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 30 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.

We look forward to the last Luncheon of the year on Tuesday December 19th 2017 at the Grand Street Cafe with the Kansas City, Missouri Streetcar Project being highlighted.

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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

9-KC-ASCE_GRS-IBS_Bowders

10-KC Geotech 2017 – CAMDEM MO

Nicholson – Fountain Slide

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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

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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:

  • STRUCTURES
  • GEOTECHNICAL
  • WATER RESOURCES
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • ENVIRONMENTAL
  • CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
  • COASTAL/OFF SHORE
  • MUNICIPAL/URBAN
  • SURVEYING/GIS

 

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.

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