July 2020 Print

President's Report

I hope everyone in the Section is doing well and are staying healthy! Many in person conferences and meetings have been canceled or have moved to webinars. I would like to highlight successful remote events that occurred in our Sacramento Section in May and June. 

The Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Sacramento Chapter hosted a free evening webinar presentation in May on Colorado River Basin Governance, Decision Making, and Alternative Approaches by Rich Juricich, Principal Engineer, Colorado River Board of California. Rich Juricich is a past chair of the EWRI Sacramento Chapter. The presentation was well attended. 

The Capital Branch hosted free lunchtime webinars in May and June. In May, Lindsey Van Parys, an Associate at GHD, gave a presentation on Modern Roundabouts: What? Why? How? She informed attendees on different opportunities to use roundabouts and highlighted projects in the Sacramento Section where roundabouts have been constructed. In June, Elizabeth Ramos, a civil engineer at Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc., gave a presentation on How to use Social Media for your Engineering Organizations. Both presentations were well attended. 

The Feather River Branch hosted a virtual happy hour ASCE Region 9 Governor Elias Karam. It was a great opportunity to get an update on how Region 9 and Sacramento Section are doing from Elias.  

Be on the lookout for opportunities to connect with your colleagues and professional network. For example, the Capital Branch will be hosting their July meeting online as well. On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 12PM to 1PM, Adam Killinger from Geopier will be presenting on Ground Improvements. I hope you can join in on these remote events 

As students continue with their classes online and the dynamics of the work environment change temporarily, we hope to continue providing connections and mentoring opportunities. I hope that we continue our mentoring activities as a society. Remote mentoring can provide value added to both parties – students and professionals. Let us work together to weather this storm. 

Sincerely,

Megan LeRoy, P.E.

President, ASCE Sacramento Section

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Project Awards

We are proud to announce the winners of the most outstanding civil engineering projects in the Sacramento Section completed in 2019. See below for a complete list of the winners.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are considering alternative options for hosting the awards banquet including a virtual event or outdoor event with social distancing protocols. We would appreciate your input on this by filling out this brief survey:

Brief Survey

Project of the Year

Paradise Camp Fire Debris Removal and Services
Owner: CalRecycle
Engineer: Odin Construction Solutions, Inc.

Outstanding Architectural Engineering Project

Manteca Great Wolf Lodge
Owner: Great Wolf Lodge
Engineer: Buehler

Outstanding Bikeways and Trails Project

El Dorado Trail Extension – Missouri Flat Road to El Dorado
Owner: El Dorado County Department of Transportation
Contractor: Westcon Construction Corp

Outstanding Bridge Project

Purdon Road over Shady Creek Bridge Replacement Project
Owner: County of Nevada Department of Public Works
Engineer: Dokken Engineering

Outstanding Community Improvement Project

Real Time Information Center Project
Owner: City of Elk Grove Police Department / Public Works Department
Contractor: Signal Perfection, Ltd

Outstanding Construction Project

Feather River West Levee Project UPRR Closure Structure
Owner: Sierra Butte Flood Control Agency
Engineer: Wood Rodgers / WSP USA

Outstanding Environmental Engineering Project

Fremont Weir Adult Fish Passage Project
Owner: California Department of Water Resources
Contractor: Flatiron West

Outstanding Flood Management Project

American River Watershed Common Features Project, Natomas Basin, Reach D
Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers / Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency

Outstanding Geotechnical Project

Repair Upper Blackwelder Lake Dam - Beale Air Force Base
Owner: Beale Air Force Base
Engineer: Dokken Engineering

Outstanding Geotechnical Research and Development Project

American River Project Slag-Cement-Cement-Bentonite Cutoff Wall Evaluation
Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District / Kleinfelder
Contractor: Sapper West / Gregg Drilling and Testing, LLC

Outstanding Parks and Recreation Project

Hall Memorial Park Improvements PH3
Owner: City of Dixon
Engineer: LPA Inc.

