April 2018 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting


DATE: Thursday, May 24, 2018
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM - Lunch/Program
Click HERE to register by 4:00 PM on May 21.

LOCATION: The Boat House at Confluence Park - Olentangy Room, 679 W. Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215


About the Presentation

The City of Columbus’ Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant (SWWTP) is located at 6977 South High Street and provides wastewater collection and treatment services primarily for the eastern and northern parts of Franklin County.  The City has decided, with approval of the OEPA, to implement the use of Chemically Enhanced Primary Treatment (CEPT) at the SWWTP to treat wet weather flows in excess of the plant’s full biological capacity (330 million gallon per day (MGD)) during wet weather events. Per an agreement with the OEPA, the CEPT process is to be completely by December 16th, 2019. The CEPT facility will provide an additional 110 MGD treatment train that will provide raw sewage pumping, screening, grit removal, chemically-enhanced primary clarification utilizing ferric chloride and polymer, disinfection, dechlorination, and conveyance to the existing outfall structure.  CEPT will also provide a gravity thickener to treat the sludge generated by the CEPT primary clarifiers. The CEPT facility is being integrated into the plant by three separate construction projects. The challenges involved in this project include the following:

  • The logistics of working between three different design and construction contracts.
  • Tying into an operational facility and its processes at various locations and times.
  • Setting realistic milestone and completion dates for the projects to ensure a satisfactory product and the appropriate amount of time to check-out, start-up, and operationally demonstrate the process before it is accepted.
  • The unknown of when a wet weather event significant enough to activate CEPT will actually occur.


Stacia Eckenwiler, PE — Project Manager, City of Columbus Division of Water
Troy Branson, PE - Project Manger, City of Columbus Division of Sewerage & Drainage

Stacia Eckenwiler is a Project Manager with the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities. She has been with the city since 2011, managing the design and construction of water and wastewater treatment capital improvement projects. She worked for an engineering consulting firm for about 10 years prior to joining the city. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University, is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio, and holds a Class III Water Supply Operator Certification in Ohio.

Troy Branson holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University and is currently a Project Manager within the City of Columbus’ Division of Sewerage and Drainage. Troy has 20 years of professional experience with the City. Troy has managed a number of Capital Improvement Projects within the Division of Sewerage and Drainage and the Division of Water including the City’s recent construction of their first Upground Reservoir.


Lunch buffet with salads, Top Sirloin or Wild Mushroom Ravioli, sides, deserts, and drinks.

CPD Hours

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


$20.00 ASCE member
$15.00 ASCE life member
$10.00 ASCE student
$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)


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President's Report

Christopher NyeCentral Ohio  Section Members:

With the onset of spring (why is it still snowing?!), we are rapidly approaching the end of our activity season. However, please take some time to review our newsletter or website, as there are many events going on at ASCE Central Ohio and we need your participation!  Below are a few items of note:

  • Special “Thank You” to Dr. Daniel Pradel, PE from The Ohio State University for stepping in on short notice to present at the March luncheon when our speaker, ASCE President-Elect Robin Kemper was snowed in and unable to get to Columbus.
  • Congratulations to Ohio University for hosting a very successful Ohio Valley Student Conference!
  • Stormwater Management seminar on April 26
  • Elections for 2018-2019 Board of Directors
  • We need nominations for “Outstanding Central Ohio Section Member” and for “Outstanding Civil Engineer of Central Ohio”!

Thanks for all that you do to make ASCE Central Ohio a great organization!

Chris Nye, PE
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section


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Ohio Valley Student Conference

This year's event brought 382 civil engineering students and professionals from 14 schools around Ohio, Kentucky, and western Pennsylania, to showcase their civil engineering skills beyond the classroom. Colleges represented were: Ohio University, Ohio State University, University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State, Youngstown State, University of Akron, Cleveland State, Geneva College (PA), University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University. The University of Akron will host the event in 2019, followed by Youngstown State University in 2020. For a complete news tory and pictures click HERE.

Number of teams per competition:
Technical Report  - 14 Team
Concrete Canoe - 7 Teams
Steel Bridge - 13 Teams
Survey Competition - 11 Teams 
Concrete Bat - 9 Teams
Balsa Wood Bridge - 10 Teams  
Geo technical Competition  - 12 Teams
Civil Design Competition - 6 Teams
Environmental Competition  - 9 Teams 

The final results for all categories and events are:

Balsa Wood Bridge:
1. University of Cincinnati Team No. 2
2. Western Kentucky Team No. 2
3. Cincinnati State

Civil Site Design:
1. The University of Cincinnati
2. The University of Akron
3. The University of Pittsburgh

Concrete Bat:
1. Western Kentucky University
2. The University of Louisville
3. Youngstown State

