Niagara Falls Riverway Meeting Walking Tour
Jeff Lebsack, PE, AICP, ENV SP from Mott MacDonald
Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest State Park in the U.S. and was created in 1885 as the “Niagara Reservation” to provide a public park to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Niagara Rapids, Falls and Gorge. Join us to see the reconstruction of the parkway from a restricted access roadway to a riverway encouraging pedestrians to utilize the corridor. This technical tour will provide an overview of the design and construction challenges faced by the client and design team to achieve the project objectives. Four specific design and construction elements will be presented during the tour:
- The geotechnical conditions resulting from the use of Power Project spoils at the south end of the project;
- The design considerations related to the transition from the Robert Moses Parkway to the new roundabout at the entrance to the Park;
- The design and construction challenges related to the new pond that was included in the project; and
- Lessons learned about incorporating architectural and landscape elements into a roadway project.
Attendees will earn 1 PDH Credit
Cocktail hour following the tour.
1 drink and appetizers included.
Jeffrey Lebsack is a Senior Project Manager for Mott MacDonald. Jeff’s 26 years of experience include a broad range of planning and design projects for various modes of transportation. A proponent of complete streets and active transportation, Jeff has recently completed several transformative projects in Western New York. The North Union Street Transformation in Olean and the Riverway project in Niagara Falls have incorporated bicycle and pedestrian facilities, green stormwater infrastructure, significant landscape features, and gateway roundabouts to provide attractive, sustainable transportation for all users.
ASCE Member & Non-Member: $15.00
Season Pass: Free
Lessons to be Learned from the Oroville Spillway Incident
Stephen Rigbey, President SJR Consulting and former Director of Dam Safety at BC Hydro
Stephen was a member of the Independent Forensic Engineering Team that investigated the Oroville Dam Incident.
The Oroville Dam and its associated reservoir and hydropower facility is located on the Feather River in Northern California and is owned and operated by the State of California Department of Water Resources. This earth embankment is the tallest (770 ft. high) in the United States. Its reservoir (Lake Oroville) at 3.5 million acre-feet of storage is the second largest reservoir in California and supplies water as far south as Los Angeles.
Winter storms during the winter of 2016-2017 brought record precipitation to the Feather River watershed. In early February during a controlled water release over the primary spillway, there was a major failure of the spillway chute at its approximate midpoint. Concern about the spillway condition curtailed its use and lead to reservoir build up to the point where the emergency spillway was activated. However, even relatively small flows over the emergency spillway lead to severe erosion and the potential failure of the embankment structure. The threat of a potential failure led to the forced evacuation of between 188,000 and 200,000 people. Based on this situation the primary spillway was reopened and further damage occurred. Due to continued precipitation, it was necessary to use the primary spillway intermittently over the next three months. That use resulted in additional deterioration.
The presentation contains numerous photographs and video during and after the events. It will start with some background on the events that occurred in February 2017, identify the extent of the damage, present findings associated with the forensic investigations, outline the preliminary repairs to the primary spillway and finally discuss the lessons learned from this incident.
This program is pending for 1 PDH Credit
ASCE Member: $25.00
NYSSPE Member: $25.00
Younger Member Social at the Tabernacle
Come join the ASCE Buffalo Section Younger Members at the Tabernacle for a mid-week happy hour with drinks and appetizers!
Member: Free (Please Register)
Includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers
1 drink ticket = beer / wine / cider / soft drink
2 drink tickets = cocktail
Cash Bar for more!
Register by Thursday, April 11th
Innovation and the NYS Canal System: Past, Present, and Future
Matthew J. Lengel, MBA, PE, from NYS Canal Corporation
The Canal Corporation, under the New York Power Authority, is tasked with measuring needs and assessing best practices for managing the 200-year-old Barge Canal system. Learn how Canals Asset Management and Structural inspection programs are using technology to develop innovative ways to detect, document, share, and prioritize the repair, rehabilitation and/or replacement of its ageing infrastructure.
