May 2018 Print

President's Message

I want to thank everyone who attended last month’s Project Awards Banquet. We received a lot of positive feedback and awarded $70,000 in student Golze scholarships. Please join us for a round of golf on October 4 at The Ridge Golf Club in Auburn to help us reach $100,000 to fund next year’s Golze scholarship - more information will be out soon. Also, please consider signing up to join us at the Capital on May 16th for the Region 9 (California) Fly-In and speak with your representative on matters of public policy that civil engineers are particularly suited to champion. Registration will be closing soon.    

This month's highlight:  Capital Branch

Having served as president on the Capital Branch board, I have a direct appreciation for the hard work and commitment this branch provides our membership. This year is no exception.  Current Capital Branch president, Mr. Jai Singh, PE, M. ASCE expressed the following:

“The branch has been actively engaged with the Student Chapters by providing generous funding for the Mid-Pac event.  The branch has also provided funding for 2018 Sacramento Regional Stem Fair and Science Olympiad event for Winston Churchill Middle School.  The Capital Branch has once again made a significant donation to the Golze Scholarship fund.  The Capital Branch continues to solicit speakers to speak on interesting engineering topics during our monthly luncheon.  During the month of April, the Capital Branch hosted Dr. John Parrish of California Geological Survey to speak on the subject of California’s Early Earthquake Warning System.   Stay tuned with Engineerogram for the upcoming luncheon topics this summer. In July 2018, the Capital Branch will host a social event during which the branch will honor ASCE’s life members and collect food cans for the Sacramento food bank.   The Capital branch will continue to provide funding for events such as STEM competitions, Mid-Pac and Golze Scholarship to encourage interest in the younger generation in the field of civil engineering.”     

In past years the Capital Branch has also hosted multiple international conferences with event venues located domestic and abroad; sponsored students and YMF members to attend leadership conferences; and countless other efforts that support our ASCE mission.  The Capital Branch has certainly had a positive impact on our ASCE mission since it’s 1997 inception.  I want to recognize branch secretary Richard Weitzenberg for his commitment to the board and Capital Branch members since the beginning.      

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

Kind Regards,

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

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Project Awards Dinner

On April 12, 2018, we proudly recognized the most outstanding projects completed in 2017. In addition, we presented Golze Scholarships to 23 civil engineering students from UC Davis, CSU Chico, CSU Sacramento and University of the Pacific. Click here to view a complete photo gallery of the awardees. Congratulations to all. 

2017 Outstanding Project Winners

Project of the Year
2017 DWR Storm Damage Emergency Rehabilitation

Engineer: AECOM
Owner: California Department of Water Resources 

Architectural Project of the Year
Louis Orlando Transit Center Improvement Project

Engineer: Kimley-Horn
Owner: City of Roseville

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

Engineer: Dokken Engineering
Owner: Trinity County

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

Engineer: Nevada County
Owner: Nevada County

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

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

Emergency Response Project of the Year
Bollea Road Bridge Emergency Repairs

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

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

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

Flood Management Project of the Year
Feather River West Levee

Engineer: HDR
Owner: Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency

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

Engineer: GHD Inc.
Owner: El Dorado Irrigation District

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

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

Roadway & Highway Project of the Year
Roseville Road Safety Improvement

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

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

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

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

Engineer: ADKO Engineering
Owner: Nevada County

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

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

Transportation Project of the Year
Modoc County Road 54 Safety Improvement

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

Urban Development Project of the Year
Butte Regional Transit Operations Center

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

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

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

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

Owner: California Department of Water Resources

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

Engineer: Stantec
Owner: Reclamation District 2035 

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Golze Scholarship Fund


Click here to view photos of the winners. 


Diamond ($5,000 - UP)

Sam E. Johnson
Nordic Industries
ASCE Capital Branch

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

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

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

Raymond Williams

Silver ($500 - $999)

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

Bronze ($100 - $499)

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

Copper ($1 - $99)

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

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Legislation Day

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Member Spotlight

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

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Mr. Roscoe has spent his entire 40-year Civil Engineering career serving the public, most recently as the General Manager of the Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD). One of him many impressive achievements includes building the SSWD from scratch following the merger of the two predecessor water districts.

