ESWP’s 39th annual International Bridge Conference was held over July 17 to the 20th at the David L Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh PA. Nearly 1,100 attendees participated in the three-day event! Attendees were able to earn up to 18 Continuing Ed credits for their Professional Engineer licensure requirements. We celebrated a “sold out” Exhibit Hall that offered extended learning opportunities! One Day 1, the Opening Keynote session was attended by over 500 attendees who heard from experts on national bridge Issues. Attendees were also able to take part in the IBC annual awards dinner, the IBC boat cruise, and a walking tour looking at the Sister Bridges of Pittsburgh. We are already looking forward to the 2023 IBC has the Call for Papers is open!
ESWP held our “Happy Hour Trivia Night” on June 22 with more than 70 people in attendance! Great food and fun games with trivia offered by JMT’s Mallory Griffin. Thanks to our sponsors: Arcadis, Collective Efforts, and JMT. Look for more Trivia Nights this fall!
Special thanks to Carson Carney, P.E., of Advanced Robotics Construction, Inc. for his webinar presentation today on the use of robots in the construction industry! We had a great turnout with a lot of good questions and answers for a very informative session. Next up, Thursday, June 9 is the ‘Best of the IWC’ on Zero Liquid Discharge. Look for more upcoming ESWP continuing education events to fill your continuing education needs!
Jonathan Shimko has joined Michael Baker International’s Pittsburgh Office as Vice President and Practice Executive – Water.
In this role, Jonathan is responsible for managing the region’s water/wastewater, surface water and water quality initiatives, coordinating strategic pursuits, client engagement and facilitating the successful completion of complex programs and projects covering the entire spectrum of the water cycle. Jonathan is a member of the IWC Executive Committee.
Congratulations to Arletta Scott Williams on receiving the 2022 William Metcalf Award!
Presented at the ESWP Annual Banquet on March 10. An audience of over 425 enjoyed the event! Congratulations Arletta!
Final preparations are underway for the ESWP Annual Awards Banquet! Master of Ceremonies, Rick Sebak, interviewing the Metcalf Award recipient Arletta Scott Williams.
Congratulations to Kimberly Kennedy, P.E. for receiving the 2021 Civil Engineer of the Year Award as presented by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The award was presented at the National Engineers Week banquet held at the Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) on Saturday, February 19. Kim is the Director of Engineering & Construction at ALCOSAN, and a member of the ESWP Board of Directors, chairing the Publications Committee! Congratulations Kim!
Thank you to the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for recognizing the Pittsburgh ENGINEER magazine with their Journalism Award for 2021.
This award was presented at the National Engineers Week banquet held at ESWP on Saturday, February 19, in recognition of the focus and highlighting of civil engineering contributions as featured in the magazine. Click here to read the 2021 issues on our website. Thank you ASCE!
Dan Laird has joined Michael Baker International’s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office, as Director of Client Relations responsible for business development in Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.
Dan will play a key role in driving the growth of the seven Pittsburgh Practice areas: Architecture, Bridges, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Construction Services, Land Development & Infrastructure, Planning, and Transportation. In addition to continuing to foster relationships with Michael Baker’s current valued clients and implementing strategies to accelerate business growth across the Region, Dan will also serve as a liaison with the many firms that Michael Baker does business with in the service of our clients.
Dan has honed his business development skills by working with A/E/C clients and legislative leaders throughout Western Pennsylvania over the past 20 years.
On his new role at Michael Baker, he said: “I believe collaboration, a strategic path forward, and clear communication are key to corporate goals, organizing growth and the alignment of community and industry partnerships. I’m excited to help enhance Michael Baker International’s presence and value in Western Pennsylvania.”
Most recently Dan served as the Director of Business Development for Hill International, overseeing business growth and opportunities in the Western Pennsylvania market.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology degree from Point Park University. He serves in leadership roles on multiple engineering organizations, including the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE Pittsburgh), Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach, Construction Management Association of America and March of Dimes Transportation, Building & Construction.
Pittsburgh-based, geotechnical specialty contractor, Nicholson Construction, returns to Ohio’s Portage Lakes for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources North Reservoir Dam Project.
The 100-year-old North Reservoir dam will undergo a $22.9M repair project to bring it into compliance with Ohio Dam Safety’s standards. The last remediation project on North Reservoir Dam was performed in 1982. The current remediation project includes seepage cutoff, overtopping protection and replacement of the existing spillway and lake drain.
Nicholson was contracted by Beaver Excavating Company to construct a soil-mix gravity section and cutoff wall for the new dam in order to mitigate excessive seepage and to increase its factor of safety.
This is the second Portage Lakes project for Nicholson. In 2017, the company was contracted to construct a soil mix gravity section and cutoff wall for the new East Reservoir Dam.
“It’s a high compliment to be brought back on-site to build subsequent work,” said Ryan Streets, vice president, major projects. “Several core members of the East Reservoir team are back for this project, which is a huge advantage in terms of lessons learned and efficiencies we can gain.”
Nicholson’s work on the North Reservoir Dam will start in the late Spring 2021 and continue into next year. “Earning our clients’ trust and returning to their jobsites to do additional work is truly a testament to our crew’s ability to safely construct a high-quality product,” said Dario Gnoato, senior vice president, major projects, Nicholson Construction. “We’re looking forward to another great project in Portage Lakes.”
About Nicholson Construction Company:
Nicholson is a versatile geotechnical contractor specializing in deep foundations, earth retention and ground treatment. As the North American subsidiary of Soletanche Bachy, one of the world’s leading geotechnical contractors, we are part of a global network of geotechnical resources and expertise. We work in a wide range of industries and environments, from power plants and dams, to bridges and skyscrapers. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Nicholson has offices around the country to address each region’s unique geotechnical construction needs.