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2022 Related News

OCPW Update
ASCE OC T&DI invited Nardy Khan, Deputy Director of OC Infrastructure Programs for Orange County Public Works (OCPW), to speak to T&DI regarding 7-Year CIP and upcoming projects. » Read More

Shaping Our Future World
Civil engineers reimagine the world and shape the future of our civilizations.  Recent conversations with several Orange County Branch members reminded me of the inspiring initiative led by ASCE, known as Future World Vision.  The effects of climate change, increasing population, and rapid deployment of new technologies drive civil engineers and the infrastructure industry to be at the forefront of changing trends and to constantly adapt.  ASCE performed an in-depth analysis of future macrotrends to generate a projected evolution of our industry's infrastructure through the Year 2070.  » Read More

SBCTA Update
ASCE OC T&DI invited Dr. Ray Wolfe, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), to speak to T&DI regarding upcoming projects. Read on for more detail. » Read More

Summer Bike Rides
My friend, Sam Ali, P.E., recently wrote a story on bike trail connectivity in Orange County. The article was published in the ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine. Since Sam and I share the same passion for cycling, I thought I would seize the opportunity to share a few enjoyable rides in our OC backyard. » Read More

RCTC Presentation
ASCE OC T&DI held the fifth virtual presentation of this year on Tuesday, May 10th with guest speaker Anne Mayer, Executive Director from Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC). » Read More

LA Metro and TCA Update
ASCE OC T&DI invited Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) to share the latest agencies’ updates in March and April of this year. » Read More

Inflation and Shortage Supply Impacts
We have all been witnessing price inflation, whether it is at the gas station or at the grocery store. Both inflation and material shortage have become part of our design considerations when we select and specify materials for our projects.  The approach has been further emphasized over the last couple of years: the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) community should initiate design and construction projects with a thorough understanding of material availability, fabrication, delivery lead time, projected construction index price, and an evaluation of equivalent alternatives.  » Read More

Complete Streets, CAPTI, and CTP 2050
Orange County Sustainability Committee (SusCom) with a joint effort from the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) invited Reyna Baeza-Oregel and Irene Hou from Caltrans District 12 and Sherry Weinmeier from Stantec to speak on the subjects of complete streets and the future of transportation infrastructure in California. » Read More

Sudamericana Water Conservation
Last month, I traveled to Chile for my brother’s wedding and took the opportunity to wander in Patagonia, the Colchagua Valley (wine country), Santiago, and a few other places. I don’t know if the pattern is common across my peers, but as for myself, travels are generally punctuated by a constant evaluation of the local infrastructure, design details, construction means and methods, and an assessment of the infrastructure challenges that each region faces. » Read More

ASCE OC T&DI held another virtual presentation on Tuesday, December 14th with speaker from OCTA, Chief Executive Officer, Darrell Johnson. This presentation provided updates to several on-going OCTA projects, upcoming projects, and the agency’s plan for the funding through the newly passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Read on for highlights of the presentation. » Read More

Connecting the Dots in 2022 and Beyond?
As we enter 2022, I wish our members a very happy and prosperous new year. It would be a shame not to recognize the accomplishments of the past year. Our hyperactive Orange County Branch committees did not stop interacting and implementing activities: I counted over 60 events held during the past year. I could not be prouder to belong to such a resilient and proactive organization. I thank my predecessor, Clint Isa, P.E., for spearheading the efforts, and all of our volunteers for your contributions over the past couple of years. » Read More