APWA Florida

Local agencies and utility departments face daily challenges in maintaining infrastructure and providing high-quality public services, where every decision must be based on sound financial management. The Utilities Department of the City of Fort Myers has been working to leverage technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address some of the challenges the City faces due to a consent order to improve its sewer and water system performance. Factors such as aging infrastructure, climate change, and population growth all need to be addressed with limited resources.

City of Fort Myers UtilitiesAttendees will learn how the City of Fort Myers has used the principles of asset management, capital planning, and AI to support informed, data-driven decision making. This transformative strategy has enhanced resiliency and sustainability while reducing lifecycle costs within acceptable risk levels.

The webinar will include a presentation followed by a Q&A session, with attendees able to submit questions either during registration or in real time. The Florida LTAP Center is pleased to partner with the American Public Works Association Florida Chapter (APWA-FL) to bring you this webinar.

This webinar is provided at no cost and will award a certificate to those fully attending and completing the webinar. Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDHs) will be provided to those who request them during registration. Please note – space for this webinar is limited, and Florida local agencies are being given priority!


Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how technology can play a pivotal role in shaping a more sustainable future.
  • Explore the practical AI applications in the field of Public Works and Utilities Management.
  • Learn how to inspire innovation and establish new industry standards through sharing the City’s success story and lessons learned.

Presenter Bios:

Jason Sciandra, Utilities Engineer, City of Fort Myers: Jason is the City Engineer for the City of Fort Myers Utilities Department. He joined the in November 2022 after a distinguished tenure in the consulting industry. He is responsible for implementation of the Capital Improvement Program for the Utility System as well as spearheading the utilities adoption of new technology and digital transformation. Mr. Sciandra earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida with over 20 years of experience in the planning, design, permitting and construction of utility projects. Prior to being hired as the City Engineer, Mr. Sciandra was the Principal in Charge for a utilities consulting firm (CDM Smith).

Pradeep Nagarajan, Water Resources Engineer, GHD: Pradeep Nagarajan has over 20 years of experience specializing in the field of water resources, stormwater, water and wastewater master planning, modeling, and design projects. He has a strong background and extensive experience in utility planning, water distribution and wastewater collection system modeling, surface/ground water hydrology, hydraulics, flood analysis, and stormwater management. Pradeep also serves as a Digital Leader for clients by providing service offerings through real time data integration and cloud-based computing, advanced data analytics, digital planning, spatial visualization of data using dashboards and web-based systems, AI/ML applications on utility networks/systems for efficient decision making, and predictive modeling.

Moderator Bio:

Addie Javed, APWA FL Leadership & Management Committee Chair and Vice President, Epic Engineering and Consulting Group: Addie Javed is a Vice President at Epic, and is responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and technical leadership in the building of business practices. He is a former City/County Engineer and Public Works Director, nationally recognized by the Engineering News Record (ENR), National Civil Engineering News Magazine and Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA). Addie is a Gator and a Spartan at heart. He has more than 28 years of technical, administration, management, and supervisory experience leading diverse teams and managing multiple Capital Improvement projects and programs. Mr. Javed has a strong background in Public Works, Environmental Management, Utilities, Infrastructure, Asset Management, Sustainability, Solid Waste and Sanitation, Strategic Planning and Performance Measures, Emergency Response and Operations, Operations and Maintenance, Community development and Legislative policy making.

Leveraging AI to Foster a Sustainable Future for Local Agencies

DATE: Wednesday, July 31, 2024
TIME: 12:30 to 2:00 PM (ET)