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2020 November Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

The changing leaves, shorter days, and crisper air means that fall is officially upon us and so is the Central Ohio Section’s fall schedule. The October Luncheon was held virtually on October 22. Scott Tourville, Nate Lang, and Sophia Lanza of the City of Westerville presented on the City’s Uptown Improvement Project. The $5 million project revitalized the City’s uptown business district improving walkability and access throughout. Attendees learned about interesting engineering aspects of the project including special bridging to save a legacy tree, the importance of flexibility during construction, and benefit of a robust public engagement plan. These factors, in addition to many others, lead to a successful project for the City and community. Thank you to the City of Westerville for presenting. On Wednesday, November 4 Joe Fox of FX Consulting will be offering a virtual presentation titled Connecting Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites to ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card and Future World Vision. ASCE describes its Future World Vision ( as “Infrastructure Reimagined” and the presentation will give attendees a better understanding of what FRP Composites are and how they can be applied to reimagine infrastructure.Our November Luncheon is planned to feature representatives of SMART Columbus to discuss its initiatives and progress toward achieving those goals. The luncheon is scheduled for the noon hour on Thursday, November 19. Look for an invite via email in the coming days.

My hope for everyone is a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving and kickoff to the holiday season. Should you need to reach me or any of the ASCE Central Ohio Board, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through the Contact tab on our website.


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

Central Ohio ASCE

November ASCE Luncheon

The virtual room will open at approximately 11:45 AM. The presentation will begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is November 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Registration is required. Contact [email protected]

About the Presentation

Smart Columbus Initiative Update

As the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded $40 million in grant funding from the USDOT and $10M from the Paul G. Allen Foundation, and the designation as America's Smart City. This presentation will discuss the mission and vision of the Smart City initiative, as well as current projects that are being developed and deployed. 


Mr. Andrew Wolpert, P.E. — Deputy Program Manager, Smart Columbus Program

Andy joined the Smart Columbus program in 2017 after spending 17 years in the private sector, and has served as the Deputy Program Manager since December of 2018. Andy has led multiple projects ranging from design-build delivery to sophisticated intelligent transportation solutions, designed to provide equitable, safe, and reliable transportation, and that have advanced mobility at a national level. He has his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Ohio Northern Unviersity and a master's in civil engineering from The Ohio State University

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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Topics of interest

ASCE Convention
Chicago, Illinois | October 6 - 9, 2021
We're Looking For You
Submit an Abstract
The ASCE 2020 Virtual Convention was a success thanks to the hard work and expert knowledge of our presenters. Do you have professional insights and industry best practices you'd be willing to share? We're looking for you!
The ASCE 2021 Technical Program Subcommittee is currently accepting proposals for presentations for the next ASCE Convention, taking place in Chicago, IL on October 6-9, 2021. Help us make the ASCE 2021 Convention a rewarding experience by submitting an abstract today. Interact with the Industry's best and brightest civil engineers and engineering students while imparting your knowledge.
Key Dates:
  • Submissions Due: February 8, 2021
  • Author notification: Late March, 2021
Topics and Additional Information:
The ASCE Convention Technical Program Subcommittee is seeking sessions on the following topics:
  • State of the Industry/Profession
  • Professional Development
  • Multidisciplinary Technical
  • Natural and Man-Made Disasters
  • Strategic Issues/Public Policy
  • Significant Projects
  • History & Heritage
Be sure to review the Call for Presentations website for more detailed information on the topics and sub-topics and submission requirements. Answer the Call for presentations TODAY and help promote and educate your profession! Deadline to send in your proposals is Monday, February 8, 2021.
For specific questions regarding the Call for Presentations, please contact Conference & Event Services.  
Exhibit and Sponsorship:
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sean Scully, 703-295-6154

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November 17, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Zoom Virtual Meeting


There’s a common misconception that the best negotiators are unyielding tough nuts who yell and pound their fists. Great negotiators don’t shout, pressure or demand. They prepare, ask the right questions, and seek a win/win at the table. Whether you’re negotiating for money in a contract, or buying a new car, there are powerful skills and methodologies that can point you toward success.

ImprovEdge will lead an engaging and thought-provoking virtual session that explores negotiation, including how to approach the negotiation table, and how to leverage our strengths. You’ll learn important negotiation tactics, negotiation myths, and the unexpected value of personal style in effective compromise.

This engaging virtual experience will create an opportunity to network with professionals and connect to develop deeper and more authentic negotiation skills. You will walk away with:

  • Tools for how to avoid common gender pitfalls
  • New ways to leverage strengths through collaboration
  • Tips for the best negotiations you’ve ever had, whether you are negotiating for a million-dollar contract or bedtime for a 4-year-old


ASCE members are eligible to register at the SMPS member rate of $25. Please use voucher code “ASCE” at registration to receive the reduced rate.

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Dream Big!

  • All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audiences witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

  • NOVEMBER 2020

    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is partnering with the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and its Project BUILD engineering program. Project BUILD is supported by the National Science Foundation. 

    Public libraries and ASCE members across the country are invited to participate in an exciting virtual engineering experience this coming November called Dream, Build, and Create, an introduction to engineers and engineering for people of all ages, especially families and children.

    This inspirational program will offer people a free film screening of the award-winning documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World on November 10, 14, 17, and 24. In addition to the film, ASCE is organizing several virtual panels in November where patrons can join live conversations with our Dream Teams of young, diverse engineers. Dream Teams will include Cities of the Future, Women in Engineering, Black Engineers, and even a Spanish-language Dream Team.


    1. Register to receive information including Vimeo links and passcodes to English, Spanish, and Closed-Captioned versions of Dream Big, plus weekly updates.
    2. Share the Vimeo links and passcodes with your network of patrons, teachers, families, and friends.
    3. Check back frequently to see what what’s changed. As we get closer to November we’ll send you email updates, including how to access the Dream Team panels on Facebook Live.



    Dream Big: Engineering Our World will be available in English, Spanish, and Closed-Captioning on the following dates:

    There’s no set time on those dates—the passcode is good for 24 hours so people can view when it’s convenient.


    Want to find out more? Did you know that engineers are already imagining floating cities? How about meeting engineers who play Minecraft or dance hip hop? Join us online to meet to meet young, diverse engineers making a difference in communities across the country and across the world.

    Check back frequently to meet other Dream Teamers and see if additional panels have been scheduled.









    Tailor the experience for your community using resources such as the Playful Building collection of activities. 

    This November event is a great way to promote engineering in your community and to prepare for Engineers Week (February 21–27, 2021). Don’t forget to let engineering firms in your community know about your plans and ask if they would like to participate. Engineers Week is a time to:

    • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
    • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
    • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents
    • Learn all about Engineers Week


    Please contact Jeannine Finton at [email protected].

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Social Media

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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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