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. To see the conference program click: ASCE Program APR17_V4.
Dick Vaeth kicking off the Annual Geotechnical Conference
Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud Lecture
On April 11th the Society President-Elect Kristina Swallow visited Kansas City, where she met with the UMKC Student Chapter of ASCE; took a tour of the Linda Hall Library with Eric Ward and Benjamin Gross, and at our Annual Awards Luncheon meeting at the Plaza III restaurant she presented various and Life Member awards, and spoke on ASCE’s three (3) primary Initiatives: Raising the Bar, Sustainability, and the Grand Challenge.
Pictured with Engineer of the Year Award Recipient: Sheryl Gallagher, P.E., D.GE.
Pictured with the Project of the Year Award Recipients from : City of Grandview, MO and Burns and McDonnell – Transportation Design-Build Project.
Pictured of Life Member Honorees during Luncheon
Pictured with UMKC Student Chapter Award Winners
On Wednesday March 29th, over 12 ASCE Volunteers from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in Kansas City arrived at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. There, they provided mentoring to at least one hundred college students attending the 43rd Annual National Society of Black 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) and Bob Evans, P.E., F.ASCE. Thank you to Nicole Tauheed from DuBois Consultants for providing KC ASCE with the local leadership during the event.
The disciplines represented and discussed with the students included:
- WATER RESOURCES
- CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
- COASTAL/OFF SHORE
The employers represented included: DuBois Consultants, HNTB, CTI & Associates, Inc., Black & Veatch, Burns and McDonnell, CFS Engineers, Terracon, George Butler and Associates, KCK Public Board of Utilities, Turner Construction, City of Independence, and VSM Engineering.
Check out the Region 7 Newsletter for March 2017 featuring the Kansas City Section leaders. Included in this Edition we also get to hear from our Region Director Marsia Murphey-Geldert!
Later this year, on August 4th, the Region 7 assembly will reconvene in Lawrence, KS! Ask any of the KC Section Directors if you are interested in attending!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Plaza III Steakhouse
4749 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64112
11:30 Registration / Networking
$30 per person – Members
$25 per person – Students
$0 per person – Life Members, and Award Recipients
Filet Mignon or
Grilled Breast of Chicken or
Grilled Atlantic Salmon
Please RSVP no later than COB on Thursday, April 6th, 2017
New Life Members
Engineer of the Year Award
Project of the Year
Outstanding Senior UMKC Student
Distinguished Senior UMKC Student
National President-Elect’s Vision for ASCE:
Our National (Society) President-Elect Kristina Swallow will present the direction of ASCE, in the upcoming year. Our industry faces many challenges, and ASCE’s Strategic Initiatives of: Sustainable Infrastructure, ASCE Grand Challenge, and Raising the Bar, are focused on addressing them.
Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV. SP., F. ASCE
Leading a team of engineers responsible for delivering public works projects and planning the sanitary sewer collection system, Kristina has been with the City of Las Vegas since 2012. She is responsible for negotiating design and construction contracts, reviewing progress of the work, coordination with public and private sector stakeholders, and responding to external comments or questions. In addition, she advises on bicycle and pedestrian-related infrastructure, representing the City, as needed, at the Nevada Legislature, and participating in public meetings.
Prior to her current position, Kristina served as Senator Tom Udall’s lead on transportation policy. She worked on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill and the development and passage of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization bill.
Kristina has been active in ASCE since 1995, serving on various Society-level committees such as Program and Finance, and the Committees on Education, and Diversity. She served as the Society’s appointed Governor on the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute until her election as ASCE’s 2018 President.
In addition to her professional activities, Kristina is active in her community. She has served in leadership roles with the Junior League of Las Vegas, Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition, Engineers Without Borders, and serves on the Advisory Board to the University of Nevada Department of civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction.
Kristina earned her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1994 and a Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada in 2004.
Here are our Region 7 Director Marsia Geldert-Murphey and KC Section Associate Director Ernie Longoria and KC Section Past President Sheryl Gallagher in Washington D.C. advocating for our Kansas and Missouri infrastructure! #asce2dc
The American Society of Civil Engineers Kansas City Section and APWA KC Metro Chapter held their Joint Monthly Meeting with Andy Sauer from Burns and McDonnell presenting on Envision Sustainability. Pictured here are John Blancett and Rob Krewson, P.E. presidents of both Chapters introducing the speakers. Great event and attendance from both organizations! See you all in April for the Awards Luncheons for ASCE! Special thanks to our meeting sponsor – Oldcastle Precast!
ASCE Kansas City Section Members,
Next month is the 5th Annual “Connect” event sponsored by Oldcastle. This is a great opportunity to spend one afternoon to get those needed PDH’s and then mingle with others in the industry that evening. The link to the sessions offered, information, and the registration is http://oldcastleevents.com/
The sessions, drinks and food are FREE (Thank you Oldcastle!!!)
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Please join us Wednesday, March 15th with ASCE and APWA KC Metro Chapterto to learn about Implementing Envision for More Sustainable Public Infrastructure Projects
DATE: Wednesday, March 15th 2017
TIME: 11:30am – 1:00pm
LOCATION: Californo’s (4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64111)
MENU: Parmesan Chicken, Roasted Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Small Garden Salad
SPEAKER: Andy Sauer, Burns and McDonnell
Envision is a sustainability rating system that has been adopted by many cities, including Kansas City, Missouri, as an evaluation process to plan, design, and construct more sustainable public infrastructure projects. Envision is a rating tool, similar to LEED that can be applied to infrastructure projects for the purpose of comparing improvement alternatives beyond just costs. Envision can also provide an overall process for evaluating infrastructure programs or for the development of capital improvement plans. This presentation will provide an overview of the Envision rating system, the project verification process, and an example of applying Envision at a program level.
RSVP Here through the APWA website, or Email Joe Burgett at email@example.com .
Upcoming Monthly Meetings:
- Tuesday April 11th – Awards Luncheon at Plaza III, Society President-Elect Kristina Swallow as Speaker & Recognition of Life Members
- May is the ASCE KC Section “kickoff” meeting. Date TBD