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2020 April Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

I hope that you, your families, and everyone you care about are doing well and staying healthy during this challenging time. Our lives have all been completely upended, and challenges we could not have dreamed of a short time ago are now a reality. Whether it is working from home, being socially distant, teaching and caring for our children each day, caring for family members, or even simple, everyday tasks – it is all far more challenging now. As I keep telling people I associate with, “we’re all doing the best we can”, and I hope our Society can accept that approach and stay positive through it all. In the end, for most of us this is just an inconvenience. We sympathize with those who are afflicted affected by the virus and those who have lost employment or suffer economic hardship. And we can’t thank enough the medical and other essential personnel on the front lines risking their health and safety for the rest of us.

While it may seem secondary to all that is happening, we too are trying to figure out the ways we can still serve you while no longer meeting in person. Our signature spring seminar will be moving to an online format with shorter sessions spread out over the course of several days. Bridge engineering will be the main topic, and this format should be educational and convenient.

We are also exploring an online happy hour with bonus activities. While we can’t provide the drinks, hopefully it offers an opportunity for social interaction that is in short supply. We’re also hoping to have the golf outing while obeying social distancing guidelines, if permitted. We’re also hoping to have our May luncheon in some form, especially since we present our yearly awards and swear in the board members. We will keep you posted on these events. If you have any nominees for our two awards (Outstanding Civil Engineer and Outstanding Section Member - info can be found HERE), please let me know. And if you are interested in serving the Section on the board or in some other way and haven’t yet reached out to us, please let me know.

Thank you for being a member and for all you are doing in these trying times. On behalf of the entire board, I wish you all continued health and wellness.


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


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Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time  
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**Webinar #1 in the Civil Engineering & the Coronavirus: Real World Applications - A Coronavirus Series for Students**

The ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease resulting from the emergence of the virus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) is a matter of major global concern and threatens to rival consequences from the 1918 to 1919 influenza outbreak. Although this has resulted in a rapid mobilization of resources from the medical and public health communities, there are major roles to play for those of us in environmental engineering and science (EES).

Presenter:  Charles N. Haas, Ph.D., F.ASCE , is the Department Head and LD Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department at Drexel University,



Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
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ASCE Government Relations will host a webinar for ASCE Key Contacts on connected and autonomous vehicles. This discussion will focus on preserving the 5.9 GHz band of spectrum for connected and autonomous vehicles. Guest speakers ASCE Past President Blaine Leonard, P.E., F.ASCE, Transportation Technology Engineer, Utah Department of Transportation and Ron Thaniel, Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Intelligent Transportation Society of America will focus on why this issue is important, how it impacts the profession, how it supports human safety, and what steps ASCE has taken to preserve this critical communication technology.
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Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
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Over 50% of all engineers will advance from pure design functions to project management, and all engineers must at some point become involved in construction contract administration. The webinar provides valuable advice for civil engineers in management to improve project performance in a difficult and highly competitive labor market. This discussion will refer attendees to coursework offered as part of the Construction Engineering Certificate Program offered by ASCE.

Attendees will learn about critical skills and capabilities missing from most undergraduate civil engineering degree programs and how ASCE’s certificate program could address these gaps to be competitive in the current marketplace.

Douglas D. Gransberg, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE , President Gransberg & Associates, Inc., a construction management/project delivery consulting firm. Dr. Gransberg is a retired professor of construction engineering at Iowa State University, where he held an endowed research chair for 5 years.
Nils J. Gransberg, M.S., AC, A.M. ASCE , Vice President, Gransberg & Associates, Inc., a construction management/project delivery consulting firm and teaches project management courses as an adjunct at the University of Oklahoma’s Gallogly College of Engineering and in the Haskell & Irene Lemon Construction Science Department.


Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time  
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**Webinar #2 in the Civil Engineering & the Coronavirus: Real World Applications - A Coronavirus Series for Students**

Civil and environmental engineers can contribute to efforts to understand and slow the spread of COVID-19 by applying fundamental knowledge about how aerosols and droplets behave in the built environment. In this webinar, we will explore how viruses are transported through air and what steps we can take to reduce exposure to them.

