April 2017 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting

: Thurs. April 27, 2017
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:30 PM - Presentation

LOCATION: La Scala, 4199 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

TOPIC: UAS (Drone) Applications in Civil Engineering
The presentation will cover the application of UAS technology to provide geospatial and monitoring support on engineering or planning related projects.  It will cover information on the current FAA regulations and guidelines, UAS airframes and sensor packages, data deliverables, examples of projects and products delivered and systems comparisons and accuracies.
SPEAKER: Thomas E. Mackie, PS —Woolpert
As an Aviation Practice Leader, Thomas Mackie is responsible for leading the direction of Woolpert’s Aviation Geospatial Practice and supporting his team and clients by implementing industry best-practices, assisting his team in project planning and workflow development, and collaboration between clients and Woolpert’s multidisciplinary experts.  His more than 20 years of geospatial experience includes geodetic, hydrographic and topographic surveying, geophysical exploration, photogrammetric mapping and cartography, aeronautical surveys, GIS, SUE, and LiDAR, multispectral, thermal, and infrared remote sensing.  He has a civil engineering degree from The Ohio State University with additional degrees in geodetic science and remote sensing, and is a licensed land surveyor in the State of Ohio.

MENU: Italian salad, Ciabatta bread, penne with red sauce, penne with Alfredo sauce, and homemade meatballs.

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

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

REGISTRATION: Deadline for registration is April 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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President's Report

Central Ohio Section Members:

Thank you to all who attended our March luncheon regarding Capital Improvement Drivers for the City of Columbus Division of Water was very informative.  The April luncheon will be about drone applications in civil engineering.  I look forward to seeing many of you there.  I would also like to thank those who attended the Spring Technical Seminar and our presenters.  I believe it was a beneficial event and Matt did a great job coordinating it.

The Ohio Valley Student Conference, hosted by OSU was held earlier in April.  It was a successful event.  Thank you to all of the sponsors, judges, volunteers and everyone else who helped with the event.  Next year, Ohio University will be the host school.

The Ohio Legislative Day is May 9th.  One of the topics will be the new ethics requirements for continuing education.  5 PDHs will be available.  Lastly, consider golfing or sponsoring our annual Golf Outing on June 23rd.

Please browse our website for MORE information about upcoming events.

Sincerely,  AJ Smith
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section


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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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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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Keep an eye out for your ballot for the annual elections for board positions for the Central Ohio Section, delegates to the Ohio Council of Local Sections, and Section Member and Civil Engineer of the Year awards. You will recieve an email with a link to our new online voting system. All voting is strictly confidential.

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Friday, May 19, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
S&ME, Inc., 6190 Enterprise Court, Dublin OH 43016
Register Here

Purpose and Background
Surface impoundments are used to contain (either temporarily or permanently) all types of liquids and quasi-liquids. In addition to the obvious (potable water, industrial waters, grey waters, various sludges) there are 206,000 hazardous liquid impoundments in America. Quasi-liquids like sewage sludge, dredged sediments, and coal combustion residuals are also necessarily contained materials. For all of these materials, geomembranes as a single or double-lined barrier system hold the key toward a successful containment system. After a brief background, this webinar progresses step-by-step through the design process of surface impoundments. The progression begins with geometric considerations and then deciding upon a preferred cross-section. Regulations, where appropriate, will be mentioned. The all-important choice of geomembrane type is addressed using a benefit-to-cost analysis for resin type and this is then followed by an analytic design for thickness. Details regarding subgrade stability and cover soil stability are then presented. The termination of the geomembrane insofar as runout and anchor trench design, are presented. Lastly, allowable leakage values and details of the relatively new electrical leak location survey are presented.

Learning Outcomes
  • Recognize the scope and range of lined surface impoundments
  • Understand the appropriate design methodology geomembranes for surface impoundments
  • Learn appropriate site selection methods; various optional geosynthetic cross-sections; idiosyncrasies of different geomembrane types; various design details (thickness, soil stability, anchor trenches); as well as leakage scenarios
  • Understand the various regulatory agency allowable leakage rates
  • Know the electrical leak location survey method will be described and discussed
Webinar Benefits
  • Understanding the scope and range of lined surface impoundments
  • Discuss the various optional cross-sections vis-à-vis different geosynthetic materials, including geomembranes, geosynthetic clay liners, geotextiles, geonets, and geocomposites
  • Present design models (with numeric examples), for geomembrane thickness, subgrade stability, cover and stability, runout and anchor trench design
  • Learn various regulatory agency allowable leakage rates and most importantly describe the relatively recent method of leak location, which is conducted before the surface impoundment is put into service
Discussion Topics

This webinar, an essential aspect of geosynthetic material applications focuses on the following segments:

  • Background
    o typical applications
    o exposed vs. covered conditions
    o appurtenances
  • Geometric Considerations
    o need for borings
    o general volumetric equation
    o typical cross sections
    o uplift considerations, i.e., whales
    o avoidance of whales
    o underdrain possibilities
    o venting options
  • Geomembrane Selection
    o major (and minor) issues
    o benefit quantification
    o benefit/cost example
    o generic specifications
  • Thickness Considerations
    o regulations
    o survivability
    o analytic model
    o numeric example
  • Stability Issues
    o soil subgrade instability
    o exposed lifetime of different geomembranes
    o cover soil stability
    o numeric examples
  • Geomembrane Termination Details
    o runout calculations
    o anchor trench details
    o V-trench considerations
  • Leakage Through Holes
    o regulatory surveys
    o calculated values s
    o electrical leak location surveys

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.

