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2020 January Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

Happy 2020! I hope you all had a great holiday and are looking forward to a prosperous new year.

I want to personally thank all of our sponsors who have chosen to financially support our section in 2020. Your sponsorship supports many of our outreach initiatives for members, non-members, OSU/OU student chapters, and local grade school and high school students. If you are interested, its not too late. You may do so securely online HERE.

On January 16 the OU Student Chapter will host our monthly luncheon (a dinner this month) on campus. I encourage you to consider attending – it is only about an hour drive and it is always refreshing to hear from both the OU and OSU student chapters about their activities for the year. We’ll also get an update on the Capital Improvement Program for the City of Athens.

Thank you, and I wish you the best in the new year and decade!

Brooks Vogel
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
[email protected]
[email protected]
Phone: 614-487-1650


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Dinner Meeting


January 16, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


$20.00 ASCE member
($5.00 Late fee)

$15.00 ASCE life member
($5.00 Late fee)

$10.00 ASCE student
($5.00 Late fee)

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)
($5.00 Late fee)

Register before Thursday, Jan 09, 2020 to avoid late fees.


Ohio University Baker Center
1 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701



Registration will begin at 5:30 PM. Dinner program to begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is January 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Registration is required. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available and will be assessed a $5 surcharge. Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Contact


The Ohio University and Ohio State University ASCE Student Chapters will provide an overview of their activies throughout the last year. 

The City of Athens will provide us with an overview of its capital improvement plan update and present current and future projects. The capital improvement plan includes an updated five year, $35 million capital plan for Surface Transportation Improvements, Sanitary Sewer Improvements, and Water System Improvements.


Robert Heady, P.E., P.S., ENV SP — Director of Public Works and City Engineer — City of Athens, OH

Robert C. Heady, P.E., P.S., ENV SP serves as the City Engineer and Director of Public Works for the City of Athens, Ohio.  Mr. Heady is an Ohio licensed Professional Engineer and Surveyor.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Ohio University and previously served as a project manager for two private engineering firms and as a Design Engineer/Bridge Program Team Leader for two Ohio County Engineers.

He oversees a staff or over fifty-five employees who maintain, repair, and  replace the City’s: 194 lane miles of roads; 410,000-ft of water line,  399,000-ft of Sanitary lines, 300,000-ft of Storm Sewers, 12 - bridges, Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant, fifty Remote Water and Sewer Sites  (pump stations, lift stations, water towers, etc.), 36 - Traffic Signals, 300 - City owned Street Lights, 110 - Vehicles and major pieces of equipment in the City Vehicle Fleet.

Mr. Heady is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of capital Improvements for the City’s infrastructure.  The current five Capital five year Improvement program includes over $13 million in surface transportation, $18 million in sanitary sewer improvements, and $4 million in water system improvements.


The "Shaffer Street Classic" buffet includes salad, pretzel crusted chicken, OHIO meatloaf, green beans, potatoes, rolls, and Ho Ho Cake. 

A vegan/gluten free meal of vegan pasta with green olive pesto, pine nuts, grilled tofu, and articokes is available upon request.


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


The meeting will be held in the Baker Center (building no. 87 on the map found here), Multicultrual Center in room 2019 on the second floor. 

Parking is available inthe Baker Center Garage which is adjacent and to the northwest of Baker Center. Other on-street, metered parking is available in the area. Othe surface lots available as shown on the map, but please pay close attention to signage regarding parking.

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Axe Throwing and Happy Hour @ Columbus Axe Throwing


January 23, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


$20.00 Member Ticket (advance registration)
$25.00 Member Ticket (at the door)

$32.00 Non-Member Ticket


Columbus Axe Throwing
560 S High Street
Columbus, OH 43215



Please join us for a new member event: Axe Throwing! Axe throwing is the new escape room of networking and team building. Tickets are open to all Central Ohio Members and non-members. 


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Structures Congress 2020

Registration Now Open

Register by  to secure the Early Bird (EB) Registration price!


Why Attend

Join SEI and more than a thousand of your peers from the U.S. and abroad for an excellent program of technical and professional learning, networking and fun social events!

Be inspired and challenged by keynote speakers:

  • Sarah Sladek, CEO of XYZ University on "[email protected]"
  • Ashraf Habibullah, CEO of Computers & Structures, Inc. on "Reaching New Heights in the Structural Engineering Profession"
  • Christopher Wodzicki, Engineering Services Director at BuroHappold Engineering, and Michael Gustafson, Business Strategy Manager at Autodesk on "Museum of the Future: Trends & Technologies Shaping the Future of Structural Engineering"

Interact with and learn from industry leaders, those that develop ASCE/SEI standards, and practice/academic experts on Building, Bridge, Career Development/Business & Professional Practice and more, and earn up to 13 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Special sessions include:

Make new connections for resources in the Exhibit Hall, and enjoy mixing at the Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE) Reception and CSI party Celebrating the Future of Structural Engineering. Bring your staff team and take advantage of the *NEW* Group discount for 5 or more from an organization. Encourage a student or young professional to apply for a scholarship to participate and get involved. 

