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Dinner Meeting

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January 24, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Registration Deadline: January 21, 2019
4:00 PM 
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Varsity Club Basement
278 W. Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43201
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Registration will begin at 5:30 PM. Dinner program to begin at 6:00 PM. Deadline for registration is January 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM.

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The Ohio University and Ohio State University ASCE Student Chapters will give us a brief presentation on their activities. 


The Engineers Without Borders presentation will cover an overview of the structural analysis and design of a school building in Guatemala for EWB.  Some of the challenges include a highly seismically active region, poor soils, a non-US standard for design, and analysis and design for future expansion.  The building uses a combination of confined masonry and reinforced concrete moment frames.  Current US standards do not cover confined masonry, which for design required a synthesis of ACI, AISI, NICEE, Eurocode, local Guatemalan, and ASCE codes.  The future 2ndfloor required the building to be designed both with flexible diaphragms in the initial condition, and rigid diaphragms in the future condition. 


Amanda Engle — President, Engineers Without Borders USA, Central Ohio Professional Chapter
Amanda Engle is passionate about using her engineering and leadership skills to help small, developing communities achieve their goals and meet their basic human needs. As a graduate of the Ohio State University, Amanda spent 15 years in the transportation industry in the field of bridge design and project management. Along with the commitment and assistance of many individuals, she started the Central Ohio Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders in 2007. In 2012, Amanda led the Chapter during the design and construction of a road connecting a marginalized community in El Salvador to the main town. She is currently serving as president of the Central Ohio Professional Chapter of EWB and also as project chair for the school project in Guatemala.

Tom Less - Associate/Team Leader/Bridge/Structural Engineer (Woolpert)
Tom is a licensed professional engineer and structural engineer, with over 10 years of experience in structural analysis and design, with an emphasis on complex geometry.  He obtained his BS degree in Civil Engineering in 2009 and his MS degree in 2013, both from OSU.  Tom currently serves as a team leader for transportation services at Woolpert where he performs and oversees structural design and plan production, manages staff and resources, and serves as a deputy project manager.  He is the former ASCE Central Ohio Younger Member President, and is currently the 2nd VP for ASHE Central Ohio, as well as a consultant for the OSU Civil Engineering program’s Capstone class, and an elected City of Columbus Area Commissioner. 


Pizza, subs, salad, vegetable tray and drinks with desert.


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

NOTE: Walk-up registrations are discouraged and will be accessed a $5 surcharge.

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Legislative Update

Senate Bill 255 requires all occupational licensing boards to be renewed at least once every six years by the General Assembly. If they are not renewed in that time frame, the board expires and a person without a license may lawfully engage in the profession or occupation that the board previously supervised. The bill requires that the board demonstrate to the review committee that there is a public need for the board's continued existence. So the burden of proof is on the licensing board.  ASCE's concern and reason for opposing the bill was that the engineering licensing board will be subjected to additional bureaucratic processes to regularly justify their existence. 
The House did add an amendment that gives guidance during the review process that "If regulations are required to perform services regulated by both federal laws and laws of this state, require the state to recognize an individual's occupational license from another United States state or territory to allow that individual to practice in this state, and are based on uniform national laws, practices, and examinations that have been adopted by at least fifty United States states and territories, the appropriate state action shall be to require an occupational license."  This amendment was added after testimony by ASCE and OSPE, so it appears that the representatives understood at least some of our concerns.
Now that the Ohio governor has signed SB 255 and it will become law, ASCE's focus will shift to supporting the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors in their renewal process. The board will request a review right away in the first biennium. ASCE will also work to impact which legislators are appointed to the review committee, and then inform those legislators and the leadership of the House and Senate on the importance of licensing for Professional Engineers.

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Geo-Institute Events

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January 31, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Registration Deadline: January 28, 2019
11:55 PM 
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Smokehouse Brewing Company
1130 Dublin Road
Columbus, OH 43215
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Registration will begin at 6:00 PM. Dinner program to begin at 6:30 PM. Deadline for registration is Jan 28 at 11:55 PM. Registration is required.
Late registrations may be accepted if space is available. Contact asce@centralohioasce.org.  


Using case studies, we will examine whether slope protective ordinances intended to protect property actually provide the intended protection or do they simply provide a false sense of safety to building officials and property owners.

A slope failure in one of the communities in the Chagrin River Valley in the early 1990s damaged a privately-owned structure. The cost of remedial measures was much greater than what most communities and property owners could manage. This prompted the community to enact a slope protective ordinance. Other towns and villages along the valley quickly followed suit enacting similar ordinances. The stated purpose and justification for these ordinances is to protect public safety, property, and the environment. Various methods are used to define protected areas which are essentially "no build zones" on parcels with steep slopes.

As the case studies illustrate, sloping sites are too varied, and conditions that control slope stability are too complex, to be addressed by including a few generic requirements in municipal ordinances. Such ordinances understandably avoid codifying minimum factors of safety, or dictating what is required for a proper geotechnical evaluation of a sloping site. Whether these ordinances are successful in achieving their goal depends on enforcement and the skill and experience of those tasked with complying with the provisions of the ordinances.


Alan J. Esser, PE, D.GE — SME

Alan J. Esser, PE, D.GE is a Vice President, and Chief Consultant with SME in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University, and a M.S. in Structural Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a registered Professional Engineer in six states and is a Diplomate in the Academy of Geo-Professionals. He serves on four ASTM committees and is a member of the Geo-Institute Committee on Embankments, Dams and Slopes. Mr. Esser has taught undergraduate and graduate courses as an adjunct, and has been teaching basic and advanced PE review courses for more than 20 years. He has more than 40 years of geotechnical engineering experience specializing in slope stability, shear strength of soils, geotechnical instrumentation, and laterally loaded foundations. He has authored eleven publications.


BBQ buffet


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


$25.00 ASCE member

$20.00 ASCE life member

$15.00 ASCE student

$30.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)

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Save the Date

2019 Central Ohio Engineers Week Luncheon

Thursday, February 21, 2019

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center

10561 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell, OH 43065



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Meeting Schedule

Date Topic Group Location Coordinator
November 15, 2018
ODOT Portsmouth Bypass ASCE Hampton Inn Scioto Downs Brooks Vogel
December 20, 2018
Hyperloop ASCE Boathouse at Confluence Park Brooks Vogel
January 24, 2019
Engineers Without Borders &
OSU/OU Student Presentations
ASCE/EWB Varsity Club Basement
278 W. Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43201
Dave Pritchard
February 21, 2019
Engineers Week Luncheon All TBD E-Week Committee
Sat. March 2, 2018 ASCE Central Ohio STEM Expo All Whitehall HS ASCE
March 21, 2019
ASCE National President-Elect ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
April 18, 2019
TBD ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
April/May, 2019 Spring Technical Seminar ASCE TBD Jon Sterenberg
May 23, 2018
TBD ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
June, 2019
Planning Meeting All TBD Jon Sterenberg
June 21, 2018
Day Event
23rd Annual Golf Outing ASCE Darby Creek Golf Course Jim Pajk


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