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April Technical Speaker 2

Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project

Mr. Greg Olinger, P.E., PMP - Chief Engineer and Operations Manager, Coastal Water Authority

The purpose of the LBITP is to provide additional surface water supplies from the Trinity River to Lake Houston via pump station, pipelines and earthen canals to meet the increased demand for surface water in the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District (HGSD) Area Three. Increased demand in the area is being driven by the conversion from groundwater supplies to surface water supplies as well as population growth.

Existing infrastructure allows for the transfer of Trinity River water to the City of Houston COH) East Water Purification Plant (EWPP) and the Southeast Water Purification Plant SEWPP). However, there are currently no conveyance facilities to provide raw Trinity River water to the COH Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP), which treats water from Lake Houston. The NEWPP is vital in providing treated surface water to HGSD Area Three and previous studies have shown that Lake Houston and NEWPP cannot meet future demands at their current capacity. Transfer of additional raw water supplies to Lake Houston and future expansion of treatment capacity at the NEWPP is required to allow for the mandatory conversion from groundwater to surface water. The LBITP will provide the additional raw water resources necessary to satisfy these demands. The COH holds permits to divert raw water at a maximum rate of 775 cubic feet per second (CFS) (approximately 500 million gallons per day [MGD]) from the Capers Ridge site on the Trinity River to Lake Houston.

This interbasin transfer project includes a raw water intake structure and pump station, 3 miles of pipeline, a sedimentation basin, and approximately 23.6 miles of canal. The Capers Ridge Pump Station (CRPS) will be located on the Trinity River. The pipeline will extend west/southwest approximately 3 miles along a geological ridge (Capers Ridge). The pipeline will then outfall into the sedimentation basin at the start of the canal. The canal will outfall into the lower reaches of Luce Bayou, which flows into the northeastern corner of Lake Houston.

Participating third parties in the LBITP include COH, North Harris County Regional Water Authority (NHCRWA), West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA), Central Harris County Regional Water Authority (CHCRWA), and North Fort Bend Water Authority (NFBWA), herein referred to as the Co-Participants. Other entities may benefit from the LBITP in the future.

Greg Olinger is the Chief Engineer and Operations Manager of the Coastal Water Authority since August 2012. The Coastal Water Authority (CWA) conveys and distributes raw water to the City of Houston’s water purification plants and other municipal, industrial, and agricultural customers in Harris, Chambers, and Liberty Counties. Greg oversees the development, design, and construction of new projects and the operations and maintenance of a 1 billion gallon per day raw water pump, conveyance, and distribution system. He manages a staff of 75 personnel responsible for the operations and maintenance of CWA’s water resource infrastructure. Greg serves as a board member for the Society of American Military Engineers, Houston Post.

He is a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and lives in Cypress, TX.

Education

BS, Civil Engineering U.S. Military Academy

MBA University of Houston

Masters in Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College

Credentials

Texas Professional Engineer

PMI Project Management Professional

 

Younger Member's Report

Happy Spring Younger Members,

I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and growth that comes with this season.

Last month Younger Members focused on renewal and growth by participating in two successful ASCE co-sponsored events.

Buffalo Bayou Trash Bash

On Saturday, March 25th, 15 volunteers, representing seven societies within the Young Member Initiative (YMI) group, participated in the River, Lakes, Bays N’ Bayous Trash Bash at Terry Hershey Park.  This was a citywide volunteer event to cleanup Buffalo Bayou.  Volunteers for our area collected 30 bags of trash and 2 bags of recyclable items.  Thank you to all the volunteers and to SE WEAT for organizing the YMI volunteer group!

IMG Financial: 5 Financial Goal Fundamentals

On Tuesday March 28th, ASCE and SAME had a successful joint event in which IMG financial talked about the 5 fundamentals that every individual needs to know in order to be successful in achieving their financial goals. It was an informative seminar and 20 ASCE YM participated in this event.

This month we have two opportunities to support our local ASCE chapter.

The 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 3rd at East Beach in Galveston.  ASCE will participate at the event with a team of approximately 65 people from over 16 companies, however we need your support in gathering additional sponsors! Sponsorship is important to ensure we are able to build an amazing sandcastle by covering all team expenses including competition registration, food, and building materials. Please see the flyer and sponsor registration link here with information on how to donate. Sponsorships beyond the April 7th deadline are very much welcome! Thanks to MC2 Main Lane, AmeriTex Pipe, Terracon, and DixiePly for already sponsoring!

Last but not least, we invite you to close out the month with an ASCE and Young Professionals in Transportation happy hour.

YPT and ASCE are going to have a joint happy hour at Kirby Ice House on April 26th, from 5:00-9:00 pm. Food will be provided for those that RSVP. Get details and register here.

We look forward to seeing you at these events and others. As always, keep an eye on the ASCE website, calendar, and Facebook page as new events and activities are being added.

Onward and Upward!!

Ashley Francis

ASCE YM Chair

Treasurer's Report

As of April 3, 2017

 

 

 

Paypal

 

$

1,553.97

Savings

 

$

77,369.52

Checking

 

$

56,450.18

Total

 

$

135,373.67

 

Membership Report

ASCE Houston Branch

Membership Report

April 2017

Currently, adjusted assignments to the Houston Branch include 3061 members. 84% of all National renewals (1999 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%

 

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

Another Engineer’s Week is in the books. Thank you to all who attended our February Branch meeting during a very busy Engineer’s Week. A special thank you for the numerous Past Presidents and Life Members that attended. These individuals have given so much of their time and effort in support of ASCE over their careers.

Congratulations again to Julia Clarke, P.E. as the 2017 ASCE Houston Young Engineer of the Year and Harold “JR” Reddish, P.E. as the 2017 Houston Engineer of the Year. Both are very deserving of their respective awards because of their past accomplishments and continue to serve the Engineering community well.  

I am appreciative of the words of wisdom and challenge by Mr. D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, PRES 09.ASCE, ENV SP in his keynote address to the Branch. His call to have engineers more engaged and involved in the community is very timely given the pressing infrastructure needs our cities, states, and nation have. We should have a greater voice in the infrastructure conversation.   If you are interested in volunteering and taking steps to become more involved in our Branch activities and in influencing and participating in the discussion on infrastructure, please contact myself or one of our officers or committee chairs.

Thank you to Dr. Milton Rahman, Ph.D, P.E., PMP, CFM and Mr. Bruce Mann for being our Technical Speakers.

We continue to have many activities planned around “Dream Big” and look forward to having you participate as a volunteer. If you haven’t had a chance to see the Dream Big film, please do so either as an individual or with a group. If you happen to have kids or younger relatives, the film is a great way to inspire them to look at their world differently and see the important role that engineers have.    

See you at our next Branch lunch meeting at HESS Club on March 21st when we have Mr. Russell “Russ” Poppe, P.E., the new Executive Director for the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) talk about “Flood Control Projects and Their Benefits”.

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.

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