Outstanding Roadway and Highway Project

I-80/ SR 65 Interchange Project Phase 1
Owner: Placer County Transportation Planning Agency / Caltrans District 3
Engineer: Jacobs

Outstanding Small Project

Effluent System Reliability Project
Owner: Regional San
Engineer: BC/HDR JV

Outstanding Small Transportation Project

South Auburn Street and Westbound I-80 On/Off-Ramp Roundabout
Owner: City of Colfax / Caltrans District 3
Engineer: GHD, Inc.

Outstanding Structural Engineering Project

City of Roseville City Hall Annex
Owner: City of Roseville
Contractor: DPR Construction / Clark Pacific

Outstanding Sustainable Engineering Project

Diamond Valley Ranch Irrigation Improvements Project
Owner: South Tahoe Public Utility District
Engineer: Domenichelli & Associates

Outstanding Transportation Project

Combie Road Corridor Improvements Project
Owner: County of Nevada Department of Public Works
Engineer: Quincy Engineering

Outstanding Urban or Land Development Project

Freeport Septic Conversion Project
Owner: Sacramento Area Sewer District
Engineer: HDR Engineering, Inc.

Outstanding Water Project

Tiger Creek Afterbay Dredging & Dam Low Level Outlet Inspection
Owner: PG&E
Engineer: Odin Construction Solutions, Inc.

Outstanding Water/Wastewater Treatment Project

City of Shasta Lake Waste Water Treatment Plant Improvements Project
Owner: City of Shasta Lake
Engineer: Water Works Engineers / AE2S



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Call For Nominations

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Capital Branch Activities

NEW WEBSITE!

ASCE Capital Branch has launched our new website with updated information. Also, if you missed an online lunch presentation we also have recordings of them available for viewing whenever is convenient. 

Monthly Luncheons (Online)

Ground Improvement
By Adam Killinger, Geopier
Contact Ron if you're not getting his announcements

Award Announcement

Dr. Bruce L. Kutter, Ph.D., M.ASCE  from the Capital Branch of the Sacramento Section habeen selected by the ASCE Geo-Institute to receive the 2020  H. Bolton Seed Medal for “important and sustained contributions to the physical modeling of geotechnical and soil-structure systems to earthquakes, centrifuge research and continuing leadership in the field.”

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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Feather River Branch Activities

The Feather River branch is exploring options for online events. For more information, please contact Guy Hopes.

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Sustainability Committee

Greetings ASCE Sacramento Section Members!

My name is Cynthia (Cindy) Harkness. I work as a civil engineer and design coordinator at LPA Inc., an integrated design firm dedicated to creating and designing sustainable buildings and sites. As part of the ASCE Sacramento Section, I am serving as the Sustainability Committee Chair. The main goal of the Committee is to promote sustainable infrastructure in the Greater Sacramento region, including use and application of Envision, and to coordinate our efforts with other ASCE regions and teams. We are looking for people who want to get involved with these efforts! The Sustainability committee will have its first online meeting on August 4th from 12:00pm-1:00pm. See below for the GoToMeeting invite. Want to find out more, or have questions or ideas? Contact me at [email protected] or (916) 287-2350.

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Region 9

ASCE’s Battle of the California Sections

by

Chuck Spinks, P.E., M. ASCE,
Chair, Region 9 History & Heritage Committee

and

Dan Cronquist, P.E., M. ASCE,
President, Los Angeles Section

 

Did you ever wonder why Fresno is part of the San Francisco Section and not the Sacramento Section? The story starts on October 5, 1937, when the ASCE Board of Direction adopted new by-laws that stated all of North America was to be divided into Sections. The By-laws stated in Article VII:

“All existing Sections shall re-define the boundaries of their areas of influence with due attention to covering all the natural or state areas so that all members within these areas may come within suitable zones of influence…”

California had four sections in the principal cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Sacramento. The sticky question became, what was the “zone of influence” for each city? A “battle” ensued between the Sacramento and San Francisco Sections over who had the zone of influence over and controlled the San Joaquin Valley.

