February may be a short month but there certainly has been no lack of activity at T&DI!
I was especially excited to attend the meeting of ASCE’s Technical Region Board of Governors which was held in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 1st. Once more, TRBG has proven to be a great forum for exchanging ideas and facilitating the interaction between the Society’s Institutes and the Society. The meeting included, among other topics, discussions with ASCE presidential officers and the Industry Leaders Council, an update on TRBG activities, and an institute-by-institute update of activities targeting Younger Members.
In his presentation, Terry Neimeyer, CEO and Chairman of the Board at KCI Technologies, Inc., touched on the Industry Leaders Council’s (ILC) need for new policies and standards; pointing out that the primary challenge of ILC is to reduce life-cycle costs of civil engineering infrastructure by 50% by 2025. In the T&DI leadership presentation, we shared an overview of the Institute’s history, activities, opportunities, and challenges. We also presented the organizational structure of our Institute, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the structure of T&DI’s technical and administrative bodies. I know that most of us are so engrossed in our committees’ work to the extent that we sometimes lose track of the overall structure of the Institute. In addition, our T&DI local chapters are constantly growing and I intend to elaborate on this topic in future issues.
Design-Build In Conference, March 19 - 21, 2014, San Jose, CA
Joint Rail Conference, April 2-4,2014, Colorado Springs, CO
TDI Congress 2014, June 8-11, 2014, Orlando, FL
Awards & Contests
Jack E. Leisch Applications Due, March 1, 2014 - The fellowship is a memorial to the outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions of Jack E. Leisch, M. ASCE to the fields of geometric design, traffic engineering and transportation planning.
LTPP International Data Analysis Contest Deadline to Submit Papers, July 31,2014
The 2014 guidelines for the LTPP Data Analysis Contest are now available.
Rehema Trimiew, a photographer with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, took photos of the underground work on New York City's East Side Access project. These pictures show the colossal yellow tunnel and the progress being made on the project.
Aviation Planning and Operations Committee
Aviation Planning and Operations Committee (APOC) met face to face on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Washington, DC in Omni Shoreham Hotel's Embassy Room from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meeting had 15 attendees. Dr. Vivek Khanna, PE was announced as the Vice-Chair of the Committee. Antonio Massidda gave an update about the young member committee and its activities, particularly its involvement in the 2nd Congress. Brian McKeehan and Andrea Baker updated the committee about ASCE T&DI conferences in 2013 (there were four of them) and about upcoming 2nd Congress. The committee has played an important role in the planning and preparation of the ASCE T&DI 2nd Congress. Ernie Heymsfiled updated the committee about Aviation Council. The mentoring program did not go as planned and will be revisited later. The leadership meeting has been postponed and will be planned for a later date, to be announced by BOG later. A discussion about four sub-groups -- Airfield Planning and Operation, Terminal Planning and Operation, Airport Landside Planning and Operation, and Awards Committee -- followed. In coming months membership in all these subgroups will be established. A presentation on UAS was made by Dr. Khanna and some discussions regarding same followed. The committee will start its monthly teleconferences starting February. Some discussion about liaison activities with TRB, AAAE, ACI, ICAO, and NASAO was briefly discussed. The committee’s February teleconference call is on February 25, 2014, at 11:00 AM EST. If you are interested in attending the teleconference or any aspect of the committee activities, please contact the Chair of the Committee, Dr. Amiy Varma.
The Hill/Transportation blog
Lawmakers should seek new ways to expand sources of funding for U.S. transportation projects instead of just meeting normal funding levels, and their legislation should go further than MAP-21, said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "[A] one- or two-year Band-Aid won't cut it this time," he said. "[W]e're anticipating 100 million new people in the country and 4 billion more tons of international freight to move around America by 2050. Less revenue, more people, more freight, more gridlock. This is not a good formula for success," Foxx said.
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