YMF - Soccer Team RSVP

When: January 2 - March 18
Where: Varies
What: Come join your fellow engineers to play soccer! Any experience level is welcome. Please let Elyssa Dixon (elyssa.dixon@gmail.com) know if you are interested.

COPRI Seattle Meeting Register Online

When: February 22, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Mirabella Seattle 116 Fairview Ave N Seattle, WA 98109(Map)

What: OPRI Seattle Chapter is pleased to welcome Tom McCollough with Moffatt & Nichol as our speaker for the February meeting. This presentation is about "Improving the Coos Bay Deep Draft Navigation Channel".

We are always looking for topics/speakers you would like to see at our upcoming events, please feel free to let the organizing committee know about your suggestions.

We will be meeting at our usual spot on the 10th floor of Mirabella Seattle overlooking South Lake Union, with bar service and a dinner buffet prepared by Mirabella's chef -- a reminder that there is ample street parking north of the building.

Online registration closes Monday night before the event -- please contact us after that time to get on the list.

Topic: Improving the Coos Bay Deep Draft Navigation Channel
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay plans to widen and deepen the reaches of the Coos Bay Navigation Channel downstream of River Mile 8.5, and this presentation will provide an overview of the project, the steps being taken to implement their plan, and some of the technical aspects of the project.

Speaker: Tom McCollough
Tom McCollough, P.E. is a vice president and senior project manager in Moffatt & Nichol’s Seattle office. Tom is the Design Manager for the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay’s Channel Modification Project Delivery Team. His first design project in the Pacific Northwest was for a barge slip in Coos Bay, and the planning and design efforts for that project began in 1984. Since that time Tom has worked on a wide variety of port and marine projects on the West Coast from Los Angeles to Anchorage and points in between and beyond. He has been an active member of the ASCE/COPRI Ports and Harbors Committee since 1992, and that committee asked him to chair the PORTS ’13 Conference held in Seattle during August of 2013.

EWB Meeting

When: February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Pyramid Alehouse 1201 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134 (Map)
What: Join us for a panel discussion on the humanitarian aspect of engineer and explore the role of engineers and volunteers have in addressing global development issues. Representatives from prominent engineering and non-profit organizations will help lead the dialogue.

STEM Exploration Night Register Online

When: February 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Federal Way High School
What: Please ​consider partnering​ with ​Megan Walker's team to develop brief presentations that will provide information and experiences for scholars and families to learn about and explore STEM careers in our community and region. Your support is critical. Scholars who have a clear goal for their future will commit themselves to developing the skills and competencies needed to successfully complete their high school and post-secondary education, allowing them to become sought-after employees in the 21st century. Through your partnership we can better prepare our scholars for exciting careers in the STEM fields.

February Join Section & Geotech Meeting Register Online

When: February 23, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Hilton Bellevue 300 112th Ave SE Bellevue, WA 98004 (Map)
Topic: Norway's Submerged Floating Tunnel Concept and Design

Presented By: Tale Egeberg Aasland, Bridge Engineer with Norway Public Works, PhD Candidate in hydrodynamics with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

If you want to drive the 680 miles from Norway’s bustling southern port of Kristiansand to Trondheim in the north, be ready to spend 21 hours in the car. That’s an average of 30 miles per hour, and you have the country’s signature geological features to thank. The route along highway E39, crosses seven gorgeous but inconvenient fjords, and that means seven ferry trips.

Now, a $25 billion infrastructure project promises to cut the trip to just 10.5 hours, by installing permanent crossings across those fjords by 2035. Because many of these waterways are wide and the largest is nearly a mile deep, a typical bridge won’t do. Norway is considering fording its fjords with something the world has never seen before: a submerged floating bridge.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) has been commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications to develop plans for a ferry free coastal highway E39 between Kristiansand and Trondheim. Along this route are a total of 8 ferry connections, several of which are too wide and deep to be crossed with conventional bridge or tunnel technology. For some of these fjords, a floating submerged tube bridge (SFTB), also called Archimedes Bridge or Submerged Floating Tunnel, could be an alternative. An SFTB concept for the Bjørnafjord crossing has been developed by a consortium consisting of the companies Dr Techn Olav Olsen, Norconsult, Reinertsen and others. The SFTB was one of three main concepts, the two others being floting bridges. Two SFTB designs were developed. They are in essence the same, apart from the station keeping system. One alternative uses tension leg mooring to the seabed, whereas the other is vertically stabilized by means of floating concrete pontoons. The presentation will go through the design philosophy, including environmental and geological conditions, the main challenges related to structural design as well challenges related to existing rules and regulations, and some safety aspects of SFTB's.

YMF - Ski Retreat RSVP

When: February 24 - 26
Where: Mt Hood, OR
What: We will join the Portland, Bellingham, and Tacoma ASCE YMFs at Mt. Hood for our annual Ski Retreat in late February. Please let Elyssa Dixon at elyssa.dixon@gmail.com know if you are interested in joining so we can evaluate cabin needs or if you have any questions. More information will be available at a later date.

YMF - Community Service Event RSVP

When: February 26, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Fare Start 700 Virginia St, Seattle
What: Fare Start provides about 1,000 meals to homeless shelters every day of the year. Team up with the younger members to prepare food at Fare Start's kitchen. Lunch is included

This event is limited to 10 participants, so RSVP early to Kristina Lowthian at nalani83@gmail.com. When responding, please indicate if you need or could provide a carpool.

