January 2017 Newsletter Print

Dinner Meeting

: Thurs. January 19, 2017
6:00 PM - Registration
6:30 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Presentation
LOCATION: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus OH 43210

TOPIC: A School for Las Victorias, Guatemala

Nestled in the mountains of north-central Guatemala is a struggling Mayan village known as Las Victorias. The families there are working to build a new school to lift their children and future generations out of poverty. More than 200 children live within a 1-mile radius of the community center but fewer than half those children are currently able to attend school.

The people of Las Victorias met, organized and defined their modest hopes for a school building: adequate classroom space, restrooms, kitchen, storage space, administrative office and playground. The community needed design and engineering help, construction advice and funding support. They turned to Engineers Without Borders-USA. The Central Ohio Professional Chapter embraced the opportunity and is working on the project with student members of the Ohio State University Chapter.

Join us to learn about the engineering challenges faced, the progress made to date, and the plans for construction to help the children of Las Victorias and their families!

SPEAKER: Amanda Engle - Industrial Technology Solutions, LLC

Amanda Engle is passionate about using her engineering and leadership skills to help small, developing communities achieve their goals and meet their basic human needs.  As a graduate of the Ohio State University, Amanda spent 15 years in the transportation industry in the field of bridge design and project management.  Along with the commitment and assistance of many individuals, she started the Central Ohio Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders in 2007.  In 2012, Amanda led the Chapter during the design and construction of a road connecting a marginalized community in El Salvador to the main town.  She is currently serving on the executive committee of the Central Ohio Professional Chapter of EWB and also as project lead on a school construction project in rural Guatemala.

MENU: Fawcett Center Field Greens, Gremolata Chicken, Mesquite Grilled Salmon, or Vegetarian Entree, and Salted Caramel-Mascarpone Cheesecake.

CPD HOURS: A certificate for one half (0.5) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program.

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President's Report

Central Ohio Section Members:

Thank you to all who attended our December luncheon. We had an interesting presentation pertaining to Ethics.  The January dinner on the 19th will be the student chapter presentations.

The Younger Members are continuing to plan the annual STEM Expo held on February 25th.  That weekend will also be the premier of the ASCE film Dream Big.

The Ohio Valley Student Conference will be hosted by OSU in April 2017. OU will then be hosting the conference in 2018. Please look for sponsor requests sent from the student chapter. and consider supporting their efforts.  They will also be looking for judges to help with the competitions.  The OSU students are also looking for "clients" to assist with the seniors' capstone projects this year.  Let us know if you are interested in helping out.

Please browse our website for more information about upcoming events.

Sincerely,  AJ Smith
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section


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CAD Class

For the past several years, the ASCE Younger Members Group has been providing volunteer CADD classes for OSU students during the spring semester. Since OSU does not offer much in the way of CADD training, this "class" fills a major gap as an essential skill for the entry-level engineer.

Classes are scheduled every Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 from the end of January through April. This year, OSU has reserved a computer lab to benefit the class.

We are seeking volunteers to offer their CADD expertise to the students to assist the student's in learning this critical skill. This year we are able to offer both AutoCAD and Microstation, so volunteers familiar with both, or either, software is desirable. Volunteers may come to as many or few sessions as they like, but more volunteers allows us to provide more individual attention to the students. Whether you are an expert or a novice, we encourage you to volunteer since everyone can learn some new tips and tricks.

A planning meeting will be held Thursday, January 19 from 5:00-6:30 PM at Platform Brewing, 408 North 6th Street in Columbus. To RSVP, or if you are interested in volunteering and can't attend the meeting, please contact Tom Less at 614-827-6136, or tom.less@woolpert.com.

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Blue Jackets Outing

The ASCE Blue Jackets Outing for 2017 is officially scheduled!

In the past few years, our society (along with our friends at ASHE) has had numerous large group outings to see the city’s NHL team. However, this year, the CBJ boast the best record in hockey!

Please join us for a fun night of hockey on March 16th as the CBJ take on the Florida Panthers and living legend Jaromir Jagr. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for guests. Sign up online today HERE.

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The Central Ohio Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Central Ohio STEM Expo. The goal of the STEM Expo is to expose students in Kindergarten through 8th grade to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through fun and interactive activities. Last year’s 3rd Annual STEM Expo had over 450 students participate in and explore over 30 different STEM activities.


Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
333 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
**Free parking will be provided. The Central Ohio Section will also sponsor reduced-price admission to all areas of COSI after the STEM Expo. See additional details regarding the screening of the Dream Big film.



