April 2020 Print

President's Report

In light of the continued developments related to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), we as civil engineering professionals are called to continue planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining our community’s infrastructure. To help “flatten the curve,” many of us are now working from home. Consider networking with your fellow civil engineering professionals through opportunities to connect remotely. 

Be on the lookout for opportunities to connect with your colleagues and professional network. For example, the Capital Branch will be hosting their May meeting online. On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 12PM to 1PM, Lindsey Van Parys is an Associate at GHD will be presenting on Modern Roundabouts: What? Why? How? For more information, check out the following link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ndd6x9pab&oeidk=a07eh1iwuts80b915fb

Congratulations Dr. Michele Barbato, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE of the Capital Branch from the Sacramento Section who was selected by the ASCE Committee on Technical Advancement to receive the 2020 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. Dr. Barbato received this prize for “his outstanding research in structural engineering and engineering mechanics, with emphasis on finite element response sensitivity analysis, seismic response steel-concrete composite systems, seismic pounding mitigation, performance-based hurricane engineering and hurricane hazard mitigation, nonstationary stochastic dynamics, multi-hazard performance-based engineering, and sustainable construction materials.” Dr. Barbato is a professor at UC Davis. The award will be presented to Dr. Barbato at the Society’s Annual Convention, October 28-31, 2020, in Anaheim, CA. Congratulations Dr. Barbato! 

Even though the Awards Banquet has been postponed, the Alfred R. Golze scholarships are still planned to be awarded this spring. The Golze Scholarship Committee understands the financial burdens of our students are more prescient now than ever. The tradition of acknowledging the recipients at the Awards Banquet will continue, this year in the fall. Please keep students in mind if you have opportunities for them to work for your employers. 

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

Sincerely,

Megan LeRoy, P.E.

President, ASCE Sacramento Section

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Capital Branch Activities

Monthly Luncheons Continue! (Online)

Modern Roundabouts: What? Why? How?
By Lindsey Van Parys, GHD
May Meeting, nvites will be sent soon

Not all circular intersections are roundabouts! This presentation is designed to discuss what a modern roundabout is (and what it is not), why modern roundabouts are being planned, designed and constructed at record rates across the U.S., look at how roundabouts can best be utilized to meet various transportations challenges more efficiently and effectively than other intersection controls, and look at some specific design parameters like location, size, bicycle and pedestrian accommodation and more. The speaker will also walk you through some project examples as well.

May Meeting
Tuesday, May 26th , 2020 (online only)
12:00 – 12:45 PM Presentation
Invites will be sent soon
Contact Ron if you're not getting his announcements

Award Announcement

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

JOIN US ON LinkedIn.

The Capital Branch has a group page to make it easier to post announcements about upcoming events of interest to Civil Engineers in the Sacramento area.  To join the group page go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/asce-sac-section-capital-branch-b0148b87.

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK

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

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Feather River Branch Activities

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

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Project Awards Call For Nominations

Deadline Extended!

The 2019 ASCE Sacramento Section Project Awards Nominations are still open! ASCE Sacramento Section Project Awards recognize outstanding Civil Engineering projects in the Sacramento Section geographic area that have completed construction within the last two (2) years.

The deadline to nominate a project is April 30, 2020! The Project Awards Banquet is postponed and is seeking a new date. 

Nominate your project today by going to http://www.asceregion9awards.org/section-awards/nomination-project/sac or emailing nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Rice, Senior Director, at [email protected].

Project Categories

Airports & Ports
Architectural Engineering
Bikeways & Trails
Bridge
Community Involvement
Construction
Energy
Environmental Engineering
Flood Management
Geotechnical
Historical Renovation
Parks & Recreation
Road & Highway
Small Project (under $5M)
Structural
Sustainable Engineering
Transportation
Urban/Land Development
Wastewater Treatment
Water

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Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

San Francisco Section Structural Engineering Institute
Update – Bridging Bay Area’s Structural Engineers

by

Vladimir Calugaru, PhD, PE
Chair, Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, San Francisco Section

 

Structural engineering is among the most underappreciated and underpaid professions. It is difficult to think of a place where that statement is truer than in the San Francisco Bay Area. While everyone knows the name of the criminal Al Capone who spent a few years enjoying views of the Bay from Alcatraz, few can name the structural engineers behind the Golden Gate Bridge or those dedicating their lives to developing modern seismic design guidelines that help save millions of lives worldwide. And where else can a recent grad with a computer science degree expect to earn nearly twice as much as a senior principal at a leading structural engineering firm. This is where the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, San Francisco Section (SEI SF) comes in. We understand the challenges that today’s structural engineers face and make it our goal to help advance the careers of our individual members, as well as to help earn broader recognition of the structural engineering profession.

