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    Earth Retention Structures: Updates on GRS-IBS, IDEA, and AASHTO MSE Design

    Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 2:00–3:00 PM Eastern
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    SPONSORED WEBINAR provided by Redi-Rock

    Earth retention structures are a critical component of many construction projects - especially in the transportation sector. Join Daniel Alzamora, PE, M.ASCE  as he shares important news and updates affecting earth retaining structure design and optimization, as well as tools and resources available to assist engineers.

    Key topics will include:

    • Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System (GRS – IBS)
    • Innovations, Developments, Enhancements and Advancements (IDEA) program for technical evaluation of earth retention systems
    • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Bridge Design Guidelines New Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall design changes
    • An overview of Redi-Rock retaining wall systems

    Presenter:  Daniel Alzamora, P.E., M.ASCE , Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Federal Highway Administration Resource Center, and a member of the Earth Retaining Structures, Geosynthetics, and Embankments, Dams, and Slopes Committees of the GEO-INSTITUTE.

    The Report Card for America's Infrastructure | Student benefit of the month

    Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 3:00–4:00 PM Eastern
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    Join this webinar to learn more about the 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, released on March 3. The newest ASCE Report Card includes 17 category assessments and recommendations to raise the grade. In addition to learning more about the newest report, better understand how the Report Card provides civil engineers with a seat at the policy-making table in Washington and in statehouses and how your involvement in the program can lead to a better, more resilient and sustainable future.

    Presenters: Lawrence D. Pierce, P.E., M.ASCE; Caitlyn Hall, Ph.D., S.M.ASCE; and Christy Prouty, Aff.M.ASCE

    Accelerating Sustainable, Resilient Infrastructure and How to Measure Success

    Date: Monday, May 10, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern
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    Learn how to “future proof” the infrastructure in your community by investing dollars wisely. Strategies include the incorporation of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7, a series of design standards that reflect the latest data on the wind, ice, and tsunami, and flood impacts and how our infrastructure should be built to withstand and protect against these big events. Meanwhile, ASCE’s new Sustainability Standard informs planners about social, economic, and environmental guidelines, and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision rating system gauges a project’s achievement in meeting long-term sustainability goals.

    Presenters: Tom Smith, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, Executive Director, ASCE; and Anthony Kane, President & CEO, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

    Succesful HDPE Installations

    Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 2:00–3:00 PM Eastern
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    SPONSORED WEBINAR provided by the Alliance for PE Pipe

    The third in a series of HDPE webinars sponsored by the Alliance for PE Pipe. HDPE Installation is a highly rated session covering the 7 major HDPE installation methods. It is a thorough overview session intended for the civil engineer and owner with moderate HDPE experience. Field videos, case studies and scores of photographs will demonstrate the large volume of successful installations that are available for you to learn from. Toward the end of the session, the team will explore several large diameter projects. Your confidence in HDPE as the go-to, best practice conveyance system will only grow further.

    Moderator: Peter Dyke, Executive Director, Alliance for PE Pipe
    Speakers: Alan Ambler with Core and Main; Richard Kolasa with WL; will be joined by a contractor and municipal engineer

    Stretching the Dollar: Asset Management as a Tool to Improve Resiliency

    Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern
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    State and local governments face many competing priorities for limited funding. Meanwhile, the impacts of a changing climate are making the infrastructure challenges more dynamic. Utilities, local governments, and states are increasingly turning to asset management to set priorities and make smarter investment decisions. Hear from those using data collection and utilization as a tool to improve community resilience and better understand how to incentivize and improve asset management around the country.

    Joanna Johnson, Chair, Michigan’s Transportation Asset Management Council
    Celine Hyer, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Vice President, ARCADIS
    Matthew Vega, P.E., National Director of Infrastructure & Government, US CAD

    Ask the President Town Halls

    “Ask the President” is a town hall with the ASCE President Jean-Louis Briaud. It’s an opportunity for members to meet with him to ask questions. 

    Ask the President: A focus on student members

    Date: Monday, May 3, 2021 | 1:00 PM Eastern 
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    This month President Briaud will focus on students, such as student voting rights, student transition, and growth in student membership.

