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2018 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure Has Been Unveiled!

The eighteen categories of infrastructure earned an overall grade of "C-". You can learn more, and read the full report, by visiting http://www.pareportcard.org/.

Government and Policy Update

Starting this month, ASCE Philadelphia will be keeping all of us updated on Government and Policy issues that impact us, our professions, our projects, and our communities.

This month, ASCE is following the budget debate in Harrisburg, which as usual is contentious. For our full write-up by Spencer Finch, please visit our New Government and Policy Update Page!

Once you catch up on the happenings in Harrisburg, PLEASE contact your elected officials and let them know your opinion. It is as easy as one click and one email away: Contact your elected official.

If you would like more information, or would like help writing your message, please contact ASCE Philadelphia’s Government Affairs Team: Ann Tomalavage, Bob Wirght, or Spencer Finch.

Centennial Book!

Haven’t received your copy of the ASCE Philadelphia Section’s Centennial Book yet? Don’t miss out on your chance to order while supplies last. Preview pages from this book, as well as order the book by visiting our Centennial Book page!

New Check-In Procedure

ASCE Philadelphia Section will be conducting a new Check-In procedure at our upcoming dinner meeting. We will now have a express line for people that paid in advance (electronically via PayPal). All other payment types (Check or Pay at Door) will continue to check-in similar to the process in the past. Name tags for all attendees will be found in the dining area and not at the Check-in table. Less time outside to check-in equals more time to network inside. So please take advantage of our electronic payment system.

To implement this new procedure, it is prudent to bring your printed tickets with you. If you have not printed out ticket(s) for you and/or your guest, click on "View and print my ticket(s)" in your confirmation e-mail. If you have trouble downloading and printing your tickets, please contact Kazi M. Hassan at kazihassan@pennoni.com prior to the event.

For this event, we will not be accepting any ticket(s) on mobile devices, so please print out a hard copy of the ticket.

Thanks to Our Section Sponsors - Starting Our 27th Season!

When we first rolled out our sponsorship program at the start of the 1991-92 season, a total of nine “pioneer” firms participated:

  • BCM Engineers Inc.
  • Lippincott Engineering Associates
  • National Timber Piling Council
  • Pennoni Associates, Inc.
  • Pickering Corts & Summerson, Inc.
  • The RBA Group
  • Reutter Engineering
  • Temple University
  • J. Richard Weggel, PhD, PE
 

Some of these sound familiar, some are no longer. This season, we will enter our 27th year of the Section Sponsorship program. We ended last season with 14 firms participating as Section Sponsors and, thus far, 11 companies will be participating in 2017-18. We extend our special and collective THANKS to each sponsor for their financial commitment and support.

As a sponsor, your business card will appear in each edition of THE NEWS from October through May. Sponsor logos are displayed in a special Sponsors section of our website. Additionally, we provide direct links to sponsors’ own websites so prospective employees can review all available and up-to-date positions. We also offer sponsors the opportunity to have a “spotlight” article in an edition of THE NEWS.

If you would like to join, renew or come back after a few years away, we look forward to bringing you into the Section Sponsor fold. All this could be yours for a mere $300 for the season. The October edition of THE NEWS will feature the cards of all sponsors who commit by September 18.

Please contact Bob Wright at newseditor@asce-philly.org for more details.

Notice: Philadelphia Section New Mailing Address

This summer the Engineers’ Club closed its office and will be using its own Post Office Box, which will not be available to other societies as it has in the past. We thank the Club for its assistance with this over the years. Accordingly, Urban Engineers has generously offered to be our “mail drop” for the foreseeable future.

We would suggest that you continue to reach us through our website (www.asce-philly.org) and our e-mail address, info@asce-philly.org, as you need. If you must send us hard copy (non-financial) items, please direct them as follows:

ASCE Philadelphia Section
c/o Urban Engineers, Inc.
530 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Beginning this season, if you’re paying by check to attend Section dinner meetings, please include 1) a copy of receipt generated when registering for the event with your check 2) the event name in the check’s memo. Checks can be mailed to:

Jen Reigle
Pennoni Associates
1900 Market Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19103

As a reminder, if you opt to reserve for a Section meeting or event through our website, and would prefer to pay by check, you can certainly bring your check to the meeting and pay at the door. There will be no “at the door” penalty for reservations made by the deadline in this instance.

Special Offer on ASCE webinars for Philadelphia Section Members

Did you know that as a Philadelphia Section member you get a discount on ASCE National Webinars? Plus some of the registration fee comes back to help fund other Section activities!

