In This Issue
By Steven King, P.E. While my hometown in Illinois is currently on the verge of dropping below zero degrees, I can’t help but be thankful for Orange County’s ideal climate to be able to enjoy outdoor recreation year-round.
By: Greg Henk, PE, DBIA, Ret. Final discussion regarding Volunteering. It is based on Dennis Martenson’s presentation in Civil Engineering, February 2015.
By: Joe Gonzalez, P.E. ASCE Orange County held its December lunch event at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. We had three presentations on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones for private and public works projects, including the California High-Speed Rail. Our presenters included staff from JL Patterson & Associates, Michael Baker International, and U.S. CAD. The topics presented were related to comparison of a UAV and Drone, applications, operations, and regulations.
By: James C. Earle | Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP Court finds engineers potentially liable for contractor's work.
By John Hamilton Consider this a call for engineers to become more involved in local governments. The need is obvious, the benefits plentiful, and the abundant support may surprise you. As an engineer who has donated my time towards assisting a local government, I would like to accentuate the plea from Norman Augustine, retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, as he calls for support: "Engineers – speak up and get involved. . . . Does it make sense to have a lawyer be the decision-maker as to what kind of heart surgery a patient has? Or how to address the challenge of producing clean energy? Or to deal with environmental change? Or to create jobs in a high-tech economy? No, it doesn’t make sense to have people without a technical background serve as the sole decision-makers on substantially technical issues.”
By: Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SP Save the date for the annual ASCE OC Branch Awards Gala, this year occurring on February 18, 2016 at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach! We hope you'll join us for an evening of recognition for the projects and engineers that are shaping Orange County.
By: John Merrill, P.E., T. E. We have begun our Annual Sponsorship drive for 2016, which features packages that will provide your organization the benefit of making one lump sum contribution for the entire year of 2016.
By Mr. Clint Isa, PE, ASCE OC Geo-Institute Chair The ASCE-Orange County Geo-Institute (GI) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) co-hosted an open-forum discussion at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) University Club in Irvine on November 12, 2015. The event featured a panel of the following engineering professionals from Orange County: Mr. Gregory Silver (GMU Geotechnical, Inc.), Mr. Yoshi Moriwaki (GeoPentech, Inc.), Mr. Michael Waggoner (Ficcadenti, Waggoner, and Castle Structural Engineers), and Mr. Todd Duddley (AECOM).
Dwight Clare "Tod", Schroeder, 90, Past-President of ASCE Orange County Branch (1962-1963), entered eternal life on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, at his home in Santa Ana. A descendant of the pioneer Orange County Schroeder family,
The Orange County Department of Education is seeking volunteers for the Academic Decathlon competition event on January 30, 2016. Each year they seek to engage educators, business professionals, local university students, and community leaders in interactive volunteer experiences that serve our youth directly.
McPherson’s Annual Science Fair is coming soon and Orange County Science & Engineering Fair are looking for a few volunteers to be judges for the event!
A brunch will be held in Honor of those members who have advanced to Life Member status in the society and in recognition of their career achievements on March 5, 2016.
By: Amy Choi SteppingUp, a non-profit organization under the Orange County Community Housing Corporation, hosted a career fair for middle school and high school students, as well as, for those looking to go back to school. ASCE YMF was invited to represent the field of engineering. On Saturday, October 17th, Amy Choi spoke with several ambitious middle school students who were eager to learn more about what civil engineers do.
By: Ryan Hankes November's general meeting for OC YMF was held at Buffalo Wild Wings in Irvine. It was a fun filled event where about 12 members and 3 non-members showed up.
By: Karmel Ongawan and Samantha Nguyen With the holidays just around the corner, it can one of the most stressful times of the year. Holiday shopping, travel planning, managing food and alcohol consumptions, and maintaining exercise routines can all be overwhelming and challenging on top of end-of-year deadlines.
By: Izzy Loh This holiday season ASCE OC YMF and CH2M Hill’s Jump partnered together to adopt a family. Every year the Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) puts together “Families Helping Families,” where the community can make the holidays a carefree and happy time for those escaping poor/dangerous conditions.
By: Gibson Phan ASCE Orange County YMF and CH2M Hill Jump teamed up to help bring holiday joy to families in the local community this season by volunteering as elves and reindeers. Partnering through the Families Helping Families program on December 13th , 2015, YMF and Jump adopted a family and helped out at the programs North Pole.
By: Ryan Hankes It was a cold winter night in Southern California, at least as cold as it is going to get here. So what better way to celebrate the holiday season than an ugly sweater bar crawl.