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Notification for 2017

The ASCE Orange County Branch invites you and your organization to nominate projects and individuals that you believe should be recognized for their professional engineering achievements. More »

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

By Jeff Braun, P.E. I know this is an over-used saying, and it makes me sounds like everyone’s grandfather, but I am sincerely impressed with, and thankful for, the Orange County Branch’s culture and organizational systems that make leading such a great organization very rewarding … and probably easier than some may think.  More »

Construction Update of the Gerald Desmond Bridge

By Lynn Odgiiv, P.E. The ASCE Orange County Branch, in cooperation with the Orange County Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Chapter, and the Orange County Construction Institute (CI), held a luncheon on March 15, 2018 featuring speaker Zeph Varley who presented on the construction of the Port of Long Beach Gerald Desmond Bridge project. More »

Soft Doesn't Mean Easy

By Jeff Braun, P.E. Engineering involves math and science, right? Long enough ago that I don’t want to say how long ago it was, I was a high school student who enjoyed my physics and math classes more than the history and literature readings. I loved tinkering with mechanical toys and seeing how they worked, checking out bridges and buildings to see what kept them from falling down. I loved my drafting class, where I was able to create plans for a house I may want someday. More »

Do You Believe in Luck?

By Jeff Braun, P.E. I had the opportunity to participate as part of industry panels for two of our Branch’s student chapters over the past couple of weeks, where we discussed how students can best position themselves for internships and career opportunities.  We discussed job search resources, developing a personal brand, networking, resume hints, and interviewing skills.  I was very impressed with the honesty students showed when sharing concerns and fears, and their motivation to invest the time and effort to best position themselves for their career.   The conversations between the attendees and panel members were inspiring, and led me to think back to my job search experiences.  I recall one of the interviews involved writing a short one-page response to a comment/question of my choosing from a list of options.  One of the questions jumped out to me right away: “Do you believe in Luck?” More »

Professional Development is NOT Optional

By Jeff Braun, P.E. As Civil Engineers, we are members of a profession, not a “job” or a “trade”.  As such, we are held to a higher standard by society and our peers.  As with other professions, such as doctors, teachers, and architects, engineers are expected to maintain their level of expertise and keep up with the latest state of the practice through continued learning and professional development. It is too easy to get lost in the weeds of the daily grind, focusing on publishing the next deliverable. Before you know it, you’re ten years down the road and you aren’t aware of the latest research, software, or modeling methods; putting you at a significant disadvantage to others in the industry. More »

How much do we know about what’s going on around us?

By Jeff Braun, P.E. I catch myself focusing on the task-at-hand so intently that I often blow right past the finer points of the experiences I’m lucky enough to be enjoying.  Whether I’m at work, or out having a good time, I often fail to slow down and learn more about the team I’m working with and the amazing experiences, skills, and talents they offer. ... Even in my role as Branch President I am amazed at what our fellow members are doing in their roles as engineers within their firms or agencies, as dedicated volunteers for ASCE committees or institutes, or through their support of charitable organizations.   More »

Balance is the Key to Long-Term Happiness and Success

By Jeff Braun, P.E. Balance is the key to long-term happiness and success. The balance that immediately comes to most adults minds is the work-life balance. While this is important, it is not the balance I’m addressing in this message.  We all recognize the drive and hunger in our most successful role models and peers. They appear to never be satisfied with their current state, always looking for opportunities to learn more skills, become more efficient, and design and construct amazing projects to improve our built environment. We may hold these successful and motivated engineers in high regard for advancing our profession, but we must also take time to recognize our own achievements. More »

ASCE Welcomes new Branch President Jeff Braun

By Jeff Braun, P.E. "I am extremely proud and honored to assume the role as President of the Orange County Branch. We have another awesome group of folks serving on the board this year and we are all focused on continuing the outstanding legacy the OC Branch has developed over the past several years because of the commitment of our members and committee leadership." "If you have not had the opportunity to visit other branches or sections, or attend a regional or society-wide event, you may not have an appreciation of the amazing things our members are doing, and the dedicated leadership we have within our Younger Members’ Forum, committees, and institutes. The most exciting role I have as Branch President is to support their pursuits to provide the best experiences for our fellow members." More »

A Short 11 Years From Now

By Josue Vaglienty, P.E. With the recent announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) granting Paris and Los Angeles the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, respectively, the countdown has begun. Much of the preparation comes in the form of infrastructure that must be constructed or reconstructed. And prior to that (or at least concurrently) – it must be designed by the A/E industry. A good amount of that work will land on the laps of civil engineers. More »

Gerald Desmond Bridge Project Technical Tour

By Josue Candelario On Friday, March 3rd the OC YMF hosted a technical tour on one of Long Beach’s iconic bridges, the Gerald Desmond Bridge. Gerald Desmond Bridge opened in 1968 connecting Terminal Island and Long Beach. Due to the increase in traffic and safety hazards the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners moved to replace the outdated bridge. The new cable-stayed bridge will have two additional lanes with pedestrian and bicycle access. The project was awarded to a joint venture led by Shimmick Construction, FCC, and Impregilo. Construction began in 2013 and is scheduled to finish in 2018. More »

Student Night

By Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. At the November 17, 2016 OC Branch History and Heritage/ Student Night dinner held at the Lyon Air Museum, the three local ASCE Student Chapters from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) made “State of the Chapter” presentations. More »

Student Night

By: Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. At the November 17, 2016 OC Branch History and Heritage/ Student Night dinner held at the Lyon Air Museum, the three local ASCE Student Chapters from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) made “State of the Chapter” presentations. More »

Why the Lyon Air Museum

By: Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. At the November 17, 2017 OC Branch History and Heritage/ Student Night dinner held at the Lyon Air Museum.  Tom Broz, P.E., S.E. - OC Branch History and Heritage Committee Chair, presented why the dinner was held there.  Tom explained that ASCE has Policy Statement 463 – History and Heritage which states ASCE’s support for programs that promote the knowledge of the history and heritage of civil engineering as an integral component of education and professional practice. Keep reading to see how the Lyon Air Museum has played a key role in preserving the engineering legacy of Orange County. More »

Student Days

By Amber Falk, Gary Gilbert, Chloe Gharios, Jesus Velazquez, and Cody Dodge Thirty civil engineering students from universities across the U.S. were given the unique challenge of competing in teams to produce the best bid for a city’s request for proposal (RFP) to construct new seawalls as part of the ASCE/Construction Institute (CI)’s Student Days competition in Costa Mesa, California, July 31-August 4. Each year students are selected through a competitive application process to participate, bringing top engineering students from across the country together to work in teams with students they’ve never met before on a “real-life” construction challenge. This year three students were selected from our local universities – two from Cal State Fullerton and one from Cal State Long Beach.  More »

ASCE OC Continuing Education Committee / Construction Institute Seminar – Underground Utilities Management & Alternative Project Delivery

By: Wei Zhu, PE, QSP/QSD, Continuing Education Committee Chair ASCE-Orange County Continuing Education Committee (CEC) and the newly formed Construction Institute (CI) co-hosted a half-day seminar at the City of Irvine Community Training Center on July 31, 2015.  The seminar consisted of three presentations that primarily focused on two topics: Underground Utilities Management and Alternative Project Delivery. More »

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