July 2018 Print

President's Message

Hello, everyone. I hope you’re having a fun and productive summer. This time of year can be a little tricky when it comes to balancing project loads, requests for information (RFI), contracts, specifications, business development, quality control, unreasonable deadlines, and the list goes on.  With our industry running at full tilt right now, it’s challenging to find enough time for that backyard BBQ or well-deserved vacation; which goes along with calling in some favors to have competent colleagues cover your projects while you’re gone. As the saying goes ‘If it were easy, everyone would be an engineer’. 

While I can certainly appreciate the above sentiment, I am now shamelessly requesting your help. I can’t think of a better time to get involved with ASCE. Your local Branches and the Section have immediate leadership positions available requiring a range of commitment and ability. Most notably at the Section level, we are still looking for a Sustainability Committee chair. 

If honing your leadership skills is not what you’re looking for, please consider donating to our Golze Scholarship fund. We continue to reach the next level with this scholarship as we’ve received national recognition for helping Section college students pursue their dream to become an engineer. Please join us in this noble cause.     

Lastly, I want to let everyone know that it’s that time of year to recognize individuals for their extraordinary efforts and achievements. Please click here and nominate an engineer to receive the outstanding recognition he/she deserves.    

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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Call for Individual Award Nominations

CALL FOR INDIVIDUAL AWARD NOMINATIONS

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the civil engineering profession? Take a few minutes to nominate that individual. If selected the will be honored at the ASCE Sacramento Section Outstanding Individual Awards & Installation Banquet to be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento.

ASCE Sacramento Section recognize individuals for outstanding achievements or leadership in civil engineering or who, through their work, support and advance the profession. Contributions in any of the following areas are considered: 

Outstanding Civil Engineer Public Sector Humanitarian
Outstanding Civil Engineer Private Sector Excellence in Journalism 
Outstanding ASCE Section Officer Lifetime Member
Outstanding Young Civil Engineer Arthur L Elliot Bridge
Outstanding Branch Officer Charles C. Pope Construction
Outstanding YMF Officer Francis N. Hveem Geotechnical
Outstanding Practitioner Advisor  Frederick W. Panhorst Structural
Outstanding Community Service David N. Kennedy Water Resource
Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Advisor Jonathan Burdette Brown Education
Best Civil Engineering Event  Stewart Mitchell History and Heritage
Legistlative Activities William H. Hall Flood Control
State Legislator of the Year  


To Make a Nomination

Complete the online nomination form here. For a list of criteria for each award category, click here

Questions? Please contact Megan LeRoy, ASCE Sacramento Section Senior Director, 
leroy.megan@gmail.com. Please submit your nomination by August 3, 2018.

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Call For New Section Officers

ARE YOU READY TO RUN FOR OFFICE?

The Sacramento Section of ASCE Requests You Run for Office!

The nominating committee for the Sacramento Section of ASCE is seeking candidates for the following positions to start in October 2018 through September 2019:

  • PRESIDENT ELECT
    President-Elect is a three year commitment with the first year serving as President-Elect, followed by President and Past-President.  As President-Elect, you are responsible for assisting the President.  As President you oversee the Section as whole including board meetings, newsletter, award dinners, and Branches, Institutes, Younger Member Groups and Student Chapters. As Past-President you will be in an advisory position to the President.

  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Executive Director is a two year commitment and shall have held office on the Sacramento Section Board. The Executive Director is an advisory position.

  • JUNIOR DIRECTOR
    Junior Director is a two year commitment with the second year serving as Senior Director.  The primary responsibilities of the Junior and Senior directors are organizing the Project Awards banquet in the Spring and the Individual Awards banquet in the Fall.

  • SECRETARY 
    Secretary is a one year commitment with the option to continue service.  The Secretary is responsible for taking the minutes at each Board meeting and distributing the minutes for review.  The Secretary is also responsible for all e-mail correspondence between the Section and its members.

  • TREASURER
    The Treasurer is a two year commitment.  The Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the Section.


ASCE Sacramento Section members are encouraged to volunteer for positions of leadership, regardless of age or level of experience. Serving in volunteer positions on the Executive Board assists in building and enhancing careers.  The rewards of volunteer service are fulfilling and show you care about ASCE and your profession. 

If you would like further information about any particular office, have questions regarding ASCE, or desire to run for office, please contact Adam Killinger at akillinger@geopier.com.

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Golze Scholarship Fund

GOLZE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Please join us for a day of golf at the first annual Golze Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Ridge Golf Club in Auburn on Thursday, October 4, 2018. All proceeds of the tournament will go toward donating to the Golze Scholarship Foundation which annually gives scholarships to civil engineering students from CSU Sacramento, CSU Chico, UC Davis and University of the Pacific. 

