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Programs and Activities

2010 Annual Report -- Programs & Activities

Opportunities for Growth and Engagement 

ASCE programs and activities are divided into four key areas: Knowledge & Learning, Leadership & Management, Issues & Advocacy, and Membership & Community. 

Knowledge & Learning

As a civil engineer, it is imperative that you have access to the industry’s trends, latest technical innovations, and collaborative networks, as well as the deepest repository of civil engineering knowledge. ASCE ensures that all of these tools are readily available to you. Information you need to work at the highest level is available online, in person, or in print. 

Publications Launches 32nd Technical Journal

Pipelines JournalMeeting the demand by water and wastewater engineers for more specialty information regarding pipelines, the Society launched its 32nd journal, Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice. The quarterly presents in-depth information on water distribution and transmission systems, wastewater collections systems, storm sewers, and conduit applications for power and communication cables.

ExCEEd Workshops Train Hundreds of CE Faculty

Some 48 civil engineering faculty participants from approximately 40 schools took part in the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education teaching workshops at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. ExCEEd, in its 12th year, has as its focus the development of teaching abilities to enable faculty to facilitate student learning. Civil engineering instructors drawn from all levels of experience received ExCEEd fellowships and attended this past summer’s workshops. This year’s graduates are now applying what they have learned, serving as positive civil engineering role models in classrooms around the world.

Civil Engineering Magazine Revised

Civil Engineering magazine was refreshed in 2010 by adding content to the cover, more graphics and shorter articles. The magazine also secured exclusive rights to an excerpt of The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems, by civil engineering scholar Henry Petroski, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE.

Continuing to Set the Standards for the Profession

A number of new technical standards were developed this year:
•  ASCE/SEI 7-10  Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
•  ASCE/EWRI 54-10  Standard Guideline for the Geostatistical Estimation and Block-Averaging of Homogeneous and Isotropic Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity
•  ASCE/T&DI/ICPA 58-10  Structural Design of Interlocking Concrete Pavement for Municipal Streets and Roadways
•  ASCE 19-10  Structural Applications of Steel Cables for Buildings
•  ASCE/SEI 52-10  Design of Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Stacks•  ASCE/G-I 53-10  Compaction Grouting Consensus Guide
•  ASCE/T&DI 58-10  Structural Design of Interlocking Concrete Pavement for Municipal Streets and Roadways 

Launch of E-Books Makes References More Convenient

ASCE books jumped into the move toward convenient accessibility on new technology devices like e-readers and tablets by making hundreds of volumes available as e-books. We partnered with Google Ebooks and digitally published some 440 ASCE books for purchase and reading online. An asset repository and distribution center containing 375 of our most recent titles will automatically feed e-book agencies with new titles as they are published.

Online ASCE Library Grows in Usefulness and Popularity

The online ASCE Library became an even more useful repository of knowledge for the civil engineering profession. It now contains 77,000 papers for a total of more than 650,000 pages from all journals published since 1983 and conference proceedings from the year 2000 onwards.  During the first eight months of 2010, the ASCE Library received 2.2 million article download requests. 

New Clarity for Engineers Aiming for Architectural Specialty

Candidates preparing for the Principles and Practice of Engineering P.E. examination in architectural engineering were given a valuable new study guide, Principles and Practice of Engineering: Architectural Engineering Sample Questions and Solutions. A joint effort by the Architectural Engineering Institute and Professional Activities resulted in a new book covering content areas in the architectural engineering exam. In addition, architectural engineers will have greater clarity on the ABET criteria for proficiency required in different areas.  The AEI Academic Council finalized and adopted the criteria, and submitted it for approval by the ABET Board of Directors.

Symposium Provides Lessons Learned From Hoover Dam

Hoover DamA two-day Hoover Dam Symposium to commemorate the landmark's 75th anniversary was conducted by the History and Heritage Committee and staff. Held in conjunction with the ASCE Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the forum examined technical and historical aspects of the civil engineering icon, including advances in concrete technology, performance of spillways, seismic engineering, and construction management.

