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ASCE 2022 PA Infrastructure Report Card - Call for Category Volunteers!

Category Volunteers are responsible for assisting the Category Champion in the effort of grading and writing their chosen Report Card category with the additional support of our Report Card co-chairs and ASCE HQ. The effort is 9-12 months long with an intended release date of May 2022.

Champions for the following categories are needed:

- Aviation
- Bridges
- Dams
- Drinking Water
- Energy
- Freight Rail
- Hazardous Waste
- Inland Waterways
- Levees
- Parks & Recreation
- Passenger Rail
- Ports
- Roads
- Schools
- Solid Waste
- Stormwater
- Transit
- Wastewater
 

For more information and to volunteer please email our co-chairs David DiGioia (ddigioia@mcmahonassociates.com) and Michelle Madzelan (memadzelan@elagroup.com).

 

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.

 

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President's Message - Summer 2021

 

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

 

As I start my presidency for our 109th year, I am so thankful for last year’s board and for working together on continuing to offer all of our member benefits including PDH worthy virtual webinars, virtual networking and creating an online webinar library. I am looking forward to working with our board for this upcoming year in hopes to transition back to our “normal” in person dinner meetings and events. We all miss the in person networking and of course the delicious food at Maggiano’s. As we plan for shifting back to our in person meetings this fall we know it may not be the full “normal” from before the pandemic at first, but having everyone in the same room networking face to face is what we all really miss. Our board will be working over the summer to formalize our transition back to in person events and are looking forward to seeing everyone together again this fall. We have our summer planning meeting scheduled for the beginning of August where we will discuss what initiatives and informative programs we will have lined up for this upcoming year. 

As our region has been opening up I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer with family, friends and staying cool through some of the heat waves that have come through our region. I am looking forward to seeing everyone together again this fall!

 

Best,

Briana Pampuch, PE

President, ASCE Philadelphia Section

bpampuch@langan.com | 215-491-6548