This has been the most exciting year for our organization. The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, San Francisco Chapter (SEI-SF) has grown to more than 1,600 members and has built up substantial momentum. We have hosted and co-hosted a number of important technical events, as well as social and public outreach events, and approved an ambitious long-term budget aimed at supporting and strengthening the Bay Area’s structural engineering community – all in line with our vision and mission. 

The 5OBC (5th International Orthotropic Bridge Conference), the symposium on resilience held on the exact 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, and the mini-series on the design and construction of the Chase Center, the new home of the Golden Gate Warriors, have been our recent bright highlights. These events took a strong team effort to organize resulting in great success. The 5OBC brought together the world’s leading experts in the design, operation, and maintenance of orthotropic bridges. The symposium on resilience featured a panel of prominent speakers representing the Bay Area’s major infrastructure and transportation companies, as well as building departments. The technical presentations on the Chase Center provided insight into the geotechnical, structural, and construction aspects of constructing a world-class stadium on poor soils in a high seismic region. The wide range of topics covered by these events underlines the defining characteristic of SEI SF – supporting the Bay Area’s structural engineers working in all areas of the profession, not limited to building design (a common misconception and the primary focus of other local organizations).

One new initiative for 2020 that I am most pleased to announce is the SEI of ASCE San Francisco Chapter Scholarship. The annual scholarship will be awarded based on academic and professional merit to undergraduate and graduate students studying structural engineering in the Bay Area and the broader Northern California region covered by the San Francisco Section. Our Board has voted to increase the total scholarship awarded each year to make an ever-larger contribution to the local structural engineering community.

It is for events and initiatives like these that SEI SF has been selected to receive the 2019 SEI Chapter of the Year Award in recognition of its exemplary activities and efforts to advance the structural engineering profession. We truly appreciate this recognition and feel motivated to keep improving.

For more information about SEI of ASCE, San Francisco Section, please visit www.seisf.org or contact Vladimir Calugaru, PhD, PE, Chair of the SEI of ASCE, San Francisco Section, at [email protected].

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

by

Richard Markuson
Region 9 Legislative Advocate

 

The bill introduction deadline was February 21, 2020. Region 9 committees will now begin to review these bills.

New Legislation

AB 1907 (Santiago - D) Would, until January 1, 2029, exempt from environmental review under CEQA certain activities approved by or carried out by a public agency in furtherance of providing emergency shelters, supportive housing, or affordable housing, as each is defined. The bill would require a lead agency that determines to carry out or approve an activity that is within this CEQA exemption to file a notice of exemption, as specified. Current Status: 1/30/2020-Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and H. & C.D. 

AB 1908 (Chen - R) Would require the Department of Transportation, within its maintenance program, to establish a Homeless Encampment and Litter Program to provide timely abatement and cleanup of homeless encampments on department property and expedited and coordinated access to housing and supportive services. The bill would require the department to coordinate with homeless service provider agencies and to establish homeless adult and family multidisciplinary personnel teams. The bill would require the department, upon receiving a report of a homeless encampment, to deploy a multidisciplinary personnel team to expedite and coordinate access to housing and supportive services for occupants of the encampment.  Current Status: 2/27/2020-Referred to Coms. on TRANS. and HUM. S. 

AB 1957 (Gallagher - R) Current law authorizes, until January 1, 2025, local agencies, as defined, to use the design-build project delivery process, as specified, for specified public works.This bill would authorize the Paradise Irrigation District to utilize the design-build project delivery process to assign contracts for the construction of a water conveyance pipeline from the Town of Paradise to the City of Chico. Current Status: 2/18/2020-Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV. 

AB 1991 (Friedman - D) Would expand the purpose of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program to authorize funding for passenger tramway transit systems. By expanding the purposes for which continuously appropriated moneys may be used, the bill would make an appropriation. Current Status: 2/6/2020-Referred to Coms. on TRANS. and NAT. RES. 

AB 1992 (Friedman - D) Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish a new program to fund climate change adaptation planning for transportation impacts, data collection, modeling, and training. The bill would require the department, in consultation with the commission, to update the asset management plan on or before December 31, 2022, and for the update to also address the forecasted transportation infrastructure impacts of climate change. The bill would require both the 3rd update to the California Transportation Plan, which is due in 2025, and the Strategic Growth Council’s report to include a forecast of the transportation impacts of climate change and measures to address those impacts. Current Status: 2/6/2020-Referred to Coms. on TRANS. and NAT. RES. 

