September 2018 Print

President's Message

Hello, everyone.  This is my final President’s Message.  As I reflect on my term as president of our section, I feel privileged to have been able to interact with so many people that care so dearly for what it means to be a civil engineer.  Everywhere I looked in the student chapters, branches, YMF, and institutes, there were people pushing forward the ideals of ASCE to collectively benefit our membership and promote our profession.  It has been quite meaningful to be associated with such a wonderful group of people.  I most sincerely thank you for the experience.

As I transition into my new role as past-president, Mike Konieczki, PE, D.WRE will transition into your new Sacramento Section president.  Mike will undoubtedly do an amazing job steering the section along with the executive board and committee chairs.  I look forward to supporting him in the coming year.

Just a couple of reminders…

As always, your Sacramento Section Board appreciates all that you do to advance our profession.     

Thank you and farewell,

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


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Sacramento Section & Capital Branch Election Ballot


Since the time of the issued ballot (August), two members have expressed interest in the positions that remain vacant. These candidates have been fully vetted by board members at our last board meeting. To elect these individuals, please write in their names on the blank space provided on the ballot. Click here to access and download the official ballot and mail or email (scan) your vote today. Ballots accepted until September 7. Below are the bios of the two candidates. 

President - Elect

Florentino "Tino" Maestas
Mr. Maestas, P.E. has 19 years in the planning, design and construction management of civil and geotechnical engineering projects. He is an instructor for the PE Exam Review. He is also actively involved with Placer County Office of Education and community stewardship for grades K-12 in the Sacramento regional school districts and surrounding universities advocating higher education in science, math, engineering, and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver.

Junior Director 

Christine Rice 
Ms. Rice is a Professional Civil Engineer with over 5 years of experience in municipal water design and planning including wells, reservoirs, pump stations, pipelines, and treatment systems. She currently serves as the Student Outreach Chair for ASCE's Younger Member Forum, Sac State Professional Counselor for the Society of Women Engineers, and Treasurer for the Sacramento Area Water Works Association. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.



Click here to download, complete and return the 2018-2019 Capital Branch Election Ballot. Elections are open until September 23. Please note the position of VP of Education remains vacant. 

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2018 Individual Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the ASCE 2018 Outstanding Individual Awards. Theseindividuals were nominated by their peers and selected from a pool of nominations by the ASCE selection committee. We will be honoring these outstanding individulas on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, CA. To register for this event, click here. For more information, contact

Outstanding Civil Engineer - Private Sector Matt Korve
Outstanding Civil Engineer - Public Sector Ted Craddock
Thomas E. Stanton Best Event Award SAME Oroville Tour
Arthur Elliot Bridge Award Craig Chatelain
Charles Pope Construction Award Jared Williams
Francis Hveem Geotechnical Award Robert Lokteff
David Kennedy Water Resources Award Steve Verigin
William Hall Flood Control Award Floyd Bolton
Theodore D. Judah Transportation Award Paul Engstrom
Fredrick W. Panhorst Structural Award Jesse Dillon
Joseph W. Gross Humanitarian Award Amanda Ott
Jonathan Burdette Brown Education Award Adam Killinger
Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Daryll Mendoza
Outstanding Civil Engineering Practitioner Advisor Nelson Tejada
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Community Service Golze Committee
Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer - Public Sector Joseph Forbis
Outstanding Younger Civil Engineer - Private Sector Bryan Perrin
Drury Butler Outstanding Section Officer Award Jafar Faghih
Outstanding Branch Officer Dr. Om Prakash
Outstanding YMF Officer Michael Bare
Legislator of the Year Award Assemblyman James Gallagher
Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities David Schwegel
Lifetime Achievement Award Rod Mayer
Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Camila Saviz
Outstanding ASCE Life Member Maurice Roos
Excellence in Journalism Richard Ehisen

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Golze Scholarship Fund


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 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

For Questions

Regarding registration, please call or email Nicole Byers @ or 916-865-7928
Regarding sponsorship, please call or email Louay Owaidat @ or 916-233-9037

