February 2019 Print

President's Message

…And we’re back. You may have noticed the EOG took a brief break in January, but this month more than makes up for the hiatus with a number of exiting goings on, as follows:

First, the Shasta Branch, whose memberships centers around Redding, CA; is in the process of re-invigorating itself. A small cadre of dedicated individuals persuaded, cajoled, and (when needed) hard-sold fellow engineers in the area to join them in making ASCE’s presence more than just words on the wind in northern NorCal. Stay tuned for exciting things to come form this highly motivated group!

Secondly, the 2019 California Infrastructure Symposium and Region 9 Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, March 29 in San Diego, CA. The symposium focuses on informing engineers, educators, elected officials, and the general public about the issues, challenges, opportunities, and importance of infrastructure investments in California. Then, in the evening, we can celebrate the outstanding achievements of civil engineers and the exceptional projects from across California at the ASCE Region 9 Awards Dinner. We in the Sacramento Section are well represented by these award recipients:

Civil Engineer in the Public Sector: Ted Craddock, PE, CA DWR

ASCE Life Member: Maurice D. Roos, PE, CA DWR

ASCE Branch Officer: Om Prakash, PhD, PE, WEST Consultants

State Legislator of the Year: Assemblyman James Gallagher, CA State Assembly, District 3

Excellence in Journalism: Richard Ehisen, LexisNexis State Net

Lifetime Achievement: Camilla Saviz, PE, PHD, University of the Pacific

Architectural Engineering Project: 316 Vernon, City Hall Annex
Location     Roseville, California
Owner         City of Roseville
Engineer     Buehler Engineering, Inc.
Architect     LPAS Architecture + Design

Construction Project: Mule Creek State Prison Level II Infill Complex
Location     Ione, California
Owner         California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Engineer     KSN, Inc.

Environmental Engineering Project: Sacramento River Joint Intake and Fish Screen Project
Location     West Sacramento, California
Owner         Reclamation District 2035
Engineer     Stantec

Flood Management Project: Feather River West Levee
Location     Yuba City, California
Owner         Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency
Engineer     HDR, Inc.

Small Project: Yuba Goldfields 100-year Interim Flood Control Project
Location     Yuba County, California
Owner         Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority (TRLIA)
Engineer     MBK Engineers

Transit Project: Butte Regional Transit Operations Center
Location     Chico, California
Owner         Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG)
Engineer     GHD Inc.

That’s quite an impressive list. I plan on attending the awards banquet to cheer for our colleagues and celebrate their remarkable achievements. If you happen to see any of these folks, please congratulate them and give them a well-deserved pat on the back.

Lastly, you may know of a project that deserves recognition, and may find yourself asking “how can my project join such august ranks?” Well, the answer is simple: nominate a project for the 2018 ASCE Project Awards by visiting asce-sacto.org. Nominations are now open for a variety of project categories through March 1, 2019. Don’t wait until the last minute, nominate today!


Michael V. Konieczki, PE, D.WRE
ASCE Sacramento Section President

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Project Awards Call For Nominations


Deadline to nominate a project for the annual Project Awards Banquet is March 1, 2019.  

Please CLICK HERE to nominate a project.

The categories of projects include: Airports & Ports, Bikeways & Trails, Community Involvement, Energy, Flood Management, Historical Renovation, Road & Highway, Structural, Transportation, Water, Architectural Engineering, Bridge, Construction, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical, Parks & Recreation, Small Project (under $5M), Sustainable Engineering, Urban/Land Development, and Wastewater Treatment. Projects must be completed in 2018 and located within the ASCE Sacramento section. 

The banquet will be on April 24, 2019 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Registration will open soon. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Director, Megan LeRoy at [email protected].

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Capital Branch Activities


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.


The Capital Branch has started a group page to make it easier to post announcements about upcoming events of interest to Civil Engineers in the Sacramento area.  To join the group page go to https://www.facebook.com/ASCE-Sac-Section-Capital-Branch-178312272707468/.   

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Central Valley Branch Activities

We have monthly lunch meetings with various presentations on the third Tuesday of each month. If you are in the Stockton area please join us. For more information about the Central Valley Branch, please contact Erik Almaas at [email protected]

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Feather River Branch Activities

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

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Shasta Branch Activities

For more information about the Shasta Branch meetings, please contact Susan Goodwin at [email protected].

