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July 27, 2017 Meeting

Dear ASCE Southern Branch Members,

Please join us for our July Meeting.  This will be a lunch meeting at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille on Thursday July 27, 2017, with registration/socialization beginning at 11:30 am.

The details for the meeting are as follows:

Topic: Design Methodologies and Construction Case Studies in Stabilization of Deep-Seated, Slow Moving Landslides

This presentation will focus on the geological causes, engineering design, and construction aspects involved in stabilization of large, slow moving landslides located in both the Blue Ridge and Piedmont physiographic provinces of the Carolinas. Three projects designed and constructed since 2006 will be featured and contrasted. Following a discussion of the geological aspects and root causes of each slide, the primary focus will be to compare and contrast different design and construction methodologies employed in remediation of slides of this type. Comparisons will also be made between the design assumptions and the actual performance of the repairs, allowing for a discussion on how such designs may be refined in the future.


Mr. Doug Chappell of Wurster Engineering & Construction, Inc.

Doug Chappell currently serves as vice president Wurster Engineering & Construction, Inc. Mr. Chappell has a degree in mining engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. Prior to working with Wurster he worked as an engineer in mines in North and South America, as well as serving as engineering manager for a regional geotechnical consulting firm. Mr. Chappell is currently responsible for engineering and project management for Wurster and has designed and managed hundreds of Geotechnical construction and ground improvement projects in the southeast. Mr. Chappell is a registered engineer in South Carolina.

Wurster Engineering & Construction, Inc. (WEC) is a specialty geotechnical contractor serving the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and other portions of the Southeast.  Based in Greenville, South Carolina, WEC is employee owned and operated by licensed professional engineers and construction professionals.  WEC’s primary areas of expertise include ground improvement, landslide repair; soil nails walls; and deep foundations including micropiles, auger cast piles and helical piers.

PDH: 1 Hour

Date: Thursday July 27, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (downstairs)  MAP

911 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

Cost: $25 for Members; $30 for Non-Members

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April 10, 2017 Meeting with PENC

Topic: Update on Ethics and Licensure Requirements for the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCBELS)

This presentation will provide an update on licensure enforcement, discuss the Board’s handling of non-licensed practice, and cover the Rules of Professional Conduct.


Mr. David J. Evans, North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors

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 and corporations as well as non-licensed practice. 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.

March 16, 2017 Meeting

Topic: Drinking from a Firehose – Recent Observations in Dam Spillway Performance

Recent rainfall events in North and South Carolina have brought a renewed scrutiny to regional infrastructure issues.  In particular, hydraulic performance of dam spillways and other hydraulic structures have been pushed beyond their limits. The presentation will review infrastructure data related to dams and present historical elements that provide the background for a discussion of current spillway performance.  The presentation will review spillway examples and identify elements of spillway design that are critical to hydraulic performance.


Mr. John Garner, PE of Bunnell-Lammons Engineering, Inc.

John F. Garner, PE, M.ASCE serves as Lead Design Engineer for Bunnell-Lammons Engineering in their Asheville, North Carolina Office.  For the past 19 years he has practiced in Dam Engineering providing consulting and engineering/construction support services on more than 100 dam projects throughout the Southeastern US.  A graduate of Clemson University, John’s training and background is focused on hydrologic analyses and hydraulic design of spillway structures for small dams.  His professional experience has exposed him to all phases of dam operations, inspections, investigations, remediation design, construction management, and emergency action planning.

February 16, 2017 Meeting

Topic: Drone Applications

This presentation will outline the different Drone types, Drone usage, their reliability and mapping accuracy, and FAA regulations, and any questions you may have about current practices.


Mr. David Boyles of LDSI, Inc.

David Boyles is the founder of LDSI, Inc. and is licensed as a PE in North Carolina and as a PLS in North and South Carolina.  He has a BSCE from Auburn University (1975) and a GIS Certificate from UNCC (2003).  He is a member of ASCE, NSPS and NC & SC Society of Surveyors.  LDSI, Inc. is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business providing quality services in land surveying; geographic information systems and sub-surface utility engineering.  Their client base includes private contractors, developers, engineers and architects; federal, state and municipal governments.  Their original emphasis was on engineering surveys and photogrammetric control.  LDSI, Inc. maintains licensure in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

January 19, 2017 Meeting with AEG

Topic: Chemical Modifications in Soils

Soil drying, modification and stabilization incorporate different methods for altering the properties of soil to enhance its physical properties and engineering performance. Soil stabilization is utilized for a range of engineering tasks, the most well-known application being in the road construction and airfield pavements, where the primary goals are to dry the soil, improve the soil engineering properties and to lessen the development cost by making best utilization of locally accessible materials. In addition to improving strength, stabilization can provide erosion control, pH adjustment, and permeability reduction.

