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Related News Archive: 2011

Annual History & Heritage and Student’s Fellowship Night event

The annual History & Heritage and Student’s Fellowship Night event was held this year at the University of California, Irvine University Club for the first time.  We had a nice variety of members participate with  a total of 110 attendees including 18 past presidents and 45 students.  AECOM, HDR, RBF, Wildan had job booths for the students to learn more about local civil engineering companies and potentially find future opportunities for employment. More »

Reducing Risk Through Better Contracting and Construction Administration

For the October lunch, the OC County Branch changed things up a little bit and had lawyers present.  The presenters were Michele Gamble Esq. and Christian Bredeson Esq. from Collins Collins Muir + Stewart.  Michele and Christian belong to a law firm that usually represents civil engineering firms that are involved a professional liability lawsuit.  The presenters gave some ideas of actions that civil engineering firms can take to avoid lawsuits. More »

The Orange County Great Park

Mayor Allevato started his presentation with a video showing how the regional park is taking shape and the process, which included public involvement, by which the park’s features, amenities, and activities are selected. He then discussed the current activities that have been taking place, such as the balloon, the concerts, farmers market, the Cirque du Soleil partnership, and more. Also discussed was that Five Point Development will be moving forward with infrastructure development and that there will be some reuse of existing facilities and buildings. More »

Luncheon Presentation on Sustainability

We were happy to have Mr. Tim Psomas, chairman emeritus of PSOMAS, as our guest presenter at the July 19th luncheon.  Mr. Psomas was recently appointed chairman of the board of directors of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and was here to speak about the envisionTM, a rating system for sustainable infrastructure.  The goals for the new rating system are economic, environmental, and social in that sustainability must be affordable, have the support of policy makers, communities and stakeholders. It hopes to be recognized as the National Standard for Sustainable Achievement.  ISI also hopes to make the system practical, simple, and adaptable. More »

June Luncheon Event

We were honored to have Phil, who presented in 2005, return to share with us the latest on this 176 square miles watershed as last winter’s storms showed just how unpredictable Mother Nature can be.  Phil began with some interesting facts on this unique watershed and history that dates back to the 1600’s. Beginning in the Cleveland National Forest, the waters of Trabuco Creek Confluence with San Juan Creek and outlets at Doheny Beach with a time of concentration of 3 hrs 14 min according to the 100-yr study by PACE.  The colorful history of the watershed includes wine, celebrities, a clothesline, and a bear during various times. More »

May Joint Luncheon with APWA

Moderated by Ms. Joyce Amerson of the City of Irvine, our guest speakers included Mr. Eric Pounders from the USGS and Mr. James Goltz, Ph.D. of CalEMA.  Mr. Pounders began with his presentation covering the basics of plate tectonics for the west coast United States and the Pacific and included a general discussion of California earthquake faults with an emphasis on the Southern California fault system.  He also described worldwide phenomena of continental drift as having movement at a rate similar to the “time it takes for fingernails to grow”. More »

The State Water Project with MWD’s Randal Neudeck

Southern California receives its raw water from basically three different sources-the Delta where water is moved across it through the State Water Project aqueduct, the Colorado River, and from local groundwater replenishment.  The hub of California’s water is the Bay-Delta where Southern California receives thirty-percent of its water source.  Randall Neudeck, the Bay-Delta Imported Water Supply Program Manager for the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, was the guest speaker at our April luncheon. He represents MWD on water quality, water supply and environmental issues related to Southern California's imported water supply from the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed. More »

ASCE OC Branch Joint Meeting with Transportation Technical Group La Pata Gap Closure - March 15, 2011

Mr. Persaud provided an overview of the upcoming La Pata Gap closure project within the County of Orange. Mr. Persaud has over 30 years of experience in Public Works and Planning which included responsibilitieswith the City of Riverside as a Former PlanningCommissioner, currently serving as PlanningCommissioner for the City of Anaheim and is the Adjunct Faculty member with Rancho SantiagoCommunity College. Mr. Persaud has a Masters Degree with the University of Minnesota, has a Certification as a Traffic Engineer from UC Berkeley, is a Certified Planner as an Associate of the Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is certified as a Project Manager with the Project Management Institute. More »

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