Alabama's Infrastructure Report Card

Alabama's Infrastructure Report Card

To raise awareness about Alabama’s infrastructure needs, ASCE released the inaugural Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure, on December 10th modeled after the ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Using a simple A to F school report card format, Alabama’s Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations for how to raise the grades.

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Dream Big to Premiere....

Dream Big to Premiere....

All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

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Alabama Dam Safety - Where Is It?

Alabama Dam Safety - Where Is It?

Alabama is the only state without a dam safety program. Unfortunately, that means we do not know where and how many dams there are in Alabama and what their conditions are. Here is what you should know about Alabama's dams. Although we do not have an accurate count of how many dams are in Alabama today, the 2200 plus dams we do know about continue to age and the size of the population downstream of these dams continues to increase, placing more people at a greater risk from dam failure.

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Successful Alabama Civil Engineer Legislative Day Drive-In

On Wednesday, February 17, 2017, the Alabama Section of ASCE held its 1st Annual ASCE Civil Engineer Legislative Day Drive-In at the Alabama State House.  The event was attended by over 40 Civil Engineers from across the State of Alabama.  The group included multiple Alabama Section Members, several County Engineers, Renee Casillas, Executive Director of American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Alabama, and additional representatives from other organizations that represent the Engineering Community.

Senator Clyde Chambliss, P.E.  who represents Alabama Senate District 30 was the main speaker. Senator Chambliss gave the group an overview of the legislative process and how bills progress through the legislature.  Also, Senator Chambliss discussed his Senate Bill 171 for Anti-Trust Immunity for the Board of Licensure for Engineers and Land Surveyors and Senate Bill 174 for Qualification Based Selection (QBS).  Senator Chambliss stated that QBS is the most important issue he has seen in his 25 years of practice as a Civil Engineer.  Other speakers included Senator Phil Williams of Senate District 10 (Cherokee, Dekalb, Etowah, and St. Clair Counties), Senator Trip Pittman of Senate District 32 (Baldwin Co.), Senator Gerald Dial of Senate District 13 (Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee and Randolph County), and Representative Joe Lovvorn of House District 79 (Lee County).  Senator Dial gave the group a historical perspective of transportation funding and discussed the status of gas tax legislation for this session.  The afternoon concluded with multiple Engineers meeting with individual legislators about issues affecting infrastructure and the Civil Engineering profession.

Photos from the Event


2017 Alabama Section Winter Meeting

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Days until the 2017 Winter Meeting…..

Conference Information

The Birmingham Branch of ASCE is hosting the 2017 Winter Meeting of the Alabama Section on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Join us at Barber Motorsports Park located at 6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway in Birmingham, AL 35094, for a day of educational presentations on a range of professional and technical topics in a unique setting.  Participants can receive up to 5.5 PDHs and will have an opportunity to tour the Barber Motorsports Museum and participate in Hot Laps at the Porsche Driving School in the afternoon at the conclusion of the meeting. Please note that we are limiting the number of Hot Laps available to the first 60 paid registrants that signup to participate. If you are interested in participating in the Hot Laps offering, please make sure you check the box for Hot Laps signup under “Additional Items” during registration.

The Alabama Section Board of Directors will be on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m at the Hampton Inn Birmingham/Leeds located at 310 Rex Lake Road, Leeds, AL 35094.

 

Registration

Registration for the event is now open, so click to Register Today!

For questions with registration, please contact Ms. Lea Huggins at eleanor.huggins@amecfw.com or  (205) 733 7668 

Sponsor/Exhibitor

To become a Sponsor or Exhibitor, use the link above and select “Sponsor or Exhibiter Only”. For more detailed information, please contact Mr. Jacob Roth at jacob.roth@mottmac.com or  (205) 939 1119.

 

Meeting Agenda

This promises to be an exciting day at a great venue. The program includes discussion on a number of topics including major ALDOT projects, erosion control best practices, QBS update, the expanding use of drone technology, and dam safety. Breakfast and registration kick off at 7:15 am. Lunch will be provided. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get PDH credits and support ASCE.

For a detailed agenda of all presentations, please click HERE.

Add the event to your calendar.

 

Hotel

We have reserved 10 rooms at the Hampton Inn Birmingham/Leeds located at 310 Rex Lake Road, Leeds, AL 35094 for the night of March 1, 2017. Please use the code “ASCE” when registering in order to receive the reduced rate.


National ASCE President visits Alabama Section Summer Meeting

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The leader of the nation’s oldest engineering society met with members and students of the Alabama Section and several local public officials during a visit to Alabama’s Gulf Coast on July 19 to 22, 2016.