Day of Event Agenda

9:00 am - Registration and Putting & Driving Practice
11:00 am - Shotgun Start (lunch in cart)
5:00 pm - Dinner, Awards, Raffle 

To Register

Please download and complete THIS FORM. Return completed form to Nicole Byer at nl_byer@live.com no later than September 7, 2018. 

To Pay

Please make checks payable to ASCE Golze Scholarship Fund. Mail checks to ASCE Sacramento Section, PO Box 2402, Granite Bay, CA 95746 or pay online via PayPal to paypal@asce-sacto.org

For Questions

Regarding registration, please call or email Nicole Byers @ nl_byer@live.com or 916-865-7928
Regarding sponsorship, please call or email Louay Owaidat @ owaidat@aol.com or 916-233-9037

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Capital Branch Activities

CAPITAL BRANCH SOCIAL, HONORING LIFE MEMBERS AND CANNED FOOD DRIVE 

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Brasserie Capitale
1201 K Suite # 100
Sacramento, CA 95814

It is time to take a break from the normal lunch meetings! Come meet fellow civil engineers, unwind after work and give back to the community at the same time. The Capital Branch is sponsoring an evening social for our members. We will provide appetizers and if you bring 3 cans of food, your first drink is on us! All canned food will be donated to a local food bank.

ASCE Capital will also be honoring life members at this event!  A Life Member is an individual who has made a lifetime commitment to ASCE and the civil engineering profession by remaining a member for the full length of their professional career. Specifically, they have reached the age of 65 years AND have paid dues in any membership grade except Student Member for at least 35 years AND have had 10 years of continuous membership immediately preceding the attainment of Life Member. Come join us in honoring these dedicated individuals.

Please click http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ndd6x9pab&oeidk=a07efipshvh7d649189 to RSVP for the event – there is no fee to register or attend, but we do need a head count for the restaurant.  See you there!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

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.

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK

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 Erik Almaas at ealmaas@ksninc.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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Dream Big Film Screening

FYI, as of July 1, the  Dream Big movie can be view on Netflix! 

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)

20TH ANNUAL YMF CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

Registration is open for the YMF charity golf tournament on July 30th at Granite Bay Golf Club. The half day event includes breakfast, a scramble format tournament, and catered post tournament banquet. The tournament is a great opportunity to enjoy a round of golf  with your peers in the engineering/construction community and support the local chapter of Make A Wish. Please visit our website for further information, player registration, and sponsorship opportunities.


JULY BUSINESS MEETING & OFFICER ELECTIONS

Thursday, July 12, 6 pm
Jacobs Office, 2485 Natomas Park Dr. #600, Sacramento, CA 95833
Please join us in setting ASCE Sacramento YMF's path for this coming year. Officer elections are open with a number of positions to be filled (Officer Positions), the calendar of events for next year is wide open, and food and beverages will be provided!
*If you have been considering attending YMF events but find they aren't quite what you're looking for then please join us in setting a plan for this next year. No leadership position is necessary to share your opinion and experience (plus, free food!). If you're looking for a leadership and professional growth opportunity then please consider the list of YMF officer positions. Many positions do not require significant time investment and can open doors to future possibilities with ASCE regionally or nationally.

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History & Heritage Committee

GOLDEN SPIKE 150TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM - CALL FOR PAPERS

We are calling for papers for the Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Symposium to be held on May 6, 2019. Please submit max 400 word abstract no later than July 20, 2018. Authors will be notified of acceptance of abstract by ASCE History and Heritage Committee by July 27, 2018. Final draft paper due for review by Committee by October 18, 2018. Comments will be provided by November 8, 2018, and Final Papers will be due by February 1, 2019. The symposium will be held on May 6, 2019. 

The following information must be included at the top of the abstract: Full Name, Full Address, Email, and Title of paper. Submit abstracts to chuck.spinks@outlook.com

Potential Topics for Papers:

The Civil Engineers that Built the First Transcontinental Railroad.
Surveying and Mapping in the 19th
Railroad Construction Methods in the 19th
Early 19th Century Engineering Education: The Rensseluer Institute (RPI) and the Civil Engineering education of Theodore Judah and Edwin Crocker
Politics and the 1862 and 1864 Pacific Railroad Acts
Social Impacts of the Completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad
The Development of 19th Century Railroad Technology

ASCE Staff Contact

Jennifer Lawrence, Aff.M.ASCE
jlawrence@asce.org

Symposium Chair

Chuck Spinks P.E., M.ASCE
chuck.spinks@outlook.com

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Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI)

EWRI CHAPTER MEETING

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
6:00-8:00
Claim Jumper Restaurant
1111 J Street
Sacramento, CA  

Topic: Flood Managed Aquifer Recharge
Speaker: Kamyar Guivetchi, Chief Department of Water Resources, Division of Statewide Integrated Water Management

Flood-Managed Aquifer Recharge, or Flood-MAR is an integrated resource management strategy that uses runoff water from rainfall or snowmelt to manage aquifer recharge on agricultural lands and working landscapes (e.g., refuges, floodplains). The recent cycle of multiple years of drought followed by a wet year with flooding and the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has provided an opportunity to discuss and inform long-term policies related to flood management and groundwater management.