Training Program Reinforces Construction Crane Safety

To help forestall future construction crane accidents, the Construction Institute developed and conducted a training program to enhance crane safety. The project, funded with $209,085 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, educated project managers, project owners, and others responsible for installation, movement, and dismantling of mobile cranes and lifting devices at construction sites.

New Book Keeps Engineers Current on Pavement Modeling

Pavement and Materials Testing and Modeling in Multiple Length Scale, the first volume of the new Engineering Mechanics Institute’s Trends in Engineering Mechanics Special Publication series, was published by EMI’s Committee on Mechanics of Pavement. 

Institutes Reach Out Internationally

Delegates from ASCE’s Geo-Institute traveled to Egypt to take part in the triennial meeting of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in October. At the meeting, past G-I president Jean-Louis Briaud was elected the society’s president.
In 2010, the Environmental & Water Resources Institute went global, establishing its first two international chapters in North India and South India.

Continuing Education Helps Engineers Battle a Tough Economy

With strong demand for professional training on a budget, ASCE conducted 250 webinars in 2010. The diversity of topics in virtually all specialties, and the range of instructors continued to expand with the development and launch of many new webinars. In addition, ASCE started to offer convenient online access to archived webinars in the fourth quarter of the year. Archived webinars make it possible for ASCE members to access and attend webinars at any time 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

ASCE’s online Principles of Engineering Exam Review Courses grew in popularity, with 107 sites representing more than 500 engineers taking part in the three winter-spring review courses.

Leadership & Management

Today’s engineers possess skills beyond technical mastery—they are inspiring communicators that drive people, projects, and our society forward. ASCE sets and upholds critical civil engineering standards and showcases excellence through industry awards and recognition. Look to ASCE for the tools and exposure you need to become a complete civil engineer, ready to advance the integrity and impact of our profession.  

ASCE Spreads an Emphasis on Ethics with Training Video

More than 3,000 free copies of Ethicana, the ethics video training program developed in 2009, were distributed. The Ethicana website continued serving as a supplemental resource, including ethics teaching tools for use with the video that depicts a fictional corruption scenario in a Third World developing nation country.

Supporting the Value Women Can Offer in Leadership Roles

The Society joined in a collaborative effort of national leaders from various disciplines serving as a “national ally” for Vision 2020: An American Conversation about Women and Leadership. Led by Drexel University’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, Vision 2020’s goal is to foster a decade of action and education to promote gender equality at the leadership level, leading up to the celebration of the 19th Amendment in 2020. ASCE is one of only two organizations selected to represent the engineering profession.

2010 OPAL Honorees Selected, OCEA Nominees and Winner Chosen

The ASCE Outstanding Projects and Leaders lifetime achievement honorees for 2010 are: Terence E. “Ed” Richardson, P.E., M.ASCE, for construction; Man-Chung Tang, Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M. ASCE, for design; David E. Daniel, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, for education; John W. Morris II, P.E., F.ASCE, for government; and Robert D. Nichol, P.E., F.ASCE, for management.

The 2010 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement nominees included: Arrowhead Tunnels Project-Inland Feeder Program, San Bernardino, California; the Concordia University Wisconsin Lakeshore Environmental Enhancement and Education Project, Mequon, Wisconsin; the Sound Transit Central Link Light Rail: Section 710 (Beacon Hill Station and Tunnels), Seattle; Sutong Bridge, Nantong, China; and the Utah State Capitol Seismic Base Isolation and Restoration, Salt Lake City. The award winner was the Sutong Bridge, Nantong, China. 

Bridge and University Chosen as Civil Engineering Landmarks

Mackinac BridgeMore than 240 historically significant local, national and international civil engineering projects, structures and sites have been recognized over the years as part of ASCE’s Historic Civil Engineering Landmark program.
This year, the Society designated two new National Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks:

•  Mackinac Bridge -- A suspension bridge connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of the state of Michigan; it remains the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.

