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February 2018 Print

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Welcome to the ASCE - Houston Branch newsletter of upcoming events, and articles, jobs and more from our membership.

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Calendar of Events

COPRI QUARTERLY MEETING

February 13, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

LJA Engineering Inc. (West Houston office)
2929 Briarpark Drive
Houston, TX 77042

PDHs will be provided upon request.

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TX SECTION WEBINAR

February 13, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Binkley & Barfield, Inc., Training Room
1710 Seamist Drive
Houston, TX 77008
http://www.texasce.org/page/Webinars

Webinar (Via Texas Section Website link below), or in join us for a group viewing at Binkley & Barfield's Office.

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E-WEEK: THE RUN OF PI

February 17, 2018
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Lynn Eusan Park at UH 
4800 Calhoun Rd
Houston, TX 77004

Volunteer at The Run of Pi

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2018 GEMS COMMUNITY BOOTH

February 17, 2018
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS)
5555 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030
http://www.hmns.org/education/scouts/events/stemnova-day/

Girls Exploring Math & Science

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FEBRUARY BRANCH MEETING

February 20, 2018
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

HESS
5430 Westheimer Road 
Houston , TX 77056

Past Presidents Meeting

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59TH SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR OF HOUSTON

February 24, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

University of Houston Athletic Alumni Center
3204 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77204 
http://www.uh.edu/maps/buildings/?short_name=alum

Judges Wanted

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SEI TECHNICAL SESSION

February 27, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

LJA Engineering Inc. (West Houston office) 
2929 Briarpark Drive
Houston, TX 77042
https://goo.gl/maps/XBKM7imq2Q12

The future of offshore wind in the US

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Articles

FEBRUARY BRANCH MEETING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Mr. Quincy D. Allen, P.E., Houston Direct Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation, Bio

 

FEBRUARY TECHNICAL SPEAKER 1

Tech Session 1: "The State of Federal and Transportation Funding and Why It Is Important to Local Governments”  

Mr. Jim Webb, AICP, Chief Executive Officer, The Goodman Corporation, Bio

Hike and Bike Trails are becoming an integral part of Texas cities and provide some big benefits.  But there are a variety of options and challenges to be considered during their planning and design. This presentation will go over all of these aspects as well as some success stories and lessons learned.

Recent work completed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that $2 Trillion in funding is needed to bring our nation’s transportation infrastructure into a state of good repair. In response to this and other calls for action, local and state governments have been working towards approving new funding mechanisms to increase transportation revenues, exemplified via the State’s passage of Proposition 1 in 2014 and Proposition 7 in 2015. Additionally, there have been recent Congressional discussions of a nationwide transportation stimulus package and a potential increase to the federal motor fuel tax.


It is important to remember the role that federal-aid funding plays for local governments. The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 led to the creation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, or MPOs, to foster transportation planning and direct the expenditure of these federal dollars for projects throughout a given region. In Texas, there are 25 MPOs, which program hundreds of millions of dollars annually for projects that directly impact local and regional transportation networks. Often these federal dollars are programmed to expedite the implementation of local government priorities to include road widening, reconstruction, bridge repair, freight rail improvements, and public transportation projects.

FEBRUARY TECHNICAL SPEAKER 2

Tech Session 2: “Principals of Low Impact Development Multifunctional Design”

Mr. Steven F. Albert, P.E., CFM, Principal, Sherwood Design Engineers, Bio

 

Mr. David Batts, LEED AP, Director, EcoServices System Sales, Bio

The presenters will focus on the use of Low Impact Development as a tool for creative engineering design making use of development site footprints to achieve multiple project objectives. Multifunctional Design encompasses methods to increase lot yield, improve aesthetics, reduce capital costs, reduce localized flooding, and improve water quality. These principals allow for new avenues of engineering creativity with a focus on user outcomes to improve project economics while satisfying regulatory constraints. Examples will be presented for a wide variety of project types including commercial redevelopment, roadways, new commercial sites, multifamily housing, and urban and suburban single-family residential. Details on the specifics of hydologic and hydraulic methods used for analysis will be discussed.

YOUNGER MEMBER'S REPORT

THIS PAST MONTH’S EVENTS

Greens Bayou Clean-Up

On Saturday, January 13th, ASCE participated in the Greens Bayou Coalition East Reach Clean-up at the Stanley Preserve. Volunteers collected trash along the property line and helped clear trees and brush to create nature trails. This was a fun event! Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped out and to the Greens Bayou Coalition for hosting the event.