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Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Spaghetti Factory, 1910 J Street, Sacramento

Topic: Unique Materials & Specifications on the New Benicia Martinez Bridge
Speaker:  Hans Strandgaard, PE, Senior Project Manager - T.Y. Lin International

Register Here


April 24-27, 2019
Orlando, Florida
Information here

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Younger Members Forum (YMF)


Monday, July 29, 2019, 10 am - 5 pm
Granite Bay Golf Club
9600 Golf Club Drive
Granite Bay, CA
To register and for more information, click here


Stop stressing out about the PE! Sign up to the YMF PE Review course early and you will get:

  • Up to 78 hours of face to face classes at Sacramento State
  • Comprehensive review materials and notes designed to be used during the exam
  • Classes offered for the 8 hour, seismic and survey exam separate or bundled
  • All of this for a great competitive price (and an early bird special rate for signing up early)!

Sign up here or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


ASCE UCD Student Chapter is looking for Civil Engineers to become professional student mentors. This program will better bridge the gap between student and professionals in the civil engineering field. As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide networking opportunities to future civil engineers
  • Provide advice on internships, jobs and help with resumes
  • Offer tips on how to succeed in the professional world

If you are interested or have any questions contact  Sanjana Srinivas – Membership Chair: [email protected] Program begins January 2019 and ends June 2019.

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Engineers Without Borders


Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity is a United States-based nonprofit organization that partners with local governments to connect their rural last mile via pedestrian bridges. They are currently planning an implementation trip to Bolivia in April 2019. They are seeking someone who can read plans and pay their own way to help construct a pedestrian bridge. Ideally the candidate would have some bridge construction experience and Department of Transportation experience, but it is not required. If you are interested please contact Rich Williams at [email protected].

For more information about Bridges to Prosperity see https://bridgestoprosperity.org/.



The KEK project team has successfully completed the approval process for the monitoring report, continuing implementation report, and well assessment report. This means that the team is approved for travel to Kenya in 2019. The team is currently working on selecting travel dates, flights, and finalizing travel logistics. The KEK Clean Water Program is located near Rongo, Kenya in the East Kanyamamba community (a community of 1600 people). For more information, please contact Laura Byrd at [email protected].


The panama team has been waiting for a response to questions sent to the community about the pipeline realignment they requested. No response has been received yet because they have been busy or gone over the holidays. The team hopes to have a clear plan moving forward with the pipeline realignment by the end of January. For more information or any questions, email Michelle Kolb at [email protected].


The Belize team has received approval from National to travel to Sarteneja, after submitting their final pre-trip Outreach Implementation Report. The team is currently preparing for the April 2019 trip, in which efforts will be focused on flood-proofing structures in the most vulnerable areas of the Village. The travel team also hopes to meet with the Belize Ministry of Works to discuss the availability of large equipment and the original technical plan. Sarteneja, Belize is a community of about 3,000 people who suffer major loss from flooding each year. For more information, please contact Mandy Ott at [email protected]


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

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History & Heritage Committee



The History & Heritage Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Connecting the East and the West with fast and easy transportation for the first time, its completion is considered by many as the most significant civil engineering project of the 19th Century.

Registration will open in early 2019.


Building the Transcontinental Railroad:Trestles, Tunnels, & Tracks 
Raymond Paul Giroux, Dist. Member ASCE, 
Kiewit Corporation

The Central & Southern Pacific’s Historic Sacramento Shops 
Mary A. Helmich, co-author, A Legacy in Brick and Iron, Sacramento’s Central & Southern Pacific Railroad Shops 
California State Railroad Museum Foundation Board Member.

Theodore Judah and the Blazing of the First Transcontinental Railroad Across the Sierra Nevada 
J. David Rogers, PhD, P.E., F.ASCE 
Missouri University of Science & Technology

Lunch Keynote Speaker 
David Bain, Author, Empire Express,  
Middlebury College, VT

The Civil Engineers of the Union Pacific Railroad 
Mike O’Connor, P.E., M.ASCE, Chief Engineer, 
Frederick & Pennsylvanian Line Railroad, MD

Grenville Dodge, and the Engineering of the Union Pacific Railroad 
Tonja Koob, PhD, P.E., M.ASCE,  President, 
Gaea Consulting, LA

Photographers of the Transcontinental Railroad 
Chuck Spinks, P.E., M.ASCE, 
California State Railroad Museum Docent 


ASCE Staff Contact 
Jennifer Lawrence, Aff.M.ASCE

Symposium Chair 
Chuck Spinks, P.E., M.ASCE

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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.

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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].