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Capital Branch Activities


Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J St,
Sacramento, CA 95811

11:30 AM Networking, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation

Topic:  State Route 120 (SR 120)/Union Road Diverging Diamond Interchange

Speakers: Matt Brogan and Aaron Silva, Mark Thomas & Company


The City of Manteca has the need to reconfigure the State Route 120 (SR 120)/Union Road Interchange to increase traffic capacity and safety. Previous studies for the interchange recommended a partial cloverleaf configuration, which exceeded the City’s available construction funding. The City wanted a more efficient interchange configuration that provided the needed capacity enhancements. The City has selected a new interchange type, a Diverging Diamond, which has yet to be constructed in the State. Learn how the City has been able to work with Caltrans to gain approval for the new interchange type, as well as develop a project that provides capacity and safety for all travel modes.

About the speakers:

Matt Brogan, PE is principal in charge of the Mark Thomas Sacramento office. He has 19 years of experience in municipal and transportation engineering. He serves as project manager on a variety of complex transportation improvement projects starting with planning through final design. His project experience includes interchanges, highway widenings, grade separations, and local roadway enhancements. Matt also has extensive experience managing local agency-led projects on Caltrans facilities. He’s developed excellent working relationships with Caltrans staff in multiple districts that have aided in the successful delivery of projects for various cities and counties.

Aaron Silva, PE, has more than 11 years of experience in the design and delivery of municipal and transportation projects. Aaron is a highly skilled geometrician and is very knowledgeable with Caltrans design standards. His experience includes planning and initiation documents, project approvals and environmental clearance, and final PS&E for several interchange projects throughout California. Aaron is also involved in developing innovative solutions for active transportation to improve pedestrian and bicycles safety and access.


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.

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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


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   

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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

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Feather River Branch Activities

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

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Shasta Branch Activities

For more information about the Shasta Branch meetings, please contact Susan Goodwin at

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Job Postings

Executive Secretary, ASCE Sacramento Section

We are looking to find someone to fill this unique paid position as an Executive Secretary providing administrative support to the ASCE Sacramento Section. This job requires on average 15-20 hours per month. For more information on the specific duties, please contact Michelle Zeiss at 916-717-4070 or email

To view a complete listing of classified job opportunities on the ASCE website, click here

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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness Update 

Doug Taylor, P.E., M.ASCE 
Chair, ASCE Region 9 Disaster Preparedness Committee

With all the wildfires burning in California and the tragic loss of life and property, the news reports occasionally have stories of heroic actions or heartwarming displays of people helping people.  And that’s what happens when disaster strike something within our humanity wants to reach out and help others. 

When the next big earthquake hits California, you’re going to want to help but you can’t; unless you first get certified as a Disaster Service Worker (DSW) in the California Safety Assessment Program (SAP). It’s SO EASY to get certified. The six-hour course is often FREE (or offered for a small charge to cover lunch and meeting room costs) and is provided periodically in areas around the State.  The Certificate is good for FIVE years and then you can renew online-what could be simpler?  To find a class in your area, check the training schedule at the website of the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and click on the training calendar. Look for an SAP Evaluator training class near you. If you don’t find a class in your area, send an email to me saying you’re interested and I’ll do my best to set one up near you, if enough people are interested   

For more information, the DSW program is further explained on the CalOES website including Frequently Asked Questions. Be prepared for the next disaster and use your Civil Engineering background to help others in need. 

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ASCE LinkedIn Group

Interact with over 215,000 civil engineering peers globally!

ASCE National's LinkedIn group has become a vital community of professionals like you that share ideas and knowledge. Here you can join your fellow civil engineers to network, interact and exchange ideas. To join, click here. If you are already a member of the group, learn more about networking and the benefits of ASCE membership. 

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)


On a beautiful July Summer day in golden rolling hills of the Sierra Nevadas, over fifty golfers and volunteers put their boots and putters to the ground for a very honorable cause; to grant the wishes of very sick children. From the combined sales of golf tickets, mulligans, freebies, sponsorships and raffle tickets, this year's annual tournament raised over $4000 dollars to sponsor those children's wishes. 

