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PARC Category of the Month: Levees

2 Levees Systems Newly Constructed with 12 More Projects Under Design: PA Council Raises the Grade

With two new levee systems in Bloomsburg and Mt. Carmel constructed since 2014, and five new systems and seven rehabilitations currently under design, Pennsylvania is expanding and modernizing its levee infrastructure. Meanwhile, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) substantially improved its online National Levee Database and over the past four years has expanded the National Levee Safety Program to include inspections of non-state, non-Federal levees and a hazard potential classification system. Yet, there is a growing need to rehabilitate aging levee systems, an often-underappreciated threat to flood-prone communities, and a need to re-evaluate levee designs based on outdated flood frequency statistics. In addition, municipalities which own and manage most levees often lack expertise needed to expedite needed rehabilitations. With the average age of levees in Pennsylvania approaching the typical design life of a levee system, further action is needed to keep Pennsylvanians safe from flooding.

Read more Here, and don’t forget to use this link to tell your elected officials about the Report.

2019-2020 Philadelphia Section Officers and Board of Directions

The recommended slate of Section officers and Board members was developed by the Nominating Committee and presented to the Section Board at its March meeting. The Board moved to adopt this recommended slate for the coming season. This slate is as follows:

Kazi M. Hassan, Pennoni
Jennifer Reigle, Pennoni
Vice President
Briana Earle, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Joe Natale, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Assistant Treasurer
Caroline "Cricket" Slattery, Advantage Engineers
Mohamed A. Elghawy, Traffic Planning & Design, Inc.
Assistant Secretary
Jeanien Wilson, Philadelphia Department of Streets
Membership Secretary
Andrew Bechtel, College of New Jersey
Kevin Brown, Urban Engineers, Inc.
Mike DeVuono, Arcadis
Greg Dunn, WSP
Spencer Finch, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Tania O'kane
Nha Truong, Ernst & Young

Past Presidents
Angelo Waters, Urban Engineers, Inc.
Cathy Farrell, HNTB
Guy DiMartino, Traffic Planning & Design, Inc.

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!

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President's Message - April 2019





Time does fly….Unbelievable as it is (to me anyway), this is my sendoff message for the 2018-2019 ASCE year. I took a moment to recall my opening message from last summer. The message mentioned that I looked forward to working with our talented and engaged Board to bring the Philadelphia Section members and friends interesting and informative programs. Our amazing Section members, Board, technical presenters, and volunteers stepped up in a big way. Below are just a few of the events were planned and offered throughout the year:

  • Lessons Learned on the Vine Street Expressway – Coordinated by Kazi M. Hassan, Presented by James J. Pezzotti (Pennoni)
  • Dehumidification of Suspension Bridge Cables – Coordinated by the Philadelphia Younger Member Forum, Presented by Barry Colford and Joshua Pudleiner (AECOM)
  • Frankford Avenue Bridge: Rehabilitation of the Oldest Bridge in the United States – Joint ASCE/ASHE Event, Presented by Michael Cuddy (TransSystems) and Alex Craft (Loftus)
  • Walt Whitman Bridge: Painting Suspension Span and Tower Project, Coordinated by Kazi M. Hassan, Presented by Michael Venuto (DRPA), Herman Lloyd (JMT), and Stuart Rankin (WSP)

In addition to these technical dinner events, our Section, along with the other three Pennsylvania Sections, had the opportunity to unveil the 2018 PA Report Card (PARC) on Infrastructure. We have since rolled out a monthly communication campaign that will highlight each of the 18 infrastructure categories presented in the PARC. This month’s topic is Bridges and I, along with several other Section members, will bring the many messages of the PARC to our State legislature on April 30th. This month’s message is “More Than Double the National Average – 18.3% of PA’s Bridges are Rated in ‘Poor’ Condition. The additional funding from Act 89 passed in November 2013 has brought much needed investment to the transportation system, but more work needs to be done.”

Our Younger Member Forum, currently led by Eammon Farley, and our Technical Groups found a way to exceed their already stratospheric standards. Among technical sessions, networking events, student nights, K-12 outreach, community service, and general value-added member programs, these groups consistently put our civil engineering in the forefront to seasoned professionals and emerging student and graduate engineers.

My final thanks is to our amazing Board; which if I know the format of the newsletter, each individual is listed to the right of this message. These are people that I hold the utmost respect for from a professional and even more so from a personal point of view. They take the time out of their day and all too many nights to make our Section the Gold Standard in the United States and abroad. I ask that anyone reading these please reach out to our Board members and express your gratitude and please feel free to share your ideas on how we can make our Section even better in 2019-2020 and beyond.

I wish Kazi all the best next year as the incoming President and pledge my support to him and our Section.


Angelo J. Waters, PE, LEED® AP

President, ASCE Philadelphia ASCE Section

ajwaters@urbanengineers.com | 215-284-3161