manager) and addressed the purpose of the program, qualifications required for certification, and the application and evaluation process.
  • Independent External Peer Review (IEPR) – Updated Standard Operating Procedures (21 April)
    This webinar provided a detailed overview of the updated Independent External Peer Review (IEPR) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), along with real examples of some of the process steps required to complete IEPR for studies. The 2019 IEPR SOP previously made available to planners has been revised to reflect current guidance and policies. Presenters Andy MacInnes (MVN) and Anastasiya Kononova (NAB) highlighted noteworthy IEPR concepts for all study teams, including the important and time sensitive steps that study teams need to be aware of in order to ensure that IEPR is started at the appropriate time to coincide with concurrent reviews.
  • Coastal Texas StratCom (7 April)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Strategic Communications Plan for the Coastal Texas study – USACE’s largest Civil Works study ever undertaken. In just under 6 years, the project delivery team produced a $29B recommended plan that promises to deliver a resilient Texas coast using a combination of ecosystem restoration and coastal storm risk management features that function as a system to reduce the risk of coastal storm damages to natural and man-made infrastructure and to restore degraded coastal ecosystems. Focused on redundancy and robustness, the proposed system of improvements increases the resiliency of the Texas coast and is adaptable to future conditions. To reach communities locked-down during the Covid crisis, the team innovated strategic communications, deploying a combination of virtual technologies to engage the public and assure transparency across the local, regional, and national landscape. Dr. Kelly Burks-Copes (PM, Galveston District) reviewed the Strategic Communications Plan for the study and walked through the various tools and techniques utilized to assure public outreach used both during the study phase and planned for the next phases of the project.
  • Section 401 Water Quality Certification Update (31 March)
    This webinar, originally presented on 11 March 2021, provided an overview of the new Section 401 Water Quality Certification Rule and its requirements and was presented by Jamie Higgins (Environmental Policy Reviewer, HQUSACE Office of Water Project Review). Districts must request a water quality certification from the appropriate certifying authority to ensure compliance of a project with relevant water quality requirements. The presentation focused on changes to the Section 401 rule and how they should be implemented in Planning and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents based on this District requirement. Please note that the 31 March 2022 webinar addressed EPA’s reversion to the 1971 rule due to a court ruling vacating the 2020 rule. However, that ruling has been overturned by the Supreme Court and the 2020 Rule is still in effect. Please stay tuned for additional information as EPA engages in rulemaking to revise the 2020 401 Certification Rule. EPA plans to finalize the Rule in the Spring of 2023.
  • Interest Based Negotiation (24 March)
    This webinar presented by the Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Center provided participants an opportunity to learn about interest-based negotiation and tools for transforming potential conflicts into jointly-developed solutions. Presenter Hal Cardwell (Director, Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise) instructed participants in how to move the conversation from “how to divide the pie” arguments among parties into collaborative “expand-the pie” solutions that meet the interests of the formerly competing parties. The webinar also led participants through an interactive case study as well as discussed real-world USACE examples of the power of moving from positions to interests.
  • Plan Formulation Career Roadmap and KSAs Update (10 March)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Plan Formulation Career Roadmap and the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) Crosswalk. The Career Roadmap provides an overview of the practice of Plan Formulation within USACE, and also provides guidance to Planning professionals, particularly plan formulators, regarding career development expectations throughout a person’s career within a Planning discipline. It is paired with the KSAs crosswalk that indicates the point in one’s Plan Formulation career at which each KSA will likely be acquired or significantly upgraded. The crosswalk also provides recommended sources of training and guidance to assist in acquiring each KSA. Presenter Ray Wimbrough (HQUSACE Senior Policy Advisor) discussed how KSAs can be used by planners on all levels to focus their development in specific areas as well as by supervisors to refine Individual Development Plans and help guide and mentor planners throughout their careers.
  • PCX-CSRM Update and Best Practices from Recent Studies (24 February)
    This webinar provided an overview of the National Planning Center of Expertise (PCX) for Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) and best practices for coastal study teams. Representatives of the USACE PCX-CSRM, including Larry Cocchieri, Donald Cresitello, Naomi Fraenkel, Roselle Stern, and Danielle Tommaso addressed best practices and lessons learned for project delivery teams culled from recent CSRM planning studies. This information is intended to reduce risks to study schedules and funding, minimize or avoid technical challenges, and assist less experienced project delivery team members in decision making. Other presentation topics included targeted Agency Technical Reviews, coastal planning models, non-Federal sponsor coordination, economic considerations, critical infrastructure, future without project conditions, and updates and lessons learned from the National Nonstructural Committee.
  • FY23 FPMS Interagency Nonstructural Call for Proposals (10 February)
    This webinar provided an overview of the FY23 Floodplain Management Services (FPMS) Interagency Nonstructural Call for Proposals, including the types of activities and products that can be supported. The goal of the FPMS Interagency Nonstructural Call for Proposals is to facilitate interagency flood risk management outcomes and collaboratively leverage multiple agency resources and authorities. Presenters Jennifer Dunn (FPMS Interagency Nonstructural lead) and Stephanie Bray (FPMS Program Manager) reviewed the process and schedule for proposal submission and evaluation, offered tips and cautions, reviewed select examples, and addressed questions.
  • Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (EMRRP) Overview (27 January)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program (EMRRP) and how it can help address current and future environmental planning challenges. Presenter Dr. Brook Herman (Research Ecologist and Program Manager, EMRRP) discussed how EMRRP is designed to be a flexible research program capable of addressing a wide range of issues associated with ecosystem restoration that can be a source of collaboration bringing together planning teams with subject matter experts. Dr. Herman also described how research funded by EMRRP has addressed planning challenges, such as helping to increase the number of certified ecological planning models and providing knowledge transfer of monitoring and adaptive management practices. In addition, Dr. Herman addressed the Statement of Need (SON) process and important submittal dates.
  • USACE National Regional Sediment Management Program Overview (13 January)
    This webinar provided an overview of the USACE National Regional Sediment Management (RSM) Program and beneficial use of dredged material. Dr. Katie Brutsché, (Program Manager, USACE RSM Program and Associate Technical Director, Navigation Research and Development) described the concept of RSM, why it’s important, and how the program came to be. The presentation included example studies where RSM was successfully executed to create more efficient and effective management of sediment related projects. In addition, Dr. Brutsché discussed the beneficial use of dredged material (BUDM) as an RSM strategy.

