From the opening plenary session with journalist and author Ali Velshi to the Industry Leaders Forum on shale energy opportunities and challenges, we certainly had an eventful week at our 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 9-12. Events like the technical tours, the Distinguished Lecture Series, the Leadership and Society Awards Breakfast, the Celebration of Leaders Luncheon, and the closing general session luncheon with comedian Jimmy Tingle, kept attendees engaged and informed with a seamless blending of sessions, meetings, speakers, and awards presentations. Once again, ASCE provided an invigorating environment to learn and network while honoring the leaders of the profession. Our 2013 annual conference was a great success.
Now that our 2013 annual conference is over it is time to start thinking about attending our Global Engineering Conference 2014 in Panama City, Panama, October 7-11. With the theme Giga Projects Unlocking Complexity, ASCE will partner with Engineers Without Borders–USA and gather together engineers from around the world to explore risk management and mitigation on major infrastructure projects. Against the backdrop of the Panama Canal, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary, we will provide an invigorating program. Highlighting the conference will be technical tours of both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Panama Canal Expansion, which is set to open in early 2015. Don’t forget to apply for or renew your passport. Specific information on passport requirements can be found at the U.S. Department of State website.
I am pleased to announce the availability of ASCE’s new online continuing education course on “Construction Project Management.” This 7-part, eight-hour course is designed to provide both new and experienced construction project managers with fresh approaches to their project planning and tracking, and to share little-known tips and techniques for creating and updating effective schedules in Microsoft Project. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to create a work breakdown structure for any project; create and maintain a powerful schedule; develop cost estimates “for free” using software features; use Earned Value Management (EVM) comfortably to monitor and control projects; and feel confident updating Microsoft Project files and creating meaningful templates for other projects. Upon completing the course and passing an online test, you will earn 8 PDHs. Order by December 31 and save 25%.
And through the end of December, you’ll save 25% when you order any of ASCE’s many on-demand seminars. ASCE’s on-demand seminars offer a convenient way for you to obtain state-of-the-practice training and earn PDHs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These programs are developed by experts and available for a variety of technical areas, and in your choice of format, to meet the demands facing today’s engineers.
If you haven’t yet heard, ASCE is pleased to announce the winners of our first annual international bridge photography contest. Out of the nearly 1,400 submissions from civil engineers and photographers in 55 countries, a panel of expert judges – three civil engineers, two photographers, and one designer – selected 13 winners across several categories, including best general photo, best green bridge, best small town or city bridge, best new bridge, best high-dynamic-range photograph of a bridge, and best bridge photo by an ASCE student member. Plus, more than 8,000 bridge enthusiasts voted to select a Viewers’ Choice winner. Winning photos will also appear in ASCE’s popular 2014 Bridges Calendar, so order yours today.
I would like to share with you our new Insights podcast featuring Peter J. Zipf, P.E., F.ASCE, chief engineer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Zipf is responsible for managing the Engineering Department’s day-to-day operations, which provide the design, structural integrity, construction management, and quality assurance services for the Port Authority’s Capital and Operating programs. Those programs involve major projects at the Port Authority facilities, which include airports; tunnels, bridges, and terminals; ports; and the PATH rail system. In this free podcast, Zipf shares his perspectives on civil engineering today, including challenges and opportunities; how he’s seen the profession evolve over the years; and where he sees its future. Hear about the work experiences that prepared Zipf for his current responsibility, overseeing a massive infrastructure network serving the nation’s largest metro region.
You’ve heard of Black Friday, but do you know about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a call to action and a day to prove that giving back to our communities is part of a great tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism that helps make our nation strong. That is why the ASCE Foundation is a Giving Tuesday partner. But we need your help to exceed last year’s level of support and I would like to personally ask you to be a part of Giving Tuesday by making an online gift to the ASCE Foundation on December 3.
As Giving Tuesday approaches, we want to know your reasons for giving back through philanthropy. Do you give to inspire, to serve, or to connect? Follow us on Facebook to share your reason to give.
— PATRICK J. NATALE, P.E., CAE, F.ASCE