Concrete Canoe:
1. Youngstown State
2. Western Kentucky University
3. The University of Cincinnati

1. Cincinnati State
2. Ohio State University
3. University of Pittsburgh

1. Cleveland State University
2. Western Kentucky University Men’s Team
3. Youngstown State

Steel Bridge:
1. Youngstown State
2. The University of Akron
3. Cleveland State University
Display: Youngstown State
Economy: Youngstown State
Speed: Youngstown State
Stiffness: Youngstown State
Efficiency: University of Akron
Lightness: University of Akron

1. Ohio State University
2. University of Cincinnati
3. University of Akron

Technical Paper:
1. Western Kentucky University
2. University of Dayton
3. Ohio University

Spirit Award:
The University of Akron


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Member Award

In late February, ASCE Central Ohio Section Younger Member Phillip Hinson, 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, traveled to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to accept his 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. For additional information, photos, and videos click HERE.

Congratulations Phil!


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Legislative Update

Join us in Columbus on May 9! 

We hope you will consider registering for the annual “ Ohio Engineers Legislative Day” in Columbus on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. This is your opportunity to head to the statehouse and test your advocacy acumen!

In addition taking meetings with your State Representatives and Senators, you will also have the opportunity to hear presentations on these topics:

  • Autonomous Vehicles - Leading from the Edge
  • Pipeline Safety and Regulations
  • State Board of Registration Updates
  • Can Congress Tackle the Nation's Infrastructure Crisis
  • Legislative Update - Movement on Bills
  • Upgrading Our Nation's Electric Grid

As an engineer you are a steward of the nation’s infrastructure with a responsibility to design, construct, operate and maintain our fundamental public systems. Inherent in that responsibility is the obligation to report on the state of the infrastructure and advise on the steps necessary for its improvement.

You can find a complete agenda and  sign up on our registration page. Seating is limited, so register early! (Note: ASCE members may register at a 30% discount! Cost is $69 for members, $99 for non-members.)


If there are any questions call contact the OSPE office at 614-223-1144 or Dave Pritchard, Ohio ASCE Legislative Chair at davepritchard@sbcglobal.net or 614-519-4819.


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Design of ground anchors and anchored wall systems

Monday, May 7, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Resource International, 6350 Presidential Gateway, Columbus, OH 43231
Register Here
->Free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
->Seating is limited to the first 25 people
->Bring your own lunch

Purpose and Background
This webinar concentrates on ground anchors and ground anchor cut walls (top down construction). Ground anchors have a wide range of applications and encompass a diverse range of wall families including sheet pile, post and panel, H-pile and lagging, slurry and soil mix. These walls resist lateral earth and water pressures through their structural stiffness and anchorages (ground anchors). The LRFD platform offers a rational framework for selection, design and construction of different anchored wall types. The webinar will use the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) LRFD Bridge and Structures Specifications as a basis for the technical content. Applicable articles within the current specification include Sections 11, 10 and 3 of the 6th Edition (2012) of AASHTO LRFD Specifications.

It is assumed that webinar participants have a basic working knowledge of design and construction of ground anchors and ground anchor cut retaining walls including fundamental aspects of earth pressure theories and earth pressure diagrams. The webinar will include discussions on the terminology and types of anchor walls, lateral earth pressure designs for ground anchor walls, applicable load factors, use of minimum and maximum load factors for permanent loads, permanent and transient surcharge loads, identification of limit states and resistance factors, pressure surfaces for geotechnical and structural analysis, and consideration of extreme event limits state such as scour and seismic events. Detailed information on ground anchors, their application and construction, the design and construction of ground anchor walls in the context of limit states and general concepts will be presented.

Learning Outcomes
The webinar will help you perform the selection, design and construction of ground anchors and ground anchor wall systems using the LRFD approach.

Webinar Benefits

  • Learn basics of LRFD based analysis of ground anchors and ground anchor retaining walls
  • Continue building on the knowledge gained from previous LRFD webinars
  • Examine the possibilities and benefits of improved communications between geotechnical, structural specialists and contractors for ground anchor wall design and construction


Intended Audience
This webinar will benefit geotechnical and structural specialists as well as general civil engineering specialists involved in the selection, design and construction of ground anchors and ground anchor cut walls. General and specialty wall contractors and material suppliers will also benefit from the webinar. Basic knowledge of geotechnical principles, LRFD and earth pressure concepts and theories is a prerequisite. The webinar will benefit professionals with 0-30 years of practical experience in selection, analysis/ design and construction of ground anchor earth retaining structures.

Webinar Outline

  • Terminology and types of ground anchor walls
  • Lateral earth pressures
  • Consideration of surcharges
  • Loads and load factors
  • Recommended construction practice and the relationship between design and construction of ground anchors and ground anchor walls
  • Failure modes and limit states for strength, service and extreme event loading conditions


See the ASCE website for more info.