He is active in ASCE and has been since his undergraduate days. He has served in many roles, currently with the Region 9 Water and Environmental Committee representing the Sacramento Section.

Mr. Roscoe earned his M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from California State University, Sacramento and a B.S degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Congratulations Robert!

2017 Legislator of the Year Award Winner


Senator Nielsen worked relentlessly in the legislature, bringing members from both sides of the aisle to agreements that ultimately results in Proposition 1 and the Water Bond. The Senator continues to promote building water reservoirs and repairing existing dams. Senator Nielsen was at the forefront during the emergency work at Oroville dam, as he worked closely with State and Federal agencies and the local community to address the risk and support funding for the repair work. As Vice Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, he is intimately involved in noteworthy legislation including the water bond to build above ground water storage.

Senator Nielsen earned his B.A degree in Agricultural Business from California State University, Fresno. Congratulations Jim!

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Capital Branch Activities


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J St,
Sacramento, CA 95811
11:30 AM Networking, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation
Event Registration - click here

TOPIC: Fire and Flooding - Santa Barbara County Mudslides

SPEAKER: David Block, MPA, Yolo County Office of Emergency Services

The Sacramento Region has an extensive relationship with seasonal flooding. But what happens to floods after a major fire?  This presentation will review the Santa Barbara County Mudslides and focus on the major differences in riverine and alluvial flooding, flooding after fires, and the importance of robust and coordinated effort among a diverse group, including engineers, in order to efficiently provide emergency response services to the Public.

About the Speaker:

David Block, MPA, is curenlty an emergency management professional working with the County of Yolo, California. David is a highly regarded emergency manager, who was called upon by the California Office of Emergency Services to lead the emergency planning team while responding to the post-fire flooding and mudslides in Santa Barbara County earlier this year. He has extensive experience with public organizations working primarily with the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he gained extensive knowledge and insight into the complex relationship between people and their environment. David has a strong commitment to promoting community resiliency, seeking integrative solutions to help mitigate local communities from the impacts of major disasters.  David earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science, and a Minor in History from Roger Williams University. He later on earned his Masters in Public Administration, with a concentration in Emergency Management from Florida State University. 


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 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 Rhett Kilgore at [email protected].

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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 [email protected].

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)


Tuesday May 8th, 6-8 PM
Kupros Craft House at 1217 21st St.
You are invited to join YMF for the next installment of our speaker/social series at Kupros Craft House! Mike Higgins, Senior Project Manager for Jacobs Engineering, will discuss developing client relationships in the civil engineering market. Heavy appetizers will be provided so bring a friend!


YMF's annual camping trip is coming up on May 18-20th This year we will be camping on the shores of Whiskeytown Lake up in Shasta County. The camping trip will include a technical tour of the Shasta Dam and plenty of good old fashioned fun!
There are only 8 spots remaining so RSVP ASAP so you don't miss out on possibly the best camping trip ever. Further information and the Eventbrite RSVP link are available in the Facebook Event.


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

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Environmental Water Resources Institute (EWRI)


Sacramento Chapter of EWRI held our quarterly networking meeting on Wednesday April 25th at the Claim Jumper in Sacramento.  We had over 20 attendees who enjoyed a delicious dinner, and heard the latest updates on California's Dam Safety Program from Eric Malvick with the Department of Water Resources.

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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 to[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].


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

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

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


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

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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.


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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ASCE America’s Infrastructure Report Card

Gearing Up for the 2018 Section and

2019 Statewide Infrastructure Report Cards

David M. Schwegel, PE, Precision Civil Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Infrastructure Symposium Recap

2018 California Infrastructure Symposium and

Region 9 Awards Dinner Recap

Lorraine Htoo, P.E., M. ASCE
Past San Francisco Section President, and
2018 California Infrastructure Symposium Committee Chair

On March 23, ASCE’s Region 9 and the San Francisco Section co-hosted the 2018 California Infrastructure Symposium and Region 9 Awards Dinner at the War Memorial in San Francisco.  Over 210 individuals attended with the dinner portion of the program at capacity.

