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2021 ASCE Philadelphia Virtual Spring Social & Awards Ceremony

Thank you to those who were able to attend our Virtual Spring Social & Awards Ceremony! If you were not able to attend the event, please click on the image below to view a recording of the event.

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2021-2022 ASCE Philadelphia Section Board

Please welcome the 2021-2022 ASCE Philadelphia Section Board!

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2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure

Check out the newly released 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure! With an overall GPA of C-, outside of the D range earned over the last 20 years, we have made incremental progress toward restoring our nation’s infrastructure. The 2021 grades range from a B in rail to a D- in transit. Five category grades — aviation, drinking water, energy, inland waterways, and ports — went up, while just one category — bridges — went down. And stormwater infrastructure received its first grade: a disappointing D. Overall, eleven category grades were stuck in the D range, a clear signal that our overdue bill on infrastructure is a long way from being paid off. Learn more here and use this link to take action.

 

Teachable – New Webinar Library is Up and Running

The Philadelphia Section has now launched the new Webinar Library on Teachable.com. As a reminder, Teachable.com is an online platform where the ASCE Philadelphia Section will upload our recorded PDH-worthy webinars, which can be watched at one's own pace and time to earn your PDH. There will still be a delay from the live webinar to its availability online, so don't miss the chance to ask questions at the live event!

Each active member of the ASCE Philadelphia Section has been automatically enrolled in and will receive an email from Teachable.com in the coming days, confirming that you have been added to this program. If your email address hasn't already been used to create a Teachable.com account, you'll also receive instructions on how to do so. For further questions please see our FAQ page. If you haven't received this email, but think you are current on your Philadelphia Section dues, please fill out this form, and we'll get back to you.

Hopefully everyone has had a chance to check out the PDH-worthy, recorded webinars on our Webinar Library on Teachable. Active, dues-paying members of the ASCE Philadelphia Section receive this benefit for FREE. Webinars are also available for purchase by non-members for the same price as the live webinar ($15) or as a 1-year access bundle of $70. Please see our FAQ page if you have any questions about the platform. Please note that membership renewal is currently ongoing (as of January 1, 2021) so your FREE access to the Webinar Library will only remain so if you renew your membership with the Section. If you have not yet renewed, you will receive an email from the Section in the next couple of weeks. Click here to renew your membership.

We're very excited to bring this Webinar Library to our members!

 

Community Health and Safety Update

Like all of you, ASCE Philadelphia and its Technical Groups are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation, including Governor Wolf's statewide orders. Our Section will continue to make judgement calls and recommendations based on federal and state guidance regarding hosting upcoming events. The Section holds the member's health and safety as our top priority. For events that we determine should not be held as planned, we will send out a cancellation or postponement notice. We ask for your patience as we continue to navigate through this situation and urge our membership to follow CDC’s guidelines to stay safe and healthy.

While adjusting to this new norm of working from home, feel free to visit ASCE Society's COVID-19 Resource site.

If you have any questions regarding an event, please contact the event contact person listed on your registration and/or the event website.

Thank you for being a valued member of ASCE and its Philadelphia Section.

 

 

Government and Policy News

For the latest in Government affairs and policies, please see our Government and Policy page.

 

Thanks to Our Section Sponsors - 29th 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 have begun our 29th year of the Section Sponsorship program. Thus far, 12 companies have committed to be participate for this season. 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.

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

 

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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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President's Message - May 2021

 

 

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

 

So here we are at the end of the 2020-2021 ASCE year…I know, I feel like I just wrote my first President’s Message! Obviously, this past year has been quite different from our previous 107 ones. I am still not used to addressing a “room” full of attendees via Zoom when I only get to see a few faces (presenters and moderators). Our incredible Section members, Board, presenters, and volunteers have stepped up to make this year more successful than any of us imagined.

First, we all pivoted and learned how to navigate a virtual world. By doing so, we were able to host over 50 events, including technical sessions, networking events, student outreach and community service:

  • ASCE Section Monthly Meetings, featuring our Student Chapters at each one
  • Multi-Technical Meeting – not 1 but 2!
  • ASCE Welcome Back Social & Awards Ceremony
  • DVGI Student Night
  • ASCE Section Trivia Night
  • SEI, EWR, Construction, DVGI and TD&I Technical Webinars
  • YMF Engineering Your Mind
  • YMF Critical Issues Seminar

One may have thought that all the above could have been enough for a year, however, it is exciting to know that we went beyond this.  We can all take pride in knowing that we are part of a group of committed and dynamic people that continue to rise to the challenge and foster an engaging environment for the  advancement of our goals .  Other noteworthy highlights from the past year include:

  • Section Board members developed and launched our Webinar Library that allows Section members to obtain PDHs by viewing recorded webinars and answering a brief form.
  • The Transportation & Urban Development technical group pursued and obtained institute status to officially become T&DI.
  • SEI Philadelphia has been named the 2021 SEI Local Chapter of the Year Award. Congratulations on this honor!
  • Our very own Bill Thomsen and Kevin Brown were named Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year, respectively

Thank you to an incredible Board! You all take time out of your days, and often times nights and weekends, to make our Section run seemingly effortless. I encourage those reading this to get to know who these Officers, Directors, Appointees and Honorary Members are by checking them out on our website. These are the folks you can reach out to say “thanks” and express any ideas on how to make our Section even better next year and beyond!

Before I wrap up my farewell message, I want to take a moment to highlight the fact that for the first time in the Section’s history we will have women in consecutive leadership terms. Briana Pampuch, I wish you all the best next year! I am eager to see the strides the Section will take next year with her leadership and the support of an amazing Board and membership.

Thank you again to all of the support of our sponsors and membership this past year. We look forward to your continued support in the 2021 – 2022 year.

 

Best,

Jen Reigle, PE

Philadelphia ASCE Section President

jreigle@pennoni.com