ASCE WRE Lunch Presentation

Where: Brown & Caldwell Seattle Office, One Convention Place, 701 Pike Street, Suite 1200
When: Thursday, April 18, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Come join us this Thursday (April 18th) in Seattle for a lunch time talk by Jessica Lundquist from the University of Washington, who will be presenting on the snow water resources in Washington State. This month's meeting is at Brown & Caldwell in Seattle. Lunch is not provided, so feel free to bring your own.

Abstract: The key to understanding whether precipitation falls as rain or snow, and how long snow will stick around, is temperature. In general, temperature decreases with elevation, but the rate of that decrease has stumped Washington scientists for decades (resulting in several well-known gridded temperature datasets that are completely wrong). This presentation will discuss how temperature relates to rain vs. snow, how those scientists became stumped, and how we used tiny temperature sensors and a tennis ball launcher to discover the truth, with implications for current day flood forecasting, historical assessments, and future climate projections.

Bio: Dr. Jessica Lundquist grew up in California and spent every summer hiking in the Sierra Nevada. She received her B.S. in Atmospheric Science from University of California, Davis in 1999, her M.S. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at U.C. San Diego in 2000 (with a thesis on coastal fog), and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from SIO in 2004 (with a dissertation on diurnal cycles in mountain streamflow). She spent 2 years in Boulder as a CIRES postdoctoral fellow with the University of Colorado, Boulder and NOAA, where she finally learned to ski. She began her position as Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in fall 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011, then became a full Professor in 2017. Jessica was awarded the Cryosphere Young Investigator Award from the American Geophysical Union in 2008. She received the Water Resources Research Editor's Choice Award in 2014 for her paper on forest-snow interactions around the world. Dr. Lundquist's research focuses on spatial patterns of snow and weather in the mountains and how those patterns are likely to affect streamflow and water resources in a changing climate.

ASCE Seattle Section Dinner Register

Mexico City Infrastructure Resiliency Investigation

Where: Executive Inn (by the Space Needle), 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle
When: Wednesday, April 24, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

In November of 2017, the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD) investigated the performance and recovery of Mexico City following two earthquakes occurring in September of that year. Damage predominately occurred due to the second earthquake on September 19, 2017 that was centered in the state of Puebla approximately 160 km southeast of Mexico City. The unique geologic setting of the Mexico City Basin has led to many geotechnical and structural related challenges over the past 100-years. Some of these issues were further exacerbated by the Puebla Earthquake, directly effecting the performance and emergency response of the city following the event. During the investigation, the team interviewed several government and private agencies, members of the public, and researchers to learn both how the city handled these challenges and the steps they are taking to mitigate issues from future events. This presentation will cover the teams observations of the damages to structures and lifelines, an overview of the successes and lessons learned from the city's emergency response, and takeaways for future planning and engineering projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Jeff Bruce, PE, Hart Crowser
Jeff Bruce, PE, is a geotechnical engineer with Hart Crowser. His background includes soil mechanics, numerical modeling, seismic engineering, foundation design, and structural mechanics/dynamics. Jeff manages a variety of infrastructure and development projects in the Puget Sound region. Previously Jeff worked for Kiewit Infrastructure East as a field engineer on heavy civil and power projects.

5:30p - 6:00p Social Hour
6:00p Dinner
6:30p Program

Registration Fees:
$25 - Student or Free-Agent (Unemployed) Members ($20 early bird)
$45 - Members ($40 early bird)
$35 - Government Employee Members ($30 early bird)
$55 - Non-Members & Guests ($50 early bird)
$35 - Government Employee Member ($30 early bird)
Early bird rates end April 17, 2019.

ASCE COPRI Seattle Chapter Meeting Register

Where: Mirabella Seattle
When: Wednesday, April 24, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Topic: Concrete Technology Corporation (CTC) was established in 1951 as one of the first dedicated prestressed concrete manufacturing facilities in the nation. Precast/prestressed concrete products are a material of choice for thousands of bridge, marine, floating structure and building projects throughout the Puget Sound. Presentation topics will include:
  • Product applications for marine use, including conventional marine products (piles) and cross-over products (bridge girders)
  • An overview of the plant production process for conventional precast products and floating structures
  • Review of standard concrete and reinforcing raw materials, as well as less common materials such as lightweight concrete, self-consolidating concrete and premium reinforcing options
  • Supplier specification perspectives
  • Discussion of alternate project delivery methods and their impact on suppliers
Cameron West, PE & Jim Parkins, PE, Concrete Technology Coorperation

ASCE Seattle Geotechnical Group - Spring Short Course and Seminar 2019: Excavation Support & Dewatering Register

We are pleased to announce our 36th annual Spring Seminar on Excavation Support and Dewatering. This topic was the winner in the survey among our members at last year's annual spring seminar.

Excavation failures are particularly dangerous because it can happen quickly, limiting the ability of workers and in some cases others nearby to escape especially if the collapse is extensive. Properly designed and cost effective excavation support are therefor crucial. Groundwater is the number one source of underground construction problems and its effective control is critical.