Presenter:  Linsey Marr, Ph.D. ,  is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in Engineering at the Charles Edward Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

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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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Topics of interest

Thank you for joining, reinstating or renewing your ASCE membership. As an exclusive benefit of your ASCE membership, you may choose up to 10 FREE on-demand webinars from our comprehensive library. Outlined below is a list of over 200 on-demand webinar titles with descriptions, listed in alphabetical order by discipline. Each 60-90 minute on-demand webinar is worth 1 or 1.5 PDHs. To take advantage of this exclusive benefit:

  1. Please select your webinar(s) from the list below then click Enroll.
  2. If you would like to view a detailed description, click on the titles. This opens a new browser window. After viewing the details return to this browser window.
  3. You may return to this page at your convenience and select up to 10 free on-demand webinars. You are currently enrolled in zero (0) courses for the current year and have ten (10) remaining.

Should you experience any difficulty please contact our Customer Service Representatives at 800-548-ASCE (2723) or 703-295-6300, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., ET or [email protected]

Already registered for your free courses? Go directly to MyLearning to access your free webinars.

NOTE: If you have renewed your current year membership, your webinars must be selected and used within the membership year (January 1 – December 31). Any unused webinars will be lost on December 31.

Not sure what classes you've completed?

**If you have previously completed a chosen course a prompt will appear. Please uncheck the selection if you do not want to retake the course.**

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Virtual Tours

Bored at Home? Here's a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours

You can see Frida Kahlo at MoMA or visit the Shedd Aquarium without leaving the couch. 



  • The Louvre: You don't have to book a ticket to Paris to check out some of the famous pieces in the world's largest art museum. The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim's Collection Online.
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Move at your own pace through the 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum.
  • Van Gogh Museum: You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter's most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture.
  • Getty Museum: Los Angeles's premiere gallery has two virtual tours, including "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry," which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and Raphael's Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican's virtual tour.
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Madrid's must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent's most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the "Mother of American modernism."
  • National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City: Dive into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico with 23 exhibit rooms full of Mayan artifacts.
  • British Museum, London: The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you're able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.
  • NASA: Both Virginia's Langley Research Center and Ohio's Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some "augmented reality experiences" via The Space Center Houston's app.
  • National Women's History Museum: Have a late International Women's Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution's 26 online exhibits.
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum's popular online exhibits include "Civil Rights Photography" — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park's arrest.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt.
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force: You can't take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force's official museum.
  • MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York's extensive collection is available for view online.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.


Zoos and Aquariums

  • The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 p.m., because that's the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed.
  • Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a "Panda Cam" livestream on its website.
  • Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium's live cam.
  • Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo's live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.
  • The Shedd Aquarium: This Chicago aquarium shares some pretty adorable behind-the-scenes footage of their residents on Facebook.
  • San Diego Zoo: With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay's Habitat exhibit.
  • National Aquarium: Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.


Theme Parks


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Digital Options - during COVID19

All 23 locations closed through at least April 6

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has closed all 23 of its library locations through at least April 6 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. But CML customers have many digital options – all free with their CML library cards – including:

CML also has options for kids, including:

  • TumbleBook Library: Animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.
  • Kanopy Kids: Browse educational and engaging programs for children of all ages.
  • Kids InfoBits: Provides age-appropriate content on topics including animals, arts, geography, social studies, technology and more.
  • TrueFlix: Improve reading and build knowledge with this multimedia resource.

Customers can also visit CML’s Research page to browse dozens of free resources and tools to help with research, online learning, hobbies and more, including:

  • Creativebug: Award-winning online art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
  • Online courses focusing on software, photography, business skills and more.
  • Genealogy and history resources: A number of free resources are available through CML’s website. Plus, the library’s MyHistory database contains thousands of digital images, primary documents, maps and Columbus artifacts.
  • Mango Languages: Instruction in more than 70 languages.

The CML Mobile App is available for free from the App Store or Google Play, enabling customers to:

  • Search for eBooks and eAudiobooks to download and read.
  • Search for books, movies and music to hold and pick up when CML reopens.
  • Access a digital version of their library card.

Those who do not have a CML library card can apply for one online. If applicants provide an email address, CML staff will process their application and email a card number and PIN so they can use it immediately. A physical card will be mailed for them to have when CML reopens.

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Social Media

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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) Cancelled 
Thursday, April 16, 2020 I-71 South Side Mega Fix ASCE & ASHE Steve Fellinger, ODOT et al TBA Cancelled 
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Awards Luncheon & EWB Present  ASCE & EWB TBA Cancelled

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