The battle opened with letters on October 11, 1937 from George Seabury, representing the ASCE Board of Direction, to each of the four Section Presidents in California. The first shot was fired by the Sacramento Section, which opposed the recommendation that the new Sacramento Section boundaries be “All of California north of the south lines of Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Sacramento, Amador and Alpine Counties.” All of San Joaquin Valley was to go to the San Francisco Section. Sacramento claimed that their area of influence included the San Joaquin Valley, and that the San Francisco Section should take all of the North Coast counties.

Thomas Stanton, District 13 Director, recommended that the Los Angeles Section boundary be Latitude 36 with the addition of Inyo and Mono Counties and southern Nevada with the small town of Las Vegas (about 7,000 people). The Los Angeles Section accepted those boundaries.

That left the two northern California Sections to work it out. The issue centered not just on the areas of influence of each section, but also the number of members to be gained with the new boundaries. San Francisco Section claimed that the Sacramento Section was going to get a huge influx of new members because, quoted from a letter:

  1. When the Bay Bridge work is completed, quite a group of Engineers will undoubtedly return to Sacramento.
  2. The trend is to concentrate all state offices in Sacramento.
  3. The headquarters of the Central Valley Project will be in Sacramento.
  4. If the PG&E Feather River Project goes ahead it will place many engineers on this job.

Thomas Waddell, the Sacramento Section President, responded with Sacramento’s own arguments. First, they noted that if the San Joaquin Valley was added to the San Francisco Section, they would have 710 members, compared to Sacramento Section’s 233 members. Sacramento also noted that “all points in the San Joaquin Valley counties in question are closer to Sacramento than they are to San Francisco.” Also, the employees working on the Central Valley Project in the San Joaquin Valley will be tied closer to Sacramento, the project’s headquarters. Finally, Waddell said that civil engineers in San Joaquin Valley would “derive as much or more from this Section as they would from San Francisco Section,” because the Sacramento Section holds weekly meetings, about 50 each year, while the San Francisco Section holds only quarterly meetings.

In the end, the two Sections could not come to an agreement. Thomas Stanton, the District 13 Director, wrote a letter dated November 19, 1937 to ASCE Headquarters suggesting the approval of the San Diego and Los Angeles Section boundaries, but added:

“The balance of California to be divided between San Francisco and Sacramento Sections along lines to be decided upon after thorough discussion before the Board of Directors at its January meeting.”

Looking at today’s Section boundaries, the Board apparently decided to split the difference, and give about half of San Joaquin Valley to Sacramento and half to San Francisco. And that’s why today the Fresno Branch is part of the San Francisco Section. Figure 1 depicts the disputed areas in 1937 and Figure 2 depicts the current Section boundaries in California.

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Water Committee

Region 9 Water Committee Hot Topics – Water and Wastewater in the Time of Covid-19

by

Xavier Irias, P.E., M. ASCE
Chair, ASCE Region 9 Water and Environment Committee

It’s simply not possible to write this year’s Water article without talking about the coronavirus pandemic which continues to impact us. February seems a distant memory: a time when we all commuted to work, when grocery stores were fully stocked, when the news was about something besides a virus and its impacts on society, when we weren’t all wearing masks.

While relatively few of us have been sickened by the virus, many of us know somebody’s who’s been sick and a few of us have lost a loved one to the virus. All of us have been greatly affected in our personal and professional lives by the many changes brought about by the shelter-in-place mandates. 

These difficult times have a way of reminding people which things are really important; Health care, Food and Water. In fact, while water is essential in its own right, it’s also essential to the function of all 15 of the other “critical sectors”. Without water, you can’t produce food,  power, or fuel. And you can’t run a hospital. Note that when we say water, we mean wastewater too; what good is a truckload of toilet paper unless there’s a way to flush?