From the depths of our hearts from the American Society of Civil Engineers and on behalf of the representatives of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, we would like to wish a very sincere 'Thank You' to our participants and sponsors. None of this would have been possible without the support and generosity of good people like you. We truly appreciate your support for our ongoing endeavor to help make some children very happy. We hope to see you next year!
A special thank-you to our sponsors:


Registration for our fall series of PE Review Courses is open. Our in-person courses are local and competitively priced. Visit our website for more details and registration link.

Courses Begin:
Monday, August 27, 2018 6:00 PM
Courses Finish:
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:00 PM (Pacific Time)
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J St, Sacramento
Sacramento, California 95819


Several YMF social events are scheduled for this summer! Join our Facebook page for more information and RSVP. New members welcome!

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Geo Institute (GI)


Wednesday, September 19, 12pm - 1pm
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J Street
Sacramento, CA  95811

Topic: Seismic Hazard Assessment of an Embankment Dam
Speaker: Dr. Richard Armstrong

Register Here

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History & Heritage Committee


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

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

Symposium Chair

Chuck Spinks P.E., M.ASCE

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Sustainability Committee


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 and join us in making a difference for the region.

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

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Transportation Development Institute

Greetings from the Grand Opening of the
“Grand Central Station of the West”

David Schwegel, PE
Contributing Writer
Institute of Transportation Engineers


The Grand Hall of the Salesforce Transit Center was filled with attendees during the Grand Opening Celebration hosted by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.

Photo Credit: US High Speed Rail Association

Ever since Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan spoke on this $2.26 Billion Salesforce Transit Center (“Grand Central Station of the West”) at the June 2010 US High-Speed Rail Association (USHSR) Conference in Los Angeles, transportation professionals worldwide have been watching the progress in anticipation of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority’s Grand Opening Celebration which took place this past weekend, Saturday August 11, 2018. “This is one of the most significant advances in modern transportation in America in 100 years” said USHSR President & CEO Andy Kunz. “Thousands jammed the Transbay Terminal Grand Opening this weekend in support of the new station development and rail that the facility had to be closed a couple times because the crowds were so huge” said USHSR Vice President Joe Shelhorse.

Many arrived early for site tours and to familiarize themselves with the breath-taking transformative design and views and to pick up welcome bags commemorating this historic event.

The new million square foot station is designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The project features a total of six levels including two below ground. The fourth level contains a food court and a massive four-block-long shopping gallery. On the fifth level, buses park and load at each of the 37 bus bays. Weekend attendees were impressed with the LED display in the Grand Hall on the third (street) level of the Salesforce Transit Center. Agencies include AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, Muni, SamTrans, WestCAT Lynx, Amtrak, Paratransit, and CA High Speed Rail in the near future. Caltrain is currently undergoing a major upgrade from diesel to electrification that will increase capacity with trains running faster. CAHSR is planning service from Transbay to Los Angeles. Salesforce unveiled Salesforce Tower to dramatically expand its world-wide headquarter in San Francisco. The breath-taking views of the Small Downtown Bay Bridge from the 5.4-acre Rooftop Park on the sixth level provide a fascinating backdrop for photo opportunities.

Salesforce Tower represents an incredible milestone in our company history-it will be the heart of our global headquarters in San Francisco”, said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, “We founded in San Francisco 15 years ago, and this expansion of our urban campus represents our commitment to growing in the city”.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority excited the crowds especially the college students and young children with the endless travel possibilities once Caltrain and California High-Speed Rail come into the station. With successful implementation of the second Transbay Tube called for in the State Rail Plan, Sacramento residents will be able to enjoy a one-seat ride into the station via Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor from 85 miles away.

The effective implementation of innovative Transit Oriented Development (TOD) practices transformed the surrounding South of Market neighborhood from among the City’s “most blighted” to among now the nation’s most sought after real estate markets.

Transportation professionals are invited to hear from the world’s top High-Speed Rail and TOD experts at the Leadership Summit in San Jose September 11-13. Attendees will hear from experts from around the world with local tours offered of the recent construction. Brian Kelly and Dan Richard of the California High Speed Rail Authority will speak on “California High-Speed Rail - America’s Mega-Project”. Confirmed TOD Speakers include Peter Calthorpe (Calthorpe Associates) on the “Statewide Sustainability Framework”, Egon Terplan (SPUR) on “Transforming California’s Travel Options”, and Dr. Anastasia Loukaitou-Siders (UCLA) and Juan Matias Archilla Pintidura (RENFE, Spain) on “Rail Stations, TOD & Community Renaissance”.

House Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on California’s Transformative High-Speed Rail Project

David Schwegel, PE
Contributing Writer
Institute of Transportation Engineers


The Expert Witness Panel and attendees filled the hearing room in Sacramento.

Photo Credit: US High Speed Rail Association

Brian Kelly explained the Authority’s Business Plan.

Photo Credit: US High Speed Rail Association

Congressman Alan Lowenthal discussed investments in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: US High Speed Rail Association

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren discussed Google’s Mega-Campus near Diridon Station.

Photo Credit: US High Speed Rail Association

Congressman Jeff Denham, seated between Congressmen Doug LaMalfa and John Garamendi, provided closing remarks.

Photo Credit: US High Speed Rail Association

On Thursday, August 9, the House Subcommittee on Railroads, held a Hearing on “The California High-Speed Rail Project” in Sacramento. Subcommittee Chair Congressman Jeff Denham called this hearing to reinforce the significance of “America’s Largest Infrastructure Project”. USHSR Vice President Joe Shelhorse said, “it was a great event in a packed hearing room.”

Expert Witness Panel Highlights:

  • Calvin Scovell, Inspector General, USDOT praised the mutually beneficial working relationships between the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the California High Speed Rail Authority.
  • Brian Kelly, CEO, California High Speed Rail Authority noted that this is by far the most transformative project of his transportation career with unsurpassed mobility, environmental, and economic benefits.
  • Louis Thompson, Chairman, California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group discussed the Authority’s strategy of expediting two usable segments with the available funds. These segments include the Central Valley Corridor between Merced and Bakersfield and the Caltrain Corridor between San Francisco and Gilroy via the Silicon Valley. A California-based tunneling symposium taking place later this year will attract High-Speed Rail Tunneling experts from around the world to provide guidance on expediting tunneling through Pacheco Pass and beneath the Tehachapi and San Gabriel Mountains.
  • Robbie Hunter, President, California Building and Construction Trades Council discussed his own experiences riding High-Speed Trains in Germany speeding past Autobahn drivers with rides that were so smooth that full glasses of water showed no signs of movement.

Congressional Panel Highlights:

  • Congressman Doug LaMalfa reinforced the importance of meeting and exceeding the project milestones to encourage private sector investment worldwide.
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal emphasized connecting rail, and station investments in Los Angeles – the state’s largest population center – while construction progresses to the north.
  • Congressman Mark DeSaulner said, “now more than ever, California needs a state-of-the-art passenger rail system” as congestion has increased significantly since voters approved Proposition 1A ten years ago.
  • Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren highlighted Google’s plans for constructing a campus for thousands of employees within walking distance of Diridon Station.
  • Congressman John Garamendi encouraged examining the benefits of a “complete transportation system” with High-Speed Rail providing the backbone toward congestion relief at airports and along roadways.

Professionals that are interested in learning about High Speed Rail and rail connectivity are invited to participate in the upcoming High-Speed Rail Leadership Summit in San Jose September 11-13. Participants will hear from experts from around the world with local tours offered of the recent construction. Brian Kelly and Dan Richard of the California High Speed Rail Authority will speak on “California High-Speed Rail - America’s Mega-Project”. Other topics include “Rail Stations, TOD, and Community Renaissance” and “High Speed Rail Around the World”.

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Engineers Without Borders


Wednesday, September 19, 6 pm
Jacobs (formerly CH2M)
2485 Natomas Park Drive Suite #600
Sacramento, CA  95833

Doors lock automatically at 6pm. Please contact Laura Byrd at 530-401-3592, if you need assistance getting into the building.


If you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, for president, vice president, treasurer, or secretary, please submit your nominations to Mandy Ott at by August 12.

Any paid member of the chapter can run for office. Elections will be held during the August General Meeting. For any questions about any of the positions or responsibilities, please contact Ashley Smith at


September 25, 2018 at 6:00pm
Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse - 1322 V St, Sacramento, CA 95818

  • Tickets are on sale now for $35 - Click here to purchase!

