A Dream Realized

January 6, 2017
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

The wait is almost over for the giant-screen film Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

The giant-screen film, presented by Bechtel and produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with ASCE, premieres Feb. 15 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., followed by other museums and theaters all over North America, Feb. 17.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to watch the trailer.

Dream Big: Engineering our World is a monumental achievement for ASCE, our members, and civil engineering as a profession. It emphasizes the important work engineers do while inspiring the next generation of children and students to get excited about engineering education and careers.

But we need your help!

I encourage all members to educate yourself about the film and help spread the word to your family and friends, as well as any other groups that might find inspiration. The Dream Big website is an excellent resource, full of information about the film and the engineers you’ll meet on screen. The site includes a comprehensive list of museums and theaters screening Dream Big, so you can find the one nearest you.

Stay up to date with the latest Dream Big news through ASCE News online and the Dream Big Facebook page.

Maybe the most exciting part about Dream Big is the vast array of educational materials that we have developed to go along with the film. We have more than 50 Dream Big hands-on activities, nine webisodes, 12 lesson plans, and three design challenge exhibits to help teachers and parents bring the film to life.

As we say, it’s more than a movie; it’s a movement. Dream Big is a multi-year, multi-part outreach opportunity for all our members.

Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

• Work with a museum or science center

• Connect others with a Dream Big program

• Involve your local ASCE group

• Watch informational webinars
o Dream Big and ASCE
o Dream Big Fundraising

The Dream Big project has been led by ASCE with a coalition of engineering organizations and support from Bechtel, the ASCE Foundation, the United Engineering Foundation and NCEES. I am very thankful for all the sponsors, volunteers and staff who have made this dream a reality.

See you in the popcorn line!





In case you missed them, here are some other exciting developments around the ASCE community:

Win a trip for two to the Dream Big premiere

Enter for a chance to attend the World Premiere of Dream Big at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

For details on the prize and how to enter, visit dreambigfilm.com/sweepstakes/.

ICC vote points to ASCE 7-16 adoption

Governmental members of the International Code Council voted to adopt ASCE 7-16, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures as an International Code Council reference standard, and are waiting for it to be certified by ICC’s governing rules to make the vote official.

ASCE will launch a new online version for members that provides digital access to both the ASCE 7-10 and 7-16 versions of Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, but with enhanced features that make it faster and easier to work within the Standard. Exclusive features include:

• Side-by-side view of the Provisions and Commentary
• Redlining
• Real-time updates
• Annotation and sharing tools
• Robust searching

Debuting with the online version is an accompanying hazard tool, a web-based application that offers a better and easier way to look up key design parameters specified by ASCE 7. The mapping features quickly retrieve your choice of hazard data.

With ASCE 7-16’s approval, it will be included as a reference standard in the 2018 International Building Code and in the 2018 editions of the International Residential Code and International Existing Building Code.

ASCE’s guided online courses include two new courses

The Society’s state-of-the-art learning experience to expand participants’ skills through highly interactive, instructor-led programs is returning for six- and 12-week courses beginning in January 2017. ASCE’s Guided Online Courses will use a wide variety of multimedia – from video lectures, interactive exercises, and case studies to weekly discussion board topics among the enrolled peers.

Each weekly module can be worked on at the learner’s convenience. Course topics include the following:

• Drinking Water Treatment Technology
• Earthquake Engineering for Structures
• Quantity Take-Off: Structures
• Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings
• The Foundation for Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Infrastructure Asset Management

Learn more about how the course works and register today!

ASCE Library: a new look, streamlining your shopping experience

Ease into new content and features that make your browsing of journals, books, proceedings, and standards, as well as the ASCE 7 tools, a much more efficient process. Check out the offerings today!

ASCE Collaborate, an online forum for civil engineers, to launch early this year

ASCE Collaborate provides a dynamic community designed and built just for you. It’s the perfect place for knowledge exchange, content curation, idea incubation, and professional networking.

Look out for its January 18!

Expert shares tips on how to grow your small engineering firm

In a recent edition of Ask Anthony, engineering career adviser and professional engineer Anthony Fasano explains why looking at the bigger picture and thinking big can be keys to discovering how best to grow your small civil engineering business. Look at his latest post and the archive of past posts at the ASCE News Careers & Leadership page.

‘Leadership is communication’ says engineering expert

Civil engineers need to hone their abilities to read people and communicate – the so-called soft skills – says Brent Darnell, Aff.M.ASCE, president and owner of Atlanta-based Brent Darnell International.

Read what he had to say about engineers developing emotional intelligence online at ASCE News.

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