April 2018 Print

President's Message

Before moving into the foothills east of Auburn, I had the pleasure of serving as Practitioner Advisor for University of the Pacific (UOP).  It was one of the most rewarding commitments I’ve taken on as a professional.  I highly encourage our membership to get involved with the schools in our Section – you won’t be disappointed you did.  Relatedly, I’m excited to report that Brad Quon, PE, GE of CTS has taken on the role of practitioner advisor for UOP.  I’m certain he will add value and perspective to the UOP student experience.  

On the subject of UOP, it is my pleasure to highlight UOP in this month’s Engineerogram.  In trend with previous showcase letters, I asked UOP student members and officers four questions about their Tiger ASCE Student Chapter.  Here are their responses.

  1.      What recent events has the student chapter been involved with?  
  • The Pacific ASCE chapter has been heavily involved in preparing for the Mid-Pacific Conference (MidPac), coordinating ASCE speaker events at our university, organizing ASCE field trips, attending the ASCE WSCL conference, and connecting to the local Central Valley Branch and Sacramento Younger Members Forum.  I attended the ASCE Dream Big showing last year, organized by the Sacramento YMF. 
  • ASCE has been involved with MidPac, and extra-curricular education through professional speakers and discussions (about Co-op, and senior project)
  • This semester has mostly been focused on Mid-Pac and fundraising for Mid-Pac. I've been focused on water treatment since I'm the construction captain and had the opportunity to meet lots of ASCE minded people as well as learn more about ASCE at the WSCL conference.

  • We have been involved in having companies, such as KSN, and San Joaquin County come and talk to us about their projects, their companies, the FE exam, the PE exam, and also how to job search.
  1.      What have you learned from being a member or leader of your chapter?
  • I have developed many professional and leadership skills in organizing the MidPac, being a treasurer and vice president for the UOP ASCE student chapter, and organizing field trips.
  • I have been learning about: keeping groups up to date, keeping myself updated on group events, when to step up and help, when to sit back and listen.

  • As an ASCE officer, I have learned valuable skills as a leader, team member, and individual that have shaped me to succeed and surpass any challenges. I also got the opportunity to meet new people and build new experiences.
  • Planning ASCE events requires lots of time and energy when working with people that have different schedules, interests, and focuses other than school.
  1.      What upcoming events do you have planned?
  • We have MidPac and another professional speaker meeting coming up.

  • I know that we have a chapter fundraiser coming up as well as CVB [Central Valley Branch] scholarships, and MidPac.
  • Planning on volunteering at Mid-Pac and competing. 

  • KSN presentation on expectations in a professional work environment, Mini Games Practice, and MidPac Conference.

  • Sleep.
  1.      What is your vision moving forward?
  • The UOP ASCE vision is to expose more students to various opportunities in civil engineering and to develop engineering skills through collaboration and teamwork.

  • I really see the importance of our chapter as a club that exists not for itself but to serve and prepare up-and-coming engineers.

  • Now that the academic year comes to an end I plan to use what I have learned as a leader to improve and advise the student chapter for future years.

  • Keeping students interested in ASCE and all of the benefits that come with being a member, including socializing with like-minded individuals.

  • To grow as a chapter in leadership, community, and engineers

In addition to the above, I understand the UOP student chapter recently donated $500 and supplies to Lamar University in Houston to support hurricane relief and held an outreach for 5th through 8th graders to learn about engineering.  These activities exemplify UOP leadership and support for their community and beyond; which is a large part of the ASCE mission.  I guess it’s no surprise that UOP was recently acknowledged by top-level ASCE leadership as being in the upper 1/3 of all student chapters on the planet.  Well done UOP!  

I hope to see you all at the project awards on April 12th.  See the ASCE Sacramento Section website for details. As always, your Sacramento Section Board appreciates all that you do to advance our profession.     

Kind Regards,

Adam J. Killinger, PE, GE
ASCE Sacramento Section President

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Project Awards Dinner

We are proud to announce the winners of the most outstanding civil engineering projects in the Sacramento section completed in 2017. See below for a complete list of the winners.

We will be honoring the award winners at the annual Project Awards & Golze Scholarship Banquet on Thursday, April 12, 2018. This event is open to all members and nonmembers. A special discount rate is available for public sector employees. To register and for more information, click here. Registration closes Friday, April 6.

2017 Outstanding Project Winners

Project of the Year
2017 DWR Storm Damage Emergency Rehabilitation

Engineer: AECOM
Owner: California Department of Water Resources 

Architectural Project of the Year
Louis Orlando Transit Center Improvement Project

Engineer: Kimley-Horn
Owner: City of Roseville

Bridge Project of the Year
Trinity County HBP Design-Build (5 Bridges)

Engineer: Dokken Engineering
Owner: Trinity County

Community Improvement Project of the Year
Roadway Safety and Sign Audit/Sign Installation

Engineer: Nevada County
Owner: Nevada County

Construction Project of the Year
Mule Creek State Prison Level II Infill Complex

Engineer: Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc.
Owner: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Emergency Response Project of the Year
Bollea Road Bridge Emergency Repairs

Engineer: MGE Engineering, Inc.
Owner: San Joaquin County Department of Public Works

Environmental Engineering Project of the Year
American River Parkway Cordova Creek Naturalization

Engineer: cbec inc. eco-engineering
Owner: Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks

