JANUARY DINNER MEETING
DATE: Wednesday Jan. 17, 2018
5:30 PM - Registration
6:00 PM - Dinner
Registration information coming soon.
TOPIC: To Be Announced
SPEAKER: To Be Announced
CPD HOURS: A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the presentation.
$20 ASCE Member
$15 ASCE Life Member
$10 ASCE Student
$25 Guest (not an ASCE member)
Central Ohio Section Members:
The December luncheon on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum was a great success, with nearly 50 people from ASCE and SEAoO in attendance. Thanks to Nigel Carter and Kyle Krieger from Turner Construction for sharing the innovative architectural and challenging construction aspects of this interesting project. It is great that this national memorial honoring America’s veterans will be located in Central Ohio.
Congratulations to ASCE Younger Member Phillip Hinson, PE, MPP for being chosen as a 2018 NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration! Phillip was selected for this award from over 1,200 engineers employed by the VA and will be honored at a luncheon and ceremony in Washington, D.C. on February 23, 2018. Phillip was previously named an ASCE 2009 New Face of Civil Engineering, so this is the second time he has been recognized nationally.
Finally, I want to draw your attention to a Columbus Dispatch letter to the editor authored by Jim Pajk, PE which discusses the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse over the Ohio River. This tragic event led to the establishment of the National Bridge Inspection Standards and speaks to the need for infrastructure funding. With Jim’s permission, his letter will be reprinted to our December newsletter.
I wish you a happy and blessed holiday season, and hope that you have a prosperous 2018!
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
For full Columbus Dispatch version click HERE.
December 15, 2017 - Today, Dec. 15, marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic event that changed how our nation ensures bridge safety. On that date in 1967, the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio, collapsed, resulting in 46 individuals losing their lives from this catastrophe.
This event led to the establishment of the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS), which require all bridges with a span of at least 20 feet to be inspected at least once every two years. Not long after this, Ohio legislators took these requirements a step further by passing a law requiring all bridges at least 10 feet in length to be inspected annually.
Today, more than 43,000 bridge-inspection reports are signed each year by professional engineers to ensure Ohioans’ safety. The challenge for infrastructure in Ohio, which has the second-highest inventory of bridges in the country, is the continuing need to find additional revenue to pay for repairs and replacement of structures. In Ohio, approximately 2,000 bridges are considered structurally deficient.
The American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2017 national Infrastructure Report Card, which assigned a grade of “C+” to our nation’s bridges. The federal gas tax, 18.4 cents per gallon, and Ohio’s gas tax, 28 cents per gallon, have not been adjusted since 1993 and 2006, respectively. The state, counties and municipalities rely on this income to fund much-needed bridge and road projects. Inflation, increased fuel efficiency, and more hybrid and electric vehicles have led to flat revenue streams for most of these agencies.
Congress continues to transfer money from other sources to keep solvent the Highway Trust Fund, the main source to fund federal projects. Much discussion during last year’s election cycle called for a need to improve our nation’s infrastructure. So far, neither party has produced a substantial proposal that led to serious discussion. In May, Reps. Sam Graves,R-Missouri and Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia, sent a letter to the House Ways and Means committee asking that any efforts regarding tax reform should also consider ways to address the highway trust fund with sustainable revenue sources.
This letter was co-signed by 253 bipartisan members of Congress — nine from Ohio, including Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington and Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township. Unfortunately, neither the House nor Senate versions of tax reform addresses ways to fix the issues facing the Highway Trust Fund.
A ceremony was planned for Friday in Point Pleasant to commemorate the anniversary of the event and recognize the families of those who lost their lives 50 years ago. Federal and state elected officials from Ohio and West Virginia were expected to attend. The Federal Highway Administration and Ohio acted quickly to establish the NBIS. We now need elected officials at all levels to be proactive in providing increased and sustainable funding to fix and repair our roads and bridges so as to avoid another Silver Bridge tragedy.
Past president, Ohio Council
American Society of Civil Engineers
ASCE Central Ohio Section Younger Member Phillip Hinson is a General Engineer in the Engineering Service Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Affairs Ambulatory Care Center. Phil was recently awarded the Veterans Affairs Engineer of the Year award as part of the National Society of Professional Engineer's Federal Engineer of the Year program.
Phil was selected ahead of 1,200-1,300 other Veterans Affairs applicants. The program will recognize 29 engineers from various federal agencies from across the United States and abroad. Phil will be recognized at an awards ceremony held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. in February.
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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Structures Congress 2018
April 19 -21, 2018
Fort Worth, Texas
Premier Event for Structural Engineers
Reasons to Attend:
- Learn valuable information in the technical sessions
Earn up to 14 PDH’s
- Attend the Evening Reception Celebrating the Future of SE hosted by CSI- make sure you purchase your additional ticket
- Network with 1,200 of your colleagues
- Students and Young Professionals, take this opportunity to meet top-level Structural Engineers and learn how to enhance your career. New Programs offered this year.
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 Mark.Seidelmann@stantec.com. Any level of commitment is appreciated.
- 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).
|January 17, 2018
|Ohio University Campus Meeting||ASCE||Athens, OH||Patrick Karnes|
|Engineer's Week Lunch||All||TBD||E-Week Committee|
|March 15, 2018
|ASCE National President-Elect||ASCE||TBD||Chris Nye|
|April 12, 2018
|Jeremiah Morrow Bridge||ASCE, ACI||TBD||Chris Nye|
|April 26, 2018
|Spring Technical Seminar - Stormwater + OUPS||ASCE||TBD||Patrick Karnes|
|May 24, 2018
|Section Awards / Division of Sewerage and Drainage||ASCE, WEF, AWWA||TBD||Firat Sever, Greg Barden|
|Planning Meeting||All||TBD||Firat Sever|
|June 23, 2017
|21st Annual Golf Outing||ASCE||Darby Creek Golf Course||Jim Pajk|