The Kansas City Section and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter will host their annual joint meeting on December 19, 2017 at the Grand Street Cafe. This meeting is sponsored by The University of Kansas Edwards Campus Program.

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Our speaker will be Jason Waldron, P.E. – KC Streetcar Program Manager / Kansas City, Missouri .

 

Jason Waldron is a registered professional engineer with experience in program, project, and construction management for a variety of roadway, trailway, and railway projects.  He has been involved with the Kansas City Streetcar Project from the early conceptual planning, through design and construction and into passenger service.  Jason has spent the last four years with the City of Kansas City, MO and currently serves as the Program Manager for KC Streetcar.  Mr. Waldron is a graduate of Iowa State University.

The Presentation will focus on:

Hear the story of how Kansas City’s modern streetcar program transformed its downtown with unprecedented ridership and economic development. Follow the KC Streetcar roll from planning, through construction and into passenger service. Understand the funding and public-private partnerships that were used to develop a funding strategy.  Learn how the project provided an opportunity to address other infrastructure needs and serve as a catalyst for innovation.

The Kansas City Streetcar was recently awarded the ASCE Society Level Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award for 2017. What an accomplishment for Kansas City, Missouri!

Read Here about the Award : http://news.asce.org/innovation-in-sustainability-award-winner-transforms-kansas-city/ 

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Please plan to join KC ASCE and EWRI for their monthly January Luncheon presented by Matt Davis, MPA (Project Coordinator for Jackson County Public Works) on Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority. This meeting is scheduled to be held at Cafe Trio by the Plaza.

Thank you to our Meeting Sponsor – Forterra BP:

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The Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority (RIRCA) was established to manage and maintain the Rock Island Corridor, which Jackson County acquired in the spring of 2016.

The 17.7-mile corridor stretches from Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums south through Raytown and into Lee’s Summit. Transforming a portion of the Rock Island Corridor into a shared use path will commence immediately. Corridor planning and design will focus on preservation of the national rail network corridor’s integrity, most notably the railroad corridor’s unencumbered continuity, and on multi-modal transportation options as the corridor remains available for freight service.

 

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Please plan to join KC ASCE and KSPE Eastern for their monthly February Luncheon presented by Bob Lambrechts (Partner at Lathrop and Gage) on Ethics for Professional Licensure. This meeting is scheduled to be held in Overland Park, KS.

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Bob has filed nearly 600 patent applications in the United States, and over 400 patent applications in foreign jurisdictions. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s schools of law and engineering for over 24 years, and in his practice, he brings knowledge gained through a rich and varied background to help clients develop strategies for maximizing their patent portfolios.

Prior to joining Lathrop Gage, Bob served as a senior automation engineer from 1983 to 1987 with the Allied Signal Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. From 1991 to 1995, Bob served with the U.S. EPA in the Region VII office as a special assistant to the Regional Administrator, he has served over 27 years as a Reserve Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and he currently serves as the U.S. Navy’s Campus Liaison Officer for the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

As an intellectual property lawyer, Bob has substantial experience in preparing patent applications for medical devices, safety equipment, machine tools, building components, environmental control systems and automation equipment. He is often called upon to provide clients with legal opinions on infringement issues and patent validity,and he assists clients with licensing of intellectual property and protecting their intellectual property rights.

 

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November 2017 ASCE Luncheon

The Kansas City Section hosted the 2017 Project of the Year Award Presentation on Tuesday November 14th at Californos in Westport. The KC Section had over 25 in attendance including Past President John Blancett (HNTB) who was recognized for his outstanding service to the Kansas City Section by President Mike Winckler (City of Independence, Missouri).

The KC Section Luncheon hosted Jackie White, P.E. (City of Grandview, MO) and Jason Meyers (Burns and McDonnell) during this meeting as they presented on the award winning project of Missouri Route 150 Outer Road. The first design-build LPA project within the Missouri Department of Transportation. Thank you to our speakers and ASCE members for attending.

Providing adequate access to the I49 interchanges has long been a challenge for the City of Grandview, Missouri. The interstate essentially bisects the city and impedes local connectivity and development. The MO 150 Outer Roads design-build project addressed this issue by extendingand realigning the outer roads that run along the interstate and improving the sidewalk and trail system that crosses the interstate and connects to the park and trail system along MO 150. It improves access for an underserved population, enhances safety in the area, and provides attractive, sustainable and ADA compliant infrastructure to promote the future development of over 150 acres of land.

The project is adjacent to one of the largest developable sites in the area and runs along one of the highest volume interchanges in metropolitan Kansas City. It will provide enhanced access and attract development to a first-tier urban community that was previously passed over for sustainable infill development. The new facilities provide a walkable and bicycle friendly environment with excellent access to future businesses.

The City of Grandview selected the Kissick/Burns and McDonnell team to deliver this project.