The theme for this year symposium was “Keeping Dreams Big – Exceeding Future Infrastructure Needs” and with the topics presented by both the water and transportation track speakers, you could read the marvel and inquisitive thought on faces across both session rooms.

Symposium goers were treated to three keynotes speeches between a full day of water and transportation track programs.  Attendees were greeted that morning by ASCE Region 9 Director Kwame Agyare and our Diamond Sponsor AECOM’s representative, Kancheepuram “Guna” Gunalan, who introduced the morning keynote speaker, 2017-2018 ASCE Society President Kristina Swallow.  Kristina Swallow drew attention to the 2017 National Infrastructure Report Card, mentioned Region 9’s current efforts to update the California Infrastructure Report Card, and encouraged all attendees to participate actively in the ASCE Key Contact Program.  


Photo 1.  ASCE Society President Kristina Swallow with Region 9 (California) Director Kwame Agyare

 At lunchtime, AECOM’s Teri Fink introduced the afternoon keynote speaker.  Brian Annis, the California State Transportation Secretary, spoke on the positive impacts of the recently implemented Senate Bill SB-1 on transportation improvements in California.  


Photo 2.  Diamond Sponsor, AECOM’s representatives, “Guna” Gunalan and Teri Zink, with California State Transportation Secretary Brian Annis, and Region 9 Director Kwame Agyare

 Current San Francisco Section President, Elizabeth Bialek, introduced the closing keynote.  She welcomed California State Water Resources Control Board Vice-Chair, Steven Moore, who stressed the importance of civil engineers remaining engaged in the State regulatory process.


Photo 3.  California State Water Resources Control Board Member Steven Moore

 The symposium provided an array of topics with respect to water and transportation infrastructure.  For water, the four topics included Water Infrastructure and Resilience; Sustainability and Envision; Dam Safety; and Innovative Approaches for Sustainable Water Supply Infrastructure in the 22nd Century.  Many thanks to Tony Petroccitto of GHD for moderating the Water Track!

The Transportation Track covered the following four topics: Hot Topics in Roadways, Pathways and Ports; Station Area Development/Technology; Implementation on SB-1; and Rail/Mass Transit.  Many thanks also to Don Sepulveda of Kleinfelder for moderating the Transportation Track!

The Symposium planning committee would also like to thank all the speakers for taking the time to present to our engineering community.  Photographs from the entire event can be seen by using the following link:

Between the Symposium and Dinner, a networking and social hour was held between the Brian Education Center and the Green Room where both Symposium and Awards Dinner guests were treated to the melodies of a jazz trio and a spectacular view of the Civic Center. 

The ASCE Region 9 Awards Dinner was a completely sold out event.  Kwame Agyare started the evening off by introducing our dinner Keynote Speaker, ASCE President, Kristina Swallow. Matt Kennedy, ASCE Region Awards Committee Chair, was the emcee for the event, and took the stage to honor and recognize 15 individual awards and 22 project awards.  Of note, the Region 9 Project of the Year was awarded to the City of Sacramento’s Golden State Center Project, the new home of the NBA Sacramento Kings. The engineers of record on the project were Beuhler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. and Thornton Tomasetti.

For a complete listing of the award winners, please visit the California Infrastructure Symposium Website at

Both the Symposium and the Dinner Awards were fortunate to have a number of sponsors pledge their support.  The Symposium sponsors included our Diamond Sponsor, AECOM; our Ruby Sponsors, GHD, for the Water Track and Kleinfelder for the Transportation Track; our Sapphire Sponsor, HDR; and our Emerald sponsors, ASCE San Diego Section, ASCE Los Angeles Section, ASCE Sacramento Section, Vali Cooper & Associates, Akel Engineering Group, Inc., Urban Design Consulting Engineers, East Bay MUD, Earth Systems, and Pacific Advocacy Group.

