ROMEO Luncheon, Friday, January 17, 2014

Rice Owl Mentors Eating Out
ROMEO Quarterly Luncheon Friday, January 17, 2014
Dr. Philip Bedient
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

In tropical storm Allison in June 2001, Brays Bayou had flooded the medical center doing millions of dollars in damage. Phil had led the Rice study group that predicted exactly that and spoke to us about the Brays Bayou Flood Warning System designed by Rice which had suddenly gained creditability. Today that system has been greatly expanded into. the Rice sponsored SSpeed project (Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters) of which Phil is director. One of their proposed projects is the Centennial Gate to be located on the Houston ship channel near the Baytown – La Porte Hartman bridge. If built, it would close the ship channel during storms to prevent a disastrous storm surge. Phil will have a very interesting story to tell. Continue reading