February 2018 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting

: Thursday, March 22, 2018
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:15-1:15 PM - Program
Click HERE to register.

LOCATION: Embassy Suites, 2700 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, OH 43231

TOPIC: Engineering Ethics

SPEAKER: Robin Kemper, 2018 ASCE President-Elect

Robin A. Kemper, PE, LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE and ASCE President-elect has over thirty-five years of diverse and extensive structural engineering experience in design, analysis, and forensics, focused mainly on buildings. Robin currently is a Risk Engineer with Zurich North America. She works for both the Professional Liability and Construction Properties Risk Engineering Groups providing technical support to construction project policies, developing best practices, and investigating losses on construction projects. Robin has a passion for Engineering Ethics and since 2011, in her spare time, Robin has given over 20 presentations to various engineering groups.

Robin is a licensed Professional Engineer in six jurisdictions, and a Fellow of both ASCE and the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute. She has been active in ASCE since college, was President of both the Central Jersey Branch and the New Jersey Section of ASCE, and was District 1/Region 1 Director on the Society Board of Directors. Robin also served on the Board of Direction of Engineers Without Borders, and the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her alma mater. She is currently a member of the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Boards for Rutgers University and the College of New Jersey.

Robin has been recognized for her service to ASCE throughout her career. Her most recent recognitions are the 2013 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award (a National award), and the 2015 ASCE New Jersey Section Civil Engineer of the Year.

Robin loves to travel, seaside vacations, and her family. She and Chris have been married for 37 years; they have two wonderful daughters and two great son-in-laws, and Robin loves playing with the newest member of the family, grandson Jonah.

MENU: Lunch buffet.

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

CPD HOURS: A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the presentation.

Deadline for registration is Monday, March 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Click HERE to register and make payment.



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President's Report

Central Ohio Section Members:

I hope everyone had an opportunity to celebrate Engineers Week! ASCE Central Ohio celebrated the occasion with our annual luncheon with other local engineering societies, which is always a great way to commemorate our combined contributions to society. Additionally, thanks to our active Younger Members group and the numerous sponsors and volunteers for organizing another great STEM Expo! This annual event introduces nearly 500 students to interesting and engaging Science Technology Engineering and Math activities.

Finally, we are looking for volunteers to serve on the ASCE Central Ohio Board of Directors. Please reach out to me if you are interested in serving the section and its members.

Chris Nye
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section


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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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Pajk Highlights Bridge Funding Needs on NBC4


Click above to see the video of Jim Pajk's segment on NBC4's "You Paid For It". Pajk notes that the December 15, 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River, which claimed 46 lives, led to development of the National Bridge Inspection Standards since that bridge hadn't been inspected in 16 years. Still, the need for additional funding is present as nearly 2000 of Ohio's bridges are classified as "Structurally Deficient" and 40% are over 50 years old. Representative Steve Stivers and Senator Sherrod Brown have pushed, so far unsuccessfully, for additional investment.


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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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Geo-Institute Events

Attendees will learn current advances and trends in the importance of geosynthetics in a variety of civil engineering applications. Course attendees will learn about geosynthetics for: water resources, containment, dams, and conveyance, roadways, landfills, coal combustion residuals (CCRs), and more.

Presented by: Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), The Ohio State University (OSU), Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)

DATE: Thursday, April 19, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

LOCATION: The Interfaith Room at the Ohio Union, The Ohio State University, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43210

Please click HERE to register.

SPEAKERS:  Various industry professionals, see agenda HERE.

CPD HOURS: Up to 7.5 CPD hours are available from the program.

COST: Lunch and refreshments provided.
Industry Professional: $49 (before 4/1/18), $99 (after 4/1/18)
Government Employee: $Free (before 4/1/18), $49 (after 4/1/18)
Fabricated Geomembrane Institute Members: Free
Students: Free


Owens Corning Science & Technology Lab Tour

Following the April 19th Short Course, a tour of Owens Corning's new Granville facility will be available. A complimentary shuttle will be available to/from Columbus. The facility tour is included in the fee for the Short Course.

For more information on the lab tour and to register, please visit:   https://owens-corning-tour-2018.eventbrite.com


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Legislative Update

Earlier this month, the Trump administration offered their long-awaited infrastructure proposal. As expected, the plan would provide $200 billion over 10 years, distributed across five main programs summarized below. ASCE feels the release of this plan is a great first step in advancing funding for infrastructure, and legislative staff are working with congress to develop a comprehensive, attainable bill that addresses our nations crumbling infrastructure and provides for a sustainable funding source. Major concerns are that the proposal doesn't fix the Highway Trust Fund, and ASCE doesn't support the major focus of the proposal using private money as a major funding source.