Our Award Dinner Platinum Sponsors included California Baptist University - College of Engineering, Bechtel, and Magnus Real Estate Group; our Awards Dinner Gold Sponsors, TY Lin International, AD Solar, Bogie’s Pump System, Ruth and Going, Inc., Yamabe & Horn Engineering, Inc., Great Lakes Environmental and Infrastructure, Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Ed Anderson, and Griffin Structures; our Awards Dinner Silver Sponsors, Overaa Construction, Terra Engineers, Valued Engineering Inc., Vanderweil Power Group, Urban Design Consulting Engineers, and Provost & Pritchard.

Region 9 also called on attendees of both the symposium and the dinner awards banquet to participate in the Dream Big $5 Schools Challenge.  For a minimum $5 donation, the public school of your choice would receive a DVD copy of Bechtel and ASCE’s documentary “Dream Big”, a film released nationwide last year across multiple IMAX and theatres which encourages our youth to take up careers in engineering.  On the heels of the successful showing of Dream Big all around the world, a special Region 9 Director’s awards was given to Bechtel, the presenting sponsor of Dream Big, for their contribution and partnership in developing the movie.  To learn more about the $5 Schools Challenge, please visit

On behalf of the chairs for the events, Matt Kennedy and I would like to thank all our Speakers, Award Winners, sponsors, participants, administrators and volunteers, from student to Region level, for making the events a huge success!  We look forward to the Symposium and Dinner Awards to be held next year in San Diego!  

For any further details about the 2018 Symposium event, please contact me at [email protected], or the ASCE Region 9 Administrator, Anne Ettley, at [email protected].

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Region 9


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

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

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

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

ASCE Region 9 Grand Challenge Task Committee Update

(Risk and Innovation)

Jim Frost, P.E., M. ASCE

ASCE Region 9 Governor from the San Diego Section and Chair, ASCE Region 9 Grand Challenge Task Committee

On March 15th, 2018, a pedestrian bridge under construction over a seven-lane highway leading to Florida International University in Sweetwater, Florida, collapsed and resulted in the deaths of six people and injured 10 others. This was a very sad and tragic accident, and one that should have been avoided. The bridge was designed and constructed using innovative techniques generally referred to as Accelerated Bridge Construction or ABC.  In this situation, a portion of the bridge span was built alongside the roadway and then rotated into position using self-propelled modular transport vehicles. This construction method has been around for some time but is still less common than other bridge construction techniques.

It’s way too early to speculate on what caused the bridge collapse (although many theories are bouncing around social media). What we do know is that the collapse happened when the bridge was partially constructed and that ABC techniques were in place. As reported in the Associated Press, Robert Bea, a professor of engineering and construction management at the University of California, Berkeley, said it's too early to know exactly what happened, but the decision to use "innovative installation" was risky,especially when the bridge spanned a major roadway.

"Innovations take a design firm into an area where they don't have applicable experience, and then we have another unexpected failure on our hands," Bea said after reviewing the bridge's design and photos of the collapse.

As a bridge engineer, this tragedy brings up many ethical questions about how to balance risk and innovation. It also reinforces the responsibility civil engineers have, to protect the public. ASCE Code of Ethics Canon 1 states:

“Engineers shall recognize that the lives, safety, health and welfare of the general public are dependent upon engineering judgments, decisions and practices incorporated into structures, machines, products, processes and devices.”  

This recent bridge failure is a strong reminder that we need to consider our responsibility as civil engineers over all other demands and pressures of the job. This applies to conventional projects as well as innovative solutions.

