October 2017 Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting

: Friday Oct. 20, 2017
11:00 AM - Registration
11:45 PM - Lunch
12:00 PM - Presentation
Click HERE to register by 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 17.

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

TOPIC: Federal Infrastructure Funding Update
United States Congressman Patrick J. Tiberi (R-12th) will give an update on issues impacting infrastructure funding for surface transportation, Federal Aviation Authorization status, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and what is being considered by the 115th Congress as it relates to our nation's infrastructure.

SPEAKER: Pat Tiberi — The United States House of Representatives (Ohio's 12th District)

Congressman Pat Tiberi has been serving Ohio’s 12th Congressional District (comprised of Delaware, Licking and Morrow Counties and Portions of Franklin, Marion, Muskingum and Richland Counties) since November 2000.  He is a senior member of the important House Ways and Means committee which has jurisdiction over tax issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and trade agreements.  Congressman Tiberi is currently the chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health and also serves on the Subcommittee on Tax Policy.  He previously served as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade.  ASCE National recognizes the important role that the House Ways and Means committee plays in particular to how it relates to infrastructure funding.

In addition, Congressman Tiberi is the Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee where he works with members to examine economic policy and how to help grow the economy.

Son of Italian immigrants, Congressman Tiberi has been a lifelong resident of the 12th Congressional District.  He is a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University and was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band.  He began his career in public service as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives where he eventually rose to the position of majority leader.

MENU: Choice of a plated meal (inlcuding a soup/salad, dessert, and beverage): Vegetarian lasagna, ravioli, stuffed chicken breast, or top round beef - selection made at registration.

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

$20 ASCE/ACEC/Engineers Club Member
$15 ASCE Life Member
$10 ASCE Student
$25 Guest (not an ASCE/ACEC/ECC member)

REGISTRATION: Deadline for registration is Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Click HERE to register and make payment.

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President's Report

Central Ohio Section Members:

Please join ASCE, ACEC, and ECC for a joint luncheon on October 20 to hear US Congressman Pat Tiberi provide an update on Federal infrastructure funding.   As highlighted in ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, our nation’s infrastructure requires significant investment, leadership, and planning to prepare for the future. Congressman Tiberi serves on various legislative committees that play an important role in infrastructure funding, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Although it is not our primary focus, ASCE does advocate for public policy that supports our mission to advance civil engineering and serve the public good. Within the Central Ohio Section, Jim Pajk, P.E. serves as an ASCE Federal Advocacy Captain, and Brooks Vogel, P.E., LEED AP, serves as a State Advocacy Captain. An easy way for members to get involved is to join the Key Contact Program, which lets you actively engage with elected officials.

Finally, continue to monitor our website for the many events that are planned over the next month! Thanks for your continued involvement and participation in ASCE Central Ohio.

Chris Nye
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section

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1st Annual Trapshooting Outing

On September 22, 2017, ASCE Central Ohio Section hosted its first trap shooting event at Blackwing Shooting Center in Delaware, Ohio.  A boxed lunch and all shooting equipment was provided by Blackwing for two rounds of trap, which is a competitive clay pigeon shooting event.  The twelve participants included both novice and experience shooters, and everyone had a great time! Congratulations to Dan Murphy who had the winning score of 21 out of 25!

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Flexible and Rigid pavement design

Tues., Nov. 28, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc., 1650 Watermark Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Register Here

Purpose and Background
This webinar provides an introduction to the design of flexible and rigid pavements. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 1993 pavement design procedure is covered along with an introduction to the new AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design mechanistic-empirical method. The primary design, specification and construction factors that contribute to the long-term functional and structural performance of pavements ranging from parking lots to municipal roadways, airports and major highways are discussed. Through a series of case studies, positive and negative design features and construction conditions are presented to give the participant a good understanding of what we can do better to ensure the cost effective use of transportation investments.

Learning Outcomes
  • Be able to recognize and use current common pavement design procedures
  • Understand common design and construction features important to the performance of both asphalt and concrete pavements
  • To design and recognize specification and construction activities that can improve the performance of pavements
  • Communicate and promote good road design and construction practices

Webinar Benefits
  • Understand key components and factors necessary for the cost effective design of flexible and rigid pavements
  • Be able to identify design and construction features that may negatively impact the performance of pavements
  • Assist in developing specifications to ensure the performance of pavements

Webinar Outline
This webinar focuses on design and construction features that may impact the performance of our asphalt and concrete pavement infrastructure.

