President's Message - Envision

Last time we wrote about Envision we were just introducing it to you…

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Secretary's Column - Time to Change the Message on Infrastructure

When ASCE started more actively engaging politians and the public about the urgent need…

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In This Issue

President's Message - Envision

Last time we wrote about Envision we were just introducing it to you and it was in it's early stage of development. In fact it was just in the pilot stage. The Assessment Tools have now moved on to Stage 1 and Stage 2 of 4 stages. Let's give a little backup again on this initiative. The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) is Read More »

Secretary's Column - Time to Change the Message on Infrastructure

When ASCE started more actively engaging politians and the public about the urgent need to invest in infrastructure, every year we were making great progress.  At that time it felt like we were on the edge of finally addressing the infrastructure funding shortfalls.  In 2006, California passed bond measures for both transportation and water, closed loopholes in the use of the gas tax for transportation, and Orange County extended Measure M.  Then in 2008, voters approved the bond for high speed rail and Los Angeles County passed Measure R. Read More »

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ASCE OC Branch - Elections

Last chance to vote for your new board.  President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary positions are awaiting your votes.  Elections close August 18th. Read More »

Corazon - Building a Home

On May 19, I woke up at 3:00 a.m., to meet the San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club members to head to El Cajon, where other Rotarians from Southern California were to meet us.  This is the second year I participate in this annual event to build 3 homes in one day in partnership with Corazon.  I was representing ASCE OC as I did last year, and the master builder, John Meagher, PE who was in charge of the volunteers for one of the houses, is an ASCE OC member. Read More »

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Transportation Technical Group - ACE Capital Improvement Program

On July 10, 2012, Mr. Mark Christoffels presented the Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) program, to over 40 transportation design and construction professionals at the University Club, on the UCI campus in Irvine.   Mr. Christoffels, Chief Engineer/ Deputy CEO of ACE, gave a synopsis of the current ACE program status, including planned projects and their timing, as well as challenges ahead and lessons learned in the program to date. Read More »

Photo Album - Alton Parkway

At precisely 1:27 pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 the 2.1 mile gap of Alton Parkway in the Cities of Irvine and Lake Forest officially opened to the public.  The much anticipated roadway opening was welcomed by a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in day at the new intersection of Alton Parkway and Commercentre Drive in the City of Lake Forest. Read More »

OC Firm Spotlight-CH2M HILL

CH2M HILL has been serving Orange County clients since 1974, when we opened our first Southern California office in Newport Beach, California.  Our current location is on Hutton Centre Drive in Santa Ana adjacent to the 405 and 55 freeways.  Over the years CH2M HILL has established its Southern California presence in the transportation, water, environmental, energy, and chemical markets.  Our Orange County successes include some of the county’s major projects and programs including Read More »

History and Heritage - Back to the Sixties

In the mid-sixties I was assigned the role of lead engineer for production of the Orange County Flood Control District's (OCFCD) comprehensive report entitled “A Survey of Flood Control and Water Conservation deficiencies in Orange County, California.”  The report was completed in 1964 and fellow contributors to the report included Al Nestlinger, Don Talley, Bob Rende, Jim Brennan, and the late Fred Singer.  Orange County’s population had surged to more than 1 million residents. Read More »

Law & CE - The Must-Haves and Should-Haves of Engineering Contracts

Sometimes it is the least intriguing part of becoming involved in a new project that will make the difference between a profitable, successful experience and a nightmare that results in that dreaded call to your insurance broker and attorney.  The client that seemed so reasonable and down to earth at first may not remain so once placed under the pressures of a challenging project.  However, a well thought out, clear contract can help to avoid straining a client relationship and also provide some protection for you during and after a project that does not go as planned. Read More »

ASCE OC - Members Attend White House Summit

On June 27, Diaz Yourman & Associates President Christopher Diaz represented the ASCE Orange County branch at a meeting with a group of key infrastructure stakeholders at the White House including small and large business leaders, current ASCE Past-President Kathy Caldwell, state and local government transit agency leaders, and Administration officials to discuss strategies for creating  “Jobs of the Future” in the infrastructure and transportation sector.  Read More »

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Board of Registration - Geraldine Trivedi, PE

Geraldine Pilar Trivedi, 44, of Palos Verdes Peninsula, has been appointed to the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. Trivedi has served as a civil engineer for the City of Redondo Beach since 2009 and was a civil engineer for the City of Huntington Beach from 2001 to 2009. She was a senior environmental engineer at Disneyland from 1998 to 2001 and an engineer for Mobil Oil Corporation from 1993 to 1998. Read More »

LA Section Centennial - New Video

The American Society of Civil Engineers, Los Angeles Section, will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in the Year 2013.  Preparations are underway for many exciting events and activities that will be kicking off in the start of our fiscal year, Oct. 2012. This video invites your company or organization to become a sponsor for our celebratory year. Read More »