November 2019 Print

President's Report

ASCE Sacramento Section President’s Message

We continue to work with Region 9 to prepare for the CA Infrastructure Symposium that will be held on April 3rd, 2020 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. The event brings together hundreds of engineers, policy makers, academicians, and students all with a similar passion for making CA's infrastructure reliable, robust, and sustainable. The Symposium will feature water and transportation tracts that will be presentations geared towards this year's theme: "Driving the economy forward with infrastructure." We've already secured some great speakers, including the following keynotes:

  • Barry Broome, CEO of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council

  • Felicia Marcus, Former Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board

  • Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., PE, D.GE, DIST.M. ASCE, 2019-2020 ASCE President-Elect



We encourage you to attend the symposium to learn from the many distinguished speakers about the state of our infrastructure and what the industry is doing in terms of meaningful economic changes. Our goal is to reach 500 participants at the Infrastructure Symposium, so I ask you, our members, to discuss the importance of this symposium with your coworkers and other stewards in your community and encourage them to attend. Word of mouth is our best advertising to reach the audience needed to create change.

The Project Awards Dinner will be held in May 2016, and we encourage our members to begin thinking about their successful and unique projects for the 2019 outstanding project awards nominations. We will provide entry forms and additional details in our December newsletter.

Sincerely,

Tino Maestas, PE
ASCE Sacramento Section President

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Shasta Branch Update

Navigating the North: Shasta Branch Updates

by

Ed Wang

Background of Shasta Branch

The ASCE Shasta Branch (the "Branch") was established on September 11, 1951. The boundaries of the Shasta Branch include: Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity County, in the northern tip of Region 9. The 113 ASCE member body consists of 1 fellow, 86 members, 18 associate members, 6 student members, and 2 affiliate members as of December 2018. 66 out of 105 members are Section Subscribing Members and 22 out of 113 are life members. The average number of years (Section Subscribing members) with ASCE is 24 years. Member backgrounds range from students to executives in both the private and public sectors. From historical perspective, the membership remained steady from the 1980s to 2007. New members joining ASCE in recent years generally do not pay Section dues.

Current Officers include President, Past President and Treasurer. The 2008 recession made an impact on the local economy and job market as well as the Branch. The Branch lost its membership with local engineers moving out of the profession or areas. Less engineers were interested in carrying on organizing events and activities. The similar trends occurred to local organizations such as: American Public Work Association (APWA), Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and even the Rotary Clubs. Other NGOs also drive away members. Another critical factor is the change of leadership at Shasta College. Being the one and the only college that offered pre-engineering program locally, the strong Engineering program shrank substantially ever since the past president left. Lack of young members diminished a healthy growth of the Branch. Despite the fact, the current President, Ms. Susan Goodwin held her office faithfully with assistance from the Treasurer, Mr. Will Bond who kept the treasury records updated since 2012.

Germination

ASCE Sacramento Section President, Mike Konieczki connected the Branch to a very active Region 9 Membership Committee Chair: Elias Karam in November 2018 who provided the Branch member roster. The Past Section President, Adam Killinger also chipped in with strong support and linkage to other branches. Mr. Radley Ott, the President of Feather River Branch at the time provided his personal experience re-energizing his branch several years ago. An advisory Board of five, including Shasta College Dean, California State retirees, and City Officials offered insight, speakers, and directions. The Sacramento Section monthly meeting kept bringing in ideas, potential contacts to interest members, the financial support for Branch nominees on participating in the MRLC conference and voice of encouragement. A kick-off meeting was scheduled on February 18 th 2019 where Sacramento Section Board and Region 9 members planned to visit the Branch. The main goal for the meeting was to share with the Branch how some of the other branches operate and to answer any questions. Due to schedule conflict, the meeting was re-scheduled to April 4, 2019. To prepare for the face-to-face meeting with the Section, Branch officers gathered the first time at Caltrans District 2 Office on March 5 th , 2019. The Branch President and Treasurer met with John Martin (Caltrans), Michael Randall (Jacobs) and Edward Wang (Reclamation) to form the initial task force. The first action was to formalize the Branch Bylaw. All have many good ideas for programs and see opportunities engaging their colleagues to join. A strategic plan was proposed prioritizing objectives and goals to re-engage members under targeted time and limited resources.