We are seeking local STEM professional, educators, and organization to serve as activity sponsors or exhibitors. Sponsoring an activity is easy and a great way to get involved in this educational outreach event. Activity sponsor responsibilities include:

  • Developing a fun, interactive STEM related activity;
  • Obtaining funding through your employer for the activity materials, if necessary; and,
  • Facilitating the activity at the STEM Expo event (typically 2 to 3 people needed).

Contact STEM-expo@centralohioasce.com to RSVP as an activity sponsor or submit questions.


Students are able to pre-register for the event through a Google Form. To pre-register, please click on the pre-register link below.


Registration will also be available at the door the day of the event but pre-registration is encouraged.


We are beginning to reach out for corporate sponsors to help us bring this event to central Ohio. More information to follow.

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Dream Big!

The project is so big, it is more than a movie—it’s part of a movement aimed at bringing engineering into the forefront of our culture. Dream Big is the first giant-screen film to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, which aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet as we head into the 21st Century and beyond. That’s why the film will be accompanied by ongoing educational, museum and community efforts to expose young people from all backgrounds to what engineering is…and what it can conjure in the world.

ENGINEERING - Upon first consideration, it might not seem the stuff of grand cinematic adventure. But could engineering secretly be an exciting, creative, heroic realm where the optimists of today are creating the life-saving, world-altering marvels that will make for a safer, more connected, more equal and even more awe-inspiring tomorrow?

With an eclectic, stereotype-bursting engineer cast, the huge story told by Dream Big answers that question with a resoundingly “yes” using a series of surprising human stories to expose the hidden world behind the most exciting inventions and structures across the world. It is not only a journey through engineering’s greatest wonders, but equally a tale of human grit, aspiration, compassion and the triumph of human ingenuity over life’s greatest challenges.

Dream Big will have its world premiere during Engineers Week in February 2017. We are excited to be partnering with COSI, who will be showing the film on their big screen during our 4th Annual STEM Expo on Saturday, February 25, 2017. More details to follow. Click HERE for a preview of the film.

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National President Elect

ASCE has announced the nominees for 2018 ASCE president-elect, which were selected by the Board of Direction's Nominating Comittee. Elections will be held via online voting for one month starting on May 1, 2017.

Mr. Gunalan, from Utah, has served as ASCE Region 8 governor and director, and is now a governor for the Geo-Institute. He is also a member of the Global Strategy Council, the Indian Initiative Advisory Task Committee, and the Key Contact Committee. In 2016 he recieved the ASCE Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award. In his vision statement, Gunalan offered, "It is my vison that ASCE stay nimble by taking advantage of emerging technology and tools to enable our membership to continue to enhance their value to the global community.
Gunalan has served as Vice President for Alternative Delivery at AECOM since 2012, and was previously Vice President at Parsons Brinckerhoff from 1996-2012.

Ms. Kemper, from New Jersey, has served as ASCE Region 1 director and currently serves on the Raise the Bar Committee and the Committee on Professional Conduct. Part of Kemper's vision strives for ASCE to be, "an influential, well respected, and highly competent organization" to shape the future of our profession, enhance the image and perception of civil engineers in the communities in which we live and work, provide benefits to members, and ensure those who carry the title of professional engineer are appropriately qualified.
Kemper has served as Sr. Risk Consultant at Zurich Services Corp. in New York City since 2014.

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Ohio Valley Student Competition

The Ohio State University ASCE Student Chapter is hosting the Ohio Valley Student Competition (OVSC) April 6 – 8, 2017.  The chapter is in need of volunteers to judge the events.  Students from all schools in the Ohio Valley Region will be in attendance.  If you can volunteer to assist with any of the following events, please contact Paul Meier (meier.135@buckeyemail.osu.edu).  No prior experience is necessary. More information can be found at u.osu.edu/ovsc2017

Thursday, April 6:
Concrete canoe presentations (2:00 pm-4:30 pm)- 4 judges*

Friday, April 7:
Concrete canoe (8:00 am- 10:30 am)- 4 judges*
Concrete horseshoe and bat (10:00 am-12:00 pm)- 2 judges

Saturday, April 8:
Steel bridge (8:00 am-4:00 pm)-12 judges
Technical paper (10:00 am-12:00 pm)- 2 judges
Environmental (8:30 am- 12:00 pm)- 2 judges

