The structural engineering industry is at a crossroads due to the trends we're observing in the complexity of projects they undertake, in the increasing automation in design and construction, in the onerous nature of contractual terms, and the trends in global inter-connectivity. The need of the hour is to forecast the challenges these trends will lead to, and prepare the industry to emerge as project integrators, with a vital role in project policy, aesthetics, and finance, as creative problem solvers, and as articulate, respected, and sought after visionaries.
SEI President Glenn Bell will provide an update on various important and exciting initiatives underway in SEI including: advancements in performance-based design, case studies recently processed from Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety-US, young professionals initiatives, sustainability and resilience, consideration of leadership training programs for SE leaders of the future, and collaboration with other organizations such as NCSEA, CASE, and IStructE. Glenn will also lead a town-hall type discussion with participants on advancing the profession from local and national perspectives.
WHEN: Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM (Sign-in and catered lunch begin at 11:45 AM, with speaker at 12:00 PM) WHERE: ASCE Headquarters - 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20191 COST: $25 per person (member) $20 (life member) $30 (nonmember) Attendees will receive (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH).
About the Presenter:
Glenn Bell, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, FIStructE, recently retired from Simpson Gumpertz and Heger after 45 years (22 years as CEO) to devote himself full-time to professional service. He is the 2019-2020 President of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, Co-director of CROSS-US, Board Member of the Charles Pankow Foundation, External Assessment Panel Member for the Center for Risk Based Community Resilience Planning at Colorado State University, and Galletly-Dickson Visiting Scholar at the University of Bath in the UK.
by Jack A. Raudenbush, P.E., F.ASCE, your Region 2 Director is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Section. Jack will be representing you at the next Society Board meeting in Washington, DC on March 14-15, 2020.
Future World Vision
Civil engineers, in reimagining the world, must adapt how we design, build, operate, and maintain our infrastructure systems.
Using data-driven, in-depth, scenario-planning analysis, Future World Vision puts civil engineers in position to lead not just today but five decades into the future. Four types of cities are being imagined:
By mapping out key trends and potential outcomes, a projected range of plausible future-based scenarios is being developed. Each scenario models how society might interface with cities, infrastructure, and operational systems, while illustrating what civil engineers must do to develop solutions for this changing future.
Future World Vision will help ensure that the decisions we make as civil engineers, in building high-tech, resilient, and sustainable communities of the future, optimize desirable outcomes while avoiding undesirable and unintended consequences. Go to www.Futureworldvision.org to learn more about this exciting undertaking.
Region 2 Member Shout Out
Nicholas Johnson and Philip Hater of the Reading Branch
Nicholas Johnson works at Great Valley Consultants in Reading, Pennsylvania. GVC is a small consulting firm focused on civil and municipal engineering in Berks County and surrounding areas. Nick focuses on Environmental and Water Resources engineering within the Civil Engineering discipline. He has gained valuable field experience in his 12+ year career which broadened his knowledge of other civil engineering specialties. He attended Penn State from 2003 to 2007 and joined ASCE in 2009. Nick joined because he wanted to branch out, and to better understand the experiences of other in our broad civil engineering industry, and to better serve in the civil engineering profession.
Philip Harter is currently juggling overtime, a toddler, and has a second child expected in May. As a structural engineer at Worley, Phil has had the opportunity to complete designs of numerous power generating facilities in the U.S. and around the world. Most recently, Phil has been lucky enough to be working on one of the first, major offshore wind power facilities in the United States. Phil joined ASCE during college as part of the Steel Bridge team and participated in the national event at the University of Florida. Phil stayed with ASCE after graduating from Penn State because it supported infrastructure investment and the education of the next generation of engineers.
Coincidently, it is interesting to note that Phil and Nick have been friends since 2000, when they met in the 9th grade at Governor Mifflin Senior High School in Shillington, Pennsylvania.
Please share in my thanks to both Nick and Phil for their involvement in ASCE and to their being part of the resurgence of the Reading Branch.
Visit an ASCE Designated Historic Site
These sites illustrate the creativity and innovative spirit of civil engineers. Visit https://www.asce.org/landmarks to find sites near you. Share photos of your travels with me and I will post in Region 2 correspondence and on our Region’s social media pages.
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Detroit MI, National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark
In November, I visited the historic Philadelphia City Hall. This month, I visited the Detroit–Windsor Tunnel which connects Detroit, MI to Ontario, Canada and was completed in 1930. It was the third underwater vehicular tunnel constructed in the United States. It was designed by the firm Parsons, Klapp, Brinckerhoff and Douglas. The tunnel is 5,160 feet in length and at its lowest point, the two-lane roadway is 75 feet below the surface of the Detroit River.
I look forward to seeing you at ASCE events:
MRLC in Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020
National Engineer’s Week, Feb. 16-22, 2020
ASCE National Convention in Anaheim, CA, Oct. 28-31, 2020
The National Capital Section encourages you to browse through content on this site to get a feel for how we can be of value to you through our educational, networking, and leadership development opportunities for civil engineers in our region.
Here are some resources to get you started:
Click the link to each of our Recent Section Meetings listed below. These are educational events allowing you to earn a Professional Development Hour that counts toward your PE license renewal requirement. We hold eight Section Meetings over dinner each year in Arlington. Our Reston Branch holds 8 meetings over lunch each year in Reston. Our technical committees, such as architectural, transportation, construction, among others host additional meetings.
Read our monthly newsletter, issued 8-times a year. Locate them in the NCS Newsletters module located toward the middle, on the right sidebar of this page. These serve as a window to our world and the people behind the activities we undertake.
If you're ready to engage with us, reach out to our President by selecting Board of Directors under Contact Us, then click the President's name, open the Contact Form to email your message.
Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers. ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.
The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members. The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: http://region2.asce.org/). The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:
To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.