Planning Activities

A Member Survey from March 29 th to April 15 th , 2019 was conducted for the basis of activity planning. The 8-question anonymous questionnaire asked 113 local members about their background, preferences and ways of participating the local activities. It was not surprising to receive 10 responses and many emails bounced back showing a need for additional outreach and updating of the membership roaster. The partial results are shown in Figure 1. To increase the success rate and foster a strong local program, organizers also participated in many local activities, meetings and site visits sponsored by APWA, Rotary Club, ICC Shasta Cascade Chapter, California Board of Contractors…etc. to learn from their experience during planning stage.

Figure 1. The Outcome of Membership Survey

The other challenge was to find a meeting place where it is accessible to every member but free of charge. There are five different seminars organized from April to August 2019 aiming at what works the best. The meeting venue, subject, number of speakers, target audience varies as well as the meeting day and time to optimize attendance. Sign-in sheets with signatures and contact information enlarge email list. Post assessment from attendees were collected and reviewed at officer meeting each month. All feedbacks are positive and encouraging. A list of activity, time, place and subject are tabulated in Table 1.

In general, the number of attendees increase with technical intensity and speaker background. Lunch hour seminar is preferable meeting time to evenings. Seminar locations and means of promotion are key factors. Online registration and issuing Certificate of Attendance do not effectively motivate people to come.

Table 1. A List of Shasta Branch Monthly Activity

Date Time Place Speaker Affiliation Topic(s) No. Attendees Refreshments Total Expenses
Friday April 26, 2019 4:00-5:30 p.m. Jacobs Engineering Conference Room Mohammad Qureshi, Ph.D., P.E. President/CA Professional Engineer Board Path to an Engineering License in California (career Development) 18 Soda $170.98
Thursday May 23, 2019 5:00-7:00 p.m. Shasta College Auditorium 806 Tim Corey Founder, Delta Engineering System The Future of Making Things (Computer Aided Design) 25 (including 14 Students) Refreshment and soft drinks $282.40
Friday June 28, 2019 12:00- 1:00 p.m. Community Room, Redding City Hall Josh Watkins & Tom Warnock Water Utility Manager & Principal Engineer Improvements to Water Governance (Water Resources) 27 No $184.86
Friday July 26, 2019 12:00- 1:00 p.m. Sailing Boat Chinese Restaurant Phil George Practitioner Avoidance & Resolution of Construction Dispute (Management) 3 No $0.00
Wednesday August 28, 2019 4:30-7:00 p.m. Shasta Builders' Exchange Craig Schumann & Adam Killinger BASF Construction Geopier Building Solid Foundations (Geotechnical Engineering) 6 No $0.00

Note: Promotions included but not limited to: Email invitations, poster, flyers sent via regular mail, Letters from the President or the Dean, Social Media, and New Releases except Branch Website.

Lessons learned include: attendance drops as soon as summer time arrives. It is found later that other organizations skip meeting in July through September. Promotional flyers by regular mail reached broader audience than simply emailing to members. It is confirmed that social media may be considered for future promotions. Thanks to Escott Anderson, the Executive Secretary at Sacramento Section who updated Branch website page in late July. The website now shows the Branch Facebook and LinkedIn Group. Generally speaking, the majority of seminar attendees are non-ASCE members which imply a great membership recruiting potential in the local engineering community. Branch members scattered at 15-20 small firms, contractors (with 2-15 employees) and self-employment entities. Participants from major employers such as CH2M HILL (now Jacobs), PACE Engineering, City, County Government, and Caltrans are critical to future growth.

Looking Ahead

ASCE Shasta Branch has a strong foundation with its financial stronghold. The potential growth of the Branch relies on recruiting new members and retainage of existing members. Local consulting firms and contractors are an important part of the membership demographics. It will take a team effort and a strong leadership to build a successful Branch. Not only the ASCE Membership Resources Website provided many useful information and templates, but also the number of Branch officers grew from 5 to 7 in last few months. Adding the past President, Dale Roper and a recent Chico State graduate, Dylan De Leon who was the Chico Student Chapter President will definitely boost the membership in the near future. Dylan is now settled in Redding and bridging the Branch to Chico State. The Branch is going to elect the 2020 officers in the next few weeks. With active participation from leaders and officers, the 2020 Shasta Branch program will make a positive impact to the local community.

