December 5-7, 2017
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

2016 Session Grid


Training Workshops

Workshop: Oil Spill Response 101 and Exploring the Role of Environmental Research during Response

Tuesday, November 01 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: Room 22/23
Registration fee: no charge, sponsored by API
Oil spill response incorporates Incident Command System (ICS), which is a long-standing emergency management process that is scalable and flexible based on the emergency needs, with a well-defined structure and detailed understanding of responder roles and responsibilities. Overall oil spill response strategies are also well defined: monitor, mechanical, in situ burn and dispersants. Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) is the process by which response technologies are evaluated and used throughout a response. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health. The concept for this workshop is taken from the existing oil spill response training courses provided to government and industry responders - a ‘mini course’. A further goal of the workshop is to share the ICS and NEBA processes used during an oil spill response with academic researchers to discuss the potential role of research in a response. Presentations will be provided by government and industry responders, as well as GoMRI-sponsored researchers. Objectives
  • Promote understanding of oil spill response activities
  • Discuss the current role of science data in response
  • Foster relationships between the research and response community
  • Discuss the appropriate role of academic research in a response
  • Understand role of ‘operational research’ in response Who Should Attend The workshop is designed for anyone who may be relatively new to oil spill response, but is designed for academic researchers and environmental professionals with a potential role in a response event.
  • Instructors:
    Brad Benggio, Scientific Support Coordinator,
    Victoria Broje Ph.D., Sr. Emergency Response Scientist,
    Tom Coolbaugh, Ph.D., Oil Spill Response Advisor,
    Mr. Charlie Henry, Director,
    Ed Levine, Scientific Support Coordinator,
    Andy Tirpak, Principal,
    David Palandro Ph.D., ER&S Advisor,
    Sherryl Gilbert, Program Manager,
    Michael Hunt, EM Advisor,
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    Workshop: Emerging Homeland Security Challenges

    Tuesday, November 01 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Room: Room 20/21
    Registration Fee: No charge; sponsored by and DomPrep Journal This workshop will present and discuss clear and present homeland threats and security issues, including:
  • Risk management practices
  • Enhancing interagency interdependencies
  • Vulnerabilities for CBRNE incident
  • Cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • Border security challenges
  • Consequence of failure

    Who Should Attend

  • Members of the Department of Defense; Department of Homeland Security; Environmental Protection Agency
  • State and local emergency management, environmental response, and first responders (including law enforcement, fire departments, and hazardous materials teams)
  • Port authorities, facility and vessel security officers, contingency and business continuity planners
  • Contractors involved in security and emergency response
  • Facilitator:
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    * - This speaker has been invited to speak at CLEAN GULF 2016, but is not yet confirmed.