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2020 May Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

On behalf of the rest of the Board, I hope that you all continue to be safe and well. After a brief lull in activities as we tried to figure out how to navigate life with social distancing and work from home, we’re on course to finish the year as normally as we can to provide you ways to connect and learn. Two of our upcoming events are important fundraisers to support our mission, so we thank you in advance for supporting the Section. Each member should soon recieve their online ballot to vote for our 2020-2021 Section Board. This is strictly confidential and each link is unique to your user name, so we encourage you to vote.

We hope you’ll sign up to join us online for our May luncheon. We will present our annual awards, swear in new board members, honor members who have achieved Life Membership status, and hear an update from Engineers Without Borders.

We’ve also finalized the plans for our annual Spring Technical Seminar covering bridge design related topics. We’ll be conducting a series of online sessions around the lunch hour over the course of two weeks. We’re confident we can deliver the same technical education you’ve come to expect of this event, and you can do it in your pajamas!

Similarly, we’re confident we can proceed safely with our annual golf outing in a slightly revised format. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we’ll be limited to one person per cart. We’ll also forgo dinner to avoid the large mass gathering, though lunch will still be provided. A reduced number of spaces are filling up fast, so get your team together and get registered.

It is hard to believe this is my final President’s Report and my term is up. It has been an honor to serve you, and thank you all for your support – especially in these unusual times the last few months. We have a lot to be excited about next year. Hopefully our events in the fall can resume in-person, and we’ll be celebrating our 100th Anniversary as a Section! Be safe, and I hope to see you soon.

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


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Lunch Meeting

Central Ohio ASCE
May ASCE Luncheon


May 21, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM



$0.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)


Cisco Webex Virtual Meeting




Presentation will begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is May 20, at 3:00 PM. Registration is required to receive login information. Contact for additional information. 


Local representatives of the Engineers Without Borders will provide an update on their activities and projects. They will also provide general information about Engineers Without Borders mission.

We will also be installing the new ASCE Central Ohio Board, recognizing new life members, and awarding Central Ohio Civil Engineer of the Year and Section Member of the Year awards.

The presentation will occur virtually using the Cisco Webex platform. Registrants will receive virtual login information prior to the virtual meeting.


Amanda Engle — Engineers Without Borders

Amanda serves as the EWB project chair.

Tom Less — Engineers Without Borders

Tom acts as a structural engineer for the current project.


A certificate for one half (0.5) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours will be issued at the conclusion of the program.


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Spring Technical Seminar


May 26, 2020 11:00 AM to June 04, 2020 1:30 PM


$75.00 ASCE Member

$100.00 ASCE Non-Member

$30.00 Student Ticket


GOTOMEETING (Virtual platform)




ASCE Central Ohio Spring Technical Seminar Series


Topic:  Bridge Design & Construction


Please plan to attend our 2020 annual Spring Seminar. This year the topic will focus on Bridge design and  construction. This event will be take place virtually in a series starting May 26!  Presentations will take place via online virtual platform GOTOMEETING.


Speakers, Topics and Schedules

Eric Dues, PE, SE

Gannet Fleming

Constructing what was designed

5/26/2020 at 11 am

Thomas Zink, P.E.

Gannet Fleming

ABC Construction: Hoboken Viaduct Rehabilitation

5/27/2020 at 10 am

Dan Fitzwilliam, P.E.

T.Y. Lin International

Curved Cables Stayed Pedestrian Bridge: Dublin Link case study

5/28/2020 at 1 pm

Davin NG, P.E.

GPD Group

Bridges in Columbus Crossroads - Phase 4

6/01/2020 at 11 am

Mike Brokaw, PE


Cable Stayed Bridges in Ohio

6/3/2020 at 11 am

Halil Sezen Ph.D., P.E.


Bridge Structural Design: Process, philosophy and unique aspects

6/4/2020 at 11 am


Registration Fee:

$100 for all sessions (Non-members)

            $75 ASCE members

            $30 Students                 

One PDH will be submitted for each presentation – (up to 6 total PDHs)

Who should attend?

