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May Awards Luncheon + Buckeye Lake Dam

May 23, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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The Gahanna Sanctuary
82 North High St
Gahanna, OH 43230
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Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch program to begin at 12:00 PM. Registration is required. Deadline for regular price registration is May 17 at 4:00 PM. Late registrations may be accepted prior to May 20 at 4:00 PM if space is available. A $5 surcharge will be added. Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Contact [email protected]


Buckeye LAKE DAM - A brief overview of ODNR's largest cIP project to date


In March 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued its assessment of Buckeye Lake Dam located 30 miles east of the state capital.  The assessment concluded that interim risk reduction measures (IRRMs) should be implemented immediately and a full rehabilitation of the 4.1-mile-long, +180-year-old dam was required to address seepage concerns, internal erosion episodes, upstream face deterioration, subsidence features, and the presence of houses and associated structures on/in the Class I dam. ODNR concurred in adding that such measures were required to ensure the structure was upgraded so that it met dam safety requirements and reduced risk to public safety.

Innovative rehabilitation design and construction practices coupled with collaboration among ODNR, the design team, the construction manager at risk, and many others resulted in the completion of the largest capital improvement project in ODNR history 2 years ahead of the anticipated schedule and  approximately $40 million under the State’s initial project cost estimate.

The success of the project was only possible through the combined, coordinated effort of many different parties throughout the process.  This presentation highlights several of these groups and their involvement in making this project a success.  Specifically, representatives from ODNR, Gannett Fleming, Korda/Nemeth, and Hicks Partners will provide an overview of the history of Buckeye Lake Dam, the construction manager at risk methodology utilized, the IRRM and final rehabilitation design, surveying requirements and methods, and public engagement activities related to the project. 


James Hilovsky, P.E.  — Ohio Department of Natural Resources
James Hilovsky, P.E. is a Team Lead with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Engineering. Mr. Hilovsky has been working in the field of water resources engineering for 11 years and has spent the last 6 years with ODNR managing statewide dam rehabilitation and capital improvement projects. He was the ODNR project manager for the Buckeye Lake Dam Improvements project.

Eric Schuller, P.E.  — Gannett Fleming Engineers & Arhitects, P.C.
Erik Schuller, P.E. is a Staff Geotechnical Engineer with Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, PC in Columbus, Ohio.  Mr. Schuller has 7 years of experience working on geotechnical aspects of site development, transportation, and dam related projects.  He was involved in several aspects of the Buckeye Lake Dam project including subsurface investigation, quality assurance, and construction administration.

Tony Meacham, P.S.  — Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.
Tony Meacham, P.S., is Associate and Survey Group Leader for Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.  in Columbus, Ohio.  Mr. Meacham manages the daily operations of the group with projects ranging from small site developments to large-scale infrastructure improvements.  He is a 30-Year veteran in surveying and mapping of which over 20 years has been spent as a professional.  He holds licenses in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida.

Ian Nickey - Hicks Partners
Ian Nickey, Director of Communications & Government Relations at Hicks Partners, has over 18 years of experience working on a wide variety of public policy & communications initiatives.  His deep background and expertise with the intersection of government, business and media informs his work to develop and refine impactful messages in a complex communications environment.


Lunch buffet of salad, garlic chicken, homestyle meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fresh rolls, assorted cookies and brownies, and drinks.

CPD Hours

A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program.


$20.00 ASCE member
$25.00 after 5:00 pm May 17

$15.00 ASCE life member
$20.00 after 5:00 pm May 17

$10.00 ASCE student
$15.00 after 5:00 pm May 17

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)
$30.00 after 5:00 pm May 17