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1st Annual TISP Congress a Huge Success!

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Infrastructure Security for the Built Environment (ISBE)

The 1st Annual Congress on Infrastructure Security for the Built Environment (ISBE 2002), held on November 5-7, 2002 at the Washington Convention Center, was a huge success, attracting nearly 850 attendees.

Underscoring the critical nature of TISP?s mission to secure and protect America?s critical built infrastructure, ISBE 2002 featured top-level government policymakers and leading industry and academia experts among the more than 125 speakers.

US Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta was the featured keynote speaker at the Federal Forum Luncheon. Secretary Mineta addressed transportation infrastructure and security issues in a post- 9/11 world. His remarks followed the Federal Forum session, in which ISBE 2002 attendees participated in a free-flowing discussion among Federal government leaders who collectively represent the largest owners/operators and managers of planning, design, construction, and operations facilities in the US.

Ronald L. Dick
, Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI?s National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), was a featured speaker at the TISP Opening Plenary Session on Threat Identification & Assessment. The dynamic session explored this vital subject from the point of view of both owners and operators ? the end users ? and the Federal agencies that gather, analyze, and disseminate threat intelligence.

ISBE 2002 also welcomed John H. Marburger, III, Science Advisor to the President, and Director, Office of Science & Technology Policy as the featured speaker at the invitation-only TISP Leadership Breakfast Meeting. The TISP Luncheon featured a presentation by Robert B. Stephan, Director of Domestic Protection at the Office of Homeland Security as well as an award ceremony presenting a replica of the OCEA plaque that was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. William J. Faschan, of Leslie E. Robertson Associates and Francis J. Lombardi, Chief Engineer for the Port Authority of NY and NJ shared their perspectives on the original design of the WTC and the aftermath of 9/11.

TISP wishes to thank all of the engineers and allied professionals who attended ISBE 2002 and helped make this 1st Congress such a success, as well as the many participating TISP members who helped support ISBE 2002 as sponsors and marketing partners. ISBE 2002 presentations will be available online at in early December.

For additional conference highlights, please visit the CE Conference Daily Online.


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