In accordance with their essential nature, water and wastewater utilities throughout the State have remained open during the pandemic even though many other activities have been shut down to control the virus’ spread. While some water sector workers can telecommute to a degree, the basic work of running treatment plants and repairing pipes requires a physical presence. Those front-line workers in the water and wastewater sectors are fulfilling a role every bit as important as that of medical workers, i.e., keeping the basic underpinnings of modern society intact. For some water sector workers, this means coming to work more or less as usual; for others, it requires juggling home-school duties or elder care; and for still others, it’s a more drastic change in lifestyle. For example, the operators of the San Diego County Carlsbad desalination plant are living in rented RV’s at the plant, seeing their families only by web chat; this isolation ensures that the plant can stay running and keep water flowing to customers.

So far, the complex engine that is our economy continues to run, albeit with a sputter. And thus, with the exception of a brief hiccup in carbon dioxide availability, the basic staples needed to keep water flowing have continued: fuel, treatment chemicals, electrical power, financial services. However, as the pandemic continues, there is growing concern about the economic impact of the pandemic. In a recent AWWA survey, most water utilities reported either experiencing a financial pinch or expecting to do so as a result of the pandemic. These survey results came as no surprise, given the hardships being endured by individuals and businesses that will continue to ripple through the economy. In California, water (and power) utilities have generally announced that they are suspending disconnections for failure to pay; while this is an appropriate step, it will not be without impact.

Even before the pandemic, affordability of water and wastewater service was a top-tier issue facing the industry, as rate pressure caused by aging infrastructure, combined with other economic pressures such as the high cost of housing, posed a huge challenge to industry professionals tasked with somehow providing safe, reliable service while controlling rate increases. The pandemic will exacerbate that affordability challenge, as it places greater pressure on individuals who are already struggling, which in turn places pressure on water and wastewater utilities. One doesn’t have to be Nostradamus to foresee that utilities might face some pushback if they seek even “normal” rate increases in the next several months. That’s even if the State “reopens” in the very near future, i.e., eases the many restrictions put in place since March.

As I write this column, there are indeed high hopes for a rapid reopening of the State. Opinions vary as to exactly how this ought to be done, and how quickly, reflecting the basic fact that rebooting an economy is a tricky thing, and trickier still with a virus still at large. The stakes – our lives and livelihoods – couldn’t be higher. Historical analogues are always an imperfect match, but they certainly suggest that challenges lie ahead. Fortunately, on one hand, Covid-19 has a far lower case mortality rate than that of the bubonic plagues – those plagues not only shut down, but utterly transformed, medieval European society. On the other hand, our highly interconnected modern society has a fragility that a medieval community didn’t have. The speed of economic recovery will not be all about government action or lack thereof, regardless of how quickly the government moves, it may be some time before we see full restaurants, ball games, concert halls, etc., and even when we do, we need to remember that Mother Nature bats last and may upend our recovery plans.

Fitting Covid-19 into the appropriate historical context will take some time; if it’s typical of most major events, the lessons observed from the same basic set of facts will vary greatly among observers, as each person’s unique circumstances, expertise, and perspectives color their interpretation of events. For some water/wastewater utilities and consultants, the pandemic may confirm the validity of lessons already learned well. Those organizations and individuals that had taken to heart the many pandemic wake-up calls of the past twenty years, and made appropriate investments in telecommuting capability, respirator stockpiles, and continuity planning have seen those strategies resoundingly vindicated. Some organizations, even if caught flat-footed by Covid-19, will learn the value of preparedness and will face future crises on surer footing. But there will no doubt be others that learn the wrong lessons, whether it’s a blame transferal (“other people should have planned better”), a false sense of invincibility (“we got through this, we can get through anything”), or an overly narrow learning (“let’s refocus our emergency plans on pandemics and de-emphasize other hazards”).

Even as we’re still trying to interpret the lessons of Covid-19, many of us in the water industry have been, or will be involved, in compliance with America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA). AWIA requires drinking water utilities to update their vulnerability assessments by specific due dates, and then within six months update their emergency response plans. Large utilities have already updated their vulnerability assessments (due date was March 31), while midsize utilities have until December 31, and small utilities have until June 30, 2021. This means that utilities of all sizes are at some stage of assessing their vulnerabilities and-or updating their emergency plans. 