Attendees will earn 1 PDH Credit
Matthew J. Lengel, MBA, PE is a NYS Licensed Engineer employed as the Statewide Asset Management & Inspection Engineer by the NYS Canal Corporation where he currently has responsibilities for creating an Asset Management program and managing the structural inspection program. A graduate of the State University at Buffalo, Matt has 14+ years’ experience in consulting geotechnical and structural engineering, and public-sector construction management, emergency management, structural inspection and asset management.
6:00-6:15PM Announcements / Introduction
6:15-7:15PM Dinner and Presentation
7:15-7:30PM Questions / Closing Remarks
Season Pass: Free
Student Round Table Discussion
ASCE Buffalo Section is hosting the UB Student Chapter of ASCE for a round table discussion on careers in civil engineering. To conclude the evening, the students will give a short update on their current design projects.
Students will have their resumes bounded in book form, and their canoe, bridge, and balsa tower on display!
5:30 PM: Registration / Cash Bar
6:00 PM: Panel Discussion
6:40 PM: Dinner / Student Update
Season Pass Holder: Free
Student Member: Free (contact Conor Blake)
“Bridge Approaches Supported by MSE Walls with Light Weight Fill: Corrosion Monitoring of Earth Reinforcements”
K.L. Fishman, Ph.D., P.E., Principal, McMahon & Mann Consulting Engineering and Geology, P.C.
6:00 introductions and announcements,
6:15 dinner and presentation
Developments in Ground Improvement Techniques
Miranda Slomkowski and David Sandstrom, from Menard Group USA
At sites with problematic soils, the conventional approaches have been removal and replacement or piling. In recent years there has been a proliferation of the use of a wide variety of ground improvement techniques. In many situations, ground improvement techniques offer cost and scheduling advantages over the conventional approaches. Ground improvement can be used to support warehouses, buildings, material storage piles, processing areas, embankments, fills, roadways, port facilities, storage tanks, containment structures, and platforms. For structures, when ground improvement is used, it is possible to eliminate pile caps, grade beams and structural slabs, and shallow foundation systems can be used.
1 PDH Approved
Registration: 5:30 PM
Dinner/Presentation: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Member - $25
Non-Member - $30
Student - $15
Season Pass Holder - Free
ASCE Buffalo Section is hosting an educational outreach event for students at Holland Middle School as part of their “Innovation Day”. Help promote and expose STEM in our community!
We are looking for volunteers to help session leaders with 5 hands-on sessions to expose the kids to different aspects of what we do each day as civil engineers. More information on sessions to follow.
Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
To sign-up, please email Andrea Sacco at email@example.com
Engineering is consistently ranked by the general public in the U.S. as one of the top five ethical professions. Have we tricked the public or is this an honor we have truly earned? When you joined ASCE you made a commitment to subscribe to the ASCE Code of Ethics and even agreed to report any observed violations of the Code. Do you have a copy of and understand this Code? Do you consider ethics only during the hour your state licensing board may require ethics training? Are you aware that ASCE is leading the effort to develop global ethical standards? We have not tricked the public because we take ethics seriously and insist that others do also.
- Exactly what are ethics
- How did the ASCE Code of Ethics come about
- What does the Code say and can I possibly live by it
- Where can I get help in making ethical decisions
- How does ASCE enforce the Code
- What does the ASCE General Counsel have to say
- What is ASCE's involvement in global ethics
Attendees will earn 1.5 PDH Credit.
Lunch will be provided.
- Member - $25
- Non-Member - $30
- Student - $15
Join ASCE to celebrate the summer solstice at Duende, a Silo City Restaurant for happy hour!
Duende is a new restaurant, bar, and community meeting space within an administration building.
Explore Buffalo's industrial past and the birthplace of modern architecture!
Enjoy the longest day of the year among the world's largest collection of grain elevators!
Tour this newly rehabilitated structure on the grounds of Silo City and the Marine A elevator and its art installations.
Light appetizers and drink specials will be provided!