This presentation will outline the many benefits of utilizing chemicals, such as lime and cement, in soil and explain how they are achieved. It will provide guidance on when chemical modification makes sense technically and financially and how to select the right chemical for a job. Additionally, it will touch on applicable laboratory testing methodologies and field practices for incorporating these chemical into the soil.


Mr. Dale Andrews, Lead Technical Adviser and R&D Manager at Carmeuse Lime and Stone

Dale Andrews earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering Geology from Kent State, Ohio and is a registered Geologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dale began his technical career as a geotechnical consultant and project manager within the transportation group of Gannett Fleming, a dynamic infrastructure solution and construction management service focused firm. After nearly a decade with Gannett Fleming, Dale accepted an offer to work for Carmeuse Lime & Stone. Carmeuse is a global leader in the production of lime and limestone, producing up to 7 million tons of lime, 12 million tons of high quality chemical grade limestone, and 15 million tons of quality aggregates per year in North America alone. Dale is currently Carmeuse’s lead technical advisor and R&D manager for all of their construction and stabilization/solidification opportunities as well as their entire milled products’ portfolio. Collectively, Dale has nearly twenty years of experience in chemical stabilization of soil, solidification of waste, construction aggregate and filler applications, dredged material remediation, slope instability mitigation, foundation design, erosion control, landfill management and construction testing.

December 15, 2016 Meeting

Topic: CATS Silver Line Planning Study/Update

On November 16, 2016 the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) updated the 2030 Transit System Plan by approving the LYNX Silver Line Light Rail Staff Recommendation. The journey to that approval stretchesback nearly 20 years. Twice the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) recommended Bus Rapid Transit in the median of Independence Blvd in 2002 and 2006 as the rapid transit mode for Southeast Mecklenburg County. With public support not strong for that transit alternative, CATS was directed by the MTC to reevaluate for light rail at each instance. Since 2006, conditions and attitudes changed regarding the Independence Blvd Corridor. The land use vision became more auto oriented. Side roadways such as Central Ave and Monroe Rd were seen as having more potential for transit oriented uses. The Independence Blvd median was determined to be best used as an express lane facility.  With that change in direction the MTC directed CATS to determine the appropriate rail vision for the corridor. In February 2015 CATS began the Southeast Corridor Transit Study.  As the study progressed it was evident that the community wanted high quality transit service with transit oriented development at stations but they also desired the space in between the stations to have amenities such as rail trails and parks. With this information CATS will incorporate a long term vision for the LYNX Silver Line that encompasses not just a rail facility but an overall mobility vision that connects and strengthens communities with an integrated multi modal approach.

Speaker: Jason Lawrence, CATS Project Manager

In 2000, Jason Lawrence joined the Charlotte Area Transit System and for the past 16 years has been a lead Transportation Planner for transit corridors in the 2030 Transit System Plan. Jason has performed bus service planning, conducted population/ridership forecasting, and implemented the Sprinter Airport Enhanced Bus service.  Jason was a member of the LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) Light Rail Team where he authored and designed the LYNX BLE Bus/Rail integration plan. Jason has also integrated his Geographic Information Systems knowledge into transit service planning, public outreach strategies, and demographic analysis. Currently Jason is project manager for the LYNX Silver Line/Southeast Corridor Transit Study. That study will determine the long range mobility vision for Southeast Mecklenburg County.   Jason Lawrence has a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

November 10, 2016 Meeting with UNC-Charlotte

Topic: University Point Boulevard Project


  • After receiving funding through the 2014 bond program the University Pointe Boulevard project was accelerated to get approved bid plans in six months. 
  • The project was awarded to Blythe Construction who started construction in December 2015 and are currently 70% complete. 
  • This project demonstrates how the City of Charlotte, stakeholders, the contractor, and WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff have been able to deliver a successful project in a constrained timeframe.


David Gourley, P.E. is the Civil Engineering Manager in Charlotte for WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff.  He has been with WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff since 2001.  David received his BSCE degree from Old Dominion University, is a member of ASCE, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. David has worked on numerous projects throughout the state including multiple design-build projects and municipal projects throughout the Charlotte region.

