2019 November Newsletter Print

President's Message

Brooks VogelCentral Ohio  Section:

Thanks to all of you who have completed our 2019 member survey. This only takes a few minutes to complete and provides us with valuable information on how we can make ASCE better for you. And a big thank you to those of you who have expressed an interest in getting more involved in the Section – BUT - the survey is truly anonymous, so for those that didn’t include your contact information please call or email me so we can provide you with more information.

We are excited for our first annual City of Columbus CIP Luncheon in November. We’ll have leaders within the Division of Water, Sewerage & Drainage, and Recreation & Parks provide an update on recent accomplishments and information on their upcoming Capital Improvement Programs. This will be a great highlight of improvements within the City and for consultants a preview of upcoming project opportunities.

Many of you have probably received your renewal information for your Ohio PE and/or PS license, which is being sent only by email this year. If you haven’t received anything, you may need to contact the Ohio Board (https://www.peps.ohio.gov/) to get the necessary information.

Thank you, and I hope to see you at an upcoming event.

Brooks Vogel

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


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Lunch Meeting


November 21, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM



$20.00 ASCE member
($5.00 Late fee)

$15.00 ASCE life member
($5.00 Late fee)

$10.00 ASCE student
($5.00 Late fee)

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)
($5.00 Late fee)

Register before Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 to avoid late fees.


Big Walnut Park Shelterhouse
5000 East Livingston Avenue
Columbus, OH 43227



Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch will begin at approximately 11:50 AM with the program set to begin shortly after 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is November 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM. Registration is required. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available and will be assessed a $5 surcharge. Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Contact [email protected]


Officals from the City of Columbus Division of Sewerage and Drainage, Division of Water, and Recreation and Parks Department will provide attendees with an update on each of their respective departments. The presentation will discuss initiatives, work completed in 2019, and projects planned in the coming year. 



Danella Pettenski is the Assistant Administrator for the City of Columbus Division of Water. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Ohio and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University. She worked 18 years for an engineering consulting firm designing and managing various water and sewer utility projects for both small and large clients. In 2007, Danella moved over to the public sector and became employed by the City of Columbus Division of Water to oversee their Distribution Engineering group. In 2012, she was promoted to Assistant Administrator and is now responsible for overseeing supply, treatment and distribution operations which includes three water treatment plants, four supply reservoirs, one well field and over 80 water booster stations and elevated storage tanks.  


John Newsome currently serves as the Administrator of the Division of Sewerage and Drainage (DOSD) within Department of Public Utilities, City of Columbus. John’s responsibilities include the City’s two wastewater treatment plants, biosolids compost facility, sewer maintenance operation center, pretreatment program, stormwater regulatory compliance, and all stormwater and wastewater engineering functions. The Division consists of approximately 450 employees with annual operating budget exceeding $270 million including capital debt service, maintenance, and operations. 


Jim Miller is a Public Servant and Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience working in the private and public sectors. The first half of his career was spent in the private sector delivering projects that required a technical focus on construction management, bridge, roadway, and traffic engineering.  In 2008, Jim entered the Public Sector and is now the Section Manger of the Design and Construction Section for the City’s Recreation and Parks Department. The Department’s mission, To connect people through the power of Nature, Wellness, and Creativity is partly facilitated by 29 community centers, 5 athletic complexes, 6 golf courses, 8 pools, 6 splash pads, over 130 miles of regional trails, 14 Nature Preserves, 2, soon to be 3 skate parks, 5 bark parks, and over 370 parks all on over 8,200 acres of land. While keeping Customer Service a focus, to facilitate, maintain, and sustain such a large cross section of public amenities, Jim's section oversees, Architects, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers and various trades to accommodate the needs of the City.


An assortment of wraps and sandwiches, chips, tossed salad, fruit salad, and cookies and desserts. Vegetarian option of stir fried vegetables and steamed rice available upon request during online registration.


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



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Sponsorship Request

If you are currently a sponsor of our Section, thank you for your past support. If you are not, we ask that you consider it.

We are currently renewing sponsorships for our 2020 calendar year through the purchase of an advertisement on our website. Our Section reaches over 800 members and we average over 2500 website visits per month from almost 1000 unique visitors.

The yearly renewals for website advertisements are due on December 31, 2016.  We would greatly appreciate your consideration for support of our section as we also feel this is a good investment for your company.  Your sponsorship will be used to support our Section’s outreach initiatives for our members, Ohio University and Ohio State University student group outreach, and scores of programs for local grade school and high school students pursuant to the civil engineering field.

Please renew directly HERE or contact us at [email protected] for more information if you are interested in becoming a new sponsor or renewing. Thank you for you support of Central Ohio ASCE.


