DARRELL K. ROCHESTER It is with great enthusiasm that I write to you from this inaugural – and highly anticipated – issue of Engineering Georgia! I am confident this magazine will not only convey timely, relevant information, but will help amplify the efforts of the engineering industry in Georgia. I am even more confident that it will serve as another platform on which to deliver the three pillars of our value proposition: Political Advocacy, Business Development and Firm Operations. This issue recognizes innovation and technology, and I would like to congratulate the recipients of our 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards. Each of these winners is a testament to the ingenuity and innovation our industry demands. We applaud their efforts and celebrate their success. Along with this celebration, I am reminded of this busy, yet productive time at ACEC Georgia. Transportation seems to dominate much of our conversation, and with due cause. Our 2014 Transportation Summit, hosted in partnership with the Georgia Chamber, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and Georgia Transportation Alliance (GTA), was a tremendous success. Boasting a record attendance of nearly 700 influential engineering, transportation and public policy leaders, the message was clear: an investment in new, sustained funding for transportation infrastructure is crucial to Georgia’s long-term economic development and growth. The momentum for this continues to build and we hope to celebrate its culmination with passage of a bill in this year’s legislative session. In addition, our President and CEO, Michael “Sully” Sullivan, continued to serve as the Chairman of GTA, further building our brand. This provided an opportunity for Sully to travel with the Joint Transportation Study Committee to several cities around the state, and hold ACEC events for our members in conjunction with the Committee’s hearings. This journey has taken us from the North Georgia Mountains to Historic Savannah to Middle Georgia, and we enjoyed meeting our membership in each place! Our goal is to truly represent engineering firms statewide. As such, we remain committed to holding networking events and Board of Directors’ meetings in different regions around the state throughout 2015. We also want you to be involved in our initiatives. I encourage you to join one of our practice area Forums being launched (Emerging Leaders, Geotechnical, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise – just to name a few!) or attend one of our fantastic programs, such as the Georgia Engineers Summer Conference. This year’s Summer Conference will be held at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa from June 18-21, which is the perfect opportunity to earn PDH credits and network with peers. However you choose to participate, we are always open to your ideas on how we can better serve your firm or the engineering community as a whole. WELCOME NEW ACEC GEORGIA MEMBERS: Adrian Collaborative Advanced Drainage Systems Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon ECS LeCraw Engineering MR Systems OLH Spicer Group REBECCA SHELTON It is so exciting to be a part of the inaugural edition of Engineering Georgia. This magazine is just another sign of the progress engineers are making in Georgia. ASCE membership has begun to grow again, a signal that the economy is picking up. In fact, where I work we have had trouble attracting engineers. I recently had lunch with a hiring manager who told me it is a candidate’s market right now. Unfortunately, we are just not graduating enough civil engineers to meet future demand. That is why the ASCE Georgia Section is so focused on student outreach. So if you have an hour or two, volunteer to speak at your local middle or high school about what being a civil engineer has meant in your life. You have the opportunity to not just change the life of a few students, but impact the future of America’s infrastructure. ASCE ADMINISTRATOR Speaking of change, last fall the ASCE Georgia Section hired a part-time administrator. Changes in technology have definitely made meeting registration and mass communication easier, but keeping up our many online activities (meeting registration, e-blasts, website updates, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) had become cumbersome for our Board members, causing them to spend their volunteer time performing administrative duties instead of meeting with legislators, developing collaborative relationships with other organizations, performing student outreach and implementing programs for ASCE. Therefore, we budgeted to hire a parttime administrative staffer. We contracted with Jessie Stanton, who has extensive experience as a non-profit administrator, and already there have been major improvements. The website is the most up-to-date it has been in a long time; every Section, Branch and Technical Institute meeting is being posted to Facebook and Twitter; and Georgia Section meeting attendance is on the rise. NEW STUDENT CHAPTER Hold your breath Georgia Tech grads – The University of Georgia now has an official ASCE Student Chapter! UGA’s new civil engineering program is taking off under the leadership of Dr. Stephan Durham and the chapter already has 25-35 students attending twice monthly meetings. Congratulations, University of Georgia! We look forward to working with you! TRANSPORTATION FUNDING The 2014 Georgia Infrastructure Report Card emphasized the need for more transportation funding, and as I type right now, a transportation bill has passed through the Georgia House of Representatives. Since this is important to our economy and our quality of life, ASCE’s stance is that all funding options should be on the