Come early on Sunday to meet up with friends and colleagues. Join the *NEW* Service Project to create care kits for local homeless shelters, check out an SEI committee meeting, and enjoy the many St. Louis structural engineering landmarks and attractions. 

See you in St. Louis!
Glenn Bell, P.E., S.E., C.Eng, F.SEI, F.ASCE, SEI President 2020
Laura Champion, P.E., M.ASCE, Director SEI of ASCE

A special Thank You to Structures Congress Premier Sponsor Computers & Structures, Inc. for funding programming on leadership, innovation, career development, and more, to inspire and develop the next generation of SE Leaders, and advance the SEI Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering. 

Join the Conversation

Follow SEI on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn and join the conversation with #Structures20.

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ASCE National Historic Landmarks

In less than one minute, 52 years ago, the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, West Virginia collapsed. The Silver Bridge, a suspension bridge that connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia to Gallipolis, Ohio over the Ohio River, was first made available for traffic in May 1928 and was named for the color of its aluminum paint. At the moment of the collapse, 38 vehicles were on the bridge, 24 fell into the river below, seven fell onto the riverbanks and seven sat atop of the section of the bridge that didn't  collapse. 64 persons fell from the bridge and sadly 46 such persons lost their lives. The collapse resulted in the creation of the National Bridge Inspection Standards. On its anniversary community members, state and local officials, and the Society members gathered as ASCE recognized the site as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
In attendance were members of the City of Point Pleasant, including Mayor Brian Billings; Jimmy Wriston, West Virginia Department of Highways Deputy Secretary of Transportation; the Ohio Department of Transportation and civil engineering leaders.
For more information about ASCE's Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Program, go to
The pictures featured below are (in no particular order) official ASCE dedication plaque, mural painting on the WV side at the bridge location,  the rebuilt bridge down stream 

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Ohio Future City Competition

2019-2020 Competition Year

 As part of the regional growth this year we are working on more robust resources this year to aid in city development and learning!  Please let us know if there is anything you want to see by emailing [email protected]

This Year's Theme:

Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow

Regional Competition Date:

January 26, 2020

Venue Information:

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Useful Competition Links:

Special Awards

Final Round Judges

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Luncheon Recap

ASCE Central Ohio’s December Luncheon was held Thursday, December 19 at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant near the John Glenn International Airport. Kelli Pledger and Aaron Grilliot from TranSystems, lead design firm, discussed the consolidated rental car (ConRAC) facility currently under construction at the airport. The ConRAC will be a dedicated four-story facility comprised of a customer service lobby and adjoining ready/return area for all rental car companies, along with on-site provisions for refueling, washing and prepping vehicles. This facility will offer customers modern amenities in a centralized location within airport property. In addition, relocating rental car operations to a dedicated facility will free up approximately 1,400 additional parking spaces within the existing public parking garage, which often operates at parking capacity. These enhancements also provide flexibility for future airport planning of projects including the ongoing relocation of major utilities and construction of a new extended-stay hotel, as well as potential future plans for a new passenger terminal and a multi-level public parking garage. The presentation discussed the design, site, and code requirements of the facility as well as its operation and integration in the masterplan for airport expansion in the future. The ConRAC is set to open in summer 2021. Thank you to the speakers and those who attended.

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Social Media

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And Instagram @centralohioasce 





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Meeting Schedule

Month Topic Organizations Presenter Location
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Ethics Topics ASCE John Greenhalge, Executive Director, Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors Confluence Boathouse
Thursday, October 17, 2019 Building the SmartLane (I-670) ASCE & ECC Brian Toombs (Burgess and Niple), Zac Amnah (ODOT), and Brian Gable (ODOT) The Gahanna Sanctuary
Thursday, November 21, 2019 City of Columbus DOSD, DOW, and Rec&Parks Update ASCE John Newsome (DOSD), Danella Pettenski (DOW), and Jim Miller (Rec & Parks) Big Walnut Park Shelterhouse
Thursday, December 19, 2019 John Glenn International Airport ConRAC & Long Range Plans ASCE & SEAoO 94th Aero Squadron
5030 Sawyer Road
Columbus, OH 43219
94th Aero Squadron
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Dinner Meeting-Student Chapters - USACOE (Flood Resiliancy and Management) ASCE Robert Heady, P.E., P.S., ENV SP — Director of Public Works and City Engineer — City of Athens, OH Ohio University Baker Center - Multicultural Center
Thursday, February, 20, 2020 E-Week All TBD Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center
Thursday, March 19, 2020 ASCE President-Elect ASCE TBD TBD
Thursday, April 16, 2020 I-71 South Side Mega Fix ASCE & ASHE TBD TBD
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Awards Luncheon & EWB Present  ASCE & EWB TBD TBD

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