Newsletter January 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017



January 2017

Upcoming Events


Board Meeting


Wolf's 111

Colonie NY




Quick Links


Our Website






2016-2017 Officers



Luke Thompson, P.E., M.ASCE

Creighton Manning Engineering

2 Winners Circle

Albany, NY 12205

B: 518-446-0396







Leo Fioravanti AM.ASCE




Chris Einig, I.E., AM.ASCE

Atlantic Testing

22 Corporate Dr.

Clifton Park, NY  12065

B: 518-383-9144



Chris J. Carter, P.E., M.ASCE

Stantec Consulting

3 Columbia Circle, Suite 6

Albany, NY 12203

B: 518-452-4358; F: 518-452-9234



1st Past President

Barry Anctil, P.E., M.ASCE



2nd Past President

David W. Emerich, P.E., M.ASCE

President, Mid-Hudson Branch

Dan Fritzche, P.E., M.ASCE



President-Elect, Mid-Hudson Branch


Technical Groups and Committees


Structural Engineering Institute Chairperson:

Chris Snyder



Environmental Group Chairperson



Geotechnical Group Chairperson



Transportation Group Chairperson



Young Member Chairperson

Ted Ranslow, I.E., AM.ASCE



Membership Chairperson



Newsletter Editor

Michael Chevalier


Website Manager

Chris Einig


For additional information please see our website:





Mohawk - Hudson Section Sponsors

The ASCE Mohawk-Hudson Section would like to thank the following firms for their support. Funds from our sponsors are used for the section's annual scholarship fund, support of younger member activities, maintenance of our website and newsletter, and numerous other section activities. If you would like to be a sponsor please contact Chris Carter (


Alpha Geoscience


C.T. Male Associates


Dente Engineering, P.C.


EYP Architecture + Engineering


QC/QA Laboratories, Inc.


Spring Line Design Architecture + Engineering






Weston & Sampson, PE, LS, LA, P.C.



Upcoming Events

The Capital District's 37th Celebration of National Engineers Week
February 16 & 17, 2017

The Albany Marriott
189 Wolf Rd., Albany, New York 12205

More Information at the links below:

View Hotel/Seminar Schedule & Descriptions
View Registration Fees
Get up to 10 PDHs!
(Up to 65 seminars offered)

Dear Member,

President's Message

Luke Thompson, PE, M. ASCE

The American Society of Civil Engineers is currently pursuing three strategic initiatives - Sustainable Infrastructure, the ASCE Grand Challenge, and Raise the Bar. The Mohawk-Hudson Section is proud to be able to progress these issues and advance the profession of civil engineering in our undertaking in 2017.

The 25th annual Capital District Future City Competition was held on January 21st at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady. The Mohawk-Hudson Section is proud to be a continuing sponsor of this program for students in grades 6 through 8 as they apply STEM principles and creative innovation to design a future city. The theme for this year was The Power of Public Space. Our Section was proud to award the "Most Innovative Infrastructure Award" to Mont Pleasant Middle School. Congratulations to them and to all the teams that competed this year.

Coming up on February 16th and 17th at the Marriott on Wolf Road is the Capital District's 37th Annual Celebration of National Engineers Week. E-Week provides a great assortment of educational, networking, and professional opportunities for all types of engineers. While continuing education is a main focus, the celebration of Engineers Week offers much more.

The High School Model Bridge Competition will be held at E-Week on Thursday, February 16th. Volunteers from the ASCE SEI Chapter, ABCD, NYSDOT, RPI, HVCC, and others organize and participate in the extraordinary event aimed at engaging young minds in fundamental engineering principals as they are challenged to build balsa wood bridges and test them under load.

There will be many students from surrounding high schools and local colleges attending the E-Week activities. Many of those students will benefit from your attendance, as the Capital District Celebration of Engineers Week aims to invest in future engineers by donating proceeds to various programs such as the Capital District Future City Competition, MathCounts Program, Model Bridge Competition, RPI HVCC ASCE Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe Competitions, Capital District Robotics Team, Math Circle Program, Educating Girls for Engineering (EDGE), and others.

Our Section is about to send requests to area high schools for eligible applicants to apply for our annual scholarship, which is a four year, $1,000 a year award presented to a deserving high school senior who will be pursuing a program leading to a degree in civil engineering. Be sure to share the word with any worthy candidates you know.

Our young members group is in the process of planning their next social gathering tentatively scheduled for mid-March. 

Coming up later this year will be our annual dinner, and mark your calendar for the annual golf outing on Friday, July 14th. 

As always, all members are invited to all our events. Stay tuned for more information as the dates get closer.

We are currently looking to fill multiple positions, so if you are interested in getting involved, contact any board member, committee chair, or technical group/institute chair for more information.




Employment Opportunities

Tectonic Engineering

TECTONIC is currently seeking a Senior-Level Civil Engineer at our corporate headquarters located in Orange County, NY. Relocation Assistance is available for this exciting opportunity to join our Civil Engineering Group!

Essential Functions

The Senior Civil Engineer will provide ongoing supervision and training of staff, and will oversee the creation of project designs from start to finish, including conceptual/master planning, design, reporting, permitting, and public presentations. They will also oversee the development, planning, and creation of documentation addressing details such as layout, grading, utilities, storm water management, erosion/sediment control, roadways, water resources, and regulatory compliance. Essential functions also include providing technical leadership to civil engineers, drafters, and administrative support to ensure the accurate and timely completion of projects, including the review and approval of documentation, to remain compliant with Company and client standards and requirements. The Senior Civil Engineer will also be responsible for all aspects of technical project planning for complex projects, including interactions with clients and contractors, for the duration of the project. Essential functions also include establishing and monitoring schedules and budgets as they relate to assigned projects, performing project site visits as needed, and all other duties as assigned. 

