Presidents Message - Imad Al-Qadi, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
After a series of campaign-style events that put the spotlight on the Highway Trust Fund, and amid congressional debates over how to fund infrastructure improvements as the fund gets closer to running dry, President Obama succeeded in pressing Congress to approve a short-term fix that will keep the Fund solvent through next May.
While T&DI welcomes this short-term funding patch based on the fact that a short-term fix is better than no fix at all, we will continue to call for a long-term solution that will ensure continued pumping of funds for the maintenance and construction of roads, bridges, rail and mass transportation across the nation.
What Can You Do?
Younger Member Vacancies
Please submit your application for consideration to Brett Schock before September 1, 2014.
The T&DI Younger Member Committee has two vacancies! If you follow new technologies and emerging trends and want to build your professional reputation and credentials, then this is the committee for you.
We need and welcome committee members from all areas of civil engineering; public, private and academic.
On July 17th the Mayor of Tampa (Bob Buckhorn) showcased the City’s plan to revitalize downtown Tampa called InVision at the T&DI Florida West Coast Chapter meeting. This plan is a catalyst of many transportation and planning projects that are reshaping downtown Tampa along with the surrounding parks and roadways into safer, more accessible, bicycle and pedestrian friendly facilities for everyone to enjoy. And on July 18th we had a private tour of the I-275 design-build segment that goes through the heart of downtown Tampa.
Dallas T&DI Chapter Seminars
The Dallas T&DI Chapter held 3 seminars prior to the July 14, 2014 Joint Meeting and Luncheon of the ASCE Dallas Branch and the Fort Worth Branch at the Arlington Hilton. The three seminars cover three major areas of interest to all civil and transportation engineers. In a continued effort of the Dallas T&DI Chapter to present relevant and beneficial seminars to its Members, the three sessions were as follows:
• Ft. Worth to Dallas High Speed Rail
• Thomasson Square Redevelopment – a Sustainable Redevelopment with “Green Streets”
• Status of TxDOT Environmental Compliance for TxDOT Projects
The T&DI seminars and the seminars by other Dallas Branch institutes were well attended. The half day event included a luncheon and a presentation on DFW Airport capital improvement projects and an ethics seminar. Over 400 members of the Dallas and Fort Worth branches attend all activities.
Local Roads and Streets Committee is looking for a new chair and new members
You can apply online. The purpose of this committee: to seek out, compile and disseminate information on management, rehabilitation, construction, maintenance, design, operations and safety aspects appropriate for local roads and streets. To arrange for presentation and sessions on specific problems and alternative solutions that will inform the civil engineering community, especially those in charge of the majority of our highway system, the local roads and streets. The committee will coordinate the activities with other committees both within and outside the Society.
Breaking News from Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT)
A collaboration was unveiled in June 2013 between ICT and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority for development of a complete roadway/roadside life-cycle assessment (LCA) tool to quantitatively predict the environmental impact of roadway construction. When completed, the LCA tool will cover all phases of a roadway/roadside life cycle, including materials, construction, maintenance, use-phase, and end-of-life stages.
Boston Chapter News
The Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of ASCE (BSCES) now has a T&DI chapter, effective July 1st.
The chapter was formed by combining the BSCES Transportation, Infrastructure, and Land Development technical groups and the meeting included former officers and members of those groups.
The first meeting was held July 16th to discuss how the new chapter wanted to proceed and included events, membership and so much more.
A strong desire to include students and the BSCES Younger Members Group is held by the T&DI chapter members. Holding some future Boston T&DI Chapter meetings in conjunction with ASCE Student Chapters is expected.
Georgia T&DI Chapter Upcoming Event
Thursday, July 31st from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Steel Restaurant & Lounge - 950 West Peachtree Street, Suite 255, Atlanta, GA 30309
Sally Flocks, President and CEO of PEDS
PEDS is an advocacy organization dedicated to making metro Atlanta safe and accessible for all pedestrians. Join us and hear about the ongoing efforts of PEDS in improving safety and access for pedestrians in our city.
We encourage attendees to arrive at 5:30 for registration, networking, and light appetizers. The program will begin at 6:00. The cost is $10 for online registration and $15 for registration at the door.
Online Registration Closes Tuesday, July 29th.
T&DI Louisiana Chapter Update
T&DI-LA has become more self-sufficient in its business affairs. Within the past month, we have begun managing our own emails for seminar announcements through Constant Contact, removing this burden from New Orleans Section of ASCE. Additionally, T&DI-LA has set up its own Propay system to accommodate easy internet payment of seminars.
Tuition Assistance Available for Qualified Applicants
Students are invited to apply for valuable Society Scholarships and Society Fellowships for Fall 2015. Undergrads may apply for: Lawrence W. and Francis W. Cox Scholarship; Eugene C. Figg, Jr. Civil Engineering Scholarship, John Lenard Civil Engineering Scholarship, Robert B. B. and Josephine N. Moorman Scholarship, Samuel Fletcher Tapman ASCE Student Chapter Scholarship, Y.C. Yang Civil Engineering Scholarship.
Grad students may apply for: Trent R. Dames and William W. Moore Fellowship, Freeman Fellowship, J. Waldo Smith Hydraulic Fellowship, Arthur S. Tuttle Fellowship.
Complete applications, including current transcripts, are due February 10, 2015. For assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.