In This Issue
By: Tapas Dutta, P.E.
The Branch and the Section are celebrating 60 years and 100 years, respectively. Throughout this year, both Branch and Section are planning to hold a number of events that will provide us all with ample opportunity for celebration and recognization of our area's great civil engineering achievements. Here's a preview of some things we have planned...
By: Cindy Miller, PE
As we begin 2013 and immerse ourselves in the many interrelated, yet separate worlds of engineering, it seems to be the appropriate time for a moment or two of reflection. We are the profession that makes everything in the built environment possible, but rarely do most people acknowledge our extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to the civilized world. I think it really is time for the world to thank an engineer.
By: Penny Lew, PE
A cozy noontime luncheon was had by the 38 who attended the December 12th event at Il Fornaio Restaurant in Irvine. This was our first event at this venue and many took the opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues just before the holidays. We were happy to have two speakers present and share highlights of the recent transporting of the Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavor to its new home in Los Angeles. Fortunate to have won out amongst other applicants, the California Science Center (CSC) was awarded the only flown orbiter not given to the Kennedy Space Center or the Smithsonian.
By: Bill Lawson, PE
This month's History and Heritage article will be brief, but will lead you to two interesting articles that may be of interest to you. One relates to some of the National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Bridges and the Goodyear Airdock (1929). The other is a link to an article by Stefan Jaeger, Author of The Jackhammer Elegies, a Civil Engineering mystery novel.
By: Patti Sexton, P.E.
A presentation about the USACE Levee Safety Program was given by Ms. Jody Fisher, P.E., Los Angeles District Levee Safety Program Manager to HHTG at their December 6, 2012 luncheon. The presentation covered the National Levee Database (NLD). The purpose of the NLD is to house survey information on all USACE built levees, the results of research on the levee design and condition (the periodic inspections), the levee screenings (which provide a uniform nationwide evaluation of the system), the levee system action classification, and recommended remediation for all USACE maintained levees.
By: Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP
Computers have made communicating with clients, sharing documents, drafting details, accessing information and hundreds of other tasks quicker and easier, increasing efficiency in the work place. Advancements in software and data storage have made the retention and dissemination of large amounts of information the norm. Storage rooms that were once lined with box after box of paper files have been replaced with comparatively compact servers and back-up drives. In this information age where engineers are bombarded with seemingly endless e-mails and electronic data, a new spin on an old problem has come to the forefront: when is it safe to delete electronically stored information?
On November 29th, Gidti Ludesirishoti and Eric Walker hosted a presentation at the Cal State Fullerton ASCE Student Chapter. The presentation was a combination of a general overview of what ASCE is, as well as some helpful tips for transitioning from a student to a working professional.
On December 6, 2012, fifteen YMF fellows attended the insightful technical presentation of the award-winning sustainable transportation programs at UCI given by Ron Fleming, Director of Transportation and Distribution Services at the University of California, Irvine.
The OC YMF chapter has recently organized two community service events, at which donations were collected for delivery to two very philanthropic non-profits.
ASCE’s Younger Member Forum of Orange County volunteered at the Isaiah House of the Orange County Catholic Worker on December 8th, 2012. The younger members served brunch at the house.
On Thursday November 8th, 2012 members of ASCE OC YMF and the local CWEA SARBS took a tour of the newly renovated “Bruery” Brewery/Tasting room in Placentia, California.