Flood Management Project of the Year
Feather River West Levee

Engineer: HDR
Owner: Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency

Geotechnical Project of the Year
Emergency Repair of Canal Downstream of Flume 10

Engineer: GHD Inc.
Owner: El Dorado Irrigation District

Historical Renovation Project
E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts

Engineer: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc.
Owner: Studios for the Performing Arts Company

Roadway & Highway Project of the Year
Roseville Road Safety Improvement

Engineer, Surveyor, Construction Manager: Psomas
Owner: City of Roseville

Small Project of the Year
Yuba Goldfields 100-year Interim Flood Control

Engineer: MBK Engineers
Owner: Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA)

Structural Engineering Project of the Year
Maybert Bridge Replacement Over Canyon Creek

Engineer: ADKO Engineering
Owner: Nevada County

Sustainable Engineering Project of the Year
316 Vernon, City Hall Annex

Engineer: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc.
Owner: City of Roseville

Transportation Project of the Year
Modoc County Road 54 Safety Improvement

Engineer: Omni-Means, a GHD Company
Owner: Modoc County Road Department

Urban Development Project of the Year
Butte Regional Transit Operations Center

Engineer: GHD, Inc.
Owners: Butte County Association of Governments

Water Project of the Year
South Yuba Canal Landslide at 8/2 Flume

Engineer: SAGE Engineers, Inc.
Owners: Pacific Gas & Electric

Water Resource Planning Project of the Year
2017 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Update

Owner: California Department of Water Resources

Water/Wastewater Treatment Project of the Year 
Sacramento River Joint Intake and Fish Screen

Engineer: Stantec
Owner: Reclamation District 2035 

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Golze Scholarship Fund


We extend our deepest gratitude to the Golze donors of 2018. This year we have raise over $50,000. Thanks to your generous donations, over 20 civil engineering students from UC Davis, University of Pacific, CSU Chico and CSU Sacramento will be granted scholarships at the Project Awards Banquet on April, 12, 2018. Registration open until April 5.

Diamond ($5,000 - UP)

Sam E. Johnson
Nordic Industries
ASCE Capital Branch

Platinum ($2,000 - $4,999)

Vali Cooper & Associates
North Star Construction
HDR, Inc.
Geo-Logic Associates
The Dutra Group
MBK Engineers

Gold ($1,000 - $1,999)

Raymond Williams

Silver ($500 - $999)

Eric Polson
Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc.
Camilla Saviz
John A. Bassett
Curtis & Judy Spencer
Dokken Engineering
GHD Inc.

Bronze ($100 - $499)

Elias & Eva Karam
Mead Hunt
Donald H. Babbitt
Eric E. Nagy
Blackburn Consulting
Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney
Greg Zeiss
West Yost Associates
Florentino Maestes
William & Anna Neuman
Amie McAllister
Joan AlKazily
Kenneth Gebhart
Elizabeth Avelar & Eduardo Ramos
Ed Anderson
Kane Geo Tech, Inc.
Stein Buer
Wagner & Bonsignore
A.J. Brown
Mike Konieczki 
Megan Leroy

Copper ($1 - $99)

Carroll Hamon
Thomas Rut
Weatherby-Reynolds Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Jafar A. Faghih
Alan Miller 
Joanna Leu

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Call For Volunteers - MidPac Judges


MidPac will take place April 19 - 21 at Sacramento State University. Volunteers are needed to judge competitions including: Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, GeoWall, Water Treatment, and Transportation Challenge. This is a great opportunity to get involved, make an impact, give back to your profession and help the next generation of civil engineers. For a complete list of competition contacts, click here

To learn more about this event, go to: http://midpac2018.weebly.com/ For rules: http://midpac2018.weebly.com/rules.html For schedule: http://midpac2018.weebly.com/schedule.html

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Legislation Day

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Member Spotlight

Every year in September, officer, members, and guests of the Sacramento Section of ASCE gather for our annual Individual Awards & New Officer Installation Banquet. An important part of the festivities is the presentation of awards offered by our Section for outstanding individual achievement. Each month, in this column, we will spotlight one or two of these award-winning engineers. 

2017 Jonathan Burdette Brown Education Award Winner

Dr. Ghazan Khan, Ph.D

Dr. Khan is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento where he brings enthusiasm and passion to the classroom, teaching undergraduate and graduate engineering statistics and transportation engineering classes. The students genuinely appreciate his dedication to their learning along with his accessibility outside of the classroom to mentor students and answer questions. He is truly one of the most exceptional instructors in the civil engineering program at Sacramento State.

Dr. Kahn earned his M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Congratulations Ghazan! 

2017 Outstanding Civil Engineering Practitioner Advisor Award Winner

Ed Anderson, PE

Mr. Anderson has been the advisor to the California State University, Chico ASCE Student Chapter since it was formed....an incredible 50 years of service to the CSUC Students. Curretnly he is semi-retired rom Rolls, Anderson & Rolls. He has served as the President of the Feather River Branch and Sacramento Section, as a National Director, and on the Committee for Student Services for over 10 years.

Mr. Anderson earned his B.S degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico. Congratulations Ed!

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Capital Branch Activities


Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J St,
Sacramento, CA 95811
11:30 AM Networking, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation
Event Registration Link: https://conta.cc/2GQsNVo

TOPIC: California’s Earthquake Early Warning System – Where Is It?