Candidates must possess the following qualifications: 

  • Must have a minimum of 7 years of diverse experience in land development, water resources, or municipal services;
  • Must possess and maintain a valid NYS PE License;
  • BS Degree in Civil Engineering is required; Master's Degree in Civil Engineering is a plus;
  • Must have experience with project management, client-relations management, design, and technical staff supervision;
  • Must be detail oriented, with excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD 2014 required;
  • Requires a valid, clean driver's license and personal vehicle, as project site visits are required. 

All applicants will be considered based on their qualifications, skills and experience.

In addition to providing competitive salaries, TECTONIC offers a wide range of benefit options, including:

  • Comprehensive group medical insurance, including health, dental, vision and life
  •  Opportunity for professional growth and advancement
  •  Tuition reimbursement
  •  Paid time off, including vacation, sick and personal
  •  Company-observed paid holidays
  •  Short and long-term disability coverage
  •  Flexible spending accounts for medical expenses and dependent care
  •  401K retirement and profit sharing plan.

To review and apply for this position, please visit: 

OR email resume and qualifications to:

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and highly encourage resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. TECTONIC participates in the USCIS E-Verify Program to verify that all new hires are authorized to work in the United States.


Transportation Engineer
Albany, NY

Your Opportunity:

Whatever the distance, wherever the destination-our projects lead you there. Our Transportation group provides comprehensive planning, design, engineering, and CS/CI services for all phases of bridge, rail, roadway, and transit projects. Join our team and help us keep communities connected.

Experience. Creativity. Ingenuity. Stantec's Transportation team provides a full range of innovative services to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods through a variety of modes of transportation. We encourage creativity in the design and delivery of projects, and use life cycle assessments to help clients effectively manage their assets.

Stantec's focus is on providing innovative solutions respecting local preferences and understanding the myriad environmental regulations and design guidelines that affect today's transportation projects. We manage the project development process proactively, recognizing that successful transportation projects require more than just good technical solutions - they must be sustainable economically, socially, and environmentally. We pride ourselves on our ability to work with our clients and stakeholders to achieve that while supporting cost-effective solutions.

An opportunity exists for a highly motivated Transportation Engineer to become part of a dynamic transportation group specializing in the design of major highways, Regional and Municipal arterial roads, and related local roadway projects.

Your Duties:

Serve as a transportation engineer responsible for working within a design team to develop highway and other related transportation projects. Typical projects include urban and rural roadway design, expressway and interchange design, signalization, hydraulics and hydrology, access management and roadside grading, drainage and safety improvements for both private entities and public agencies.

This will involve the development of Preliminary and Final Roadway Design Plans, performing and/or checking design calculations, preparing estimates, quality control reviews, and preparation of technical reports and specifications.

Your Capabilities and Credentials:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, with 4-6 years of relevant highway design experience.
  • New York PE license is preferred (not required)
  • Working knowledge of Microstation, InRoads, and Microsoft Office is preferred
  • Excellent verbal communications skills will be necessary in this position, as there will be extensive communication with the Stantec design team in multiple offices and client project teams
  • Strong writing skills desired for the preparation of reports and proposals.
  • Experience with NYSDOT, NYSTA and municipalities with locally administered federal aid projects is preferred

Please apply at:


Capital Region Geotechnical Symposium 2016

The Geotechnical Group held the 8th annual Capital Region Geotechnical Symposium at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There were 98 attendees and a total of 7 fantastic presentations with PDH credit from well established engineers and contractors including Top-Down Static Load Testing Instrumentation by Van E. Komurka, P.E., D.GE, F.ASC, A Unique Foundation Wall, Where Temporarary Becomes Permanent by Andrew Nichols, P.E., Remediation of Soft Sensitive Clays Using the "Dry Mix Method" by Michael J. Mann, P.E. and Michael Grant, P.E., Design of 54-inch Diameter HDPE for Directional Drill by Brian Dorwart, P.E., Geotechnical Instrumentation: Innovation to Benefit Design and Risk by GETEC a Keller Company, and Troy-Smith Avenue Bulkhead Replacement Troy Lock and Dam by Bill Walton P.E., S.E., F.ASCE and PJ Snyder, P.E. The presentations are available on the ASCE Mohawk-Hudson Section website at Thanks to the support of their 9 corporate sponsors, the Symposium was able to net $5,400 for support the local ASCE Student Chapters at RPI and HVCC, as well as the ASCE Mohawk-Hudson Section Scholarship, ASCE's Dream Big movie, and the Pickett T. Simpson Prize.

Toys for Tots

On December 6th, the Mohawk-Hudson Section hosted its annual Toys for Tots event at Brown's Brewing Company in Troy. The event was held in conjunction with the ASHE Albany Section and the RPI and HVCC ASCE Student Chapters. In total we collected well over 300 toys all while enjoying an evening of refreshments and holiday cheer. Representatives from the Marine Corps Reserves were in attendance to collect the toys and deliver them to children in need throughout New York.

We would once again like to thank Brown's for donating the room for this event as well as all of our members who donated toys.