The Branch has a unique goal and purpose to differentiate us from other existing organizations. For instance, geographically scattered members poses a communication and participation challenge. The Branch will seek for a way to conduct teleconferencing and online resources. Officers have organized several events from April to August. The outcome provided proper assessment on the budget and program via quantitative and qualitative evaluation. Connecting to neighboring branch, Sacramento Section, and bringing in young members will help progressing to a sustainable development. The Branch just announced the 2019 Student Scholarship the second time hoping to encourage younger member participation. On October 3 rd , 2019 Several Branch Officers visited Chico State meeting with Student Chapter. Thanks to Feather Branch President, Paul Peck who agreed to develop a possible joint program. Professor and Chair of Chico State, Dr. Steffen Mehl also accepted an invitation to come to Redding in Spring 2020. This article documents the recent development and progress made for ASCE Shasta Branch. By sharing the recent development and lessons learned, the Branch is looking forward to receive feedback and seeking advice from the Region, Section and Branch leader.

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Capital Branch Activities

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

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Feather River Branch Activities

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

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Shasta Branch Activities

Monthly Meeting

The Year was 1998
Russ Wenham, Speaker

Friday, December 13, 2019
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location:
Kelly's Pub & Wine Bar
2155 Hilltop Dr
Redding, CA 96002


For further inquires, please email the ASCE Shasta Branch at [email protected].

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)

ASCE / YMF Mentorship Program

Also the UC Davis Student chapter has reach out for potential mentors for their 2019-2020 mentorship program.

If you are an interested professional interested in signing up, please fill out this form.
Mentor Questionnaire 2019-2020

Questions can be directed to
Aaron Liu
UC Davis Mentorship Chair
[email protected]

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Region 9

ASCE Region 9 Accomplishments Over the Past Year

by

Kwame A. Agyare, P.E., ENV SP, M. ASCE
ASCE Region 9 Director, and
Chair, ASCE Region 9 Board of Governors

September 30th marked the end of the Region 9 fiscal year, and during last month's Board face-to face meeting, the Board of Governors, among other actions, performed a review of the accomplishments of this past year and prepared plans for future years.

The Region Governors identified the major accomplishments of Region 9 and its organizational entities toward implementing the Society's six Strategic Goals involving Membership, Innovation, Sustainable Infrastructure, Education and Professional Standards, Public Value, and Strategic and Operational Effectiveness:

  • The Region through various events and activities throughout the year, continued to communicate the enhanced ASCE member values toward the goal of increasing membership recruitment and retention. Development of an updated strategic plan is underway to continue to engage and recruit members to ASCE;
  • Undoubtedly one of the most significant achievements of the Region 9 Board and its committees this year was the completion of the 2019 Report Card for California Infrastructure, a feat that was accomplished under the guidance of the co-Chairs, Tony Akel and John Hogan, and by the work of several dozen Region 9 volunteers with the assistance of ASCE Government Relations & Infrastructure Committee staff, as well as the ASCE Committee for America's Infrastructure. 17 categories of infrastructure in the State were ranked and given a report card grade. These grades which are attached will inform the public about the condition of the State's infrastructure and will serve as a basis for Region 9's advocacy efforts in infrastructure in the upcoming years. My sincere gratitude goes out to all who volunteered for this significant update to the previous 2012 report card;
  • The Region continues to promote sustainable infrastructure through the activities of the Region 9 Sustainability Committee, chaired by Mark Norton, and through encouragement and promoting of local ASCE sustainability committees operating in each of the four Sections (San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles). This year, the Committee organized an Envision® Training Workshop the day prior to the Region 9 Infrastructure Symposium held in San Diego in March. About 16 professionals were trained to become Envision® Sustainability Professionals at the workshop. The Region also sought to provide volunteers and encourage support for the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure held in Los Angeles in November 2019 and chaired by Mark Norton;
  • Region 9 Legislative Day Fly-In to Sacramento and Legislation Support – This year's Legislative Day Fly-In event was held in conjunction with the release of the new 2019 California Report Card, at an event held on the lawn at the Sacramento State Capitol, and attended by legislators, ASCE members, and engineering professionals. The event was well attended. Region 9 continues with its goal to introduce an increasing number of engineers to the legislative process and advocacy, held a pre-event webinar and held a morning training session to orient members who are new to the legislative process and the work being done by our Region 9 infrastructure advocacy initiative, and to also illustrate how they can effectively participate in the advocacy process. The second half of the day was spent visiting State Legislators to discuss pending legislation related to infrastructure, and to distribute copies of the new report card to almost all State legislative offices. ASCE Region 9 attendees also offered to provide their technical expertise related to future bills and issues impacting the civil engineering profession, to these legislators. This activity is held each year in the spring, and Region 9 members are encouraged to participate. The Region 9 committees of Transportation, Water, and Government Relations regularly reviewed legislation, which resulted in a significant number of "support" letters to California State Legislators and the Governor;
  • California Infrastructure Symposium – Another significant annual activity is the annual Region 9 Infrastructure Symposium. This 2019, Region 9 partnered with the San Diego Section to host this event. The day-long Infrastructure Symposium addressed the major issues in transportation and water. Region 9 greatly appreciates all of the efforts of the San Diego Section members that worked so hard to make this event a success.

There were a number of other accomplishments throughout the year. Below are just some of the many other achievements of the Region 9 Governors, Committee Chairs, Sections, Branches, and Younger Member Groups: Region 9 Envision Training Workshop – Another successful workshop was held in conjunction with the Region 9 Infrastructure Symposium, and 16 professionals participated in the event;