table. We will be at the Capitol and in local offices meeting with legislators to reiterate the importance of infrastructure funding as this moves forward. Hopefully, our legislators will come together to reach a much needed improvement in our transportation funding, but we shall see… MICHAEL BYWALETZ We are pleased to be one of the contributors to the new Engineering Georgia magazine. Here is a glimpse of what has been happening in ASHE and what is coming up: During fall and winter we had some exciting events, meetings and social activities, and this spring will be just as active. In September, Jennifer Aulick Etheridge, P.E., with Aulick Engineering presented MS4 Compliance, and in October Jonathan Reed, P.E., PTOE, with Parsons Brinkerhoff, provided us with information on delivering transportation projects using innovation. We hosted our annual happy hour in November at Sweetwater Brewery and rounded off the year with our annual holiday party at Roswell River Landing. We honored some of our most dedicated members and sponsors, and over 100 toys were collected for Toys for Tots. For the second year in a row, ASHE Georgia was honored to host our current National President, Sam Mody. The Board wants to thank all of our sponsors and members for making ASHE one of the best associations in Georgia. We kicked off 2015 with a great meeting at the Georgia Department of Transportation with Marc Mastronardi P.E., State Construction Engineer, who provided us with an informative and entertaining presentation entitled “Lessons from the Field: What Design Engineers Should Know from Construction.” Marc issued a challenge to the members of the transportation industry in Georgia to make us better engineers and designers: learn not only from design reviews, but by participating in post construction debriefings as often as possible. At this meeting, ASHE Georgia awarded one of its two scholarships. Stephanie Amoaning- Yankson, current Georgia Tech student, won the 2015 Babs Abubakari Scholarship. As always, the spring promises to be full of fantastic ASHE events. We have several activities that offer a chance to network with your colleagues and have a blast at the same time. Our annual poker tournament will be held in March, followed by the annual ASHE/WTS tennis tournament in April, and our extremely popular golf tournament in May. Don’t miss out – keep up with us at www.georgia.ashe.pro and be a part of one of the most active and beneficial associations in Georgia. What is happening outside of ASHE that keeps us going? Hopefully, some good legislation will help with the lack of transportation funding. Many great ideas have been presented to not only assist locally, but nationally. At the time of this article, House Bill 170, “The Transportation Funding Act of 2015” was introduced with the intent to create $1 billion a year in new statewide transportation funding for Georgia. With critical transportation infrastructure needs, HB 170 is a step in the right direction and requires our support as the bill makes its way through the legislative process. This bill is a great way to restructure the gas tax and to allow more allocated funds to our infrastructure needs while maintaining local flexibilities for cities and counties. On the national side of things, the Rebuild America Act would help restore and modernize our nations aging infrastructure and the Highway Trust Fund Tax Bill; the Infrastructure 2.0 Act would use corporate tax reform to patch the hole in the Highway Trust Fund for the next six years. RAYMOND J. WILKE The Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF) was chartered in 1971 to benefit young people desiring engineering or engineering technology careers. On November 18, 2014, at the annual GEF Scholarship Banquet, 44 GEF scholarships totaling $84,000 were presented to our next generation of outstanding engineers. The new officers are dedicated to the continued reinvigoration of the organization. GEF provides great benefits to all Engineering Organizations and encourages those organizations to join and participate in growing the Georgia Engineering Foundation. Goals for the next few years are designed to dramatically increase programs and support to all the Engineering Societies that participate. Another major GEF effort this year is to increase our ability to provide scholarships to the future engineers now attending college. We are very proud that in 2014 we provided $84,000 to Georgia students attending colleges in Georgia and nationwide, but we are sure that the great State of Georgia can do substantially more. As you probably know, GEF annually conducts a Scholarship Awards Banquet where we recognize the scholarship recipients, their families, and scholarship sponsors. In addition, GEF awards scholarships from endowments provided by many of our great benefactors, most of whom are generous local engineers. We plan to grow our endowed scholarship funds and to push our endowment towards the $1,000,000 mark, and would appreciate your help in reaching this important goal. GEF has many other initiative underway to recognize the community obligations of engineers to grow, mentor, and recognize our young engineers. While we will be stretching ourselves to meet the above goals, we will continue to support the many mentoring engineering functions that we participate in and sponsor each year, including local high school STEM programs, Future Cities Competition, Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, MATHCOUNTS, and the Exploring Engineering Academy. These activities are great opportunities for your membership to mentor future engineers. We encourage you to support our young engineers and participate in the many opportunities available through