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2020 October Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

Welcome to 2020-2021 Central Ohio ASCE year! I would like to thank the membership for allowing me to serve as the President of the Section this year. I would like to thank Brooks Vogel for his leadership through what turned out to be a very interesting year for the Section and world at large. Through his leadership we were able to change our mode of delivery and still hold our luncheons and Spring Technical Seminar. The rest of the Board also deserves a big “thank you” as well for their assistance in the past  year. I would also like congratulate our newest Board members Manu Bhatt (Member-at-Large) and Tom Lyden (Secretary). In June we held the annual Golf Outing which was a big success. Thanks to Jim Pajk and the Younger Member Group for putting it together, the sponsors for their continued support, and the golfers for attending. In August we held a virtual luncheon on the Southside MEGA Fix at which Steve Fellinger or ODOT and Randy McClellan of JMT informed attendees about the massive planning and coordination required to design and construct the project which will reshape the transportation infrastructure along I-71 on the south side of the Columbus. In September our virtual luncheon was delivered by Steve Ferryman of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency who provided information about Ohio EMA and their programs for hazard mitigation. Keep your eyes open for an invite to our October Virtual Luncheon tentatively scheduled for October 22. We plan to offer a presentation on the City of Westerville Uptown Project related to design challenges, construction challenges, and public outreach. I am excited about the year to come. Though it does not appear that right now we will be able to come together in-person as we have done in the past I think that we will still be able to provide a lot of value to our members in the way of technical luncheons and seminars. Adversity creates opportunity and this has created an opportunity for the Section to rethink our mode of operation and creatively find ways to benefit all members. I believe we are finding ways to do that and I am excited to be a part of our continued innovation.


H. Patrick Karnes, P.E., ENV SP

President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
[email protected]
[email protected]
Phone: 614-835-0460


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Lunch Meeting


Thursday, October 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


$0 ASCE member

$10 Guest (not an ASCE member)


Virtual Meeting



The virtual room will open at approximately 11:45 AM. The presentation will begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is October 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Registration is required. Contact [email protected].   


City of Westerville Uptown Improvement Project

The Uptown Improvement Project involves an investment in Uptown Westerville to remain physically and economically vibrant, being a much-loved historic location within Central Ohio. Property values have risen and held steady, while new businesses continue to invest in the district. The improvements include pavement resurfacing and sidewalk replacements along State Street, between Walnut and Home Streets. These improvements will result in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as upgrades to the traffic signal components throughout the project area.


Mr. Scott Tourville, PE, MPA - City of Westerville Engineer

Scott has served as the City of Westerville Engineer since April 2018, after returning to the City following his time as the City of Pickering Engineer from 2013 to 2018. Prior to this, Scott worked as a Civil Engineer with Westerville under then City Engineer, Susan Banbury, for 6 years. Scott holds a BS from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MS in public administration from Central Michigan University.  


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


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Outing Recap

The 24th Annual ASCE Golf Outing was held on Friday, June 19 at the Darby Creek Golf Course in Marysville. Though the logistics were a bit different than past years, we had 52 golfers which was the maximum allowed by COVID restrictions. We were unable to host a supper this year at which the golfers could embellish their stories from the links that day, but the Younger Members Group was still able to provide a walkthrough lunch for golfers at the turn. A big “thank you” to all of the golfers, the 21 sponsors of the outing, the Younger Members Group, and Jim Pajk for organizing the outing again in 2020. We look forward to hosting a more traditional golf outing in June 2021.

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Product Live Webinar
Location Online
Date(s) 2020/10/15
Individual (one engineer) 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Member $99.00 | Non-Member $129.00
Credit PDH:1.0
Keyword(s) Computing;Construction;Management and Practice
Tag(s) Computing, Construction, Management and Practice, Live, Live Webinar
Visualizing Information for First Responders - NEW (6043IW2021)

Scott Ledgerwood

Donald Harris

Purpose and Background

Scott leads the User Interface and User Experience Portfolio at the NIST Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division. PSCR is performing research across a variety of areas to support future first responder technologies using Internet of Things (IoT). PSCR works with law enforcement, fire service, and emergency medical services and enable the testing and development of interfaces using tools like virtual and augmented reality. This webinar explains how to enable access to IoT data and convey that data visually in an intuitive way.


Designing and Implementing Separated Bikeways (6006IW2021)

Product Live Webinar
Location Online
Date(s) 2020/10/16
Individual (one engineer) 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET
Member $99.00 | Non-Member $159.00
Credit PDH:1.5
Keyword(s) Sustainability, Transportation
Tag(s) Sustainability, Transportation, Live, Live Webinar

Sponsored by ASCE Continuing Education and the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI).

Rick Plenge, P.E., PTOE 
Ryan McClain, P.E.

Purpose and Background

Recent advances in bicycle facility design guidance have led to increased demand from government agencies and the public to implement many of these innovative treatments. As more of these facilities are being implemented, users are recognizing the host of safety benefits and greater comfort level generated from the increased separation from automobile traffic and enhanced intersection treatments. Agencies throughout the country are using the design guidance recently issued within the National Association of City Transportation Officials Urban Bikeway Design Manual in association with the guidance set forth in the established US manuals such as the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities and MUTCD to implement these facilities.

This webinar familiarizes transportation engineers/planners with the newest innovations in the planning, design, and maintenance of these separated bikeways. The course discusses recent developments in available design guidance, considerations when designing and implementing these facilities, and design treatments to address common and unique situations.


Modeling Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) using the EPA Stormwater Management Model (SWMM): SWMM Basics - NEW (6007IW2021)

ndividual (one engineer) 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
Member $99.00 | Non-Member $129.00

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Topics of interest

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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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Meeting Schedule

Month Topic Organizations Presenter Location
Thursday, August 20, 2020 ODOT South Mega Fix  ASCE & ASHE Steve Fellinger (ODOT) & Randy McClellan (JMT).  Virtual 
Thursday, September 17, 2020 OEMA - Emergency Management  ASCE  Steve Ferryman Virtual 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 Westerville Uptown Improvement Project  ASCE TBA  TBA
Thursday, November 19, 2019 Smart Columbus ASCE  Mandy Bishop & Andy Wolpert (COC Smart Columbus)  TBA
 TBD January 2021 Dinner Meeting-Student Chapters - (OSU) ASCE TBD TBD
TBD February, 2021 E-Week All


Thursday, March 18, 2021 Ethics Topics ASCE Dean Ringle  TBD
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Crew Stadium Virtual Tour  ASCE, SEAoO, WTS & PR TBD Virtual 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 Awards Luncheon  ASCE  TBA TBA

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