    2021

  • Cost Engineering Requirements in the Planning Phase (16 December)
    This webinar provided an overview of cost engineering requirements throughout the feasibility phase of planning studies. Presenter Mike Jacobs (Chief, USACE Cost Engineering Mandatory Center of Expertise) addressed timing and level of detail of cost engineering products, cost estimate classification, cost certification requirements, and updates required across the project lifecycle.
  • Overview and Use of the Feasibility Report Format and Content Guide (2 December)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Feasibility Report Format and Content Guide – a new tool that has been produced by a team of experts within USACE for nationwide use. Presenter Ray Wimbrough (HQUSACE Senior Policy Advisor) discussed the contents of the guide, which contains a suggested format, typical content for each section and subsection, and general notes for development of reports. The guide is envisioned to be helpful to beginner as well as experienced planners, provides a general starting point for any feasibility study, and can also be used as a reference/checklist to assist in technical and/or policy review.
  • Ecological Benefits, Resource Significance, and Their Impact on Project Budget (18 November)
    This webinar provided an overview of how significance, benefits, and budget work together. Presenter Debby Scerno (Environmental Reviewer, Office of Water Project Review) focused on Ecosystem Restoration projects, but much of the information provided can also be applied to compensatory mitigation. The webinar highlighted tools and resources to help project teams describe resource significance for both Ecosystem Restoration and mitigation, as well as to determine what benefits will be sought for a project.
  • The Power of ERDC (4 November)
    This webinar highlighted the capabilities of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and the role of the recently stood up group of “ERDC Liaisons.” As one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world, ERDC conducts research and development in support of military installations and the USACE Civil Works mission, as well as for other federal agencies, state and municipal authorities, and with U.S. industries through innovative work agreements. Presenter Michael Winkler (ERDC Strategic Integration Officer) provided an overview of ERDC capabilities related to Planning and described the role of the new ERDC Liaisons, who have been assigned to all MSCs and Districts as part of the Chief of Engineer’s intent to elevate the Corps’ research and development programs, and to promote ERDC involvement earlier in the project development process.
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (21 October)
    In celebration of Conflict Resolution Day 2021, this webinar provided practical application tips and an opportunity for conversation about negotiation and conflict resolution. Presented by Hunter Merritt (Social Scientist, Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise), the webinar included participants sharing their collective experiences in order to help others navigate project-related conflicts and improve efficiency, trust, processes, and project execution.
  • Lessons Learned from the Tribal Partnership Program Clear Creek Ecosystem Restoration Study (7 October)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Tribal Partnership Program (TPP) Clear Creek Ecosystem Restoration Study, including lessons learned from applying innovative methods to complete a study on time and under budget. In addition, presenters Elise Jarrett and Lindsay Floyd (Sacramento District Water Resources Planners) shared ideas on how to appropriately scale studies and how the successes from this study might be implemented across the enterprise to continue strengthening the TPP.
  • After Action Reviews – Lessons Learned by Using Innovative, Data-Driven Approaches and Methodology (23 September)
    This webinar provided an overview of recent After Action Reviews (AARs) on USACE Civil Works planning and project delivery efforts. Planners, project managers, and leaders can apply the information gathered from any AAR to document lessons learned and opportunities for change in the enterprise. The webinar was presented by Dr. Nadia Mohandessi (Emergency Management Continuous Improvement Program Manager, Readiness Support Center) and Gwyn Jarrett (Program Manager with the NWD/POD Regional Integration Team). Andy MacInnes, Water Resource Certified Planner (MVN) and Regional Technical Specialist (MVD), co-facilitated and developed the AARs discussed with Dr. Mohandessi.
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) and IWR Planning Suite (9 September)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) module withing the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) Planning Suite II. Presenter Eric Johnson (Economist, IWR) provided an overview of the MCDA module’s ability to consider the influence of multiple criteria on project alternatives; how the module helps planners and economists clarify and convey tradeoffs across multiple criteria; and how the module can assist study teams in the evaluation of multiple benefit types across the four accounts (National Economic Development, Environmental Quality, Regional Economic Development, and Other Social Effects).
  • Tips for USACE Interview Success (12 August)