Building a Suspension Bridge in Rowanda
Local structural engineer Lidiya Burashnikova will share her experiences in the design and construction of a 58-meter suspended pedestrian bridge in Rwanda, Africa. Lidiya volunteered with 10 of her fellow WSP employees from across the US for 2 weeks in March 2018 to bring the building a suspended pedestrian bridge to completion. The project was industry sponsored through Bridges to Prosperity, a non-profit organization based in Denver that builds pedestrian bridges all over the world for those in need. Learn about this exciting experience of not only constructing a bridge, but also a bridging of cultures and people!
Lidiya Burashnikova is a structural engineer E.I.T. working at WSP in Buffalo, NY. She graduated University at Buffalo in 2014 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
1 PDH Credit Pending
Lunch Buffet - salad, chicken cutlets, Italian sausage, peppers & onions, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetable medley, cannoli, coffee & tea.
Member - $20
Non-Member - $25
Student - $10
Season Pass Holders- Free!
Come join the SAME Buffalo Post for their annual Industry Day at Hotel Lafayette May 10th 2:00-5:00pm!
FY19 Buffalo District Forecast- Jeffrey Ernest, Chief of Contracting
Small Business: “It’s an ALL SMALL World” -Sherrie Plonski, Small Business Deputy for Buffalo and Pittsburgh Districts
Buffalo River Cleanup; Great Lakes National Program Office- Brian Murphy Anchor QEA
Niagara Falls Storage Site & Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property Update - Jeff Rowley, USACE Project Manager
Cash Bar and Appetizers!
Come network with others in the A/E/C community!
SAME is also hosting a pre-Industry Day Buffalo River Boat Ride highlighting the cleanup efforts on the Buffalo River on the evening of Wednesday, May 8th
Further, the Corps of Engineers Buffalo District will have its annual Open House at the Buffalo and Erie County Library May 10 from 9:30-12:30. Representatives from all departments will be there to discuss upcoming activities.
New Generation of Reinforcement Geosynthetics
Speakers:John C. Folts, PE of TenCate
Reinforcement geosynthetics have shown to be useful, cost effective construction materials for many decades. More recent research and development has generated a new wave of reinforcement geosynthetic projects with a great array of applications. Improved technology for geosythetics with optimized shapes, sizes, and weights create improved performance for filtration, drainage, confinement, reinforcement, etc. Case histories from across the United States are provided to show the application of this new generation of reinforcement geosynthetics and their potential uses on future projects.
1 PDH Pending
John Folts is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of NY and has over 24 years of experience in the Geotechnical Engineering industry. He is currently a Region 1 Governor with ASCE and a past president of the Mohawk-Hudson section. John has held positions as a consulting Civil Engineer, designing and inspecting retaining walls and roadways, as well as being a Regional Engineer for Keystone Retaining Wall Systems. Currently John is employed by TenCate Geosynthetics, a soil reinforcement manufacturing company where his main focus is on educating engineers and contractors on the proper uses of geogrids and high strength geotextiles. John will share both his hands on and personal industry knowledge while educating attendees on the proper product selection and installation methods.
6:00-6:15PM Opening Remarks and Introduction
6:15-7:45PM Dinner and Presentation
Student Round Table Discussion
ASCE Buffalo Section is hosting the UB Student Chapter of ASCE for a round table discussion on careers in engineering. Following the formal round table, the students will present what they have learned from their design projects thus far.
They will have their resumes bounded in book form, and their canoe, bridge, and balsa tower on display!
5:30 PM: Registration/Cash Bar/Ice Breaker
6:00 PM: Panel Discussion
6:40 PM: Dinner/ Student Presentations
Season Pass Holder: Free
Students: Free (contact Zach Vacek)
Title: Using Soil-Cement Mixing for Soft Ground Improvement at a Landfill
Speakers: Todd Swackhamer, P.E. and Jon Whiting, E.I.T.