No doubt the lessons of Covid-19 will inform the ongoing AWIA work; the challenge will be learning the right lessons. As we assess a utility’s readiness and response to Covid-19, at most utilities we will see some hits and some misses. The most disciplined among us will be able to perceive gaps in our readiness and outline remedial measures that not only improve our resilience for future pandemics, but for other hazards as well. Those other hazards – the ones that, but for Covid-19, might have been a feature in this article – are still important to us as water professionals.  Hazards like earthquakes, climate change, power outages, wildfires. Economic shock; oh, that one’s included with Covid-19, never mind.

Here’s looking forward to next year’s article when we get to return to talking about hazards other than Covid-19, along hopefully with progress on advancing infrastructure funding, and continuing discourse on water and environment policy.

If you wish to learn more about the Region 9 Water & Environment Committee please contact me at [email protected].

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

by

Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate

July

June

The State Assembly returned to Sacramento on May 4, 2020; the Senate followed on May 11. 

Governor Newsom Taps California Business, Labor, Health Care and Community Leaders for New Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery After Lenny Mendonca’s resignation as Chief Economic Advisor, head of Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-BIZ), and Chair of the High-Speed Rail Authority, Governor Newsom selected former Presidential candidate and hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer to become his chief advisor and to chair the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. “The Task Force will work to develop actions government and businesses can take to help Californians recover as fast as safely possible from the COVID-19 induced recession and to shape a fair, green, and prosperous future. They will meet twice a month throughout 2020 to develop options that would work for all Californians, with a particular focus on those hardest hit by the pandemic.” 80 members – including all the living ex-governors were originally appointed but that list has grown to 87. You can see the full list here.

Columnist Dan Walters was not particularly optimistic about the chances for great success. “The group’s unwieldy size is compounded by an inability to meet personally. Moreover, its something-for-everyone composition, its polarizing co-chairs, its brief time frame and, finally, the dim history of such exercises make some positive and lasting effect unlikely.” On Steyer he observed “Having Steyer, with his penchant for ideological confrontation, in the driver’s seat is probably more an impediment than a lubricant.” Much of the work is expected to be performed by one of 12 sub-groups (complete list here) of the taskforce who are supposed to figure out how to get California moving again. The taskforce is to issue its report within the next 60 days.

New Reports of Interest

California Independent System Operator released “Avangrid Renewables Tule Wind Farm: Demonstration of Capability to Provide Essential Grid Services,” finds that “over several days in 2019” Avangrid’s 131.1 megawatt wind plant east of San Diego showed that a commercial wind farm with a “smart” inverter-based controller for converting direct current to alternating current can provide important services to the grid that “are currently being provided by conventional sources, including natural gas plants.” 

Legislative Analyst’s Office released “State Budget Effects of Recent Federal Actions to Address COVID-19,” finds: state is eligible for $15.3 billion to be shared between state and local governments; federal government enhancements to Medi-Cal are estimated to generate “between $1.5 billion and $2.5 billion in General Fund savings in both 2019-20 and 2020-21;” changes to unemployment insurance have added “about $120 million in additional UI money” and interest-free loans from the federal government “could have budgetary benefit in the hundreds of millions of dollars;” and in education “we estimate California will receive $3.7 billion ($1.7 billion for higher education, $1.6 billion for elementary and secondary education and $355 million for educational institutions at any level).” 

Public Policy Institute of California released policy brief on “How Is the Pandemic Affecting Wildfire Preparedness?“, finds that potential recipients of wildfire risk reduction funds proposed in Governor’s budget, which includes “$165 million in state Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund money and an additional $250 million in funding for forest health projects from a Climate Resilience Bond intended for the November 2020 ballot,” are “cautiously optimistic” notwithstanding “economic fallout from the pandemic” that “is forcing the state to reassess its spending priorities.” 

Appointments of Interest

By Governor:
To the Delta Stewardship CouncilDaniel Zingale, Sacramento, former senior advisor for strategy and communications in the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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The Law & Civil Engineering

THE LAW AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

by

Gene Bass

 

On of the main purposes of a contract is to allocate risk between the contracting parties. Normally, the parties expect that contract terms will express normal risk allocation. Sometimes, however, a contract may contain terms that vary from the normal expectations. Care must be taken to review all the terms of the contract to be aware of any unusual or unexpected provisions that can significantly affect anticipated risk and the contract price.

