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2020 March Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

Spring is springing, and we’re putting the finishing touches on our 2019-2020 ASCE year. Please be thinking about candidates for our two year-end awards – the Outstanding Section Member and the Outstanding Civil Engineer of Central Ohio. Also keep an eye out soon for our annual Spring Seminar scheduled for May 5. This year’s Seminar will cover a variety of Bridge Design topics and a full day of PDH opportunities.

Thank you to all of you who attended, exhibited, and otherwise assisted with our recent STEM Expo. We had a great crowd of students and their families attend and get excited about engineering! A big thank you to Jordan Gort for leading the organizing committee and the countless hours it takes to put together such a successful event, and all of the sponsors and exhibitors who volunteered their time and treasure to engage the students with such great, interactive activities.

This being the 99th year of the Central Ohio Section, we are starting special plans for our Centennial Celebration next year. Part of that effort is summarizing the milestones of our first 100 years, so if any of you have any Section-related history, memorabilia, or stories that you would be willing to share, please let us know. We will be planning a special event next year to share our history and celebrate this great milestone.

I wish you all good health and continued diligence as we all deal with the COVID-19 situation. While we are currently planning to continue with our events as scheduled, we are monitoring the recommendations from the CDC and other outlets and notify you if any adjustments become necessary. I hope to see you at the March luncheon!

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


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Lunch Meeting

March Luncheon


March 19, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 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, Mar 12, 2020 to avoid late fees.


Bravo Cucina Italiana
1803 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43212



Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch program to begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is March 12, 2020 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 [email protected]

About the Presentation

The presentation will give an overview of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency Mitigation Branch.  The mission of the Mitigation Branch is to integrate hazard mitigation principles in a variety of ways to make Ohio communities more sustainable and citizens more resilient in the face of future disaster events. This mission is implemented through projects and planning efforts to reduce the cost of damage caused by disasters and minimize the impact on citizens, businesses, and properties. The Mitigation Branch maintains the State's All Hazard Mitigation Plan, coordinates the State Hazard Mitigation Team (SHMT), is the state entity responsible for implementing FEMA's hazard mitigation programs, and assists Ohio communities in their mitigation planning efforts.


Steve Ferryman, CFM, Mitigation Branch Chief — Ohio Emergency Management Agency

Mr. Ferryman joined the Ohio Emergency Management Agency in December 2008 and serves as the Mitigation Branch Chief for Ohio.  The Mitigation Branch administers FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs for the State.  The Mitigation Branch is also responsible for maintaining the State of Ohio Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Prior to joining the Ohio EMA, Mr. Ferryman worked at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water, Floodplain Management Program for nine years.  Major responsibilities included assisting communities in maintaining National Flood Insurance Program compliance and providing technical assistance and information about floodplain management to Ohio communities.  Mr. Ferryman helped develop and implement the Floodplain Management Program’s first grant to Ohio communities, which provided funding and technical assistance to create local natural hazard mitigation plans.

Mr. Ferryman graduated from Ohio State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Resource Management with an emphasis in Water Resources.  He is a Certified Floodplain Manager and member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.


Buffet selection of chicken marsala, pasta, salad, and assorted drink options. 

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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Free Webinar - Ethical Behavior: The Key to Earning Trust


April 01, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


$0.00 Webinar RSVP


WD Partners
7007 Discovery Blvd.
Dublin, OH 43017



  • Offered for free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
  • Seating is limited to the first 40 people
  • Bring your own lunch


INSTRUCTOR: Stuart G. Walesh, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE, Dist.M.ASCE 


Contrary to what most people believe, trust is not some soft, illusive quality that you either have or don't have; rather trust is a pragmatic, tangible, actionable asset that you can create” (Motivational writer Max Anderson). Why mention trust? Because earning it is the principal reason to practice ethical behavior and that theme permeates this webinar. Think about it:

  • We follow the trusted leader
  • We seek advice from the trusted friend
  • Clients retain the trusted firm
  • Employers hire and promote the trusted engineer
  • Citizens support the trusted official

This webinar offers practical ideas and information to help you navigate those often choppy and sometimes turbulent ethical waters so that you can earn trust.

Busy and sometimes harried engineers and other technical professionals frequently encounter varied ethical situations. These challenges may involve issues such as: deciding who is to blame, determining if contractual requirements have been met, utilization of sensitive information, claims of expertise, billing of time, negative impact on the environment, giving and accepting gifts, and treatment of employees. Some ethical issues are readily resolved and others require careful analysis. This 90-minute webinar focuses on the latter by offering practical ideas and information to help you navigate those often choppy and sometimes turbulent ethical waters.

