Kenneth L. Orie, PE, PACP, a senior project manager with McKim & Creed, has been tapped to lead the company’s wet weather planning in North Carolina. As the wet weather planning manager, Ken works with utilities and municipalities throughout North Carolina to identify, address and resolve wastewater infrastructure challenges such as inflow and infiltration (I&I) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) using a holistic approach not yet utilized in the region.
Ken is a nationally recognized leader in wet weather planning, flow metering and hydraulic modeling development and analysis. In his 20+ year career, he has earned a reputation for excellence in helping municipalities plan, budget and implement holistic solutions that address overall wet weather issues and comply with sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) regulations and the Peak Flows Management Rule.
“I&I and SSOs are issues that keep utility managers awake at night. Flooding, spills and overflows cost money, waste resources, negatively impact the environment and damage infrastructure. That’s why it’s so important to address and manage these wet weather challenges. McKim & Creed’s approach is founded in quantitative operational goals and based on sound modeling alternatives, which helps our clients resolve their issues faster and more cost effectively, and enables them to proactively prepare for future events,” said Ken.
“We are pleased to have someone of Ken’s caliber and expertise to lead McKim & Creed’s wet weather planning services. This is an area of vital importance to our clients, and Ken brings in-the-field, hands-on experience with evaluating and implementing safe, reliable and cost-effective methods of meeting wet weather challenges and complying with state and federal regulations,” said Ben Latino, PE, regional manager with McKim & Creed.
Ken is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in agricultural and biological engineering. Since joining McKim & Creed in 2017, he has modeled a low-lying, 101-year-old collection system on a U.S. military base in Virginia to evaluate the impact of a 10-year, 24-hour storm event; assisted the City of Largo, Florida with implementing a plan to prevent SSOs; and provided on-call sanitary sewer evaluation services for the City of Raleigh. He has conducted numerous presentations throughout the U.S. on the value and benefits of wet weather planning for water and wastewater infrastructure.
McKim & Creed’s wet weather planning services includes flow monitoring, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, rainfall independent I&I (RDII) analysis, sanitary sewer evaluation services, closed-circuit TV, real time collection system optimization, asset inventory, system connectivity verification, instrumentation and controls implementation, and rehabilitation design.