    Previous Ask the President Recordings

    • Date: April 1, 2021 | Access recording
      In April, President Briaud focused on the 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure. 
    • Date: March 1, 2021 | Access recording
      In March, President Briaud focused on answering questions about the New ASCE Code of Ethics.
    • Date: February 1, 2021 | Access recording
      In February, President Briaud focused on answering questions about ASCE's institutes, as well as other general questions. 
    • Date: January 4, 2021 | Access recording
      For January, President Briaud focused on answering questions from Region, Section, Branch, and Institute leaders.  
    • Date: December 1, 2020 | Access recording
      In December, President Briaud focused on "how ASCE works," including the budget and the business model. He invited members to share ideas with him on strengthening the Society. 
    • Date: November 2, 2020 | Access recording
      This was the first monthly "Ask the President" with the 2021 ASCE President Jean-Louis Briaud.

    Recently Recorded Webinars

    An Asset Management Approach to Municipal Water Infrastructure—Case Study and Lessons Learned

    Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021 
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    This panel discussion will focus on the why and how of applying an asset management approach to municipal water infrastructure and present a case study from the City of San Diego, where the principles of asset management were applied to stormwater infrastructure for the first time in the US. The panel will discuss the benefits and challenges to implementing asset management and share perspectives on the economic and legal risks of managing assets reactively in contrast to adaptive management.

    Presenters: Susan E. Smith, Beveridge & Diamond, San Francisco; Jose Almanzar, Associate, Beveridge & Diamond, New York; and Ed Othmer, PE, CPESC, CPSWQ, QSP/D ToR, QISP, ToR, ENV SP, PMP, Vice President and North America Wet Weather Leader, Stantec.

    H.R. and Financial Management Lessons Learned From the 2020 Work-From-Home Experiment

    Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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    SPONSORED WEBINAR provided by BQE Software

    As the pandemic hit our country, the work-from-home trend dramatically accelerated. While some firms coped very well, others struggled. Join Dave Burstein, P.E., Senior Principal, PSMJ Resources, Inc. in an insightful presentation as he discusses the research PSMJ conducted with a study group of four A/E firms representing different geographic regions, different disciplines, and different clientele. The results will provide valuable lessons for engineering firms so that they can learn and adapt not only to the current situation but to the longer-term, post-pandemic world we will (hopefully) soon be entering.

    Presenter: David Burstein, P.E., is a Senior Principal with PSMJ Resources, Inc. 

    ASCE's Newest Sustainability and Resilience Resources

    Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021 
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    ASCE has created numerous resources for engineers and infrastructure owners to develop and track sustainable and resilient infrastructure performance. This presentation explores the society’s foundation for sustainable practices, including the Sustainability Roadmap and relevant policy statements. Educational courses, including “Making the Case for Sustainable Infrastructure” and those in the “Sustainable Infrastructure Certificate Program” will be described. Guides and manuals of practice will be presented, including the Envision rating system for sustainable infrastructure, the Sustainable Procurement for Infrastructure report, the Objective Resilience Manual of practice, and others. Attendees will be able to describe the role and responsibility of engineers in sustainable development, locate and use new resources, and apply sustainable thinking in their projects.

    Presenters: Denise Nelson, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP, Environmental, The Berkley Group; and serves on the ASCE Committee on Sustainability’s Advocacy and Communications Committee; and Fariborz M. Tehrani, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, PMP, SAP, F.ASCE, Associate Professor, CSU and the Director of ESCSI; and serves on the ASCE Committee on Sustainability, as the Liaison of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute.

    ASCE'S Construction Engineering Certificate now in blended delivery format

    Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
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    The webinar discusses the new blended delivery format rolled out for ASCE’s Construction Engineering Certificate Program. Beginning in January 2021, all six elective courses of the certificate program will be offered in an asynchronous learning format. This would enable working professionals the flexibility they need to structure their continuing professional development around their regular working schedules.

    Additionally, the speaker will provide an overview of the certificate program and how it enables young engineers and their employers to bridge the critical skills gap that exists in the construction industry. During the discussion, the speaker will highlight the fundamental project management skillset in cost estimating, scheduling, construction contracts, and traditional and alternative project delivery methods, that you can gain through this certificate program.