Please register via EventBrite at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacramento-ewri-summer-meeting-tickets-46728062894 

Registration cost is $30 for professionals and $15 for students. Questions, contact Sarah McIlroy, Sacramento Chapter EWRI, (916) 773-8100 or  sarah.mcilroy@stantec.com

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Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

SEI SACRAMENTO CHAPTER LUNCH & LEARN

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11:30 am - 1 pm
The Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J Street
Sacramento

Topic: Foundation Restrained Liquefaction Induced Lateral Spreading Load Analysis of Bridge Structures
Speaker: Ahilan Selladurai, PE, SE, PMP, Senior Bridge Engineer T.Y. LIN International

Early Bird Registration $30 per person after 7/20 $40 per person. CLICK HERE to register.

If you have questions, please contact Niranjen Kanepathipillai, Chair SEI Sacramento, Transporation Engineer Caltrans at 916-627-5084 or niranjen.kanepathipillai@dot.ca.gov

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Sustainability Committee

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE SEEKS LEADERS AND MEMBERS 

Would you like to make a difference in the sustainability of the region?  We have just the committee for you!  The Sustainability Committee is looking for members, including Younger Members, who are interested in writing newsletter articles, organizing tours and workshops, and helping to develop a Sustainability Award for the Section.  There are other possibilities as well, depending on your personal and professional interests.

The committee needs all NEW members for the following roles:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary


Visit our webpage at http://asce-sacto.org/Sustainability_Committee and join us in making a difference for the region.

Contact Jennifer Buchanan (Current Committee Chair) at 916.240.7010 or jbuchanan@watearth.com if you are interested in filling one of the committee roles and lead us to the next phase.

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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 Drury Butler Outstanding Section Officer Award

ELIAS KARAM, PE 

As the Section President, Mr. Karam has fostered growth with the participating branches and has worked hard to increase membership and participation in ASCE events. His enthusiasm for ASCE is clear and he has been a member of the Section and Younger Member Forum (YMF) for many years. Mr. Karam has been a great leader for the Section, his boundless engery and can-do attitude have made the Section as strong as it ever has been.

Mr. Karam is a Transportation Engineer with Caltrans District 3. He earned his B.S degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific. Congratulations Elias!

2017 Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer Award

ARIANA CASTILLO, PE

In just 3 years with Quincy Engineering, Ms. Castillo’s impressive repertoire of projects in the transportation industry demonstrate her remarkable aptitude for design and project management. As a design engineer, she has worked on projects ranging from parking lots and small bridge replacements to new interchanges. She was responsible for preparing 95% and 100% quantities and redlines for the development of a PS&E package for the construction of a grade-separated interchange at State Route 4 and Balfour Road. This interchange replaces an at-grade intersection and includes the construction of bridges, utility relocation, drainage facilities, and traffic signals. She also prepared the plans and engineer’s estimate for the Cortona Sound Wall in Brentwood, CA and provided quantities and exhibits for wall aesthetics for the 600-foot sound wall near the future Balfour Road Interchange. In addition, Ariana prepared the plans and provided AutoCAD and Civil 3D modeling for the Iron Point Light Rail parking lot in Folsom, CA, the terminus of Sacramento Regional Transit Authority’s Gold Line.

Outside of work, Ms. Castillo serves as President of the Sacramento chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). She was recently honored at the CSU Sacramento student chapter’s annual gala as the keynote speaker for the event. As President of SHPE, she is responsible for the annual strategic planning of the chapter, submitting bi-annual reports to SHPE National, representing the chapter at external and internal events, and overseeing the executive board. Ariana also serves as the Scholarship Chair for the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) in Sacramento. Ariana’s work with SHPE and WTS showcases her commitment to advancing the civil engineering profession by promoting diversity and interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition, she volunteers her time once a month for the River City food bank. Ariana’s dedication to both the civil engineering and entire Sacramento community exemplify her status as a truly outstanding younger civil engineer. Congratulations Ariana!

2017 Community Service Award

CHRISTINE RICE, PE

Ms. Rice exemplifies professionalism and servant leadership. She is excelling in her career, delivering outstanding pipeline, well, and pump projects. Working in a small team at Affinity Engineering, Christine has played an integral role in each of her projects. From researching and developing a special disinfection plan adopted by Sacramento County using peracetic acid for compromised water systems, to designing pipelines and wells for Rio Linda/Elverta Community Water District, Sac Suburban Water District (SSWD), Orange Vale Water Company, Alleghany County Water District, and more, she consistently demonstrates technical talent. In the past three years, this talent has been recognized twice by the Sacramento Section of ASCE, with two of her designs winning project awards. These projects are the Well N39 Rutland Pumping Plant Project (Outstanding Energy Project, 2016) and the L Street Reservoir and Pump Station (Outstanding Environmental Project, 2014).

