Welcome to the ASCE Alabama Section website!

The 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. 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.

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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Huntsville Branch Participates in College and Career Fair

September 7 , 2017 – Huntsville Branch of ASCE recently had the opportunity to participate in a two-day career fair hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Thousands of high school juniors and seniors from Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County schools attended looking to gain insight into local career opportunities and their associated educational pathways. The Branch volunteers (shown below) engaged with students about Civil Engineering and answered questions about what different types of work Civil Engineers do. They were very thankful of the ASCE Pre-College Outreach department for providing outreach supplies to help promote civil engineering. Having this quality resource made planning for the event a breeze!

John Corbell, P.E. & Mathew Pinkston

 

Rachel Bolton & Barbara Lehman

Registration is now LIVE for the 2017 ASCE/APWA Summer Meeting

Conference Information

The 2017 Summer Meeting of the Alabama Section of ASCE will be July 17 – 19, 2017. Join us at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama for educational presentations on a range of professional and technical topics.

Registration

On-line registration is now LIVE. Click below to register.

Sponsor/Exhibitor

To become a Sponsor or Exhibitor, please click HERE to access a downloadable file or click below for online registration for Sponsors and Exhibitors. For more detailed information, please contact Mr. Lawren Pratt at Lawren.Pratt@kbr.com or (205) 972-6650.

Meeting Agenda

This promises to be an exciting conference at a great venue. The program will kick-off with a reception on Monday evening (July 17th). The conference sessions will take place all day Tuesday, and go until noon on Wednesday. We also plan to have our Seafood Dinner on Tuesday evening. A complete agenda will be available soon. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get PDH credits and support ASCE.

Speakers

We are seeking speakers to present on a wide range of Civil Engineering and Public Works topics. If you are interested in presenting at the Summer Meeting, click HERE to download the application form. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Sullivan atmarybethsullivan10@gmail.com.

Hotel

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Perdido Beach Resort. The Standard Room Rate is $236 per night. To book a room, call the toll free Group Reservations Telephone Number (800) 634-8001, or visit the hotel on-line at www.perdidobeachresort.com. Attendees must identify themselves as participants of ASCE 2017 Alabama Section Summer Meeting,Booking ID # 12802 in order to receive the special group rate. Please contact Sheryle Reeves at sreeves@ttlusa.com or (334) 387-1290 for more information on room rates and other hotel policies.

Alabama Section Visits Legislators on Capitol Hill and Awarded the 2017 Outstanding Advocate Team of the Year

Team Alabama receiving the 2017 Advocate Team of the Year Award from ASCE President Norma Jean Mattei

March 16, 2017 – The 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Legislative Fly-In was attended by over 200 ASCE Members representing 49 different states. Many of the attendees were impacted by the Winter Storm Stella, which dropped over four inches of snow on the U.S. Capital.

The 2017 Legislative Fly-in program was conducted on March 14-16, 2017, and featured a day and half of in-depth briefing sessions on the recently released 2017 Infrastructure Report Card and key legislation action in Congress, training on raising awareness and influencing elected leaders, networking with ASCE peers from across the country, a Younger Member Program, tips on continuing relationships with elected officials once we return home, and culminating in one on one meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and staff.

On Tuesday, at the Awards Dinner, the Alabama Section was awarded the “2017 Outstanding Section Civil Engineer Advocate Team of the Year.” The Section was recognized for their advocacy efforts on the State and National level for the past 15 months, including raising awareness about dam safety needs, efforts in protecting QBS language, organizing a Legislative Drive-in at Montgomery, and the development of the 2015 Alabama Report Card. The award was presented by the Society President Norma Jean Mattei.

The delegation from Alabama included Mr. Joe Meads, Alabama Section Legislative Captain; Mrs. Shelia Montgomery-Mills, Alabama Section Past-President; Mr. Lawren Pratt, Region 5 Governor; Mr. Ben Russell, Mobile Branch Past-President; Dr. Kate Leonard, Alabama Section Past-Secretary/Treasurer and Mr. Brad Williams, Montgomery Branch President.