  • Region 9 Younger Member Committee – This committee continued its operations with representation from all four Sections on the committee;
  • Disaster Preparedness Training – Region 9 Disaster Preparedness Committee Chair, Doug Taylor, focused on stepping up the efforts to train members to receive California Safety Assessment Program (SAP) certification, and held several informational sessions throughout California during the year;
  • California PE Board (BPELSG) Committee Meetings – Region 9 was able to provide ASCE representation at many BPELSG meetings throughout the year. The Region also supported legislation for the renewal of the BPELSG for a further four years;
  • Region 9 Awards Recognition – Region 9 held another successful Region Awards Dinner event at the San Diego Convention Center;
  • Legislative Advocacy – Region 9 Committees reviewed throughout the year many State Assembly or Senate bills affecting the civil engineering profession and the Board of Governors approved more than a dozen "support" or "oppose" letters, which were sent to State legislators;
  • Ballot Initiative Opposition – The Region 9 Board of Governors participated along with several hundred agencies, engineering societies and groups, to oppose the No on Prop 6 initiative on the November 2018 ballot. This was a highly successful advocacy effort and thanks are given to all those that assisted in this effort;
  • Governors Serve on Society Committees – Part of the responsibility of a Region 9 Governor is to seek to serve on a Society Committee. Several current Region 9 Governors sit on Society committees, including the Member Communities Committee (Kwame Agyare – Member); Committee on Student Activities (Matt Kennedy – Member); Public Agency Peer Review Committee (Kwame Agyare – Corresponding Member); Public Policy Committee (Ken Rosenfield – Member) and Committee on Preparing the Future Civil Engineer (Ken Rosenfield – Member, Kwame Agyare - Corresponding Member). If you have a concern or question about your Society you may contact your Region Governor, and they can steer your inquiry so that it can be addressed by the proper committee and, if necessary, brought to the attention of the Society's Board of Direction;
  • OCEA Awards – A project from the San Francisco Area, the Salesforce Tower was selected to receive an Honor Award, and possibly the 2020 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award, to be chosen in March 2020 at the ASCE Awards Ceremony;
  • OCEA Awards – A project from the Sacramento Area, the Spillways Oroville Emergency Recovery project was selected to receive an Honor Award, and possibly the 2020 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award, to be chosen in March 2020 at the ASCE Awards Ceremony;
  • Emmanuel CB (Cris) Liban, P.E., D.Env, ENV SP, F.ASCE, of the Los Angeles Section was selected for the 2019 Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award for "his leadership and engineering contributions in public service at LA Metro and his work incorporating sustainability in engineering.";
  • Costas E. Synolakis, Ph.D. of the Los Angeles Section was selected by ASCE's Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute to receive the 2019 International Coastal Engineering Award for "his three-decade-long pioneering efforts in the field of tsunami research that has not only transformed scientists' understanding of tsunamis but also saved countless lives.";
  • The Los Angeles Younger Member Forum was been selected by the Committee on Younger Members to receive the 2019 Younger Member Group Award for large groups for "outstanding professional, technical, social, outreach, and community service activities on behalf of the Los Angeles Section.";
  • James L. Beck, Ph.D., F.EMI, M.ASCE of the Los Angeles Section was selected by the Engineering Mechanics Institute to receive the 2019 Masanobu Shinozuka Medal for "original contributions to subset simulation in reliability analysis of stochastic systems, a powerful technique that allows probabilistic estimation of rare events, and your pioneering work in developing technologies for machine learning in earthquake engineering applications.";
  • Monica Morales, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE of the Los Angeles Section was selected by the Committee on Younger Members to receive the 2019 Daniel W. Mead Prize for Younger Members for the paper, "Inclusion and Diversity: Engineering Ethics.";
  • The Los Angeles ASCE Student Chapter was awarded the 2019 ASCE Distinguished Chapter Award for Region 9 by the ASCE Committee on Student Members. This award is made annually "to the most outstanding Student Organization in the Region.";
  • Derek Slovenec, S.M.ASCE, Bing Qu, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, and Gilberto Mosqueda, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE from ASCE Region 9 were selected by the Structural Engineering Institute to receive the 2019 Moisseiff Award for the paper, "Seismic Rehabilitation of Concentrically Braced Frames Using Stiff Rocking Cores," published in the September 2017 issue of Journal of Structural Engineering;
  • Shaily Mahendra, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE of the Los Angeles Section was selected by the Committee on Technical Advancement to receive the 2019 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize for "pioneering the application of enzyme-nanoparticle vaults in water treatment, significantly contributing to application of molecular biological and stable isotopic diagnostic tools in bioremediation of organic contaminants and advancing our understanding of the impact of nanomaterials on microbial ecosystems.";
  • Graham E.C. Bell, Ph.D., P.E., F.NACE, F.ASCE of the Los Angeles Section was selected by the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute to receive the 2019 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award for an "exemplary 35-year career as a researcher, practitioner and educator, fostering a dynamic evolution of the industry for standard of care issues for the condition assessment, rehabilitation, and corrosion control for linear and vertical civil infrastructure.";
  • John T. Harvey, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE of the Sacramento Section was selected by the Transportation and Development Institute to receive the 2019 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award for "research, development and implementation results in the areas of pavement design, materials, rapid construction, pavement management and the quantification of environmental impacts on pavement that are used around the world.";
  • David S. Yang, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., M.ASCE of the San Francisco Section was selected by the Geo-Institute to receive the 2019 Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award for his "contributions to Deep Soil Mixing including the beneficial expansion of its use for containment and reinforcement applications. You have truly advanced the practice and been instrumental in overcoming the obstacles needed to bring this technology to North America.";
  • Farhang Ostadan, P.E., F.ASCE of the San Francisco Section was selected by the Energy Division to receive the 2019 Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Energy Award for "significant contributions to practice, research and codification activities for advancing soil-structure-interaction analysis and seismic analysis in the energy industry, in particular the nuclear power industry.";
  • Jonathan D. Bray, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, F.ASCE of the San Francisco Section was selected by the Geo-Institute to receive the 2019 Karl Terzaghi Award for "effective leadership and contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession and for following in the footsteps of Karl Terzaghi in expanding the state of the art of the geo profession.";
  • The New United States Courthouse is one of five finalists for the 2019 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) award. The other finalists are: 150 North Riverside, Chicago, IL; OARS – OSIS Augmentation & Relief Sewer, Columbus, OH; Olympia Odos Motorway – EKPPT, Greece; SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement South Access – Northbound Off Ramp, Seattle, WA;
  • Bill Dutra, A.M.ASCE of the San Francisco Section was selected by the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute to receive the 2018 John G. Moffatt-Frank E. Nichol Harbor and Coastal Engineering Award "For his outstanding contributions in the construction of harbor and coastal projects bringing outstanding leadership, creativity and innovation enabling significant environmental and technological gains to the profession and society."

