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Geo-Institute - Fundamentals of Torque Down Piles

By Taki Chrysovergis, M.S., P.E. OC Geo-Institute hosted a dinner meeting on October 24, 2017, where Mr. Craig Shields, Principal of Rockridge Geotechnical, provided an overview of torque-down pile (TDP) technology.  The presentation first introduced the TDP technology, which involves advancing steel pipe piles equipped with a conical tip into the ground through downward crowd and torque. The presentation also discussed design nuances that differ from design of conventional piles, and covered advantages and disadvantages associated with the TDP technology.

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New Members - December 2017

Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.

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Sustainability Committee - The State of Sustainability 2017, Orange County

Welcome to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-OC) Sustainability Committee’s State of Sustainability 2017 Report - a comprehensive picture of how sustainability is being approached by a wide range of organizations and agencies in Orange County.   This was a tremendous effort on behalf of the Sustainability Committee!  Continue reading to find the Executive Summary and link to the entire report. 

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ASCE Supports Napa and Ventura Relief Efforts

By Sudi Shoja, P.E. F.ASCE Fires in N. California and recent fires in Ventura once again rage through our beautiful state, not just burning through the forests but destroying several thousand residential homes and other buildings.  The loss of life of a fire fighter in the recent Thomas Fires and the destruction left behind are hard to bear at any time but, even more so just prior to the holidays. ASCE has been partnering with California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in responding to disasters. In the last two recent fires, ASCE responded to the calls to provide Safety Assessment Program (SAP) evaluators to assist the local jurisdictions.

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ASCE K-12 Outreach Committee - La Brea Jr. High School Visit

By Victor Aguirre ASCE K-12 outreach members visited three high school classes in November and December to introduce students to civil engineering through a presentation and marshmallow tower activity.  See Victor's experience at La Brea Jr. High School.

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