    This webinar presented tips for building a resume and delivering a strong interview for USACE employees. Presenters Susan Layton (Acting Chief of Planning & Policy, South Atlantic Division) and Rhiannon Kucharski (Chief of the Civil and Public Works Branch and Legislative Liaison, Honolulu District) covered all aspects of the interview process, including tips for a top-notch interview; what NOT to do during an interview; how to prepare for various types of interviews; and tips for developing an effective resume. Additional leadership perspectives were also provided by Joe Redican (Deputy Chief of Planning & Policy, HQUSACE) and Wes Coleman (Chief, HQUSACE Office of Water Project Review).
  • Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (7001 Report) (29 July)
    This webinar provided an overview of the annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development, also known as the 7001 Report. The presentation covered requirements established in Section 7001 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (as amended), with an emphasis on the proposal evaluation process. Presenter Karla Roberts (Southwestern Division Regional Integration Team) discussed the annual process in detail, including the acceptance of non-Federal proposals, District, Division, and Headquarters evaluation of proposals, and the development of the Report to Congress.
  • Planning Quick Takes: Timely Topics for Risk-Informed Planning Studies (15 July)
    This webinar provided an overview of the recently-completed “Planning Quick Takes: Timely Topics for Risk-Informed Planning Studies,” which was previously known as the “Planning Mentor Handbook.” Planning Quick Takes is intended to be used by all project delivery team members and not just Planning Mentors, and offers brief summaries on many risk-informed planning topics. The webinar focused on three new topics added to the document: Life Safety Assessment, Climate Change Assessment, and Incorporating the Four P&G Accounts and was presented by Leigh Skaggs (Senior Planner, St. Paul District), Karen Miller (Senior Planner, Huntington District), Kendall Zaborowski (Planning Team Lead, Dam Safety Modification Mandatory Center of Expertise), Ariane Pinson (Climate Specialist, Albuquerque District), Dena Abou-El-Seoud (Senior Economist, Great Lakes & Ohio River Division), and Zack Hartley (Regional Economist, Chicago District).
  • Best Practices & Lessons Learned: Environmental Collaboration & Conflict Resolution (1 July)
    This webinar provided an overview of best practices and lessons learned from various MSC case studies on Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution (ECCR), along with an introduction from the Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise (CPCX). The webinar was presented by Frances Malamud-Roam (San Francisco District Regulatory Project Manager), Mike Thron (New Orleans District Biologist), Daniel Sumerall (Vicksburg District Project Manager), Cindy Upah (Alaska District Planning Chief), and Tyson Vaughn (CPCX ECCR Report Lead). The practitioners shared case studies incorporating innovative collaborative and conflict resolution practices which included the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team, the Mississippi River Levee Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, and the Japanese Creek Continuing Authorities Program.
  • ER 1165-2-217: Civil Works Review Guidance Policy (10 and 17 June 2021) (10 June)
    The 10 and 17 June 2021 Planning CoP Webinars addressed updates to the Civil Works Review Guidance Policy recently published in Engineer Regulation (ER) 1165-2-217 (dated 1 May 2021) and was presented by the primary authors: Ms. Karen Miller (Planning Regional Technical Specialist, Huntington District); John Clarkson (Senior Reviewer, Risk Management Center); and Erica Reinsel (Quality Manager, Jacksonville District). ER 1165- 2-217 provides updated guidance for Civil Works Review and supersedes the expired Engineer Circular 1165-2-217: Civil Works Review Policy. This webinar highlighted the overall purpose of the policy and significant changes from the EC to the ER, and reminded planners of the major elements of responsibility for ensuring quality products throughout the Civil Works program.
  • The RMC, the MMC, and You (3 June)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Risk Management Center (RMC) and the Modeling, Mapping, and Consequences (MMC), including the organization, background, and purpose of each Center as well as their respective mission areas and District support services. The MMC is at the forefront of the development of consequences analysis tools and methodology for USACE dam and levee risk and security assessments. Likewise, the RMC has been responsible for the development of USACE risk assessment methodology and risk management of the USACE dam and levee portfolio. Presenters Jason Needham, (Consequences Specialist, RMC), Ben Stubbs (Director, MMC), and Jesse Morrill-Winter (National Technical Specialist, Economics and Risk) discussed new requirements for District planners regarding the incorporation of life safety risk into project design and evaluation and the available support functions, expertise, and products the RMC and MMC can provide for local studies.
  • Post Authorization Change Reports (PACRs): Myths, Mysteries, and Legends (20 May)
