ASCE Joint Seattle and Tacoma-Olympia Section Dinner Register

Rattlesnake Ridge Landslide

Speakers: Norm Norrish and Jim Struthers, Wyllie & Norrish Rock Engineers, Inc.
When: December 12, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Embassy Suites - Churchill/Pimlico Room 15920 W Valley HW, Seattle, WA 98188

Abstract:The Rattlesnake Ridge Landslide, near Union Gap, Washington, is a 4 million cubic yard, translational slide with movement occurring along a weak, inclined sedimentary layer within a sequense of basalt bedrock. The slide was first observed in October 2017 and multiple monitoring methods confirmed south to south-westerly movement towards I-84 and the Yakima River. During November and December 2017, movement of the slide accelerated in a manner typical of a slide becoming less stable with time and trending towards "failure". In the interest of public safety, Governor Jay Inslee directed an independent technical review of the landslide that was performed by Wyllie & Norrish Rock Engineers, Inc.

The presentation will summarize the initial evaluation of the slide, the January 2018 review, and the behavior and understanding of the landslide developed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) over the subsequent ten months.

Event Information:
5:30 Social Hour
6:00 Dinner
6:30 Program

$45 ($40 early bird) for General Admission
$25 ($20 early bird) for students and free agents
*Student and free agent prices reflect the most recent pricing update.

Early bird rates end after Wednesday, December 5.
Registration closes Sunday evening, December 9.

Attendees are encouraged to preregister; there will be limited on-site registration. Contact the House and Hospitality Committee to make other payment arrangements.

ASCE YMF Mentorship Program Applications Due

When: January 7
The Seattle Younger Member Forum is kicking-off a mentorship program in 2019 and will pair young professionals with more experienced civil engineers in the Seattle/Bellevue area. The program will start in January and continue through August. Applications are due Monday, January 7th.

Know of someone who would be a good mentor? Send them this application link: Mentor Application.

Know of someone who is interested in having a mentor? Send them this application link: Mentee Application.

Questions or looking for more information? Contact Don Nguyen and Schyler Bearman at

ASCE Infrastructure Report Card Press Event

When: January 17, 10:00am
Where:Seattle City Hall

The purpose of the Report Card for Washington's Infrastructure is to offer the public and policymakers an easy to understand assessment of how our infrastructure is doing and what needs attention. The 2019 Report Card for Washington State was developed by a technical committee comprised of volunteer civil engineers from ASCE Washington Sections representing public agencies, private firms, and non-profit sectors.

The technical committee used a quantitative and qualitative approach to evaluate and grade infrastructure across ten categories in aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, roads, schools, solid and hazardous waste, stormwater, transit and wastewater. The Washington State report card is modeled after the national 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, which gave America's infrastructure a grade of D+. Updated once every four years, the latest Report Card will be released in January 2019.

The legislative committee is planning a press event for the Report Card release on January 17, 2019 at 10AM at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Please join us to learn about the state of Washington infrastructure and hear from state and city government representatives.

For more information, contact us at

ASCE YMF January Volunteer Event


When: January 24, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Where:Farestart, 700 Virginia St, Seattle

Start the new year right with Farestart where we will be volunteering our kitchen prep skills to help prepare meals for those who need help. We will meet at Farestart at 10 AM. As we will be standing for 5 hours, dress comfortably in long sleeves, long pants, closed toe shoes, and bring a hat if you have one. Aprons and lunch will be provided. As always, look forward to a fun learning and giving experience!

If interested, please email Shirley ideally by January 4th!

ASCE Seattle Volunteers Needed

Urban Development & Transportation Committee

The Seattle Section is currently searching for two motivated members to lead and revamp the Urban Development and Transportation Committee take charge of the committee. The purpose of this committee is to provide a forum for engineers and designers to discuss the intersection between transportation and urban planning and network with professionals with similar interests. This committee intends to. The committee will host monthly or bimonthly meetings and/or site visits. It can also get additional support from ASCE National's Transportation and Development.

This is a forum for ASCE members and non-members to discuss the issues facing the city and the world today, and how engineering and design are influencing the change. Seattle is going through a rapid and huge transformation of its urban fabric with the arrival of thousands of new employees every month. This has created traffic on the streets and highways, apartment and office space buildings popping up left and right around the city, and new rail systems and bicycle friendly infrastructure.

Please contact Homero Flores if you are interested in leading or participating in this group.

Legislative Committee

ASCE Seattle Section is searching for volunteers to assist with the Legislative Affairs Committee. The level of Involvement can vary and can include providing engineering judgement on current legislative issues to assisting with lobbying.

The Legislative Committee functions in the political arena with focus on federal, state, county or other governmental issues that are of interest to the civil engineering 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 reviews proposed legislation and comments on it with regards to its effect on the civil engineering profession and may also be called upon to testify at Legislative hearings or for other governmental committees. It is also responsible for disseminating information from the Architects and Engineers Legislative Council (AELC) pertaining to state legislation. The committee typically sends at least one representative to the Society's annual Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C.

Please contact the Legislative Chair Mark Koelling for more information.

YMF Popsicle Stick Bridge

This is one of the YMF's largest events, and our largest K-12 outreach event all year.

YMF is looking for volunteers for the planning of the event as well as for the day of event. If anyone is interested, please email with subject line "PSB Volunteering."

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ASCE Joint Seattle and Tacoma-Olympia Section Dinner Register
December 12, 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Embassy Suites - Churchill/Pimlico Room, Seattle

ASCE YMF Mentorship Program Applications Due
January 7

ASCE Infrastructure Report Card Press Event
January 17, 10:00am | Seattle City Hall, Seattle

ASCE YMF January Volunteer Event - Farestart
January 24, 10:00am - 2:00pm | Farestart, Seattle

ASCE Volunteers Needed
Urban Development & Transportation Committee, Legislative Committee, & YMF Popsicle Stick Bridge Volunteers Needed



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