In This Issue
By Joshua Nelson, PE
I would say one of the hidden benefits or a benefit that is often overlooked is the institutes. With your ASCE membership, one institute membership is included. With such a broad field with many niche aspects, the institutes are a place for you to find more people like you.
By Gary Gilbert, PE, GE
In my first article in October 2011, I discussed my involvment in Engineers Without Borders-USA Orange County Professional Chapter. Now I would like to provide an update on a project that I have been intimately involved in for the last 2 years, the Honduras Water Project in Juticulpa Honduras. EWB-USA OC decided two years ago to continue their successful project in Juticulpa, Honduras with two communitties who are in need of a water distribution system.
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By Mr. Ziad Mazboudi, PE, F. ASCE, Past President
There is no direct admission to the grade of Fellow. Fellow status must be attained by professional accomplishments via application and election by the Membership Application Review Committee (MARC). It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 5% of ASCE members. Fellows are practitioners, educators, mentors, and most of all leaders. They have distinguished careers that have contributed significantly to the Civil Engineering profession. The accomplishments of Fellows have left their marks on their communities, society, and future engineering professionals.
The Salton Sea may seem far away from Orange County, but its impact may be closer to us than you might think! Located in the southeastern corner of California in Imperial County (about 150 miles from Orange County), the Salton Sea is the largest lake in the entire state of California and it is in trouble!
By William Lawson, P.E.
Early in the morning of December 22, 2010, Laguna Canyon and the City of Laguna Beach were hit by intense rainfall and flooding which required the rescue of 25 people from homes and vehicles, and more than 90 homes and 70 businesses were damaged. In February of 2011 the Laguna Beach City Council voted to establish the Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force to develop recommendations for mitigating future flooding in the Laguna Canyon and downtown areas.
The process for a Public Works department or agency to receive the APWA accreditation is quite rigorous, but very much worth the effort. Why become accredited? This signifies to other public works practitioners that staff has earned the mark of professionalism that indicates the agency has made the commitment to continuous improvement in the delivery of public works operations and services.
By Kathereen M. Shinkai, P.E.
Just last month, LPA was named California Design Firm of the Year*, by industry magnate, Engineering News-Record (ENR). According to ENR, LPA raised three spots in this year's Top Design Firms ranking – from No. 20 last year to No. 17 this year – as revenues climbed 11%, to $48.2 million, a notable accomplishment in a still-tough architectural and engineering market.
The United States Green Building Council announces delays to the approval of their new rating system. For the past 3 years a new rating system has been in development. It was previously named LEED 2012 with the anticipation of it being released in 2012. On June 4th the announcement came that with the delayed rollout of the new system, anticipated approval now in June 2013, it will now be renamed LEEDv4.
This year the ASCE CSULB student chapter has are more excited than ever as we rally support for our Steel Bridge Team. The Steel Bridge Team placed third in the annual Pacific South Western Conference of ASCE and they are heading to Nationals! However, the club's small budget has run out, so our goal is to subsidize as much of their travel expenses as possible.
By nature, engineers are problem solvers. They enjoy and take pride in solving complicated problems. On a construction project, after the construction documents are complete and the contractor undertakes construction activities, it is strongly recommended that engineers contract to have continued involvement in a project throughout construction to assist with contractor questions, clarify the contract documents, review submittals and observe construction.
The ASCE Orange County Branch invites you and your organization annually to nominate candidates and projects that you believe should be recognized for their exceptional professional engineering performance and qualities. Any number of applications may be submitted for each of the awards offered.
The scientific and organizing committees invite you to submit an abstract to the 2013 T&DI Airfield and Highway Pavement Specialty Conference to be held in Los Angeles, California, June 9-12, 2013.
The Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch of ASCE is hosting a revamped Engineers & Politics Seminar on Saturday, August 4th from 8 am - 3 pm at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown LA (431 West 7th Street, 90014). This one-day seminar is geared to motivate engineers to change the political environment.
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