In addition, Christine balances a multitude of volunteer activities. She has held leadership positions in the local chapters of both the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) for the past three years. She has shown her commitment to supporting STEM students by volunteering at conferences for SWE, Tau Beta Pi, and the American Water Works Association. In the fall of 2015, Christine spent two weeks in Kenya as the PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) Lead for the implementation of EWB’s water supply project. She plans to return to Kenya to oversee the continuation of this project later this year. Christine’s leadership is evident in every organization that she participates in. She has helped shape the futures of interns in her workplace, local students, and others throughout the world. Her desire to improve lives both in and out of her community makes her an outstanding younger civil engineer.

Ms. Slocum is a Project Engineer at Affinity Engineering, Inc. She earned her B.S degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico. Congratulations Christine!

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Continuing Education


NEW! GUIDED, INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE COURSES 

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.

FACE-TO-FACE SEMINAR 

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

Significant Changes from ASCE 7-10 to ASCE 7-16
November 16, 2018 | San Francisco

Managing the Design Process: Keeping on Schedule, within Budget, and Selecting the Right Resources
March 28-29, 2019 | Sacramento Metro-Area

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS SUBSCRIPTION

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%
  • Earn up to 15 CEUs/PDHs
  • Pay one low fee 
  • 10 on-demand webinars of your choice
  • State-of-the-practice programs taught by leading practitioners
  • A convenient, effective, affordable way to earn CEUs/PDHs for P.E. license renewal

LIVE WEBINARS

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.

Live P.E. and S.E. Exam Reviews  NEW!

  • Take the guesswork out of your study plan and build confidence for exam day
  • Learn from qualified experts in interactive courses 
  • Receive access to recorded webinars and reference material
  • Take advantage of group rates for 2 or more engineers preparing in the same location
  • Courses start August 1!

ON-DEMAND LEARNING WEBINARS

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

 

Region 9 California Report Card Task Committee Update -  Making Great Progress  

Tony Akel, P.E., M. ASCE, Co-Chair,
ASCE Region 9 Report Card Task Committee

According to new federal data released on May 4, 2018, California’s economy has surpassed that of the United Kingdom to become the world’s fifth largest. Only the U.S., China, Japan, and Germany have economies larger than California’s. A strong and sustainable infrastructure is vital to the continued economic prosperity Californians enjoy, and it is also important for our public safety, and our quality of life. Though infrastructure maintenance and renewal are considered critical for sustaining California’s economic engine, funding constraints continue to severely restrict the improvements that are absolutely necessary for the upkeep of our infrastructureincluding: roads, bridges, dams, drinking water, and wastewater, to mention a few.

The 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card.  Every 6 or 7 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9, representing the State of California, assesses the state’s infrastructure using a simple “A through F” school report card format, and documents the findings in the California Infrastructure Report Card (Report Card). The letter grades indicate the general state of the infrastructure and are defined as follows: “A” for Exceptional, “B” for Good, “C” for Mediocre, “D” for Poor, and “F” for Failing.  The 2012 California Infrastructure Report Card included 8 categories, and an overall Grade of “C”, which means our state’s infrastructure was deemed in mediocre condition at that time. 

ASCE Region 9 officially launched the 2019 California Infrastructure Report Card in January 2018, with the goal of assessing 17 of our state’s critical infrastructure categories: Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Energy, Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Public Parks, Rail, Roads, Schools, Solid Waste, Transit, Wastewater, and Storm Water. 

The Report Card planning committee exerted valiant efforts and recruited over 140 volunteers who are currently diligently working on gathering statewide data, evaluating it, and planning on writing the draft chapters of the Report Card. Twenty-five of the volunteers have assumed the critical roles of chairing and co-chairing the 17 corresponding committees, scheduling regular weekly meetings, and tracking progress of their teams. These volunteers are professionals and proven experts in their fields of practice, and they care immensely about the state of our infrastructure. Needless to say, we are very grateful to these champions who are exhibiting strong dedication to our profession by assessing the current condition, performance, and funding of California’s infrastructure.

There are many quality control milestones along the path to completing the Report Card, including thorough reviews by the Region 9 executive review committee, as well as reviews by ASCE’s Committee on America’s Infrastructure.

The anticipated release dates were divided into two groups:

  • October 2018 Release: Transportation Categories including Bridges, Roads, and Transit.
  • February 2019 Release: All other categories.


Senate Bill 1 (SB-1) Road Repair and Accountability Act
. The schedule for the Bridges, Roads, and Transit categories is to provide a more current assessment of their conditions and funding needs by November 2018.  One of the potential November initiatives will put to a public vote a ballot to repeal Senate Bill 1 (SB-1) which is the Road Repair and Accountability Act passed in April 2017 by a two-thirds vote of the California Legislature. Preliminary findings of the Roads committee indicate that “driving on deficient roads in need of repairs will cost Californians approximately $53.4 billion annually due to congestion-related delays, extra vehicle operating costs due to rough rides, and traffic accidents.”  Senate Bill 1 funding represents the biggest California commitment to public transit in more than 40 years, addressing the maintenance backlog of our aging infrastructure.

