Almost 200 registrants for the ESWP Program Committee webinar “Steel Bridges in the 21st Century,” presented by Dr. Brandon Chavel, P.E. of the National Steel Bridge Alliance of AISC! This interesting program examined the history and future of steel bridges with consideration on life span, costs, maintenance, constructability and more! Dr. Chavel fielded many questions from webinar viewers as well as those viewing on Facebook live. Completion of the webinar entitled viewers to one Professional Development Hour (PDH). Join us for our next program on Thursday, October 1 on the Bonner Bridge presented by Nick Burdette, P.E.
A Webinar – GEOTECHNICAL REPORTS: PROPER USE IN DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING
On September 2nd at noon, join us for this webinar presented by Douglas M. Clark, P.E., Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
Subsurface conditions represent some of the largest uncertainties and risks in civil construction. Fortunately, most owners recognize the need to perform a geotechnical investigation as part of the design development to obtain information pertinent to project design and construction. What is often less understood is how the geotechnical report and information should be used in design, and how it applies to the construction contract. Many assume, often incorrectly, that the geotechnical report serves as a “baseline” for establishing the site conditions. While this may be true in some cases, most standard contract general conditions (AIA, EJCDC, etc.) place the risks associated with subsurface conditions on the bidder, and provide the geotechnical report only as information, not as a contract document. This presentation discusses the issue of reliance on the geotechnical report by the parties involved, presents case-studies, and provides recommendations for owners and contractors to reduce risks.
More information can be found here.
Twenty ESWP members participated in a presentation and tour of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Southern Beltway construction project on December 4. Presenters included Steve Hrvoich of the PATC, and Dale Rosinski and Matthew Steele from CDR Maguire. The tour was sponsored by Trumbull Corporation. During the presentation overview, participants learned some of the many details involved in this 13-mile long mega-project. Participants then boarded a shuttle bus to visit several points along the still-under-construction roadways and bridges, including a drive along a portion of the new roadway, not yet open to vehicular traffic. Big thanks to the PATC, CCDR Maguire, and Trumbull Corporation for hosting this tour.
The Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) and the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Section (ASCE) presented our biennial “PDH Boot Camp” on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
Bringing together over 90 professionals, this all-day conference provided timely and interesting technical sessions suitable for professional development hours (PDHs) for our members and affiliated groups.
We offered programming under three concurrent breakout sessions. The attendees could attend sessions from any track. The tracks presented were transportation, water & wastewater, industrial, technology and legal & ethics. Each session is approved for a PDH credit by ESWP’s Continuing Education Committee. ESWP is recognized as an approved Continuing Education Provider by New York State and the State of Florida Board of Licensure. Attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 8 PDHs for the day. With the PA P.E. License Renewal Date approaching on September 30, 2019. This event offered exactly what every P.E. was looking for – PDH Credits.
Over 20 speakers made this event possible, with one that presented via webinar from California! The event would not be possible without our sponsors:
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. – Lanyards
Covestro – Portfolio
HDR – Transportation Track
Koryak – Technology Track
Michael Baker International – Lunch
Total Equipment Company – Industrial Track
Finally, thank you to our planning committee for making the event possible.
PDH Boot Camp Planning Committee
Justin Brooks, Beaver County Community College, Beaver, PA
Douglas M. Clark, P.E., Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
David Scotti, Esq., Scotti Law Group, Pittsburgh, PA
Sam Shamsi, Ph.D., PE, F.ASCE, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Imperial PA
Dawn Spence, P.E., Michael Baker International, Moon Township, PA
John Tricini, Michael Baker International, Moon Township, PA
Attendees that need a PDH certificate for attending the one-day conference to claim your credit, please complete our PDH Request Form at https://eswp.com/about/bootcamp/.
Paul Hoback, Director of Development for the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) was guest speaker at ESWP’s luncheon event on June 25. Mr. Hoback presented an update on the ACAA Terminal Modernization Program to an audience of more than 70 members and guests at ESWP. Mr. Hoback presented a detailed overview of the preliminary plans for the airport modernization, along with a video which simulated many of the facets under consideration. The ESWP Program Committee thanks Mr. Hoback for his very informative presentation!
2019 Metcalf Award recipient Mark Magalotti visited ESWP’s Pittsburgh Engineers’ Building to attend our continuing education event, and stopped by the Board Room for this photo opp looking over the list of Metcalf Award Recipients. Great seeing you here, Mark!
On February 12, ESWP was pleased to partner with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) in presenting a program on the Emergency Rehabilitation of Route 30, presented by Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, P.E., District Executive of PennDOT District 11-0; Brian Heintzl, P.E., of Gannett Fleming, and Eric Klimas, P.E., of Golden Triangle Construction. The three presenters provided a very informative inside look into the analysis, planning, and construction required to bring Route 30 “back to life” in less than three months, following the major collapse of this busy State highway, which carries 25,000 motor vehicles daily. The Route 30 Rehabilitation was recently recognized by the ESWP as the 2018 Emergency Rehabilitation Project of the Year. To learn more about this project, visit the ESWP Awards Page, found here.
Congratulations to Stephen Canton, who was named the Future City 2018 Alumnus of the Year by the international Future City Competition. Canton participated in the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition in 2004 and 2005, when he was a student at St. Benedict the Moor School in Pittsburgh. Now a University of Pittsburgh medical student, Canton said “In my current roles as a researcher, bioengineer and physician to be, I utilize skills that I learned while participating in Future City.” Canton has a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in kinesiology from Louisiana State University. He expects to complete his medical degree with a concentration in bioengineering, biotechnology, and innovation from Pitt’s School of Medicine in 2020.
Thanks to ESWP officer Bob Ward (CannonDesign) and Jamie McMaster (Westinghouse) for serving YOU at the July “The Board Serves You Luncheon.” We had a near-full Dining room, with many happy diners! This monthly event has become very popular, with some members supporting each of this years monthly luncheons. However, for the month of August we are debuting a new member FLASH SALE promotion….to help with the parking crunch you may encounter when coming to the ESWP, we are offering a $5 discount at select downtown garages when you have lunch at the ESWP. One discount per table, valid only in August. Don’t let parking get in your way of a great lunch!
So, it has been a very busy June at ESWP! Looking back, the month has just flown by and I can’t believe the month is almost over.
We began the month with the 34th Annual International Bridge Conference in National Harbor, MD, attracting almost 1,300 attendees and a record-high number of exhibitors. The four day conference was very well received, indicated by the many, many positive comments we received onsite and in our post-conference surveys.
Then, the ESWP Program Committee planned two great events, including our annual PNC Park Tailgate Party, and the Women’s Roundtable Luncheon. What an honor it was to have three commissioner chairs of Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland Counties participate in a panel discussion moderated by KDKA’s Jon Delano! (pictured below) Mr. Delano featured excerpts of the discussion on the evening news.
In between these events, our International Water Conference webinar series conducted another successful webinar, and our “Board Serves You” June installment went off without a hitch! Don’t forget the ESWP Dining Room will close over the week of July 4, and we look forward to serving you again on our re-opening of July 10.
Save the date now for July 19 to come in for lunch to see 1st Vice-President Bob Ward and Board Secretary Jamie McMaster at the July “Board Serves You” lunch. Have a happy and safe 4th!