These accomplishments could not have happened without the leadership and dedication of Governors, Section Presidents, Committee Chairs, and active members who give so much of their time to support ASCE and Region 9 activities. To them I would like to express my sincere appreciation and look forward to working with our members over the next year to continue to provide quality activities throughout the Region.

I would also like to take this time to thank Matt Kennedy and Thor Larsen, the two outgoing Governors, for their service over the past three years. Matt also served as the External Secretary and Awards Chair for the Region 9 Board. Thor served as Treasurer and Chair of the California PE Board (BPELSG) Committee. I would also like to say congratulations once more to the two newly elected Region Governors Rune Storesund and Elias Karam.

If you have any questions about Region 9 or your Society, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Kwame Agyare presents a plaque to Matt Kennedy in appreciation for his service as Region 9 Governor

Kwame Agyare presents a plaque to Thor Larsen in appreciation for his service as Region 9 Governor

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Presidents and Governors Forum

On September 22, 2019, 107 Section and Branch Presidents, Region Governors and Society Directors from across the country and abroad attended the annual Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF) in Reston, VA at ASCE Headquarters. This Leader Training Committee (LTC) sponsored event provided opportunities for attendees to learn about ASCE resources, network with other ASCE leaders, and develop skills that would benefit their Sections and Branches.

The program began on Sunday, with an icebreaker followed by several sessions including an "Introduction to your Presidency," "How to Utilize your Governors," "An Introduction to Region 10," "Leadership in the Century of Disruption" by ASCE Distinguished Member Gerald Galloway, Ph.D., P.E., Hon.D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE; "Legal Issues for Sections and Branches" and the "Philadelphia Section Mentoring Program." President-Elect Kancheepuram Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE and Executive Director Tom Smith, CAE, ENV SP, F.ASCE shared their thoughts and experiences on Society activities. On Sunday evening, the attendees attended a networking social and dinner in Reston Town Center.

Monday continued with additional Best Practice sessions on Struggling Sections and Branches; Developing a State Infrastructure Report Card; Student Transition Strategies; Running a Successful Section/Branch; and Creating a Successful Website and the Effective Use of Social Media. Some of the attendees also attended breakout sessions on becoming a Region Governor and learning about ASCE Institutes. The program continued with a Roundtable Discussion sharing measurable goals for their Section/Branch and Resource Breakouts from Society Staff members, followed by a competitive game of JeopardASCE. Closing remarks were made by President-Elect Elect Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE.

After two solid days spent with ASCE, attendees left with new knowledge that will be useful in their upcoming year as a Section or Branch leader.

For more information about the PGF, please visit LTC's website at: http://regions.asce.org/leader-training-committee/pgf

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

By

Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate

The Legislature adjourned for the year on September 14, at about 3:30 am.

The final day was not without supplemental drama to the usual chaos that surrounds the last day of session. A protester threw a small container of blood from the balcony onto the floor of the Senate Chamber (and a couple of Senators). This caused a three-hour recess and the Senate to move the final hours of the Senate session to a large committee room.

Senate Bill 1 (Atkins) Vetoed

Immediately after the session, Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that he intended to veto Senate Bill 1 (Atkins) only hours after lawmakers passed it in both houses.

SB 1 was characterized as "Trump insurance" by its supporters. It would have enshrined Obama-era versions of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act in California. It encountered stiff opposition from some water agencies for language that would have preserved current versions of water-pumping rules in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect endangered fish against potential Trump administration changes.

Lawmakers passed the bill with healthy margins in both houses on the last night of session after some doubt whether it would be taken up. The bill was a priority for Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, as indicated by its assignment as SB 1.

