The New ASCE Convention Adds More PDH Opportunities

September 11, 2015
Transit authority teams replace a train switch in a subway tunnel damaged by Hurricane Sandy floodwaters. A short course at the ASCE 2015 Convention explores New York's response to Sandy and emergency preparedness overall.
Transit authority teams replace a train switch in a subway tunnel damaged by Hurricane Sandy floodwaters. A short course at the ASCE 2015 Convention explores New York's response to Sandy and emergency preparedness overall.

With so many professional development hours available to earn at the ASCE 2015 Convention, attending civil engineers may need to take up a different field of expertise – cloning.

“You might want to be in two places at the same time,” laughed Greg Scott, P.E., M.ASCE, member of the ASCE Convention Advisory Council and chair of its Technical Program Subcommittee. “We wanted to offer a large number to give people maximum flexibility.”

Coming Oct. 11-14 to Times Square’s Marriott Marquis in New York City, the ASCE Convention features the opportunity for attendees to obtain as many as 19.5 professional development hours – the most ever for ASCE’s annual gathering.

“With the continuing education requirements for your licensure, if someone is going to attend the Convention, maximizing the continuing-ed hours is a huge benefit,” Scott said.

The convention offers attendees many ways to earn PDHs, including technical tours, short courses, technical programs, and plenary sessions.

Resilience is a recurring theme in many of the offerings. One of the short courses, Oct. 11, analyzes New York’s response to 2012’s Super Storm Sandy. Another technical session, Oct. 13, discusses how communities can improve their disaster resilience. The history and heritage of New York City infrastructure is a key component of the technical tours and program, including a session on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Scott said the Advisory Council designed the schedule to offer a diverse array of options for all types of civil engineers. Boeing will conduct a session on civil engineering’s role in the development of the 787 Dreamliner jet, appealing to those interested in aviation. Engineers focused on green technology and innovation will appreciate Los Angeles County’s 90-minute session on its sustainability program.

“We’re really excited about this year’s program,” Scott said about the new ASCE Convention, which updates the Society’s former annual conference to be more inclusive. “It’s the best I’ve seen. It covers all aspects of civil engineering, all our disciplines. It’s really tremendous.

“The challenge is which session do you go to? You have to make some hard decisions.”

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