ASCE YMF Eastside Networking Event

Younger Member Forum Networking!

When: Tuesday, October 16th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Joey Bellevue, 800 Bellevue Way NE 311, Bellevue, WA Map Link

Join us for the October Eastside happy hour! This is a great time to network and enjoy food and drinks at one of Bellevue's finest restaurants! Tasty appetizers will be provided by YMF! Look for the ASCE sign!

Parking: Parking at Bellevue Square is free. Parking at Hyatt (entrance from 8th or 10th Avenue) is validated for 3 hours at the restaurant with purchase.

Contact Eamaan at with any questions.

ASCE Water Resources Lunch Presentation

Right Sizing Combined Sewer Systems for Climate Change

Speaker: Brent Robinson, Seattle Public Utilities
When: Thursday, October 18th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Where: Osborn Consulting, Inc. Park Heights Building 1800 112th Ave NE #220E, Bellevue WA (425) 451-4009 Map Link

Speaker Bio:Brent Robinson is a Senior Civil Engineer with Seattle Public Utilities. Brent assists in the management of the CSO and Pump Station programs. Before joining SPU in 2016, Brent worked for Brown and Caldwell as a hydraulic modeler where he focused on the development and use of hydraulic models of urban collection systems with specific focus on SPU's CSO Program. Now at SPU, Brent is the lead practitioner of climate change science application within Drainage and Wastewater's capital programs. Brent leads teams within his two respective programs through Options Analysis and Design phases to ensure that projects delivered meet strategic SPU objectives and compliance with environmental law.

Abstract: Making a decision in the face of uncertainty is one of the most important responsibilities of utility management because it balances the competing interests of meeting performance objectives, minimizing utility rates, and maximizing infrastructure value. Achieving Washington State's combined sewer overflow (CSO) performance standard is a formidable task given the uncertainty associated with both annual weather patterns and the long term climate change signal. In the past decade, these sources of planning uncertainty have proven to be strong drivers of CSO facility size and costs. SPU's existing decision process for CSO facility sizing necessitated an update to better navigate those uncertainties. SPU updated both its approach to modeling the effects of climate change and its decision framework for choosing facility sizes for planning and design to better ensure compliance with the CSO standard for future CSO facilities. This presentation will provide an overview of SPU's climate change and uncertainty simulation approaches as well as the newly developed sizing decision framework as applied on two CSO basins that are currently in their planning phases. The presentation will discuss the factors that influence a decision on facility sizing such as interagency coordination, community involvement, siting constraints, system functionality and other opportunities as they intersect with the temporal aspects of climate change and system uncertainty. The end result of this body of work is a vision for CSO compliance that allows SPU to best optimize infrastructure now and long term while balancing the competing interests of risk and cost minimization.

ASCE YMF Westside Networking Event

Younger Member Forum Networking!

When: Thursday, October 25th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Rooftop Brewing, 1220 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA Map Link

Join the Seattle YMF for the first westside networking event of the 2018-2019 term at Rooftop Brewing at the North end of Queen Anne near the Ballard Bridge. The brewery is considered one of the best ones in Seattle, with featured columns in both The Seattle Times and Seattle Eater, and is only a short ride from downtown on the Rapid Ride D Line. As always, the YMF will be providing appetizers.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Matt Thomas at

ASCE Sustainability Committee Meeting

When: Thursday, October 25th, 5:30pm
Where: Orfeo, Seattle, WA Map Link

The Sustainability committee will have their first meeting of the year on October 25th. Please come join us at happy hour at Orfeo in Seattle to discuss the events for the year.

ASCE YMF - October Volunteer Event RSVP by 10/12

Bellevue Urban Garden

When: Sunday October 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Bellevue Urban Garden
What: Summer's over, but the YMF is back with more events! Join us as we kick off the new volunteer season with the Bellevue Urban Garden on Sunday October 28th from 2-4pm.

We will help create a beautiful food forest, so dress for outdoor work (comfy clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty, closed toed shoes, sunscreen and/or rain gear in case of rain). If you have your own gloves, feel free to bring them! Depending on who can come, we can try to coordinate carpooling.

If interested, please let Shirley know by October 12th so she can sign up the YMF team in advance.

ASCE History & Heritage Special Event - University of Washington Former ASUW Shell House Celebration Read More

The Last Remaining World War I Seaplane Hanger Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

When: November 11, 2018
Where: The ASUW Shell House is located just behind Husky Stadium on the Montlake Cut.

When America entered World War I, training facilities were built throughout the country to support the needs of the military. One of these camps was built by the Navy on the shore of Lake Washington. It included a seaplane hangar which was turned over to the University of Washington in 1918 after the war ended. It became the shell house for the University rowing team and was home to the "Boys of '36" who won the gold medal in the Berlin Olympics. It's this ASUW Shell House building's centennial year. The building will be celebrated on November 11, 2018, the centennial of Armistice Day, as part of the University of Washington Veteran's Appreciation Week celebrations.

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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