Event Detail

June Monthly Lunch Meeting

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 11:45am to 1:00pm

You are invited to join us for our monthly lunch meeting, which feature a presentation from Santa Clara Valley Water District's Barton Ching, Christian Ruiz, and Katrina Jessop. Please see below for more information about the presentation topic, speakers, and registration link.


Presentation Topic: Large Diameter Pipeline Inspection, Rehabilitation, and Emergency Repair

The speakers will present the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s (SCVWD) large diameter pipeline management strategy for prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) and how it applies to the Almaden Valley Pipeline (AVP), a 72” and 78” diameter PCCP and welded steel raw water transmission pipeline in South San Jose. The AVP is capable of supplying water to the District’s three water treatment plants in Santa Clara County and has numerous turnouts to support groundwater recharge. The District is currently wrapping up an $8.5M project to inspect and rehabilitate the AVP. At the end of November 2017, during the inspection and rehabilitation project, severely distressed prestressed wires in the pipeline were discovered and the pipeline was determined to be near failure. To prevent a catastrophic failure, the District declared an emergency and contracted with Structural Technologies, Pure Technologies, and Simpson Gumpertz and Heger (SGH) to evaluate and repair the pipeline before safely bringing it back to service. The speakers will present on the emergency repair work totaling over $10M, the repair strategy, and forensic investigations.


Barton Ching

Barton Ching is the project manager for the AVP Inspection and Rehabilitation Project and is the current Vice President of the ASCE San Jose Branch. He has been working at the SCVWD for 4.5 years. He has also worked at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and at various private civil and architectural design firms in Sacramento, CA. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University.


Christian Ruiz

Christian Ruiz is the project engineer for the AVP Inspection and Rehabilitation Project. He has been working at the SCVWD for 1.25 yrs. He has also worked at BKF Engineers where he worked on various public and private land development projects located in the bay area. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from San Jose State University. He is also the current Secretary of Finance for the MAES Bay Area Professional Chapter.


Katrina Jessop

Katrina Jessop is the project manager for the AVP Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Structural Repair Project and is a civil engineer with over 19 years of experience. Katrina earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University at Buffalo in New York, and is a registered professional engineer in the states of California and Georgia. She holds a water distribution license in the states of California and Georgia. Additionally, she holds a project management professional certification through the Project Management Institute.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Katrina has worked in the public sector for the City of Atlanta Watershed Department and for private engineering companies such as MWH and PBS&J. She also has an extensive background in the planning, engineering design, operations and maintenance of utility infrastructure; planning, design and execution of capital improvement projects; and management of technical and construction staff on water utility operations and maintenance projects.



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