Some of the key design elements for concrete pavement design and construction include:
  • Subgrade preparation
  • Dowel bar: alignment; insertion; quality
  • Dowel and tie bar placement
  • Joint detailing
  • Proper detailing around utility covers
  • Finishing
  • Joint and crack sealing
  • Deleterious materials
  • Maintenance procedures

Some of the key design elements for asphalt pavement design and construction include:
  • Subgrade preparation
  • Thickness
  • Surface Instability
  • Cracking
  • Segregation
  • Asphalt stripping
  • Mix problems
  • Drainage
  • Maintenance procedures

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


With the American infrastructure scoring a D+ in the most recent ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the push to invest in the same is bound to increase. For this investment to be fruitful, innovative and economical construction practices would be required. As such, infrastructure innovation in geotechnical design will become increasingly important.

The Geotechnical Group of the ASCE Cincinnati Section issued a Call for Papers for the 48th Annual Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar (ORVSS XLVIII) in Cincinnati, Ohio, a few months ago. The emphasis was “Infrastructure Innovation in Geotechnical Design” and the authors were asked to highlight innovative techniques in geotechnical design, instrumentation, investigation, construction, etc of various types of infrastructure, including, but not limited to, roads, bridges, tunnels, railway, dams and levees, power plants, etc.

The goal of ORVSS XLVIII is to provide geotechnical engineers, geologists, contractors, material suppliers, and other geotechnical practitioners an opportunity to share experiences on previous projects in the geotechnical aspects of infrastructure to continue the advancement of our professional field.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Timothy D. Stark, Professor, University of Illinois: “2D and 3D Unsaturated and Transient Seepage Analyses for Landside Excavations near Levees and Floodwalls”

DATE: Friday November 17, 2017, 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM.

LOCATION: Hilton Netherland Plaza, 35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

CPD HOURS: Eight (8) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be available. Attendees will recieve a USB drive with PDF's of all presentation materials.

REGISTRATION: Click HERE for additional information and to register.

PRESENTED BY: ASCE Cincinnati Section Geotechnical Group

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UESI Events


Please join us and learn how a vitrified clay pipe is manufactured and properties of VCP with improved joints. Lunch will be provided. Carpooling arrangement to be determined.

DATE: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided.

LOCATION: Logan Clay Products Company, 201 S. Walnut St., Logan, OH 43138

REGISTRATION: Click HERE for additional information and to register.

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Additional 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), MSE walls, and more. Course attendees will earn eight (8) PDHs. Lunch and break refreshments will be provided.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Those involved with the design, construction, operation, ownership, and/or regulatory oversight of geomembrane lined or covered facilities including water, mining, waste, and petroleum containment.

DATE: Friday Oct. 27, 2017, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Lunch and break refreshments provided.

LOCATION: The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus OH 43210 - The Ohio Staters Traditions Room

CPD HOURS: Eight (8) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be available. Attendees will recieve a USB drive with PDF's of all presentation materials.

REGISTRATION: Click HERE for additional information and to register.

PRESENTED BY: Fabricated Geomembrane Institute, The Ohio State University, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Owens Corning Science and Technology, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Transportation.



Please join us for a tour of Owens Corning's new Granville facility on Thursday, October 26th, before the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute's (FGI) Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications Short Course on Friday, October 27th at The Ohio State University. A complimentary shuttle will be available to/from Columbus, Ohio, if needed. Owens Corning's Facility Tour is included in the fee for the Friday Short Course.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Those involved with the design, construction, operation, ownership, and/or regulatory oversight of geomembrane lined or covered facilities including water, mining, waste, and petroleum containment.

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, 4:45 PM - 9:00 PM. Transportation from Ohio EPA office to Granville will be provided.

LOCATION: Owens Corning, 2790 Columbus Road, Granville, OH 43023

CPD HOURS: One (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be available.

REGISTRATION: Click HERE for additional information and to register.

PRESENTED BY: Fabricated Geomembrane Institute & Owens Corning Science and Technology

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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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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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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
Fri. October 20, 2017
Federal Infrastructure Funding Update - Rep. Pat Tiberi ASCE, ACEC, ECC Embassy Suites Jim Pajk
November 16, 2017
December, 2017
New Veterans Memorial Overview + Tour 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
Jeremiah Morrow Bridge ASCE, ACI TBD Jeremy Lewis
April, 2018
ASCE National President-Elect ASCE TBD Chris Nye
April 12, 2018
All Day
Spring Technical Seminar - Stormwater + OUPS ASCE TBD Patrick Karnes
May, 2018
Awards/Division of Sewerage and Drainage 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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