SPEAKER: John Parrish, Ph. D, PG, State Geologist, California Geological Survey

Proposals for an Earthquake Early Warning System (EEW) for California have been made since the 1870’s, following the Great Hayward Earthquake of 1868 in the San Francisco Bay area.  Most recently (about the last 10 years), the U. S. Geological Survey has been developing an EEW system for California and the entire U. S. Pacific Coast.  Joining in the project are the seismological laboratories at the California Institute of Technology and U. C. Berkeley.  The California Geological Survey (CGS) is involved as a member of the California Integrated Seismic Network and because of its existing large seismic network throughout the State.  By Legislative Statute, the EEW program in California is being overseen by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

After Alaska, California is the most seismically active state in the nation – and, unlike Alaska, California has 40 million inhabitants and operates the World’s sixth largest economy.  All of this has been developed on the most earthquake prone parts of the State – thus the need for an EEW system.  Funding for the development of the EEW system has been sketchy at best, and no funding for the continued operations of the system once installed has been approved.  It is the intention of the system developers to have an operating system for portions of southern California (greater Los Angeles area) in place by the end of 2018.

About the Speaker:

John G. Parrish was appointed on April 1, 2005 to serve as the California State Geologist and Chief of the California Geological Survey.  The State Geologist is the primary contact and spokesperson for the California Geological Survey with the Resources Agency, the Governor’s Office, the State Legislature, and the State Mining and Geology Board.  Prior to his current position, he was the Executive Officer for the State Mining and Geology Board for eleven years. Before coming to state service, Dr. Parrish spent 21 years in various capacities of geological exploration for a large international petroleum company. 

A native of California, he was raised in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Redlands in Southern California; a Master of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas; a Master of Business Administration from the California State University; and, a Ph. D. in Marine Geology from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales, U. K.

Parrish is a California licensed Professional Geologist, a Certified Professional Geologist by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, a Certified Petroleum Geologist by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a Founding Member of the Energy Minerals Division, and a Member of the Society of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. 

He is the Past-President of the Association of American State Geologists; Chair of the California Earthquake Prediction and Evaluation Council (CEPEC) which reports directly to the Director of the California Office of Emergency Services; Board Member on the Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems, and Chair of the California Integrated Seismic Network.  He is also a former Board Member of the USGS’s Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee, past Board Chairman of the Western States Seismic Policy Council and served as the Representative-at-Large for the American Geosciences Institute. 


The ASCE Capital Branch is pleased to announce an opportunity for the Civil Engineering Firms, Contractors and Vendors to sponsor ASCE’s monthly Luncheons. The sponsoring company will have the opportunity to make a brief presentation that is 3 to 5 minutes long and is supported by a few slides in PowerPoint format.  This opportunity will provide the sponsoring company a great marketing opportunity to the local engineering community.  For further information, please contact Jai Singh at (916) 580-9725.

JOIN US ON LinkedIn.

The Capital Branch has a group page to make it easier to post announcements about upcoming events of interest to Civil Engineers in the Sacramento area.  To join the group page go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/asce-sac-section-capital-branch-b0148b87.


The Capital Branch has started a group page to make it easier to post announcements about upcoming events of interest to Civil Engineers in the Sacramento area.  To join the group page go to https://www.facebook.com/ASCE-Sac-Section-Capital-Branch-178312272707468/.   

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Central Valley Branch Activities

We have monthly lunch meetings with various presentations on the third Tuesday of each month. If you are in the Stockton area please join us. For more information about the Central Valley Branch, please contact Rhett Kilgore at rkilgore@siegfriedeng.com.

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Feather River Branch Activities

For more information about future meetings and activities, please contact, Clay Slocum at clay.slocum@cncement.org, or 530-864-1648.

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Shasta Branch Activities

For more information about the Shasta Branch meetings, please contact Susan Goodwin at sgoodwin@vestra.com.

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)


Please join your fellow YMF'ers for our quarterly business meeting.
Don't worry it's not all business though! Good times with good people is also on the agenda.
April 5th - 6 to 7:30 pm


Join us for technical presentations from student members. Presentations will be short form and include both student research and MidPac projects. Dinner and socializing will be provided!  Come out and meet graduating students ahead of the MidPac Conference. 
Please RSVP on the Eventbrite Page 

Monday, April 9th, 6 - 9 pm
CSU Sacramento, University Wellness and Recreation Center, The Vineyard Room


You are invited to join YMF for the next installment of our speaker/social series. These events are a perfect opportunity to socialize with other young professionals and appreciate a short form presentation from an expert in their engineering specialty.

Monday, May 7th - 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Speaker and location are TBD at the moment so please RSVP to the Facebook Event to stay updated.


YMF's annual camping trip is coming up on May 18-20thThis year we will be camping on the shores of Whiskeytown Lake up in Shasta County. The camping trip will include a technical tour of the Shasta Dam. There are only 18 spots available so lock your spot up soon!
Further information and the Eventbrite RSVP link are available in the Facebook Event.


Mark your calendar for the evening of Thursday June 7th. Join us in celebrating the students selected to receive Golze scholarships. You won't want to miss it (seeing as last year's event included Chando's Tacos...) More details to come but please make sure you're available to attend

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Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI)


Wednesday, April 25
6 pm - 8 pm
Claim Jumper Restaurant
1111 J Street
Sacramento, CA  
Dinner will be served, space is limited

Topic: Oroville's Impact on California Dam Safety Program
Speaker: Eric Malvick, Principal Engineer, Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety & Dams

The Sacramento Chapter of EWRI would like to welcome you and your guests to our next meeitng.  Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacramento-ewri-april-meeting-tickets-44277078935  $25 and $15 for students. Please contact Sarah McIlroy  by email or by phone (916)773-8100 with any questions.

