President's Message - Time For A New Dialogue With The Public On Infrastructure

By Gary Gilbert, PE, GE

The recent loss of a bridge on Interstate 10 is another…

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Branch News

By: Jenny Robinet/Jose Cruz, MS, PE

As a result of the current drought in California, state…

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In This Issue

President's Message - Time For A New Dialogue With The Public On Infrastructure

By Gary Gilbert, PE, GE The recent loss of a bridge on Interstate 10 is another reminder of the importance in replacing our failing infrastructure.  Every time Caltrans has stated in the past that all the bridges in the state are safe, I have the feeling they are not telling the whole story.  No loss of life occurred with the bridge being washed out, but loosing access to a major transportation corridor in California has a huge impact on the lives of the citizens and the commerce in this state.  I believe we need to start a new dialogue with the public on infrastructure. Read More »

Branch News

By: Jenny Robinet/Jose Cruz, MS, PE As a result of the current drought in California, state law makers took action this past July and issued mandatory water cuts to water suppliers throughout the state to help alleviate water supply concerns and mitigate the impact of the drought.  By February 2016, water districts and suppliers throughout the state are required to reduce their water use by a specified percentage.  The required reduction percentage varies per district/supplier, but the overall average cut is 25%.  Read More »

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History and Heritage - Demise of the Ranchos

Courtesy of Chris Jepsen/County of Orange, County Connection Newsletter, August 2015 O.C. History 101: Journeys Through Orange County’s Origins, Obstacles and Opportunities - a look at Orange County in the late 1800's. Read More »

New Members - July 2015

Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming the newest members to ASCE OC! We look forward to getting to know you and hope to see you at an upcoming meeting. Read More »

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Law and CE News - Responsible Charge

By: Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP After a tough economic downturn that left design professionals scrambling for work, the general sense throughout the industry is that projects are, for lack of a better phrase, coming out of the woodwork.  Strong marketing efforts, lobbying for federal, state and local funds to go towards infrastructure, transportation, and other much needed projects over the last several years have paid off, but now engineers are faced with a new and somewhat familiar challenge: completing projects timely, within budget, and to do so while meeting and often exceeding the standard of care.  More projects on an engineer’s desk usually translates to less time to dedicate to each one.  The typical design process includes the use of licensed and unlicensed staff, from drafters, to designers, to field representatives collecting site data and information.  The California Business & Professions Code requires that any engineer signing and stamping plans and specifications be in “Responsible Charge” of the work.  But what does that really mean and how can an engineer make sure they truly meet the Board of Engineer’s expectations as the engineer of record? Read More »

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OC Loop

By: Sherry Weinmeier, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP Active transportation and improved quality of life—our government leaders from the local level to the federal level recognize these are important for a sustainable future. That’s why our local leaders are preparing studies and seeking funding for 28 miles of bike lanes and trails in Orange County that will ultimately form a nearly 70-mile loop through North Orange County known as the OC Loop. Read More »

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In Memoriam

Return "Ret" Moore was the seventh president of the Orange County Branch from 1958 to 1959. Ret Moore was born in Los Angeles in 1923, but grew up in Long Beach. He was valedictorian of David Starr Jordan High School in 1941.  For the next 2 years he would attend Long Beach City College, earning an AA degree in chemical engineering.   A little prior to this he had enlisted in the Naval Reserve V12 program and after graduation was called to active duty. In July, 1943 Ret started the accelerated program at Caltech as an Apprentice Seaman, with a change of majors to Civil Engineering.  Read More »

TTG - Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project

By: Vincent Ip, PE On July 15, 2015, Mr. Ibrahim Hafeez, project manager and construction manager, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, gave a very informative presentation about the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, at UCI’s University Club.  This presentation was hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Transportation Technical Group, as part of their ongoing series presenting topical projects and programs addressing local and regional transportation needs. Read More »

Social and H&H Comittee - Peters Canyon Hike

Come hike with ASCE OC Branch in Peters Canyon Regional Park for a fun morning hike with members, family, and friends! Read More »

Sustainability Committee - NBCC+P Tour

By Nathan Chase, PE, ENV SP, LEED AP We would like to thank the City of Newport Beach for hosting a presentation this past June on the lessons learned in sustainability during the planning, design, construction, and use of the City’s Civic Center and Park. Director of Public Works, Dave Webb PE, presented on the $140M project completed in 2013 and certified at the LEED Gold level. Dave and a few other City staff members also guided the nearly 40 attendees on a walking tour highlighting various sustainable features of the buildings and site. Read More »

Mentorship Committee - 2015-2016 Program Open Enrollment

By: Trent Casillas The ASCE OC Mentorship Program is proud to announce open enrollment  for the 2015-2016 Mentorship Program. Read More »

New Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE)

Ziad Mazboudi, PE, Past President of the Orange County Branch, has accomplished the honor of being selected as Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), a subsidiary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Read More »

ASCE Webinar

Live Webinar Summer Special for ASCE Members Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015     Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET Individual members who register for any live webinar taking place in June, July, or August 2015 will receive the special reduced rate of $99. This applies to both 60-minute and 90-minute webinars. This does not apply to site/group webinar registrations. Register Today! Read More »

ASCE OC YMF – La Pata Technical Tour

ASCE OC YMF in collaboration with the County of Orange hosted the La Pata Extension Improvements technical tour on May 29, 2015. Read More »

ASCE OC YMF June General Meeting Happy Hour

The OC YMF June General Meeting was held on June 25, 2015 at Saddle Ranch in Orange. Read More »

UCI Newsletter

The latest UCI Newsletter with updates from their experiences from the Pacific Southwest Conference. Read More »