the GEF organization. Rob MacPherson The Engineers Week festivities and Gala are behind us. Engineers Week Committee and Carolyn Jones – THANK YOU for making this event so memorable!!! Congratulations to all the engineering firms and people who won awards during this special recognition event. What our firms and engineers do for the people in this world continue to amaze me! I feel truly blessed to have picked such a wonderful and rewarding profession with so many fabulous people. People like Tom Gambino, Charles McMillan, Nate Marini, JC Goldman, and so many others which I don’t have room to list, have positively influenced my career and I will always be indebted to them for investing in me. It is because people like Bob Crisp and Howard Ector that I chose this profession. They realized I had an interest in math and helped open the door to a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) world. The GSPE Board of Directors continues to implement new ways to better reach our profession. One of the new endeavors is this magazine. As you are now aware, this new magazine created by ACEC Georgia along with GSPE (and many other engineering organizations) is making its debut. It contains great content from all of the participating engineering associations, informative technical articles from the various engineering disciplines, news relevant to the business side of engineering and other great engineer-focused and engineer-generated content. We hope you will enjoy every bit as much as we will. After you finish reading it, share it with some young high or middle school student. It might encourage them to explore a career in the STEM field. Another endeavor the Board is undertaking is to elevate MATHCOUNTS to national prominence throughout Georgia. For those of you who don’t know what MATHCOUNTS is, the MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. MATHCOUNTS provides middle school students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success. Currently, MATHCOUNTS involves approximately 1,000 middle school students throughout Georgia. In February, local GSPE Chapters hosted tournaments in various locations throughout the state with the Atlanta Chapter hosting the largest tournament of any chapter in the United States with over 500 kids participating. Over 200 kids will advance to the state tournament hosted at GA Tech on March 23. The top four Mathletes will go on to Washington, DC to represent Georgia at the National Competition. Our ultimate goal is to expand the number of schools and teachers participating in this program. To make MATHCOUNTS in the State of Georgia the best, we are developing a new strategy to get more sponsors, volunteers, students and teachers involved in this fabulous program. We hope you will consider contributing in some manner. If you are interested, please send me an email at email@example.com. I have had numerous people who have aided and influenced me, and I will always be grateful for them. Remember, someone probably influenced or mentored you into being an engineer. Why don’t you take the time to do the same? ANDREW ANTWEILER I am honored to be the president of this great organization in 2015! I have been very involved with the Georgia Section of ITE since 2007 and have served on the Board for the past three years. Th anks to the leadership and knowledge sharing of past presidents, I am confident we will have another banner year! In December, we held our Annual Meeting with a sold-out crowd of 126 friends at Maggiano’s in Buckhead. Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden shared that throughout his career, it is the people you interact with that make the diff erence. Th ey will teach you things, make you laugh, and encourage you to the next level. We intend for the Georgia Section of ITE to similarly provide you with peer engagement and leadership opportunities. Th e 2015 Board members were sworn in at the Annual Meeting and awards and scholarships were made to some well-deserving folks. GOALS FOR 2015 My goal for 2015 is for the Georgia Section to “draw people into the transportation profession.” We can accomplish this by investing in young engineers, providing solid technical programs, and having fun along the way. How do we accomplish this? By utilizing a small army of volunteers. To engage young engineers, our Engineering Outreach committee will provide volunteer opportunities at events that engage middle and high school students. Our Activities committee will organize fun events throughout the year. We will hold another Mentor Program starting in the fall of 2015. At the Annual Meeting we congratulated the six who completed the 2014 Mentor Program. Hopefully you joined us at the Winter Workshop in Athens in February. Th is joint event with ASHE has turned into a great technical conference! ITE is currently hard at work preparing to host another stellar Summer Seminar at St. Simons Island – July 19-22. Book your hotel room now (my pool side room awaits) and complete your conference registration on the www.gaite.org website. While you are there, check out our newly redesigned site – and find info on upcoming events. We have many committees that will do great things this year. Our Technical Committee led by France Campbell has many tasks underway, including holding another Technical Exchange in the fall. Remember, our Monthly Meetings are typically held on the second Th ursday of the month. Come hear an excellent guest speaker and break bread with your peers. I challenge you to join us at any of our events and conferences this year! I guarantee you will be hooked! TOM SEVER I hope you enjoy reading the inaugural issue of Engineering Georgia magazine as much as we like bringing it to you. Special