ASCE November Dinner Meeting Register

The Olmsted Lock and Dam

When: Wednesday, November 14, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Mirabella, Seattle
Topic: The Olmsted Lock and Dam is arguably the Corps of Engineers most ambitious project to date. Spanning more than two decades and costing $3 billion, the Olmsted Lock and Dam is promised to deliver nearly $640 million in net annual economic benefits to the country by replacing two aging lock & dams upstream on the Ohio River and significantly reducing transit time through the locks.

This presentation will discuss the innovative technique used to construct the dam, the specialized barges designed for dam construction, and the challenges experienced throughout the construction of the dam.

Tim Leach
Project Manager, Glosten
Tim Leach is a graduate of Webb Institute and a professional engineer. He has been with Glosten for 21 years. Tim provides naval architecture support to projects ranging from conceptual design and feasibility studies to detail design and on-site construction support. He has been responsible for development of vessels ranging from small high-performance yachts to large offshore semi-submersibles; and conceptual and detailed mechanical design of specialized marine equipment including oceanographic research gear.
Tim was the project manager and lead engineer for the design and construction of a catamaran lifting vessel for Washington Group / Alberici to support dam construction on the Ohio River. He has led the structural design effort, including both global and detailed FEA. Tim also provided support during construction of the vessel.

Courtney Ewing
Senior Naval Architect, Glosten
Courtney Ewing is also a Webb graduate and PE. She is a senior naval architect at Glosten and has been with the company for over 10 years. She specializes in vessel stability and has experience in structural design, vessel surveys, ballast plans, and construction support. She has been responsible for various levels of barge designs, ranging from deck barges, dump scows, and an ammonia-carrying barge.
Courtney became the project manager for Glosten's Olmsted efforts about a year after the dam construction began. Her role was primarily to support the dam construction efforts with the heavy lift group, providing on-site support during heavy lifts of the dam segments, and coordinating ballasting of the heavy lift catamaran barge. To date, Courtney has coordinated the efforts for more than 80 crane stability analyses to the Corp's EM 385 requirements to support the Olmsted project.

Event Information
5:30pm - Social Hour
6:00pm - Dinner
6:30pm - 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 Thursday, November 8.
Registration closes Sunday evening, November 11.

ASCE North Branch - November Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 14, 5:45pm
Where: Buffalo Wild Wings, Meeting Room, 6 Bellis Fair Parkway, Bellingham
Cost: No cost for attendance. Separate checks will be provided.
What: Everyone seems to drive roundabouts now a days. They keep popping up everywhere. Most people see the benefits they provide, but often need to be educated on how to use them. Please join us at this month's ASCE meeting to hear about how and where WSDOT has had success in the design and construction of these major intersection improvement projects. Gabe Ng, Project Engineer for WSDOT's Mt. Baker Area will present on four recent roundabouts that were constructed in the area this past summer; including one in Deming on Mt. Baker highway, one on Grandview & Kickerville in northwest Whatcom Co. and two near Anacortes on SR-20. He will discuss the evaluation, analysis, operations as well as the construction and implementation of these roundabouts in our communities as well as where more are expected to land.

ASCE WRE November Lunch Presentation

Continuing Evaluation of HDPE Pipe for Marine Outfalls

Speaker: Jeffrey Lundt, King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Jeff Lundt graduated from Oregon State University in 1976 and is currently registered at a Professional Civil Engineer in 5 states. He is the lead of the mechanical engineering group for the Wastewater Treatment Division of King County where he has worked for the past 13 years. Prior to that he was with several consulting engineering firms for 29 years working mostly on public works projects. Jeff is active in AWWA on a local and regional basis and has presented at conferences for PNWS, PNCWA and DBIA.

When: Thursday, November 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Where: Brown & Caldwell Seattle Office, One Convention Place, 701 Pike Street, Suite 1200

What: Come join us next Thursday (November 15th) in Seattle for a lunch time talk by Jeff Lundt from King County Wastewater Treatment Division, who will be presenting on the Brightwater Treatment Plant Marine Outfall. This month's meeting is at Brown & Caldwell in Seattle. Lunch is not provided, so feel free to bring your own.