One of ASCE’s strategic initiatives is called the Grand Challenge. This initiative calls for the industry to significantly reduce the life cycle cost for our infrastructure by the year 2025 and to foster the optimization of our infrastructure for society. One way to do this is through innovative solutions, and ABC bridge design and construction methods are part of the innovative tool kit.  But how do we balance the risk of innovation with the long-term value to society?  Sometimes we need to push the boundaries of engineering to achieve new solutions, but we certainly cannot accept failures like the Florida bridge collapse and the loss of life.

So how do we apply the principles of the Grand Challenge while assuring a safe infrastructure?  One way is to recognize and manage risks.  We all know about risk but sometimes tend to avoid open discussions that allow potential risks to be shared between the owner (public or private), the engineer, and the contractor.  A shared risk management program ensures that project challenges are identified early in the process, documented, quantified, and maintained through the life of the project. In the case of innovative design and construction alternatives like ABC, the risk register allows for effective mitigation of the project risks as the project is developed and communicated between the design engineer, owner, and contractor.

Over the coming months it will be interesting to see what went wrong with this Florida bridge collapse. Was it a construction defect, a design error, unexpected load, or a combination of many factors?  One thing for sure, we need to learn a lot from the situation and implement risk mitigation measures to avoid this happening again.  

More details on the Grand Challenge can be found on check out the ASCE website:  ASCE Region 9 has a task committee that is solely focused on the Grand Challenge.  If you are interested in serving on this task committee, please contact me by email at [email protected]

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Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

New Bills

Last month we looked at Assembly bills– we’ll examine the Senate introductions this month.

SB 919 (Dodd D – Vacaville) Would require DWR to develop a plan to deploy a network of stream gages that includes a determination of funding needs and opportunities for reactivating existing gages. The bill would require the department, in consultation with the board, DFW, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, interested stakeholders, and, to the extent they wish to consult, local agencies, to develop the plan to address significant gaps in information necessary for water management. 

SB 920 (Cannella R – Merced) Current law authorizes persons licensed to engage in the practice of engineering, land surveying, or architecture to form registered limited liability partnerships and foreign limited liability partnerships if specified conditions are met. Existing law requires those partnerships to provide security of no less than $2,000,000 for claims arising out of the partnership’s professional practice. Current law repeals these provisions on January 1, 2019. This bill would extend indefinitely the authorization for persons licensed to engage in the practice of engineering, land surveying, or architecture to form limited liability partnerships.

SB 952 (Anderson R – El Cajon) Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the State Water Resources Control Board to recognize local water agency investment in water supply and will ensure that local agencies receive sufficient credit for these investments in meeting any water conservation or efficiency mandates.

SB 959 (Beall D – Campbell) Under current law, the PUC has regulatory authority over public utilities, including water corporations. This bill would require a water corporation with more than 10,000 service connections to maintain, for a certain period, on its Internet Web site an archive of all advice letters that are pending, approved, or rejected on or after January 1, 2019, in a specified manner and with prescribed information.

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

SB 963 (Allen D – Redondo Beach) Current law authorizes a water replenishment district to establish an annual reserve fund not to exceed $10,000,000, as adjusted annually to reflect percentage increases or decreases in the blended cost of water from district supply sources and, beginning in the 2019–20 fiscal year, requires a minimum of 80% of the reserve to be used for water purchases. Current law excepts from this limitation the unexpended balance of any appropriated funds in a capital improvement project construction account established to pay the cost of a project or projects under construction. This bill would repeal this reserve fund authorization and would make conforming changes.

SB 966 (Wiener D – San Francisco) Would, on or before December 1, 2022, require the State Water Resources Control Board, in consultation with the California Building Standards Commission, to adopt regulations for risk-based water quality standards for the onsite treatment and reuse of non-potable water, as provided. The bill would authorize the state board to contract with public or private entities regarding the content of the standards and would exempt those contracts from, among other provisions, review and approval of the Department of General Services.

SB 979 (Cannella R – Merced) The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 provides that the sum of $810,000,000 is to be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for expenditures on, and competitive grants and loans to, projects that are included in and implemented in an adopted integrated regional water management plan and respond to climate change and contribute to regional water security. The bond act requires $200,000,000 of that amount to be available for grants for multi-benefit storm-water management projects. This bill would make a non-substantive change in those grant provisions.