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Geo Institute (GI)


 Jeff Cooper, ASCE San Diego Section President

The Geo-Institute is a specialty membership organization within American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  Members of ASCE Geo-Institute benefit from a strongly connected network of geotechnical engineers, geologists, seismologists, scientists, and students. They meet on a regular basis to foster an exchange of technical development in the field and to share recent project experience.

The San Diego Geo-Institute Chapter has been very active this year under the leadership of the current board members: Lydia Marshall (Chair), Congpu Yao, Ph.D., P.E., (Vice Chair), and Mahdi Khalilzad, Ph.D., P.E. (Secretary/Treasurer). They have hosted three presentations this year as follows:

The January dinner meeting topic was about the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project, tunneling and deep excavations in close proximity to structures in Downtown Los Angeles. This $1.4b Regional Connector Transit Corridor design-build project is a 1.9-mile-long light rail transit project in downtown Los Angeles. The project includes approximately 4,900 feet of twin bored tunnels together with a mined crossover cavern, 3 deep stations, and other cut-and-cover structures. The presentation provided an overview of the project, its challenges and insights of the design-build process; and provided an update on the on-going construction.  The speaker was Dr. Hong Yang, P.E., G.E., P.G., C.E.G, a Principal Engineer with Mott MacDonald.

The February dinner topic was about the most recent research on Seismic Response of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Bridge Abutments in California. The MSE Bridge abutments have been used in many locations throughout the United States due to the advantages of lower cost and easier construction over traditional bridge abutments, however, their seismic response and the interaction between the bridge deck and the MSE abutment are not well understood, which have limited their use in some states.  The presentation demonstrated a series of laboratory tests from ½ scale MSE bridge abutments excited by several earthquake motions on a shaking table at University of California San Diego (UCSD).  The experimental results confirm good seismic performance of the MSE bridge abutments and provide some preliminary insights into their seismic design approach. The preliminary validation of numerical simulations in FLAC 2D using the experimental results were also presented.  The speaker was Dr. John S. McCartney, P.E., Associate Professor at UCSD.

The March dinner meeting topic was The Oroville Spillways - Geology and why it Matters. On February 12, 2017, during operation of the emergency spillway, rapid, deep head-ward erosion was observed in the northern portion of the unlined emergency spillway, which caused evacuation of more than 180,000 people.  This presentation discussed the geologic conditions that were understood at the site prior to construction, the geologic conditions that were documented during construction, and what was learned about the geologic conditions since the spillway failure. The speaker was Ms. Holly J. Nichols, P.G., C.E.G., Senior Engineering Geologist with California Department of Water Resources, Division of Engineering.

To learn more about the ASCE San Diego Geo Institute Chapter, please contact Lydia Marshall at LMarshall@sandiego.gov.

There are many other activities ongoing in the San Diego Section of interest. The San Diego Section Awards luncheon with a Cinco de Mayo theme will be held on May 4, 2018, at The Dana in San Diego. All are welcome to attend this great event and more information can be found here: http://sections.asce.org/sandiego/home. Section Board members, along with YMF Board members, are brainstorming on a joint summer social and have moved the date of this very popular event to coincide with the celebrations surrounding the National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) hosted by San Diego State University on June 23, 2018. The Section has organized for ASCE President Elect Robin Kemper to visit the Section during the NCCC. For more information on the NCCC, please see this link https://sdsucanoe.weebly.com/

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California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG


Thor Larsen, P.E., M.ASCE
ASCE Region 9 Governor from the Sacramento Section and Chair, 
ASCE Region 9 BPELSG Committee

For most of us civil engineers, our involvement with the California PE Board (BPELSG) is limited to our initial application and testing to gain a professional engineer license, and then paying our biennial dues.  Our formal interaction with our Board of Professional Engineers does not often need to be anything much more than just that.  The BPELSG has however frequently requested the input of civil engineers on matters that concern us.  In turn, they would like all our ASCE members to know what the BPESLGS does, to help ensure the integrity of our professional engineer licenses.

One easy way to begin to know what the BPELSG gets involved with, beyond collecting dues, is to read their “Bulletin”, http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/pubs/bulletin.latest.pdf.  This bulletin is a quarterly newsletter, per the seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  Within the Bulletin each quarter are one or two featured articles, in addition to regular newsletter items which include a “Message from the Executive Officer” (currently Ric Moore), Board News, Outreach Events, and the Board Calendar, amongst 18 other regular items.

During these past two quarters, Fall and Winter 2017, there was a very interesting three-part feature article (one part per quarter) entitled “Mud Creek Landslide:  Board Licensees in Action”.  The Mud Creek Landslide occurred on May 20, 2017 on Highway 1, near Big Sur.  The landslide buried and basically removed a ¼ mile segment of Highway 1.  It is the largest landslide in California’s recorded history!  To restore the roadway, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) employed professionals in Engineering, Land Surveying, and Geology to form a team that determined the safest, yet timely and cost-effective plan, for restoration of Highway 1.  It is an exciting article that highlights the initial analysis (geotech and surveying and engineering) of the site, through to planned restoration.  Part one highlighted one of our fellow licensees, a Professional Land Surveyor from the project; Part two highlighted a Professional Geologist; and the final segment will highlight a Professional Engineer.  This three-segment article really reminds me of how we rely upon our fellow professionals in a project to make a team to formulate the best plan for the situation, and I would highly recommend that you read the BPESLG Bulletins regularly.

