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 the 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.
As indicated in the charts below, T&DI’s technical body consists of five councils ─ Aviation Council, Development Council, Mode Spanning Council, Rail/Transit Council, and Roadway Council─ which undertake the coordination of 15 committees─ Aviation Planning and Operations, Airfield Pavement, Land Use and Development, Planning, Economics & Finance, Sustainability and Environment, Advanced Technologies, Intermodal and Logistics, Infrastructure Systems, Transportation Safety, Automated People Movers, Public Transport, Rail Transportation, Highway Construction, Street and Highway Operations, Highway Pavement, and Local Roads & Streets Committees. In addition there are 10 active subcommittees.
On the other hand, T&DI’s administrative operations are handled by the Administrative Council, which coordinates the Awards, Education, Nominating, Conference, Membership, and Publication & Newsletter Committees, and the Standards Council, consisting of the Automated People Movers Standards, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Standards, and Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Standards Committees.
Having recounted our Institute’s numerous councils and committees, I want to encourage you all to be involved in the committees that work best for you and, please, always keep in mind that the success of this Institute is based on your volunteer work. We have a plan to include a summary of the activities of one committee each month, and I encourage you all to share your feedback on how we can move our committees to the next level of excellence. Similarly, in the Board of Governors conference call for the month of March, we will discuss two committees and one chapter at each of our monthly meetings.
What better way to conclude this message than with a reminder of T&DI’s demonstration of continuous leadership within ASCE; Past T&DI President Robert Stevens is the ASCE President-elect, T&DI Governor Mark Woodson is running for election as ASCE President-elect, and T&DI Past President Michael Walton is one of two selected candidates for Technical Region Director. Each of these distinguished persons have served ASCE and T&DI in many different ways and we are very proud that all served on T&DI Board of Governors and contributed to the success of our Institute.