SB 993 (Hertzberg D – Van Nuys) Would, on and after January 1, 2019, expand the Sales and Use Tax Law to impose a tax on the purchase of services by businesses in California at a specified percentage of the sales price of the service. The bill would require the tax to be collected and remitted by the seller of the purchased services. The bill would exempt certain types of services, including health care services, from the tax and would exempt from the tax a business with gross receipts of less than $100,000 in the previous four quarters.

SB 998 (Dodd D – Vacaville) Would require an urban and community water system, defined as a public water system that supplies water to more than 200 service connections, to have a written policy on discontinuation of water service to certain types of residences for nonpayment available in English, Spanish, or any other language spoken by at least 10% of the people residing in its service area. The bill would require the policy to include certain components, be available on the system’s Internet Web site, and be provided to customers in writing, upon request.

SB 1037 (Cannella R – Merced) Prior to receiving an apportionment of funds under the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program from the Controller in a fiscal year, current law requires a city or county to submit to the California Transportation Commission a list of projects proposed to be funded with these funds. Current law requires the commission to report to the Controller the cities and counties that have submitted a list of projects and requires the Controller, upon receipt of an initial or subsequent report, to apportion funds to cities and counties included in the report, as specified. This bill would make non-substantive changes to the provisions requiring the commission to submit the specified reports to the Controller.

SB 1145 (Leyva D – Chino) Current law authorizes a district to finance, among other things, the purchase, construction, expansion, or rehabilitation of property and related planning and design work. Current law prohibits a district from financing routine maintenance and repair work. This bill, instead, would authorize a district to finance the ongoing or capitalized costs to maintain public capital facilities financed by the district.

SB 1215 (Hertzberg D – Van Nuys) Current law declares it to be the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes. This bill would also authorize the state board to set timeline and performance measures to facilitate completion of extension of service of drinking water.

SB 1262 (Newman D – Brea) Would remove the cap on the number of projects for which the Department of Transportation is authorized to use the CM/GC method, eliminate the minimum construction costs limitation, and make conforming changes to existing provisions. The bill would impose the requirement to use department employees or consultants to perform project design and engineering services on at least 2/3 of the projects delivered by the department utilizing the CM/GC method. The bill would delete the existing report requirements.

SB 1326 (Hueso D – Chula Vista) Current law, with specified exceptions, provides that provisions, clauses, covenants, or agreements contained in, collateral to, or affecting any construction contract entered into on or after January 1, 2013, with the owner of privately owned real property to be improved and as to which the owner is not acting as a contractor or supplier of materials or equipment to the work, that purport to impose on any contractor, subcontractor, or supplier of goods or services, or relieve the owner from, liability are unenforceable to the extent of the active negligence of the owner, including that of its employees. This bill would clarify that the contractual provisions described above are unenforceable if the liability purported to be imposed is caused, in whole or in part, by the active negligence of the owner or its employees.

Recent Reports

Agronomy released “Climate Change Trends and Impacts on California Agriculture: A Detailed Review.” “Among the warning signs found in California are increased maximum and decreased minimum temperatures, unpredictable precipitation, reduced snowpack, and a greater frequency of climate emergencies (like droughts and floods)…. Fruits like apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums have specific cold-weather requirements (at least as they’re grown now). Currently, about 20-45% of the Central Valley is able to support those crops; by the end of the century, only 10% of that same area will be suitable…. For crops requiring even more cold weather, like apples, cherries, and pears? ‘Virtually no areas will remain suitable by 2041-2060.’… Certain locations are more at risk; the Salinas Valley and the San Joaquin Valley looks to be the most vulnerable, while Northern California’s wine country may not be hit as hard…. Alfalfa yields may actually see an increase.… Other crops, however, like oranges, almonds, and avocados, are likely to see moderate to substantial declines in yield.”