    This webinar provided an overview of Post Authorization Change Reports (PACRs). Presenters Wes Coleman (Chief, Office of Water Project Review, HQUSACE) and Jeremy LaDart (Chief, Planning and Environmental Division, Mobile District) discussed a ranged of planning considerations for PACRs, including why PACRs are conducted, the various types of PACRs, approval authority, scoping considerations, and obtaining Vertical Team alignment
  • Office of Water Project Review (OWPR): Who We Are and What We Do (22 April)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Headquarters Office of Water Project Review (OWPR). Presenters Wes Coleman (OWPR Chief) and members of the team Judy McCrea (Plan Formulation), Fay Lachney (Plan Formulation Team Lead), Chris Bouquot (Economics), and Jeff Lin (Plan Formulation) discussed the history of OWPR origins and provided insight on the current organization of the office and its people. In addition to discussing OWPR staff policy review roles and responsibilities, the presenters shared other ongoing OWPR initiatives.
  • Water Resources Certified Planner Program (8 April)
    This webinar provided an overview of the USACE Water Resources Certified Planner Program in advance of the 2021 Call for Applications. The webinar was presented by Kim Townsend (HQUSACE Senior Water Resources Planner) and addressed the purpose of the program, qualifications required for certification, and the application and evaluation process.
  • Successes & Lessons Learned from the Columbia River System Operations Environmental Impact Statement Joint Record of Decision (18 March)
    This webinar provided an overview of the preparation of a joint Record of Decision (ROD) for the Columbia River System Operations environmental impact statement (EIS), which had three co-lead federal agencies who worked together toward selecting an alternative that would meet each agency’s mission. Presenters Rebecca Weiss and Leanne Holm (USACE Northwestern Division), David Kennedy and Jill Leary (Bonneville Power Administration), and Jarod Blades (Bureau of Reclamation) discussed the history and background of the project, the format used for the joint ROD, and lessons learned.
  • Getting to the Finish Line – Preparing for a Successful Final Report and Chief’s or Director’s Report (4 March)
    This webinar discussed common issues in final report submittal packages and Washington-level review and processing. Members of the Office of Water Project Review (OWPR) and the Regional Integration Teams (RITs) shared a list of final report content and processing problems that have caused significant delays for studies as they work towards approval and authorization, and provided observations and tips to help study teams avoid these pitfalls. The webinar was presented by Quana Higgins (NWD/POD RIT Planner), Judy McCrea (OWPR Plan Formulation Team member), Fay Lachney (OWPR Plan Formulation Team Lead), and Charles Wilson (SPD RIT Planner).
  • Planning Assistance to States Program Overview (25 February)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Planning Assistance to States (PAS) Program (Section 22 of WRDA 1974, as amended) and was presented by Sharon Sartor (PAS Program Manager). PAS is a USACE program that allows for providing cost-shared technical assistance and comprehensive water resource planning support to non-federal sponsors. The webinar included types of projects that can be conducted, how to get a project started ,and examples of PAS projects from across the country presented by District team members.
  • 3x3x3 Exemption Lessons Learned, NWK Grand River Ecosystem Restoration Study (11 February)
    This webinar provided an overview of how to utilize an exemption from the 3x3x3 process to inform more complete and defendable planning decisions. Presented by Kaely Megaro (Kansas City District), Scott Nicholson (Office of Water Project Review), and Jeremy Weber (Northwestern Division), the presentation highlighted lessons learned from the Grand River Ecosystem Restoration Study, with an emphasis on the value of scoping and reaching vertical team alignment on an exemption early in the study process.
  • NEPA Modernization and the Public (4 February)
    This webinar continued the discussion on the new CEQ NEPA regulations issued in 2020, with a focus on public involvement. Presented by Jeff Trulick (Office of Water Project Review) and Dr. Kat McCain (RPEDN Environmental Planning Section Chief), the webinar included a discussion with the field to address emerging questions related to public participation, involvement, and comments during the NEPA process.
  • Alaska Native Cultures & Tribal Engagement (3 February)
    In this webinar, presenters Kelly Eldridge (Alaska District Archeologist) and Kendall Campbell (Alaska District Tribal Liaison) introduced background information on the history of Alaska Natives and the diversity of indigenous cultures in the state of Alaska. The presentation included helpful hints and best practices for successful engagements and working with Alaska Natives on Civil Works projects.
  • Introduction to the Alaska Native and Federal Relationship (27 January)
    This webinar, presented by Kendall Campbell (Alaska District Tribal Liaison), provided a primer and some lessons learned on USACE Tribal requirements and obligations within the Civil Works program.
  • Planning Perspectives: HQ Planning & Policy Leadership Panel (14 January)
    This webinar highlighted Planning priorities and allowed Planning Community members an opportunity to learn more about Headquarters Planning & Policy Division leadership members.