The Seneca Meadows Landfill in central New York is the largest municipal solid waste landfill in the
state. It is situated in extremely challenging soil conditions that have caused a history of stability
problems at the facility. Following two major slope failures during construction in the early 2000’s the
facility decided to try a different approach to develop stable landfill cells. Todd will discuss the site
history and geologic setting of the facility, and how his firm assembled a massive amount of data into a
model to characterize the subsurface conditions. He will describe how the model was used to design a
ground improvement program to allow for the berms and excavations to be constructed while meeting
the required factors of safety. Jon will conclude the discussion talking about the construction methods,
assessment techniques, and lessons learned from the last few years.
1 PDH Approved
Todd graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 with his Bachelor of Science in Civil
Engineering and from the University of Michigan in 1999 with his Master of Science in Civil Engineering
with a geotechnical engineering focus. Following his graduation, he joined McMahon & Mann Consulting
Engineers, P.C. (MMCE), a geotechnical engineering consulting firm located in Buffalo. Todd became a
principal in the firm in 2014. He has worked on a wide variety of geo-design projects, mostly in the
Midwest and Northeast. His focus has been in slope stabilization, excavation support design, creek
stabilization, and dam engineering.
Jon graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) in 2015
with Bachelors of Science in
Civil Engineering with a focus on geotechnical and structural engineering. He joined MMCE after
receiving his degree. His focus with MMCE has been on subsurface exploration and characterization,
geo-structural projects, construction monitoring, and slope stabilization. Prior to graduating from UB,
Jon spent 15 years working in construction related fields.
Title: Beneficial Use of Slag Cement in Concrete for Specifiers
Speaker: Shawn Kalyn, B. Eng. LEED AP BD+C, Technical Services Engineer, St. Marys Cement Inc.
Today’s concrete has many different performance requirements beyond just compressive strength. Slag cement, when used in combination with Portland cement, can help achieve many requirements that Portland cement cannot achieve on its own. Slag cement has also been shown to yield more consistent results than Fly Ash. This presentation will discuss how and where slag cement comes from, its use in different concrete applications, and project examples where it has been implemented successfully. The presenter will also discuss his years of experience using slag cement within the region and its useful application on roads and bridges, interior and exterior flatwork, combined sewer overflow storage/tunnels, within architectural applications and at water treatment plants.
Shawn is a Technical Services Engineer for St Marys Cement for Western New York, Northwest Pennsylvania and Ohio, and has the privilege of working with both American and Canadian concrete industry partners. He is involved with the PCA Sustainability committee, SCA Great Lakes and Marketing Technical Committees, Ohio Concrete Technical Committee, CAC Environment and Energy Committee, and with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub. Shawn has worked on many different concrete projects where slag cement has been implemented to meet performance requirements including the NASA Plumbrook Station and Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. His current projects include the CSO Tunnel in Akron, Ohio and the Peace Bridge Rehabilitation project in Buffalo, New York.
Friday, August 25th at Rothland Golf Course - We hope you will join us for this milestone event! The tournament already has it's first Hole-in-One sponsorship and promises to be the best tournament to date. To avoid missing out register your foursome today!
AMAZING raffle items - Southwest Travel Voucher, Apple Ipad 32 GB, GoPro Hero 4, game tickets, themed gift baskets, restaurant gift cards and many more items to be announced...
WIN this years tournament and your team receives 4 Bills Tickets!
For all the details see our Event Flyer!
Without the support of our legacy sponsors and participants this tournament would not be success that it has been in the past. We hope that you will once again consider sponsoring and participating in this tournament. For sponsorship opportunities please see our Sponsorship Page
If you have questions please don't hesitate to contact us via our Feedback Form. We look forward to seeing you on the course for another successful tournament this year!
Paul Forte, PE from Greenman-Pedersen, Inc will be presenting on protective coatings with a focus on the trending use of metallizing. The presentation will cover:
- Corrosion Basics
- Defining Corrosion Protection
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Corrosion Protection Types
- Basics and Application
- Steel Bridge Metallizing Case Studies
- Metallizing of Concrete Substructures
1 PDH Approved
Mr. Forte is the Director of Special Projects for Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. and presently serves as the Corporate Coatings Coordinator. A Structural Engineer by education, Paul has over 35 years of experience in the design and construction of transportation and infrastructure projects. Paul obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in FL, GA, LA, MI and NY. He has served as Branch Manager for GPI operations in Albany, NY; Buffalo, NY and Tampa, FL.
