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Treasurer's Report

As of October 4, 2017

 

 

 

Paypal

 

$

2,230.02

Savings

 

$

77,408.32

Checking

 

$

66,201.64

Total

 

$

145,839.98

Membership Report

ASCE Houston Branch

Membership Report

October 2017

Currently, adjusted assignments to the Houston Branch include 3,262 members.  84% of those members have paid their National dues. 84% of all National renewals elected to pay their Texas Section Dues. Thank you for your ASCE participation and keep up the good work!

2017-2018 ASCE Houston Branch Membership Report

Report Date

Total Assigned Membership

Total National Dues Paid

 

Total Section Dues Paid

 

Sept

9/1/17

3196

2677

84%

2225

83%

Oct

10/1/17

3262

2748

84%

2296

84%

Who do I contact with Membership questions?

Houston Branch Membership Chair: Alexa Nichols

Email: anichols@ehrainc.com

Phone:  713-784-4500

National Membership Contact -memrec@asce.org or call 800-548-2723

Membership Information -http://www.asce.org/membership/

Online Application - https://join.asce.org/default.aspx

Renew Your Membership - http://www.asce.org/renewal

President's Message

As I come to the end of my term as Branch President, I am saddened at the destruction Hurricane Harvey has wrought on Houston and the Gulf Coast community. The damage from flooding was so widespread that many months and years will be needed to recover. So many of you have already given your time, sweat, and donations to help your friends, family, neighbors, and strangers start the process of rebuilding. Thank you for stepping up and volunteering!

As the first canon of our Code of Ethics states, “Engineers shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and shall strive to comply with the principles of sustainable development in the performance of their professional duties.” With our community hurting, civil engineers are needed more than ever to rebuild, strengthen, and improve the resiliency of our infrastructure. Our knowledge and technical expertise are needed to help educate the public on how to best address the ever present risk of flooding along the Gulf Coast. ASCE leaders from the branch, section, and global levels have already been in conversations about our vital role moving forward.

I am proud of being a civil engineer and a member of the Houston Branch of ASCE. I am humbled to be in the presence of so many active and passionate volunteers and thankful to have had the opportunity to serve with Gareth Young, P.E. (President-Elect), Heather Guillen, P.E. (VP-Administration), Julia Clarke, P.E. (VP-Technical), Luis Gonzalez, P.E. (VP-Education), Brandon Ash (VP-Communications), Sarah Alvarez, P.E. (Secretary), Jason Brock, P.E. (Treasurer), Austin Brauel, P.E. (Branch Director), Brent Baldwin, P.E. (Past President), and Jason Ellison, P.E. (Section Director). They have served the Houston Branch well.

Please join me the evening of Tuesday, September 19th, at HESS Club as we recognize the outstanding work that our current board and committee chairs have done and install our new Branch officers. We will also have Mr. John Tyler, P.E. and Mr. Mike Perez, P.E. with the Harris County Toll Road Authority as our keynote speakers. They will be giving us an update on the new Ship Channel Bridge project.

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 president@ascehouston.org), or feel free to find me at the branch meetings.  As always, thank you for your support of ASCE Houston and thank you for the privilege of serving as your Branch President.

Patrick Beecher, P.E.

September Branch Meeting Main Speakers

Updates on the New Ship Channel Bridge Project

Mr. John C. Tyler, P.E. - Deputy Director of Engineering, Harris County Toll Road Authority

Mr. Mike Perez, P.E. - Senior Staff Engineer, Harris County Toll Road Authority

John C. Tyler, P.E., is the Deputy Director of Engineering for the Harris County Toll Road Authority. Mr. Tyler joined HCTRA in 2005. As Deputy Director of Engineering, John’s responsibilities include overseeing the development of projects that will expand the existing toll road system.

Mr. Tyler has 29 years of engineering experience. Prior to joining the Toll Road Authority, he spent almost 17 years working on civil engineering projects encompassing roadways, bridges, buildings and airport parking garages.

As a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, John received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelor of Architecture. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Mike Perez, P.E., is a Senior Staff Engineer for the Harris County Toll Road Authority. Mr. Perez joined HCTRA in 2005. As Senior Staff Engineer, Mike’s responsibilities include project management of consultants preparing plans, specifications, and estimates of toll road projects. He currently serves as Project Manager for the Ship Channel Bridge replacement project.

Mr. Perez has 34 years of engineering experience both with private firms and public agencies. Prior to joining the Toll Road Authority, he spent 23 years working on transportation engineering projects, with an emphasis on bridge and retaining wall design.

As a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Mike received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.

September Technical Speaker 1

Evolution of Professional Land Surveying

Mr. Andrew Lonnie Sikes, P.E., R.P.L.S.

In the 17th century the modern economy was in the early stages of development. World wide navigation was well established and trade and commerce were expanding. Technology was evolving in the early stages of the industrial revolution. Hand shake agreements became a social and economic problem. In 1677, the English Parliament passed registration that defined actions and documentation necessary to make certain business transactions enforceable in the courts of the land. The application of the Statue of Frauds to a real estate transaction requires a property description. A property description requires the services of a surveyor. During the following 300 years this need evolved into a formally recognized and legally defined profession of Land Surveyor.

Andrew Lonnie Sikes was first introduced to ASCE as a teenager thru the publication Civil Engineer, which his father left laying around. He found the brain teaser problems challenging. He became a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers as a freshman at Texas A&M University in 1964. Mr. Sikes earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at A&M in 1969. He has been an active member of the society ever since.

Mr. Sikes served as an officer in the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations’ commission corps rising to the rank of Lieutenant (O3) before returning to Texas A&M to earn a master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1974.

Mr. Sikes worked at Turner Collie and Braden, Inc. in Houston, Texas from 1974 thru 1977, where he completed the requirements to become registered as a Professional Engineer in Texas. He became registered as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in 1980. In 1977 he started Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc. where he has practiced since.

As an active member of ASCE, Mr. Sikes has served on a number of local and national ASCE Committees. At the national level, he has been a member of the several surveying committees and the Education Committee. He has provided pier review of a number of article which were submitted to ASCE for publication. In Houston Branch, Mr. Sikes was the founding chair of the Surveying or Geomatic Committee. This is a very unique offering that adds to the unique character of the Houston Branch. In 2009, Mr. Sikes was the recipient of the Award of Honor from the Houston Branch, ASCE. In April 2011, Mr. Sikes was presented the ASCE Texas Section Award of Honor.

Mr. Sikes served three Governors of Texas between 1987 and 1999 as a member of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying, where he also served as Chairman of the Board. During this time he was elected as Vice President of the Southern Zone, of National Council of Examiner of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES). During his work with the Texas Surveyors Board, he was instrumental in bringing the registration exam in line with modern exam theory and adopting the NCEES surveying exam as part of the Texas registration process for surveyors.

Mr. Sikes is active in his community. He is a life member of ASCE and an active participant in the appropriate professional organizations in Houston. He is a deacon at South Main Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. He has three grown children, all fully educated, and gainfully employed.

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