September 2017 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting

: Thurs. Sept. 21, 2017
11:30 AM - Registration
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:30 PM - Presentation

LOCATION: Mozart's Cafe, 4784 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Come learn about the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) project portfolio for dams.

SPEAKER: Jeremy Wenner, P.E. —ODNR

MENU: Buffet with Garden Vegetable Quiche or Club Sandwitch along with coffee, hot tea, iced tea and soda.

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:

Summer is winding down and schools are back in session, which means it is time to kick off the 2017-2018 calendar of events for ASCE Central Ohio! As usual, we have a fantastic lineup of programs planned. Several great social and technical events are being organized by our newly formed chapters of the Geo-Institute and the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI).  Additional upcoming events are:

  • September 21 luncheon with speakers from ODNR
  • Trap shoot on September 22
  • Ohio University golf outing on September 23
  • October luncheon featuring US Congressman Pat Tiberi
  • Free webinars

I would like to welcome our newest Board members Patrick Karnes and Jonathan Sterenberg. I would also like to thank our Past-President AJ Smith and former Board member Zach Stolarsky, who stepped down from his position due to an out-of-state relocation. Thanks for your service to ASCE and best wishes to Zach with his move!

Finally, I want to thank our 800+ members for making Central Ohio ASCE a premier professional organization! I look forward to serving you as President and continuing to advance our profession. As always, we are looking for volunteers who can offer their talent to support help coordinate our many activities. Please reach out to any of the Board members if you have an interest in getting involved!

Chris Nye
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section

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Golf Outing

For the first time in its history, Mother Nature (i.e. Tropical Storm Cindy) won the outing as the golf portion was cancelled due to inclement weather. However, that did not stop the attendees and the Central Ohio Section Younger Members from having a great cook out. Hole prizes became raffle prizes. Steaks, chicken, burgers, pies and plenty of adult and non-adult beverages were still enjoyed as always. Door prizes were distributed and folks hung out for hours talking, playing euchre and other activities. As a result, the outing profited over $5,200 as almost all folks and sponsors were generous with contributions though no golf was played (except for a few brave souls who went out into the rain until the course asked them to stop playing). The outing supports the Younger Member group who hosts great events throughout the year including their extremely successful STEM Expo.

A big thanks to Patrick Karnes who coordinated the food for the event and the following Younger Members who volunteered their time assist in the preparation and cooking:
Patrick Karnes, Strand
Matt Decker, PSI
Jennifer Rivera, Woolpert
Tom Less, Woolpert
Matt Bennett, Strand
Zach Stolarsky, Korda
Evan Mickey - OHM Advisors

The outing has now raised over $43,000 in its history. We would like to thank the following sponsors in particular for extra support in addition to being a hole sponsor:

Stream + Wetlands Foundation:            Meal Sponsor
Strand:                                                Meal Sponsor
Team Fishel:                                        Meal Sponsor
Transystems:                                       Meal Sponsor
Pennoni:                                              Meal Sponsor
Arcadis:                                               Meal Sponsor
E.P. Ferris:                                          Meal Sponsor
Mead and Hunt:                                   Keg Sponsor
Carpenter Marty Transportation:          Beverage Cart Sponsor

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions to improve the outing, would like to include your firm as a possible sponsor for next year or you are a younger member that would like to help out with the outing, please contact Jim Pajk at 614-525-3021 or

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2017 Central Ohio Section Awards

At our May Luncheon, the Central Ohio Section of ASCE recognized our 2017 award winners for Outstanding Civil Engineer of the year and Outstanding Section Member.

2017 Outstanding Civil Engineer
Aparna Dial - City of Columbus, Deputy Director, Department of Public Service
Smart Columbus Program Manager

2017 Outstanding Section Member
Brooks Vogel, PE - Korda/Nemeth Engineering

A.J. Smith also presented plaques to new ASCE life members Rich Williams, Kevin O'Connor, Rick Ruegsegger and Michael Hemmerich. Vernon Cochran and Tiao Jen Chang were not present but were also awarded life membership plaques.

Past President Carlos Vazquez was recognized for his past and ongoing contributions to the Section.

Section officers for the 2017-2018 year were sworn in by President-Elect Swallow: Secretary (now 2nd Vice President) Patrick Karnes, 2nd Vice President Zach Stolarsky (since relocated out of state), President Chris Nye, Member-at-Large Brooks Vogel, 1st Vice President Firat Sever, and 2017 ASCE National President-Elect Kristina Swallow. Not pictured is Treasurer Matt Baxendell and new Secretary Jon Stereberg.

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FREE WEBINAR - Underground bmps: alternatives for highly developed and high value sites

Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc., 1650 Watermark Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Register Here

Purpose and Background
Many urban sites are already intensely developed or have a relatively small footprint that does not allow for the use of many of the available stormwater BMPs in a design manual. Some sites will require the use of underground stormwater treatment systems to meet both water quantity and quality goals and these systems may even require 2 or 3 BMPs in series to achieve the objective. While these approaches are not practical on sites with room to work, they may be the only option on highly developed and or high value real estate sites. This webinar presents a few of the ways that these challenges can be resolved, referencing variations on design from stormwater manuals from across the U.S. and also guidance from proprietary products. It presents a design example of a high value, vertical structure, along with a discussion of the variances that are required to obtain permits.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explore the basic principles of underground BMP design
  • Be aware of how site constraints limit your options
  • Discuss permitting variations and requirements
  • Recognize how to use BMPs in series to achieve quantity and quality objectives

