November 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Central Ohio  Section Members:

Christopher Nye

The October joint lunch meeting with Engineers Club was a sell out. We packed the room to hear John Greenhalge, executive director of the Ohio PE & PS board, give a talk about licensing in Ohio. A lot of you came because it provided one hour of ethics training. I thought it was quite interesting to hear about some of the challenges the board has faced in enforcing the rules. My thanks to everyone involved.

I am pleased to announce that our section has been awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Web Award for medium Sections and Branches. The Leader Training Committee of ASCE will present the award at the 2019 Multi-Region Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, on February 9. Of course any award like this is the result of the hard work of many people. While I may also be the website editor for the section, most of the credit for this award should go to Brooks Vogel, who took the lead on the new website a few years ago. Many of the board members are now involved with updating and maintaining the website, resulting in a more effective tool for communicating with you, our section members.

Finally, please join us on the south side of Columbus to see and hear an update on the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (Portsmouth Bypass). Chad Ratkovich, with Beaver Excavating and the Deputy Project Manager for the Portsmouth Joint Venture, will talk about ODOT's first-ever Public-Private Partnership (P3) project as it nears completion. We will meet at a new venue for us, the Hampton Inn Scioto Downs on the south side, and City Barbeque will be providing the food (yum).

Peter Narsavage, P.E.
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
[email protected]


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Lunch Meeting

NOVEMBER Luncheon - Portsmouth Bypass Update

November 15, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Registration Deadline: November 12, 2018
4:00 PM

Hampton Inn Scioto Downs
5950 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43207

Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch program to begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is Monday, November 12 at 4:00 PM.


About the Presentation

The Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (SOVMH) is a four-lane, divided, limited-access highway around the City of Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio. The highway, to be designated State Route 823 (SR 823), is known as the Portsmouth Bypass and will comprise 16 miles of four lane divided highway, bypassing approximately 26 miles of US 52 and US 23 through Portsmouth.

The project will improve travel and regional mobility, avoiding significant numbers of traffic signals, intersections, and driveways over the current 26 mile route using US 52 and US 23. The proposed 16-mile new route is estimated to provide travel time savings of up to 16 minutes per trip over the current route using US 23 and US 52. The large number of access points and traffic signals currently compromise US 23/US 52’s ability to safely and efficiently serve its intended function of a primary arterial.

Not only is this the largest project in ODOT history, but it is the first-ever Public-Private Partnership (P3). Since 2012, ODOT engineers and technical experts have been working to develop a P3 to construct the new road. By using a P3, ODOT is able to accelerate the entire project by decades, and the Department can avoid rising costs by taking advantage of current competitive economic conditions.

This presentation will review how the P3 delivery method was used on this project and provide an update on the construction progress.


Chad Ratkovich — Deputy Project Manager for Portsmouth JV (representative of Beaver Excavating)

Chad Ratkovich is currently the Deputy Project Manager for the Portsmouth JV as a representative of Beaver Excavating.  The JV is the entity responsible for the design and construction of the new 16 mile Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway.  In this position he helps manage the overall effort on the job in all facets of the work on this first P3 project in the State.  His background is in civil engineering as a graduate of Ohio University and he has worked in a variety of fields over his career including transportation, structures, municipal treatment facilities and general commercial development in both contracting and consulting roles.


City Barbeque lunch buffet - smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, sides, drinks and dessert.

CPD Hours

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


$20.00 ASCE member

$15.00 ASCE life member

$10.00 ASCE student

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)



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2018 ASCE Web Award

We are pround to announce that the Central Ohio Section has been awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Web Award for medium Sections and Branches. The award is presented by the ASCE Leader Training Committee and will be formally presented to our Section representative at the 2019 Region 3, 6, & 7 Multi-Region Leadership Conference on February 9 in Dallas, TX.


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Section Awards

2019 OCEA Finalist - OARS-OSIS Augmentation & Relief Sewer

Aerial View of OARS

ASCE has announced the five finalists for the 2019 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (click here) award, the Society’s preeminent project honor. All five finalists will be honored at ASCE’s 2019 OPAL Gala, March 14, in Arlington, VA, with the OCEA winner revealed at the end of the event. Finalists include: 150 North Riverside, Chicago; New United States Courthouse, Los Angeles; OARS-OSIS Augmentation and Relief Sewer, Columbus, OH; Olympia Odos Motorway, North Peloponnese Coast, Greece; SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program – Northbound Off-Ramp Bridge, Seattle.

OARS-OSIS Augmentation and Relief Sewer, Columbus, OH

Twenty feet in diameter and 23,300 feet long, the new OARS tunnel provides relief to the existing 82-year-old Olentangy-Scioto Interceptor Sewer. Built 180 feet below downtown Columbus at cost of $370 million, the project is the largest capital-improvement project in the city’s history. The OARS tunnel is the backbone of the Columbus Wet Weather Management Plan, designed to reduce combined sewer overflows in the city.