Water Hammer in Transmission and Distribution Systems 
March 14-15, 2019 | San Francisco Metro Area

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


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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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On-demand learning is a convenient and effective method for engineers to earn PDHs/CEUs and gain practical, real-world knowledge.  ASCE's programs are developed by industry experts and available for a variety of technical areas and in your choice of format to meet the demands facing today's engineers. Plus, as a Sacramento Section member, a portion of the webinar fee will go back to support our local chapter. For more details, go to: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2135/c/79. Use Promo Code WEBSACSEC to secure your preferred rate

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ASCE LinkedIn Group


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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Region 9


Adam Killinger, P.E., G.E., M.ASCE
ASCE Region 9 Awards Committe Co-Chair
Sacramento Section Past-President

The 2019 California Infrastructure Symposium and Awards Dinner will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday March 29, 2019.  The 2019 California Infrastructure Symposium is a partnership between the ASCE San Diego Section and ASCE Region 9.  The Symposium will be an all-day event attended by engineers, educators, elected officials, professionals and the general public. Every year the attendees and participants of these conjoined events inform, educate, network, and honor influencers and decision makers of our built environment making this a must-attend event. This year will be no different.     

The Venue: The San Diego Convention Center opened in 1989 to provide a year-round event center for events like ours. The facility is highlighted by a 90,000 square-foot Teflon covered sails pavilion. Located along the bay, fresh air is never in short supply, and a short walk to the Gaslamp Quarter will provide all the food and entertainment one might need to unwind – or perhaps wind up; depending on what you’re looking for.

The Lineup:  The Symposium will be comprised of two infrastructure tracks with the following speaker topics:

Transportation Track

  • Regional Infrastructure for Tomorrow – Addressing City Transportation Challenges; Development & Deployment of Smart Cities Technologies; Airport Development Plan: North Side Landside & Terminal A Reconstruction; and Regional Plan on Transportation, Land Use and Housing.
  • Policy & Innovation for Tomorrow's Infrastructure – Innovative Policies for Project Delivery at LA Metro; The Private Sector Perspective on Smart Infrastructure; Mobility as a Service; and San Diego's Economic Policy on Employment Growth and Housing Opportunities.
  • Major Projects for Tomorrow's Infrastructure – Otay Mesa Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion Projects; San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study; Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project; and I-5/North Coast Corridor.
  • SB 1 Implementation & Creative Funding for Tomorrow's Infrastructure – What SB 1 Means to San Diego County; What SB 1 Means to Orange County; Creative Funding Opportunities; and Implementation & Funding for Brightline/Virgin.

Water Track

  • Desalination – Evaluating Ocean Water Desalination as a Future; Monterey Peninsula Water Supply: and A Project 20+ Years in the Making.
  • Advanced Water Recycling – Direct Potable Reuse; San Diego Reuse; and Water 4.0 – Water Quality/Trends.
  • Water Quality, Water Releases, Environmental Regulatory Trends/Climate – Regulatory Trends: Recycled Water’s Future Flavors; To Manage Future Water Shortages, California Must Update its Water Grid; and Paying it Forward: The Path Toward Climate-Safe Infrastructure in California.
  • Water Infrastructure Implications of Wildfires / Climate Change – California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment; Camp and Rim Fires – Wildfire Implications on Water Infrastructure; Perspective from State Climatologist; and Tracer Testing for East County AWP Program.

Speakers for the above topics will include many professionals from public agencies and companies across California.  Keynote speakers will include:

  • Robin Kemper – 2019 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Jeffrey Kightlinger – General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Laurie Berman – Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

The Infrastructure Symposium will be immediately followed by a networking reception, then the Awards Dinner Banquet and Ceremony.

The Party:  Each year, the many members and individuals who form the foundation of the ASCE Sections, Branches, Institutes, Younger Member and Student chapter groups in Region 9, take the time to recognize the outstanding projects and the selfless efforts of their peers, who contribute to the growth and evolution of the civil engineering profession, and the improvement of the infrastructure we all depend upon. Each group’s annual awards program nominates and recognizes praiseworthy individuals and projects within their geographic areas. Each Section’s award winners (San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles) are then nominated to Region 9 in October each year. Region 9 then selects and recognizes outstanding projects and individuals from across the State of California the following March during the annual Awards Dinner Ceremony.

For more information and to register for the 2019 California Infrastructure Symposium and Awards Dinner Banquet and Ceremony, please bookmark the California Infrastructure Symposium website at https://caisregion9.org/, the San Diego Section website at http://sections.asce.org/sandiego/home, or the Region 9 web site at http://regions.asce.org/region9/. Opportunities to get involved in the planning or to sponsor the Infrastructure Symposium and Awards Dinner are available. We look forward to seeing all of you in San Diego on March 29th!