The 2017 America’s Infrastructure Report Card. This article would not be complete without mentioning this Report Card on America’s infrastructure. This report card encompasses all states, including California, and is updated every 4 years. The grading methodology and criteria used in the California Infrastructure Report Card are adopted from the ones established and used for ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, and which encompasses all the states. The 2017 America’s Infrastructure Report Card included 16 categories and gave the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of “D+”, which means the infrastructure systems across America is in poor condition and needs our attention.  America’s Infrastructure Report Card has become an effective tool to advocate for enhanced infrastructure.  Elected officials from both sides of the political aisle, and at all levels of government cite the Report Card when justifying the needs for funding the infrastructure.

Stewards of Our Infrastructure.  As the stewards of our infrastructure, we have a moral duty to advocate for sustainable infrastructure capable of supporting our robust California economy, while maintaining our public safety and the quality of our life.

If you would like to learn more about the activities of the Region 9 Report Card Task Committee, please contact John Hogan, co-Chair, at jhogan@deainc.com or Tony Akel, co-Chair, at takel@akeleng.com

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Region 9

Region 9 Upcoming Leadership Changes

– an Outgoing Governor’s Observations

Kenneth H. Rosenfield, P.E., F. ASCE
Vice-Chair, Region 9 Board of Governors,
and Governor At-Large from the Los Angeles Section

September 30th represents the end of ASCE fiscal year and two changes to your Board of Governors will occur at that time.  Both Jim Frost, Region Governor from the San Diego Section, and I, Governor At-large from the Los Angeles Section, will be ending our three years of service to the Region. It has been our pleasure to serve the members of the greatest Region in ASCE, and we thank you for all your support!

My service to the Region has been a natural progression of my efforts to grow and prosper the best profession, the profession of civil engineering. Simply put, Civil Engineers make the world a better place to live. When you bring that concept to the local level, we beneficially impact the quality of life of everyone we know, and all in your community. We are part of a very satisfying profession. We have high ethical standards, are self-motivating, passionate about solving problems, and understand that the impact of our work will result in improved public health, safety and welfare.

My ASCE leadership path began with service to the Orange County Branch where I served in all of the roles on the Board for a six-year term, becoming President in 2008. It was during this time that I began to appreciate the great depth and breadth of ASCE (the Society) and the value our volunteers bring to our members by enhancing our profession. I then served for five years as the Chair of the Region 9 Transportation and Development Committee, reactivating this important committee and expanding its membership to allow the Region to take informed positions on transportation-related State legislative issues of concern to Civil Engineers.  I served for three years on the Los Angeles Section Board, being the president in 2014, and was again impressed with the great volunteer efforts of our members, from Younger Members to Life Members and everyone in between. And, in 2015, I was afforded the opportunity to become one of the seven members of the Region 9 Board of Governors, as one of the two Governors At-Large, serving where needed and enhancing membership value. During this past year, I have held the appointed position of Vice-Chair of the Board providing me an opportunity to assist Region 9 Director Kwame Agyare in his duties. ASCE has also afforded me the opportunity to become a State Advocacy Captain, and to participate in Society level committees as well.

During these years of service to ASCE, I have attended several Multi-Region Leadership Conferences, attended Student Conferences, participated in leadership trainings at ASCE headquarters, attended multiple ASCE Conventions, and participated in both State and Federal advocacy efforts.  Some of this participation was to improve my personal and leadership skills, but much of my participation was done to simply support this profession. The ASCE Vision and Mission Statements define the core principles of our organization and speak to my purpose in supporting ASCE: Society Vision - Civil engineers are global leaders building a better quality of life, Society Mission – [to] Deliver value to our members, advance civil engineering, and protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

As a Region Governor, I have met many ASCE members from around the State; we may come from different backgrounds and have different reasons to be ASCE members, but my impression is always that we all want to make civil engineering the best possible profession. I thank you for sharing your views and perspectives with me as we discussed the topic of the day and ASCE’s Vision, Mission and Goals (www.asce.org/about_asce). I am proud to be a Civil Engineer, and I like to tell people that I love my work and profession. This is my expression of appreciation for the opportunities provided through civil engineering and ASCE.  I have a great employer, and that always makes one’s work more enjoyable. But more than that, my work is, simply put, fulfilling. It feels good to improve people’s lives and to help to build a community through improvements to infrastructure.

