Brief to New Orleans Recovery Committee_Sep 2007


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Nearly two years after my initial attempt to petition the New Orleans City Council, and eight months following the city's "Consolidated Plan Briefing" (Jan 2007), I appeared before the New Orleans Recovery Committee. This administrative committee's official charter was to receive input from concerned citizens, and report back to the New Orleans City Council with citizens' concerns, ideas or questions. The bureaucratic nightmare was made worse when this committee deemed that anyone who desired to address the committee needed to get advance approval AND appear on the docket for the scheduled monthly meeting. When the Chairman of this committee (Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis) noticed that I was in attendance, she approached me and said: "Mr. Randall, no one is allowed to address the committee unless they are scheduled to do so IN WRITING (i.e.: appear on the docket)." I replied: "Madam Councilwoman, my name appears on the docket, and I'm listed as the last speaker before the committee today." She then turned immediately, and sought a paper schedule from the nearest staff assistant. As she read it, I could discern that she was not happy to learn that I was, in fact, on the schedule to speak.

The meeting began shortly thereafter, and Ms. Willard-Lewis (as Chairman) had each group address the committee, and she made it clear that she was in charge of the meeting. After the three groups that preceded me finished, the Vice Chairman announced me as the final speaker. At this point, Ms. Willard-Lewis arose and announced: "I have to go to the bathroom." She (as Chairman) left without recess or

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Brief to New Orleans Recovery Committee_Sep 2007

