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!

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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!!!)

Oldcastle Precast is a leading provider of engineered building product solutions and services for North American Infrastructure projects serving a number of markets including Water, Communication, Energy Transportation and Building Systems.  With a nationwide network of engineers, technical sales people and manufacturing facilities, our solutions  are always close at hand. Our team is committed to upholding core values of reliability, quality and service. We are committed to be a resource to owners engineers and contractors with a focus on accelerating and simplifying the construction of America’s infrastructure.  Oldcastle precast is part of CRH, a global diversified building material group employing over 87,000 people worldwide. For over four decades, CRH has developed and implemented a proven model of business improvement and has grown to a global leader in the building materials industry.

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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

COST: $25

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 jburgett@gbateam.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
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On Thursday March 2nd, ASCE and KSPE Eastern Chapter had over 40 attendees during a Joint Luncheon about the Evolution of Tolling presented by Associate Vice President Cameron McGown of HNTB.

The topic is very relevant ahead of the upcoming release of the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card on March 9th. You can follow the live unveil starting at 8:30 am CT here: Infrastructure Report Card

We look forward to seeing you on March 15th for our next monthly meeting – a Joint Luncheon with APWA at Westport!

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The ASCE Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI – National) will be hosting their annual mentoring event, Conversations with Civil Engineers, in Kansas City this year as a part of the National Society of Black Engineers 43rd Annual Convention.  CDI has invited ASCE – KC members to participate in this event and serve as mentors to high school and college aged students.  Each mentor will lead a small roundtable discussion to answer questions and share guidance about college, careers and technical developments in their field of engineering.  We are looking for mentors of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds who are willing to share their story of success!

This was last year’s event account:

http://news.asce.org/members-students-connect-at-nsbe-conventions-asce-career-mentoring-event/

This is an excellent opportunity for ASCE-KC to engage with CDI and NSBE’s local and national chapter members.  If you are interested in serving as a mentor for this wonderful event, please contact Nicole Tauheed at nicole.tauheed@gmail.com, or Sosena Teklemariam at steklemariam@duboisengrs.com by March 17th.

Date:                     Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time:                     8:30 – 10:30 PM

Location:              Kansas City Convention Center (Bartle Hall)

301 W. 13th Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64105

Qualifications:   5 years Minimum Experience in the following –

  • Structural
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Construction Management
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources

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Project of the Year and Engineer of the Year Awards!

Civil Engineering “Project of the Year”

The award will be given to the project that is most exceptional in the Civil Engineering design aspects in at least one of the following categories:
 New or innovative technologies, design, or construction.
 Creative Solutions
 New or refined methodology applied to the Project to enhance sustainability

APPLY HERE

 

Civil “Engineer of the Year”
The selection will be based the candidate who best meets one or more of the following criteria:
 Exemplary professional conduct in a specific outstanding instance in 2016;
 Established reputation for professional service;
 Significant contribution toward improving the professional aspects of civil engineering education;
 Professional guidance of qualified young persons who would seek civil engineering as a career, or professional development of young civil engineers in the formative stages of their careers.

APPLY HERE

 

Submittals for both will be accepted beginning January 9, 2017 and shall be delivered prior to 4 PM on February 9, 2017.

 

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Please join us Thursday, March 2nd with ASCE and KSPE Eastern Chapter to learn about The Evolution of Tolling.

DATE: Thursday, March 2nd 2017

TIME: 11:30am – 1:00pm

LOCATION: Cinzetti’s (7201 W 91st St, Overland Park, KS 66212)

MENU: Italian Buffet with Soft Drinks

COST: $20

SPEAKER: Cameron McGown, Associate Vice President at HNTB

Infrastructure plays a vital role in the U.S. economy. As the nation is poised to make a big investment what role could tolling play? How did tolling get to be part of the way we finance roads and bridges and what are the trends?

RSVP Here by Monday, February 27th at End of Day.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Wednesday March 15th –  Joint luncheon hosted by APWA, with a presentation being arranged by the APWA Sustainability Committee
  • Tuesday April 11th –  Awards luncheon at Plaza III, Society President-Elect Kristina Swallow as Speaker
  • May is the ASCE KC Section “kickoff” meeting. Date TBD
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The Kansas City Section attended the Multi Regional Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, MN from February 3rd through February 4th, 2017. The KC Section attendees had the opportunity to expand their knowledge about ASCE Initiative, ASCE Resources, Leadership Styles, Building Trust within your Organization and in the Workplace and Network with ASCE Leaders across the Central United States. Among the highlights included a pre-screening of DREAM BIG, listening to President-Elect Kristina Swallow, curling and exploring downtown Minneapolis. Get ready for next year’s conference in Omaha on January 26-27, 2018!

 

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On Saturday January 21st, 18 volunteers from ASCE, APWA, Friends of Johnson County Developmental Services and the ASCE/APWA student chapter of UMKC spent most of their Saturday painting inside a home in E 1201 Loula Street in Olathe, KS. During this event, the volunteers placed some sheetrock, and painted the home which was about to house 4 individuals with developmental disabilities. The organization Friends of JCDS provides support to these individuals by providing low rent housing and job opportunities for them to lead a regular lifestyle. In addition to painting, the volunteers were tasked with clearing some areas inside the home and assembling some furniture. We thank Friends of JCDS for allowing us to support their cause and to ASCE and APWA in Kansas City for providing lunch!

The local news channel visited the home during our volunteering and ASCE was featured in the news (follow link for the video) :

Volunteers spend Saturday building homes for people in need

Roger (pictured with his mother) will be one of the four tenants in this Olathe, KS home

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Looking to advance your career starting in 2017? Consider enrolling in the distance learning Graduate and Certificate degrees offered by Missouri University S&T! 

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