Clauses requiring a contractor to investigate a job site and related conditions and to acknowledge satisfaction with those conditions are not uncommon. The reason for this type of provision is to protect the owner from changes to the project that may increase the cost if unanticipated conditions are found. If the owner supplies misleading information, such a requirement may not be enforceable, however. If an owner intends that the contractor conduct an extensive investigation before submitting a bid, the price should, of course, reflect those costs, providing the bidders appreciate the necessity for such an investigation. A bidder should clearly understand if it is the owner’s intention to shift the risk of site conditions to the contractor and the bid price should reflect the higher cost for that requirement. Owners should also be aware that to the extent they do not invest in pre-bid site investigations, the price of their project will increase to reflect the added costs to the contractor to complete those investigations. If the contractor’s investigation is not as thorough that it should be, the risk of problems during construction is increased.

Sometimes contracts seek to limit compensation or damages arising from delays by providing that the only remedy available for a delay is a time extension of the contract. Time delays can be very expensive and often mere time extensions will not provide reasonable compensation for the delayed contractor. If faced with such a provision, a contractor should seek to limit it’s application where delays are not within the contemplation of the parties or are unreasonable. Also, such clauses should not be applied to bar any claims for delay that can be passed onto the owner.

Payment clauses that seek to only require payment to a subcontractor after the general contractor is paid, can be very problematic. The legitimate intent of such a clause can be to provide that payment will be made in due course when the submittal, approval and payment process has been completed. Another purpose can be to provide that if the general contractor is not paid by the owner, the general contractor does not have to pay the subcontractor. That may not be a risk that the subcontractor will appreciate, especially after fully performing the work. Special care should be taken to recognize and understand such clauses and to be sure that they are modified, if necessary.


This article is intended only to provide general information regarding legal issues. It is not to be relied upon for legal advice. Contact your attorney for advice and guidance on general and specific legal issues.

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Serve on an ASCE Committee

Committees

Each year, thousands of civil engineering professionals participate in ASCE's activities by volunteering their technical and professional expertise in support of the Society's vision and mission to advance the practice of civil engineering.

Serve on a Committee

Service on an ASCE committee is just one of the many ways in which you can give back to the profession. Selected applicants are subject to approval by the Board of Direction in July. Constituent Committee members are approved by the respective Society Committee by September. Committee assignments are effective at the conclusion of the Society's Annual Business Meeting, typically held in October.

  • Membership on Board and Constituent Committees is limited to ASCE members in good standing, unless an exception is granted.
  • Composition of committees is designed to ensure a diverse membership.
  • Terms begin and end at the conclusion of the Society's Annual Business Meeting.
  • A term is one (1) year and may be renewed up to a maximum of six (6) years.
  • Reimbursement is available to members in good standing, according to the Society's travel policy.
  • The President-elect recommends for Board of Direction approval the nominees for Board and Society Committees.
  • Society Committees are responsible for approving their constituent committee rosters by September.

Now Accepting Applications

Applications will be accepted from January 15 to March 15. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Dinwiddie at [email protected].

