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May, 2019 Luncheon

Speaker: Brent Niemann, Strata Solar

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Topic:  Utility Scale Photovoltaic Solar Farm Development & Construction

Presentation: PDF

Summary: Please join Strata Solar Civil Engineer Brent Niemann for a discussion about utility scale solar farm planning, entitlement, design and construction.

Speaker: Brent has been working on utility scale solar farm design and construction with Strata Solar since 2012, with a focus on entitlement and permitting. Prior to joining Strata, he spent 16 years as a consulting engineer and developer in single and multi-family residential and commercial projects throughout the state of North Carolina. He is a native of the Triangle area, from nearby Zebulon, and is a current resident of Wake Forest with his wife Holly and their two children. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and Professional Engineering licenses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

April, 2019 Dinner

Speaker: Elaina J. Sutley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Topic:  An Overview of the Longitudinal Community Resilience Study of Lumberton, NC following 2016 Hurricane Matthew

Presentation: PDF

Summary: In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused catastrophic flooding to Lumberton, North Carolina, an inland city in Robeson County with approximately 21,000 people. Impacts from the flooding included all 42 schools in the county, serving 24,000 children, closing for three weeks, and more than 5,000 people placed in shelters or temporary housing by FEMA. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-funded Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning initiated a longitudinal community resilience study of Lumberton. The first field study was performed approximately one month after Hurricane Matthew, and collected data on damage to residential structures, and household dislocation. The second field study was performed approximately one year later to collect data on recovery progress for the same housing samples, and a new sample of businesses. The city was severely impacted again by 2018 Hurricane Florence, after which the Center returned for a third time to document damage to the housing and business samples. At the time of this ASCE meeting, the fourth field study will be on-going. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, the longitudinal study, and recent findings on Lumberton's progress towards recovery after successive flood events.

Speaker: Dr. Sutley is an assistant professor in structural engineering at the University of Kansas. Dr. Sutley's research is at the nexus of structural engineering, social science, and public policy, with an emphasis on woodframe buildings and housing. She incorporates holistic metrics of sustainability and resilience into her research, and focuses on developing interdisciplinary science, particularly with respect to hazards and disaster research. Dr. Sutley has extensive background in seismic design and retrofit, full-scale experimental testing, and numerical modeling of light frame wood buildings. Dr. Sutley is part of the NIST-funded Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning. Dr. Sutley currently serves as the chair of the Structural Engineering Institute's (SEI) technical activities committee on the Design of Wood Structures, and as chair of the National Science Foundation's Natural Hazard Experimental Research Infrastructure (NHERI) User Forum committee.

March, 2019 Tour

Speaker: Shamar Drake with Skanska

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

Topic:  Onsite Tour of the Pratt School of Engineering Building

Presentation: None

Location:  Duke University

Summary: Opening in November 2020, Duke University's newest academic building will provide 150,000 square feet of collaborative, interdisciplinary space for learning and discovery. Housing new education, research, and entrepreneurship initiatives of the Pratt School of Engineering, the building will bring together departments, faculty, and students from across the university to improve human health, advance computing and intelligent systems, and pave the way toward a more sustainable future.

April, 2018 Luncheon

Speaker: Greg Eades, Facility Operations Branch Chief at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Topic: Beneficial Use of Air Handling Unit Condensate for Laboratory HVAC Energy and Water Recovery in Hot and Humid Climates

Presentation: N.A.

Summary:  Despite considerable research into water conservation by reusing air handling unit (AHU) condensate in hot and humid climates, relatively few studies explore the potential for energy conservation by capturing and using waste energy. This presentation describes the methodology used to analyze and predict AHU condensate’s energy and water recovery potential by presenting a case study for a 100% outside air laboratory building located in Raleigh,  North Carolina. Results indicate up to 10% energy and 31% water savings utilizing this approach.

Mr. Eades currently serves as the Facility Operations Branch Chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Campus. He has also held a variety of engineering positions for the State of North Carolina, the private sector, and the United States Air Force. His bachelors and masters degrees in Civil Engineering are from North Carolina State University. Mr. Eades is a North Carolina registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.

November, 2017 Luncheon

Speaker: David Evans @ NCBELS

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Topic: NCBELS - Rules of Professional Conduct

Presentation: N.A.

Summary: The program will provide attendees a Board update covering licensing trends; enforcement matters, including non-licensed practice; Engineering Committee activities; engineering exams; and CPC compliance.  Attendees will be engaged to test their knowledge and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct given various scenarios faced by Professional Engineers.  This will be followed by a discussion of common factors in violation cases as well ethical considerations in professional practice.

David joined the staff of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors in 1998. As the Board's Assistant Executive Director, he supervises investigations of engineers, surveyors, corporations, and non-licensed practices.  David also oversees business licensure and compliance, continuing professional competency, license renewals, and the Board's regular program of enforcement and education.  David previously conducted criminal investigations in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Investigator.  He is a past Chairman of the Committee on Law Enforcement for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.  David has a B.A. in History and Social Science from Eastern Connecticut State University.