AB 1997 (Nazarian - D) Would require the California Building Standards Commission, by June 30, 2021, to assemble a functional recovery working group comprised of certain state entities and members of the construction and insurance industries, as specified. The bill would require the working group, by June 30, 2023, to consider whether a “functional recovery” standard is warranted for all or some building occupancy classifications, using specified criteria, and to investigate the practical means of implementing that standard, as specified. The bill would require the working group to advise the appropriate state agencies to propose the building standards, as specified. The bill would authorize the commission to adopt regulations based upon the recommendations from the working group for nonresidential occupancies. The bill would define “functional recovery” for purposes of these provisions, as specified.  Current Status: 2/6/2020-Referred to Com. on H. & C.D. 

AB 2249 (Mathis - R) Would create the Joint Legislative Committee on High-Speed Rail Oversight consisting of 3 Members of the Senate and 3 Members of the Assembly and would require the committee to ascertain facts, review documents, and take action thereon, and make recommendations to the Legislature concerning the state’s programs, policies, and investments related to high-speed rail, as specified. The bill would require the authority and any entity contracting with the authority to give and furnish to the committee upon request information, records, and documents as the committee deems necessary and proper to achieve its purposes.  Current Status: 2/14/2020-From printer. May be heard in committee March 15. 

AB 2502 (Quirk - D) The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires all groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins by the Department of Water Resources that are designated as basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2020. The act prescribes that plans contain certain required contents and requires that plans contain, where appropriate and in collaboration with the appropriate local agencies, additional analyses or components, including, among others, control of saline water intrusion, wellhead protection areas and recharge areas, a well abandonment and well destruction program, well construction policies, and impacts on groundwater dependent ecosystems. This bill would add impacts to managed wetlands, as specified, to the additional analyses or components that a plan is required to contain when appropriate.  Current Status: 2/27/2020-Referred to Com. on W., P., & W. 

AB 2504 (Nazarian - D) Current law requires every building or structure and every portion thereof to be designed and constructed to resist stresses produced by lateral forces as provided in the State Building Standards Code.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to encourage seismic safety retrofitting of buildings and homes. Current Status: 2/20/2020-From printer. May be heard in committee March 21. 

AB 2623 (Arambula - D) The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires all groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins by the Department of Water Resources that are designated as basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2020, and requires all other groundwater basins designated as high- or medium-priority basins to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2022, except as specified. The act requires all relevant state agencies to consider the policies of the act, and any adopted groundwater sustainability plans, when revising or adopting policies, regulations, or criteria, or when issuing orders or determinations, where pertinent. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in the latter provision.  Current Status: 2/21/2020-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22. 

AB 2720 (Salas - D) Would require the lead agency, for a groundwater recharge project on agricultural land fallowed as a result of management actions required by a groundwater sustainability plan, to prepare a negative declaration or a mitigated negative declaration if there is substantial evidence in the record that a project or a revised project would not have a significant environmental impact. Because a lead agency would be required to determine whether there is substantial evidence in the record that a project would not have a significant environmental impact, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.  Current Status: 2/21/2020-From printer. May be heard in committee March 22. 

AB 2953 (Gray - D) Would require the Department of Transportation to eliminate the use of potable groundwater from groundwater basins subject to critical conditions of overdraft for purposes of landscaping and cleaning highways except when a district director determines not doing so would threaten public health or safety. Current Status: 2/24/2020-Read first time. 

AB 3197 (Diep - R) Current law generally requires a contractor or subcontractor to be registered with the Department of Industrial Relations to be qualified to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, or engage in the performance of any public work contract. Current law requires a contractor or subcontractor to meet specific conditions to qualify for this registration. Current law exempts specific types of work from this registration requirement, including work on a public works project of $25,000 or less when the project is for construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work. This bill would specify that the registration requirement discussed above does not apply to services provided by a licensed architect unless those services require the payment of a prevailing wage.  Current Status: 2/24/2020-Read first time. 

AB 3213 (Rivas, Luz - D) Current law establishes the High-Speed Rail Authority within the state government with various powers and duties related to developing and implementing high-speed passenger rail service. Current law requires the authority to direct the development and implementation of intercity high-speed rail service that is fully integrated with specified forms of transit. This bill would require the authority, in directing the development and implementation of intercity high-speed rail service, to prioritize projects based on specified criteria. Current Status: 2/24/2020-Read first time. 

