November 2017 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting

DECEMBER LUNCHEON - Joint meeting with SEAoO
: Thursday Dec. 14, 2017
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:00 PM - Presentation
Construction site tour to follow immediately after presentation.
Click HERE to register by 5:00 PM Friday, December 8.

LOCATION:Spaghetti Warehouse, 397 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

TOPIC: National Veterans Memorial and Museum Project & Site Tour

Please join us for a presentation and tour of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) project in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The museum and memorial will honor Americans’ contributions to our country through military service, connect civilians with veterans and their experiences, inspire visitors to serve their communities and educate school children about the value of service.

The NVMM is a unique structure intended to be an icon for the city and also help catalyze development west of downtown. The presentation and tour will focus on the unique architectural and structural elements of the design and how the construction process was planned and executed to address the unique challenges.

SPEAKER: Nigel Carter, Senior Project Manager - Turner Construction Company

Nigel holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and is currently an adjunct professor in the department. He has 12 years of professional experience with Turner Construction and the Bechtel Corporation. In the Columbus, OH market Nigel has managed multiple commercial construction projects including the James Cancer Hospital and Hilliard Bradley High School projects. Nigel is the lead member of the construction management team on the NVMM project and has been involved since conceptual design and preconstruction commenced.

MENU: Choice of Spaghetti and meatballs, Lasagne, Fettuccini Alfredo, Manicotti, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Chicken Parmesan, Salad, Bread, Coffee, Tea.

CPD HOURS: A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of both the presentation and site tour. Two (2) CPDs total for lunch presentation and tour attendance.

$20 ASCE/SEAoO Member
$15 ASCE Life Member
$10 ASCE/SEAoO Student
$25 Guest (not an ASCE or SEAoO member)

REGISTRATION: Deadline for registration is Friday, December 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Click HERE to register and make payment.

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President's Report

Central Ohio Section Members:

In my opinion, one of the most beneficial services that ASCE Central Ohio provides to its members is sponsoring free continuing education webinars.  The complete list of upcoming webinars is available on ASCE National’s website, and if your company is interested in hosting one, we will pay for the registration provided you open it up to any interested Central Ohio ASCE section members.  Please consider taking advantage of this great opportunity!

Our December luncheon will include a site tour of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum currently under construction in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Our January meeting will be a dinner hosted by the Ohio University student chapter, and I’m pleased to announce that ASCE National President-Elect Robin Kemper has agreed to join us for the March 2018 meeting! 

Please contact me if you have any suggestions for meeting topics, social events for our members, or ways to make ASCE Central Ohio more beneficial to our members. I sincerely hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season!

Chris Nye
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section

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UESI Events

The newly formed UESI Chapter of Central Ohio has successfully organized two events, including a lunch presentation by the National UESI President Jim Anspach. We really appreciate Mr. Anspach’s visit to Columbus. In his talk, Jim informed the Central Ohio Section UESI members and guests about the overall mission and vision of UESI in addition to providing case studies on surveying and “as-builting” underground infrastructure projects.

The second event was the Logan Clay Products facility tour, which included a “hands-on” demo of a clay pipe fitting production as well as a technical presentation by Steve Matheny, PE, of Logan Clay Products Company. Photo is conducting a pressure test.

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Save the Date

In the spring of 2018, the Ohio University ASCE Student Chapter will be hosting the 2018 Ohio Valley Student Conference (OVSC). The Chapter will be seeking sponsorships for the event as well as individuals interesting in volunteering as judges and for other opportunities. Additional information will be coming soon.

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Ohio Infrastructure Report Card

The Ohio ASCE Council of Local Sections has identified a core group of volunteers to begin updating the Ohio Infrastructure Report Card, which was initially published in 2009. The goal is to release an updated report in December of 2018, just ahead of the mid-term elections in 2019. To capitalize on the timing of that release, the Ohio Council is seeking subject matter expert volunteers who would be willing to lead or assist in the development of each category to research, author, review, and edit the these sections.  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. This report serves as an important publicity and advocacy tool to inform state and local legislators, as well as the public, on the historically poor condition of our infrastructure. In the 2009 version, Ohio's composite letter grade was a "C-". View the 2009 report HERE. If you are willing to volunteer your time and expertise to bring needed attention to our state's infrastructure needs, please contact Any level of commitment is appreciated.

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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
December 14, 2017
New Veterans Memorial Overview + Tour ASCE, SEAoO Spaghetti Warehouse Carlos Vazquez
January 18, 2018
Ohio University Campus Meeting ASCE Athens, OH Patrick Karnes
February, 2018
Engineer's Week Lunch All TBD E-Week Committee
March 15, 2018
ASCE National President-Elect ASCE TBD Chris Nye
April, 2018
Jeremiah Morrow Bridge ASCE TBD Chris Nye
Week of April 19, 2018
All Day
Spring Technical Seminar - Stormwater + OUPS ASCE, ACI TBD Jeremy Lewis
May 24, 2018
Section Awards / Division of Sewerage and Drainage ASCE, WEF, AWWA TBD Firat Sever, Greg Barden
June, 2017
Planning Meeting All TBD Firat Sever
June 23, 2017
Day Event
21st Annual Golf Outing ASCE Darby Creek Golf Course Jim Pajk


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