September 29, 2016 Meeting

Topic: Waverly by the numbers – facts and figures, from an engineering standpoint. We will review some of the key features of the project, and challenges encountered through the design and permitting process.

More information about The Waverly Development is available on their website (


  • The Waverly Development will include approximately 250,000 square feet of retail space, anchored by a Whole Foods Market.
  • Approximately 90,000 square feet of restaurant and shop space located on the main street surrounding a public plaza area, called The Terrace, with outdoor dining.
  • Two five- to six-story buildings offering Class A office space and medical office space for corporations to locate in a neo-traditional environment.
  • David Weekley Homes purchased 15 acres to build single-family and town homes for residents who wish to purchase a home in a walkable community.
  • Solis Waverly features 375 apartments on 18 acres, built by Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners. The highly amenitized community features a resort-style pool, fitness center and dog park.


Brandon Plunkett, PE - McADAMS

Brandon is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, and has lived in North Carolina since 1999 and moved to Charlotte in 2008. As a Senior Project Manager with McAdams, Brandon provides expertise in civil site design while managing projects, budgets and staff. Prior to joining McAdams, Brandon worked on numerous large roadway and highway design projects in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. With more than twenty years’ experience, Brandon’s expertise is an asset to the firm. Brandon implements a driven approach to managing client accounts for efficient completion of projects. Brandon is also a graduate of Leadership Charlotte, a program that develops community leaders and educates them on the needs within their community.


Chris has a degree in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and also attended the Young Executive Institute at Kenan Flagler School UNC Chapel Hill.  Chris has been with Childress Klein since 1998 and a Division Partner since 2004.  Chris is responsible for the development, marketing and leasing of retail real estate projects.  Responsibilities include market analysis, site acquisition, negotiating major tenant and specialty tenant leases, property disposition, implementing marketing plans and interfacing with third party owners.

June 16, 2016 Meeting

Topic: Motorists’ Perception on Travel Time Reliability: “Value” and Transportation Projects’ Economic Viability

Presenter:  Srinivas S. Pulugurtha, Ph.D., P.E. - Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of IDEAS Center at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Pulugurtha has over 23 years of experience conducting research on a wide range of topics related to transportation planning / modeling, alternate modes of transportation (includes transit and pedestrians), traffic operations and safety, risk assessment, GIS and Internet mapping applications, quantitative analysis, and the application of emerging technologies. He has published actively and won international awards for his technical papers. He has served as a PI or co-PI on 70 grants and sponsored research projects. These projects were sponsored by federal, state, regional and local agencies, private sector and non-profit organizations. He is a member of ASCE, TRB and ITE. He currently chairs the ASCE T&DI Planning, Economics and Finance Committee.

February 18, 2016 Meeting

Topic: Cross Charlotte Trail

The City of Charlotte is partnering with Mecklenburg County to create a 26-mile trail and greenway facility that will stretch from the City of Pineville, through Center City and on to the UNC Charlotte campus and Cabarrus County line. This is the Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT). Once completed, residents will be able to travel seamlessly from one end of Charlotte to the other. Approximately 98,000 jobs and 80,000 residents will be within a half mile of the proposed trail, which will connect to many treasured places and major employment centers.  Come hear from the XCLT Project Manager Joe Frey who will share the project vision, opportunities and challenged of this unique and transformative project!


Mr. Joe Frey, PE (City of Charlotte Senior Project Manager)

Joe Frey is a licensed professional engineer with 20 years of experience working on a wide variety of infrastructure and environmental projects.  For the past 12 years Joe has been with the City of Charlotte Engineering and Property Management Department’s Urban Infrastructure group.  Joe is currently the City’s lead project manager on the ambitious and exciting 26-mile Cross Charlotte Trail project.  Joe graduated cum laude from the University at Buffalo in 1995, is a licensed professional engineer, and is working toward an MBA in Sustainable Development online through Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Gabe Dobbs, PE, STP (Kimley-Horn)

Gabe Dobbs is a licensed professional engineer with more than 6 years of experience working on various transportation and infrastructure projects in NC, SC, and GA. A key member of Kimley-Horn’s transportation practice, Gabe is highly involved with the City of Charlotte’s 26-mile Cross Charlotte Trail. He currently serves as lead transportation engineer of the various segments that Kimley-Horn is leading.  Gabe graduated from Clemson University with a Master’s in Transportation and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering.