* preferable if available both days

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The Central Ohio Section of ASCE is in the process of establishing a local chapter of ASCE’s Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI). Our mission is to create an environment to enhance communication among utility and surveying professionals; thereby, improving knowledge among the ASCE members as well as other local professionals of the industry. Our goal is to provide an active database for the members on the state-of-the-art subjects pertinent to utility engineering and surveying via chapter meetings, technical presentations, and workshops. We are currently looking  for members that are willing to take a role in the leadership of this newly forming chapter. Interested members are encouraged to contact Central Ohio Section Treasurer, Firat Sever at 614-901-2235 or fsever@structurepoint.com

For more information on the UESI, please visit: http://www.asce.org/utility-engineering-and-surveying/utility-engineering-and-surveying-institute/

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Ohio Infrastructure Report Card

As ASCE National prepares to release it's 2017 Report Card for America's Infrastructure in March, the Ohio Council of ASCE is planning to update the Ohio Infrastructure Report Card, initially published in 2009. This report serves as an important publicity and advocacy tool to inform state and local legislators, as well as the public, on the standing of our infrastructure. Letter grades are established across 11 categories, not only indicating the current status but also summarizing the needs to bring each category to a respectable level. In the 2009 version, Ohio's composite letter grade was a "C-". View the 2009 report HERE.

Ohio Council is seeking volunteers to assist with this update. If you are interested in assisting this effort to bring attention to our state's infrastructure needs, please contact newsletter@centralohioasce.org.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc., 1650 Watermark Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Register Here

Purpose and Background
Detention ponds are extremely common in storm sewer systems. One function of detention ponds is to reduce the peak inflow by providing storage and limiting the outflow from the pond. Outflow is limited by use of a variety of different types of structures, including weirs, orifices and culverts. Appropriate hydraulic analysis of these structures is not completed using just the simple weir and orifice equations, or a simple culvert analysis. Impacts of multiple openings must be considered, along with the impact of downstream facilities. This webinar covers not only the basics of weir and orifice flow, but also how multiple openings impact each other. The webinar also discusses the calculations for submerged orifices, submerged weirs, and how pipes downstream from the structures can also create restrictions. It presents example calculations, along with methods to incorporate appropriate analysis into software analysis for detention ponds.

Learning Outcomes
  • Discuss the basic equations for weirs and orifices
  • Learn how multiple structures impact each other
  • Understand the impacts of submergence on weirs and orifices
  • Recognize how the discharge pipe from a structure can submerge other control features

Webinar Benefits
  • See how orifices and weirs can be used to control flow through pond structures
  • Examine the impacts of submerged orifices and weirs
  • Learn how multiple orifices can impact each other
  • Discover how orifices and weirs used in combination can impact each other
  • Understand how pipes that discharge from structures can impact flow through the weirs and orifices
Webinar Outline
  • Basics of orifice flow, including multiple orifices
  • Basics of weir flow
  • Submerged orifices
  • Submerged weirs
  • Orifices and weirs in combination
  • Impacts of downstream pipes


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Reference Books

The Central Ohio Section bought a number of civil engineering reference books and donated them to the Columbus Main Library for public use. The titles are as follows:
-    Minimum Design Loads (7-10)
-    Design of Marine Facilities for Berthing, Mooring
-    FRP Composite Connections
-    Foundation Engineering Handbook
-    Trenchless Technology Piping
-    Civil Engineer's Handbook of Professional Practice
-    Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (5-11 & 6-11)
-    Urban Stormwater Controls
-    Municipal Wastewater Plants
-    Structural Steel Designer's Handbook
The books are for reference and can’t be checked out. They are located on the 3rd floor in a special collection area of the main library (north side of building in the half-height stacks).

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Meeting Schedule

Date Topic Group Location Coordinator
 January 19, 2017
Engineers Without Borders
OU/OSU ASCE Student Chapter Presentations
 Amanda Engle,
Jason Ross
 February, 2017
E-Week  All TBD  Engineers Week Committee
 March 23, 2017
City of Columbus Water Quality  ASCE TBD  Michael Navabi
April 20, 2017
UAV (Drone) Applications in Civil Engineering ASCE TBD Bob Kolling, Peter Narsavage
May 18, 2017
ASCE President Elect/Awards ASCE TBD AJ Smith, Chris Nye
June, 2017
Planning Meeting All Tommys Pizza Firat Sever
June 23, 2017
Day Event
21st Annual Golf Outing ASCE Darby Creek Golf Course Jim Pajk


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