February 2017 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting

eweeksmart columbus

DATE: Thurs. February 23, 2017
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:30 PM - Presentation

LOCATION: Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center, 10561 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell OH 43065

TOPICThe City of Columbus “Smart Columbus” project

The City of Columbus “Smart Columbus” vision won the U.S. Department of Transportation $40 million Smart City Challenge in June, 2016 after competing against 77 cities nationwide to become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network. Columbus was also awarded an additional $10 million grant from Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. to accelerate the transition to an electrified, low-emissions transportation system.

Columbus will become the nation’s epicenter for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) research to improve safety, enhance mobility, create ladders of opportunity for those who may have been left behind in the past, and address climate change by reducing emissions.


Aparna Dial ,Columbus Department of Public Service Deputy Director, or
Randall Bowman, P.E., Columbus Department of Public Service Assistant Director of Sustainability

MENU: Choice of Lemon-Rosemary Grilled Chicken, or Vegetarian entree.

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

$25 – “Early Bird” registration (by February 11)
$35 – After February 11
Students Free (Contact Jeffery Keller to register at Jeffery D. Keller, PE <JKeller@varoeng.com>)

RESERVATIONS: Advanced Reservations and Payment Required at the following website: https://ieeecolumbus.org/ Use the EWeek Luncheon 2017 tab

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President's Report

Central Ohio Section Members:

Thank you to all who attended our January dinner with the OU and OSU Student Chapters. We had an interesting presentation pertaining to Engineers Without Borders (EWB).  The February luncheon on the 23rd will be the Engineer's Week joint meeting with several other local engineering associations.  In conjunction with E-Week, the ASCE Younger Members have organized the annual STEM Expo to be held on February 25th.  That weekend will also be the premier of the ASCE film Dream Big.  ASCE members that attend the Expo will receive discounted rates to see the movie that afternoon.  We hope to see many of you there.  Remember that E-week is celebrated around the country and the world, so take advantage of these opportunities to promote our profession and educate others about the contributions of engineers.

The Section is coordinating another Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game outing on March 16th.  Tickets sold out quickly.  The Jackets are having a great season (currently tied with my Pens) and it should make for a great event.

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.

Save the date for April 11th for our annual full-day Technical Seminar.  The topic this year is Alternative Transportation.  Please browse our website for more information about upcoming events.

Sincerely,  AJ Smith
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section


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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, with a particular focus on the “E” events as engineering isn’t as commonly covered in school curriculums as the other three aspects of STEM. 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 and goodie bags will be provided. The Central Ohio Section will also sponsor reduced-price admission to all areas of COSI after the STEM Expo. ASCE members and families will also be able to view the Dream Big film for free on the day of the event.



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.

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Dream Big!

The Central Ohio Section will offer ASCE members, and their families FREE viewing of the film at the STEM Expo.

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: Engineering Our World" 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 premiered last week in anticipation of Engineers Week. We are excited to be partnering with COSI, who will be showing the film on their IMAX screen.  Click HERE for a preview of the film.

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The Geo-Institute of the Central Section is planning events to bring geotechnical engineers together for technical sessions and fellowship.

Geo-Institute Dinner Meeting
Date: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Location: The Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring St, Columbus OH 43215
Topic: Design of Landslide Stabilizing Piles by Numerical Techniques and Other Methods
The presentation will cover theory and case studies of new methodologies compared to traditional methodologies often used in pile design.
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Pradel, PE, GE, DGE, F.ASCE is a professor at the Ohio State University, has completed numerous projects and has published over 30 papers on geotechnical issues. He is an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering
Menu: Dinner Buffet
CPD Hours: The program qualifies for one CPD hour.
Cost: $35 ASCE Member, $30 ASCE Life Member, $25 ASCE Student, $35 Guest
Registration: HERE by Februrary 23, 2017 at 11:00 PM.

T.H. Wu Distinguished Lecture
Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 - 3:30 PM
Location: The Ohio State University - CBEC Building Room 130, 151 West Woodruff Ave.
Topic: Reinforced Soil Technology: From Experimental to the Farmiliar
Speaker: Dr. Robert B. Holtz is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington. He was awarded the prestigous Terzaghi Lecture Award from ASCE and has authored, co-authored, or editted nearly 300 books, chapters, technical papers, discussions, and reports.
Registration: HERE
The lecture is sponsored by The Ohio State University, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, and co-sponsored by the Central Ohio Geo-Institute Chapter.
Professor T.H. Wu is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University.  The T.H. Wu Fund, endowed on June 24, 2011, promotes excellence in civil engineering by way of lectures by eminent practitioners and academics in the profession.


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Spring Technical Seminar

Save the date - our annual Spring Technical Seminar will be held on April 11, 2017 with topics related to Alternative/Active Transportation (pedestrian, bicycle, transit) with great speakers from both the public and private sector.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc., 1650 Watermark Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Register Here

Purpose and Background
This webinar provides guidance on the best practices for designing traffic signals. The materials will include guidance on layout of traffic signal indications and structural supports, controller and cabinet setup, intersection safety lighting, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodation. Information will also be offered regarding methods of vehicle detection. A variety of sources will be referenced including the MUTCD, ITE, AASHTO, ADAAG, manuals developed by state highway departments and recent publications on traffic signal design.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn the most important elements to consider in the design of traffic signals, based heavily on the guidance offered by the MUTCD. These elements will include the appropriate placement and arrangement of signal faces, supports, detection, and guidance on the placement of signal equipment and detection for bicycles and pedestrians. Design guidelines will be stated in the context of intersection traffic operations.  You will learn how the controller assembly relates to the traffic signal, and your options for cabinets and equipment.  You also will obtain basic information on controllers, cabinets, and electrical service equipment.

Webinar Benefits
  • Obtain guidance on how to design the layout of a traffic signal under various modes of operation
  • Gain an improved understanding on the placement of traffic-control devices and detection for bicycle and pedestrian traffic
  • Understand the purpose and setup of traffic signal controllers and cabinets
  • Learn the best sources of information on designing traffic signals and signal systems
Webinar Outline
  • Primary signal design references
  • Traffic signals - purpose and warrants
  • Alternatives to traffic signals
  • Traffic control theory - phasing and timing
  • Traffic signal supports
  • Traffic signal heads - placement and arrangement
  • Pedestrian accommodations
  • Bicycle accommodations
  • Controllers and cabinets
  • Signal power and service
  • Signage
  • Intersection safety lighting

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Ohio Construction Conference

Date: March 15, 2017, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: The Ohio Union - 1739 N. High St., Columbus OH 43210
Registration: Register HERE at the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio

Building the Future - Construction Trends Today and Visions for Tomorrow

The Ohio Construction Conference provides a forum for the commercial construction industry as the premiere collaborative educational conference in Ohio.

The Conference brings together national experts to discuss topics that are timely and relevant for industry leaders from the diverse disciplines that make up the commercial construction community. For a complete program agenda, session descriptions, and speakers, click HERE.

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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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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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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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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 - Smart Columbus  All Bridgewater  Engineers Week Committee
 March 23, 2017
Capital Improvements Drivers for the CIty of Columbus Division of Water  ASCE Villa Milano  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 Schmidt's Sausage Haus 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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