January 2018 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting

: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:15-1:15 PM - Program

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

TOPIC: The Role of Emergency Management in Disasters

When natural disasters strike, engineers play a vital role in the response and recovery process. Engineering expertise in a variety of disciplines is needed to assess damage to infrastructure and restore water service, communication lines, power grids and the transportation network. Ms. Adcock will talk about how the engineering profession aids local governments following disasters.

SPEAKER: Laura Adcock, Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA)

Laura Adcock is the Disaster Recovery Branch Chief at the Ohio EMA, where she administers the FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program following Presidential disaster declarations and has implemented the program for 26 Presidential disaster declarations in Ohio.

MENU: Choice of Lemon-Rosemary Grilled Chicken, Roasted Red Potatoes, and Seasonal Vegetable Medley OR Vegetarian entree.

$25 Early Bird by February 10th
$35 After February 10
Students are Free - contact Kristin Studabaker to register at kstudabaker@cmtran.com

Meal selection and online payment can be made at: Engineers Week Luncheon Registration.

If paying by check, please mail checks to:
Jared Love, WSP, 2 Miranova Place, Suite 450, Columbus OH 43215
Payable to Ohio Section ITE

Contact Jared Love at Jared.Love@wsp.com or (614) 791-5176


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President's Report

Central Ohio Section Members:

Happy New Year! Although it’s only January, the ASCE Central Ohio annual programs are moving along briskly with many activities planned over the next few months.  Don’t miss the annual Engineers’ Week luncheon where we join with fellow engineers to celebrate our collective contributions!  In March, we welcome ASCE President-Elect Robin Kemper to our section, who will be providing an overview of ASCE National’s focus areas along with an ethics discussion. This is a great opportunity to secure obtain PHD credits toward the new Ohio continuing education requirements for ethics.

Finally, it’s that time of year to start thinking about nominations, specifically:

  • Outstanding Section Member of the Year

  • Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year

  • Board members for the 2018 election

If you have any suggestions, please reach out to me or another Board member. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Chris Nye
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section


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E-Week Sponsorship

Each year in Central Ohio, we celebrate the work of Professional Engineers by observing National Engineers Week, a celebration dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.  In 2018, the annual Engineers Week Luncheon will be held on February 22 at Bridgewater Conference Center.

The professional organizations coordinating the Central Ohio Engineers Week Luncheon need your help.  A sponsorship from you will help to cover the cost of the luncheon, which will enable select high school and college students interested in engineering to attend the event at no charge.  As a supporter of the engineering profession, your sponsorship donation will help make the Central Ohio Engineers Week Luncheon a great success!

To arrange a sponsorship, please contact our coordinator,

Jared Love, PE
2 Miranova Place, Suite 450
Phone: (614) 791-5176
Email: Jared.Love@wsp.com
Checks Payable to Ohio Section ITE


Thank you for your generosity toward the Central Ohio Engineer’s Week Luncheon.2018 E-Week Luncheon Sponsorship Letter


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Sustainable Infrastructure: using envision to plan, design, and rate infrastructure projects

Thurs., March 1, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc., 1650 Watermark Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Register Here

Purpose and Background
Sustainable techniques and approaches are being applied to water, wastewater, transportation, and other types of infrastructure. A key challenge remains however: how can municipalities quantify and report on these investments? How can municipalities make the case for more sustainable infrastructure to their constituents and elected officials?

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructures ENVISION rating system is a new tool designed to recognize and encourage sustainable infrastructure development. This webinar will provide an overview of the ENVISION tool which was developed by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure - a joint program of APWA, ASCE, and ACEC. The webinar will provide the business case for sustainable infrastructure, background on the ENVISION tool itself, and alternative ways in which the tool can be used for planning, designing, and rating projects.

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop awareness of the ENVISION tool for incorporating sustainability principles into engineering planning and design
  • Describe how to use the ENVISION tool for planning and rating infrastructure projects
  • Discuss various case studies

Webinar Benefits
  • Participants will learn about a new tool to market projects to constituents and clients
  • Participants will learn new methods for incorporating sustainability principles into their work
  • Participants will learn where and how to access additional information about the ENVISION program
  • Participants will find out about a new tool for promoting sustainable infrastructure development
  • Participants will determine if the ENVISION system is relevant to their practice centers
  • Participants will have access to latest fact sheets and other resources related to ENVISION

Webinar Outline
Introduction to ENVISION
  •     -Business Case
        -Organizational History
  • Using ENVISION 
        -As a planning tool
        -As a design tool
        -As a rating tool
  • Case Study
  • 2-3 examples

The Central Ohio Section of ASCE sponsors free continuing education webinars as a service to our members. These webinars are produced by ASCE and normally cost $250 to $300 for ASCE members. However, the Central Ohio Section is paying the registration fee and inviting any interested section members to attend for free. Just RSVP by the deadline. Seating is limited, so do not delay. You can also see a list of past webinars hosted by the Central Ohio Section of ASCE.

The Central Ohio Section is partnering with ASCE to promote live and on-demand webinars. Use the Promo Code WEBCENOHSEC when signing up and ASCE will provide a portion of the registration fee to the Section to use toward more free webinars. Thank you for your support!

ASCE’s live webinars provide cost-effective training for large and small groups. Click HERE for a complete list of available live webinars.


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DATE: Saturday, March 3, 2018
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Thomas Worthington High School, 300 West Dublin Granville Road, Worthington OH 43085

Please click HERE to register for the 2018 STEM Expo.