AB 3334 (Chen - R) Current law, the Professional Land Surveyors’ Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of land surveyors by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. Current law defines land surveying for purposes of the act.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that definition. Current Status: 2/24/2020-Read first time. 

ACR 153 (Rivas, Luz - D) This measure would recognize the week of February 16, 2020, to February 22, 2020, as Engineers Week. Current Status: 2/26/2020-From committee: Ordered to third reading. 

ACR 154 (Rivas, Luz - D) This measure would proclaim February 20, 2020, as Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Current Status: 2/24/2020-In Senate. To Com. on RLS. 

ACR 169 (Aguiar-Curry - D) This measure would proclaim the week of March 1, 2020, to March 7, 2020, inclusive, as Women in Construction Week.  Current Status: 2/27/2020-Coauthors revised. From committee: Be adopted. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 10. Noes 0.) (February 27). 

SB 45 (Allen - D) Would enact the Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $5,510,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects for a wildfire prevention, safe drinking water, drought preparation, and flood protection program. Current Status: 1/30/2020-In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk. 

SB 974 (Hurtado - D) Would exempt from CEQA certain projects that benefit a small community water system that primarily serves one or more disadvantaged communities, or that benefit a nontransient noncommunity water system that serves a school that serves one or more disadvantaged communities, by improving the small community water system’s or nontransient noncommunity water system’s water quality, water supply, or water supply reliability, or by encouraging water conservation.  Current Status: 2/20/2020-Referred to Com. on EQ. 

SB 996 (Portantino - D) Would require the State Water Resources Control Board to establish by an unspecified date and then maintain an ongoing, dedicated program called the Constituents of Emerging Concern Program to support and conduct research to develop information and, if necessary, provide recommendations to the state board on constituents of emerging concern in drinking water that may pose risks to public health. The bill would require the state board to establish the Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Science Advisory Panel, both as prescribed, to assist in the gathering and development of information for the program, among other functions. The bill would require the program to provide opportunities for public participation, including conducting stakeholder meetings and workshops to solicit relevant information and feedback for development and implementation of the program. Current Status: 2/14/2020-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 15. 

SB 1052 (Hertzberg - D) Would establish municipal wastewater agencies and would authorize a municipal wastewater agency, among other things, to enter into agreements with entities responsible for stormwater management for the purpose of managing stormwater and dry weather runoff, to acquire, construct, expand, operate, maintain, and provide facilities for specified purposes relating to managing stormwater and dry weather runoff, and to levy taxes, fees, and charges consistent with the municipal wastewater agency’s existing authority in order to fund projects undertaken pursuant to the bill. Current Status: 2/27/2020-Referred to Coms. on EQ. and GOV. & F. 

SB 1056 (Portantino - D) Would require the State Water Resources Control Board, on or before January 1, 2022, to certify a methodology or methodologies for testing drinking water, groundwater, and surface water for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, as provided, and to accredit qualified laboratories in California to analyze perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances pursuant to the adopted methodology or methodologies. Current Status: 2/27/2020-Referred to Com. on EQ. 

SB 1057 (Jones - R) Current law, the Professional Land Surveyors’ Act, provides for the licensure and regulation of land surveyors by the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, and makes it unlawful to practice land surveying without a license, except as specified. Current law includes within the practice of land surveying cadastral surveying.This bill would define cadastral surveying for purposes of the act. Current Status: 2/27/2020-Referred to Coms. on B., P. & E.D. and GOV. & F. 

SB 1227 (Skinner - D) Currentlaw creates the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system. Current law requires the Department of Transportation and cities and counties receiving funds under the program, to the extent possible and cost effective, and where feasible, to use advanced technologies and material recycling techniques that reduce the cost of maintaining and rehabilitating the streets and highways and that exhibit reduced levels of greenhouse gas emissions through material choice and construction method. This bill would delete the condition in that requirement imposed on the department and those cities and counties to use advanced technologies and material recycling techniques to the extent possible.  Current Status: 2/21/2020-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 22. 

SB 1249 (Hurtado - D) Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act prohibits the State Water Resources Control Board from adopting state policy for water quality control unless a public hearing is first held respecting the adoption of the policy, and requires the state board to notify any affected regional boards, unless notice is waived, at least 60 days before the hearing. The act requires the regional boards to submit written recommendations to the state board at least 20 days before the hearing. This bill would instead require the state board to provide that notice at least 30 days before the hearing and would instead require the regional boards to submit those recommendations at least 25 days before the hearing.  Current Status: 2/24/2020-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 25. Read first time. 