Ethics is pragmatic; it is all about earning the trust that we can take to the bank, figuratively and literally. In combination with our technical and non-technical expertise, ethical behavior is essential to earning and keeping the trust of colleagues and those we serve. Webinar participants receive a detailed handout on which the webinar will draw. The handout includes references to articles, books, e-newsletters, websites, and other self-study materials such as ten ethics case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how trust must be earned - it cannot be bought
  • Describe the four legal-ethical quadrants
  • Apply six techniques for resolving ethical issues
  • Identify the principal common element among professional society ethics codes
  • Discuss lessons learned from 2 in-depth case studies

Webinar Benefits

  • Obtain ethics tools for individual and group use
  • Earn more trust
  • Win more work
  • Increase awareness of ethical issues in your organization
  • Protect your and your employer's reputation
  • Reduce stress
  • Advance your career
  • Obtain 10 ethics case studies for post-webinar use

Intended Audience

This webinar ideas and tips apply to professional, personal, family, and community aspects of our lives such as:

  • Students who want to deal proactively and intelligently with ethical issues ranging from readily resolved to very complex
  • Individuals in the business, government, academic, and volunteer sectors

Webinar Outline

  • A practical, process-oriented definition of ethics
  • The personal values challenge - the ethics scale
  • Whom are we cheating?
  • The practical benefit of ethical behavior
  • Starts at the top: Low cost and high impact
  • Ethical and legal domain
  • Codes: Employer and professional society
  • Using codes
  • Advice of experienced personnel
  • 9-step procedure
  • Elimination process
  • Using moral imagination
  • Case studies
  • Resources for additional study


See the ASCE website for more info.

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 or $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.

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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Lunch and Learn

Central Ohio ASCE Lunch and Learn - Lime and LKD Soil Treatment


April 07, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


$0.00 Lunch and Learn RSVP


Resource International
6350 Presidential Gateway
Columbus, OH 43231



  • Offered for free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
  • Seating is limited to the first 25 people


PRESENTER: Tim Chylik - Mintek Resources 


This presentation will provide a technical overview on the benefits of chemical soil modification and stabilization using lime and lime kiln dust products. 

RSVP by the deadline. Seating is limited, so do not delay.



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The 7th Annual Central Ohio STEM Expo presented by the Central Ohio ASCE Section was held Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Worthington Kilbourne High School. This completely free event was attended by greater than 300 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Attendees participated in numerous fun and interactive activities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. Participants made cars from food and raced them, battled robots, experienced levitation, built bridges out of spaghetti, saw many bugs and animals, and participated in many more enriching and intriguing activities. We would like to thank everyone who attended, all the members of STEM Expo Planning Committee, the many exhibitors who developed and presented for the children, and our corporate sponsors who made it possible through their monetary contributions to present this event completely free of charge. Thanks you!

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Outing Recap

On January 23, the ASCE Central Ohio held an axe throwing event at Columbus Axe Throwing. Twelve people attended, which was just right for the competitive games. The group was divided into two teams: The Choppers and the Axe Street Boys. There may or may not have been an “axecess” of axe related puns. Everyone had a great time and the individual axe throwing champion of the night was ASCE Member Kevin Ernst! Our next membership event is still in the planning stages but look out for announcements in the coming months.

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Section Member Drive

The Section Member Drive, a friendly competition amongst all ASCE Sections, has started! The competition is simple; the Section that refers the most new ASCE members in 2020 wins. Start contacting your non-ASCE member friends and let them know now is the time to join ASCE. 
We have some valuable resources that will help you and your Section be successful in your referral efforts. Do not delay in referring your friends and colleagues because the time is NOW. As a bonus, we are rewarding you as well as the Section. For each new ASCE member that joins because you referred them, you will receive an Gift Card.* So start the year off right by helping your friends and colleagues join ASCE, help your Section in the Section Member Drive, and get an Gift Card* for yourself!
What Your Section Can Win
Apart from bragging rights, there are great prizes for the top three Sections that drive the most new members:
  • 1st place gets $1,000 USD
  • 2nd place gets $500 USD
  • 3rd place gets $250 USD
How It Works
Encourage your Section members to actively participate
in the Member-Get-a-Member
Have your Section members refer professional colleagues and friends that are not currently ASCE members
When a Section member has a successful referral, your Section will receive credit and rise up in the rankings on our results page
Contact the Member Services team.
By Phone
(703) 295-6201
By Email

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Social Media

Follow Us on Twitter @ASCE_CentralOH

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

Nathan Lee Roy Harris, Graduate School, The Ohio State University

Shannetta Griffin, PE, Chief Commercial Officer, Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Columbus, OH

Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center
Thursday, March 19, 2020 Ohio EMA Mitigation Branch Overview ASCE Steve Ferryman (Mitigation Branch Chief, Ohio EMA) Bravo! Lennox Town Center
Thursday, April 16, 2020 I-71 South Side Mega Fix ASCE & ASHE Steve Fellinger, ODOT et al TBA TBA
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Awards Luncheon & EWB Present  ASCE & EWB TBA TBa

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