President's Message

I hope you enjoyed the keynote presentation by Mr. Russ Poppe, P.E., Executive Director for the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), as much as I did. His discussion entitled “Flood Control Projects and Their Benefits” gave clear, tangible benefits of the great work that HCFCD is doing. We have posted Mr. Poppe’s presentation on our website under “News & Events – Branch Meeting Presentations” for your use. Feel free to share this information with family and friends as to the real, substantial benefits that civil engineers provide to our community.

Thank you also to our Technical Speakers, Ms. Elizabeth “Liza” Kirk, P.E. with Forterra Building Products and Mr. Jimmy Galvez with Sherwood Design Engineers for contributing to our March Branch meeting.

ASCE has recently released the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card for America. Although the overall grade of a D+ has not changed from the last Infrastructure Report Card issued four years ago, seven of the 16 infrastructure categories assessed did see improvement – hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, ports, rails, schools, and wastewater. Please use this information to get the word out to your elected officials and community of the need to invest wisely in our infrastructure.

In addition, the ASCE Texas Section is wrapping up the 2017 Texas Infrastructure Report Card update. Look for its release during Infrastructure Week, May 15th – 19th. A free webinar that gives an overview of the Texas Infrastructure Report Card for ASCE Texas Section members will be presented on Friday, May 19th at noon CST.

See you at our next Branch lunch meeting at HESS Club on April 18th when we have Mr. Steve Clark, P.E., Principal with Arup, give the keynote address entitled “Accelerating the Texas Economy at High-Speed.”

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how ASCE can provide greater benefit to you, please call or email (713-939-6438 or, or feel free to find me at the branch meetings.  As always, thank you for your support of ASCE Houston.

Patrick Beecher, P.E.


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