Live Webinars: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2125/c/79

ASCE's live webinars provide cost-effective training for large and small groups. Use Promo Code WEBPHISEC to secure your preferred rate.

On-Demand Webinars: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2135/c/79

ASCE's on-demand webinars provide real-world knowledge and convenient delivery to fit your demanding schedule. Use Promo Code WEBPHISEC to secure your preferred rate.

Local News Story Features ASCE's Report Card for Pennsylvania's Infrastructure

In June of 2014, the Philadelphia Section, along with the other three Pennsylvania Sections, simultaneously released the 2014 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure across the state. Immediately after its release, the Report Card garnered a lot of publicity in the newspapers and on local television news reports. Even more recently, in November of 2014, the report card prepared at the national level received a lot of attention by way of a story that aired on CBS 60 minutes. Shortly after that story aired, the Philadelphia Section was contacted by a local reporter to do a story that discusses the infrastructure needs of Pennsylvania. Having recently completed the PA Report Card, the Philadelphia Section was able to work with NBC Philadelphia to provide some technical expertise related to infrastructure.

Here is a video that NBC Philadelphia ran on February 12, 2015 that looks at the issues surrounding Pennsylvania’s structurally deficient bridges. To read the full article, visit NBC's website by clicking here: Bad Bridges Slow Response Time for Firefighters.

 

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President's Message - December 2018

 

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

 

I am writing this month’s message just about 24 hours removed from the official release of the 2018 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure. I had the distinct honor of emceeing the Philadelphia Release event, which could not have been at better location. Over 60 people came to participate in the unveiling, which was located on the banks of the Schuylkill River between the Chestnut and Walnut Street Bridges on the Schuylkill River Trail. We had 18 report categories and I would venture to say that if you swiveled your head during the event you would have witnessed 14 of the 18 categories. We even had a CSX mixed freight load pull alongside us just minutes before the start of the event at 11 AM.

A special thanks to all the volunteers that made the event such a glowing success. We had four diverse local infrastructure leaders that presented their unique perspective of the current condition and future needs. The distinguished leaders were:

  • Jeffrey D. Knueppel, General Manager, SEPTA
  • Darin Gatti, Chief Engineer and Surveyor, Philadelphia Streets
  • Maura McCarthy, Executive Director, Friends of the Wissahickon
  • Paul Kohl, Director, PWD Planning and Research Unit

Cathy Farrell, our Section Past President and Report Card Co-Chair was on-point in delivering the key message that although the overall grade remained at a “C-“, the same grade Pennsylvania received in 2014, there were notable improvements and regressions. Cathy pointed out that since the last report card legislative support for infrastructure, public agency planning, and a thriving economy have had tangible improvements in the status of several pieces of infrastructure within our Commonwealth. Examples of these improvements since 2014 include but are not limited to:

  • The advancement of 2,600 transportation projects into construction as a result of Act 89 funding.
  • The construction of two new levee systems with 12 new systems/rehabilitations under design as a result of increased funding.
  • The implementation of a program to use a public-private partnership to replace 558 poor condition bridges.

In 2014 transportation categories such as roads and bridges were the focal point. This go around the focus was on our water infrastructure. Whether it be drinking water, wastewater, or stormwater there was notable opportunity for improvement, as the average grade for these three is a “D”. In our region, the main issue is the age of the water conveyance systems. Cathy noted that “in Philadelphia alone, half of the city’s water mains were installed prior to 1930 and nearly 30% were installed before 1900.” Cathy further pointed out that “Pennsylvania is unfortunately the national leader in the amount of combined sewer overflows…which means that during heavier rainfalls, rain combines with sewage and enters directly into our rivers – which can be unhealthy.”

The key take-away message was that building, replacing and updating water infrastructure will require leadership to plan new approaches and improve upon the existing conditions. This will take significant capital, but finding sufficient funding is critical to protecting our public health.

I leave you with three tasks this month as it relates to the release of our report card:

  • Get the full story behind this Report Card at www.pareportcard.org.
  • Find out the condition of the infrastructure near you on the Save America’s Infrastructure app available from iTunes and GooglePlay.
  • Ask your elected leaders what they’re doing to make sure your infrastructure is reliable for the future. Use your zip code to find your list of elected officials at www.infrastructurereportcard.org/take-action.

Best,

Angelo J. Waters, PE, LEED® AP

President, ASCE Philadelphia ASCE Section

ajwaters@urbanengineers.com | 215-284-3161