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.
May ASCE Luncheon
WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS) AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
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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)
MANAGEMENT THAT WORKS: TRANSITIONING INTO A MANAGEMENT ROLE SMOOTHLY | **CAREER BOOSTER SERIES**
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
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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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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.
- Walt Disney World: Set aside some time, because there's plenty to see here. Virtual tours you can take include Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, just to name a few. There are also unofficial YouTube videos that feel just like you're on famous rides like the Frozen Ever After ride, It's a Small World, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort: The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are just two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park.
- SeaWorld Orlando: The virtual tour of Seaworld includes a tour of Discovery Cove and the option to"ride" the steel roller coaster Mako.
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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:
- eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Digital Downloads Collaborations powered by OverDrive
- Digital magazines from Flipster
- Movies, music and eAudiobooks from Hoopla
- Classic cinema, indie films and documentaries from Kanopy
- Instant access audiobooks from RBdigital
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.
- Lynda.com: 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.
|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|