May 2017 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting

: Thurs. May 18, 2017
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:30 PM - Presentation

LOCATION: Schmidt's Sausage Haus, 240 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

TOPIC: ASCE National 2017 President-Elect and Awards
ASCE 2017 President-Elect Kristina Swallow will discuss her goals and area of emphasis for ASCE over the next year. We will also present our yearly awards.

SPEAKER: Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE —ASCE 2017 President-elect

Kristina is a civil engineering leader with more than twenty years of professional practice in water resources, transportation, and land development. Ms. Swallow is currently a program manager for the City of Las Vegas. She leads a team of engineers responsible for delivering public works projects and planning the sanitary sewer collection system. Kristina also advises on bicycle and pedestrian-related infrastructure, representing the city as needed, working with the Nevada Legislature, participating in public meetings, and guiding public outreach policy.

Kristina has been active in ASCE for more than two decades, serving as the new Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute's first Board-appointed Governor and is a member of ASCE's Transportation Policy Committee. Following many past leadership roles within ASCE, Kristina was recently elected to serve as ASCE President-elect in 2017 by the voting members of the Society.

MENU: Buffet.

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

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President's Report

Central Ohio Section Members:

We are excited to host the ASCE National President-Elect, Kristina Swallow, at our Section’s May events. The Younger Members Group is hosting a social hour with the President-Elect after work on May 17th. The following morning, we are reviving the Principals Breakfast event with Kristina as the keynote speaker. We hope this provides an opportunity for our local business leaders to interact with ASCE’s next president in a small group setting. Lastly, we will hold our annual May awards luncheon where we will recognize our new life members and present the Section awards. I hope to see many of you at these events.

Just a reminder that our Golf Outing is coming up on June 23rd. Contact Jim Pajk if you are interested in playing or being a sponsor.

It is hard to believe that my position as Section president is coming to a close. When I joined the board 5 years ago, I did not expect to move 2 hours east of Columbus and be finishing out my term from the far extents of the Central Ohio Section. I would like to thank the other board members for their support and their dedication to ASCE, especially your incoming president, Chris Nye. Please join me in welcoming Chris as the next Section president and supporting him in this role. I would also like to welcome Patrick Karnes to the board. I know that the Section is heading in a good direction. Please let any of your board members know if you are interested in getting more involved or have ideas for upcoming events. I look forward to continuing to see many of you at these events in the future.

Sincerely,  AJ Smith
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section


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Ohio Valley Student Competition

On April 6-8, 2017, the Ohio State ASCE Student Chapter hosted the Ohio Valley Student Competition (OVSC).  The Chapter would like to thank all of the Central Ohio ASCE section members and company sponsors that made the event a great success.  Without your dedication of time and monetary resources, the event could not have happened. Please look for information this fall from the Ohio University ASCE Student Chapter, as they are hosting the event in 2018. 

Thank you specifically to the following sponsors:
Kokosing Construction Company, Inc.
ASCE Central Ohio Section
Shelly & Sands
Hull, Inc.
CTL Engineering, Inc.
Thomas & Marker Construction
Association for Bridge Construction and Design – Central Ohio Chapter
American Structurepoint, Inc.
ms consultants, inc.
American Institute of Steel Construction

Congratulations to the students at the following schools for winning first place in their respective competitions:
Concrete Canoe –Akron
Steel Bridge – Youngstown State
Balsa Wood Bridge – Western Kentucky
Surveying –Pittsburgh
Environmental –Ohio State
Concrete Horseshoe – Youngstown State
Concrete Bat –Akron
Technical Paper – Cincinnati

Full results of each competition and a list of all sponsors can be found at the event website:

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Golf Outing

Summer is almost here and it is now time to register 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 or 614-525-3021 with any questions.

Click HERE for more information and to sign up.

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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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Infrastructure Week

It’s #TimeToBuild

Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. From May 15-19, leaders and citizens around America will highlight state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more – and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe.

Our bipartisan Steering Committee and over 150 affiliates host events, drive media attention, and educate stakeholders and policymakers on the critical importance of infrastructure to America’s economic competitiveness, security, job creation, and in the daily lives of every American. As a business, union, non-profit, government, or an individual who depends on infrastructure, you have an important story to tell. Find a way to participate and tell America that it is Time to Build.

Why Join Us?

America’s infrastructure is crumbling, inefficient, and inadequately designed to meet 21st century needs. Yet it is also one of the rare issues on which both political parties, the business and labor communities, and leaders from the White House to State Houses to City Halls, find common ground. In the private sector, and at the state and local levels, innovators from the public and private sectors are investing in new projects, policies, and technologies to put America back in the fast lane.

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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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OSU Student Chapter Recognition

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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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2017 Ohio Future City Competition

Oakwood Middle School wins Ohio Future City Competition

Teams from 16 Ohio middle schools competed with custom built models of their future cities complete with moving parts, lights, mirrors, four-sided custom models and many more features in Ohio’s regional DiscoverE Future City Competition, held Jan. 14, 2017, at Columbus State Community College. 

The top five finishers in the Ohio competition are:

  • First Place – Oakwood Middle School, Canton; 
  • Second Place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia; 
  • Third Place – St. Ambrose Middle School, Brunswick; 
  • Fourth Place – Heritage Middle School, Westerville; and 
  • Fifth Place – Immaculate Conception Academy, Cincinnati.