Engineers, structural designers, construction managers, city officials, regulatory professionals, and others interested in learning more about current Bridge Design and Construction topics.


Upon registering, you will be provided with a meeting code and password for the date of each presentation.

If you have trouble, please contact Peyman Majidi at 614-600-6136. 


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Annual Golf Outing


June 19, 2020
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM


$55 Single Golfer

$110 Team (2 Golfers)

$220 Foursome (4 Golfers)

$75.00 Golf Sponsor

$150.00 Premium Golf Sponsor


Darby Creek Golf Course
19300 Orchard Road
Marysville, OH 43040



It is time again for the 24th Annual Central Ohio ASCE Golf Outing. This event benefits the ASCE Younger Member Group as well as the ASCE Ohio State and Ohio University student chapters.

The Central Ohio ASCE board, along with opinions of some outside individuals as well as consultation with Darby Creek Golf Course have decided to move forward with hosting our 24th annual golf outing.  The outing format will for the most part stay the same.  We will stick with the 2 person mixed format outing, we will still provide lunch and beverages while you are golfing as lunch is traditionally a drive by, pick something up and keep playing.  We will not have the dinner and awards afterwards as well as no beverage cart or keg.  The course will be able to provide adult beverages so we will increase the drink tickets by one.  Also, as of now, it is only one person per cart so we will have to limit our signups to the first 52 players and we will require everyone to signup and pay online (no payments at the course).  We haven't decided on hole prizes yet as we would have to collect those and send out prizes. 

The outing will be held on June 19th starting at 11:00 a.m. sharp at Darby Creek Golf Course.  The driving range (if open) will be available one hour before tee time. All golfers must be in their carts and ready to go by 10:40 a.m.

Cost is $55 per player (reduced rate due to dinner not provided this year and a reduction in prizes.) Price includes greens fees, individual cart, range balls, lunch while you play, beverages and prizes.

Due to the limited number of carts available, this outing is limited to the first 52 golfers to register.

Registration and payment must be made ONLINE at . Click on the events tab to register.  Note that only online payments are accepted. No payments at the course.

We are looking for companies to sponsor for $75 or a Premium Sponsor for $150. Those signups must be made online as well.

All registrations and sponsorships must be received by June 5th to allow for proper recognitions.

The outing has raised over $50,000 the past 23 years. Let’s due the anti-rain dance and make it a success once again. Contact Jim Pajk at [email protected] or 614-359-8658 with any questions.


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Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time 
Register for the webinar

The jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act turns on the meaning of a simple—but vague—term: “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Courts, EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the regulated community have all struggled over how expansively WOTUS can be interpreted. This presentation briefly discusses the history of how courts and EPA have defined WOTUS, including recent efforts by the Trump administration to rescind and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule. These regulatory developments, coupled with both ongoing and threatened litigation, will introduce uncertainty and risk for those seeking to build projects and to engage in other activities in what might be jurisdictional waters. This presentation will cover the recently-promulgated Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which seeks to create a new, narrowly drawn definition of WOTUS, as well as how likely challenges to the rule will affect the regulatory landscape over the next several years.

Drew Silton, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
Natalie Mamerow, Aff. M.ASCE, Senior Manager, ASCE Federal Government Relations
Frederick (Fred) Blickle, III, P.E., F.ASCE (Moderator)



Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
Register for the webinar

There are a number of career options available to an engineering graduate. There is not a right or a wrong option. However, your choice needs to be carefully weighed against your personal strengths and carefully weighed against your limitations and ambitions. Additionally, the transition needs to be timed in such a way that it is smooth, seamless and successful. There are a number of factors that could play into your decision and timing. ASCE President K.N. Gunalan will discuss some of the personality traits, ambitions and timing that will make your transition successful.

Presenter: K. N. Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, ASCE President 2020.  Guna's love of civil engineering spans four decades, back to earning his master’s degree at India’s College of Engineering, Guindy (Gwinn-dee). Today, with a doctorate from Texas Tech, Guna is a senior vice president at AECOM in Salt Lake City, Utah, managing large, complex projects around the world. 


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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

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has closed all 23 of its library locations, with the closure extending beyond  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

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) 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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