SCE Conversation Series

Date: March 22, 2024

Join SCE in our on-going series of conversations where panel leaders discuss how they are meeting and exceeding industry hot topics. We have scheduled these informal conversations among our Clients and colleagues as an opportunity to strengthen our industry, invite new perspectives, foster dialogue, and enable all of us to succeed in our respective missions as they relate to the engineering industry. Collectively, we can learn from their experiences through this dialog.

These sessions occur live on Zoom monthly, but for your convenience are also available as a live recording below. Contact SCE’s Marketing Department for more information or to register for our next session! 

Upcoming Conversation Series Session:

Check back for our Summer 2024 session

Previous Sessions:

Empowering the Community to Create Inclusive Parks & Recreation Projects

Session Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Session Description:

Navigating the intricate landscape of designing public spaces, particularly parks and recreation facilities, poses significant challenges amid competing interests in policies, budgets, zoning, and planning. This discussion revolves around the imperative focus on end-users throughout the design process and explores the efficacy of inclusion-based public engagement methods, proven in multiple project phases.

Our session will cover the below key topics through the flowing and engaging conversation between our Panel of Leaders

  • Community Engagement
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Traditional & Innovative Collaboration Tools
Our Panel of Leaders:
Joseph Perello: SCE, Vice President
Stan Neron: City of Elizabeth, Director of Recreation
Evan Moorhead: Municipality of Princeton, Executive Director of Rec. Dept.
Tashi Vazquez: City of Perth Amboy, Director of Economic & Community Dev.
Nicole Brown: SCE, Client Development Manager

Navigating the Challenges of Complex Crossings

Discussing Various Methods used in the Natural Gas Utility Industry & How to Achieve Project Success through Innovative Solutions

Session Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Session Description:

Natural Gas Utility Operators are responsible for maintaining and expanding their natural gas systems to service all of their customers. During the replacement of existing gas main infrastructure or the installation of new business gas mains, project sites may pose challenging areas including open waters, bridges, railroads, federal/state highways, or environmentally sensitive areas. Installation methods used for these complex crossings include horizontal directional drilling, jack & bore, bridge attachment, free span, lining, or insertion options. Each crossing encounters challenges and complexities that require innovative solutions related to the design and construction process.

Gain further insight by listening to the unique perspectives of our Panel Leaders that include:

  • Gas Utility Operator
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Contractor

This conversation includes dialogue from these professionals on how how each of them review and prepare for these types of complex crossings, all while keeping in mind customer impacts, site safety, and overall project success!


Our Panel of Leaders:
Matthew J. Beksel, PE: SCE, Associate/Gas Utility Department Manager
Michael Scacifero, PE: Elizabethtown Gas, Director of Engineering
Derek Menton: Skoda Contracting, Sr. Vice President
Todd Kilduff, PE: Kilduff Underground Engineering, Inc., President
Kevin P. Campbell: SCE, Client Development Manager

Incorporating GIS for Stormwater Solutions

Navigating MS4 Permit Compliance

Session Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Session Description:

GIS is a powerful tool that Stormwater Program Coordinators (SPCs) and permit holders can leverage to assist with mapping and managing their stormwater system and complying with the permit requirements. SPCs will benefit by using GIS to map and inventory stormwater infrastructure, digitize and streamline stormwater inspections and maintenance, improve record keeping and reporting processes, and more.

A regulated small MS4 operator must develop, implement, and enforce a stormwater management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from their MS4 to the “maximum extent practicable,” protect water quality, and satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act. Utilizing GIS provides innovative and efficient ways to meet these MS4 program requirements.

Our Panel of Leaders:
Brandi Rank, PMP: Esri, Product Engineer
Ryan Westra: City of Hackensack, Project Manager
Timothy Ebersberger: NJDEP, Environmental Engineer
Michael T. Kolody, GISP: SCE, GIS Department Manager
Nicole Brown: SCE, Client Development Manager

Natural Gas Material Tracking & Traceability

Utilizing Esri Field Maps for Integrated & Verifiable MTT Solutions for Steel & Plastic Assets

Session Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Session Description:

Natural Gas Utility Operators are responding to the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requirements. Under the “Mega Rule”, Natural Gas Utilities are responsible for tracking all assets installed throughout their respective distribution areas.

Recognizing that the majority of Natural Gas Companies currently utilize the ESRI platform and an Enterprise Asset Management software to track natural gas assets, SCE has developed a comprehensive & configurable MTT Program to leverage Utility Operators’ current software investments and in-house capabilities & experience. The resulting real-time asset data is fully traceable, verifiable, and complete, which provides a record for the life of the asset in accordance with the PHMSA regulations. 

Our Panel of Leaders:
Tom DeWitte: Esri, Technical Lead Solutions Engineer, Natural Gas
Jacob McGlincy: Southern Company Gas, Project Manager
Anthony J. Buono, Jr.: South Jersey Industries, Manager GIS & Records
Marc E. Sheridan: SCE, Gas GIS Department Manager
Kevin P. Campbell: SCE, Client Development Manager
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