thanks go to Mike Sullivan at ACEC Georgia for having the vision. The goal of ITS Georgia is to use this space to bring life to the people, organizations and projects that define Intelligent Transportation Systems in Georgia. We aim to demonstrate the value that ITS delivers to our fellow travelers on an hourly basis. We also hope to show the value of being a member of ITS Georgia. ITS Georgia is one of the top chapters in the nation and was recognized as State Chapter of the Year by ITS America in 2014. Chapter membership is based on organizational membership, so joining is easy. If your agency or company joins, then everyone who works for the organization is an automatic member. Major benefits include discounts for monthly meetings with compelling speakers, continuing education credits and terrific networking opportunities. Our annual conference is also a key membership benefit, drawing transportation professionals and vendors from around the country. After a very successful 2014, ITS Georgia members jumped right into 2015 by hosting a training event with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) in January. The audience was composed of about 50 GDOT project managers and plan reviewers. The topics covered NaviGAtor, which is Georgia’s Intelligent Transportation System, ITS specifications, plan development, the I-285 variable speed limit signs project, the I-75 South Managed Lanes and arterial ITS. Speakers shared their ITS-related experiences from concept development, design, construction, or daily operation and maintenance. They discussed the challenges that they faced, as well as their successes. The goal was to educate GDOT staff on the importance of ITS and how it affects the average driver, as well as the project design and construction. Additionally, the audience shared their experiences and asked questions to help the Traffic Operations community better support Designers and Project Managers in the future. The session concluded with a panel of all speakers discussing the future of Connected Vehicles in Georgia. This was a unique opportunity for the Department to hear from experts in ITS on advances we are currently making in Georgia and how they apply to current and future projects. We want to thank Paul DeNard and Matt Glassner with GDOT for making the meeting arrangements; the speakers; and most importantly, those who attended. ITS’ IMPACT ITS in Georgia is all around you and expanding every day. Advanced Transportation Management Systems monitor hundreds of miles of highways and streets looking for accidents or stalls to rapidly dispatch help or adjust traffic signals to changing traffic patterns. Adaptive traffic signals learn traffic patterns and automatically adjust to maximize traffic flow. Smart traffic signals know when emergency vehicles are approaching and give them right of way. Electronic Tolling keeps traffic moving while collecting revenue. Intersections are monitored and red light scofflaws are automatically sent a ticket. Information collected from sensors is fed into complex algorithms to give you google maps or WAZE with real-time traffic information. These are just a few of the examples of ITS at work in Georgia every day. ITS of the future will include vehicle-to-vehicle communication, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, autonomous cars and more. PAMELA LITTLE SAME Atlanta Post has been busy in this new year. In February, we presented our annual awards along with a special individual award and a donation to the Exploring Engineering Academy. 2014 AWARD WINNERS: Member of the Year Sherri Smith, C.P.S.M. (GHD) Young Member of the Year Kaysie Glazer, P.E. (Columbia Engineering) Small Business of the Year United Consulting Sustaining Member Firm of the Year CH2M Hill In addition to our annual awards, the Post was pleased to honor Jane Penny, P.E. (AECOM) with the James Lucas Emeritus Chair. This award is presented only to an Atlanta Post member selected by the sitting Lucas Emeritus Chairs for their long-standing dedication and service to the Atlanta Post and SAME National. Acceptance of this award allows Jane to be a lifetime member of the Atlanta Post Board. Jane is also the SAME National President-Elect. At the February meeting, SAME Atlanta Post presented the Exploring Engineering Academy with a donation of $5,000 for the 2015 program. The Exploring Engineering Academy is organized and managed by the Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council. The Academy endeavors to teach 50-70 high school students about opportunities in STEM careers during a one-week summer camp. SAME Atlanta Post supports the program through monetary donations and volunteer hours. Our February luncheon program was a widely attended panel discussion on the new Braves stadium (Sun Trust Park) construction in Cobb County. Mike Plant, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Atlanta Braves; Rob Ragan, Vice President of New South Construction and Chief of Staff for American Builders 2017 (the joint venture construction team for SunTrust Park); and Lamar Wakefield, CEO of Wakefield Beasley and Associates were on-hand to discuss the progress being made on the construction and to answer questions from the audience on the project. MICHAEL PLANER I am pleased to be a part of the inaugural addition of Engineering Georgia representing the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia (SEAOG) as President. We finished a busy year in July with over 175 members and have started the new year with some exciting activities. NEWLY ELECTED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: President: Michael Planer of PES Structural Engineers Vice President: Wilbur Bragg of McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, Inc. Treasurer: Eric Hagberg of PEC Secretary: John Hann of Swiss Re Past President: Rob Weilacher of Uzun+Case Director: Ken Nuttall of GSFIC Director: Adrian Persaud of Uzun+Case Director: Lauren McCormick of KSi Structural Engineers Executive Director: Al Lagerstrom ADDITIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 1) Brian Sapp of Tharpe Engineering Group who is the Savannah chapter liaison to the Excom. 