The Federal Highway Trust Fund is headed toward insolvency in a matter of months, and in an effort to avert this crisis, ASCE recently launched FixTheTrustFund.org. On June 11, I wrote a post for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Fast Lane blog urging members of Congress to find a long-term, sustainable solution to the Highway Trust Fund. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx responded by thanking me for this contribution, and even used ASCE’s campaign hashtag (#FixTheTrustFund) to spread the message. Now I am encouraging you to get involved. This new website offers a simple way for everyone to learn about how the Highway Trust Fund insolvency will affect them, and even includes information and videos that show the costs of Congressional inaction. The site urges action through a Change.org petition as well as the ability to send a message directly to your member of Congress. Users will be able to stay up to date on the issues through a dedicated blog feed as well as by following and sharing #FixTheTrustFund on social media. It’s time to fix the Federal Highway Trust Fund. Can you help?
Do you have expertise in methods for estimating the intensity of tornadoes and other severe windstorms? ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is seeking members for a new committee that will develop a national consensus standard on estimating wind speeds in tornadoes and other windstorms. The content of the standard would include improvements to the existing damage-based Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale to address known problems and limitations, incorporation of additional methods to estimate intensity such as those based on radar measurements, treefall pattern analysis, and forensic engineering analysis, and archiving of the data used for estimating wind speeds. If you are interested, submit an online application. Look for “Wind Speed Estimation in Tornadoes” after choosing SEI from the Institute dropdown menu.
25 years after the Panama Canal opened, the U.S. Congress approved funding to construct a Third Locks Project to exceed the capacity of the canal’s 110-foot-wide locks. However, America’s entry into World War II prematurely shut down that project. The dream of civil engineers in 1939 to double the capacity of the Panama Canal by creating a new lane of traffic and allowing for more and larger ships will finally become a reality in 2015 when the expansion project is expected to be completed. As the legendary Panama Canal is celebrating its 100th anniversary, you too can be part of that dream by joining me at our Global Engineering Conference 2014 , October 7-11 in Panama City, Panama. Each month new and exciting details of the conference become available, including keynote speakers, distinguished lecturers, the conference program, an EWB-USA credit course, events, and an inspiring video highlighting the engineering feats of the Panama Canal. Included in your registration is an exclusive tour of the Panama Canal. Registration is now open, nos vemos en Panamá.
Mark your calendar for the most exciting week of the year in lifelong learning for civil engineers. ASCE Week 2014 is an information-packed continuing education event that will take place September 22-26 at the beautiful Venetian Palazzo Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada. ASCE Week offers the Society’s most popular face-to-face seminars in one location, and when you attend, you will benefit from significant discounts on seminar registration fees. Save up to $800 when you register for 2 seminars by August 29. And as an added bonus, you also will receive a reduced early-bird registration fee when you register for a single ASCE Week seminar by August 29. Choose from 9 state-of-the-practice ASCE seminars that will address a wide variety of technical and management topics and you will have the opportunity to earn up to 32 PDHs (3.2 CEUs) to meet your P.E. license renewal requirements – all in one week in one location! The program also features a special midweek tour of the Hoover Dam, the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and Lake Mead. Plus, you will have the opportunity to network with colleagues, share ideas and information, and learn from some of the leading practitioners in the civil engineering profession. Join me for a great opportunity to combine training with fun.
Have you taken advantage of your 5 free PDHs? If traveling to Las Vegas for ASCE Week isn’t in the cards this year, you can help meet your requirements for continuing education by choosing up to 5 free ASCE On-Demand Webinars. You’ll earn PDHs for each one you complete and pass. ASCE members can choose from more than 60 archived webinars to get the state-of-the-practice education you need right in your home or office – all as a free member benefit. Begin earning your free PDHs today.
Staying involved with the Society after college can help students continue to grow professionally. A newly released video produced by the Committee on Younger Members, ASCE After College: Beyond Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe introduces younger engineers who are emerging professionals in their field. These young professionals talk out about what they learned while participating in ASCE student chapters that helped them transition successfully to life after college. I encourage you to watch the video and learn why ASCE Student Chapter membership matters and see how ASCE values the student member experience.
What better way to stay connected with the ASCE Foundation than by receiving their e-Newsletter? The eNewsletter links Society members with philanthropic events and activities sponsored by the ASCE Foundation. Delivered quarterly, it provides readers with an inside view of our educational programs, student competitions, Foundation news, and exclusive content. Upcoming editions will highlight the ASCE 2014 National Concrete Canoe Competition and the Foundation’s year-long 20th birthday celebration.
Congratulations to all the winners of ASCE’s “Bridges Inspire!” International Photography Contest. We received over 900 submissions from engineers, students, and photographers from nearly 50 different countries around the world, as well as the greater community of bridge enthusiasts. Our expert judges selected 14 winners in 7 different categories. But the contest is not over. Our final category, the Viewer’s Choice Award is now open for voting until August 31. All of the winning photos are eligible to appear in ASCE’s 2015 Bridges Calendar.