Webinar Benefits
  • Improve your ability to resolve stormwater treatment challenges for highly developed sites
  • Enhance your design options for challenging sites with limited space
  • Appreciate the potential O&M challenges
  • Understand how to permit your design
  • Determine the appropriateness of your site for underground bmp options
  • Gain insight and ideas from example designs

Webinar Outline
  • Introduction to underground BMPs
  • Design variations and configurations
  • Proprietary vs constructed
  • Site requirements
  • Varying agency criteria across the U.S.
  • Planning/desktop phase of design
  • Site constraints that limit or promote underground BMPs
  • Treatment chains to achieve quantity and quality requirements
  • Example designs
  • O&M challenges

Discussion Topics
  • Appropriate use of underground stormwater BMPs
  • Variations for permitting environments across the U.S.
  • Comparison to other BMPs
  • Cost benefit for highly developed sites
  • Design examples

Coming soon - improving walkability at signalized intersections

Thurs., October 5, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Resource International, Inc.
Details and registration to come.

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

Registration will begin at 6:00 PM. Dinner program to begin around 6:30 PM. Deadline for registration is September 23rd at 11:30 PM. REGISTER HERE.

The Future of Geotechnical Design

Geotechnical engineering construction, design, and practice has come a long way. Technological advances in construction methods, information technology, and our understanding of soil structure interaction have pushed the boundary of what is possible. The future of geotechnical, structural, and civil engineering promises to be both exciting and revolutionary. In the next ten to thirty years, machine learning will significantly change the construction and design processes, including geotechnical and foundation designs. As engineers we will be virtually immersed in our design, in what the author names as “Immersive geotechnical/structural design, construction, and monitoring”. Foundation engineering will be part of the revolution that will be taking place. Information technology is expected to also change the way geotechnical structures are built. While the role of computers will increase, geotechnical professionals will still be critical to the process and they will have to be very well versed in geotechnical and structural aspects of the design.

The presentation will discuss how geotechnical construction, design, and practice will evolve by the year 2045. A full holographic geotechnical immersion experience will also be presented.


Dimitrios C. Konstantakos, P.E. — Deep Excavation LLC

Mr. Konstantakos is the CEO and founder of Deep Excavation LLC, and is the chair of the Technical Coordination Council of ASCE/G-I, the committee that oversees all technical committees for the Geo-Institute. He was previously the chair of the Earth Retaining Structures Committee of ASCE/G-I. He has a MS degree from MIT and a BS from University of Massachusetts in Lowell. He holds professional licenses in New York and in Europe.

Mr. Konstantakos has a passion for deep excavation design and has been the master developer of the international software program DeepEX dedicated to the subject. The DeepEX software is currently used by more than 1200 engineers and contractors worldwide and embodies a wide range of standards and specifications. Mr. Konstantakos has worked on many important international projects for slope stability, pile foundations, and braced excavations, including the World Trade Center recovery efforts in 2001.


Dinner buffet: BBQ ribs, turkey breast, vegetable rice pilaf, roasted red skin potatoes, macademia nut and chocolate chunk cookies. Includes soft drinks and coffee. Cash bar available. If you have any special dietary requests, please note them in the "Special Instructions and Comments" section when you register. Or contact us at with your request.

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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UESI’s Strategic Plan:  The Role Chapters Play

Please join us for the first event, in partnership with the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio (PLSO), of the Central Ohio Chapter of ASCE’s new Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI).


Jim Anspach, PG(r), F.ASCE 

Jim is ASCE UESI’s first President as a fully commissioned Institute and the Technical Practice Lead for Cardno’s Utility Engineering and Surveying Practice.  Jim is known as the “godfather” of subsurface utility engineering.  He has served as the PM/PIC for many mega-projects around the country in the task discipline of utility engineering, performing utility investigations, coordination, condition assessment, and conflict mitigation.  He currently serves as Chair of ASCE’s Construction Standards Council, incoming Chair of EJCDC, past-Chair of ASCE’s Codes and Standards Committee, and member of the ASCE Board Committees for Technical Advancement and Claims Reduction and Management.


Italian lunch with lasagna, salad, rolls, and drinks.

CPD Hours

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


Costs: $30 for ASCE and PLSO Members, $45 for non-members.
Please visit to register.

For more information on the UESI, please visit:

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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 (OVRC). 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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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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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
September 21, 2017
ODNR Dams ASCE, ODSO Mozart's Cafe Joe Troxell, Chris Nye
Fri. October 20, 2017
Federal Infrastructure Funding Update - Rep. Pat Tiberi ASCE, ACEC, ECC Embassy Suites Jim Pajk
November, 2017
December, 2017
Veterans Memorial ASCE, SEAOO Spaghetti Warehouse Carlos Vazquez
January, 2018
Ohio University Campus Meeting ASCE Athens, OH Patrick Karnes
February, 2018
Engineer's Week Lunch All TBD E-Week Committee
March, 2018
ASCE National President-Elect ASCE TBD Chris Nye
April, 2018
Jeremiah Morrow Bridge ASCE, ACI TBD Jeremy Lewis
April, 2018
All Day
Spring Technical Seminar ASCE TBD Patrick Karnes
May, 2018
Awards/DOSD ASCE, WEF, AWWA TBD Firat Sever, Greg Barden
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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