    2020

  • Engaging Operations During Feasibility (29 October)
    This webinar focused on the benefits for planners of engaging with Operations personnel during the feasibility phase. During the feasibility phase of a Civil Works project, study teams often identify a number of benefit streams. Planners can benefit from ground- truthing their benefit concepts with professionals who are actively delivering project benefits in real-time: USACE Civil Works Operation Managers and other Operations professionals. Improved interaction and recognition of Operations Division professionals in the feasibility phase can lead to more practical outcomes, a better understanding of the project turnover phase, and life-cycle cost exposure for non-federal sponsors. . This webinar was presented by Peter Dodgion (HQUSACE Asset Management Program Manager).
  • Real Estate and Planning: Partnering in Feasibility for Success (15 October)
    This webinar discussed how planners can partner effectively with Real Estate throughout the feasibility phase to ensure successful project delivery during implementation, including an overview of common Real Estate definitions, Real Estate’s role during the feasibilty phase and identifying Real Estate requirements, how Real Estate fits into SMART Planning, and best practices for project delivery teams (PDTs) partnering with their local Real Estate teams. The webinar was presented by members of the USACE Real Estate Community of Practice and NWD vertical chain: Ted Nettles (HQUSACE Realty Specialist/HQUSACE Base Realignment and Closure [BRAC] Program Manager), Kimberly Ohman (NWD Planning and Acquisition Program Manager), and Meredith Harmon (NWK Planning and Acquisition Branch Chief).
  • Planning Mentor Handbook - A Tool for Mentors (and Others) Assisting PDTs (1 October)
    This webinar, presented by Karen Miller (Planning Mentor Program manager) and Leigh Skaggs (lead author, Planning Mentor Handbook) provided an overview of the purpose of the Planning Mentor Program, the role of Planning Mentors, and the recently published Planning Mentor Handbook. The presenters discussed each of the major topics covered in the handbook and provide examples of how each of the risk-informed planning tools described in the document were employed in a variety of USACE studies or activities. While originally envisioned as an aid to Planning Mentors, the handbook is applicable to any planner who wants to learn more about risk-informed planning and how to apply it.
  • Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) Updates September 2020 (29 September)
    This webinar presented by the Revolutionize Civil Works Team discussed the latest changes to CAP, including an overview of the new CAP approval delegations and Directors Policy Memorandum guidance to increase planers understanding and expectations. The team also highlighted why these changes are significant and how they will benefit USACE as well as USACE partners.
  • Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for the Delaware River: Lessons Learned (17 September)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Delaware Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for the Delaware River (DE DMU) feasibility study. The DE DMU feasibility study identified beneficial use opportunities for sediment dredged from a Federal navigation project to provide coastal storm risk management (CSRM) benefits. Presented by Scott Sanderson (Coastal Planning Chief, Planning Division, Philadelphia District) described the studys formulation process, while highlighting lessons learned related to resource agency coordination, specifically concerning the Coastal Barrier Resources Act/Coastal Barrier Improvement Act and the impact of environmental windows on dredged material placement. In addition, the presentation discussed the impact of the navigation project Federal Standard on the benefit/cost analysis.
  • Overview of the Regional Economic System (RECONS) Model (3 September)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Regional Economic System (RECONS) model, which automates calculations of regional economic activity. RECONS Team members Wen Chang (Senior Economist, Institute for Water Resources), Dena Abou (Regional Technical Specialist, Inland Navigation Economics, Chicago District, and Holly Bender (Lead Regional Economist, Kansas City District) discussed the importance of RECONS in light of the 3 April 2020 directive issued by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA(CW)) for USACE to provide a comprehensive documentation of benefits in feasibility studies. RECONS is the Agency's only certified regional economic development (RED) model, making it an essential tool for compliance with the ASA(CW) directive. Presenters summarized key differences between the national economic development (NED) and RED accounts, and provided an overview of the RECONS model, including a live demo.
  • Incorporating Managed Aquifer Recharge into the USACE Planning Process (20 August)
    This webinar provided an overview of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), which includes both artificial recharge basins and aquifer storage and recovery wells and is being used to address many water management challenges around the globe. The presentation provided an overview of a recently published USACE Institute for Water Resources (IWR) report on how the Corps and its partners have been, or have considered, using MAR in civil works projects. In addition to applications in flood risk management and aquatic ecosystem restoration, MAR can be used for drought management, water supply, seawater intrusion prevention, and other water resources management objectives. The presentation also discussed how MAR may be further integrated into the USACE civil works planning process and new initiatives to deliver more sustainable and resilient water management solutions. The webinar was presented by Dr. Will Logan, Director of the International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management at IWR.
  • Inland Navigation Planning and Risk-Informed Management: An Introduction to Inland Navigation (6 August)
    This webinar, presented by the Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation and Risk-Informed Economics Division (PCXIN-RED), featured a brief introduction to the center and the U.S. inland waterways system generally; the common types of inland navigation studies and economic evaluation required for them; and a general discussion of how the business line has been incorporating risk-informed decision making. The information presented was geared towards introducing planners and potential project delivery team members to inland navigation analyses and the ways the PCXIN-RED can assist teams in scoping or conducting these studies.