Science Advances released Global Climate Change and Local Land Subsidence Exacerbate Inundation Risk to the San Francisco Bay Area “Under the new projections, San Francisco International Airport could see half of its runway submerged by the year 2100. Original estimates that did not include land subsidence were much lower. Other areas around the Bay that have been built on engineered landfill, like parts of Foster City and Treasure Island, are particularly vulnerable to the dual impact of subsidence and sea level rise . [T]he new estimates take into account a range of outcomes, from a ‘best case scenario’ of sea level rise—assuming countries follow the 2015 Paris agreement for emissions reductions—to more extreme cases, where the sea level rises faster because of an accelerated melting of Antarctic ice. At the more severe end of the spectrum, the level of flooding would far exceed the effects of sinking land.” (New York Times, Mar. 7, 2018).

UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies released Future of Mobility White Paper. “Transportation is arguably experiencing its most transformative revolution since the introduction of the automobile. Concerns over climate change and equity are converging with dramatic technological advances… [This white paper] aggregate[s] current information and research on the state of key trends and emerging technologies/services, documented impacts on California’s transportation ecosystem, and future growth projections.”

Next 10 and Beacon Economics released The Road Ahead for Zero-Emission Vehicles in California: Market Trends and Policy Analysis “Buoyed by an exceptional sales year in 2017, the state’s electric vehicle market will continue to grow this year and will reach 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025, an earlier target set by Gov. Jerry Brown . 2018 sales will piggyback on a 29.1 percent increase of zero-emission vehicle sales in California in 2017, a turning point year. Currently, 337,483 zero-emission vehicles have been sold in California, reaching nearly 5 percent of the state’s market share. Brown wants to speed sales even more. Last week, he set a new goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030, a number the report said will be a challenge to meet unless more charging infrastructure is built . California has reached 16,549 public charging outlets, most in the nation. But that works out to be 0.05 per each zero-emission vehicle on the road in the state, “one of the lowest ratios in the country.” (Orange County Register, Feb. 4, 2018)

Caltrans has released “Active Transportation in California, The Non-Motorized Transportation Facilities Report for Fiscal Year 2016-17,” lists current “non-motorized transportation projects” focusing on bicycling and walking, notes the League of American Bicyclists’ annual Bicycle Friendly State Survey ranked California third in the nation, an improvement from 19th in 2013; also notes SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, added $100 million per year to the Active Transportation Project, bringing total funding to $225 million annually.

California Dept. of Water Resources released results of its third manual snow survey at Phillips Station just west of Echo Summit on US 50, finds “a snow water equivalent of 29.4 inches, which is 39 percent of normal for early March.”

CA State Auditor’s office has released its report, “State and Regional Water Boards: They Must Do More to Ensure That Local Jurisdictions’ Costs to Reduce Storm Water Pollution Are Necessary and Appropriate,” says regional boards “have not adequately considered the overall costs that local jurisdictions would incur to implement pollution control requirements they impose,” says “Los Angeles estimates it will spend $8.8 million over three years to comply with one requirement and that another pollutant control plan could cost 41 jurisdictions in the Los Angeles region over $1.4 billion.” 

League of California Cities and California State Assn. of Counties have released their report, “Homelessness in California,” the “culmination of more than a year of work by a joint task force formed in the fall of 2016” that “details tools and resources” for cities and counties to address homelessness, noting “the official count” of the homeless population in California is 134,278, “but experts agree the real number is far higher;” includes case studies and a “template that local governments can use to create a homelessness plan.”


By Senate Rules

To the Delta Stewardship CouncilMaria Mehranian, La Canada, Democrat, chief financial officer at Cordoba Corporation. Term ends February 3, 2022. 

To the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Governing BoardGeorge Woolverton, Marina Del Rey, Democrat, attorney and co-president of Stockwell, Harris, Woolverton & Helphrey. Term ends February 28, 2022. 

By Governor.

Reappointed to the California Water CommissionDaniel Curtin, 69, Carmichael, Democrat, director of the CA Conference of Carpenters since 2001.