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The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the KC Section teamed up with the Society of Women Engineers in Kansas City to give back on Saturday November 4th at Harvesters. This is the third year the groups combine to support our local Kansas City community and this year, once again the groups had 20 volunteers.

The group sorted through frozen foods and divided them into meat, non-meat, bulk, bread/desserts, frozen meals, among others.

After almost 2 hours of volunteering, the groups gathered at Waldo Pizza to share lunch together and continue networking. During lunch, Becca Brader (SWE KC President) and Mike Winckler (KC ASCE President) spoke about upcoming events for both organizations.

We are already looking forward to the 4th Annual Harvesters Volunteering Event!

   

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On Friday November 3rd, over 12 ASCE Volunteers from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in Kansas City arrived at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. There, they provided mentoring to over one hundred college students attending the Annual Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Convention in Bartle Hall.

The event titled “Conversations with Civil Engineers” has become an Annual event during this convention and is led by Lisa Black (ASCE Society level), Jimmy Galvez, P.E., and Moises Young, P.E. Thank you to Nicole Tauheed and Sosena Teklemariam from DuBois Consultants for providing KC ASCE with the local leadership during the event.

The disciplines represented and discussed with the students included:

  • STRUCTURES
  • GEOTECHNICAL
  • WATER RESOURCES
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • ENVIRONMENTAL
  • CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
  • MUNICIPAL/LAND DEVELOPMENT

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Thank you to our ASCE members supporting this exciting project in Olathe in support of Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports. Very similar to a project the KC ASCE YMG completed two years ago in Shawnee Mission Park Shelter No. 6 – this time around ASCE helped build a wooden – ADA ramp for 4 young men with disabilities so they could enjoy their backyard in Olathe, KS.

This is the second project ASCE Kansas City Section has completed with Friends of JCDS this year. Earlier this year, we supported them with painting inside this home so it could be ready for move-in for the 4 residents.

More information on Friends of JCDS can be found here: http://friendsofjcds.com/about-us/

      

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The Kansas City Section held their Annual Elections and elected four (4) new Directors on Thursday, May 11th 2017.

We thank the service of President John Blancett pictured below with HNTB and Treasurer Valerie McCaw (not pictured).

Mike Winckler (City of Independence, MO) will serve as President for 2017-2018.

Below are the new Board of Directors with ASCE for 2017-2018.

Kansas City Section of ASCE Board of Directors 2017-2018

Mike Winckler   President

Ozzy Bravo          President–Elect

Mo Ibrawish       1st Vice President & Treasurer

Ernie Longoria   2nd Vice President & Secretary

Stephen Stinger Director III

Chad Johnson    Director II

Meagan Malloy Director I

Paige Snow         Associate Member Director

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This morning (5/3/17), despite the rainy weather, the Missouri and Kansas ASFPM (Association of State Floodplain Managers) hosted our 5k run on the Riverfront Heritage Trail. This run was the first year of the ASCE Kansas City Section – Annual Kiosk Run, to celebrate engineering in Kansas City and the landmark ASB Bridge. The participants ran from Berkley Park to the Kit Bond Bridge, then back under the ASB Bridge, by the ASCE Kiosk, to Broadway Bridge, and back. The winner was Glenn Heistand with the Illinois State Water Survey, with a time of 20 minutes ~21 seconds. Congratulations Glenn and thank you ASFPM, Raceday Timing Solutions, Cody Porter, Jason Schneider, Tom Jacobs, and the other volunteers. We look forward to piggy-backing onto some other engineering conference next year, to perpetuate this annual event!

Thanks, ASCE KC Section President – John Blancett

     

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The Kansas City Geotechnical Committee, under the leadership of Dick Vaeth (Black & Veatch) held their Annual Geotechnical Conference. The event was held at Black & Veatch’s Ruisch Auditorium in Overland Park, KS with almost 100 attendees. Every year, the committee puts a great program together in collaboration with the AEG and UMKC. This year, the Keynote Speaker was Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud from Texas A&M University presenting on The Observation Method of Bridge Scour. Additionally, the conference had 15 Gold and Silver Sponsors, and 5 graduate students from KU and Kansas State participated in a student poster competition.

Please see here the KC Geotechnical Annual Conference : ASCE Program APR17_V4

1-Kansas-Briaud-Observation Method-short-18April2017

3-GEOPHYSICAL METHODS FOR SCREENING AND INVESTIGATING UTILITY WASTE LANDFILL SITES IN KARST TERRAIN 042017

4-Stuedlein – Axial-Lat-Tor Drilled Shafts – For Release

5-DFI Report – Kansas City Geotechnical Conference – April 2017 – final

6-Overprediction of liquefaction_Kansas City ASCE 2017

7-Wendland ASCE KC April 2017

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10-KC Geotech 2017 – CAMDEM MO

Nicholson – Fountain Slide

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