Newsom said that subjecting the federal water-delivery system to state endangered species protections would jeopardize ongoing talks over water-sharing agreements involving customers of both the state and federal water projects. Newsom defended his opposition to SB 1, calling it "a solution in search of a problem" that would have unnecessarily provoked the state's water interests. Newsom said he made lawmakers "very clear on [his] concerns" about the bill ahead of the vote and he didn't read anything into their decision to send him the bill anyway.

He made good on his promise to veto SB 1 on September 27 writing, "While I disagree about the efficacy and necessity of Senate Bill 1, I look forward to working with the Legislature in our shared fight against the weakening of California's environmental and worker protections."

Newsom repeated his earlier comments in his veto message, touting the state's defensive maneuvers against the Trump administration that now total 60-plus lawsuits. "No other state has fought harder to defeat Trump's environmental policies, and that will continue to be the case," he wrote. "While I disagree about the efficacy and necessity of Senate Bill 1, I look forward to working with the Legislature in our shared fight against the weakening of California's environmental and worker protections." You can read his veto here.

Status Report on ASCE's other Bills of Interest

AB 335 by Garcia, Eduardo (D – Coachella) Authorizes the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC) to evaluate, develop, and implement specific nontransportation programs within Imperial County. CHAPTERED. Support

AB 48 by O'Donnell (D – Long Beach) Authorizes $15 billion for the construction and modernization of public preschool, K-12, California Community Colleges (CCC), University of California (UC), and California State University (CSU) facilities to be placed on the March 3, 2020 primary ballot. ENROLLED. Support

AB 695 by Medina (D – Riverside) Extends the sunset on community college districts' (CCDs') authority to enter into design-build public works contracts and adopts the same "skilled and trained workforce" requirements applicable to the design-build authority of state agencies and local governments. The bill contains provisions that allow a contractor under a project labor agreement to be presumed to meet the requirements of using a skilled and trained workforce. ENROLLED. Support

AB 1522 by Low (D – Campbell) Extends the operation of the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists until January 1, 2024. ENROLLED. Support

SB 19 by Dodd (D – Napa) This bill would require the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop a plan to deploy a network of stream gages in order to address significant gaps in information necessary for water management and the conservation of freshwater species. CHAPTERED. Support

SJR 5 by Beall (D – San Jose) Urges Congress and the POTUS to take action on legislation to fund the nation's transportation infrastructure. CHAPTERED. Support

SB 127 by Wiener (D – San Francisco) This bill requires more pedestrian and bicycle facilities to be installed on state highways, subject to limitations and exceptions, when Caltrans is working on those highways. ENROLLED. OUA

SB 197 by Beall (D – San Jose) This bill removes the Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) sunset provision relative to withholding retention proceeds on public contracts. ENROLLED. Support

New Reports of Interest

Public Policy Institute of California's Water Policy Center has released four fact sheets on "ways to improve water management and modernize the system for a more volatile climate;" titles of the briefs are: Climate Change and California's Water, California's Water Grid, Dams in California, and Groundwater Recharge.

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) released a report, "Energy Efficiency Jobs in America," findings include that "California led the nation in energy-efficient employment with 318,500 jobs...energy efficiency jobs account for 19% of all construction jobs in California" and "Energy Star appliance and efficient lighting firms employ nearly 71,800 Californians."

Governor's Appointments

As Director of Caltrans: Toks Omishakin, Nashville, Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning at the Tennessee Dept. of Transportation since 2011. He was director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Nashville Mayor's Office from 2008 to 2011. Omishakin earned a Master of Arts degree in urban and regional planning from Jackson State University. This position requires Senate confirmation.