The terminus for King County Wastewater Treatment Division's (WTD) Brightwater Wastewater Treatment and Conveyance System Brightwater) is twin 63" diameter HDPE outfall pipes that extend almost a mile off Point Wells in approximately 600 feet of water. Built in 2008 ahead of the treatment plant and conveyance completion, the outfall was activated in 2012. Looking to HDPE pipe as an outfall material for future projects, WTD wanted to explore the long term effects of the marine environment on the pipe properties and the environmental impact of the pipeline on the marine habitat.

To do this, WTD has visually inspected all or portions of the outfall pipelines annually and in 2012 four sets of HDPE samples (40 in all, each measuring about 2 square feet) were placed for future retrieval, examination and testing. Three sets were placed adjacent to the pipelines at -100 feet, -300 feet and -600 feet (at the diffuser) mean lower low water (MLLW). A fourth set of samples was placed along the -600 foot MLLW contour approximately 400 feet south of the diffuser as a control.

The program is to retrieve three are analyzed by marine biologists to determine what critters take up residence on the pipe and assess abundance and diversity over time. After removal of the biological material, the samples are shipped to the pipe factory for physical testing. Visual observations from remote operated vehicle (ROV) allow the marine biologists to assess other more mobile marine critters that use the pipelines for habitat. This presentation will discuss the results of the 2014 (2 year) & 2017 (5 year) marine biology assessment.

ASCE YMF - Student CEE Office Tours RSVP

November: Swenson Say Faget

When: Thursday, November 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Swenson Say Faget, 2124 Third Avenue, Suite 100A

What: ASCE YMF would like to present an opportunity for Seattle U and UW students to tour local civil engineering firms.
The first tour of the year will be at Swenson Say Faget. Located in the heart of Belltown, Swenson Say Faget is a midsized structural engineering firm with projects that include new construction residential and commercial buildings, retrofits, and tenant improvements. If you are a student, and you are interested in checking out the office and networking, please contact Bianca Casem . Space is limited.

ASCE Geotechnical Committee Dinner Meeting Register

Will it Stay or Will it Go?; Use of LiDAR to Assess Slope Instability

Ben Leshchinsky, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

When: Thursday, November 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Best Western Plus Executive Inn

Abstract: Light detection and ranging technology, or lidar, is a promising tool for assessing unstable ground due to its resolution, accuracy, and the ability to process away visual obstacles, such as vegetation. In particular, laser scanning has significant utility when applied repeatedly over time, quantifying changes in terrain that may not be easily discernable to the eye. This presentation will touch on some ongoing research that employs lidar for (1) regional landslide inventorying and landslide susceptibility, and (2) quantifying coastal retreat and its influence on landslide movements. A semi-automated approach that uses lidar to recognize geomorphic features and supplement manual landslide inventorying is presented. Thereafter, an approach that uses landslide inventories to leverage region-specific, shallow landslide susceptibility is considered. An ongoing collection of lidar along the Oregon Coastline is used to better capture coastal erosion and its influence on slope instability. The increasing availability of lidar presents us with a unique opportunity to better assess the risk stemming from geohazards, enhance asset management, and understand geomorphic and geologic processes at a more refined level.

Speaker: Ben Leshchinsky is an associate professor in geotechnical engineering at Oregon State University. The primary focus of Ben's research is on basic and applied geomechanics, soil reinforcement, slope stability, and in recent years, use of remote sensing technologies applied towards assessment of natural hazards. Ben received his BS from the University of Delaware in 2007, and his MS and PhD from Columbia University in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Ben is a registered professional engineer in Oregon, an editorial board member of both the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and Geotextiles and Geomembranes. He is the recipient of 2018 International Geosynthetics Society Young Member Achievement Award, the 2016 International Landslide Symposium Young Paper Award, among other awards for research and teaching.

ASCE YMF Eastside Networking Event

When: Tuesday, November 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Earl's Kitchen and Bar

What: Eastside Networking will be at Earl's Kitchen this month! Come meet other young professionals in the civil engineering field with good drinks and food. As always, YMF will provide appetizers for munching on.

