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2018 North Carolina ASCE Awards Nominations

The North Carolina Section's Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the following awards:

2018 Project of the Year
2018 Engineer of the Year
2018 Young Engineer of the Year
2018 Student Chapter Member of the Year

The Awards Committee requests that North Carolina Section Members of ASCE please submit recommendations for each award. In making recommendations, please submit appropriate biographical and/or documented data as requested in the award statements. There are no special forms. A resume, letter of recommendation, and any other pertinent information will be acceptable.

Please review the enclosed information and submit recommendations. It is preferred that recommendation packages are submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.doc) or PDF, and submitted electronically. It is requested that each ASCE Section member submit to the Awards Chair in one e-mail message.

The deadline for recipients of recommendations is by COB Monday, August 20th, 2018. If you have any questions about the awards process, please contact us at ncasce.awards@gmail.com.
 

SEA, AIA, and ASCE's Design Professional Organization Volunteer Response Program

The Structural Engineers Association (SEA), the AIA, and ASCE are teaming up to create a Design Professional Organization volunteer response program with North Carolina Emergency Management.

The group is looking for an ASCE representative to serve on its Structural Engineers Emergency Response (SEER) Committee.  Time commitment consists of conference calls once per month with a plan to back down to once per 6 to 8 weeks once the group gets better organized.

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This year SEER is organizing a day-long training session and is working with the state regarding registering volunteers and obtaining credentials to get them through security checkpoints.

For more information please contact Rob Stevenson at 919-832-5587, ext. 11, or   rstevenson@lhcengineers.com

Structural Engineers Emergency Response (SEER) Committee

ASCE representatives are needed to serve on the Structural Engineers Emergency Response (SEER) Committee.

This is a joint venture between ASCE, the Structural Engineers Association (SEA), and the AIA, to create a Design Professional Organization volunteer response program with North Carolina Emergency Management. 

We are organizing a day-long training session and talking with the state about registering our volunteers and obtaining credentials to get us through security checkpoints.  We are doing conference calls once per month and plan to back down to once per 6 to 8 weeks once we get better organized.

If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Rob Stevenson at (919) 832-5587, ext. 11, or rstevenson@lhcengineers.com.

Dr. Paul Zia and Dr. Sami Rizkalla Receive the 2018 T.Y. Lin Award

 Image via NCSU

Image via NCSU

ASCE National's Geographic Services informed us that Dr. Paul Zia, Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M.ASCE, NAE and Dr. Sami H. Rizkalla, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE from the Eastern Branch of the North Carolina Section have been selected by the Structural Engineering Institute to receive the 2018 T.Y. Lin Award for the paper “Dapped Ends of Prestressed Concrete Thin-stemmed Members: Part 1, Experimental Testing and Behavior,” published in PCI Journal, March-April 2017.

 Image via NCSU

Image via NCSU

We are exceptionally proud of Dr. Zia and Dr. Rizkalla and thank them for their numerous contributions to ASCE and the Civil Engineering profession.

2018 Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition

The Region 4 Assembly, which includes all members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, has established a very meaningful and worthwhile competition and award for a Younger Member who resides within Region 4. A Younger Member is defined as a member, associate member or affiliate not over 35 years of age on February 1, 2018.

The award is named after Daniel V. Terrell of the Kentucky Section. Dean Terrell served as President of National ASCE in 1954. This award is presented annually for the outstanding paper submitted on a topic established by the Region 4 Assembly. Two (2) papers per Section may be entered in the Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition. If one chooses to enter the Daniel V. Terrell competition, the paper must be submitted to the Terrell Committee by the entrant's Section President (David Harris) by April 1, 2018. The entrant must then present their paper during the Spring 2018 meeting of the Region 4 Assembly to be held in July of 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina (specific date and exact location to be determined).

This year's topic is "How does the personal and professional use of social media relate to the ASCE Code of Ethics?" The first place award is a plaque and $500.  The second place prize is $250.

For complete rules and information on the Terrell Paper Competition, visit the Region 4 website.