  • IWR Planning Suite II Uncertainty Module (23 July)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Uncertainty Module within the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) Planning Suite II. The module provides its users with the ability to consider the influence of uncertainty on the results of cost-effectiveness and incremental cost analyses performed on study alternatives involving monetary and non-monetary costs and benefits. Presenter Shawn Komlos (Supervisory Physical Scientist at IWR) discussed how the module, which is a standard component of the certified version of the IWR Planning Suite II software, was developed and implemented to support a study teams efforts to rapidly assess the influence of uncertainty on alternatives on or near the cost-effective frontier.
  • Planning Charettes: Adapting from In-Person to Virtual (15 July)
    This webinar, presented by the Collaboration and Public Participation Community of Practice (CPP CoP), featured lessons learned and best practices from virtual charettes recently held by several Districts across USACE (LRP, POA, MVP, and SAC). Presenters shared tips and tools for hosting virtual charettes and helped participants imagine how they might execute their own charettes.
  • Ecological Model Review and Certification Process (9 July)
    This webinar, presented by Nate Richards (ECO-PCX Model Review Manager), provided an overview of the model certification process for ecological models and presented advancements in the process. Model review and certification has a reputation of taking a long time and requiring significant funds. These misconceptions, among others, have decreased in recent years thanks to a greater understanding of the certification requirements, increased emphasis on model quality by planning teams, delegation of approval authority, and implementation of best practices. The webinar also provided useful information and tips for planners, decision-makers, researchers, and others that develop, implement, and review aspects of ecological planning models.
  • Small Boat Harbor Planning Sub-Center of Expertise Overview (25 June)
    This webinar provided an overview of the Small Boat Harbor Planning Sub-Center of Expertise (SBH- PSCX) and the nuances of SBH planning. This Sub-Center of Expertise functions collaboratively as a sub-unit of the Deep Draft Navigation Planning Center of Expertise, with a specific focus on harbors that serve vessels that are primarily 14-foot draft or less. Presenters including Cindy Upah (Planning Chief, Alaska District and Technical Deputy, SBH-PSCX) and Eric Johnson (Economist, Alaska District) discussed planning for these multi-use harbors, which entails special considerations for a mix of commercial, recreation, subsistence, government, and research vessels. The emphasis on small boat harbor planning recognizes the specialization of technical analyses that is generally not found in inland or deep draft navigation planning analyses. The presenters also detailed the range of services offered by the SBH-PSCX, from production to review management to consultation with PDTs.
  • A SMART Planning Policy Waiver Case Study: When Corps Policy, the Endangered Species Act, and Marine Mammal Protection Act Conflict (11 June)
    This webinar provided a look at the specific challenges that were overcome by the vertical team in the Unalaska (Dutch Harbor) navigation study. The Alaska region has unique considerations in related to building infrastructure, with no shortage of protected wildlife that require extensive consultation under several environmental laws. The Dutch Harbor study illustrates where the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Corps planning policy requirements conflict, and how this conflict required the exploration, development, and approval of a policy waiver by the project delivery team. This presentation explored the weighing of risk to schedule, cost, and implementation with USACE legal and policy obligations, and highlighted the coordination and documentation required to support this specific risk-informed decision to defer completion of ESA consultation to the pre-construction engineering and design phase. The webinar was presented by Quana Higgins (NWD-POD Regional Integration Team); Evie Haberer (Environmental Reviewer, Office of Water Project Review); Kate Bliss (POD Regulatory and Environmental Program Manager); and Mike Salyer (Alaska District Environmental Resources Section Chief).
  • FRM-PCX Review Process Webinar Series: Webinar 0 - The Review Process Overview (11 June)
    Review is an important aspect of the study process and is best understood within the context of the planning process itself. This webinar highlights the sequencing of reviews within a typical study. It also provides an outline for follow-on webinars focused on more specific topics.
  • FRM-PCX Review Process Webinar Series: Webinar 1.0 - The Review Plan (11 June)
    The review plan guides the review throughout the study and provides a strategic path for engagement with review teams. This webinar provides study teams with information on the role of the Review Plan, why it is needed and tips for writing one.
  • FRM-PCX Review Process Webinar Series: Webinar 2.0 - District Quality Control (DQC) (11 June)
    DQC is the process by which the framework and foundation of a study are evaluated. This webinar discusses the DQC process and provides study teams with best practices for conducting an efficient and effective DQC.
  • FRM-PCX Review Process Webinar Series: Webinar 3.0 - Agency Technical Review Comment Response and Backcheck (11 June)
    ATR documentation supports a risk informed decision to move forward with the project and continued Federal investment so it is important to document review comments and their resolution in a clear and concise manner. This webinar focuses on the comment resolution process and some best practices to help teams successfully complete ATR.
  • FRM-PCX Review Process Webinar Series: Webinar 3.1 - ATR Charge (11 June)
    The "charge" to reviewers contains the instructions to the review team regarding the objective of the review and the specific advice sought. This webinar provides guidelines for developing the charge, including key considerations and tips on creating a better ATR charge statement.
  • Overview of One Federal Decision (E.O. 13807) Requirements for Civil Works Planning Studies (30 April)
    This webinar provided an overview of the now rescinded Executive Order 13807. This webinar still covers relevant topics including the principles of federal coordination and the permitting dashboard, which is still operational for USACE projects. The webinar was presented by Julie Alcon (Environmental Team Lead and Policy Reviewer, HQUSACE Office of Water Project Review).