January 21, 2016 Meeting

Topic: Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on Large Industrial Projects

Presenter: Mr. David Lewicki, P.E. – Director of Civil Engineering – CB&I

David Lewicki is currently the Assistant Director of Civil Engineering at CB&I in the Charlotte Power Headquarters. David is one of the global Technical Specialists in the subject of structural steel and BIM integrated work-process.  He received a Bachelor Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Masters Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from Villanova University."

December 10, 2015 Meeting

Topic: Trade Street Widening Project-Town of Matthews, North Carolina

Presenter: Mr. Ben Taylor, P.E.

Ben will be presenting the "Trade Street Widening Project" currently under construction for the Town of Matthews. This heavily congested corridor will benefit from added travel lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks. The presentation will discuss the traffic planning, roadway design, and construction. The presentation will also include the future crossing of Four Mile Creek.

Ben Taylor has been a Project Manager for Kimley-Horn and Associates for over a decade. Before that, he worked at NYSDOT for 7 years. Throughout his career, Ben has led transportation-focused projects including roadway widenings, roadway re-alignments, intersection reconfigurations, interchange reconfigurations, bridge replacements, and greenway projects in NC, SC, and GA. He is a registered Professional Engineer in NC and GA.

November 19, 2015 Meeting

Topic: Update on NCDOT Division 10 Projects
Presenter: Mr. J. Scott Cole, PE
Mr. Cole is acting Division Engineer for Division 10 of NCDOT, which includes all transportation operations within Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union Counties. Mr. Cole is a graduate of NC State University, and has 26 years of professional experience with NCDOT. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina since 1995, and enjoys outdoor sports in his free time.

July 16, 2015 Meeting

Topic: First Ward Park and Master Plan.

This presentation will discuss the design and construction aspects of the First Ward Park that is currently being built adjacent to the UNC Charlotte Center City Building. Additional information about the First Ward Park can be found here.

Presenter: Mr. Jason Dolan, RLA

Mr. Dolan is a landscape architect for ColeJenest & Stone, and is the project manager in charge of developing a First Ward master plan, which included First Ward Park, for Levine Properties.

April 23, 2015 Meeting

Topic: StormTank Module and StormTank Pack – A new and innovative subsurface storm water storage system.

Presenter: Mr. Dylan Faircloth

Mr. Faircloth is a regional sales manager for Brentwood Industries, headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania. Mr. Faircloth is a Georgia native and graduate of Davidson College. He has spent the last 30 years of his professional career in the commercial real estate and construction industries, and currently resides in York, Pennsylvania. He is responsible for his company’s storm water products sales in Maryland, Virginia, and the Carolinas.

March 19, 2015 Meeting

Topic: Coal Ash Leachability: Technical and Policy Considerations

Presenter:  Dr. John Daniels, P.E., Chair, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Daniels currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC Charlotte. He also chairs the National Ash Management Advisory Board for Duke Energy.  While at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Daniels has led numerical, laboratory, and field-based projects for utilities and consultants, as well as state, national, and foreign agencies. Much of this work has focused on physical and chemical controls on soils and industrial byproducts, with a focus on coal fly ash. His laboratory participated in the validation testing as part of the approval process for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Method 1314, one of the latest methodologies for evaluating the leaching potential of coal fly ash. His work with organo-silanes to render soil and ash hydrophobic has been recognized as a potential method for reducing infiltration and leachability, as cited in the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule on Coal Combustion Residuals.

Spring Stream Clean-Up

Thanks to everyone who made our Spring Clean-Up a success!

About 20 volunteers woke up bright and early to help keep our portion of Little Sugar Creek clean and beautiful.

Stay tuned for information about our next stream clean-up, which should be sometime in September or October.

Electronic Payment Option for Southern Branch Meetings

The Southern Branch has a new option for meeting payments.  You can now also pay electronically for meetings through PayPal! The following information will explain to you the process of using PayPal to make an electronic payment for our upcoming meeting:

Please select either the member or non-member registration price by clicking on one of the two links below. The link will direct you to a payment page, at which time please select the number of registrations you would like to pay for (if you are registering more than one person). Then, either log in with your PayPal account to check out, or click on the “Don’t have a PayPal account” tab to open a credit card payment window. Once your payment information is entered, on the next screen please indicate that you would like to include specific instructions for your purchase and include the names of the people you are registering. This will ensure that we have an attendance list of everyone planning to attend.

For member registration, click here.

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Refunds will not be available to anyone that does not attend the meeting and does not request a refund at least 24 hours before the meeting date. Please contact Robert Price with any questions regarding paying for your registration via PayPal.