I would also suggest that ASCE members should seek to attend one of the regular BPELSG Board meetings during the year.  The meetings are normally held monthly, and in locations around the state, from San Diego, to the Bay area and Sacramento.  The agenda and meeting materials are available prior to each meeting at http://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/about_us/meetings, along with the full schedule of meeting dates for 2018.  The ASCE Region 9 BPELSG endeavors to send a representative to each of these meetings as well.

If you have any questions or need further information about the ASCE Region 9 BPELSG Committee, please feel free to contact me at Thor.Larsen@hdrinc.com.

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Continuing Education


ASCE announces new asynchronous online instructor-led programs in which you move through a 6 or 12-week learning experience with your peers. The Guided Online Course content includes recorded video lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, live webinars and weekly discussions to help you master the course material. Gain unlimited, 24/7 accessibility to weekly modules. Complete coursework at the time and pace that is most convenient for you, using your own devices. Click here to see full list of courses.

Buy 2 Registrations and get the 3rd Free!
To receive this discount, email contact information for all registrants toguidedonlinecourses@asce.org and a registration confirmation email will be sent to each attendee. Or call 1-800-548-2723 to register, and mention the code GOCFREE. To inquire about larger group discounts, write to guidedonlinecourses@asce.org.


Post-Tension Buildings: Design & Construction 
May 10-11, 2018 | San Francisco Metro-Area

Earthquake-Induced Ground Motions
June 7-8, 2018 | Sacramento Metro-Area

Practical Aspects of Tunnel Design 
September 20-21, 2018 | Sacramento Metro-Area


You've asked for it and we listened!  Pay 1 low rate, and gain unlimited access to your choice of 10 on-demand webinars from ASCE's complete catalog, during a 365-day subscription period. Order your on-demand webinar subscription today!  For individual use only, not to be used for groups.

  • Save up to 63%
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Webinars are convenient, low-cost, and an efficient training option. Login anywhere and interact with the instructor and other participants. Live webinars cover practical, targeted topics taught by experts in their field. Gain knowledge and earn PDHs. Plus, as a Sacramento Section member, a portion of the webinar fee will go back to support our local chapter. For more details, go to: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2125/c/79 Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.


On-demand learning is a convenient and effective method for engineers to earn PDHs/CEUs and gain practical, real-world knowledge.  ASCE's programs are developed by industry experts and available for a variety of technical areas and in your choice of format to meet the demands facing today's engineers. Plus, as a Sacramento Section member, a portion of the webinar fee will go back to support our local chapter. For more details, go to: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2135/c/79. Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.

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ASCE America’s Infrastructure Report Card

Gearing Up for the 2018 Section and 2019 Statewide Infrastructure Report Cards

David M. Schwegel, PE, Precision Civil Engineering

 ASCE has been producing Report Cards on America’s Infrastructure since the Reagan Administration. Several states and municipalities have followed suit. The most recent Report Card on America’s Infrastructure came out in 2017. Transportation-related categories included Aviation, Rail, Roads, and Transit. Additional categories include Solid Waste, Drinking Water, Wastewater, Bridges, Dams, Levees, and Public Parks, among others. The recent power outage at our nation’s busiest airport, Atlanta-Hartsfield is a testimony to the underinvestment in both airport and power grid infrastructure. Rail combines both freight (“the envy of the world”) and passenger (Amtrak, recent significant derailment in DuPont, Washington) systems. The Roads category continues to be a hot topic here in California, with the quality of our urban roads ranking 50th among the states, and over half of them in poor condition, per the Washington Post (2015). The “D-minus” grade in the Transit category is no surprise given the significant media attention on the deteriorating condition of the New York City Subway System. Look for the Southern California Region to be a potential “game changer” in this area as it gears up to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. 

Region 9 is gearing up for its Third Report Card with a release event at the Capitol in early 2019. They could really use some expertise from the Sacramento Section. To capitalize on this opportunity to further establish yourself as a subject matter expert, check out www.infrastructurereportcard.org, identify the one category of strongest interest, and send an email of interest to Co-Chairs Tony Akel (takel@akeleng.com) and John Hogan (jhogan@deainc.com)

The Sacramento Section also plans to produce a Report Card based on the outstanding mentorship from Society and Region 9, and the local data acquired in the Statewide Report Card production process. By getting the Sacramento Report Card completed and into the hands of local infrastructure advocates like Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council CEO Barry Broome, Congresswoman Doris Matusi, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and Sacramento Area Council of Governments CEO James Corless, we can draw national attention to our areas of infrastructure need.

Specifically, Sacramento Section Members are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Make traction with state agencies and societies representing each of the 17 categories, especially the California Parks & Recreation Society.
  2. Make sure that each of the 17 categories slated for evaluation has representation from the Sacramento Section, so that both the statewide and local report cards can be expedited.
  3. Do everything possible to ensure that both the statewide and our local release events are extraordinarily impactful – full of press conferences, gala events in the Capitol Rotunda Basement, and thousands of Civil Engineering professionals gathered at the West Steps of the Capitol for the unveiling of the grades.

For more information on the 17 categories along with current members and projected schedules, please click here.