Fundraising Committee Meeting

  • Wednesday September 12th, 6:00pmat Urban Roots.

We are currently looking for donations to go toward our Silent Auction. If you have ideas or would like to donate an item, please contact Stacy at


Santa Rosa Tiny Homes Project – Call for Structural Engineers

The Sacramento EWB chapter has partnered with the Denizen/Wyck Housing Group to support the structural design of tiny homes for those displaced by last year's fires in Santa Rosa. If you have a structural background and are interested in being involved with the project, please email Patrick Donovan at

Panama - Water Supply

The Panama team is currently waiting for the community to elect a new leader of the municipality in charge of the water system. The team doesn't want to make any decisions about what to do next with the project without discussion and input from the community.  The team would like to move forward with redesigning the river crossings but want to wait to put time and energy into this until they have received approval from the municipality and make sure the community doesn't go ahead and improve it themselves in the meantime.  A call with the new municipality leader and NGO is expected to occur within the month.  Please contact the project manager, Michelle Kolb, for more information or to attend an upcoming team meeting (

Belize - Drainage

The Belize team has been given approval to begin a Phase 2 implementation. With the unexpected denial of large equipment from the Belize government, the team's new implementation will focus on outreach and education to the Villagers. The team plans to travel in Spring 2019. Sarteneja, Belize is a community of about 3,000 people who suffer major loss from flooding each year. For more information, please contact Mandy Ott at

KEK - Water Supply

The Kenya East Kanyamamba (KEK) Clean Water Program project team is planning to travel in September 2018. The project team has submitted a monitoring report and a continued implementation report to EWB-USA and are responding to their comments. While in Kenya, the team will explore the possibility of water supply wells within the community. The KEK Clean Water Program is located near Rongo, Kenya in the East Kanyamamba community (a community of 1600 people). For more information, please contact Laura Byrd at

Looking to give to a specific project? 
Use the links below to show your support:

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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 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


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


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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  • 10 on-demand webinars of your choice
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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: Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate.

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  • Take the guesswork out of your study plan and build confidence for exam day
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  • Courses start August 1!


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: Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate

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Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

The Legislature completed its final month of its legislative session in August. At the time of editing this edition, more than one thousand bills and numerous high-profile issues remain on the agenda.

Governor Jerry Brown will have the month of September to sign or veto the measures sent to his desk. If history is any guide, another eight hundred or so bills will reach him and he will veto around 12% of them.

The campaign to repeal SB 1 is heating up. Newly elected Senator Ling-Ling Chang is seeking to have removed the signs on highway projects that attribute the construction to SB 1. ASCE members are reminded of Region 9’s opposition to the repeal (Proposition 6).

State Legislation

ASCE supported AB 1792 (Frazier D – Discovery Bay) that authorizes an affordable housing authority (AHA) to finance infrastructure for water, sewer, or other public infrastructure necessary to support the development of affordable housing is (in August) awaiting final passage.

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 is back in the Assembly waiting for a concurrence vote.

ASCE supported SB 436 (Allen D – Redondo Beach) that would have established the California STEM Professional Teaching Pathway for the purpose of recruiting, training, supporting, and retaining qualified science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals, including military veterans, as mathematics and science teachers in California, died in the Assembly.

SB 920 (Cannella R – Ceres) was signed by Governor Brown. It extends until January 1, 2026, the authorization for persons licensed to engage in the practice of engineering, land surveying, or architecture to form limited liability partnerships.

New Reports of Interest

Joule released “A Process for Capturing CO2 from the Atmosphere.”  Direct air capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) to reduce atmospheric levels is not a new technology, but it has been considered too expensive to be economically viable. However, new research appears to have discovered ways to reduce the cost of CO2 capture per ton. The final method has been tested in a pilot plant since 2015, and assessed by an independent third party. The final cost of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere is estimated to be anywhere between $94 and $232 per ton of CO2, potentially representing a six-fold cost reduction from previous estimates. Each plant can capture roughly 1 megaton of CO2 per year, representing .25% of California’s annual carbon emissions.