Back by popular demand, the seminar and short course on "Excavation Support and Dewatering" will cover excavation analysis and procedures related to support of excavation, method of installation and dewatering. For the seminar, there'll be presentations by prominent speakers on unique high-rise condominium shoring, shoring state of practice, estimating shoring deformations, how dewatering systems interact with shoring, estimating settlement due to shoring, and case histories. In the Short Course participants will have the opportunity to go into greater detail through the phases of deep excavation beginning with an overview of excavation supports, analysis and design, construction and water control that will also include ground freezing.

Short Course: Excavation Support and Dewatering
When: Friday, April 26, 7:15am - 4:30pm
Where: Columbia Tower Club, Seattle
Click here to register for the Short Course.

Seminar: Excavation Support and Dewatering
When: Saturday, April 27, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Where:Kane Hall, University of Washington
Click here to register for the Seminar

For program details for both Short Course and Seminar click here.

Rebuilding Together 2019 - Volunteer Opportunity Register

When: Saturday, April 27, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Where: West Seattle -Address will be emailed to attendees

There are over 37,000 low-income homeowners in the Seattle area that are in need of home repairs they cannot afford. On April 27, 2019, ASCE member volunteers will take part in Rebuilding Together Seattle's Spring Rebuilding Day. On this day, nearly 750 volunteers will work together on 25-30 houses and nonprofit facilities. You can be one of them!

The event is from 8 am to 4 pm, and volunteers will be provided with doughnuts and coffee, lunch, and water. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, sturdy boots, and any other gear to work in, rain or shine. Up to 20 to 40 volunteers needed.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. It's a good opportunity to get more hands on and build something!

This year's event will be in West Seattle (address will be provided to registered attendees). For more information on Rebuilding Together, see this slideshow or visit their website. Contact Shirley Wu for any questions.

ASCE YMF Tech Talk

Construction Observation and Inspection

Where: Kennedy Jenks, 1191 2nd Ave, Suite 630, Seattle
When: Tuesday, April 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Please join the Seattle ASCE YMF for the April Tech Talk at Kennedy Jenks in Seattle. Bobbie Gilmour will share her experience in construction observation and inspection on municipal water projects. Bobbie has been a site inspector, construction observer, and field engineer on a $350 million wastewater treatment upgrade and expansion project and a $262 million CSO facility.

Kennedy Jenks will provide refreshments and drinks. The office is in the downtown Seattle close to several bus lines as well as one block away from the University Street Light Rail Station.

If you are interested in presenting or hosting/sponsoring a tech talk in the future, please contact Elyssa Dixon.

UW Student Presentation Judges Needed

Where: More Hall, University of Washington, Seattle
When: Tuesday, April 30, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Looking for volunteers to be judges at the student presentations by both graduate and undergraduate students at UW Seattle campus. Volunteers are required to be professionals in the civil engineering industry. No specific years of experience or area of expertise required!

Winners from the presentations will present at the ASCE section dinner in May.

Please contact Swapna Sridharan if you're interested.

ASCE Volunteer Opportunity: Curiosity Days

Where: Pacific Science Center, Seattle
When: Saturday, May 4 or Sunday, May 5

Come volunteer at the ASCE table at this fun event and lead kids through engaging civil engineering challenges!

If you are interested in signing up or have further questions, please email Katarina.

ASCE YMF Annual Executive Forum

Engineering for Good: Building and Rebuilding Vital Infrastructure

When: Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle

This year's Executive Forum will center around disaster response and rebuilding, as well as projects which support community improvements throughout the United States. Gain valuable information on an important, and often overlooked, aspect of the civil engineering field. Industry executives in the public sector, private sector, and construction industry will share their thoughts, ideas, and experiences regarding rebuilding and recovery efforts in the last decade.

Appetizers and beverages will be served; socialize and network prior to the Memorial Day weekend. Note that an RSVP will be required for admittance, please look for an official RSVP link in the mid-April Newsletter.

This event is still looking for sponsorship from AEC firms, and local vendors. Please contact the YMF to provide event support. Any specific event questions can be directed to Glenn Schwantes.

ASCE Seattle Ongoing Volunteer Needs

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.

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Section News

Annual Scholarships Now Open for Civil Engineering Students
Apply by April 20, 2019


ASCE WRE Lunch Presentation
April 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Brown & Caldwell Seattle Office

ASCE Seattle Section Dinner Meeting Register
April 24, 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Executive Inn, Seattle

ASCE COPRI Seattle Chapter Meeting Register
April 24, 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Mirabella, Seattle

ASCE Seattle Geotechnical Group - Spring Short Course 2019: Excavation Support & Dewatering Register
April 26, 7:15am - 4:30pm | Columbia Tower Club, Seattle

ASCE Seattle Geotechnical Group - Spring Seminar 2019: Excavation Support & Dewatering Register
April 27, 8:00am - 5:00pm | Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle

Rebuilding Together 2019 - Volunteer Opportunity Register
April 27, 8:00am - 4:00pm | West Seattle

ASCE YMF Tech Talk: Construction Observation and Inspection
April 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Kennedy Jenks, Seattle

UW Student Presentation Judges Needed
April 30, 5:00pm - 6:30pm | More Hall, University of Washington, Seattle

ASCE Volunteer Opportunity: Curiosity Days
May 4 & May 5 | Pacific Science Center, Seattle

ASCE YMF Annual Executive Forum
May 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Seattle Central Library

ASCE Volunteers Needed
Urban Development & Transportation Committee & Legislative Committee



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