The ASCE Government Relations staff scheduled meetings for each of the attendees with their Senate and Congressional Representatives within a short window on Wednesday afternoon. The meetings were very productive and informative and lasted around 30 minutes each. A leave behind packet was given to the staff containing an overview of current issues, so that they could review it with the Senator or Representative. The Alabama Team even had the opportunity to traverse the tunnels within the Nation’s Capital while traveling between the different Congressional Buildings.

Team Alabama meeting with staffers from Senator Richard Shelby.

After being dropped off at Capitol Hill, Team Alabama was off to the races to meet with every Senator and Representative on our list.  As the afternoon progressed,  the group had an opportunity to engage in spirited and encouraging discussions with the staff of Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Luther Strange, Representative Terri Sewell, Representative Gary Palmer, Representative Mo Brooks, Representative Martha Roby, and Representative Bradley Byrne. Adding to the experiences of the day was the opportunity to meet briefly with Senator Richard Shelby, Representative Gary Palmer, Representative Mo Brooks, and Representative Bradley Byrne.

Most discussions began with a brief overview of the results and conclusions of the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which gave a grade of a D+ unchanged from 2013 and indicating the continuing needs of America’s infrastructure.  The Report highlighted the benefits seen in seven categories where investments were made, three categories that continue to fall resulting in a lowering of grades and the remaining categories just holding steady.  The focus of all discussions was the need for funding, consistent and sufficient, requiring bold leadership from all.

One of the key items discussed was the FY17 and FY18 Spending/Appropriations Bills so that the FAST Act’s increased funding can take effect during this fiscal year and next. Congress passed the five-year surface transportation act in December 2015 and included an increase in funding to help improve the nation’s highways bridges and transit systems.  Most of the legislators were on board with the appropriations, however there was a lack of commitment without knowing what the Administration’s Budget would contain.  If a Continued Resolution (CR) is passed, then Alabama will miss out on over $50 million dollars for FY17 alone due to the lack of a Fast ACT Appropriations Bill ($732 million up to $785 million).

Additionally, the team discussed several water issues with the Representatives and Senators that included the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. We asked the Representatives and Senators  to reauthorize the Clean Water  and Drinking Water SRF’s which hasn’t been done since 1990 and 1994. With most of America’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in need of repair and many areas dependent on these funds, the team advocated for both SRF’s to be tripled in appropriation from $1.39 Billion to $4.17 Billion for the Clean Water SRF and $863 million to $2.58 billion for the Drinking Water SRF in accordance with President Trump’s commitment to triple SRF.

In 2016 after years of work the Water Infrastructure Investment for the Nation (WIIN) Act passed both sides of the Hill and was signed by the President.  WIIN supported previous pieces of legislation but Congress has yet to appropriate the promised funding in any of them.  In 2014, Congress reauthorized the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) and established new High Hazard Dam Rehabilitation Program to provide grants to high hazard non-federal dam rehab repair or renewal. The NDSP program is authorized at $13.9 million a year until 2019 and the federal rehab program is authorized at $445 million over 10 years though neither have received any funding. Even if funding is appropriated Alabama would be unable benefit from the funding due to a lack of a Dam Safety Program in the state. In addition to dams, the team discussed the Levee Safety Program. With the WRDDA Act of 2014, Congress established a new levee program to promote consistent safety standards, create levee guideline, and provide funding assistance to the state for establishing participating levee safety programs. The program is authorized for $395 million dollars over 5 years however it has not received any appropriations for funding.

Lastly, with the push for tax reform and the discussion that is forthcoming including all tax exemptions, ASCE took the opportunity to remind legislators that the Tax Exempt Municipal Bonds are often relied upon for municipalities to complete infrastructure projects.  The team discussed the importance to maintaining these as just one of many ways to trim our infrastructure deficit.

This has been a great year for the Alabama Section Government Relations Team, and we look forward to making it even stronger. If you are interested in participating in the future, please contact the Alabama State Advocacy Captain Joe Meads at joemeads@sain.com.

For more information concerning the Fly-In please visit http://www.asce.org/legislative_fly-in/ and also become a Key Contact at http://www.asce.org/keycontacts/ to stay engaged with advocating for infrastructure public policy.

Photos from the Fly-In