President's Message - October 2015

By Steven King, P.E.

Incoming ASCE Orange County Branch President, Steven King, PE,  provides an overview…

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Secretary's Column - Introduction From Our New Secretary

By: Ramesh Gupta Ph.D, PE

I look forward to my participation in the activities of…

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In This Issue

President's Message - October 2015

By Steven King, P.E. Incoming ASCE Orange County Branch President, Steven King, PE,  provides an overview of his goals as the 2015 - 2016 President. Read More »

Secretary's Column - Introduction From Our New Secretary

By: Ramesh Gupta Ph.D, PE I look forward to my participation in the activities of ASCE Orange County as your new secretary. My involvement with ASCE started at the University of Connecticut as a student member and I continued with ASCE activities in Maryland, Connecticut, and California. I was elevated to the status of Life Member on January 1, 2006. I have served in various capacities as a member and officer of The Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers and plan to use my more than 40 years of consulting and research experience in the field of civil engineering in serving as a board member of ASCE Orange County branch. Currently, I am working for Stantec Consulting Services Inc. in Irvine, CA as a senior project manager. Read More »

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Part 3 of a 7-Part Discussion Regarding Volunteering

By: Greg Henk, PE, DBIA, Ret.  Part 3 - Types of Volunteering: Volunteering can take many forms, within and external to our organizations. ASCE OC offers many opportunities to serve the communitities in which we live and work.  Read More »

Branch News - Social Mixer

By: Isamar Escobar, Gidti Ludesirishoti, Elizabeth Ruedas, Josue Vaglienty, P.E. The end of summer came a little earlier this year at Las Brisas Restaurant in Laguna Beach - the host venue for our ASCE OC “End of Summer” Social Mixer on September 17th. Please 'read more' for a recap of the event festivities! Read More »

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History and Heritage - OC's Infrastructure Development - Part II

By: Carl Nelson, PE (ret) A recent OC Register headline inspired ASCE OC Life Member, Carl Nelson, PE to share his personal thoughts about infrastructure development in Orange County. Read More »

New Members - September 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 »

Law and CE News - EPA Proposes Amendments

By: Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has garnered several headlines this year through its activities designed to strengthen its control and enforcement options for what it perceives to be gaps in application of some of the major federal regulatory frameworks such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, among others.  Getting a lot of attention this year was the EPA decision to modify the definition of what constitutes “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.  A significant amount of the attention has been due to a strong voice in opposition to the new definition voiced by many interested parties across many industries. Read More »

News From The Archives - President's Message June 1986

In June 1986, Steve Marvin, PE, the president at the time wrote an article on the state of transportation in Southern California Transportation in Southern California, and specifically Orange County, holds the key to our present and future quality of life. Community organizations, in an effort to halt or at least slow development, cry for 'roads first* while the construction industry pushes on with necessary development to meet an ever increasing need. At the same time that new facilities and methods of transportation are conceived and constructed, ever increasing loads"on existing facilities hasten their demise. Roadways and highways fail under heavier trucks and concentrations of buses inconceivable during the initial design process. Maintenance dollars diminish with decreased fuel consumption while construction costs continue to increase even in a time of nominal inflation. Read More »

Community Service - Activities and Opportunities

By: Greg Henk, PE, DBIA, Ret. Interested in volunteering with our Community Service projects - Safari Park, Corazon and National Forest Service?  'Read more' about how we're helping and how you can get involved. Read More »

GI - Trends in Pile Foundations

By: Clint Isa, PE The ASCE-Orange County GeoInstitute (GI) hosted its first independent luncheon on August 11, 2015 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) University Club.  The luncheon, which was attended by over 45 people, consisted of a presentation on the findings of extensive testing performed on new deep foundation techniques employed for a $6 billion development in Playa Vista, California.  The presentation was given by Mr. Nick Briffa, PE, who is a Senior Engineer at Group Delta Consultants, Inc., in Torrance, California. Read More »

TTG - OCTA Measure M2 Presentation

By: Adrian Anderson, ASCE OC TTG Darrell Johnson, OCTA Chief Executive Officer, presented a fantastic overview of progress and a status update on OCTA’s Measure M2 to a packed room at the UCI University Club on September 15, 2015.  The 30-year Measure M2 program is funded by a special use sales tax and was passed by 70% of voters, an indication that implementation of the initial Measure M by OCTA, which was passed in 1989, resonated with voters in a positive way. Read More »