  • Committee for America's Infrastructure
    Charge: The Committee for America's Infrastructure shall coordinate all activities related to the Report Card for America's Infrastructure.
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  • Committee on Accreditation
    Charge: The Committee on Accreditation shall administer all activities involving ASCE's participation in ABET accreditation, specifically including strategic accreditation priorities, policies, and programs.
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  • Committee on Developing Leaders
    Charge: The Committee on Developing Leaders shall empower civil engineers to develop their leadership and interpersonal skills more purposefully, identify knowledge and skills gaps, and navigate existing and new tools/resources that ASCE offers in this area.
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  • Committee on Education
    Charge: The Committee on Education shall focus on matters that affect the undergraduate and graduate education of civil engineers.
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  • Committee on Faculty Development
    Charge: The Committee on Faculty Development shall create and implement programs to foster the development and advancement of faculty as effective educators.
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  • Committee on Licensure
    Charge: The Committee on Licensure shall promote the licensure of civil engineers, collaborate with others involved in professional licensure, and monitor, support, and encourage licensure activities.
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  • Committee on Pre-College Outreach
    Charge: The Committee on Pre-College Outreach shall develop, implement, and support quality programs and resources, based on research, to increase awareness, understanding and interest in civil engineering among students in grades pre-K through 12 with the goal of developing a large diverse population of future engineers and a more knowledgeable public.
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  • Committee on Preparing the Future Civil Engineer
    Charge: The Committee on Preparing the Future Civil Engineer shall advance the Society's educational qualifications and professional standards for the practice of civil engineering.
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  • Committee on Professional Advancement
    Charge: The Committee on Professional Advancement shall build opportunities in global leadership, engagement, and service to advance the civil engineering profession.
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  • Committee on Professional Career Growth
    Charge: The Committee on Professional Career Growth shall update existing and develop new resources to help members identify career paths, set goals for achieving career milestones, progress toward career goals, and track progress toward reaching career milestones.
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  • Committee on Professional Conduct
    Charge: The Committee on Professional Conduct shall investigate charges of misconduct against members of the Society as provided in the governing documents and shall provide support and guidance on Society policies and programs to advance the ethical practice of engineering.
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  • Committee on Student Members
    Charge: The Committee on Student Members shall provide for the development and engagement of students through activities and programs that enhance the formal education process and the transition of Student Members into the profession as ASCE members.
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  • Committee on Sustainability
    Charge: The Committee on Sustainability shall direct, oversee, and coordinate the Society's implementation of ASCE's Sustainability Roadmap. The Committee on Sustainability shall also provide oversight of ASCE's involvement in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).
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  • Committee on Technical Advancement
    Charge: The Committee on Technical Advancement shall collaborate with the Technical Region, the Institutes and the Academies on the technical activities of the Society.
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  • Committee on Younger Members
    Charge: The Committee on Younger Members shall focus on matters of the professional development of civil engineers 35 years of age and younger, and facilitate their engagement with, and participation in, the society. [Applicants must be 35 years old or younger at the time of appointment.]
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  • Department Heads Coordinating Council
    Charge: The Department Heads Coordinating Council shall assist and advise the Committee on Education on the initiation, development, and execution of policies, programs, and procedures designed to enhance civil engineering education and research; foster communication on educational and research matters among all civil engineering department heads, faculty, students, and practitioners; and represent the Society to peer engineering societies' department heads groups both nationally and internationally.
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  • Energy, Environment and Water Policy Committee
    Charge: The Energy, Environment and Water Policy Committee shall develop and maintain ASCE policies related to the areas of energy, environment and water.
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  • Engineering Practice Policy Committee
    Charge: The Engineering Practice Policy Committee shall develop and maintain ASCE policies related to the area of engineering practice.
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  • Governing Documents Committee
    Charge: The Governing Documents Committee shall provide oversight for proposed amendments to the Society's governing documents and provide counsel to the Board of Direction on issues related to the governing documents; and, as directed, review amendments to the governing documents of Organizational Entities.
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  • History and Heritage Committee
    Charge: The History and Heritage Committee shall promote the civil engineering profession's history and heritage.
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  • Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee
    Charge: The Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee shall develop and maintain ASCE policies related to the areas of infrastructure and research.
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  • Leader Training Committee
    Charge: The Leader Training Committee shall be responsible for the coordination and delivery of leader training to Society leaders.
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  • Member Communities Committee
    Charge: The Member Communities Committee shall be responsible for member support, engagement, and communication. The Member Communities Committee shall provide support and oversight to the Society's Geographic Units.
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  • Members of Society Advancing Inclusion Council
    The Members of Society Advancing Inclusion Council shall act as a representative, informed, and responsible decision-maker advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion interests of the civil engineering community; monitor the development and coordination of products and resources within the civil engineering community that promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and represent the interest of ASCE to the wider STEM and professional engineering communities.
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  • Membership Application Review Committee
    Charge: The Committee processes applications for the ASCE Fellow grade as well as applications for admission or advancement where qualifications do not exactly meet the defined criteria for a particular grade of Society membership. [No travel reimbursements are available for service on this Committee.]
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  • Public Agency Peer Review Committee
    Charge: The Public Agency Peer Review Committee shall provide the leadership for and the organization and management of the peer review for public agencies program. The Public Agency Peer Review Committee shall also establish criteria for selecting and training reviewers and conducting reviews.
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  • Program and Finance Committee
    Charge: The Program and Finance Committee shall oversee the Society's financial resource planning including budget development and investment management.
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  • Public Policy Committee
    Charge: The Public Policy Committee shall coordinate public policy and government relations activities affecting the civil engineering profession and work with allied organizations on matters of mutual interest.
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  • Society Awards Committee
    Charge: The Society Awards Committee shall annually consider and recommend to the Board of Direction nominations for Distinguished Membership in the Society in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws; recommend to the Executive Committee the recipient of the Norman, Croes, Wellington, and ASCE State of the Art of Civil Engineering prizes; recommend to the Executive Committee nominations for the Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Leadership awards; oversee Society Award, Scholarship and Fellowship endowments and the establishment of new Society Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships; and consider nominations for and award Society Scholarships and Society Fellowships.
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  • State Government Relations and Grassroots Committee
    Charge: The State Government Relations and Grassroots Committee shall assist ASCE's local units and individual members with programs to effectively participate in legislative activities that are of significance to the civil engineering profession.
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  • Transportation Policy Committee
    Charge: The Transportation Policy Committee shall develop and maintain ASCE policies related to the area of transportation.
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Continuing Education

