Happy 100 TxDOT!
April 4, 2017 marked the 100-Year anniversary of the Texas Department of Transportation. Our magazine, Texas Civil Engineer (TCE), ran a cover story on its history. TxDOT is celebrating its centennial in style, with a traveling exhibit, a fold out illustration, and a book - Miles and Miles of Texas: 100 Years of the Texas Highway Department by Carol Dawson and Roger Allen Polson. The Section's History and Heritage Committee Chair, Melinda Luna PE, wrote a book review available in the Spring issue of the TCE and the Section is offering a FREE webinar August 10, 2017 at noon.
May 15 - 19, 2017
Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens together with one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. From May 15 - 19, leaders and citizens around America will highlight the state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more – and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to keep America competitive, prosperous, and safe.
March 2017 marked ASCE's release of the latest Infrastructure Report Card and is proof positive that it is #TimeToBuild. Is an overall grade of a D+ acceptable to you?
The Section plans on releasing its state report card during Infrastructure Week. Are you interested in sharing the Section's findings in your local area? Let us know, the Section will help spread the word about infrastructure in Texas - what infrastructure in the state is thriving and where we could do better. Contact your Branch President and our Executive Director, Lindsay O'Leary PE, LEED AP for ways to get the word out to your state representatives or in your community.
"Organizing Your Deck Chairs" Leadership Weekend in Houston with President Elect Larry Goldberg PE
It all starts here! Shaping the Section requires much preparation and perspective. ASCE Texas Section President Elect Larry Goldberg will guide Section leaders into our 2017 - 2018 year starting with a reception the evening of June 9, all day June 10 and morning of June11 at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside. The weekend will feature an "Organizing Your Deck Chairs" theme. There will be fun family activities in the evening and many opportunities to meet other members from across Texas. Are you interested? Ask your Branch President for a recommendation.
CECON 2017 Sponsorships Available Now
Be a sponsor for the Texas Civil Engineering Conference. (CECON) This year's theme is "Resiliency in Engineering: A Proactive Collaboration."
New Exhibitor + Sponsor opportunities are available for 2017 including:
Exhibitor + Supporter Package
Two (2) Tabletop Exhibit Spaces
Two (2) full conference registration
Plus all Supporter benefits
Exhibitor + Supporter Package (Lite)
One (1) Tabletop Exhibit Spaces
Two (2) full conference registration
Plus all Supporter benefits
Exhibitor + Benefactor Package
One (1) Tabletop Exhibit Space
One (1) full conference registration
Two (2) complimentary exhibit hall passes
Plus all Benefactor benefits
Download the Sponsorship Packet here. Sponsorship questions: contact Travis Attanasio PE, at 817.946.0355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer for CECON
Hosting an annual conference is no easy task. The Conference Planning Committee is always in need of volunteers. Are you interested in being part of the most phenomenal civil engineering conference in Texas? Fill out this form and be part of our planning team.
Calendar of Events
April 7, 2017
Corpus Christi Branch Symposium for Engineering and Leadership (S.E.a.L.)
April 11, 2017
Webinar: When Rivers and Infrastructure Collide
May 9, 2017
Webinar: Drainage Infrastructure Analytics - Identifying the Worst First
May 15 - 19, 2017
May 19, 2017
Free Webinar: 2017 Update to the Report Card for Texas' Infrastructure - more details to come
June 9 - 11, 2017
Executive Committee Meeting and
Texas Section Leadership Development Weekend
August 10, 2017
Webinar: Miles and Miles of Texas
September 20-22, 2017
San Marcos, Texas
April 11, 2017 | Noon - 1 PM CT | 1 PDH
Freese and Nichols Inc. (FNI) fluvial geomorphologists conducted a desktop and field analysis along approximately 25 river miles of the Lower Brazos River in Fort Bend County, Texas. The river valley contains Holocene alluvium and Pleistocene terrace deposits. The river is actively eroding and naturally migrates across the landscape over time. The study documented that the river was constantly changing prior to development in the region, the river has continued to change since infrastructure was constructed, and that the river will continue to change in the future, albeit on a different trajectory than during the period prior to development.
To evaluate the fluvial geomorphologic complexity, the study included: a review of available literature related to the geomorphic setting for the Lower Brazos River; an evaluation of river meander migration through desktop analysis; mathematical predictions of meander migration; and an evaluation of erosion and scour using topographic data and field observations, local two-dimensional flow modeling and review of geotechnical data.
Read more here and register.
May 9, 2017 | Noon - 1 PM CT | 1 PDH
SWEET is a computerized GIS toolbar that allows a non-political & transparent process to identify the “Worst First” areas. The toolbar uses information from several databases to analyze & prioritize the need for stormsewer drainage improvements. The DEA analysis automates the process to calculate the flows at different locations for different storm events, enabling the City to pinpoint the inadequacy of just one or more components within the 33 million feet of interconnected drainage system.
Learn more and register here.
Dream Big Highlights Across Texas
Approximately 400 college students, professionals and family members viewed the Dream Big film at the Premier Cinema in El Paso during the ASCE Texas Student Symposium. Here's what they said through the Symposium App:
"Dream BIG love it! The best movie ever" - Karina Rivera, Student, LaSalle
"Dare to dream BIG" - Maria Frias, UT Arlington Student Chapter President
"Time to Dream Big" Paulina Rojas, Paddling Team, Texas Tech.
Eight of the Section's Branches were awarded grants totaling more than $8,000 in early February. Read how these Branches spread the joy of engineering with Dream Big on Executive Director Lindsay O'Leary's blog.
Section Award Nominations Reminder
May 1 is the deadline to submit award nominations for the following Section honors:
Award of Honor
Professional Service Award
History and Heritage Award
Service to People Award
Professional Service to Students Award
Government Civil Engineer Award
John A. Focht, Jr. Citizen Engineer Award
Lifetime Service Award
To get information on nomination procedures, please contact Arthur M. Clendenin PE, Texas Section Honors Committee Chair. The nomination form for ASCE Texas Section Awards is available in PDF and text (docx) formats. Awards will be presented at CECON 2017.
In The News
Texas ranked 38 overall in the United States, dragged down sharply by poor scores in three key areas: infrastructure, education & opportunity ow.ly/IWbz309yM6J
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