Mr. Mark Woodson, 2016 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), made a much‑anticipated visit to the Gulf Coast Region of Alabama to speak at the ASCE and American Public Work Association (APWA) Joint Summer Meeting in July 2016.  The Executive Board of the Alabama Section of ASCE established a robust and interesting itinerary for Mr. Woodson to provide him with the maximum possible exposure to civil engineering successes, opportunities, and challenges in Alabama. On July 20, Mr. Woodson toured the Airbus A320 facility, a $600-million, 53-acre manufacturing plant, at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Field. Also during his time in Alabama, Mr. Woodson was able to conduct multiple key leader meetings with the City of Mobile, the City of Orange Beach, and Baldwin County local officials.  Mr. Woodson participated in a roundtable discussion at University of South Alabama that included members from the Alabama Department of Transportation, the Mobile Area Water & Sewer System, the Alabama State Docks (Port of Mobile), the Associated General Contractors of America, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, and the Mobile Chamber of Commerce.

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Mr. Woodson’s Presentation to the Alabama Section on July 21, 2016. (Click on image to view .pdf)

On July 21, Mr. Woodson delivered the keynote address to the Joint Summer Meeting for ASCE and APWA. Mr. Woodson’s speech focused on ASCE’s strategic initiatives, which include Sustainable Infrastructure, Raise the Bar, and the Grand Challenge.  Mr. Woodson also updated the audience on ASCE’s Failure to Act initiatives and the status of the upcoming 2017 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Following his speech, Mr. Woodson participated in multiple events throughout the conference. He presented the 2015-2016 Alabama ASCE Student Civil Engineer of the Year award to Ms. Yasmeen Arafeh of University of Alabama at Birmingham, which included a $4,750 scholarship. Mr. Woodson also assisted in swearing in new ASCE Alabama Section officers for 2017, Mr. Frank Summers, Vice President, and Mr. Alan Parker, President-Elect.

Shelia Montgomery Mills, President of the Alabama Section of ASCE, noted the following about Mr. Woodson’s visit:

“It was a great pleasure to have a sitting ASCE president visit Alabama and attend our Section meeting as many of us were afforded the opportunity to spend more time with Mr. Woodson than what has been possible at any other ASCE event that he has attended.  I enjoyed learning more about how his home branch and section of ASCE operate, what he has learned while visiting many other sections and branches, his insights from those experiences, and how we might use that knowledge within the Alabama Section.  I personally wanted to learn more of what it has been like for Mr. Woodson to serve at the highest levels of ASCE and was thrilled when he freely took time to share his thoughts.  Mr. Woodson made the 2016 Summer Meeting special for many attendees.  He was a great guest to have with us, an inspiring keynote speaker, and thoroughly enjoyable while on his many adventures with Section Leadership.”

The Alabama Section of ASCE is very grateful to Mr. Woodson for setting aside time from his busy schedule to visit with ASCE and APWA during the Summer Meeting and for his open engagement of our students, members, educators, and local officials.  ASCE looks forward to hosting Mr. Woodson and successive ASCE Society Presidents in our great state in the near future. 

The Alabama Section of ASCE represents more than 1,600 members of the civil engineering profession in 67 counties. The recently released 2015 Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure was showcased and discussed in-depth during his visit, which covered the assessment of the conditions and performance of the Alabama’s infrastructure, including roads, dams, schools, and transit systems.

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Meeting with Orange Beach officials.

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Meeting at University of South Alabama and local officials.

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Mr. Woodson presenting to the Summer Meeting attendees.


Welcome to the Alabama ASCE Section Website…

asce-logoThe Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers has a rich history and offers a variety of services, resources, and programs in support of our members.   Alabama Section members come from all disciplines of civil engineering, from all types of backgrounds, and from all corners of this great state. They seek to be involved in the Alabama Section of ASCE for benefits geared to meet the high standards of the profession and to stay on the cutting edge of industry technology.

This organization operates on the volunteer model through the generous time given by many of our members and fellow professionals, and we invite you to become a regular participant in Section and Branch activities.  Through bi-annual meetings, the Alabama Section offers extensive networking and professional development opportunities for our members.  In addition, the six Branches comprising the Alabama Section supplement these opportunities by offering programs, services, and educational and networking activities at the local level.  With 3 Younger Member groups and 6 Student Chapters, there are opportunities for engineers of all ages and stages of practice to be involved.

The resources of this site and the individual webpages of each Branch will assist you in staying up to date on upcoming events, Branch information, Section news, Society programs, and much more.  We appreciate your interest in our organization and look forward to your participation in the Alabama Section of ASCE.