By Steven King, P.E.

I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge one of my mentors.…

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Branch News - SWE-OC / ASCE OC Joint Social

By: Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SP, LEED GA

Members of the engineering community in various…

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In This Issue


By Steven King, P.E. I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge one of my mentors. He's a long time member of ASCE, a Past-President of the Orange County Transportation Technical Group and he's been recognized by the engineering community for his many contributions. At the end of June, ... Read More »

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Branch News - SWE-OC / ASCE OC Joint Social

By: Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SP, LEED GA Members of the engineering community in various stages of their careers and from different disciplines came out to network with engineering professionals at the Cinco de Mayo ASCE OC / SWE-OC Joint Social. Read More »

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Branch News - Poseidon Water Seawater Desalination Project at Huntington Beach

By: Brian Lochrie Desalination (also called "desalinization" and "desalting") is the process of removing dissolved salts from water, thus producing fresh water from seawater.  Shortage of fresh drinking water has created the need for desalination .Desalination is practiced in 150 countries. As of June 30, 2015 total number of desalination plants worldwide is 18, 426. More than 300 million people around the world rely on desalinated water for some or all of their daily needs. Read More »

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New Members - May/April 2016

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 - California Contract Law

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held parties to their contract. In Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Atlantic Marine contracted with a Texas company for a project in Texas. The contract specified that disputes be litigated in Virginia. Atlantic Marine was sued in federal court in Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court held the contract controlled and the case should have been filed in Virginia. Now, under a recent California case, design professionals in California may, in some circumstances, be able to avoid unfavorable forum selection clauses. Read More »

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K-12 Outreach - Spaghetti Bridge Competition

By: Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E. College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton and the American Society of Civil Engineers, Orange County Branch organized the Second Annual OC Spaghetti Bridge Competition on May 7, 2016 at CSU Fullerton. Three teams, from CSU Fullerton, Saddleback College and Santa Ana College brought their bridges to the competition. Twenty four students and three faculty members were involved in the competition. A spaghetti Bridge, designed and constructed by the students from Saddleback College that weighed 282 grams held 13 kg of the sustained load, won the first place. Read More »

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UCI Winter Quarter 2016 Newsletter

UCI's newsletter that summarizes all the events that occured during the winter quarter. Read More »

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YMF - Mentorship Bowling Social

The ASCE OC Mentorship Program hosted an informal bowling event on March 3rd at Bowlmor in Tustin. Read More »

Sustainable Groundwater in SoCal

By Jessica Cassman, PE, ENV SP and Nathan Chase, PE, ENV SP The ASCE-OC Sustainability Committee and EWRI-OC wish to thank Enrique Lopezcalva (of RMC), Roy Herndon (of OCWA), and Brian Powell (of EMWD) for their presentations on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) at the lunchtime seminar held on April 7, 2016 in Irvine. An engaged audience of over 40 professionals learned from the speakers’ experiences with the early stages of SGMA readiness and compliance. The presentations also gave an overview SGMA implications statewide through 2042, as well as regional and local impacts, challenges, and highlights. Read More »

K-12 Outreach - Samueli Academy Internship Interviews

By: Scott Simpson On May 6th 2016 I attended Samueli Academy High School as a volunteer to interview students for a minimum 45-hour summer internship program with MARRS Services on behalf of ASCE and ACEC youth outreach programs.  The candidates are interested in engineering as a future career. There were several companies there participating. Read More »

Branch News - Hyperloop Presentation

By Joe Gonzalez, P.E. On Thursday May 26th ASCE Orange County held its May Lunch event with two presentations on the Hyperloop Transportation System.  Presenters included a team of UCI students on their HyperXite POD design model and Robert Delgado representing Hperloop Transportation Technologies presenting the evolution of the Hyperloop system Read More »

YMF - College Kit Donations

By: Izzy Loh This spring the ASCE OC YMF promoted, supported, and fundraised for OCCHC/SteppingUP’s College Awareness Program (a local non-profit). College is an amazing experience that both OCCHC and the YMF believes everyone should have access to. Read More »

YMF - Mentorship Program Mid-Year Check-in

By: Melissa Hilsabeck The Mentorship Program completed its Mid-Year Check-in event on April 21st at HDR. Mentors and Protégés were able to share their experiences with other pairs as well as provide feedback on the program and events. Read More »

YMF - Anaheim Convention Center Expansion Technical Tour

On a warm Friday afternoon, a group of local Orange County professionals and students gathered at Turner Construction's trailer at the Anaheim Convention Center. Read More »

YMF - YMF and Sustainability Committee Joint Hike

By: Roxanne Follis The day after a May rainstorm turned out to be a beautiful and sunny day in Orange County, which made perfect hiking conditions. OC YMF and the Sustainability Committee hosted a joint hike at Santiago Oaks Regional Park on Saturday, May 7th. Read More »