In This Issue
By Ziad Mazboudi, PE
Wow, a year has already gone by, since I took over the Presidency of one of the best ASCE branches in the nation. As a Branch, we have had some great achievements as one of the largest branches in the country; best website, best newsletter, best and first Branch report card, active legislative group, great YMF, and so much more. We can’t and could not have done all of this without our great members. Our members are who we are; they define us and our success.
By Penny Lew, PE
As the ten year anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, I recall my lasting memories of that morning as I was getting ready to go to the office. The story was unfolding before me on the television, my initial disbelief turned to shock as I realized that after the second of the two planes rammed into the World Trade Center, no accident had occurred….it was an act of aggression. Upon hearing about a third plane, heading towards the Pentagon building, I started to wonder if this was armageddon. Every 9-11 anniversary, my husband and watch documentaries detailing different stories and events from people who experienced them closely that day. We always relive some of the shock, anger, and sadness we experienced that September morning as those feelings still linger.
By Penny Lew, P.E.
By 7 am on August 5th in Irvine, the sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the players were arriving at Oak Creek Golf Club for the First Annual ASCE OC Branch and YMF Golf Tournament. As the golf course staff was getting the course ready for our tournament, players were greeted by YMF volunteers at the registration table. Some players enjoyed a free donut, bought raffle tickets, or used the extra time to mingle with familiar colleagues. Others remained focused on the day ahead and chose to warm up at the practice range. By 8 am, all 80 players were at their golf carts ready to be led out to their starting holes for the shotgun start.
By Eugene Bass, Esq
In my last article, the topic of prompt payment laws for design professionals on public works projects was discussed. There are also prompt payment laws that benefit subconsultant design professionals on public works projects. A "subconsultant design professional" is defined as a design professional having a written contract with a "prime design professional." A "prime design professional" is a design professional having a written contract directly with the public agency.
The Irvine Ranch occupies the geographic heart of Orange County. James Irvine II began to irrigate the central valley of San Diego Creek with drilled wells early in the 1900's to transition from the historic era of dry-farming and pasturage. Then, in the 1920's he began the planning of surface water conservation dams to augment diminishing groundwater resources. Construction of Santiago Dam and Reservoir, completed in 1931, commenced the expansion of the Irvine Ranch Irrigation System that would sustain the agricultural enterprise until the era of urban development and imported water from the Metropolitan Water District began to displace agriculture land use in the 1970's.
By Ravi Shai - OC YMF Vice President
The trip started with those arriving on Friday meeting up at Pizza Barn in Kernville to enjoy some drinks, pizza, and wings with familiar faces as well as new ones. Afterwards, members headed for the campsite to setup tents and unpack for the adventure filled weekend. At night, ghost stories were shared over a cozy campfire. On the following morning, the group set out for hiking adventures through Peppermint Creek Falls where many took advantage of the beautiful scenery and snapped away at all that mother nature has to offer. Later they relaxed and enjoyed their packed lunches. On the way back, the group stopped for ice cream and returned to the campsite to find some additional members who had arrived. Some members decided to do another hike while the rest of the group remained at the campsite. The whole group was able to share a delicious meal together catered by a local Mexican restaurant. Another campfire and more stories were enjoyed after dinner.
By Ravi Shai - OC YMF Vice President
The group congregated at Hi-Tech Archery Range, an indoor range, in Fullerton to learn how to properly shoot a bow and arrow. After a quick safety demonstration by the staff, groups of eight archers at a time were allowed to shoot a target several yards away, while the others patiently networked among their peers. The groups rotated every 10-15 minutes to allow everyone to have several chances to practice their newly obtained skills. By the end of the event, several YMF’ers were on their way to becoming a modern day Robin Hood. After the event, an impromptu happy hour was set up in Downtown Fullerton, where the good time was continued by all.
By Andrew Pham, PE - OC YMF President
On July 19th, twenty OC YMF members attended the Angels baseball game in Anaheim. Watching baseball on a warm Southern California evening was a great way to end the day. We all had the Angels spirit as we were wearing our new red shirts, courtesy of Angel’s free T-Shirt Night at the stadium. For some of us, it was our first Angels game of the season. Although the Angels lost that night’s game, we all still had a great time meeting new members and reconnecting with old ones. This is something we will definitely do again so look out for Game Night next year.
By Sal Gutierrez, OC Public Works
Photos from historical places on the east coast contributed by Sal Gutierrez, OC Public Works
UCI’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is looking for professional engineers to mentor our senior capstone design course teams. CEE181 is a 3-quarter course sequence beginning its twelfth year in September. The fall quarter focuses on site development and teams comprised of seniors from each focus area of civil and environmental engineering who will complete a site planning exercise for a City of Irvine planning area. In the winter and spring quarters, the focus shifts to specific design projects in the various specialization areas, including structural, transportation, water, and environmental engineering. Each team includes 4 to 6 seniors specializing in one area. Each of these design projects is mentored by a practicing professional engineer who defines the project and then serves as the primary technical consultant (we deem this a Client/Consultant, or CC).
The ASCE Continuing Education Committee organized the Sewer and Water Design and Construction Seminar on Friday, July 29 at the IRWD facility. We would like to thank the Irvine Ranch Water District for hosting our event at their beautiful facility. The seminar was a great success, as we had 50 people in attendance! Registration fees resulted in nearly $4,000, which will be used to support student scholarships. We also want to recognize the excellent seminar presenters, Mike Hoolihan (IRWD), Malcolm Cortez (IRWD), Tom Epperson (Tetra Tech), Mark Bush (Tetra Tech), and Bill Stewart (IRWD) for volunteering many hours of their time.
By Carl Nelson, P.E.
When I came to work with the Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD) in 1960, the district was in the midst of building out planned projects authorized in the successful bond issuance election of 1956. H. “George” Osborne had been appointed by the Board of Supervisors in 1955 to the position of “Flood Control Engineer” (later changed to “Chief Engineer”). Senior engineers in the relatively small organization included Joe Brunner, Jack Schwarze, Max Sloan, Don Martinson, Elmer Christiansen, John Huntsman, Joe Devlin, Dick Schmid, and Joe Natsuhara. Before my time a number of other young engineers were recruited, including Milt Madole, Jim Brennan, Wayne Osborne, Don Talley, Lloyd Lichlyter and Wayne Osborne. Several went on to form new firms (Madole, Christiansen, Brennan), or joined private engineering firms such as Schmid to Williamson & Schmid, and Martinson to Lowry. Some became City Engineers; Devlin to Newport Beach and Lichlyter & Osborne to Fountain Valley.