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Our next luncheon will be on November 21, 2013. Register online!
Welcome to the ASCE, North Carolina Section Eastern Branch website. Your Eastern Branch has many opportunities for you to get involved with ASCE in addition to participation in our regularly scheduled lunch meetings, held the 3rd Thursday of each month (except June, August, and December). All upcoming events will be posted below. Please visit the calendar to view event dates through 2013. You can follow us on Twitter at @ASCENCEast and subscribe to our online schedule to be automatically notified of upcoming events.
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Summary: The first Raleigh Union Station was built in 1892 and still stands at the corner of Dawson and Martin Streets, though it was abandoned as a train station in 1950. Since then, multiple plans and studies identified the Boylan Wye as the best area for a new union station or Multi-Modal Transportation Center. The City of Raleigh, NCDOT, and Triangle Transit recently aligned their efforts to develop plans for a new Raleigh Union Station, which will adaptively reuse a 1960’s-era industrial building. The $73 million project is partially funded, design teams have been selected and began work in January 2013, and completion is scheduled for 2017. This session will review the project history, feasibility, costs, funding, schedule, and benefits.Mr. Newton is a native of Raleigh, and a 1988 graduate of NC State University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He began working with the NCDOT Rail Division in 2000, and oversees the NCDOT Train Station Improvement Program, and other Rail Facilities projects. He has also worked in municipal government and in private sector engineering.
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The North Carolina Section has released the 2013 Report Card for North Carolina’s Infrastructure. Visit the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card site to review the North Carolina-specific report card.
Every four years, ASCE grades the performance and condition of America's infrastructure. ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure is available now on the web and in a new digital format for Android tablets and smartphones, Apple's iPod Touch, iPhone, and a version optimized for Apple's iPad. The app comes complete with the grades, ASCE’s vision for infrastructure, and more content than ever before with 16 infrastructure categories, over 100 infrastructure success stories, and infographics on every state. In this new app, the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure puts the most comprehensive and clear reference available on America’s infrastructure right into your pocket. Bringing you expert advice in videos and interactive content, this app truly shows how America’s infrastructure and your state’s infrastructure are doing and what needs attention. Share ideas for action and your thoughts along with any part of the app with friends, coworkers or professional groups, local leaders, or even your member of Congress. Visit http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org to review the grades.
This year, ASCE is collecting new, unwrapped toys to be donated to Toys-For-Tots! Our local Toys-For-Tots campaign, put on by the US Marine Corps Reserve, will benefit seven counties in North Carolina. We are starting our efforts early this year and we need your help! The toys will be given to children aged infant up to 14. We will be collecting donations at the Holiday Social, or arrangements can be made to pick up donations at participating firms on December 11th if a representative cannot attend the social. Please complete this Google Docs ASCE Toy Drive Sign-Up form if you would like us to collect donations at your workplace, and more information will be provided to you via email. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Alexander at
ASCE will be hosting our annual Holiday Social on Wednesday, December 11th from 6-9pm at Tyler's Taproom at Seaboard Station with free appetizers and lots of holiday cheer to conclude our Toys-For-Tots toy drive. Please RSVP for the social so that we can be sure to have enough food using this Google Docs RSVP Form for the Holiday Social. If you have collected toys from your office or are making a donation yourself, please bring them to the social. All are welcome!!
The holidays are right around the corner! Come join the ASCE Eastern Branch Younger Member Group on Saturday, December 7th on Hillsborough Street for the annual Raleigh Jingle Bell Run. There is a competitive and recreational 5K! The entrance fees are $30 if you register betwee October 1 and December 5, 2013. The fees rise to $35 if you register on December 6th or 7th, 2013. If you are not able to attend, please consider making a donation to help us meet our fundraising goal for the Arthritis Foundation. Our goal this year is 20 participants and $1,000 in donations. Let's get started! Holiday themed running gear and sleigh bells are encouraged. We will have a prize for the most creative outfit as well as the top time in our group! Also, after the run, we will make our way over to Mellow Mushroom for some post-jingle bell pizza! Please visit the ASCE Eastern YMG page to register or donate. If you have any questions, please contact Verd Anna Cunningham at
The Eastern Branch is soliciting for local project photos with a brief description from any member who wishes to share their accomplishment with the Branch and public. If you have a high-quality digital photo of a project upon which you or your company worked, please send it along with a brief project description to the Web Director, Luke Montoya (
Summary: Mechanics’ Liens in North Carolina – Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going? Substantial changes over the course of the last year have dramatically altered the mechanics’ lien “playing field” for engineers and all other construction project participants. This presentation will discuss the evolution of those changes, what those changes mean for engineers who want to protect and enforce their rights, and what additional changes may be on the horizon.Jason Herndon is a construction law attorney with Parker Poe in Raleigh, where he represents a diverse group of clients including design professionals, public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and construction sureties. He has litigated a wide variety of construction issues including scheduling disputes, delay/disruption claims, design defects, construction defects, cumulative change impacts, payment and performance bond claims, mechanics’ lien prosecution and defense, and contract disputes. Mr. Herndon currently chairs the Lien and Bond Law Revision Committee for the NC Bar Association’s Construction Law Section, and has been named a “Rising Star” in construction litigation by Super Lawyers each year from 2010-2013.
Summary: The presentation covered the fundamentals of tensioned fabric structures including the materials, fabrication, structural characteristics, and design. Additionally, Mr. Demo discussed the environmental considerations and performance related to energy use, daylighting, acoustics, fire safety, maintenance, and operating costs. Finally, he discussed the applicability of this construction type.Dave Demo, principal of David A. Demo, PLLC, has over 45 years of experience in structural engineering and construction project management. Twenty-five of those years have been spent in the analysis, design, and construction of tension fabric structures. He has contributed to a number of major fabric structures; most notable are the Denver International Airport, Inchon Stadium in Korea, and BC Place in Vancouver, Canada. He is has a BSCE from the University of Pittsburgh, a MSCE from Lehigh University, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Life Member of ASCE and a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Summary: Precast concrete slender spandrel beams are commonly used in parking structures to transfer vertical loads from deck sections to columns. In addition, slender spandrels often serve as a railing or barrier around the exterior edge of the parking structure. The main objective of this research program was to develop rational design guidelines for precast concrete slender spandrel beams. These design guidelines are expected to simplify the reinforcement detailing required for slender spandrels. The results of the research can be read in "Behavior of precast, prestressed concrete sandwich wall panels reinforced with CFRP shear grid" and "Development of a rational design methodology for precast concrete slender spandrel beams: Part 2, Analysis and design guidelines".
Summary: The replacement of the 50-year-old Bonner Bridge has been studied for over 20 years and the presentation provided a brief glimpse of the history of the bridge as well as some of the foundation design aspects the Design Build team tackled in working on the replacement structure.