Your membership in ASCE is only the first step in supporting this profession. We are primarily a volunteer organization, with limited professional staff supporting our interests and needs. To keep this organization vibrant and growing, it is necessary that you raise your hand and step up and become an active member of ASCE. There are multiple opportunities for you to contribute to this great organization by volunteering to join standing committees, special event task committees, and/or Boards of Younger Member Forums, Branches, Sections, Life Member Groups, the Region, Technical Groups and Institutes. Consider this article as my personal request that you volunteer to one of these entities. Your participation is important to add your views, experience, passion and knowledge for the continuous improvement of our Society. And, you will get more out of the experience than the time commitment entails. I know this to be true, and I plan to continue to support ASCE through my volunteer efforts.

I also recommend that you become an advocate to educate policy makers and elected officials about the importance and need for improved infrastructure funding. As our National and California State Report Cards demonstrate in the clear terms, the State’s investment in infrastructure is woefully inadequate. We are experts in infrastructure. We are the best-informed persons to advise decision makers on the need to invest in infrastructure. Please join me in continuing to advocate for the policies of ASCE (www.asce.org/public_policy_statements/) and the need for good stewardship of the built environment. ASCE offers great free training in advocacy (www.asce.org/advocacy/) and you should take advantage of these opportunities to make your voice heard. Please join me to continue to advocate for infrastructure improvements.

I look forward to my continued service to ASCE and future positions to improve our profession and enhance our members’ value. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions, at Krosenfield@lagunahillsca.gov.

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Legislation Day

2018 Region 9 Legislative Fly-In to Sacramento
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2018 National Infrastructure Week West Coast Kickoff

Mojgan (MJ) Hashemi, P.E., M. ASCE
Chair, ASCE Region 9 Government Relations Committee



May 14 through 20, 2018, marked the sixth annual National Infrastructure Week held across the country. This year’s Infrastructure Week focused on the urgent need for improvement in U.S. infrastructure, with the central theme: “The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s #TimeToBuild.”  As a member of the bipartisan Steering Committee for the National Infrastructure Week, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) along with nearly 400 affiliates hosted events, pushed media attention, and educated stakeholders and policymakers on the critical importance of infrastructure to America’s economic competitiveness, security, and job creation. This year also marked the first West Coast Infrastructure Week kickoff held on Monday, May 14th, at the historic Los Angeles Union Station.  ASCE President Kristina Swallow offered opening remarks at this event, and she was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with mayors from other cities across the country and several key public and private business leaders.  ASCE Region 9 and the Los Angeles Area Younger Members in particular, were instrumental in organizing this year’s West Coast Infrastructure Week kickoff event.

Coinciding with Infrastructure Week, the 2018 Region 9 Legislative Fly-in to the State Capitol (#ASCER9GOVREL) took place on Wednesday, May 16th at the Sacramento Capitol, making it the third year this event has been held in conjunction with Infrastructure Week.  Similar to the previous two years, the Region 9 Government Relations Committee (GRC) co-authored an Infrastructure Week Resolution-The Senate Concurrent Resolution 136 introduced by Senator Newman-recognizing the Infrastructure Week in California and urging the citizens of California to join in this special observance with appropriate events and commemoration.  SCR136 recognizes that the people of California rely on critical infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, railroads and transit systems, ports and airports, waste and water systems, power supplies, and recreation opportunities.  SCR 136 urged policymakers and the public to address the challenges facing traditional and green infrastructure, to move beyond short-term fixes and deferred maintenance, and to envision the innovative solutions, technologies, policies, and investments that will improve the state’s infrastructure today and in the future.

Over 70 civil engineers from across California registered for the 2018 Region 9 Fly-In event.  A pre-Fly-in webinar was held on May 7th to help prepare the attendees for their visits.  Five Issue Briefs were also prepared covering the California infrastructure investment fund, water grants, enhanced infrastructure financing districts, economic development strategic plan, and infrastructure week recognition.  The May 16th Fly-In event consisted of a morning training session at the Department of Water Resources in downtown Sacramento, followed by over 65 legislative visits at the State Capitol after lunch. 

Highlights of the day included: Region 9 update by Kwame Agyare, Region 9 Director/Chair Board of Governors; government relations training by Maria Matthews, ASCE Senior Manager, Grassroots Programs and State Relations; the life cycle of legislation-how a bill becomes a law by Ben Ebbink, Counsel, Fisher Phillips, Sacramento; review of the issue briefs by Richard Markuson, ASCE Legislative Advocate; and Keynote address by Dan Walters, a journalist with over 60 years of experience writing about California’s socioeconomic and political trends.  This year’s event had a well-balanced ASCE representation from across the state as well as first time participants with great enthusiasm and engagement displayed by all attendees.  It is these types of grassroot advocacy efforts that can result in improving the state’s infrastructure, keeping people safe, and growing our economy.  My sincere thanks to all Region 9 members who volunteered their time and participated in our 2018 legislative advocacy day!

