Benefiting from Diversity and Inclusion

March 2, 2015
ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith

ASCE Executive Director, Tom Smith

As a global civil engineering society, ASCE frequently advocates the need for diversity and inclusion.

Engineers work on complex infrastructure projects that are composed of multidisciplinary teams of individuals who require robust problem-solving abilities. No doubt, diversity improves the critical decision-making on these projects.

There was one important thing the 46 engineering society leaders discovered at the Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering session conducted at the American Association of Engineering Societies meeting in November. We all agreed that there is a greater need for associations and companies to continue to develop and implement a more comprehensive, integrated, and strategic focus on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and within the engineering community.

To that end, on Feb. 24, ASCE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to collaboratively provide the leadership needed to inspire, attract, develop, and retain our current and next generation of black engineering leaders. With this understanding, ASCE and NSBE believe we are uniquely and strategically positioned to address this U.S. engineering workforce development and innovation challenge.

It is easy to talk about diversity and inclusion, but this Memorandum of Understanding outlines the collaborative and accountable actions ASCE is committed to undertake through our strategic partnership. Through the work of our Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, ASCE is committed to building a sustainable, inclusive work environment as a way of doing business within the Society and the civil engineering profession.

Tom Smith

ASCE: Your Professional Community

Renew and Give With LogoBy making a gift to the ASCE Foundation when you are renewing your annual membership, you can make a lasting impact on the civil engineering profession for generations to come. The generous gifts the Foundation receives from members like you have helped support ASCE programs such as our ExCEEd teaching workshops, the National Concrete Canoe Competition, the National Steel Bridge Competition, pre-college outreach, the 2013 Report Card, the ISI Envision sustainability rating tool, Section 100th anniversary celebrations, and much more. It enables our profession to have an even larger impact on the communities we serve. The Foundation depends on your generosity. Will you think about helping the Foundation when you are renewing your membership? Simply add a gift to the Foundation as a line item in Step 2, “Gifts to the Profession,” on your renewal form. Learn more about the programs your gifts to the Foundation support.

downloadTo assist members in advancing sustainable practice, ASCE is continuing to develop a variety of new online courses on topics. Today’s civil engineer needs to know how to meet project owner needs and contribute to sustainable performance, while taking into account significantly changing operating conditions. Our newest online course, Sustainable Land Use, will provide engineers with a basic foundation of sustainable land use planning principles and tools, and will assist you in designing infrastructure systems that encourage and support sustainable lifestyles as well as preserve and sustain native species, human heritages, and social opportunities. You will learn about the most common land use planning tools that drive where and how development and redevelopment occur; you will also gain the ability to address major sustainability challenges through practical application of principles of sustainable land use. For additional information on ASCE’s new Sustainable Land Use course and on ASCE’s other sustainability courses, please visit our website.

Pier G N Slip Fill 2Last year, the Port of Long Beach received ASCE’s 2014 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award for their Pier G Slip Fill and Associated Dredging project, which removed more than 80 acres of contaminated sediment from the former Naval Complex at the West Basin of the Port of Long Beach.  What about your project? ASCE is now accepting applications for its 2015 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award. The criteria used to evaluate projects are: the extent to which innovative design or construction methods improve economic, social, and environmental sustainability; the promise shown by the innovation to extend future developments in sustainability; and the degree to which the project extends public understanding of sustainability in construction. ASCE is particularly interested in projects that previously received sustainability awards from local Sections, Branches, and institutes. Deadline for application is June 1.

Standard 37-14_front.inddASCE’s latest publication, New Standard 37-14 on Design Loads during Construction, is an important reference for engineers dealing with the challenges presented by design loads during construction-including the often short duration of loading and for the variability of temporary loads.  Many elements of the completed structure that provide strength, stiffness, stability, or continuity may not be present during construction. Design Loads on Structures during Construction, ASCE/SEI 37-14, describes the minimum design requirements for construction loads, load combinations, and load factors affecting buildings and other structures that are under construction. This standard addresses partially completed structures as well as temporary support and access structures used during construction. Embracing comments, recommendations, and experiences that have evolved since the original 2002 edition, this standard serves structural engineers, construction engineers, design professionals, code officials, and building owners.

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