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David Schowalter
David Schowalter
Dr. David Schowalter is a Principal Engineer and Director of Business Development at Alden.  He is an expert in environmental fluid dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and flood barrier testing.  He provides technical direction, management, and leadership on key projects involving testing, physical modeling and CFD. Dr. Schowalter has 25 years of experience in experimental and computational flow modeling.  He has utilized CFD and Physical Modeling to solve complex fluid flow problems involving civil hydraulic structures, water treatment systems, nuclear power plant systems, and process gas flow systems.  

Takeaways from the Association of State Floodplain Managers Conference
Testing of Flood Control America’s One World Trade Center flood protection barrier at Alden During the first week in May, I attended the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Conference in Kansas City.  This conference is generally recognized as the key floodplain conference in the U.S. In addition to floodplain managers, associated consulting firms and product vendors regularly attend. We thought it would be a good idea to go, given Alden’s recent activity in flooding related testing and modeling.  Given the nature of my interest, I primarily attended sessions on floodproofing and modeling, and also spent time in the exhibit.  The sessions were well attended and had good quality presentations. For me, the key takeaways from the conference were:   In general, insurance companies shouldn’t be expected to invest in protecting areas from flooding.   Jonathan Goldstick from CH2M gave an excellent presentation on a study aimed at building flood barriers to protect Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek water treatment plants in New York City from storm surge flooding.  When the City realized ...