In This Issue
By Tapas Dutta, PE
I am pleased to be your President this year. The Orange County Branch with about 2,500 active members is one of the largest branches in our organization and it is indeed an honor to serve you.
By Cindy Miller, PE
I want to thank everyone for giving me the exciting opportunity to serve as your new ASCE Orange County Branch (ASCE-OC) secretary for this year. Unlike my predecessor, I am new to the workings of the ASCE Board, so I look forward to embarking upon this new experience to learn how we can best elevate our collective voice to spearhead the cause of infrastructure improvements within our local communities, state, and nationwide.
Mr. Ignatius (Po) Lam presented geotechnical and political challenges encountered in the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, East Span project, on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Costa Mesa’s Center Club. Mr. Lam’s presentation was part of the Orange County ASCE Branch and Transportation Technical Group’s twice a year joint luncheons, and over 70 professionals in the geotechnical, structural and transportation fields were treated to a mini-seminar on geotechnical issues to be considered during the design of a major bridge structure.
We know the problem but what is the solution? ASCE has done an excellent job, led by the Orange County Branch, to identify the poor condition of many categories of the local and State Infrastructure. However, the perennial problem continues to be how to generate the necessary funding to improve condition and grades of our Infrastructure.
The LA Section is pleased to announce the 2013 Centennial Celebration webpages have been officially added. We hope you will enjoy the many features that are shown as links in the left column of this Centennial hompage to allow easy access to upcoming events and conferences, Centennial Committee goals and workplan, our pre-event sponsors, a donation page, our new celebratory videos, past leaders, landmarks, and Section history over the past 100 years.
There is more to operating an engineering firm than performing calculations and drawing accurate plans. In fact, while you frequently hear attorneys comment on the importance of considerations like insurance and indemnity, those don’t complete the picture either.
Through a public-private partnership with the County of Orange, PsomasFMG is providing a turnkey solar solution, set to reduce the County’s consumption of traditional electricity. PsomasFMG arranged for project financing free of upfront costs to the County, and is managing the installation of the 3.3 megawatt project.
By Eric Walker
The first Student Activities Committee meeting of the academic year was held at Olive Garden in Santa Ana.
By Lucas Glauser
ASCE YMF OC Branch was at Oak Canyon Park on September 8th for the 3rd Annual OC Brew HaHa benefiting the Fallen Firefighters Fund.
By Deborah Alvarado
On September 18th 2012, a group of 10 Orange County YMF members met at Dave and Busters in Irvine.
By Gidti Ludesirishoti
On August 24th this year Orange County (OC) and San Diego (SD) YMF organized a joint tour of the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Escondido, CA.
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Have you ever wanted to attend one of the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologist (BELSG) board meetings but didn’t want to travel to Sacramento?
Here is an update on ASCE Society opportunities including how to recruit a high school to help pilot a Civil Engineering Club, ASCE needs success stories for the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, EWB-USA volunteers' aid needed around the world, nominate the next ‘New Face’ of civil engineering, and ASCE’s 2012-2013 Member Resource Guide.