  • An Introduction to Communication Planning (2 April)
    This webinar introduced participants to the new USACE Integrated Communication Planning Process. The process, which is applicable across the enterprise, is the result of a collaborative effort between the Public Affairs Office (PAO) and the Project Management, Planning, and Collaboration and Public Participation Communities of Practice (CoPs). Topics addressed included how to identify stakeholders and potential issues, determining communication goals and objectives, and developing key messages and talking points. The webinar was presented by Bill Peoples (Nashville District Public Affairs Chief) and Jacqueline Tate (Great Lakes and Ohio River Division Public Affairs Chief).
  • Deepening the Connection: Virtual Teaming & Collaboration (1 April)
    In this third in a series of webinars on teleworking technologies, virtual meetings, and virtual teaming, Public Involvement Specialist Andrea Carson (LRP) presented a hands-on webinar on how to build and sustain effective, cohesive teams even when individual team members are scattered and able to collaborate mainly through online technologies. The presentation reviewed some technical basics and guided participants through the principles and best practices of teaming, with a special focus on virtual teaming.
  • Working the Connection: Virtual Meetings & Collaboration (26 March)
    In this second in a series of webinars on teleworking technologies, virtual meetings, and virtual teaming, Public Involvement Specialists Andrea Carson (LRP) and Mary Lewis (LRN) presented a hands-on webinar on how to facilitate and participate in effective virtual meetings, including choosing the best platform and facilitator for the meeting scenario. The webinar focused on principles and best practices for keeping participants engaged and on track to meet meeting objectives, and also provided a review of some technical basics to ensure that virtual meetings run smoothly.
  • Making the Connection: Teleworking Technologies & Tips (24 March)
    In this first in a series of webinars on teleworking technologies, virtual meetings, and virtual teaming, Public Involvement Specialist Andrea Carson (LRP) provided a hands-on presentation on teleworking technology 101. She covered the technical basics including using a VPN, mapping drives, getting and using a WebEx line, and using Skype for business, including for video meetings. She also walked through a hands-on tutorial of using these meeting tools.
  • Making the most of the Planner Database (19 March)
    This webinar focused on the PCoP's Planner Database Tool, which stores and reports the knowledge, skills, and abilities of USACE planners. This tool has an easy-to-use web interface with information organized by sub-Community of Practice (sub-CoP), and many other ways of filtering and retrieving data. The Planner Database is a part of the PlanUSACE suite of tools that also includes the Planning Assistance Library (PAL) and Assistance to Planning Teams (APT). Sara O'Connell (hydraulic engineer and Planner Database lead, HEC) provided an overview of how to easily navigate the website and input and retrieve the data planners need - including registering a planner in different sub-CoPs, looking up information on other planners, and applying for Agency Technical Review (ATR) Certification.
  • Cost Engineering in Planning Studies (5 March)
    This webinar provided an overview of cost engineering, cost-schedule risk analysis, and the cost Agency Technical Review (ATR) process in planning studies. Presented by Mike Jacobs (Chief, USACE Cost Engineering Mandatory Center of Expertise), the webinar included an overview of the cost engineering requirements, level of detail, and products required at each planning milestone, as well as a discussion of best practices and lessons learned from past studies.
  • Ecological Model Development within the Planning Phase (20 February)
    This webinar provided an overview of the advancements being made in ecological model development. The webinar was presented by Dr. Kyle McKay (ERDC-EL), Dr. Todd Swannack (ERDC-EL), and Nate Richards (ECO-PCX Model Review Manager), and focused on developed and implemented tools, guidelines, and methodologies that improve the way we develop ecological models and align development, certification, and project planning. Case studies presented demonstrated that model development and certification are not only possible within SMART Planning timelines, but also valuable to decision-making.
  • Deep Draft Navigation: A Comprehensive Overview (23 January)
    This webinar provided a comprehensive overview of deep draft navigation in USACE, intended for project delivery team members at every level and in every discipline who are looking to better understand this mission area. Presenters discussed broad influences in world trade routes, described USACE deep draft ports in the nation and port characteristics, and addressed planning, economics, engineering, and environmental considerations within a feasibility study in the spirit of SMART and risk-informed planning. Presenters from the Deep Draft Navigation Planning Center of Expertise (DDNPCX) included: Eric Bush (SAD Planning Chief and Director of the DDNPCX), Stacey Roth (Plan Formulation Lead, Jacksonville District), Todd Nettles (Technical Director, DDNPCX), Max Millstein (Senior Economist, SAD), Michael Wolz (Lead Civil Engineer, SAD), and Angela Dunn (Environmental Branch Chief, Jacksonville District).
  • Flood Risk Management Planning Webinar 7 - Life Safety Risk Assessments in FRM Planning Studies (9 January)
    This webinar discussed best practices for incorporating life safety into FRM Planning studies, with a focus on varying levels of detail for life safety risk assessments. The webinar was presented by Nicholas Applegate (National Technical Specialist, FRM Planning Center of Expertise), Jesse Morrill-Winter (Sacramento District Regional Technical Specialist for Dam and Levee Safety Economics), and Nick Lutz (Louisville District Regional Technical Specialist for Dam and Levee Safety Economics) and addressed the following questions: Why are the Tolerable Risk Guidelines important? How does a life safety focused risk analysis differ from an economics focused study? When/how should teams incorporate this process into the planning process? Who needs to be involved in life safety risk assessment? What is the appropriate level of analysis/assessment and what are my team's options? Where can you find assistance in conducting life safety studies? This is the seventh 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.

