President's Message

Each year the society chooses 10 new Civil Engineers under the age of 30…

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Secretary's Column - JWA

I had the opportunity to work with History and Heritage Committee to nominate John…

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In This Issue

President's Message

Each year the society chooses 10 new Civil Engineers under the age of 30 to represent the society worldwide. Our branch was proud to have two of them be members of our branch! Congratulations to Jacquelin D. Reed, A.M.ASCE, 25, a project engineer with HDR Engineering and Behrouz Shafei, S.M.ASCE, 29, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Irvine.  Read More »

Secretary's Column - JWA

I had the opportunity to work with History and Heritage Committee to nominate John Wayne Airport as an ASCE Orange County Historical Civil Engineering Landmark. Read More »

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Branch News

For the March OC Branch lunch meeting we had three speakers, Eric Jessen, Chairman, South Laguna Water & Sewer Advisory Commission, David Jurich, PE, South Central West Unit Manager for Hatch Mott MacDonald, and Joseph N. McDivitt, Director of Operations, South Coast Water District, Laguna Beach, California. Read More »

Career Collectibles

Three recent events have taken me again back to the 60s in Orange County; 1) an OC Register photo of South Coast Plaza construction showing only the Macys building in an otherwise bare field 2) the passing of  ASCE’s good friend Thornton Peirsall , and 3) my reading of Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews (of TV’s Hardball). Read More »

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History and Heritage

Bill Lawson, It all started with an inquiry received by Carl R. Nelson, PE, from Ms. Patty Boardman (Haines) of the Heritage Museum of Orange County (HMOC) who was doing research on Hiram Clay Kellogg, Civil Engineer [b.1855 - d.1921], and his contributions to Orange County. Ms. Boardman also expressed interest in having an event in honor of Civil Engineering at the Kellogg House in Santa Ana as part of the ASCE Los Angeles Section's Centennial celebration in 2013.PE, F. Read More »

New Life Member Biographies

On March 3rd, the ASCE Los Angeles Section held it's annual Life Member Brunch at the Monterey Hill Steakhouse in Monterey Park.  At this event 22 members from the Orange County Branch were inducted as new Life Members.  These are the biographies that were provided to the Los Angeles Section for new life members in the Orange County Branch.   Read More »

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Photo Album - Kellogg House

A few photos of the Kellogg House and surroundings from the OC Branch's History and Heritage Committee's recent visit. Read More »

Infrastructure Update

On February 29, 2012 ASCE Region 9 (California) made history for a second time by unveiling its second State-Wide Infrastructure Report Card.  While there are many states that have not even done a single assessment of their state's infrastructure, we are fortunate enough to live in a state with many enthusiastic and dedicated ASCE professionals that enabled the effort to do an update of our 2006 California Infrastructure Report Card. Read More »

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Law & CE

In what appears to be an unprecedented move, a German architect was recently charged with involuntary manslaughter after a fire in his home resulted in the death of a firefighter. Read More »

LA Section Centennial

In 2013 the Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Section.  The Centennial celebration will take place throughout the year of 2013 and will include a number of events that will carry the message of the importance of civil engineering past, present, and future. Read More »


Seven years ago I started preaching to my colleagues at work about sustainability and Green Building. I provided training for Green Design and encouraged all to study and take the test to be LEED Accredited Professionals. Read More »

Raise The Bar - Video

ASCE Society has recently released a new video on why Civil Engineers need to Raise The Bar Read More »

Benefits of ASCE Membership

If you need to explain to your employer why they should reimburse you for your ASCE membership, here are a few good reasons. Read More »

Region 9 and OCEC Award Winners from OC

Several projects and members from the ASCE Orange County Branch were recognized in February at the OCEC and ASCE Region 9 Awards Dinners. Read More »