2) Darien Sykes of Sykes Consulting, Inc. who serves on the PELS board. 3) Angelina Stasulis of Walter P. Moore who is the Young Members Group liaison to the Excom. The Executive Committee meets once a month for planning purposes and to discuss issues directly affecting the practice of structural engineers in Georgia. We have formed committees that provide the planning and research for the group as follows: Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Structural Engineering Licensing (SELC) Programs Legislative Council Young Members Group Our monthly chapter programs have started and have included presentations on Helical Piles, Protective Design for Blast Effects and Formwork/Shoring. We also hosted a full-day seminar on timber design, which incorporated many different aspects of design such as cross laminated timber, heavy timber and design case studies. Upcoming chapter programs include slab-on-grade design and lateral stability in cold-formed steel. BENEFITS OF SEAOG MEMBERSHIP 1. Be a part of a dedicated engineering group that seeks to introduce and influence meaningful changes in building codes, model codes and state legislations. SEAOG is an accredited member of the Georgia Engineering Alliance. 2. Access to timely and affordable training. Obtain important PDH hours. 3. Opportunities to Mentor the next generation of structural engineers 4. Professional collaboration with colleagues in the Georgia structural engineering community 5. Complimentary subscriptions to Structures Magazine and Engineering Georgia magazines. REGAN HAMMOND On the heels of a successful 2014 full of programs and events that provided WTS members and transportation professionals with networking and professional development opportunities, WTS Atlanta has kicked off 2015 with a bang! The year began with a new 2015- 2016 WTS Atlanta Board of Directors who began their term with a planning session in January focused on updating the organization’s Strategic Plan. Three key goals were identified to support the WTS mission of building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women: 1) Foster the pipeline of transportation professionals through service. 2) Be a leader in recognizing success and providing resources. 3) Sustainably fund WTS Atlanta operations. In support of these goals, an exciting programs calendar for 2015 was developed. On January 28th, we held our annual Membership Meeting at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport which was well attended by over 60 WTS Atlanta members. Attendees were briefed on the results of a survey conducted in early January that was used to help the Board develop a new Strategic Plan and the 2015 calendar of programs. In addition, members had the opportunity to sign-up for various committees and other volunteer opportunities with WTS Atlanta. In February, our membership participated in the Building Georgia Legislative Day at the Capital to learn more about transportation funding and other related issues and proposals being considered this legislative session. We also hosted a Transportation Funding and Legislation Lunch & Learn for our membership to further educate them on transportation funding and legislation at the local, state and federal levels. Panelists included Bert Brantley from the State Road & Tollway Authority, Jane Hayse with the Atlanta Regional Commission, and Rhonda Briggins-Ridley with MARTA. Our highly successful Transportation YOU program, with a theme of “Transportation for All Ages and Abilities”, held a Transportation Career Speed Dating event at Grady High School in Atlanta on March 12th. This program allowed the young ladies to learn more about the diverse career opportunities in the transportation industry and gain insights on how to pursue those careers. Also in March, WTS Atlanta hosts a breakfast panel session focused on Women- Owned Businesses and DBEs. In April, we will partner with the newly ratified WTS student chapter at Georgia Tech for a joint program and social event. Upcoming programs and events planned for the rest of 2015 include more Lunch & Learns, technical tours, the annual ASHE/WTS tennis tournament, GDOT Board Breakfast, a Women Leaders Reception, Annual Scholarship Luncheon Transportation YOU events, and social events. Please visit the WTS Atlanta website for more information about upcoming events and to sign up for our email list. WTS Atlanta has also kicked-off our annual corporate sponsorship drive. If your company or agency is interested in supporting the efforts of WTS Atlanta, please contact Michelle Erste at michelle. firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Lastly, WTS Atlanta would like to congratulate Margaret “Meg” Pirkle for her appointment as the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Chief Engineer, making her the first woman to serve in that leadership position. Meg’s impressive 25-year career with GDOT and reputation as an exceptional engineer, manager and transportation professional made her the perfect choice. We would also like to congratulate her predecessor, Russell McMurray for his appointment as the new GDOT Commissioner.
Published by American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia. View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/news/1952516/249771/article.html.