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May 2024 Meeting – Engineered Ingenuity: Cost-Effective Solutions for Superior Effluent Treatment in the Whitecap Wastewater Plant Upgrade


THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Memorial City Mall, 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024, Tel: (713) 461-0692

11:30 am – Social
11:45 am – Lunch
12:00 pm – Program

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  • Members $40
  • Non-Members $50
  • Students $5


This presentation offers an exploration of the Whitecap Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade. It highlights the process improvements undertaken, the structural adaptations made to accommodate new process requirements, and the application of Geopiers to tackle low bearing pressure challenges arising from loose sand and high groundwater. A vibration monitoring program developed for the project to safeguard structural integrity of nearby existing structures during construction will also be covered. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the complexities of wastewater treatment plant upgrades and practical solutions applicable to similar future projects.


Ashish Patel, PE (Team Leader) & Paul Wood (Senior Associate) at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.


Ashish Patel, PE, is a seasoned structural engineer with a rich history of over two decades in the industry. His expertise spans a diverse range of projects, from the analysis of satellite structures to the innovative design of ferry link span mechanisms akin to the human hand. A fervent advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration, Ashish has dedicated his career to elevating the role of consulting structural engineers, encouraging them to take the helm on large-scale endeavors. His commitment to professional growth and leadership is exemplified by his active involvement in the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT).

Paul Wood has over thirty years of experience in designing wastewater treatment facilities. Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Paul is licensed as a Civil and Environmental Engineer in the State of Texas. Paul leads wastewater design efforts for LAN.