    Presenters: Douglas D. Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE; and Nils J. Gransberg, M.S., A.M.ASCE

    HDPE: Spotlight on Innovation

    Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
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    SPONSORED WEBINAR provided by the Alliance for PE Pipe

    The second in a series of webinars that will hold a spotlight on innovation within the HDPE industry. Topics covered will include innovation, fittings, connections, testing at the manufacturing facility and in the field, as well as disinfectants. We will explore innovation in the industry that has led us to become a best practice for many utilities. We will look at the fittings that are available to go with the pipe and we will discuss in detail connections to legacy materials. A feature of this session will address both factory and field testing and we will close with the impact of disinfectants on HDPE.

    Presenters: Alan Ambler and Rusty Reeves, with Core and Main; Richard Kolasa with WL Plastics; Stephen Boros with Pipeline Plastics.
    Moderator: Peter Dyke, Executive Director, Alliance for PE Pipe

    Bluebeam Studio 101

    Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
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    SPONSORED WEBINAR provided by Bluebeam

    Did you know your license of Bluebeam Revu currently gives you access to collaborative cloud space for no additional charge? Bluebeam Studio allows users to utilize cloud-based collaboration in two complementary ways. Bluebeam Studio Projects provides administrative control over all project related files and folders, allowing access to a number of file types on a check-in/check-out basis. Bluebeam Studio Sessions allows for live collaboration over PDF files in real time or on your own time. In this webinar, we'll cover the creation, usage, reporting of sessions and projects. 

    Presenter: Molly Webber and Ashley Hanson, both are Technical Account Managers at Bluebeam, Inc. 

    How to Prepare Your Business for the Post-COVID Era

    Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 
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    SPONSORED WEBINAR provided by BQE Software

    So much has changed in business computing over the past few years, but the most impactful change happened recently and unexpectedly. The pandemic caught many businesses unprepared, forcing them to make - almost overnight - the technology changes that would quickly become their lifeline during the period of uncertainty that followed.

    Join us in an insightful webinar led by Shafat Qazi, CEO and Founder of BQE Software, as he discusses which new technologies engineering firms must implement to be relevant. Shafat will explain with clear details the ways how these technologies streamline your operations, increases your staff’s efficiency, helps improve your cash flow, and offers so many more benefits to help your firm achieve sustained growth through the post-COVID era.

    Presenter: Shafat Qazi, CEO and Founder, BQE Software

    Excavation Support in Dense Urban Environments

    Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 
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    SPONSORED WEBINAR provided by Bentley  

    Subsurface behavior on your mind? Whether Civil, Geotechnical or Structural, safer infrastructure solutions require collaboration and accuracy. Comprehensive solutions for the design and analysis of soils, rocks, and associated structures continue to advance.  

    Join Francisco Diego and Brice Exley as they speak with developers, engineers, and Haley & Aldrich (previously Hart Crowser) for a lively discussion about real-world examples, like safely excavating under Rainier Tower, using innovation coupled with fast and reliable analysis. Let’s share ways that we can dig deeper for safer infrastructure solutions.  

    Presenters: Francisco Diego, P.E., Director of Product Management Geotechnical Analysis at Bentley; and Brice Exley, P.E., Senior Associate Geotechnical Engineer.

    HDPE 301: An Engineer's View

    Date: January 26, 2021  
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    SPONSORED WEBINAR provided by the  Alliance for PE Pipe    

    An HDPE oriented presentation on system design, pipe behavior, surge calculations, water hammer, C-factor + pipe comparisons, and installation methods. This is the first in a series of three HDPE sessions.    

    By attending this event you will develop a better understanding of how and why HDPE behaves the way it does. You will learn where to go to get more information on specific issues, and began to believe HDPE really does solve for the typical failure mechanisms of legacy systems.

    Speakers: Richard Kolasa, Engineer, WL Plastics; and Edward "Alan" Ambler, Engineer

    ASCE Virtual Press Conference - New Study Estimates Economic Impact of Current Investment Trends in Infrastructure Systems

    Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021     
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    Failure to Act: Economic Impacts of Status Quo Investment Across Infrastructure Systems quantifies how the persistent failure to invest in our aging infrastructure impacts the economy, including GDP, jobs, personal disposable income, and business sales. Over the next 20 years, America’s overdue infrastructure bill will cost the average American household $3,300 a year in disposable income. 

    Speakers: Thomas W. Smith, III, CAE, ENV SP, F.ASCE, Executive Director, ASCE; U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); and Leon Topalian, CEO, Nucor

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