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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Leave your Mark on Public Policy....

Leave your Mark on Public Policy....

ASCE advocates for a variety of different issues impacting the civil engineering profession. Key Contacts are the foundation of that advocacy, and this program provides you with the tools, resources, and training to be successful.

It doesn't take a lot of time to help change the conversation, especially when we're doing it together.

Join the ASCE advocacy team today.

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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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Protect Alabama’s State Park Revenue – Vote “Yes” on Amendment 2

dockOn November 8, voters in Alabama will be presented with Amendment 2.  and be given the choice of ensuring revenue generated by the State Park System is properly invested in the maintenance and operation of these parks.  This measure was approved by the legislature’s approval of Act 2016-145.

ASCE supports immediate and sustained action to reinvest in our park systems. This action should consider both protection of our national heritage and enhancement of the experience of park visitors. ASCE also believes that monies collected through on-site user fees and concessionaire agreements should be available to be used for on-site maintenance, operations and enhancements.

Amendment 2 will read as follows:

“Proposing an amendment to Amendment 617 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to allow the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources the option to provide for the operation and management, by non-state entities, of hotels, golf courses, and restaurants at any applicable state parks in Alabama. (Proposed by Act 2016-145)

Yes ( )   No ( )”

Why Vote “Yes”?

Alabama recently saw the closure of 5 State Parks at the end of 2015 reducing the number of state parks to just 17.  These Parks were shuttered because their operating costs exceeded their revenue.

A “yes” vote may help prevent the closure of additional parks by ensuring the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has a dedicated and protected revenue source. When you talk with friends, family and neighbors about the election, remember this:

  • ASCE supports reinvestment in the deteriorating infrastructure of parks, monuments, battlefields, and other preserves.
  • ASCE believes that monies collected through on-site user fees and concessionaire agreements should be available to be used for on-site maintenance, operations, and enhancements.
  • Amendment 2 secures and safeguard Alabama’s Park System revenue without raising taxes.

The measure was approved with near unanimous votes by both chambers of the state legislature. Leading support comes from Alabama State Parks Partners.

National ASCE President visits Alabama Section Summer Meeting


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.


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.


Meeting with Orange Beach officials.


Meeting at University of South Alabama and local officials.


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.


Dream Big: “Engineering Wonders of the World Coming In February 2017” 

All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along the way the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.