Houston Food Bank Volunteer Event

On Saturday, Jan. 27th, ASCE volunteered at the Houston Food Bank. Our group prepared Senior Boxes, which provides 26 meals per box. Together with the other volunteers, we packaged about 19,890 meals! Thank you to all of the volunteers that participated.

University of Houston Resume Review Fair

On Saturday, Jan. 27th, ASCE participated in the University of Houston Resume Review Fair. Volunteers met with civil and environmental engineering students to review their resumes and answer questions about the upcoming career fair. Thank you to all the volunteers and to the UH ASCE Student Chapter for organizing and hosting the event.

THIS UPCOMING MONTH

Run of Pi

On February 17th, ASCE will be volunteering at E-Week’s annual Run of Pi! The 3.14-mile fun run will take place at Lynn Eusan Park at the University of Houston Main Campus. Volunteers will help with race set-up and clean-up, manning water stations, and help with the awards ceremony. To volunteer, email SSet@midtownengineers.com by Wednesday, February 14th. Details on what to include in your email can be found on the ASCE Houston website. For more information, please visit the event website therunofpi.com.

ASCE Trivia Night Fundraising Event

This year for our fundraising event, ASCE is hosting a trivia night and would love to have your company as a sponsor! Sponsorship tiers start at $200 and go up to $1000. Each tier comes with perks including team registration and recognition for helping put on this event. The fundraiser will be on March 22nd from 6:00-8:00 PM at Sherlock’s Baker Street Pub. Check in starts at 6:00, so be sure to show up early! Individual sign up costs $15/person. If your company is interested and for more information, please email to Tim Smelcer, Tim.Smelcer@arup.com!

Save the Date for the 2018 AIA Sandcastle Competition

The 2018 AIA Sandcastle Competition will be held on August 25, 2018 at East Beach in Galveston. The first Sandcastle Team meeting will be held in mid-March, so look out for more updates in the coming weeks. The AIA Sandcastle Competition is an annual YM event full of hard work, teamwork, networking, and most of all, FUN! If you have never participated in the Sandcastle competition, but would like to join, please contact the Sandcastle co-chairs.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me!


Thanks,


Amanda Retta, EIT
aretta@cobbfendley.com
ASCE Younger Member Forum Chair

TREASURER'S REPORT

As of February 1, 2018
Paypal    $  2,230.02
Savings   $ 77,434.41
Checking   $ 65,948.03
Total   $ 145,612.46

 

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

ASCE Houston Branch
Membership Report
February 2018

Currently, adjusted assignments to the Houston Branch include 3,254 members. 84% of those members have paid their National dues. 63% 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%

Nov

11/1/17

3222

2770

86%

2313

84%

Dec

12/1/17

3245

2798

86%

2342

84%

Jan

1/1/2018

3265

2824

86%

2379

84%

Feb

2/1/2018

3254

2726

84%

1715

63%

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

 

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2018 Young Engineer of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR, AUSTIN BRAUEL!

AUSTIN BRAUEL, P.E., ENV SP
2018 ASCE HOUSTON YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Austin Brauel, P.E., ENV SP is a Senior Project Engineer with over 4 years of civil engineering experience including expertise in site development, drainage, and infrastructure development for Municipal Utility Districts and numerous clients in the private sector.  

He has served at both the National and Section levels of ASCE as an Awards Selection Committee Member and Younger Member Committee Chair, respectively. During the 2016-2017 year, he served on the Houston Branch Board as Branch Director, and is currently serving as VP of Education for the Houston Branch Board.

At Landev Engineers, he serves as the subject matter expert for numerous Civil-3D elements of design, and is the Landev Engineers representative to the Binkley & Barfield family of companies’ Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Awareness Committee. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, ENVISION Sustainability Professional, and is currently pursuing his LEED certification.

Check out Austin's bio and the other Houston area professional organization YM Honor recipients at the Engineers Week Houston website.

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Member Spotlight

Each month we recognize one of our members for their outstanding volunteer efforts. If you would like to nominate someone please contact our VP Communications.

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Additional Articles & Notifications

ASCE HOUSTON 75TH ANNIVERSARY MUGS

ASCE Houston 75th Anniversary mugs will be available for purchase at our Branch meetings. Each mug will be sold for $5. For questions please contact our VP Administration at vpadmin@ascehouston.org

  

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