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Centennial Books Have Arrived!

The books have arrived! Books will be sold at the upcoming Spring Social and can be ordered (and shipped) via this link:

Order your copy of the ASCE Philadelphia Centennial Book here!

Orders will be processed monthly.

ASCE Presents - Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World

ASCE is proud to announce that Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World, will premiere in giant-screen theaters Engineers Week, February 2017.

Combined with educational programming and powerful media, Dream Big will:
Inform the public about the important work engineers do, helping to heighten interest and change perceptions about the profession
Inspire young people to consider careers in engineering
Answer the demand for K-12 engineering education resources, in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards

Stay tuned for more information on how you can view ASCE Dream Big film here in Philadelphia.


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:

Marc Preim
STV Inc.
1818 Market Street
Suite 1410
Philadelphia, PA 19103-3616

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.

ASCE Call for Volunteers - Philadelphia Section Committees 

We are looking for motivated volunteers to support/lead our various committees.  As you can see from below, there is no shortage of options.

- Scholarship
Public Info/Relations
Section History and Heritage
Legislative Affairs
Government Employee Outreach
Humphrey Fund
Delaware Valley Science Fair Judging
Engineers Week Programing
Professional Development/Continuing Education
OTHER (Is there something you want the Section to focus on? – Let us Know!)

If you are interested in joining any of the above committees or just want to learn about what these committees are all about please contact our Section Membership Secretary, Nha Truong (Nha.Truong@phila.gov) or our Section President, Guy DiMartino (gdimartino@trafficpd.com).

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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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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.


2014 Report Card on PA's Infrastructure - Press Release Announcement

The 2014 Report Card for Pennsylvania's Infrastructure was officially released at 12:01 AM on June 25, 2014. The PA Report Card assigns letter grades in several categories including transportation, public transit, water resources, and other important infrastructure topics relating to public safety and economic development. The Philadelphia Section held a press conference at 30th Street Station to release and discuss the Report Card.



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Presidents Message - March 2017




The Section has been busy over the last few weeks. On February 28, we held a networking event which provided a more informal atmosphere for members to interact. On March 9, we had a sold-out crowd at Maggiano’s to learn about the 30-year journey of the Delaware River Dredging. The March meeting marked the Section’s final meeting at Maggiano’s until the Fall.

After the Spring-like weather in February, and the “blizzard” in March, the Spring season has officially arrived. Every year, March Madness, Opening Day and The Masters are signs for me and other sports fans that Spring is upon us. In the Section, the signs of Spring are always our annual Technical Group Multi-Topic Meeting with breakout sessions in April, and the Spring Social in May. During the April 6 meeting we will also honor the Section’s new Life Members and Past Presidents. The May 4 Spring Social will celebrate the Section’s achievements for this past year and induct the new Section Board for the upcoming year. Also, between these events is a private screening of the IMAX film, “Dream Big”, at the Franklin Institute on April 11. This is a family-friendly film and we are excited to showcase it in Philadelphia.

Finally, the United States received a “D+” in ASCE’s newly released 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which graded 16 categories of infrastructure. The country’s 2013 report card, which also received a “D+”, estimated that $3.6 trillion investment would be needed by 2020 to improve the nation’s infrastructure to a good level. Under the current Report Card, that investment estimate is now nearly $4.6 trillion by 2025. It is estimated that if current spending levels continue, the country’s need will fall short by $2 trillion. In 2018, Pennsylvania’s report card will also be issued. In 2014, Pennsylvania’s infrastructure received a “C-”. Please look for opportunities to assist in the State Report Card update in the near future, as we look to keep the momentum going for better infrastructure. It is important that everyone to continue to use your voices to remind our elected officials of the critical condition of our infrastructure and the continued need for a solution.

Sincerely, Guy DiMartino, P.E.

President, ASCE Philadelphia Section