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Please join the Chicago Post for our September meeting this month! The $70M Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel, completed in August of 2018, provides much needed flood relief to the Albany Park neighborhood in Chicago, IL. The Diversion Tunnel can passively divert over half of the North Branch of the Chicago River flow (2,100 cfs) to the North Shore Channel. Flow through the 5,800-ft long, 18-ft diameter tunnel is governed by a 210-foot long weir inlet structure located near Foster Avenue. Diverted flow exits the tunnel through a 64-foot outlet structure and tunnel dewatering pump station. The tunnel is about 150 feet below grade. 

Paired with the restoration improvements at the inlet and outlet sites, both within Chicago Park District parks, this project will improve neighborhood aesthetics, property values, and the overall quality of life for Albany Park residents. This project was jointly funded by the City of Chicago, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC), Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and crossed three aldermanic wards. City of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Staff spearheaded efforts and coordinated consultant and contractor teams in the successful delivery and completion of the project. 

This presentation will focus on the geotechnical and hydraulic aspects of the project, including discussion on the use of unsteady 1-D riverine and 3-D computational fluid dynamic modeling. A general overview of the project, construction and post construction photos will be highlighted. 
  • Presentation Topics: Diverting a River - The Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel
  • Speakers: Justin Bartels Bio, Abid Mirza Bio, Thera Novotny Bio -  Stantec
  • When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • Where: Tetra Tech, 1 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606, 37th Floor, (Bring your photo ID as you will need to sign in at the lobby
  • Time: 11:30am (There will be a Board Meeting at 10:30am.)
  • Lunch Fee: $20 (on RSVP form, please indicate if any dietary restrictions)
RSVP Before Noon on Monday, September 16th.  

Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Presenter Bios

Justin Bartels | Mr. Bartels is a Senior Hydraulic Engineer with Stantec with over 21 years of experience in the design and analysis of urban stormwater and water resource projects in the United States and around the world. Mr. Bartels received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Thomas More College in 1997 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1998.

Abid Mirza | Mr. Mirza has worked as a Geological/Geotechnical Engineer on hydropower, infrastructure, rehabilitation, and navigation projects since joining Stantec in 2011. His engineering experience includes working on developing material parameters; geotechnical analyses, including liquefaction potential, slope stability, seepage, piping and internal erosion, bearing capacity and settlement, temporary construction works and permanent structures, including dams and other water retention and conveyance structures. He has also helped in developing geotechnical baseline reports, site investigations, design and construction inspection for grouting, including curtain grouting for water barriers and compaction grouting for foundation improvement. Mr. Mirza holds registration as a professional engineer in the state of Michigan.

Thera Novotny | Ms. Novotny is a Project Manager with Stantec with over 18 years of experience focused on water resources related projects including urban stormwater drainage, watershed master planning and flood control planning and design. Ms. Novotny received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University in 2001 and her Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in June 2013. 
Presenter Bios

Justin Bartels | Mr. Bartels is a Senior Hydraulic Engineer with Stantec with over 21 years of experience in the design and analysis of urban stormwater and water resource projects in the United States and around the world. Mr. Bartels received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Thomas More College in 1997 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1998.

Abid Mirza | Mr. Mirza has worked as a Geological/Geotechnical Engineer on hydropower, infrastructure, rehabilitation, and navigation projects since joining Stantec in 2011. His engineering experience includes working on developing material parameters; geotechnical analyses, including liquefaction potential, slope stability, seepage, piping and internal erosion, bearing capacity and settlement, temporary construction works and permanent structures, including dams and other water retention and conveyance structures. He has also helped in developing geotechnical baseline reports, site investigations, design and construction inspection for grouting, including curtain grouting for water barriers and compaction grouting for foundation improvement. Mr. Mirza holds registration as a professional engineer in the state of Michigan.

Thera Novotny | Ms. Novotny is a Project Manager with Stantec with over 18 years of experience focused on water resources related projects including urban stormwater drainage, watershed master planning and flood control planning and design. Ms. Novotny received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University in 2001 and her Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in June 2013. 

General Member Meeting | Albany Flood Control Project
Start Date/Time:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:30 PM
End Date/Time:
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:00 PM

 
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