The 5th Annual Central Ohio STEM Expo is scheduled for March 3, 2018 at Thomas Worthington High School located at 300 West Granville Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The STEM Expo is a free educational outreach event for students grades K through 8 that will feature fun, interactive activities and exhibits in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. Last year’s student participants made cars from food and raced them, battled robots, flew drones, saw concrete float, built towers out of spaghetti, and participated in many more enriching and intriguing activities. Last year the activities were presented by nearly 40 different volunteer STEM activity sponsors from around the Central Ohio area. The sponsors included professional organizations, universities and university student groups, consulting firms, non-profits, and STEM related companies.

ACTIVITY SPONSORS: We are seeking local STEM professionals, educators, and organizations 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;
  •         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, volunteer, or submit questions.

CORPORATE SPONSORS: A big thank you to our corporate sponsors.

We are still seeking additional corporate sponsorships to help cover the costs of the Expo so that we can continue to present this free of charge for the students. 

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact us at STEM-expo@centralohioasce.com.


LOCATION: Check us out on social media on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CentralOhioStemExpo) and Twitter (@CentralOhioSTEM).




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Geo-Institute Events

Because of popular demand and the first rendition of the short-course reaching capacity, we are going to offer another short course titled: "Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications" at The Ohio State University on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in the Ohio Union.  Some new presentations are being added to the course as well as retaining some of the well received presentations from the last offering. The course will be led by Dr. Daniel Pradel from The Ohio State University and Dr. Tim Stark, Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and professor at the University of Illinois. Stay tuned for additional details and registration.


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Younger Member Group Events

For those interested the YM Group will be starting their volunteer CAD classes Wednesday (1/24) in Hitchcock Hall Room 324 on the OSU campus. Nearby parking can be found in the Tuttle Garage, please save your receipts if you would like to be reimbursed. Classes will be every Wednesday from 6:30pm-8pm unless otherwise noted in the schedule below.

If you are interested in attending at least one of the sessions to volunteer please respond to Matthew Shirey, matthew.shirey@rsandh.com or 614-501-6331. The first week is completely optional to attend as there will not be a significant amount of CAD done. The first week I would appreciate volunteers is for class #2 on 1/31.

Class subjects include both AutoCAD and Microstation with basic and intermediate skill level sessions related to general drafting as well as surfaces and alignments.


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T.H. Wu Distinguished Lecture

DATE: Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

LOCATION: The Ohio State University, Room 130 CEBC, 151 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. CBEC Info can be found HERE. Parking info HERE.

TOPIC: Geo-Alchemy (Turning Sand into Sandstone) and other Biogeotechnologies
Biogeotechnical engineering is based upon the premise that through 3.8 billion years of trial and error (i.e., evolution) nature has developed efficient and sustainable solutions to many of the problems that vex geotechnical engineers. The biogeotechnology that has gained the most attention over the past 15 years is bio-mediated calcium carbonate precipitation, wherein microbes are used to induce precipitation of calcium carbonate (calcite) in granular soils, turning cohesionless sand into a sandstone-like material. Successes in laboratory testing and limited field trials suggest that this technique can non-disruptively mitigate the potential for earthquake-induced liquefaction under and around existing facilities. Other applications of carbonate precipitation technology include fugitive dust control, tunneling in running and flowing sands, and enhancement of foundation bearing capacity. Other biogeotechnologies currently being explored by geotechnical engineers include development of root-inspired earth reinforcement and foundation systems, in situ creation of barriers to contaminant transport, enhanced soil penetration systems, and motile subsurface investigation probes and excavation systems.

SPEAKER: Edward Kavazanjian, Jr., Ph.D., D.GE, NAE
Edward Kavazanjian, Jr., Ph.D., D.GE, NAE, is a Regents Professor and the Ira A. Fulton Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). He joined the faculty at ASU in August 2004 after 20 years as a practicing geotechnical engineer. Dr. Kavazanjian has a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkely. He is recognized for his work on the properties of municipal solid waste, the design and construction of waste containment systems, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering. He is recipient of the 2009 Ralph B. Peck, 2010 Thomas A. Middlebrooks, and 2011 Karl Terzaghi awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers for his contributions to landfill engineering. In February2013 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In August 2015, he became director of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-Inspired Geotechnics, a National Science Foundation-funded Gen-3 Engineering Research Center headquartered at Arizona State.

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.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Kevin Satterfield, satterfield.3@osu.edu  614.247.7749

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Ohio Construction Conference

DATE: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.)

LOCATION: The Ohio Union, OSU Campus, 1739 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

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 more information or to register, click HERE.

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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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New AccessEngineering Tools

AccessEngineering is an award-winning engineering reference tool for professionals, academics, and students that provides seamless access to the world's best-known, most-used collection of authoritative, regularly updated engineering reference information.  AccessEngineering also comprises dynamic online features, such as instructional, faculty made videos, calculators, interactive tables and charts, as well as personalization tools allowing users to organize crucial project information as they work.

Whether a working engineer, a faculty member looking for a means of teaching students how to solve real-world  engineering problems, or a student who needs to learn how to use the reference material they will use throughout their professional lives, AccessEngineering is essential to getting the right results, fast.

Get world-class, core engineering information delivered right to your desktop or device. Access is available after logging in via ASCE's website HERE or at https://accessengineeringlibrary.com/subject/civil_engineering.


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Structures Congress 2018

Structures Congress 2018
April 19 -21, 2018
Fort Worth, Texas

Premier Event for Structural Engineers

Register Today

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. 



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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 Mark.Seidelmann@stantec.com. 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
February, 2018
Engineer's Week Lunch All Bridgewater Conference Center 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
All Day
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
June, 2018
Planning Meeting All TBD Firat Sever
June 22, 2018
Day Event
21st Annual Golf Outing ASCE Darby Creek Golf Course Jim Pajk


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