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Region 9


ASCE Region 9 invites nominations for one Region 9 Governor At-Large position for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2018.  To be considered for this position, you must be a Society member in good standing and have an Address of Record within the Region being represented.  It is encouraged that nominees also have prior service as a Branch, Section or Technical Group officer, member of a Section or Branch committee, or a member of a Society-level Committee with demonstrated leadership skills.  This is an appointed position.

A Letter of Intent to apply for this elected office must be submitted not later than June 1, 2018, to the Region 9 Nominating Committee Chair: Kenneth Rosenfield, at krosenfield@lagunahillsca.gov, (949) 707-2655.  Please contact Kenneth Rosenfield for any questions.  In addition, the following documents are also required:

  • Signed Governor Commitment document (contact Kenneth Rosenfield for form)
  • Biographical Statement, not to exceed 200 words
  • Vision Statement, not to exceed 200 words
  • Any endorsements
  • Head shot color photograph

Nominees will be requested to attend an interview before the Region 9 Board of Governors on June 22, 2018, in San Diego, CA.  Time and specific location to be confirmed.

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Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 


Governor Brown signed AB 1270 (Gallagher R-Yuba City) that requires the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to inspect dams, reservoirs, and appurtenant structures annually, with certain exemptions, and requires reporting and updates to dam safety regulations.

A related trailer bill passed in June 2017.  SB 92 (Committee on Budget), was the Resources and Environmental Protection Trailer Bill. This bill, after extensive hearings on dam safety, including a May 11, 2017, joint hearing on the Oroville Dam disaster with Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 3, Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, and the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee, was passed and signed by the Governor, in part in response to the issues raised in that hearing.

SB 92, among other things:

1) Required DWR to complete a reconnaissance of the geologic, hydraulic, hydrological, and structural adequacy of the identified 108 largest spillways in the state by October 1, 2017.  By January 1, 2018, DWR shall complete a thorough site investigation and evaluation of those spillways that are found to be potentially at risk. 

2) Proposed DWR re-classify jurisdictional dams as extremely high, high, significant or low risk.  DWR will require inundation maps and Emergency Action Plans for all jurisdictional dams allowing a waiver for low hazard dams. 

3) Required DWR to identify which scenarios beyond a complete dam failure require a separate inundation map.  The dam owner will create the inundation map and submit the map to DWR, which then will be reviewed and approved by DWR's Division of Flood Management. 

4) Dam owners will be responsible for creating Emergency Action Plans in accordance with federal guidelines and based on their updated inundation maps.  Cal OES will provide guidelines regarding the coordination between dam owners and local emergency management agencies to create local emergency response plans.  The dam owner will send the final Emergency Action Plans and inundation map to DWR, Cal OES and local emergency management agencies.  Cal OES will coordinate emergency response drills with dam owners and local emergency management agencies.  The dam owner will be required to update the Emergency Action Plans regularly in accordance with federal guidelines and update the inundation maps every 10 years or sooner if there is a change in dam status or change in downstream risk.

5) Provides DWR additional enforcement power over dam owners who are not complying with the new emergency plan/inundation maps requirements.  The trailer bill also revises the Water Code to incorporate penalties such as fines and reservoir operation restrictions when dam owners violate DWR's directives and orders.

New Bills

AB 1874 (Voepel R- ) would, on June 30, 2019, eliminate the requirement that the Controller withhold $833,000 from the monthly transfer to the Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund and transfer that amount to the General Fund. The bill would thereby transfer this amount monthly to the Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund.

AB 1901 (Obernolte R-) Would exemption indefinitely the CEQA exemption for a project or an activity to repair, maintain, or make minor alterations to an existing roadway, as defined, if the project or activity is carried out by a city or county with a population of less than 100,000 persons to improve public safety and meets other specified requirements. 

AB 1905 (Grayson D- ) Would, in an action or proceeding seeking judicial review under CEQA, prohibit a court from staying or enjoining a transportation project that is included in a sustainable communities strategy and for which an environmental impact report has been certified, unless the court makes specified findings.

AB 1944 (Eduardo Garcia D-) Would divide the San Luis Rey Valley Groundwater Basin into an upper and lower subbasin and would designate the subbasins as medium priority until the department reassesses basin prioritization. The bill would require water beneath the surface of the ground within the Upper San Luis Rey Valley Groundwater Subbasin to be included within the definition of groundwater for the purposes of the act by any groundwater sustainability agency developing or implementing a groundwater sustainability plan.

AB 2038 (Gallagher R- ) Would require DWR, no later than January 1, 2020, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and other relevant state and local agencies and stakeholders, to use available data to identify small water suppliers and rural communities that may be at risk of drought and water shortage vulnerability and would require the department to notify counties and groundwater sustainability agencies of those suppliers or communities.

AB 2042 (Steinorth R- ) Would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to extend financial incentives to single-family and multi-family homeowners to incentivize the purchase of residential graywater reuse systems 

AB 2050 (Caballero D-) Would create the Small System Water Authority Act of 2018 and state legislative findings and declarations relating to authorizing the creation of small system water authorities that will have powers to absorb, improve, and competently operate noncompliant public water systems. The bill would define various terms and require a change in organization to be carried out as set forth in the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000.

AB 2060 (Eduardo Garcia D-) Current law requires a regional water management group, within 90 days of notice that a grant has been awarded, to provide DWR with a list of projects to be funded by the grant funds where the project proponent is a nonprofit organization or a disadvantaged community, or the project benefits a disadvantaged community. Current law requires the department, within 60 days of receiving the project information, to provide advanced payment of 50% of the grant award for those projects that satisfy specified criteria, including that the grant award for the project is less than $1,000,000. This bill would instead require the department to provide advanced payment for those projects of $500,000 or 50% of the grant award, whichever is less.