The Ohio region winning team from Oakwood Middle School includes presenters Landon Sumor, Zoe Rastetter and David Wellman who will be traveling to Washington D.C. to participate in national finals during National Engineer’s Week February 19 – 25, 2017. The students will compete against the winners of nearly 40 other regional competitions.

The competition provides sixth, seventh and eighth grade students an opportunity to learn about engineering, planning, architecture and project management through a series of deliverables. Teams first design a city using SimCity software that illustrates futuristic ideas and components and write an essay describing their city, focusing on this year’s theme, “The Power of Public Spaces.” Each team then constructs a scale model of their city, using recycled material in a creative way, to illustrate how their city will function. Professional engineers judge the teams on their verbal presentation, city model, computer design, essay and overall project plan.

In addition, 16 special awards were issued, sponsored by companies and organizations throughout Ohio:

  • Best Infrastructure – American Society of Civil Engineers

First place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia
Honorable Mention – Anna Middle School, Anna

  • Best Architectural Model – American Institute of Architects, Columbus

First place – Oakwood Middle School, Canton
Honorable Mention – Heritage Middle School, Westerville

  • Best Moving Part – Worthington AM Rotary Club

First place – St. Ambrose Middle School, Brunswick
Honorable Mention – Immaculate Conception Academy, Cincinnati

  • Best Use of Ceramics – Allied Mineral Products

First place – Lakewood Middle School, Hebron
Honorable Mention – Batavia Middle School, Batavia

  • Best Use of Energy – NiSource

First Place – Metro Early College Middle School, Columbus
Honorable Mention – Liberty Union Middle School, Baltimore

  • Best Use of Recreation – Worthington AM Rotary Club

First place – Oakwood Middle School, Canton
Honorable Mention – Indian Hill Middle School, Cincinnati

  • Best Use of Recycled Materials – Hull & Associates Inc.

First place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia
Honorable Mention – Metro ECHS Middle School, Columbus

  • Best Innovative Solutions for Water and Wastewater Utilities to Reduce Costly Reinvestment in America’s Aging Infrastructure – Xylem Inc.

First place – Oakwood Middle School, Canton
Honorable Mention – Blendon Middle School, Westerville

  • Best Use of Water Resources Engineering – Sam Chebaro Memorial Award – Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education

First place – Walnut Springs Middle School, Westerville
Honorable Mention – Ridgemont Middle School, Mt. Victory

  • Most Environmentally Friendly – Dedicated to the Memory of Rick Noss, P.E., Ph.D. – Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

First place – St. Ambrose Middle School, Brunswick
Honorable Mention – Winton Hills Academy, Cincinnati

  • Best Use of Transportation – Woolpert, Inc.

First place – Anna Middle School, Anna
Honorable Mention – Heritage Middle School, Westerville

  • Best Computer City Design – IBI Group Inc.

First place – St. Ambrose Middle School, Brunswick
Honorable Mention – Batavia Middle School, Batavia

  • Best Essay – Future City Ohio Regional Steering Committee

First place – Heritage Middle School, Cincinnati
Honorable Mention – Indian Hill Middle School, Westerville

  • Rookie of the Year Award – Raney Collector Wells International

First place – Liberty Union Middle School, Baltimore
Honorable Mention – Winton Hills Academy, Cincinnati

  • Best Land Surveying Practices – National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)

First place – Perry Middle School, Perry
Honorable Mention – Blendon Middle School, Blendon

  • People’s Choice Award – Battelle Memorial Institute

First place – Batavia Middle School, Batavia
Honorable Mention – Immaculate Conception Academy, Cincinnati

DiscoverE’s Future City Competition™ is a national, not-for-profit education program. Across the country, typically more than 40,000 students from 1,350 middle schools participate in the competition, with a top prize for the National Finals of $7,500 for the school’s STEM program, plus a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. For more details and photos of Ohio’s competition, visit:

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State Science Day

On May 13, ten members of the Central Ohio Section ASCE attended Ohio State Science Day to select six students to receive the Excellence Award for Civil Engineering Projects, sponsored by the Ohio Council of ASCE. From the many impressive projects that filled the French Field House at OSU, they selected the following students for the award:

Grades 10,11,12

1st place Mr. Derek Demel Grade 12 Athens HS, The Plains
Effectiveness of Negative Stiffness Devices at Resisting Seismic Force in Buildings
2nd place Ms. Jordan Skates Grade 11 Pettisville HS, Pettisville
Survey of 3 different wetlands and their ability to remove excess pollutants
3rd place Mr. Jeremy DeMuth Grade 11 Miller City - New Cleveland HS, Miller City
The effect of a sand column on phosphate levels in wastewater

Grades 5-9

1st place Mr. Nicholas Cribbet Grade 5 National Inventor's Hall of Fame School, Akron
Design of Roller Coasters
2nd place Ms. Julie Nichols Grade 7 Sheridan MS, Thornville
The Strongest Bridge
3rd place Mr. Jack Holcomb Grade 7 Circleville MS, Circleville
Which type of basic truss bridge has the greatest weight bearing capacity?

Thank you to the following people who helped in the judging: Peyman Majidi, Manu Batt, James Drogalis, Anuj Choudhari, Bob Smith, Firat Sever, C. K. Satyapriya, Dave Pritchard, Tom Less, and Peter Narsavage.

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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 Any level of commitment is appreciated.

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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

For more information on the UESI, please visit:

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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
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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