During his career Mr. Forte has been involved in several projects in the Buffalo area including the Design and Construction Inspection of several reconstruction projects on the Niagara Thruway (I-190); major recoating projects on the Lewiston-Queenston, Rainbow and Whirlpool Rapids Bridges; reconstruction of the U.S. Lewiston Customs Plaza approaches; and the reconstruction/recoating of the Niagara Falls observation tower.
Paul is an SSPC Certified Protective Coatings Specialist, a NACE Certified Level 3 Coatings Inspector and an SSPC C3 Supervisor/Competent Person for the De-Leading of Industrial Structures. He is a member of several technical organizations including NACE, SSPC, ASCE and AISC. Paul was the founding Chairperson for the TRB Subcommittee on Steel Bridge Structure Coatings, and has also been a prior Chairperson for the NACE Coatings Advisory Council.
For our April meeting we will be joining NYSSPE for a presentation on Soil Stabilization and Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) with Cementitious Binders. This presentation will focus on highly plastic soils that are problematic for roadway construction in the United States. Additionally, Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) for asphalt recycling in place for road rehabilitation projects will be covered.
1 PDH Approved
Brendan Daly, P.E., PMP is currently a project manager with LafargeHolcim. Brendan's 21 year civil engineering career has put him at the forefront of large construction projects (including P3) in roads, energy, environmental remediation, transport and mining.
SunEdison, North America Utility & Global Wind
Speaker Information: Franklin D. Silvernail, P.E., VP Engineering of SunEdison
Cost: $30 per person members/ $35 per person non-members/guests
Event is 1 PDH approved.
For ASCE members please contact us if you're interested in attending this meeting.
The Buffalo Museum of Science is looking for people with engineering knowledge and experience to participate in our annual Engineer's Week from February 20th-25th. The week long event coincides with most K-12 schools February break, so we are expecting lots of enthusiastic future engineers.
Here's where you come in, we're looking for people who can lead a hands-on activity or demonstration that highlights engineering. We will supply tables, chairs, lots of space, and bright curious kids.
Your responsibilities for this event;
A 5-10 minute presentation or hands-on activity related to your field in engineering.
Availability from 11:00am - 2:30pm on one of our event days.
Thank you in advance for considering this-we hope to hear from you soon. And if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me.
The event runs from Monday, February 20 -Saturday, February 25. Engineers (professional and student) just need to volunteer for 1 day but can do more if they wish. Please contact the organizer.
Contact: Betsy Vazquez
Phone: (716) 896-5200
February's event will be a joint dinner meeting at Classics Five with ABCD and ACEC. We are honored to have Paul Mongiovi, PE of Bergmann Associates with us. He will be presenting on the rehabilitation of the Willis Avenue Bridge over CSX tracks in Syracuse, NY. This presentation is pending PDH approval. You won't want to miss this event! Registration with cash bar goes 5:30 - 6:30 PM with dinner and presentation starting at 6:30 PM. For additional information on the event/speaker see our Event Flyer.
Non-ASCE members please kindly register via email with Barb Golda.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!
January's event will be a joint dinner meeting at Classics Five with BAPG. We are honored to have Robert Palermo of GZA with us. He will be presenting on the geotechnical engineering aspects of the New NEW YORK Bridge Project. This presentation is 1 PDH approved. You won't want to miss this event! Registration is 5:30 - 6:00 PM with dinner and presentation starting at 6:00 PM.
BAPG members please kindly register through your registration page.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!
Join ASCE and ITE for our 2016 Holiday Social & Mixer. Come and enjoy an evening out with co-workers, friends, and family.
Appetizers & Cash Bar
The first 2 beverages are included in the event cost! Beverages include water, beer, wine, spirits and sodas.
$10 w/ $5 of the proceeds going directly to the Julian Snyder Endowment Fund!
Have a wonderful holiday season! We look forward to seeing you at the event!