    2019

  • Applied Learning Environments (12 December)
    This webinar provided an overview of Applied Learning Environments (ALEs) and how they can help the planning community build empathy and collaboration with stakeholders, facilitate the development of more innovative alternatives, and save both time and money during the planning process. ALEs are simulated environments designed to engage participants in active/applied learning to achieve specific learning objectives (e.g., ERDC Ship/Tow Simulator, emergency preparedness table top exercises, multi-hazard tournaments, etc.) The webinar was presented by John Kucharski (HEC, Senior Economist), Andrea Carson (LRP, Community Planner), and Hunter Merritt (SPK, Water Resources Planner) and included an ALE application in which webinar attendees participated.
  • Economic Guidance Memorandum (EGM) 19-06: Ability to Pay for Tribal Partners (14 November)
    This webinar provides a step-by-step overview for gathering the data needed to establish if Tribal partners involved in Corps of Engineers activities, including watershed assessments, feasibility studies, and projects, are eligible for a cost-share reduction following the methodologies in Economic Guidance Memorandum (EGM) 19-06, "Supplemental Guidance for Section 1121 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, as amended-Tribal Partnership Program Reduced Cost Share Eligibility Criteria (Ability to Pay)"
  • EPA EJSCREEN Tool (31 October)
    The EPA has developed an environmental justice mapping and screening tool called EJSCREEN to help highlight places in an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement that may warrant additional consideration, analysis, or outreach because of the potential for environmental justice concerns. This webinar introduced and demonstrated the core functionality the EJSCREEN tool, including how to: navigate EJSCREEN; screen for environmental justice; and analyze data. The web-based tool offers a variety of powerful data and mapping capabilities that enable users to access environmental and demographic information across the entire country with color-coded maps, standard data reports, and more.
  • 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 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 learned.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 implementation documents.
  • 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.
  • 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 2018.

    2018

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 feasibility study.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 planning.

    2017

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
    This webinar introduced Risk-Informed Planning and the new publication available from IWR titled Planning Manual Part II: Risk Informed Planning.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    2016

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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/Mis sions/CivilWorks/ProjectPlanning/WRRDA7001Proposals.aspx
  • 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).

    2015

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    2014

  • 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.
  • 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)
    This presentation to the USACE Water Supply Working Group by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation provided an overview of Reclamations history, mission, project purposes and activities; its water-related contracts and contracting authorities; project cost allocation and water pricing; and newer Reclamation directions and programs.
  • Moving from the Study Phase to Preconstruction Engineering and Design (10 June)
    This webinar included speakers from the Headquarters Office of Water Project Review (OWPR) and the Deep Draft Navigation Planning Center of Expertise (DDN-PCX) who addressed moving from the study phase to the preconstruction engineering and design (PED) phase of a USACE water resources project.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    2013

  • AAPA - Project Cost Limits (WRDA 1986 Section 902) (28 October)
    This webinar was a joint presentation between USACE and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) on project cost limits under WRDA 1986 Section 902. Presenters Jim Walker (AAPA), Jeremy LaDart (HQUSACE economist), and Kim Callan (Walla Walla Cost Engineering Mandatory Center of Expertise) discussed Section 902 requirements and discussed a Section 902 limit example and relevant guidance.
  • 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)
    This webinar was a joint presentation between USACE and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) on non-federal project sponsor contributed funds. Presenters Jim Walker (AAPA) and Jan Rasgus (USACE) discussed accelerated funds, advanced funds, contributed funds, the congressional committee notification process, and model agreements.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Great Lakes Vessel Operating Costs (17 April)
    This webinar, presented by Roger Haberly, Stephen Stalikas (both Regional Economists, Buffalo District), and Bill Frechione (Regional Economist, Pittsburgh District) discussed the Great Lakes fleet and vessel types and also provided an overview of inland navigation vessel operating costs.
  • Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Elasticity of Demand - Shipper Responsiveness (10 April)
    Michael R. Hilliard, Ph.D.
  • Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Navigation Component Engineering Reliability (3 April)
    Gabriela M. Lyvers
  • Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Engineering Reliability (27 March)
  • Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Transportation Rate Analysis and Externalities (20 March)
  • Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Waterway Traffic Projections (13 March)
    Wes Walker
  • 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)
    This webinar, presented by Roger Haberly (Regional Economist, Buffalo District) discussed the Great Lakes fleet and vessel types and also provided an overview of inland navigation vessel operating costs.
  • SMART Planning Charette Facilitation Webinar (21 February)
  • Inland Navigation Economics Webinar Series: Inland Navigation Economics 101 (20 February)
    Mark Hammond

    2012

  • 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.
  • Nonstructural / Flood Proofing Webinar (12 June)  Corps Castle
    NFPC Committee
  • Civil Works Feasibility Study Program Execution and Delivery (28 February)
    Introduction to Planning Modernization and Feasibility Study execution improvements

    2011

  • 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 Models. This circular established the process and the requirements for assuring the quality of planning models. Per Planning Bulletin 2013-02 (March 2013), EC 1105-2-412 remains in effect until permanent planning model guidance is issued.

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