  1. 1. Overview of Lower Ninth Ward Rebuilding Plan―In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.From time to time weve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to bemanaged by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and ofthe people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has thecapacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear theburden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higherprice.‖ (Ronald Reagan, Jan 20, 1981)
  2. 2. Lower 9th Ward >>
  3. 3. Valley Before Filling (start)
  4. 4. Valley After Filling Began – 10/27/00Landfill In-Progress (10 days
  5. 5. Landfill Complete With Topsoil
  6. 6. N The red crosses are the points that were surveyed. Both sides of the road were surveyed, and then a bit at thetop of the landfill. The corners (lowest elevations) are points surveyed to show the difference in height from thepaved road to the top. Next slides show different views.
  7. 7. NGPS mapping ensures precision & accuracy in post-landfill surveying
  8. 8. NNote that elevation change (landfill buildup) rangedfrom 10 to 25 ft.
  9. 9. Mass Grading (post-excavation/landfill)
  10. 10. Drainage Channels – Function Table Q1 = A1 V1 Area (surface) = Top width * length Volume = Cross sectional area * length m21 Outflow can be 1 withdrawal, spillway m11 m21 discharge or outflow 1 1 at the downstream Q2 = A2 V2 end of a reach Drainage Flow = Depth Area Volume Outflow 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Cross sectional area * 0.08 10.81 0.86 2.12 velocity 0.80 11.36 8.84 98.09 1.20 11.68 13.45 192.51
  11. 11. Digital Elevation Model with 1 m resolution aerial photoNote: 2007 technology facilitates tremendous accuracy
  12. 12. Utilities are the Veins and Arteries of our Cities Communications Gas Oil/Petroleum Sewage Road drainage Power Steam Water District heating Street lighting Traffic control
  13. 13. Methodology Improved Improved Making surface Sub surface Doing the best of based based things what we survey survey differently have techniques techniques Development of a User need multi-system Mapping tool Smart pipe requirements location tool technologyData collection & Through wall Exchange Improving GPR in pipe Asset standards visualization tagging Best practice New technologies Novel approaches for existing for buried asset Keyhole access to underground technologies location infrastructure Asset avoidance Real costs of for directional buried assets drilling Better regulation
  14. 14. FRAMEWORK FOR COST-OPTIMIZED ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Degradation Specific Attack Models Risk-based Analysis Framework Applications/ (Materials & Products) Clients Financial- Water & Plastics Sewer Systems economic dataDegradation Cement-based Service Risk-based Roads, BridgesAttack materials Life Cost-optimized & TransportMechanisms Performance AssetandInfluencing Timber Evaluation & Prediction ... Management Strategy Utility Line StructuresAgents (Need performance Buildings Metals criteria, models ... & data) Composites Inspection & condition Etc. assessment/monitoring
  15. 15. Urban Water Systems of the Future Decentralized Decentralized systems and wastewater many different technologies Ptreatment plant P Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) H2O Rainwater tank Bottled water supply AAA rated taps AAA rated shower Infiltration trench Grass swale Eco-efficient toilet Car washing on pervious surfaces Front-loading clothes On-site non-standard Stormwater pond, Porous pavement washing machine fire sprinkler system wetland, retention Xeroscape pond Incentives (non-price)
  16. 16. Prospect New Town, CO - STEP 2A - ―THE SOLAR COMMUNITY‖Solar Village Prospect developers are currently planning a "Solar Village" for inclusion in the development. Partly inspired by CUs 2002 Solar Decathlon project, the Solar Village will include housing and small commercial enterprises. Plans for CUs 2005 Solar Decathlon BioS(h)IP to be placed in Prospect New Town near the Solar Village are in motion. Following the 2005 Solar Decathlon competition, the CU Home will be displayed on the Boulder campus for six months before moving permanently to Prospect. A shot of Prospect New Towns Incorrigible Circle Park. Prospect, located in Longmont, is the proposed location for the CU Solar Decathlon Home following the national competition. Credit: Prospect New Town
  17. 17. Army Hawaii Family STEP 2A - ―THE SOLAR COMMUNITY‖ Housing Army Hawaii Family Housing is the largest privatization project awarded by the Army, serving more than 20,000 residents. At completion the project will include 7,894 homes at seven different installations and 19 separate sites on the island. The construction and renovation of these homes will be completed by 2015. Actus Lend Lease will continue to own, operate and manage the project through at least 2055. Families living in these neighborhoods will enjoy an environmentally-friendly, master- planned community that seamlessly integrates residents, homes, amenities and services. Several Community Centers will be completed during the initial development period, each one serving as the town center for individual villages. Army Hawaii Family Housing believes in protecting the environment and doing what we can to reduce energy costs andMary Schmidtke, executive conserve resources. Upon completion, Army Hawaii Family Housing will be theassistant at Actus Lend worlds largest solar powered community.Lease, displays solar Recycling trees and construction material is also on the forefront of this project.panels that will be part of Rather than having waste end up in landfills, Actus Lend Lease is reusingthe Army energy network demolition waste in asphalt and other building materials.
  18. 18. BedZed STEP 2A - ―THE SOLAR COMMUNITY‖BedZED, the Beddington Zero EnergyDevelopment, is an environmentally-friendly,energy-efficient mix of housing and workspace in Beddington, Sutton. BedZED willonly use energy from renewable sourcesgenerated on site. It is the first large-scale‗carbon neutral‘ community - i.e. the first notto add to the amount of carbon dioxide inthe atmosphere. BedZED shows howhousing can be built without degrading theenvironment. BedZED turns a formersewage works into a community of 100properties for sale and rent, a childcarefacility and plenty of green space, includingprivate gardens.The BedZED urban system reconciles highdensity three storey city blocks with highresidential and workspace amenity.Workspace is placed in the shade zones ofsouth facing housing terraces, withskygardens created on the workspace roofs,enabling all flats to have outdoor gardenareas, with good access to sunlight, at thesame time as providing well daylit workspacewithout problematic summer overheating.The combination of superinsulation, a winddriven ventilation system incorporating heatrecovery, and passive solar gain storedwithin each flat by thermally massive floorsand walls - reduces the need for bothelectricity and heat to the point where a 130kw wood fuelled chp station can meet theenergy requirements for a community ofaround 240 residents and 200 workers.
  19. 19. Hybrid Living STEP 2C – ―PLUG-IN VEHICLES—ONE WAY FLOW OF ELECTRICITY‖ Lithium Energy System: Our advanced Lithium battery technology is Home implemented into the house design and system infrastructure. The wind turbines and PV panels will charge the proprietary lithium battery system that in turn will provide for all of the electrical requirements of the home. Including the charging of our electric vehicles.
  20. 20. Dongtan, China STEP 3 – ―THE RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMUNITY‖ THE FUTURE NOWBritish engineering firm, Arup, is working as a strategic partner with ShanghaiIndustrial Investment Corporation (SIIC) on the integrated masterplanning for theworld‘s first sustainable city.At three quarters the size of Manhattan and located on the third largest island inChina at the mouth of the Yangtse river, Dongtan will be developed on 630hectares of land as a sustainable city to attract a range of commercial and leisureinvestments.Ecologically sensitive design will be a key element of the masterplan. The site ismostly agricultural land adjacent to a huge wetland of global importance. This willbe a significant opportunity to apply our integrated sustainability and urbanplanning expertise to the benefit of the eco-citySIIC’s vision is to create a development with low energy consumptionthat is as close to being carbon neutral as possible. This urban centre,where people will be able to live and work in a high-qualityenvironment, could be the template for sustainability in city planning,not only in China but elsewhere in the world.
  21. 21. Renewable Communities for Today and Tomorrow Is It Time?
  22. 22. Renewable EnergyMCAGCC Twenty-nine Palms, CA$16M Cogeneration plant (7.2MW) for electric power and heating -- key advantage of providing improved energy security for remote activity. Photovoltaic Array Wave Energy Technology Wind Turbines MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA MCB Hawaii Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  23. 23. Interesting ThoughtsUnless we change direction, we Today‘s problems cannot be solvedare likely to end up where we are if we still think the way we thoughtgoing. Chinese Proverb when we created them. Einstein
  24. 24. Project ManagementTimeline for implementing strategy forbringing back the Lower 9th Ward
  25. 25. ManagementMust have good interpersonal skillsPossess knowledge leading to controlAdequate balance of administrationEarn respect; effectively utilize authority
  26. 26. Project Management Life Cycle PhasesDefiningPlanningExecutingControllingClosing
  27. 27. AspectsScopeDevelop planLaunchMonitor / ControlClose
  28. 28. Deming’s 14 points1. Constancy Of Purpose2. The New Philosophy3. Cease Dependence On Inspection4. End “Lowest Tender” Contracts5. Improve Every Process6. Institute Training On The Job7. Institute Leadership8. Drive Out Fear9. Break Down Barriers10.Eliminate Exhortations /Slogans11.Eliminate Arbitrary Numerical Targets12.Permit Pride Of Workmanship13. Education14.Top Management Commitment
  29. 29. Project Team Residents and government happy with results All entities committed & supportive Necessary resources available Manage changes effectively Schedule realistic Feedback to cognizant authorities prompt and adequate
  30. 30. Project Life Cycle
  31. 31. Thank you for your time and attention!