Contact Eamaan if you have any questions or concerns.

ASCE YMF Westside Networking Event

When: Thursday, November 29, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Queen Anne Beerhall

What: Join the Seattle YMF for the November westside networking event on the Monday after Thanksgiving. In a couple short years, the Beer Hall has become a Queen Anne staple, attracting guests with its spacious layout and European-style table seating. A featured story in the Stranger in 2016 confirmed as much and the buzz has only gotten better since. Come and experience a taste of the old world and fear not, Ye Olde YMF will be providing appetizers throughout the evening.

Contact Matt if you have any questions or concerns.

ASCE UW Chapter Fall Social

When: Thursday, November 29, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Intellectural House @ UW

What: The ASCE UW Chapter is having their annual Fall Social this month. Admission is $10 for food and beer! Come network with students in the UW Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments!

Contact Peter if you have any questions or concerns.

UW Civil & Environmental Engineering Lecture Read More

A Powerful Transformation: A Revolution fo Change in the Electric Industry

When: Thursday, November 29, 3:30pm
Where: Alder Auditorium, University of Washington

What: The electric industry is in the midst of a revolution, with change affecting all segments of the industry. First, there are now a number of options for generating and delivering power to customers, including renewable energy, cheap natural gas, as well as aging coal and nuclear assets. Second, many customers want to produce their own clean energy and expect electric service providers to provide options for solar and energy storage at reduced costs, and offer more energy efficiency projects. Third, customers want different rate structures and options for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Fourth, the utility workforce is aging with the rest of the U.S. workforce and utilities are looking to hire workers who have the technical skills to operate and repair the electric grid. Finally, utilities are facing resilience and reliability issues from extreme weather events, natural disasters and cybersecurity threats.
As a regulator of electricity companies, the Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is working to update its practices and rules to meet the needs of customers and utilities. This will ensure that services are available at fair and reasonable rates and utilities are able to raise sufficient capital to invest in necessary improvements. Just as state utility regulators across the U.S. must understand the impacts of these changes on utilities, it is critical for civil and environmental engineers to understand how these changes will influence the design of utility investments in electricity infrastructure. The changes will affect the forecasting of water supply for hydro-electric power, influence our understanding of air quality needs, impact the forecasting of demand on the electric grid from electric vehicles, and guide our understanding of the resilience of the grid to natural and manmade hazards.

Ann Rendahl was appointed to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) in December 2014. Previous positions at the UTC include serving as Director of Policy and Legislation and Director of the Administrative Law Division. She was also an administrative law judge and assistant attorney general representing the Utilities and Transportation Division.
Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Reception to follow.

ASCE Legislative Committee - Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Needs

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

The new Committee Chairperson is Savannah Linders and the new State Advocacy Captain is Dr. Conrad Felice.

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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ASCE November Dinner Meeting: The Olmsted Lock & Dam Register
November 14, 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Mirabella, Seattle

ASCE North Branch November Meeting
November 14, 5:45pm - 8:00pm | Buffalo Wild Wings, Bellingham

ASCE WRE November Lunch Presentation: Continuing Evaluation of HDPE Pipe for Marine Outfalls
November 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Brown and Caldwell, Seattle

ASCE YMF - Student CEE Office Tour RSVP
November 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Swenson Say Faget, Seattle

ASCE Geotechnical Committee Dinner Meeting Register
November 15, 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Best Western Executive Inn, Seattle

ASCE YMF Eastside Networking Event
November 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Earl's Kitchen and Inn, Bellevue

ASCE YMF Westside Networking Event
November 29, 3:0pm | Alder Auditorium, University of Washington

UW CEE Lecture: A Revolution fo Change in the Electric Industry Read More
November 29, 5:00pm - 8:00pm | Intellectual House, University of Washington

ASCE UW Chapter Fall Social
November 29, 5:00pm - 8:00pm | Intellectual House, University of Washington

ASCE Legislative Committee - Volunteers Needed