AB 2064 (Gloria D-San Diego) Current law, until January 1, 2025, requires a regional water management group, within 90 days of notice that a grant has been awarded, to provide DWR with a list of projects to be funded by the grant funds if the project proponent is a nonprofit organization or a disadvantaged community or the project benefits a disadvantaged community. Current law requires the department, within 60 days of receiving this project information, to provide advanced payment of 50% of the grant award for those projects that satisfy specified criteria. The bill, until January 1, 2025, would require a project proponent, upon completion of the first one-half of a project receiving an above-described grant award, to provide a first one-half project accountability report to the department that reports the completion of objectives and documents the expenditure and use of advanced grant funds. 

AB 2072 (Quirk D-) Would require the State Water Resources Control Board, to the extent that the state board determines funds are available, to establish and maintain a dedicated program to research contaminants of emerging concern to understand the contaminants entering drinking water supplies. The bill would require the program to research the impacts of contaminants of emerging concern on human health and the environment, as prescribed. 

AB 2371 (Carrillo D) Current law, the Water Conservation in Landscaping Act, requires the Department of Water Resources to update its model water-efficient landscape ordinance by regulation and prescribes various requirements for the updated model ordinance. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would improve water use sustainability in California’s outdoor irrigation practices.

AB 2543 (Eggman D-) Would require each state agency or department authorized to undertake large and complex infrastructure projects to develop and implement a policy for publicly reporting any significant change in the cost or schedule of a large and complex infrastructure project that would result in the project exceeding its projected budget by 10 percent or more or being delayed by 12 months or longer. The bill would require that the report include documentation and an explanation justifying a decision to proceed with the large and complex infrastructure project.

AB 2654 (Quirk-Silva D-) would authorize the County of Orange and the Orange County Flood Control District, indefinitely and without exclusion, to use design-build for public works infrastructure projects in excess of $1,000,000. The bill would require specified information to be verified under penalty of perjury.

AB 2681 (Nazarian D-) Current law establishes a program within all cities and all counties and portions thereof located within seismic zone 4, as defined, to identify all potentially hazardous buildings and to establish a mitigation program for these buildings. This bill would require each building department of a city or county to create an inventory of potentially vulnerable buildings, as defined, within its jurisdiction, based on age and other publicly available information, and submit that inventory to the Office of Emergency Services, as specified.

AB 2900 (Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials) The California Safe Drinking Water Act requires a proposed new public water system to first submit a preliminary technical report to the state board at least 6 months before initiating construction of any water-related improvement that includes, among other things, the name of each public water system for which any service area boundary is within 3 miles of the proposed new public water system’s service area and discussions of the feasibility of each of the adjacent public water systems supplying domestic water to the proposed new public water system’s service area. This bill would authorize the state board to approve the preliminary technical report and allow construction to proceed before the end of the 6-month period.

AB 3206 (Friedman D-) Would require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, on or before January 1, 2020, to adopt regulations setting standards for the accuracy of water meters purchased, repaired, or reconditioned on and after the effective date of those regulations, including water meters installed pursuant to the Water Measurement Law, as specified. The bill would allow a water purveyor to install a water meter possessed by that water purveyor before the effective date of the regulations for a time period deemed appropriate by the commission.

Next month – we’ll examine the Senate Bills.

Recent Reports

Geophysical Research LettersreleasedPermafrost Stores a Globally Significant Amount of Mercury “We already knew that thawing Arctic permafrost would release powerful greenhouse gases…. [I]t could also release massive amounts of mercury—a potent neurotoxin and serious threat to human health…. There are 32 million gallons of mercury, or the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools, trapped in the permafrost…. ‘The results of this study are concerning because what we’re learning is that not only is permafrost a massive storage for carbon that will feedback on global climate, but permafrost also stores a globally significant pool of mercury, which is at risk of being released into the environment when permafrost thaws. This is especially concerning, given the predominance of wetland ecosystems in the Arctic.’ Mercury binds with living matter across the planet — but the Arctic is special. Normally, as plants die and decay, they decompose and mercury is released back to the atmosphere. But in the Arctic, plants often do not fully decompose. Instead, their roots are frozen and then become buried by layers of soil. This suspends mercury within the plants, where it can be remobilized again if permafrost thaws.” (Washington PostFeb. 5, 2018.).

The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies releasedFalling Transit Ridership: California and Southern California.  “In the last ten years transit use in Southern California has fallen significantly.... [This report] examine[s] patterns of transit service and patronage over time and across the region, and consider[s] an array of explanations for falling transit use: declining transit service levels, eroding transit service quality, rising fares, falling fuel prices, the growth of Lyft and Uber, the migration of frequent transit users to outlying neighborhoods with less transit service, and rising vehicle ownership. While all of these factors probably play some role … the most significant factor is increased motor vehicle access, particularly among low-income households that have traditionally supplied the region with its most frequent and reliable transit users.”