•  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- Based in Troy, N.Y., RPI offered the first civil engineering degree in the English-speaking world in the 1830s. 

Issues & Advocacy

As the principal champion for our profession, ASCE’s role as the steward of the nation’s infrastructure is one we take very seriously. We work constantly to inform and educate the public and lawmakers about key civil engineering issues and give you the opportunity to ensure that your opinion, and the voice of the profession is heard. 

For details on the progress made on the Society’s three key strategic initiatives -- InfrastructureSustainability and Competency -- see each of those sections in this report.

ASCE’s Vision 2025 Embraced Globally; Translations Launched

Vision 2025 in Spanish and ChineseThe Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 leaped forward in 2010, as the Society’s counterparts in countries from China to Spain endorsed the Vision, even translating it into their native languages. These translations are available on our Web site.

In June, the Spanish Association of Civil Engineers unveiled its translation of Vision 2025 during a roundtable forum where the nation’s prominent civil engineers discussed its applications in their land. The Spanish society and President Leonard jointly signed a Vision 2025 endorsement.

Also that month, President Leonard traveled to Beijing to join his counterpart Tan Qinglian of the Chinese Civil Engineering Society to sign a cooperative agreement on Vision 2025. This too, included a subsequent translation of Vision 2025 into Mandarin Chinese.

Vision 2025 endorsements with Engineers Australia and the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand were signed while President Leonard visited those nations in August.

Civil engineering groups in Poland and Turkey also have received ASCE’s permission to translate the Vision into their native languages.

The Society distributed copies of Achieving the Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025: A Roadmap for the Profession to key constituencies in this country and abroad. The report, which details ways in which Vision 2025 can be implemented, was sent to domestic civil engineering-related organizations, international Agreement of Cooperation societies, Vision 2025 Summit participants, the ASCE Board and other Society officers who were not a part of its creation.

Civil Engineers Tackle National Politics as Congressional Fellows

Two ASCE members were selected as Congressional Fellows, getting the chance to work directly with lawmakers. Kristina Swallow, former owner of AVP Consulting in Las Vegas, served as 2009-2010 Fellow, working for Sen. Tom Udall (D) of New Mexico on transportation and infrastructure issues. The fellowship was so successful Swallow became a full-time legislative assistant for Udall. In the 2010-2011 cycle, the ASCE Congressional Fellow will be Scott Peterson, a project manager with TKE Engineering in Riverside, Calif. 

ASCE Teams Size Up Damage After Haiti, Chile Earthquakes

After Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, two Institute-led teams went to the scene to assess damage to critical infrastructure. The Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering sent a team of 11 engineers to Port-au-Prince for eight days. The team investigated the state of ports and highways, power systems, telecommunications, water and wastewater systems, hospitals and schools. Preliminary findings indicated most damaged buildings were not engineered and incorporated poor construction materials which contributed to the mass destruction.  A full report is in the final stages of preparation.

Two months after the south central Chile shoreline was ripped apart by a Feb. 27, 2010 earthquake and tsunami, the Coasts, Oceans, Rivers and Ports Institute deployed a team to investigate. Specialists from academia, consulting firms and government arrived to assess how well port infrastructure withstood the strikes.  Overall, the team determined that because the nation was better prepared than many as a result of experience with major quakes, port structures built according to Chile's current building code held up well. There were many lessons learned for disaster preparedness in the future.

ASCE the Trusted Authority for the Major News Media

ASCE was the go-to source on infrastructure and civil engineering for many major media outlets in 2010, including NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR, ABC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the Boston Herald, Capitol News Connection, The Boston Globe, The Arizona Republic, Engineering News-Record, ESPN magazine and the CBC in Canada, among others. President Leonard was interviewed on a number of occasions, notably following the northern California natural gas pipeline explosion.