For additional information on the Daniel V. Terrell competition, please contact Jon Keeling, Monica Sartain, or David Harris.

Travel arrangements to the meeting should be coordinated with the entrant's respective Branch and/or Section.  Financial assistance may be available.

Download a PDF with the paper's topic and details.

Trains Colliding, Leaded Water (still), and a $1 Trillion Promise: Happy E-Week

A priority list of 50 emergency and national security projects released last year by the Trump administration - and the beginning of an infrastructure bill released last week - highlight the importance of the engineering profession just in time for Engineers Week.
 
The National Society of Professional Engineers founded E-Week in 1951 to ensure a future diverse engineering workforce through increased understanding and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based careers.  This week we acknowledge the engineering discipline.
 
President Trump's proposed infrastructure projects (so far) focus largely on areas critical to transportation and energy.  According to the release, the program will create more than 430,000 direct and indirect jobs.
 
If President Trump follows through on his campaign promise to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure over the next decade, we may face a shortage of surveyors, construction workers, technicians, scientists, and engineers responsible for project completion and delivery.  (The financials are also being sketched out, but that's another story.)
 
Technical professionals will need to modernize our existing stock while also reprogramming current systems to meet tomorrow's challenges.  Filling gaps in the STEM-based professions may require front-end funding to prepare this workforce through education and training.  This could provide an opportunity for STEM initiatives in academia and vocational education.  Perhaps better public relations could also raise the profile and cultural advocacy of the technical profession.
 
Politicians don't build dams and transit networks; engineers do.  Engineers are duty bound to honor facts, data, and constraints:  There is no lobbying to change the density of water, and existing subsurface information cannot be disregarded as hypothetical, political opinion, or fake news. (It can, however, be remediated.)  These constraints call for imagination and creativity in the design process - which should be nurtured within our children on a socio-cultural level.
 
As a civil engineer, I stand at the intersection of form and function.  Civil engineering marvels are built on big dreams, which is the thrust of a recent film by the American Society of Civil Engineers called Dream Big; Engineering our World.  The film highlights stunning technical accomplishments while inviting young minds to consider the possibilities when inspiration meets innovation.
 
Emerging technologies and trends such as autonomous vehicles; impacts of population growth; and climate change and resiliency require a broader discussion that considers cost, price, value to society, and constraints.
 
So let the conversation over the built environment begin in earnest.  Take an objective look at the data and constraints related to technology, climate, and our population's looming needs.  Nurture the new generation's fascination with nature, games, and ideas.  Consider the value of STEM-oriented investment as a way to maintain our quality of life and to protect our communities from manmade disaster.  Oh - and Happy E-Week.

-David Harris, PE, is a Professional Engineer licensed in the Carolinas and Florida and is President of the American Society of Civil Engineers North Carolina Section.  Engineers Week runs Feb. 18-24.  For more information, visit www.discovere.org.

Land Records Advisory Committee Nomination Request

The North Carolina Secretary of State’s office has asked the ASCE NC Section for three nominees to serve on the Land Records Advisory Committee.  Alex Rankin currently represents the section and is willing to serve another term.  Interested members should contact David Harris, ASCE NC Section President.

About the Land Records Advisory Committee:
North Carolina's legislature created the Lands Records Advisory Committee to assist the Secretary of State in administering the Land Records Management Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage county governments to utilize modern methods, techniques, equipment, and documentation that will improve the quality of public services with respect to land records and achieve a high degree of standardization throughout the state.  Pursuant to G. S. §147-54.3, the program is also charged with providing advice and technical assistance to local governments in implementing and maintaining minimum standards with regard to the following aspects of land records management:
•    Uniform indexing of land records.
•    Uniform recording and indexing procedures for maps, plats, and condominiums.
•    Security and reproduction of land records.

The Committee consists of twelve members, appointed to staggered four-year terms. Nine of the members are appointed from professional associations whose work contribute to the field. Three additional members are appointed from the public at large.