YMF - Eastside Networking

When: February 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Palomino Restaurant & Bar 700 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 50(Map)
What: Don't miss February's eastside happy hour! Make sure to join us for some pizza and don't forget to look for the hard hat on the table.

As always, appetizers will be on the YMF! Check out the Palomino Happy Hour Menu here.

Contact Dan Worthen at worthen.daniel@gmail.com with questions.


When: March 10
Where: The LOCEA Awards recognize projects that have improved the quality of life and contributed to the economic development of the local community, area, or region. These projects represent the successful combination of multiple engineering objectives, including design innovation and excellence, environmental sustainability, cost effectiveness, the effective use of materials, and aesthetics. Each year, the Seattle Section recognizes the award winners at a formal presentation in June.

History & Heritage Meeting

When: March 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Association of the State of Washington, Pioneer Hall, 1642 43rd AVE E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Map)

Seattle Chapter Meeting

When: March 15
What: Our March meeting is a joint meeting with the Seattle Chapter of SEAW and will be held on our normal meeting date, Wednesday March 15, 2017. Shannon Gillespie Interim Executive Director of the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors will bring us up to date on the law and rules about digital signatures for documents and Jill Short, the Board's Investigation Manager will discuss the investigation process, just in case you have not been following those law and rules!

Geotechnical Seminars

When: April 21 - 22
What: The ASCE Seattle Section Geotechnical Group/Geo Institute Seattle Chapter will be hosting a two-day short course and seminar on Ground Improvement in Geotechnical Engineering on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

For more information and to register for the events, please go to our website at http://seattlegeotech.org/.

YMF - Gold Tournament

When: August 18
Where: Willows Run Golf Course - Eagle's Talon. 10402 Willows Road NE, Redmond
What: Get ready for this year's golf tournament! Please keep an eye out for more information to come.

Any interested sponsors and for more information on the event, contact Matt Thomas at


ASCE Legislative Committee - Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Needs

ASCE Seattle Section is searching for candidates to fill the role of chairperson of the Legislative Committee and/or be the Washington State Advocacy Captain.

Candidates for these volunteer positions at the local level should have the following qualities and be willing to perform the duties described.
  • Be a leader in the engineering profession and have sound understanding of all aspects of the engineering profession.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and can follow the bills and other initiatives that move across Washington State
  • Communicate frequently and work with the Architects and Engineers Legislative Council to influence our elected leaders regarding the issues ASCE and today's engineers are facing
  • Educate and communicate current legislative issues with the ASCE Seattle membership
  • Educate local and state elected officials on important engineering issues
  • Work with key Washington funding groups and programs to support legislation that is vital to the engineering profession
  • Work with a volunteer committee of engineers to organize events regarding key local legislative issues.
  • Participate in National Level training and fly to Washington DC to participate in a political process where you can share with members of congress your engineering perspective on structures, transportation, water resources, energy, to name a few to help influence program legislation. (Funding for travel, training and accommodations provided to selected volunteers.)
Submit an email application to the Seattle Board as soon as practical for either of these roles so volunteers can attend the November 14th training program in Washington D.C. A second training event will be held in May, 2017 in D.C.

For details about the State Advocacy Captain role see this link (http://www.asce.org/advocacy/)

Below is a description of the work that the Legislative Committee participates in.

The Legislative Committee functions in the political arena. The committee can become active in federal, state, county or other governmental issues that are of interest to the profession (such as university engineering budget considerations, issues that affect the practice of or employment of civil engineers, and environmental issues of significance to the profession). The committee is responsible for disseminating information from the AELC pertaining to state legislation. In recent years, the chair of the Legislative Committee has also been the AELC representative. If they are different, the Legislative Committee chair is an alternate to the AELC and shall be responsible for keeping abreast of current activities of the AELC.

The committee reviews proposed legislation and comments on it with regards to its effect on the civil engineering profession. The committee may request the Board take an official stance on certain legislation that is being proposed as appropriate. The committee and its members may also be called upon to testify at Legislative hearings or for other governmental committees (it must be noted that if such testimony is not previously approved by the Board or general membership, such testimony cannot represent the official position of the Seattle Section and is as an individual). The committee should work toward establishing a key contact group of members of the Society who have contacts with elected officials and who would be available to communicate the position of the Section. The committee is generally active prior to and during the sessions of the state legislature. The committee at times seeks the advice of other Section committees that may be more versed on a particular legislation topic. The committee typically sends at least one representative to the Society's annual Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C.

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YMF - Soccer Team RSVP
January 2 - March 18

COPRI Seattle Meeting Register Online
February 22, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

EWB Meeting
February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

February Joint Section & Geotech Meeting Register Online
February 23, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

STEM Exploration Night Register Online
February 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

February Join Section & Geotech Meeting Register Online
February 23, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

YMF - Ski Retreat RSVP
February 24 - 26

YMF - Community Service Event RSVP
February 26, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m.

YMF - Eastside Networking
February 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

March 10

History & Heritage Meeting
March 12, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Seattle Chapter Meeting
March 15

Geotechnical Seminars
April 21 - 22

YMF - Gold Tournament
August 18

ASCE Legislative Committee - Volunteers Needed



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