SB 1280 (Monning - D) Would authorize the State Water Resources Control Board to order consolidation between a receiving water system and an at-risk water system, as defined, upon receipt of a petition that substantially conforms to the specified-referenced policy adopted by the state board and that is either approved by the water system’s governing body or signed by at least 30% of the households served by the water system. For purposes of that provision, the bill would authorize the state board to contract with a technical assistance provider or appoint an administrator to provide information to a community regarding the petition process, to assist with the preparation of a petition, or to evaluate whether a water system is an at-risk water system. Current Status: 2/24/2020-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 25. Read first time. 

SB 1363 (Allen - D) Would also require the State Air Resources Board to provide, no later than December 31, 2022, each affected region with greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for the automobile and light truck sector for 2045 and 2050, and with vehicle miles traveled reduction targets for 2035, 2045, and 2050, and to release, no later than September 30, 2022, a draft of those targets, as specified. Current Status: 2/24/2020-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 25. Read first time. 

New Reports of Interest

Legislative Analyst’s Office released “The 2020-21 Budget: Climate Change Proposals,” examines Governor’s proposals to (1) allocate $965 million from cap-and-trade revenues; (2) expend $25 million on climate adaption research; (3) fund “new Climate Catalyst” loan program with $250 million this year and additional $750 million in 2023-24 and (4) place a $4.75 billion climate bond on November ballot; finds that overall “Governor’s approach includes some positive steps to help reduce climate risk,” but “administration has not adequately justified” the Climate Catalyst Loan Fund, particularly because it has not demonstrated an ability to identify climate projects that “provide climate benefits” and “are low financial risk” and would otherwise not attract conventional financing, “especially at the scale of $1 billion.” 

California Ocean Protection Council released State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance.  “The Pacific has risen 4 to 8 inches along the Northern California shore over the last century — and so, too, the San Francisco Bay, the ocean’s largest estuary in the Americas. Depending on the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, the Pacific could rise 2.4 to 3.4 feet by 2100, which is why the California Coastal Commission has encouraged city governments to start planning for the future, either by fortifying their flood defenses, restoring wetlands, or, in some instances, making people move.” (New York TimesFeb. 13, 2020).

Appointments of Interest

By Governor:

To San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board: Alexis S. Hacker, Piedmont, former acting regional administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency; Andrew Gunther, Oakland, local government and nonprofit consultant

To the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development CommissionMichela Alioto-Pier, San Francisco, owner of Alioto-Pier Vineyards since 2015.

To the California State Water Resources Control BoardSean Maguire, Carmichael, member since 2018. 

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The Law & Civil Engineering

THE LAW AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

by

Gene Bass

 

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

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

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

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


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

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Serve on an ASCE Committee

Committees

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

Serve on a Committee

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

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

Now Accepting Applications

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

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

GUIDED, INSTRUCTOR-LED ONLINE COURSES 

ASCE announces new asynchronous online instructor-led programs in which you move through a 6 or 12-week learning experience with your peers. The Guided Online Course content includes recorded video lectures, interactive exercises, case studies, live webinars and weekly discussions to help you master the course material. Gain unlimited, 24/7 accessibility to weekly modules. Complete coursework at the time and pace that is most convenient for you, using your own devices. Click here to see full list of courses.

Buy 2 Registrations and get the 3rd Free!

To receive this discount, email contact information for all registrants [email protected] and a registration confirmation email will be sent to each attendee. Or call 1-800-548-2723 to register, and mention the code GOCFREE. To inquire about larger group discounts, write to [email protected]

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS SUBSCRIPTION

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

 

  • Save up to 63%
  • Earn up to 15 CEUs/PDHs
  • Pay one low fee 
  • 10 on-demand webinars of your choice
  • State-of-the-practice programs taught by leading practitioners
  • A convenient, effective, affordable way to earn CEUs/PDHs for P.E. license renewal

 

LIVE WEBINARS

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

Live P.E. and S.E. Exam Reviews 

 

  • Take the guesswork out of your study plan and build confidence for exam day
  • Learn from qualified experts in interactive courses 
  • Receive access to recorded webinars and reference material
  • Take advantage of group rates for 2 or more engineers preparing in the same location

 

ON-DEMAND LEARNING WEBINARS

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

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ASCE LinkedIn Group

INTERACT WITH OVER 215,000 CIVIL ENGINEERING PEERS GLOBALLY!

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

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Officer Contacts

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

OFFICERS

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


INSTITUTES

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

Niranjen Kanepathipillai

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

                                    
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

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

                                                     
UNIVERSITIES

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

 

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