As Chief Deputy Director of Caltrans: James Davis, Davis, Special Advisor to the Director at Caltrans since 2019. He held multiple positions at the Department of Transportation, including Senate Bill 1 program manager from 2018 to 2019, Bay Area district director in 2018, division chief of project management from 2013 to 2018, division chief of transportation planning from 2016 to 2017, division chief and deputy division chief of engineering services from 2004 to 2013 and multiple transportation engineering positions from 1988 to 2004. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

As Deputy Secretary for communications and strategic planning at the California State Transportation Agency: Garin Casaleggio, Sacramento, Deputy Secretary of communications at the CA Labor and Workforce Development Agency since 2015. He was deputy communications director at the State Controller's Office from 2003 to 2015 and special advisor to the chief of staff in the Office of Governor Gray Davis from 2000 to 2003. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

As Deputy Secretary and special counsel for water policy at the California Environmental Protection Agency: Kristin Peer, Sacramento, assistant general counsel at Cal/EPA since 2015. She was a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2010 to 2015, an associate at Miller, Starr, Regalia from 2007 to 2010 and a credit analyst at Union Bank from 2002 to 2004. Peer earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

Reappointed as Chief Deputy Secretary for rail and transit at the California State Transportation Agency: Chad Edison, Sacramento, first appointed in 2014.

To the California Transportation Commission: Tamika Butler, Los Angeles, California director of planning and director of equity and inclusion at Toole Design Group since 2017, and principal and owner of Tamika L. Butler Consulting since 2017; Hilary Norton, Los Angeles, executive director of Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST) since 2008.

As Assistant Secretary for Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency: Arturo Delgado, Palm Desert, Salton Sea program manager at the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2018.

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The Law & Civil Engineering

THE LAW AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

by

Gene Bass

Delay and disruption claims are expensive, difficult, and time-consuming disputes to litigate. Delay arises when the project is not completed within the agreed deadline. Disruption occurs when an owner causes a change in the method of construction upon which the contractor based its bid.

A contractor should always be aware of any provisions in the contract addressing claims and limitations on claims. There may be allocations of risk which must be understood. Time and notice requirements are common and must be observed. It is little comfort when a "common sense" basis for a claim is defeated in litigation by a contract clause which specifically limits or eliminates the "common sense" claim.

It is important that both the contractor and owner become aware of any aspects of the project that could cause disruption or delay of the work as soon as possible so that appropriate action can be taken to prevent a problem from developing. It is clearly to the benefit of everyone to avoid having to litigate to finally resolve a claim that could have been easily mitigated by early detection and action.

The owner's obligations that may result in damages for disruption or delay can include providing adequate plans and specifications, site access, cooperating with the contractor when difficulties or problems are encountered, and making timely progress payments. Any plan discrepancies should be addressed as soon as possible and presented for clarification and resolution along with a realistic assessment of when an answer must be received to avoid any significant delay or disruption cost to the contractor. In addition, an accurate and detailed log should be maintained describing all issues raised and the steps taken to resolve them.

Contractor's actions which can result in delay and disruption tend to arise from improper planning. The work must be adequately scheduled, sequenced, and coordinated. The inability to build according to the planned sequence can lead to delay and disruption claims. Successful prosecution of delay and disruption claims requires a realistic and complete schedule. It is necessary to schedule and coordinate subcontractors so that they can perform their work with minimal conflict with other trades. Be sure materials are ordered on a timely schedule and that subcontractors adequately man their jobs so that their work can be completed within their allocated time and on schedule.

Architects and engineers may contend that the plans and specifications are complete and that an experienced general contractor should be able to properly read and interpret them. This is an issue that the contractor must be prepared to address.

Litigating delay and disruption claims can be disastrous for all parties and should be avoided if at all possible.

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

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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   Tino Maestas [email protected] 916-471-8210
President Elect   Megan LeRoy [email protected] 916-993-4613
Senior Director  Christine Rice [email protected] 530-559-4506
Junior Director Audrey Dyte [email protected]  
Secretary Isela Chavez [email protected]  
Treasurer Jafar Faghih [email protected] 916-679-8864
Past President Mike Konieczki [email protected] 916-840-5211
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Shasta Branch John Martin [email protected] 530-223-2585 


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Construction Inst.    Brad Quon [email protected] 916-871-2080
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Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam  [email protected] 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst.

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[email protected]ca.gov 916-227-4463
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STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

College Accreditation Joan Al-Kazily    530-756-9530
Disaster Preparedness John Andrew [email protected] 916-651-9657
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