The ASCE Region 9 Government Relations Committee actively monitors and recommends positions on statewide legislative and regulatory proposals that affect civil engineers and support the standing policies of ASCE.  The committee is also responsible for coordinating the annual Region 9 Legislative Fly-In and the follow up local visits, which are intended to encourage an ongoing dialogue between ASCE members and their legislators on issues of importance to ASCE.  

If you would like to learn more about the activities of the Region 9 Government Relations Committee, please contact me at mjhashemi1@gmail.com

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Legislative Update

JULY UPDATE

Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

Governor Brown released his May Revision to the proposed 2018-19 State budget. The Governor proposes the state end 2018?19 with $17 billion in total reserves. This would consist of two amounts: $13.8 billion in the state’s constitutional rainy-day fund (reserves available for future budget emergencies), as well as $3.2 billion in discretionary reserves (available for any purpose). This is a nice cushion Brown will leave the next administration – which may come in handy if the State has another bad fire season or if the economy slows. The Legislative Analyst has reviewed specific components of the budget including Caltrans’ Capital Outlay Support Program and Infrastructure Capital Outlay, including the State Project Infrastructure Fund and Deferred Maintenance. You can read the reports here.

The Senate and Assembly adopted ASCE sponsored SCR 136 for ASCE Newman (D – Fullerton) that commemorates Infrastructure Week.

The Assembly passed ASCE supported AB 1792 (Frazier D – Discovery Bay) that would authorize an affordable housing authority to provide for infrastructure, to support the development of affordable housing.

ASCE supported AB 1905 (Grayson D – Concord) that was designed to reduce CEQA challenges was killed in the Assembly.

The Assembly Appropriations committee killed ASCE supported AB 2042 (Steinorth R – Rancho Cucamonga) that would have created a tax credit for installing a residential graywater reuse system. A similar credit – authored by Senator Steve Glazer for rain water capture systems is on the June ballot.

Two bills on ASCE’s support list are awaiting final Assembly passage. AB 2060 (Eduardo Garcia D – Coachella) and AB 2064 (Gloria D – San Diego) have slightly different approaches to permit advance grant payments for water projects serving disadvantaged communities.

The Senate Transportation committee approved ASCE supported AB 2062 (Maienschein R – San Diego) that will require planting projects undertaken or approved by Caltrans to include California native wildflowers and native and climate-appropriate vegetation. The bill now goes to Senate Appropriations.

ASCE supported AB 2596 by Cooley (D Rancho Cordova) that would require the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as GO-Biz, to lead the preparation of a California Economic Development Strategic Action Plan. The bill is awaiting final Assembly action.

The Assembly has yet to act on ASCE supported ACA 21 Mayes (R – Yucca Valley) that would create the California Infrastructure Investment Fund for specified infrastructure investments, including the funding of deferred maintenance projects.

The Senate passed ASCE supported SB 961 (Allen D – Redondo Beach) that would enact the Second Neighborhood Infill Finance and Transit Improvements Act, which would authorize a city, county, or city and county to adopt a resolution, at any time before or after the adoption of the infrastructure financing plan for an enhanced infrastructure financing district, to allocate tax revenues of that entity to the district, including revenues derived from local sales and use taxes imposed pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law or transactions and use taxes imposed in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law, if the area to be financed is within one-half mile of a rail transit station or within 300 feet of a transit rich boulevard served by bus rapid transit or high-frequency bus service, as specified, and among other things, certain conditions relating to housing and the infrastructure financing plan are or will be met.

New Reports of Interest

University of California, Davis released Spillovers from Behavioral Intervention: Experimental Evidence from Water and Energy Use. When customers use water conservation methods in the home, do they try to conserve electricity too? “This paper provides experimental evidence that behavioral interventions spill over to untreated sectors by altering consumer choice. We use a randomized controlled trial and high-frequency data to test the effect of social norms messaging about residential water use on electricity consumption. Empirical tests and household survey data support the hypothesis that this nudge alters electricity choices." The author found that “water conservation instruments induce conservation beyond the water sector, leading to a 1.3 to 2.2% reduction in summertime electricity use.”

National Transportation Safety Board released a Preliminary Report. “The report found that while Uber’s automated driving system could handle regular braking, the autonomous system lacked emergency braking abilities—a major gap. Instead, Uber relied on a human backup driver to take over if needed. The catch, however, was that ‘the system is not designed to alert the operator,’ according to the report…. Uber’s reasoning for barring the autonomous system from hitting the emergency brakes, according to the safety board, was that it made for ‘erratic vehicle behavior.’ Dashcam video released in March showed that the backup driver was looking down until a split-second before the impact…. The report raises numerous questions, he said, including why the system didn’t at least start to slow down once it detected an obstacle in its path, and why it was not programmed to alert the test driver.” (San Francisco Chronicle, May 24, 2018).

