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Treasurer's Report

As of May 7, 2017

 

 

 

Paypal

 

$

1,782.72

Savings

 

$

77,375.88

Checking

 

$

52,592.03

Total

 

$

131,570.63

 

 

 

Membership Report

ASCE Houston Branch

Membership Report

May 2017

Currently, adjusted assignments to the Houston Branch include 3085 members. 83% of all National renewals (2061 members) elected to pay their Texas Section Dues. Thank you for your ASCE participation!

2016-2017 ASCE Houston Branch Membership Report

Report Date

Total Assigned Membership

Total National Dues Paid

 

Total Section Dues Paid

 

Sept

09/01/16

3458

2891

84%

2416

84%

Oct

10/3/16

3317

2837

86%

2368

83%

Nov

11/1/16

3343

2868

86%

2412

84%

Dec

12/5/16

3364

2891

86%

2439

84%

Jan

1/3/17

3345

2887

86%

2451

85%

Feb

2/1/17

3392

2948

87%

2519

85%

Mar

3/1/17

3462

3015

87%

2588

85%

Apr

4/4/17

3061

2390

78%

1999

84%

May

5/1/17

3085

2474

80%

2061

83%

  

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

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

Patrick Beecher, P.E.

April Branch Meeting Main Speaker

Accelerating the Texas Economy at High-Speed

Mr. Steve Clark, P.E. - Principal, Arup

Steve Clark, PE, is a Principal with Arup in Houston, Texas. Steve has 34 years of project experience, and leads Arup’s transportation group for the Texas Region. His Texas-based engineering team currently serves on a variety of Rail and Highway projects in North and South America. Arup is a full service engineering firm with over 14,000 staff members globally, with more than 90 offices in 34 countries.

Steve joined Arup in 2006. He was graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, and has led projects in North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Africa. His specific technical expertise is in rail, and ranges from heavy haul freight to high speed passenger service and everything in between.

Among the many projects across Arup that Steve is supporting, he is currently leading the Owner’s Engineer team for the Texas Central High Speed Railway, a 240-mi, true high speed rail line between the cities of Houston and Dallas Texas. This project is privately funded and will use similar technology as the N700 trains currently operating on the Tokaido Shinkansen railway in Japan. Steve is also supporting two metro subway projects in Brazil, one of which is in São Paulo, and carries over 700,000 people per day.

He is an author and presenter of numerous technical papers and presentations, and is a co-author and co-editor of the internationally recognized book Best Practice in Wheel-Rail Interface Management for Mixed Traffic Railways.

 

April Technical Speakers 1

Building a Pump Station on the Water: Designing and Construction Challenges for a Raw Water Intake at Lake Conroe, Texas

Mr. Jason Ward, P.E. - Project Manager and Associate, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Mr. Sam Meisner, P.E. - Associate, Freese and Nichols, Inc.

Mr. Shane Porter, P.E., PMP - Project Manager, San Jacinto River Authority

The new Raw Water Intake Pump Station on Lake Conroe required designers to be innovative and demonstrates the benefits of CMAR delivery method and close collaboration during design and construction. This presentation will explore a few of the challenges encountered and how they were overcome.  

Mr. Jason Ward, P.E. is a project manager and firm Associate in FNI's Houston office. He had more than 10 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction management of pump stations, elevated storage tanks, and water and wastewater conveyance projects. Mr. Ward has a BS in Civil engineering from Texas A&M and is a Texas licensed Professional Engineer.

Mr. Sam Meisner, P.E. is a firm Associate whose experience includes civil engineering projects for Texas municipalities and water districts, with an emphasis in designing pump stations, transmission pipelines, and water distribution systems. He is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in Civil Engineering.

Mr. Shane Porter, P.E., PMP is a Project Manager with the San Jacinto River Authority. His work focuses on managing projects associated with implementation of the Authority's Groundwater Reduction Plan Program. Mr. Porter has a BS and MS in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M, is a Texas licensed Professional Engineer, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

 

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