Membership & Community

Connect to your fellow ASCE members to stay in touch with the world's premiere network of civil engineers. Your bond with ASCE goes beyond professional relationships — it’s personal, too. You can excite the next generation of engineers or reach out to developing economies. Work with the ASCE community to illuminate the purpose of our work. 

New, Sophisticated Web site, Email Software Enhance Member Service

New ASCE home pageTo provide our members with fast and easy access to important Society information, an all-new ASCE Web site launched in April; the final result of months of planning, drafting, and testing. Improved site navigation, enhanced search functionality, and integrated multimedia highlight the changes that helped us keep pace with the demands and expectations of members, whose feedback was positive. To continue to better serve our members, additional technological enhancements and refinements are in store for 2011. 

New email marketing software also was implemented in 2010, enhancing our ability to communicate with members and other stakeholders about ASCE news, events, products, and services, and conduct sophisticated email-based marketing campaigns that generate more effective results. Our association management system, launched in 2009, saw additions and upgrades that made it a more effective tool in 2010.

Redesigned Logos Bring Modern Look to Institutes, Sections

To illustrate a more cohesive branding link between the Society and its members, targeted marketing efforts unveiled this year included new logos for all eight Institutes, designs for Section and Branch logos, and a new online buyers guide.

Members Get More Discounts, Career Advice

ASCE members who took advantage of their benefits saved more money in 2010 through new partnerships that were established. The FedEx Office discount provided professional-quality design, printing, binding and finishing. Senior Term Life Insurance offered guaranteed life insurance for older members in amounts from $5,000 to $20,000, to cover final expenses. The DataSource Mobility Panasonic Toughbooks program offered members a 25% discount on specialty rugged laptop computers designed for use in the field. The continued growth and profitability of the ASCE/NYL Life Insurance product allowed us to offer a 10 percent increase in coverage to those insured for no additional cost. 

Members’ interest in enhancing their career skills prompted the creation of a free eLearning workshop series that helped them hone such critical skills. This series offers professional and leadership development, society events, training programs, member programs and many other topics that are critical to your success as a civil engineer. Developed by leading experts in their respective fields, our eLearning webinars will take place throughout the year as well as being achieved archived to view at your convenience. 

ASCE’s Reach Touches Three New Countries, With Three More Coming

The Society welcomed three new international Sections in 2010: Australia, Costa Rica, and Nigeria. Ready for liftoff are Sections in Ecuador, Greece, and Peru; governing documents for those Sections are being readied.

Working to Inspire Civil Engineers of Today and Tomorrow

Engineers Week 2010 posterAs the 2010 National Engineers Week society chair, along with corporate co-chair ExxonMobil, ASCE was proud to participate in the global celebration of the engineering profession. Recognizing the contributions of engineer volunteers across disciplines and within the Society, ASCE’s 2010 Engineers Week campaign included a national collegiate video contest and live student Webcast to celebrate student engagement in community service.  To honor engineers in local Sections and Branches who demonstrated intense passion and commitment to volunteerism, 35 volunteer leaders were honored for their achievements at the Multi-regional Leadership Conferences.

To prompt teachers and engineers to encourage youth to consider engineering careers, ASCE engaged in a joint outreach effort dubbed Inspire Innovation. Aimed at breaking down stereotypes of engineers, the campaign encouraged students from a variety of interest areas to consider finding their career niche as engineer innovators. The campaign message was delivered through workshops, print material and exhibits at conferences of professional teacher associations and engineering societies.  Joining ASCE on the project were the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Junior Engineering and Technical Society.

In 2010, ASCE began offering a popular new resource for members who participate in career fairs and need support at middle schools, high schools, or other events where engineering exhibits and displays are appropriate. ASCE’s Career Fair-in-a-Box provides a ready solution with table signs, posters, a DVD, age-appropriate handouts, fun giveaways and a coordinated table cover that can be laid out quickly to provide an excellent overview of the civil engineering field. Customized kits are available for high school, middle school, all female and general civil engineering career fair audiences.