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2022 Related News

Summer Bike Rides
My friend, Sam Ali, P.E., recently wrote a story on bike trail connectivity in Orange County. The article was published in the ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine. Since Sam and I share the same passion for cycling, I thought I would seize the opportunity to share a few enjoyable rides in our OC backyard. » Read More

Habitat Restoration and Bike Ride at Upper Newport Bay
ASCE OC Sustainability Committee met twice at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve in April! First on April 9th for Habitat Restoration, and the second time on April 30th for a bike ride. » Read More

Inflation and Shortage Supply Impacts
We have all been witnessing price inflation, whether it is at the gas station or at the grocery store. Both inflation and material shortage have become part of our design considerations when we select and specify materials for our projects.  The approach has been further emphasized over the last couple of years: the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) community should initiate design and construction projects with a thorough understanding of material availability, fabrication, delivery lead time, projected construction index price, and an evaluation of equivalent alternatives.  » Read More

Complete Streets, CAPTI, and CTP 2050
Orange County Sustainability Committee (SusCom) with a joint effort from the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) invited Reyna Baeza-Oregel and Irene Hou from Caltrans District 12 and Sherry Weinmeier from Stantec to speak on the subjects of complete streets and the future of transportation infrastructure in California. » Read More

Sudamericana Water Conservation
Last month, I traveled to Chile for my brother’s wedding and took the opportunity to wander in Patagonia, the Colchagua Valley (wine country), Santiago, and a few other places. I don’t know if the pattern is common across my peers, but as for myself, travels are generally punctuated by a constant evaluation of the local infrastructure, design details, construction means and methods, and an assessment of the infrastructure challenges that each region faces. » Read More

ASCE OC T&DI - OCTA Update
ASCE OC T&DI held another virtual presentation on Tuesday, December 14th with speaker from OCTA, Chief Executive Officer, Darrell Johnson. This presentation provided updates to several on-going OCTA projects, upcoming projects, and the agency’s plan for the funding through the newly passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Read on for highlights of the presentation. » Read More

Connecting the Dots in 2022 and Beyond?
As we enter 2022, I wish our members a very happy and prosperous new year. It would be a shame not to recognize the accomplishments of the past year. Our hyperactive Orange County Branch committees did not stop interacting and implementing activities: I counted over 60 events held during the past year. I could not be prouder to belong to such a resilient and proactive organization. I thank my predecessor, Clint Isa, P.E., for spearheading the efforts, and all of our volunteers for your contributions over the past couple of years. » Read More

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