Installation, verification, and application of driven piles

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
S&ME, Inc., 6190 Enterprise Court, Dublin, OH 43016
Register Here
->Free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
->Seating is limited to the first 25 people
->Bring your own lunch

Purpose and Background
Many engineers are forced to use deep foundations due to prevailing poor soil conditions. One deep foundation alternative is the driven pile. Driven piles are long slender structural members of steel, concrete or timber that can be inspected prior to installation and which are installed generally by impacts of a large pile driving hammer. Unfortunately many engineers are unfamiliar with driven piles, or do not use them to their full advantage. This webinar will provide engineers with a practical overview of the pile types, installation equipment and issues involved in deep foundations using driven piles. It will focus on how the available methods commonly used to estimate capacity impact the costs of a project, compare designs using Allowable Stress Design (ASD) with Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD), and introduce concepts to further reduce foundation costs and optimize the foundation design. The instructor will illustrate this with several actual projects that demonstrate the cost effectiveness of driven piles and discuss difficult conditions where driven piles offer the best alternative for the foundation.

Learning Outcomes
This webinar will demonstrate the available pile types and installation equipment, help you understand how the selection process of capacity verification method impacts the foundation costs, and demonstrate how testing results in lower overall foundation costs while at the same time reducing risks. Participants will also learn applications where driven piles are ideally suited.

Webinar Benefits

  • Understand the options of pile types and installation equipment available
  • Learn how capacity estimating methods impact ASD and LRFD
  • Learn the benefits of "setup" and applying higher loads
  • Find out how driven piles solve difficult foundations needs
  • Find out how to improve reliability in foundations at lower cost


Intended Audience

Both private and public sector engineers who design or specify deep foundations will benefit from this webinar.

Webinar Outline

  • Pile types and installation equipment
  • Overall design process
  • Review of methods of capacity estimation
  • Safety factor concepts, designs by ASD and LRFD
  • Typical installation criteria and installation control
  • Setup and relaxation, with examples of application
  • Applying higher loads, reduced support costs
  • Effects on the soil due to pile driving (soil improvement)
  • Conservative nature of driven piles
  • Value of the blow count log
  • Pile lengths adapt to site variability
  • Rapid construction
  • Marine and environmentally difficult sites
  • Seismic and lateral load benefits


See the ASCE website for more info.

*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!


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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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Golf Outing

It is that time of year to start registering for the 22nd Annual ASCE Central Ohio Section Golf Outing to be held June 22nd at Darby Creek Golf Course.  While everything you have come to love about the outing (2 person mixed format, lunch, steaks and pie cooked by the Younger Members) is still a part, we are now taking registrations online at www.centralohioasce.org

Contact Jim Pajk at 614-525-3021 or jpajk@franklincountyengineer.org  for any questions concerning signups or sponsorships.


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Student Practitioner Advisors Sought

Both the Ohio State University and Ohio University Student Chapters are seeking practitioner advisors to serve as a liaison between the student chapters and the Central Ohio Section. This is a great opportunity to engage with the student chapters to support and guide them in their yearly activities. Recent gradutates make exceptional candidtates  since they have familiarity with the students, universities, and the Central Ohio Section. If you are interested please contact any board member or asce@centralohioasce.org.


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UESI Events

As part of the annual Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio (PLSO) Central Ohio spring conference, the Central Ohio UESI Chapter presented a session on Subsurface Utility Engineering/Locating. The conference as a major sucess, and the UESI session generated much attention, discussion and question & answers. Thank you to those who participated.

We also appreciate Chris Leroy volunteering to lead the Central Ohio UESI Chapter through the next generation of growth.


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State Science Day

ASCE Ohio Council is once again presenting awards for Civil Engineering related projects at the State ScienceDay here in Columbus. Will you be able to serve as a judge this year? It is a great incentive to the students, rewards their interest in engineering, and encourages them in engineering careers. We sponsor one award, for which we need to pick first, second, and third place student projects from everyone that applies.

The date is Saturday, May 12. We are usually there from 7:30 am until 12:30 pm.

If you can volunteer to be a judge, please let me know at peter@narsavage.org. I will forward you more information when I get it.

Also, if you know of anyone that would make a good judge, please let them know about this opportunity. We are especially seeking younger engineers or engineering students, and women engineers.

If you would like to see more information about state science day, their website is here: http://www.ohiosci.org/ssd/

Please note: You do not have to sign up as a judge at the site above. If you do, then you are volunteering to be a judge for the general overall competition, not our civil engineering awards.


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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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Meeting Schedule

Date Topic Group Location Coordinator
May 24, 2018
Section Awards / Division of Sewerage and Drainage ASCE, WEF, AWWA Confluence Park 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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