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Legislative Update


Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate 

State Legislation

The State Legislature were sworn into their respective offices on December 3, 2018 when they convened their 2019-2020 session. Constitutional officers including Governor-elect Gavin Newsom were sworn in on January 7, 2019.

Assembly Member Phil Ting (D – North Farallon Islands and parts of San Francisco) introduced AB 68 and AB 69, ostensibly to make it easier and faster for homeowners to build livable space in their backyards. According to the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, applications for ADU permits have jumped significantly since the Legislature eased some regulations, but homeowners still face challenges when it comes to building codes, limiting the full potential of ADUs.

Ting’s ADU bills aim to:

  • Speed up the approval process to 60 days
  • Prohibit restrictive local requirements pertaining to lot size and parking
  • Allow more types of units, such as units in multi-family dwellings, to be approved with less bureaucratic review
  • Create a Small Home Building Standards Code to make construction more cost-effective and safe

Senator Bill Dodd (D – Solano) has reintroduced his stream gage bill from last year that died because of cost. SB 919 would have required Department of Water Resources to develop a plan to deploy a network of stream gages, if funding is provided to develop the plan. Stream gages measure the hydrologic characteristics of a river or stream at a specific location. They can range from a measuring stick that shows the stage (elevation of the water surface) to automatic gages that measure and transmit highly accurate information on elevation, flow rate, temperature, turbidity, and other water quality indicators. His new bill is SB 19 and it would require the DWR and the board to give priority in the plan to placing or modernizing and reactivating stream gages where lack of data contributes to conflicts in water management or where water can be more effectively managed for multiple benefits and to consider specified criteria in developing the plan. Dodd noted, “We’re faced with a constant cycle of droughts and flooding, and this bill is an important step toward managing our water for the long run. Stream gages provide important information. Unfortunately, gaps in the current system make it difficult to ensure water is going where it’s needed. You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”

New Reports of Interest

Public Policy Institute of California has released its report, “Financing Higher Education Capital Projects,” finds “economic pressures and policy decisions have led California to underinvest in higher education infrastructure over the past decade, ballooning deferred maintenance backlogs across all three systems,” says: “Estimates reported by UC, CSU and community colleges reflect that facility modernization and maintenance could cost more than $50 billion through 2022-23.”

California State Auditor’s office releases report, “California Public Utilities Commission: It Could Improve the Transparency of Water Rate Increases by Disclosing Its Review Process and Ensuring That Utilities Notify Customers as Required,” recommendations include: “By May 2019, the CPUC should begin to publish after each general rate case a summary of why, and by how much, water rates will change as a result of the proceeding.”

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has released “Assessing California’s Climate Policies—An Overview,” summarizes “different types of economic effects on state climate policies” including the benefits of Green House Gas reductions, identifies key issues for the Legislature to consider for future climate change policy design, including recommendations to “use economywide carbon pricing to achieve low-cost GHG reductions” and “establish a robust system for climate policy evaluation” to ensure “more complete information about the effects of state climate policies.”

LAO also released “Assessing California’s Climate Policies—Transportation,” reviews “available information on the effects of policies aimed at reducing Green House Gas emission from the transportation sector,” says light-duty passenger vehicles are the largest source of GHG emissions, finds emissions “declined from 2006 to 2016, but have increased slightly in recent years,” also finds “overall effects of the state’s policies aimed at reducing transportation GHGs are largely unclear” and the “large number of policies targeting transportation emissions creates challenges.”

Water Research Foundation released Wildfire Impacts on Drinking Water Treatment Process Performance: Development of Evaluation Protocols and Management Practices. Seeking to understand the effects of wildfire on water quality and treatability, as well as the effects on treatment plant costs and operation, the research team set out to accomplish three tasks: “evaluate the effects of a wildfire on a particular treatment operation; simulate post-fire runoff using conventional processes; and evaluate the best treatment practices to deal with wildfire-impacted source waters.” The report includes a framework for utilities to assess the impacts of wildfire on water quality and treatment, and also recommendations “made around the design and operation of treatment systems for utilities threatened by wildfire.” (Public Works, Nov. 28, 2018).

Transport Reviews released Impacts of Automated Vehicles on Travel Behavior and Land Use: An International Review of Modelling Studies. “This paper provides a comprehensive review of modelling studies investigating the impacts of AVs on travel behavior and land use. It shows that AVs are mostly found to increase vehicle miles travelled and reduce public transport and slow modes share. This particularly applies to private AVs, which are also leading to a more dispersed urban growth pattern. Shared automated vehicle fleets, conversely, could have positive impacts, including reducing the overall number of vehicles and parking spaces. Moreover, if it is assumed that automation would make the public transport system more efficient, AVs could lead to a favoring of urbanization processes. However, results are very sensitive to model assumptions which are still very uncertain.”

Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago released Introducing the Air Quality Life Index. “People could add years to their lives in California and other smog-plagued parts of the world if authorities could reduce particulate pollution – soot from cars and industry.... No other large U.S. city would benefit more than Fresno, which has soot concentrations at roughly twice the WHO [World Health Organization] guidelines. Fresno residents would live a year longer if the region could meet the health organization’s recommended levels of exposure.... The average Los Angeles resident could add eight months of life. The average Sacramento resident would add nearly three.”

Senate Office of Research released Climate Change and Health: Understanding how Global Warming Could Impact Public Health in California. “Public health is strongly affected by environmental conditions Therefore, the environmental changes resulting from global climate change have important implications for public health, as do the strategies used to mitigate harmful impacts of climate change.... The first part of the report describes the state of climate change in California and possible effects on human health. The second part is a detailed summary of research showing how California’s population already is affected by extreme heat and other suboptimal environmental conditions that could worsen with climate change.”


Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. made the following appointments:

Sean Maguire of Carmichael has been appointed to the California State Water Resources Control Board. Maguire has been supervising water resources control engineer at the State Water Resources Control Board since 2017, where he was senior water resources control engineer from 2015 to 2017. He held several positions at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants from 2003 to 2015, including water resources practice leader, senior associate engineer and senior staff engineer. Maguire is a member of the Groundwater Resources Association of California.

Daniel Millsap of Folsom, has been appointed deputy of the Capital Outlay Program at the California Conservation Corps. Millsap has been project director at the California Department of General Services since 2018. He served in several positions as a construction supervisor at the California Department of Parks and Recreation from 2007 to 2018. Millsap was project manager at 4leaf Inc. from 2006 to 2007, regional health and safety supervisor and staff engineer at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants from 2002 to 2006 and a staff engineer at Kleinfelder from 2001 to 2002. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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The Law & Civil Engineering


Gene Bass

This will likely be an article that will cause you to say, “well, I know that ... isn’t it obvious...” Yet, it can be helpful for someone else to state the obvious where you might step back and realize that you have not noticed something in your own business. Call them “nuggets of knowledge” “general guidelines” or “whatever” to help avoid disputes and claims.

Only do business with good, honest, well financed people and/or entities for clients. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pick and choose only the cream of the crop. Unfortunately, experience has shown that there are bad people out there and that even the best communication and documentation will not disable their efforts to ruin an otherwise ideal project. Just try to avoid them. The same goes for consultants as well.

Be clear in the beginning as to what is expected of each party to the contract. The failure to meet expectations is a great catalyst for litigation and disputes. If all parties are fully aware of what is expected of the other, there will be fewer surprises and fewer disputes. It is not only important in the beginning but as the project continues.

Communication is the key. Do not assume that your client fully understands what you are saying as you understand it. A good rule is to “say what it is” and “say what it isn’t.” It is important that your client understand and appreciate the scope and limitations of what you will do. If you have worked with the client before and on the same type of project, you can have a reasonable expectation that your client’s understanding of your work corresponds with your own. Your client, however, may not fully understand what your work involves and may not be willing to admit it. In that case, you have the special burden of asking enough of the right questions so that you know and feel comfortable with your client’s understanding.

Be aware, especially when trying to win a job with a new client, not to lead the client to expect something that you cannot realistic deliver. Some clients may not be so willing to forgive the differences between what was represented, either directly or impliedly, in the beginning and what was delivered ac-2018t the end. While there may be any number of reasonable explanations as to why the originally represented deliverables ended up not being possible, the client may have particularly relied on the engineer’s sales pitch and anticipated a particular result from the beginning. Failure of that expectation can set up the relationship for claims against and damage to the reputation of the engineer.

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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   Michael Konieczki [email protected] 916-840-5211
President Elect   Tino Maestas [email protected] 916-471-8210
Senior Director  Megan LeRoy [email protected] 916-993-4613
Junior Director Christina Rice [email protected] 530-559-4506
Secretary Dr. Ben Fell [email protected] 916-278-8139
Treasurer Jafar Faghih [email protected] 916-679-8864
Past President Adam Killinger [email protected] 951-265-5289
Executive Director Tony Quintrall [email protected] 916-296-9856
YMF Board Rep Nelson Tejada  [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] 916-961-2723
Capital Branch Bradley Waldrop [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]ca.gov 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. Elias Karam  [email protected] 209-481-6857
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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