Archive for October, 2010

November 2010 Meeting

Please join the Kansas City Sections of ASCE for a presentation on “A Peek into the Geophysical Toolbox for Geologic Applications.”

Date:
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Time:
11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Registration / Social
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Meal and Presentation

Place:
Lidia’s Kansas City
101 West 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO

Menu:
Salad: Insalata Cesare alla Lidia – Lidia’s own version of the American-born, Italian-named Caesar Salad
Entree: Pasta Tasting Trio – An endless sampling of three daily-made fresh and filled pastas.
Dessert: Tiramisu – Lidia’s rendition of this Venetian dessert made with layers of espresso-soaked lady fingers & Rum-flavored Mascarpone cream, topped with generous sprinkling of cocoa powder

Cost:
$30.00 for ASCE members and guests

Reservations:
RSVP by Friday, November 5th to Mohamad Ibrawish by emailing mtibrawish@terracon.com or calling (913)638-9184.

Program:
There is a significant increase in the amount of geophysics being used by Federal, state and industry geologists and engineers on construction and critical
structure projects. This fact was borne out of an NCHRP survey I conducted in 2005-2006 to FHWA, every state DOT, and 8 Canadian Provinces (NCHRP
Synthesis #357: Sirles, 2006). The increase use is directly attributed to the value that geophysics adds to subsurface exploration and the characterization of
complex geologic conditions.

The presentation will be a technical discussion of the most commonly used methods and their applications. However, the focus will not be on the technique
or its theory, but rather on the most recent developments in the geophysical industry that are not yet well known (e.g., 3D seismic modeling, 3D electrical
imaging, etc.). Most geotechnical engineers are aware of one geophysical method, or maybe two, but ‘geophysics’ represents a ‘tool-box’ of methods –
knowing which tool to use is the most important piece of the puzzle. We will utilize your lunch hour to provide a peek into the state-of-the-art tool box for
geophysical investigation methods as applied to geological and geotechnical engineering.

Phil Sirles
Managing Geophysicist
Zonge Geosciences, Inc.
phils@zonge.us
720-962-4444

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MSPE Has A New Website

MSPE Western Chapter’s website is moving to new home. Our new website is located at http://www.mspe-wc.org. All future meeting notices and event info will be posted there.

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October 2010 Joint Meeting with CSI

Please join the Kansas City Sections of ASCE and CSI for a presentation on A.L. Huber and sustainable design.

Date:
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Time:
11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Registration / Social
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Meal and Presentation by Phil Thomas and Sarah Staten with A.L. Huber

Place:
Cadillac Catering
2000 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO

Cost:
$30.00 for ASCE members and guests

Reservations:
RSVP by Monday, October 4th to Mohamad Ibrawish by emailing mtibrawish@terracon.com or calling (913)638-9184.

Featured Speakers:

Phil Thomas, LEED A.P. – President
As president of A.L. Huber, Phil is committed to sustainable design and construction, and in 2008, Phil became a LEED Accredited Professional. Phil holds an Architectural-Engineering degree and MBA from the University of Kansas.

Sarah Staten, LEED A.P. – Project Manager
Sarah was the first LEED A.P. at A.L. Huber. Sarah is involved in several professional affiliations including USGBC, Construction Leadership Council, Women in Design, KC CREW and the Central Exchange. Sarah graduated from Kansas State University with a Construction Science & Management degree.

Presentation:
A.L. Huber general contractor will present REDI: Renewable Energy Demonstration Initiative recently installed at their headquarters in Overland Park. REDI is a demonstration project established to provide educational opportunities in wind and solar energy to public and private companies or individuals who are interested in the future of energy. From permitting through installation and now into the monitoring phase, Phil and Sarah will discuss the particulars of making this unique installation happen. Components to the REDI project include: the VQ WindJet 5 – first-of-its-kind wind turbine; SunPower photo-voltaic panels; the Energy Center demonstration and monitoring room; a “green wall”; reclaimed wood siding; and other sustainable elements incorporated in the building and in the culture.

Read more about REDI at www.ALHuber.com or visit A.L. Huber general contractor on Facebook to view a gallery of photos.

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September 2010 Joint Meeting with UMKC

Please join the Kansas City Section of ASCE for a discussion on BIM and its use on the Performing Arts Center

Date: 
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Time:
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – ASCE Board Meeting
5:00 pm to 5:30 pm – Registration / Social
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Meal
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentation by Dwight Davis, JE Dunn Construction

Place:
UMKC Campus
Room 557, Flarsheim Hall
Kansas City, MO

Menu:
Jack Stack beef brisket and sliced bbq pork sandwiches with beans, creamy coleslaw, and potato salad

Cost:
$15.00 for members and $5.00 for students

Reservations:
RSVP by Friday, September 10th to Mohamad Ibrawish by emailing mtibrawish@terracon.com or calling (913)638-9184.

Program:
How Building Information Modeling (BIM) was implemented on the Performing Arts Center, some of the unique challenges we were able to resolve with BIM, and how BIM has impacted JE Dunn.

Dwight Davis has been with JE Dunn Construction for 8 years as part of the Engineering Services Division which focuses on Mechanical and Electrical systems (HVAC, Power, Lighting, etc…). Previous projects that Mr. Davis has worked on include 2555 Grand at Crown Center and the IRS Processing Center.

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