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The Law & Civil Engineering

More on the Mechanics Liens and the Preliminary Notice

Gene Bass

A preliminary twenty-day notice is a notice that may be required as a prerequisite to enforcement of mechanic's lien. Obtaining the information required in a preliminary notice can be problematic. In last month’s article, various sources were described where the identity of the parties to receive the preliminary notice may be obtained. It was noted that lender and owner information was required to be included in any mortgage or deed of trust or other instrument securing a loan for construction.

Each person who has served a preliminary notice may also file the preliminary notice with the county recorder. The benefit of the filing is that the county recorder is then required to send a notice to those persons who have filed a preliminary notice stating that a notice of completion or notice of cessation has been recorded on the property, and giving the date of that filing. The date of the filing of a notice of cessation or notice of completion is critical because it shortens the time within which a mechanics lien must be recorded.

The failure of the county recorder to mail the notification to the person who filed a preliminary notice, or the failure of those persons to receive the notification or to receive complete notification, shall not affect the period within which a claim of lien is required to be recorded. However, the county recorder shall make a good faith effort to mail notification to those persons who have filed the preliminary notice under this section and to do so within five days after the recording of a notice of completion or notice of cessation. In short, although the county recorder is required to mail the notice, if it is not mailed, or received, the reduced time period for recording a mechanics lien triggered by the filing of the notice of cessation or notice of completion shall still apply. The prudent policy is to record the lien as soon as the lien claimant's work is completed and to be vigilant for any work stoppage that may constitute a cessation of work and to check with the recorder's office to determine if a notice of cessation has been filed.

The identity of the construction lender and property owner may also be obtained from the contract between the owner and original contractor. The law requires that every contract entered into between a property owner and an original contractor must provide space for the owner to enter his or her name and address of residence and place of business, if any, and the name and address of any construction lender. The original contractor is also required to make available the name and address of residence of the owner and construction lender to any person seeking to serve a preliminary notice.

The method of service and form of establishing proof of service of the preliminary notice are set out in the California Civil Code and must be strictly followed. The lien claimant should clearly understand the requirements and consult with legal counsel to be clear on the process.

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Officer Contacts

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


President   Adam Killinger [email protected] 951-265-5289
President Elect   Michael Konieczki [email protected] 916-840-5211
Senior Director  Tony Quintrall [email protected] 916-993-7616
Junior Director Megan LeRoy  [email protected] 707-291-5629
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell [email protected] 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih [email protected] 916-679-8864
Past President Elias Karam  [email protected] 209-481-6857
Executive Director Marie Silveira [email protected]   916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Bryan Perrin  [email protected] 916-751-0849
Region 9 Chair Kwame Agyare [email protected]  
Region 9 Governor Thor Larsen [email protected]  916-973-0356
Egrs. w/o Borders Ashley Martin [email protected] 530-200-6309
Ladies Auxiliary Marlene Tobia [email protected] 916-492-2181
EOG/Webmaster Michelle Zeiss [email protected] 916-717-4070
Capital Branch Jai Singh [email protected] 916-788-2884
Central Valley Branch Erik Almaas [email protected] 209-946-0268
Feather River Branch  Clay Slocum [email protected] 530-864-1648
Shasta Branch Susan Goodwin [email protected] 530-223-2585 


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.  Rich Juricich [email protected] 916-492-2181 
Geo-Institute Kartk Atyam  [email protected] 916-679-2005
Structural Engineering Inst.

Niranjen Kanepathipillai

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


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. Thor Larsen [email protected]  916-973-0356
Scholarship Eric Polson [email protected]  916-801-6290
Sustainability Jennifer Buchanan [email protected] 916-240-7010


California State University, Sacramento Vince Anicich [email protected]  
University of the Pacific Joey McElhany [email protected]  
University of California, Davis Abdulla Alishaq [email protected]  
California State University, Chico Grant Rose [email protected]  


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