President's Message - ASCE Welcomes new Branch President Jeff Braun

By Jeff Braun, P.E.

"I am extremely proud and honored to assume the role as…

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Secretary's Column - ASCE Presidents & Governors Forum

By Elizabeth Ruedas, PE


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President's Message - ASCE Welcomes new Branch President Jeff Braun

By Jeff Braun, P.E. "I am extremely proud and honored to assume the role as President of the Orange County Branch. We have another awesome group of folks serving on the board this year and we are all focused on continuing the outstanding legacy the OC Branch has developed over the past several years because of the commitment of our members and committee leadership." "If you have not had the opportunity to visit other branches or sections, or attend a regional or society-wide event, you may not have an appreciation of the amazing things our members are doing, and the dedicated leadership we have within our Younger Members’ Forum, committees, and institutes. The most exciting role I have as Branch President is to support their pursuits to provide the best experiences for our fellow members." Read More »

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Secretary's Column - ASCE Presidents & Governors Forum

By Elizabeth Ruedas, PE   ASCE Presidents & Governors Forum September 2017 "LEADERSHIP is the art, science, and craft of influencing other people to accomplish a task and to improve the organization. " Read More »

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New Members - October 2017

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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ASCE OC Golf Tournament

By Josue Vaglienty, PE ASCE OC topped the 100 mark with 106 players (a new record for ASCE OC) participating in the 2017 Annual ASCE OC Golf Tournament held this past June 9th at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA.  ASCE OC-Branch, ASCE OC-Younger Member Forum (YMF), and ASCE Student Chapters provided volunteer support to welcome players, get them registered, and encourage them to socialize before, during, and after the tourney.  The mix of players included individuals representing local civil engineering firms, public agencies, and product/service vendors.   Read More »

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EWRI Seawater Desalination Presentation Lunch

By Daniela  Malott, P.E. The ASCE Orange County Branch June luncheon meeting presented on Seawater Desalination. The key-note speaker was Andrew Kingman, Executive Vice President of Poseidon Water. Poseidon Water is a United States based company, specialized in water infrastructure development.  Read More »

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ASCE OC Geo-Institute - Fundamentals of Infiltration Testing and Analyses

By Clint Isa, P.E. The ASCE-Orange County Geo-Institute (GI) hosted a dinner meeting at the Back Bay Conference Center in Irvine, California on August 15, 2017.  The event, which was attended by a mix of more than 60 industry professionals and students, featured a presentation by Mr. David Albus, PE, GE (Principal, Albus-Keefe & Associates, Inc.). Read More »

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Sustainability Committee - Class IV Bikeways, a New Way to Ride

By Rock Miller, P.E. For decades, many European cities have developed networks of special bikeways within and between their urban areas.  These systems go by many names, including cycle tracks, separated bikeways, and protected bikeways, among other titles.  In the US, title Class IV Bikeways– a systems approach defined by placing physical separations between the lanes designated for bicyclists and motorists – are emerging to follow the established sequence of Class I, II, and III Bikeways. Read More »

ASCE OC YMF Ronald McDonald House

By Andrew Lam Every year, ASCE OC YMF volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, where we would prepare and serve food to the families who reside there. In a brief summary about the organization, Ronald McDonald House in Southern California provides cost-free lodging support to children and families whose members are currently in care at the nearby hospital. Quite often, groups of volunteers sign up to prepare and serve food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Read More »

ASCE OC YMF Archery Event

By Ryan Hankes We were expecting a decently good time with ASCE members and friends at Archery Tag, but what we got was a great time and a great workout all in one. Archery tag was a first for most of us, but it is an event we won’t forget.  Read More »

ASCE OC Branch - University Scholarship Opportunities

ASCE OC Branch is offoring scholarship opportunities for you to consider! Take the time to complete the application(s) available for the various scholarships as they apply to you. Read More »

ASCE OC Mentorship Program Celebrates a Successful 3rd Year

By Cassie Moeller, P.E., T.E. The ASCE OC Mentorship Program celebrates a successful 3rd year. The 2016-2017 Mentorship Program had 18 mentor/protégé pairs.  Read More »

Law and CE News - California Duty to Defend Rests on Fault

By Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP Substantial efforts by professional associations in the Golden State have resulted in a new law blocking immediate duty-to-defend requirements for design professionals in private-sector and most public-sector contracts. In April 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 496 (S.B. 496), which modifies existing Civil Code Section 2782.8, adding protections for private contracts entered into by design professionals on or after Jan. 1, 2018. The law limits design professionals' and their carriers' defense obligation to the comparative fault of the professional in private and certain public contracts.  Read More »

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Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) - Leaders' Forum

The Orange County Engineering Council is proud to announce our upcoming 2017 Leaders' Forum Please join us as we discuss sustainability in a broad range of engineering disciplines through a panel session with key experts in their respective fields. The purpose of this year’s Leaders’ Forum is to address cross-disciplinary sustainability opportunities in Aerospace, Transportation, Architectural, Computer, and Environmental Engineering; and to explore related collaboration avenues within Southern California for local companies, universities, professional societies, government agencies and the OCEC. Read More »