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NCEES launched a new and improved Records program on June 20, 2016. The new system features

  • Faster processing times. You can now expect to complete the application process electronically within approximately 30 days.
  • Online verification process for work experience and professional references.
  • No application fee.
  • No annual renewal fee.

Accounts that were established prior to the launch of this new system must be linked to your MyNCEES account in order to access and transmit your Record to a state licensing board. NCEES customers are now able to access all NCEES products and services through their MyNCEES account.


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Save the Date

ASCE Central Ohio Board will be hosting an Axe Throwing event  in January 2020


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Luncheon Recap

On October 17, the Section hosted its October Luncheon at the Gahanna Sanctuary on the topic of the I-670 SmartLane which was set to open the week following the luncheon. Brian Toombs from Burgess and Niple, the designer of the project, and Brian Gable from ODOT presented. The SmartLane is Ohio’s first hard shoulder running project in which the shoulder is utilized at lower posted speeds during peak demand, which in the case of I-670 east is typically the PM rush hour. The lane is “Smart” because it is controlled at the ODOT traffic Control Center and monitored by a system of more than 40 cameras and many message boards along the corridor which are dynamically controlled by ODOT to open and close the lane. The project also included changes to the interchange at I-270 and I-670 to allow the SmartLane to function as fully intended. The presenters provided a general overview of the design and operation of the SmartLane as well as the construction and some of the challenges. The attendees asked many questions about operation and construction challenges as well a cybersecurity of the LED message boards. Thank you to the presenters.


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Social Media

Follow Us on Twitter @ASCE_CentralOH

And Instagram @centralohioasce 





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Free Webinar - Pavement Condition Assessments

December 02, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration Deadline: November 29, 2019
11:00 AM
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Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.,
1650 Watermark Drive, Ste 200
Columbus, OH 43215

  • Offered for free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
  • Seating is limited to the first 25 people
  • Bring your own lunch

Purpose and Background

This webinar outlines methods of evaluating the structural and functional condition of pavements.  These types of assessments are used to objectively and systematically determine the condition and issues that may result in a reduced pavement life, determine the most economically maintenance and rehabilitation methods and timing or to ensure the traveling public is provided a safe and comfortable ride.  Assessments can range from a simple visual assessment to more comprehensive non-destructive testing to measure surface distresses, ride quality, surface skid resistance and response to traffic loading.   

Primary Discussion Topics

  • Evaluation methods for pavement conditions
  • How these types of assessments are used to determine conditions and issues
  • Assessment ranges

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the benefits and costs to develop an understanding of the condition of roadway infrastructure
  • Be able to develop an appropriate scope that includes data needs and frequency of testing for pavement testing
  • Understand the need and value of using specialized equipment for the evaluation of pavement condition
  • Recognize indicators that may reduce the life of pavements if not addressed in a timely and logical fashion

Webinar Benefits

  • Find out the latest technologies in the evaluation of pavement condition
  • Learn why pavements deteriorate and how to mitigate deterioration
  • Understand the types of equipment used to evaluate pavement condition and what the data means
  • Find out how to use pavement condition data to develop pavement performance prediction models to improve the overall health of the network
  • Determine the amount and quality of data needed to actively manage a pavement network
  • Evaluate methods for easy retrieval and understanding of pavement condition data
  • Be able to cost-effectively determine the type and frequency of pavement condition data collection

Webinar Outline

  • How municipalities and other road agencies use pavement management systems (PMS) to determine condition of the road network
  • Understanding of the basics of pavement condition evaluation
  • Understanding of what the data means and how it can be used to improve pavement maintenance and rehabilitation decision making
  • Introduction to pavement distress surveys ranging from manual to semi-automated
  • Techniques available to complete surveys almost fully automatically
  • Available tools with examples of their use


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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 TBD 94th Aero Squadron
TBD January Dinner Meeting-Student Chapters - USACOE (Flood Resiliancy and Management) ASCE TBD TBD
Thursday, February, 20, 2020 E-Week All TBD Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center
Thursday, March 19, 2020 ASCE President-Elect ASCE TBD TBD
Thursday, April 16, 2020 I-71 South Side Mega Fix ASCE & ASHE TBD TBD
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Awards Luncheon & EWB Present  ASCE & EWB TBD TBD

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Sponsorship Needed

The UESI Surveying and Geomatics National Conference 2020, will be hosted in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. We are seeking sponsors and exhibitors interested in the event. The exhibitor and sponsorship prospectus is available at this link: https://www.surveyingconference.org/sites/surveyingconference.org/2020/files/inline-files/uesi-surveying-geomatics-2020-conference-exhibitor-sponsor-prospectus.pdf.


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