  • Incentive grants for additional state/local/private investment ($100 billion)
  • Rural infrastructure grants ($50 billion)
  • "Transformative and innovative" projects ($20 billion)
  • Federal credit programs, such as TIFIA, WIFIA, and RRIF ($14 billion) and Expanded Private Activity Bonds ($6 billion)
  • Federal capital fund for federal property acquisition ($10 billion)

There is broad eligibility for the incentive grants, including surface transportation, airports, maritime and inland waterways, flood control, water supply, hydropower, water resources, drinking water, storm water facilities, brownfields and Superfund sites. The $100 billion would be divided among the U.S. DOT, the EPA, and the Army Corps of Engineers to administer, but the amounts are not specified, so distribution of funds across agencies or sectors is not known. Funding would be limited to an 20% federal cost share with 80% local investment, and the funding criteria includes a "look back" period for revenue measures in recent years.

The rural program would include both formula grants and discretionary performance grants. The formula grants, totaling 80% of the funds ($40 billion), would be distributed using ratios of rural highway lane miles and rural population; funds would be controlled by the governor of the state. The other 20% ($10 billion) would be discretionary performance grants allocated by the federal government. Eligibility includes transportation, broadband, drinking water and wastewater, power and electric generation, transmission and distribution, and water resource projects.

The plan also lays out recommendations for additional tolling authority on Interstates and commercializing rest areas. While the proposal does not include any reference to fixing the Highway Trust Fund, although Administration officials have expressed a willingness to work with Congress on potential options.

The additional $200 billion would be offset by cuts to other federal programs contained in the broader budget proposal (not just transportation or other infrastructure programs), also submitted today. There is no specific 1:1 "pay for" included in the package.

The proposal also includes a wide range of changes to federal environmental laws, from establishing a "One Agency, One Decision" structure to targeted changes to the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and historic preservation requirements.

A brief summary of the highlights of the proposal can be found HERE. The entire 55 page detailed proposal may be found HERE.


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UESI Events

As a result of professional relocations, we are seeking volunteers to lead the further development of our recently created Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) Chapter. The UESI chapter often coordinates local events with the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio (PLSO) Central Ohio Chapter. Thus far we have had several successful events, and chapter development is also in the works in other Ohio ASCE sections. Please contact us at asce@centralohioasce.org if you or someone you know may be interested.


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Younger Member Group Events

On February 19, in conjunction with the Younger Member Group, the OSU ASCE Student Chapter hosted a Civil Engineering Young Professionals Panel to give students the opportunity to ask questions about different disciplines. The YM Group assembled a panel of practicing professionals in the fields of transportation, consulting, construction, structural, environmental, geotechnical, survey, water/wastewater, aviation, and land development. Students submitted prepared questions for the panel to relay to the students their experiences in the industry. The panel also answered on the fly questions on a number of topics including what different disciplines do; prespectives from private consulting, public entity, and academics; valuable skills for students and steps they can take; the value and role of soft skills, communication, teamwork, and leadership; a discussion of graduate degrees such as MS, MBA, MPP, and MEM degrees as they relate to the future job market and licensure; and a number of other topics. Thank you to Tom Less (Woolpert), Matt Shirey (RS&H), Rich Weigand (S&ME), John Gallagher (Carpenter Marty), Linda Weavers (OSU), and Phil Hinson (Columbus VA) for offering their time and relaying their experiences to the students.

The ASCE Younger Member Group, in conjunction with the Central Ohio Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), hosted a joint association happy hour on February 21 at Land Grant Brewing Company. The group enjoyed drinks and food from the OH! Burgers food truck. Around 25 members attended through the course of the evening, and a good time was had by all.



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Section Awards

In preparation for the upcoming awards, we are seeking nominations for the categories described below.

OUTSTANDING CENTRAL OHIO SECTION MEMBER - Presented by the Central Ohio Section, this award is presented annually to an outstanding member of the Central Ohio Section. For a list of past winners, click HERE. To nominate an individual, please contact any board member or email asce@centralohioasce.org. General Requirements:

1. Member of Central Ohio Section in good standing.

2. Has made a significant contribution to the Section through participation in the activities of the Section.

3. Promotes a good image of the Section and its members through their participation and example.

OUTSTANDING CIVIL ENGINEER OF CENTRAL OHIO – Presented by the Central Ohio Section, this award is presented annually to an outstanding civil engineer who doesn’t have to be an ASCE member. For a list of past winners, click HERE. To nominate an individual, please contact any board member or email asce@centralohioasce.org.

General Requirements:

1. Practices or teaches civil engineering in Central Ohio.

2. Must have made a significant contribution to civil engineering profession during the last year.

3. One who exemplifies the public image and perception of the civil engineer and its profession.


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Dream Big!

The acclaimed giant-screen documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World has inspired and delighted audiences in museums around the world.

Now, ASCE with generous support from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) has set an ambitious goal: to put a copy of the Dream Big film and educational toolkit in every public school in America.

To reach every school, we need your help!

Give $5 to send the school of your choice a toolkit containing:

  1. A DVD of the full-length feature film in English, French, Spanish and closed captioned, licensed for educational screenings only
  2. The complete teacher’s guide
  3. All companion videos
  4. Downloadable files for classroom use

Use the search box at the top the https://www.engineersdreambig.org/ webpage to locate a public school.

If you cannot find the school you are looking for, it may have already been chosen as a recipient by someone else. Please consider making a contribution to a general fund for schools still in need.


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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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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
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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