About OCEA

Established in 1960, the OCEA award annually recognizes the project that best illustrates superior civil engineering skills and represents a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society. It is quite an achievement to be selected as a finalist from among the many entries received each year. The project selected as the 2019 OCEA winner joins the ranks of past OCEA recipients such as the JFK International Airport, the World Trade Center, Walt Disney Epcot Center, and many more. To be designated as an award finalist is certainly a prestigious honor.


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Webinar - Installation, Design and Performance of Prefabricated Drains

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Registration Deadline: November 26, 2018
12:00 AM

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
  • Bring your own lunch


Purpose and Background
PVDs (also called wick drains) have become the most cost competitive method for consolidating deep deposits of saturated fine-grained foundation soils. For their proper utilization one must understand their installation, requisite theory, remaining issues and the opportunity of strengthening (not only dewatering) the soil mass. This webinar provides this specific knowledge.

Primary Discussion Topics

  • Overview of PVDs
  • Decription of installation, including the stresses mobilized during installation
  • Successive design theories of Terzaghi, Barron and Hansbo
  • Description of several issues and concerns that still remain
  • Discussion on the possibility of soil strengthening by PVD inclusions
  • Description of a new generic specification for PVDs

Learning Outcomes

  • Know what PVDs are, do, and how they behave
  • Understand the installation process and stresses that are involved
  • Recognize the analytic background required in the design process
  • Describe the remaining PVD issues and concerns
  • Be exposed to the soil strengthening capabilities of PVDs
  • Understand the tests and issues included in a generic PVD specification

Webinar Benefits

  • Gain an understanding of PVD consolidation and strengthening of soft, saturated fine-grained soil deposits
  • Recognize that there are issues to be overcome such as kinking, soil smear and reduction factors, all of which will be considered
  • Learn about a new, generic specification that is offered for use by owners and consulting engineers

Webinar Outline

  • Background and overview
  • Installation of PVDs
  • Mobilized stresses during installation
  • Terzaghi-barron-hansbo consolidation theories
  • Remaining PVD issues and concerns
  • Slope stabilization using the tensile strength of PVDs
  • Generic PVD material specification 



December 12 - Design Snow Loads for Solar Paneled Roofs - Register Now
This webinar provides recommended snow loads for such roofs, which are consistent with the snow load provisions in ASCE 7.

December 14 - Connected Vehicles, Smarter Cities, & Modern Signal Timing - Register Now
This webinar familiarizes transportation engineers/planners with the newest innovations in traffic signal timing and how traffic engineering strategies will change in the years ahead.

December 18 - Design of Slab on Grade for Light Buildings on Shrink Swell Soils - Register Now
This webinar presents a new design method developed at Texas A&M University over the last 15 years for stiffened slabs on grade. It includes the methodology to arrive at the final method, the design charts and how to use them, an example foundation design, a monitored case history, and an Excel spreadsheet to automate the design process.

*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!


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Younger Member Group Events

The YMG will be hosting a Habitat for Humanity volunteer construction build site on Saturday, November 10th from 8:30AM to 4PM. Spots are still available for volunteers. The build site is located at 1951 S. 9th Street on the south side of Columbus. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jennifer Rivera Marsh ([email protected] or 614-476-6000) and use the link below to register.


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UESI Events

Surveying: A Foundation to Sustainable Infrastructure Development

You are invited to attend the first UESI/California Polytechnic Pomona joint conference for professional surveyors, engineers and academics practicing and researching in professional surveying and geomatics. We will have exhibitors, special plenary sessions and keynote speakers, and a special event that will be hosted by Cal Poly Pomona to feature an exciting venue in Southern California!


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Dream Big!

The acclaimed giant-screen documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World has inspired and delighted audiences in museums around the world.

Now, ASCE with generous support from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) has set an ambitious goal: to put a copy of the Dream Big film and educational toolkit in every public school in America.

To reach every school, we need your help!

Give $5 to send the school of your choice a toolkit containing:

  1. A DVD of the full-length feature film in English, French, Spanish and closed captioned, licensed for educational screenings only
  2. The complete teacher’s guide
  3. All companion videos
  4. Downloadable files for classroom use

Use the search box at the top the webpage to locate a public school.

If you cannot find the school you are looking for, it may have already been chosen as a recipient by someone else. Please consider making a contribution to a general fund for schools still in need.


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Meeting Schedule

Date Topic Group Location Coordinator
November 15, 2018
ODOT Portsmouth Bypass ASCE Hampton Inn Scioto Downs Brooks Vogel
December 20, 2018
Hyperloop ASCE Boathouse at Confluence Park Brooks Vogel
January 24, 2019
Engineers Without Borders &
OSU/OU Student Presentations
ASCE/EWB OSU Fawcett Center Dave Pritchard
February 21, 2019
Engineers Week Luncheon All TBD E-Week Committee
Sat. March 9, 2018 ASCE Central Ohio STEM Expo All TBD ASCE
March 21, 2019
ASCE National President-Elect ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
April 18, 2019
TBD ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
April/May, 2019 Spring Technical Seminar ASCE TBD Jon Sterenberg
May 23, 2018
TBD ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
June, 2019
Planning Meeting All TBD Jon Sterenberg
June 21, 2018
Day Event
23rd Annual Golf Outing ASCE Darby Creek Golf Course Jim Pajk


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