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Larry's Corner

April 2018

What grows larger the more you take away?  (See answer at the end of the article.)

 

What an amazing trip to Washington D.C. for the 2018 ASCE Legislative Fly-In in March.  We were so fortunate to dodge the snowy weather that caused havoc throughout portions of the northeast.

 

While attending the Fly-In, I felt like I needed a translator for the acronyms related to infrastructure funding topics being discussed. The good news is that there were infrastructure funding acronyms being discussed. Key acronyms included: HTF - Highway Trust Fund (centered around the gas tax), AIP - Airport Improvement Program – Aviation Reauthorization, PFC - Passenger Facility Charges, TIGER Grants – Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, WRRDA - Water Resources Reform & Development Act, SRF WIN Act – Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act, WIFIA – Water Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act and SRF – State Revolving Funds. Just to name a few. Look up these topics and familiarize yourself with them. I believe we will be hearing plenty more about these topics over the next several years to come.

 

As suggested last month, and considering Infrastructure Week is approaching, members need to look for opportunities to connect with infrastructure concerns that are near and dear to our Civilization.  Civil Engineers provide infrastructure that is designed and built for the Greater Good (stay tuned for CECON 2018 in September).  Please contact me with your thoughts and ideas on how ASCE Texas Section members can continue to make improvements to our infrastructure and advocate for investment.

 

Answer: A hole.  It will take a “whole” lot of resilient and innovative design, life cycle planning, and leveraged investing to dig our infrastructure needs out of the hole it’s in.

 

Until the next issue – It will be FUN!!!

Sincerely,

Lawrence D. Goldberg, PE

ASCE Texas Section President 2017-2018

lgoldberg@civiltecheng.com

February 2018

What two keys can’t open any door?  (See answer at the end of the article.)

 

I was recently asking myself, would I have liked to be a meteorologist during the past several months? What unbelievable weather changes we have experienced in Texas. After my year as president, I’m looking forward to being able to say, “What unbelievable positive changes we have made in the Texas Section thanks to everyone’s involvement.”

 

The future – what will it unveil for our industry?  Who will be leading the charge?  Are you seeking interns and future hires? The annual Student Symposium is just around the corner in College Station on April 11-14.  This is a fantastic opportunity to interface with the future leadership of our industry. The Symposium is built to give professionals many occasions to meet and spend time with more than 400 students from numerous universities across Texas and Mexico.  I want to inspire your firm to get involved with the career fair, sponsorship, and professional development available at the event. Click here to visit the Symposium website or contact the Texas Section office for further details.

 

I am reaching out to all ASCE members, Civil Engineering Professionals, Public Agencies, and the Construction Industry for your support at the Student Symposium. Engage with the students to look through the eyes of the future.

 

Answer: Monkey and Donkey.  Don’t be like the monkey and donkey who can’t open any doors. Be the key that opens the door to the future for our students and unveils the destiny of the civil engineered world of tomorrow.

 

Until the next issue – It will be FUN!!!

Sincerely,

Lawrence D. Goldberg, PE

ASCE TS President 2017-2018

lgoldberg@civiltecheng.com

January 2018

What is black when you buy it, red as you use it, and grey when you throw it out?  (See answer at the end of the article.)

 

Off to the races- another year is underway.  I am sure everyone is well rested and ready to tackle the New Year with vigor and enthusiasm.  I know we all have an extended list of items to accomplish this year, whether it be personal or work related.

 

Before you know it, September will be here, we will kick off another ASCE Texas Section CECON.  CECON this year will be held September 19-21, 2018.  For those that may not know about CECON, I wanted to provide a short background overview.  The Texas Section used to hold a Texas Section conference twice a year, once in the Spring, and once in the Fall.  Unfortunately, the Texas Section found itself holding a conference with dropping attendance, and rising costs.  To help solve this, the Texas Section decided to revamp the conference into a once a year event.  The intent behind the revamp was to create an event that would be appealing to all sectors of the Civil Engineering Industry and remove the perception that the event was only for ASCE members. 

 

CECON is still a dynamic creation and a work in progress.  Some have mentioned that ASCE Texas Section is not visible enough throughout the event.  We have noted the comments and are developing ways to better market the event.  As I have mentioned in previous publications, most projects whether for the private or public sector of our industry, require multiple disciplines to complete.  We are working diligently to have open arms to collaborate with multiple associations and support each other’s events.  This is crucial if organizations are going to survive in this age of so many choices.  ASCE is the one organization that I still truly believe provides a platform for all disciplines to come together and network.

 

I am reaching out to all ASCE members (Texas Section subscribing or assigned), Civil Engineering Professionals (ASCE members or not), Public Agencies, and the Construction Industry to help us support CECON and develop it into an event that is put on calendars year after year as the event to attend for our industry here in Texas.

 

Thank you for your support, and please contact me with opportunities for new visions, questions, or comments (good or bad).  I want to hear what is on your mind and ways to keep CECON growing.

 

Answer: Coal.  Whether you see CECON as black, red, or grey, I plan to continue to find ways to make CECON a glowing red on fire event for the Texas Section.  Help me fan the fire.

 

Until the next issue – It Will Be Fun!!!

Sincerely,

Lawrence D. Goldberg PE

2017-2018 ASCE Texas Section President 

lgoldberg@civiltecheng.com

 

 

 

 

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