Scientific Investigations Report released  The HayWired Earthquake Scenario—Engineering Implications. What would happen to the San Francisco Bay region during and after a magnitude-7 earthquake? This report describes a hypothetical yet scientifically realistic earthquake sequence called the HayWired scenario. Analysis suggests that 800 deaths and 16,000 nonfatal injuries would result from shaking alone, while property and business disruption could incur losses of more than $82 billion. “The Bay Area has invested tens of billions of dollars in earthquake protections since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake rattled the San Andreas Fault in 1989…. But an earthquake on the ‘heavily urbanized’ Hayward Fault would be more severe than Loma Prieta.” (San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 18, 2018).

Southern California Water Coalition Task Force released Stormwater Capture: Enhancing Recharge & Direct Use through Data Collection. “The purpose of this 2018 whitepaper update is to gain a better understanding of actual stormwater runoff capture volumes, costs, benefits, and project performance across the region to inform future discussions.” The Task Force analyzed complete data from 32 projects of six Southern California agencies over ten years. The results showed that 13,400 AFY (acre feet/year) of stormwater was captured between 2006 and 2016. Total capital cost for all 32 projects totaled $132 million, and cost per acre foot of captured stormwater ranged from a low of $59 per acre foot to a high of $250,000 per acre foot. Retrofit projects tend to be more cost effective than new projects. Monitoring is essential, yet is not often budgeted.

Governor’s Appointments

Reappointed to the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists: Fel Anthony Amistad, San Mateo, mortgage loan officer at Presto Loans; Kathy Jones Irish, Los Angeles, joint venture partner at Englander Knabe and Allen since 2018; Elizabeth Mathieson, Alameda, part-time senior managing scientist at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates; Mohammad Qureshi, Tustin, public works director for the County of Glenn Public Works Agency. 

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The Law & Civil Engineering


Gene Bass

Prior articles have discussed various of the functional and procedural aspects of mechanics' liens. In particular, it should be apparent that timing and meeting deadlines is an important element of mechanics' liens and their enforcement. It has also been shown that if timing requirements are not met, lien rights can be lost.

Although the proper recording of a mechanics' lien and adherence to all the prerequisites can establish a valid lien, further steps must be taken within prescribed time limits to enforce the lien.

The law provides that a recorded mechanics' lien cannot be effective for a period longer than 90 days after the date of recording unless, within that 90 day period, a lawsuit to foreclose the lien is filed in the proper court. The law also provides that if the lien claimant fails to commence an action to foreclose the lien within the statutory time limitations, the lien shall automatically become null and void and of no further force and effect.

Often lien claimants believe that once the lien has been recorded, nothing further is required. That is not true. While title companies may react very conservatively and be concerned about mechanics' liens over 90 days old, and in some cases treat them as still valid, the lien claimant cannot rely on such a result.

When there is a payment dispute, the non paying party often begins to show more interest once a lien has been recorded. Settlement negotiations that have not moved can be prompted and the parties will begin talking more seriously about resolution of the issues. During the negotiations, the lien claimant must be particularly aware of the 90 day period for filing a lawsuit to foreclose the lien. The other party may be aware of the 90 day limit and may seek to drag the negotiations out past the 90 days and cause the lien to become invalid. Once the lien becomes invalid the bargaining position of the lien claimant can be significantly diminished and there can be less urgency in resolution of the claim.

Two options exist if the 90 day limit is approaching and no resolution of the dispute has been reached. If the period for recording liens has not expired, the lien claimant can record a new mechanic's lien. The old lien should be released at the same time to avoid doubling of the lien amount. With the recording of a new lien, a new 90 day period will commence, thus postponing the final date for filing a lawsuit to foreclose and, hopefully, allowing time to conclude the resolution of the dispute.

The other option available to extend the period for filing a lawsuit to foreclose the mechanics' lien beyond the 90 day period is to record a "Notice of Credit." The notice serves as an agreement between the lien claimant and the owner to extend the foreclosure lawsuit filing period. The time period for filing the lawsuit to foreclose cannot be extended beyond one year from the date of completion of the work of improvement, however.

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