SEI - Social Event Recap

By: Chad Harden, PE, SE The artistic and creative process present in engineering is not typically discussed or recognized.  However, I think after only a decade of practice one can begin to appreciate the engineering process take on certain characteristics of an “artistic” process.  Truly, there is much appreciation of a deliverable or creation, for a design that resolves economy with responsibility, safety with usefulness, technical excellence with constructability, and cooperation with experience and tradition. Read More »

GI - Call for Proposals

Innovation and Collaboration in Technology and Practice:  The theme of Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 is Innovation and Collaboration in Technology and Practice. Geotechnical Frontiers is a must-attend event for the geotechnical, civil engineering and geoprofessional communities. The conference will feature four days of technical programming, including short courses, panel discussions and papers. The objective of the event is to share new developments in geotechnical engineering technologies. Submit your proposal online here. Read More »

Mentorship Program - Informal Summer Event

By: Carolynn Nepomuceno The ASCE OC Mentorship Program hosted a summer bowling event for participants of the program to meet in a fun, informal environment to share a fun evening of hitting spares, strikes and even a few gutter balls! Read More »

K-12 Outreach - Request for Volunteers

The K-12 Outreach Committee is working hard this year to increase the number of students we reach this year with events.  We have been contacted by schools in Anaheim, Tustin, Lake Forest, and Anaheim to assist with current planned STEM activities or present at the schools. Please 'read more' for a summary of some planned upcoming K-12 Opportunities for 2015/16 School Year. Read More »

TTG - SpaceX Tour Summary

By: Adrian Anderson, ASCE OC TTG Much like the real world of launching a rocket into space, everything must come together just right and at the right time.  That right time came a week after our initially scheduled SpaceX facility tour date, and the fact that all 20 of our lucky attendees still arrived with just one substitution, speaks volumes to the popularity and interest in the SpaceX tour that was held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at SpaceX’s home - Rocket Road in Hawthorne adjacent to the airport. Read More »

NWRI - Water Sustainability Conference

The National Water Research Institute is hosting the "Clarke Prize Conference on Water Sustainability" on October 30 in Huntington Beach.  Read more for details and registration information! Read More »

CSULB Golf Tournament

California State University, Long Beach is holding a golf tournament to raise fund for the Pacific Southwest Conference being held at their school in Spring 2016.  Please consider joining the tournament to meet the students and help them reach thier fundraising goals for this major event. Read More »

K-12 Outreach - IUSD Volunteer Opportunities

By: Kristen N. Winn, Director of STEM Education, Irvine Unified School District As the new Director of STEM Education for Irvine Unified School District (Mark Sontag’s successor), I am writing to ask for your assistance with this year’s science events. The participation of local scientists and science professionals is a powerful, positive message about our dedication to today’s youth and the importance of STEM education. These events are unique and fun opportunities for students and scientists alike and we hope that you will join us in supporting our goal of promoting student interest in STEM in the classroom, career, and beyond. Read More »

ASCE OC YMF - Beach Day

By: Amanda Heise Recap of the ASCE OC YMF Annual Beach Day held on Friday, August 7th. Read More »

ASCE OC YMF - General Meeting

By: Dominic Stone Recap of the ASCE OC YMF Annual Beach Day held on Friday, August 7th. Read More »

ASCE OC YMF - LA Galaxy Soccer Game

By: Isamar Escobar LA…GALAXY! LA…GALAXY! LA…GALAXY! This infectious chant consumed the StubHub Center on August 22nd in Carson, CA. ASCE OC YMF was witness to an exciting, goal-filled soccer game – LA Galaxy vs. New York City FC. Read More »

ASCE OC YMF - Bar Crawl

By: Nestor Godinez OC YMF has hosted an annual wine trip for many years, where several wineries are visited over the course of a day. We thought it a similar event for our 'beer lovers' sounded like a good idea. Thus...the first annual Bar Crawl took place on September 11. Read More »

UCI Fall 2015 Newsletter

The latest UCI Newsletter with updates from their events in October, like the First ASCE UCI General Meeting. Read More »

CSULB Newsletter - September 2015

The latest CSULB Newsletter with news about the Week of Welcome, Corazon, Remodel of the ASCE Office, Upcoming Events, and many more. Read More »