 The National Conference of State Legislatures released Autonomous Vehicles | Self Driving Vehicles Enacted Legislation.  “NCSL has a new autonomous vehicles legislative database, providing up-to-date, real-time information about state autonomous vehicle legislation that has been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.… Each year, the number of states considering legislation related to autonomous vehicles has gradually increased.… In 2017, 33 states have introduced legislation. In 2016, 20 states introduced legislation.”

The U.S. Geological Survey released The Haywire Earthquake Scenario: We Can Outsmart Disaster. “Up to 800 people could die and 400 fires could ignite if the Hayward Fault were to rupture…. The study … imagined a magnitude 7.0 tremor along the 52-mile fault line that stretches from San Pablo Bay in the north, to just east of San Jose in the south. It would cause rippling calamities. Eighteen thousand people could be injured. The fires could engulf—and potentially consume—some 50,000 homes. Two thousand could be trapped in fallen buildings, and 22,000 could be stuck in broken elevators. East Bay residents might spend up to six months without water in the hardest-hit areas. The prospect, in fact, is quite realistic.” (SF GateApr. 18, 2018).

The California Institute for Federal Policy Research released Special Report: California’s Surface Transportation: Roads, Bridges & High Speed Rail. This four-page brief provides a broad “overview of the current state of California’s surface transportation systems, and funding levels for these systems, including roads, bridges, and California’s High Speed Rail.” It includes the latest road usage statistics and estimated costs for infrastructure repair.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index. “Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction,’ said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The new study found that most victims of fatal hit-and-run collisions—65%—were pedestrians or cyclists and that almost 20% of all pedestrian deaths over the last decade were caused by hit-and-run crashes, compared to 1% of driver fatalities.” The survey findings reveal a disturbing disconnect between what drivers know to be risky—texting while driving, for instance—and how they actually behave. (ABC News, Apr. 26, 2018).

Governor’s Appointments

Danny Yost of Sacramento, has been appointed assistant deputy director for legislative affairs at the California Department of Transportation, where he has been a legislative liaison since 2012. He was a graduate student instructor at the University of California, Berkeley from 2011 to 2012, a legislative fellow on transit policy at the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in 2011 and transportation engineer and planner at Fehr and Peers Transportation Consultants from 2007 to 2009. Yost earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

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The Law & Civil Engineering

MECHANIC'S LIENS & THE NOTICE OF COMPLETION

Gene Bass

Engineers must be particularly aware of the date of completion of a project to protect their mechanic's lien rights. There are cut-off dates for recording mechanic's liens as well as for filing lawsuits to foreclose mechanic's liens that are tied to the date of completion. Failure to take action within the prescribed time limits can result in complete loss of the valuable mechanic's lien right.

If you have a direct contractual relationship with the owner, you are an “original contractor” for purposes of the mechanic’s lien laws. Each original contractor, in order to enforce a lien, must record his claim of lien after he completes his contract and before the expiration of 90 days after the completion of the work of improvement if no notice of completion or notice of cessation has been recorded, or 60 days after recordation of a valid notice of completion or notice of cessation.

Each claimant other than an original contractor, in order to enforce a lien, must record his claim of lien after he has ceased furnishing labor, services, equipment, or materials, and before the expiration of 90 days after completion of the work of improvement, if no notice of completion or cessation has been recorded, or 30 days after recordation of a notice of completion or notice of cessation.

The earliest date that a lien can be recorded is after completion, termination or breach of your contract. Be aware that work on the same project may have been performed under more than one contract and that the lien requirements apply to each contract and not the entire project. For example, site improvement work may have been under a separate contract than later works of improvement. The lien timing for the site improvement work will be tied to the site improvement contract. If the continuation of the project is performed under another contract and if the site improvement work is not paid, care must be taken to record the mechanic’s lien within the statutory time periods following completion, termination or breach of the site improvement contract.

The recording of a valid notice of completion will result in shortening the time within which a mechanic's lien may be recorded. As stated above the time for an engineer who does not have a direct contract with the owner will have the normal 90 day period after completion reduced to 30 days. The 90 days will be reduced to 60 days if your contract is direct with the owner.

The law sets forth the information that must be included in a notice of completion. Failure to include the required information can invalidate the notice. In addition, strict time limits are set for the recording of the notice of completion. A notice of completion must be recorded within 10 days following the date of actual completion of the project. The notice must also recite the date of actual completion in the document. If an incorrect date of completion is stated in the notice of completion, the notice will not be invalid so long as the true date of completion is within 10 days preceding the date of recording of the notice.

Because of the specific statutory requirements for a valid notice of completion and because of the often uncertainty as to the actual date of completion, there is a relatively high possibility that the recorded notice of completion can be found to be invalid and ineffective to reduce the time periods for recording a mechanic's lien. Legal counsel should be sought immediately to analyze the facts surrounding project completion and the recorded notice of completion.

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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)

OFFICERS

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 


INSTITUTES

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     

                                    
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

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

                                                     
UNIVERSITIES

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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