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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 

 

  • 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

 

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 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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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 Megan LeRoy [email protected] 916-471-8210
President Elect   vacant [email protected] 916-993-4613
Senior Director  Christine Rice [email protected] 530-559-4506
Junior Director Claudia Lewis [email protected]  
Secretary Isela Chavez [email protected]  
Treasurer Jafar Faghih [email protected] 916-679-8864
Past President Mike Konieczki [email protected] 916-840-5211
Executive Director Tony Quintrall [email protected] 916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Luke Miner [email protected]
[email protected]
916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare [email protected]  
Region 9 Governor Elias Karam [email protected] 209-481-6857
Egrs. w/o Borders Levi Johnson [email protected]  
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia [email protected] 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Escott Anderson [email protected] 916-961-2723
Capital Branch Ron Loutzenhiser [email protected] 916-788-2884
Central Valley Branch Wilson Zhu [email protected] 209-946-0268
Feather River Branch  Guy Hopes [email protected] 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch John Martin [email protected] 530-223-2585 


INSTITUTES

Coasts, Oceans Ports & Rivers Inst. Zia Zafir [email protected] 916-366-1701
Construction Inst.    Brad Quon [email protected] 916-871-2080
Environ. & Water Resources Inst.  Dr. Derya Sumer [email protected] 916-978-5188 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam  [email protected] 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst.

Niranjen Kanepathipillai

[email protected]ca.gov 916-227-4463
Transportation & Development Inst.   Vacant     

                                    
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

College Accreditation Joan Al-Kazily    530-756-9530
Disaster Preparedness John Andrew [email protected] 916-651-9657
Education & Awards Thor Larsen [email protected]  916-973-0356
Government Relations Craig Copelan [email protected] 530-908-4790
History & Heritage Thor Larsen [email protected]  916-973-0356
Membership-Life Mem. Aafreen Latheef [email protected] 209-481-6857
Scholarship Eric Polson [email protected]  916-801-6290
Sustainability Cindy Harkness [email protected] 916-240-7010

                                                     
UNIVERSITIES

California State University, Sacramento Harpreet Gill [email protected]  
University of the Pacific Nelson Tejada [email protected]  
University of California, Davis Darren Mack [email protected]  
California State University, Chico   [email protected]  

 

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