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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.

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.

Calling All Volunteers! It’s PA Infrastructure Report Card Time Again!

Jason D. Bowes has stepped up to Chair the committee for the 2018 Report Card for Pennsylvania's Infrastructure and he needs volunteers to make the 2018 Report Card happen. The target areas for the Report Card include: Dams, Drinking Water, Hazardous Waste, Levees, Solid Waste, Waste Water, Aviation, Bridges, Inland Waterways, Ports, Rail, Roads, Transit, Parks and Recreation, Schools and Energy. Each category will need a Champion and group of team members that will conduct the research and analysis for their topic.

James is looking for both ASCE members and non-members to step-up to be either a Champion or a subject area volunteer. The Champions should be ASCE Members in good standing who are active in one of the PA ASCE Sections with an interest in their respective target area. The anticipated time commitment for champions is about 4 to 8 hours per month. The subject area volunteers will work with these champions to complete the necessary work within each target area. We also would like to see involvement by students and Younger Members.

If interested in helping with the Report Card in some fashion. Please fill out the following survey, which will help track our volunteer pool, by Clicking Here.

Please reach out to Jason Bowes at jbowes@gpinet.com or 570-703-0458 for more information or with any questions.

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.

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.


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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President's Message - October 2017




Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the fall. In the world of the Philadelphia Section of ASCE, we’ve been doing great. Our first dinner meeting of the year was sold out! Our new check-in procedures, including a “fast pass” line for those who brought their pre-paid printed tickets, worked perfectly and got people into the cocktail hour faster. We’re encouraging everyone to pay on-line and to take advantage of this new feature. I also would like to thank Section Past President William Thomsen, PE and Edwin Williamson, PE of Urban Engineers for presenting the “New York City East Side Access and 2nd Avenue Subway Projects”… truly engineering marvels. In other news within our Section, John Peirce, PE of Peirce Engineering, Inc., was promoted to the “Fellow” membership grade. his esteemed membership grade is only held by 3% of ASCE members.

During the ASCE National Convention in New Orleans, some exciting things happened. First, Tim Abel, EIT of Pennoni Associates, was recognized as a runner-up for the National Daniel W. Mead Prize for his paper on professional ethics. Second, with the installation of Kristina Swallow as National President, this marks the first time in our organization’s history that the positions of First Past President, President and President Elect are held by women! As an attendee of many ASCE regional leadership conferences over the years, I have seen these women rise through the ranks and have gotten to know each of these women. Their intelligence and leadership abilities made positive lasting impressions on me, and I’m thrilled they’ll be the face of our organization. These women are well qualified for these positions and I’m moved by the example they’re showing….that women can excel in their careers and in professional society organizations.

On a final note, regarding my challenge to each of you to become more engaged in politics, here’s my personal update: I now receive and read daily updates on Pennsylvania legislation that’s being reviewed and committee activities. To do this, I went to www.legis.state.pa.us/login. As I write this, I’m happy to see that House Bill 1748 and Senate Bill 172, both related to automated speed enforcement in work zones, are currently in committee sessions being discussed. Personally, I think this will be helpful to change driver behavior in work zones and ultimately help to protect construction workers and drivers. In regard to Pennsylvania’s lack of an approved revenue budget, our Section has a plain language recap of what is happening on our Government and Policy Update page.


Cathy Golata Farrell, PE

President, ASCE Philadelphia Section

cgfarrell@hntb.com 610-290-5108