California WaterFix released a study that concludes “this Delta tunnels plan would pay off for farmers, cities. The Department of Water Resources commissioned David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley, to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of Brown’s Delta tunnels project. His report concludes that benefits outweigh the costs to ratepayers in every scenario he analyzed under a one-tunnel approach.” (Sacramento Bee, Feb. 13, 2018)

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The Law & Civil Engineering

Mechanics Liens and the Preliminary Notice

Gene Bass

The design professionals lien was discussed in a prior article. It is distinguished from the mechanic’s lien in that it does not require that actual work of a permanent nature occur on the ground for the lien to “attach.”. It is of specific benefit to engineers that typically will perform much of their work in the design and planning of a project and for which there will be no visible improvement at the site until their work is started. When work actually begins on the site, the design professionals lien becomes null, and void and and in order to maintain lien rights against the property, a mechanics lien must then be filed.

The mechanics lien is referred to as a “creature of statute” in the legal community and as such there must be strict conformance with the legal requirements set forth in the statutes that are specified for enforcement of the lien. The t's must be crossed and the i's dotted as they say. Failure to do so will be fatal to the enforcement of a lien and can result in loss of the very valuable payment remedy.

A preliminary step in the perfection of a mechanics lien is the service of a preliminary notice. The persons or entity who must be served with a preliminary notice depends upon who your contract is with. The failure to properly identify the person or entity to receive a preliminary notice can result in loss of lien rights. If your contract is with the contractor, a sub-contractor or sub sub-contractor, the notice must be served upon the original (general) contractor, or reputed original contractor, owner or reputed owner and construction lender, if any, or reputed construction lender, if any. If your contract is with the owner then the preliminary notice must only be served upon the construction lender or reputed construction lender.

The "reputed" owner, contractor or lender, person or entity is the one who is reasonably and in good faith believed to be the actual party. If the identity of the actual party could be obtained from the building permit, or a recorded construction deed of trust, the lien claimant will be held to have knowledge of the actual party. A construction lender may be identified from building department and recorder's office records.

Timing for serving notices and taking actions required by statute for mechanics liens is critical. A design professional who has furnished services for the design of the work of improvement and who gives a preliminary notice not later than 20 days after the work of improvement has commenced shall be deemed to have complied with the legal requirements for preliminary notices with respect to the design services furnished, or to be furnished. For claimants other than design professionals, a preliminary notice must be given not later than 20 days after the claimant has first furnished work on the work of improvement. If work has been provided by a claimant who did not give a preliminary notice, that claimant shall not be precluded from giving a preliminary notice at any time thereafter.  The claimant shall, however, be entitled to record a lien, give a stop payment notice, and assert a claim against a payment bond only for work performed within 20 days prior to the service of the preliminary notice, and at any time thereafter.

Mechanics liens are very effective means of enforcing payment for engineering services. They have many technical requirements, however, and the engineer should seek legal assistance early to be sure that all required procedures are followed and the valuable lien rights are not lost.

Next month's article will continue with more information on the preliminary notice.

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Officer Contacts

(Those listed in blue are considered Section Board Members with voting authority. Everyone else on this list is invited to our meetings to give an update on their subsidiary organization)


President   Adam Killinger president@asce-sacto.org 951-265-5289
President Elect   Michael Konieczki presidentelect@asce-sacto.org 916-840-5211
Senior Director  Tony Quintrall seniordirector@asce-sacto.org 916-993-7616
Junior Director Megan LeRoy  leroy.megan@gmail.com 707-291-5629
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell secretary@asce-sacto.org 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih treasurer@asce-sacto.org 916-679-8864
Past President Elias Karam  pastpresident@asce-sacto.org 209-481-6857
Executive Director Marie Silveira marie.silveira@jacobs.com   916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Bryan Perrin  ymf@asce-sacto.org 916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare agyare.kwame@gmail.com  
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Ashley Martin amartin@pbieng.com 530-200-6309
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia marlenetobia@att.net 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Michelle Zeiss asce@asce-sacto.org 916-717-4070
Capital Branch Jai Singh j.singh@rsc-engr.com 916-788-2884
Central Valley Branch Erik Almaas ealmaas@ksninc.com 209-946-0268
Feather River Branch  Clay Slocum clay.slocum@cncement.org 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch Susan Goodwin sgoodwin@vestra.com 530-223-2585 


Coasts, Oceans Ports & Rivers Inst. Zia Zafir zzafir@kleinfelder.com 916-366-1701
Construction Inst.    Brad Quon bquon@cts-1.com 916-871-2080
Environ. & Water Resources Inst.  Rich Juricich rjuricic@pacbell.net 916-492-2181 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam  kartk.atyam@aecom.com 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst.

Niranjen Kanepathipillai

niranjen.kanepathipillai@dot.ca.gov 916-227-4463
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     


College Accreditation Joan Al-Kazily    530-756-9530
Disaster Preparedness John Andrew john.andrew@water.ca.gov 916-651-9657
Education & Awards Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Government Relations Craig Copelan ccopelan95694@yahoo.com 530-908-4790
History & Heritage Thor Larsen  thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Membership-Life Mem. Thor Larsen thor.larsen@hdrinc.com  916-973-0356
Scholarship Eric Polson polsonengineering@earthlink.net  916-801-6290
Sustainability Jennifer Buchanan jbuchanan@watearth.com 916-240-7010


California State University, Sacramento Vince Anicich csusascepresident@gmail.com  
University of the Pacific Joey McElhany j_mcelhany@u.pacific.edu  
University of California, Davis Abdulla Alishaq ucd.asce.president@gmail.com  
California State University, Chico Grant Rose chicoasce@gmail.com  


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