ASCE’s on-demand webinars provide real-world knowledge and convenient delivery to fit your demanding schedule. Click HERE for a complete list of available on-demand webinars.

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Legislative Day

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State Science Day

ASCE Ohio Council is once again presenting awards for Civil Engineering related projects at the State Science Day 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 13.  We are usually there from 7:30 am until 12:30 pm.

You can go to the Ohio Academy of Science's website for more information about state science day. It is http://www.ohiosci.org/ssd-2017/

If you can volunteer to be a judge, please contact Peter Narsavage at peter@narsavage.org or 614-432-4030.

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Save the Date

Save the date for Saturday, August 12 for Columbus Crew SC vs. the Chicago Fire at Mapfre Stadium. The Central Ohio Section will be joined by Engineers Club of Columbus and the Central Ohio American Society of Highway Engineers for a pregame tailgate, food, BYOB, and reserved seating section for the game. Stay tuned for additional details and registration.

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Golf Outing

With spring upon us, it is now time to mark your calendars for the 21st annual ASCE Central Ohio Section Golf Outing to benefit the Younger Members Forum and the Civil Engineering Career day.  The outing will be held on June 23rd at Darby Creek Golf Course beginning at 11:00 a.m. sharp.  The event is the popular two-person mixed format.  Lunch and Dinner are included for only $70.  As always we are seeking hole, lunch and dinner sponsors. 

Contact Jim Pajk at jpajk@franklincountyengineer.org or 614-525-3021 with any questions.

Click HERE for more information and to sign up.

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Save the Date

When: September 22, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Black Wing Shooting Center, 3722 Marysville Road, Delaware, OH 43015
Deadline for registration is September 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

This will be a great opportunity to network with other professionals in a relaxed setting. Both new and experienced shooters are welcome! No prior experience required!


  • Boxed lunch
  • Shooting instruction
  • Two rounds of Trap (50 shells)
  • Package includes shotgun, ammunition, targets, eye and ear protection, and range safety officer
  • Reduced cost if you bring your own gun and ammunition (7 1/2, 8, and 9 shot only)


  • 1:00 PM - Lunch
  • 1:30 PM - Safety briefing and shooter instruction
  • 2:00 - 3:30 PM - Two rounds of Trap (included in price)
  • 3:30 - 5:00 PM - Open shooting, if desired (ammo and targets sold separately)


 Package  ASCE Member  Non-Member

1) Shotgun, ammo, targets, eye & ear protection

 $60  $80
 2) Targets, eye & ear protection only (bringing your own gun and ammunition)  $38  $50

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The Central Ohio Section of ASCE has officially established a local chapter of ASCE’s Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI). Our mission is to create an environment to enhance communication among utility and surveying professionals; thereby, improving knowledge among the ASCE members as well as other local professionals of the industry. Our goal is to provide an active database for the members on the state-of-the-art subjects pertinent to utility engineering and surveying via chapter meetings, technical presentations, and workshops. The chapter is planning a September, 2017 event on Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE).

Firat Sever, P.E. and Brian Bingham, P.S., both of American Structurepoint, are leading the development of the group. We are currently looking  for members that are willing to take additional leadership or participatory roles in this newly forming chapter. Interested members are encouraged to contact Central Ohio Section Treasurer, Firat Sever at 614-901-2235 or fsever@structurepoint.com

For more information on the UESI, please visit: http://www.asce.org/utility-engineering-and-surveying/utility-engineering-and-surveying-institute/

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Legislative Update

On March 15th, over 200 ASCE members from around the county decended through the snow on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for the annual Legislative Fly-In. Three Central Ohio Section members, as well as one from Cincinnati and two from Cleveland, comprised the contingent from Ohio. Members met with the offices of both Senators Portman and Brown, as well as six Representatives, including Stivers, Tiberi, and Beatty from central Ohio. Coming on the heels of ASCE's release of the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card and it's "D+" grade the previous week, members siezed on the momentum in meeting with the legislature. Focus points included:

  • Emphasizing the findings and recommendations of the 2017 Infrastructure Report card
  • Appropriation of funds for the bills they passed last year, including both the transportation (FAST Act) and water/water resources (WINN/WRDA) bills.
    • 2016 FAST Act increased transportation funding, but the lack of a spending bill has it operating under a continuing resolution with funding levels from the previous bill. $1.3 BB is in the bank not being spent.
    • 2016 WINN/WRDA bills need funded for Dam Safety, High Hazard Dam Rehab, and Levee Safety.
    • Asked to triple the funds for the Clean & Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, which was part of Trump’s infrastructure plan at some point.
  • Keeping municipal bonds tax free. These are a potential target to remove their tax exemption as congress explores tax reform as a funding stream.

Click HERE for additional information.


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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
April 27, 2017
UAV (Drone) Applications in Civil Engineering ASCE La Scala Bob Kolling, Peter Narsavage
May 18, 2017
ASCE President Elect/Awards ASCE Schmidt's Sausage Haus AJ Smith, Chris Nye
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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