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President's Message Print E-mail
Jagtar Khinda
Jagtar S. Khinda,
President,
ASCE Met Section
Just like the month of September, October was again a very busy month for me. From October 6th thru 11th, I attended the ASCE Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal and at the same time to promote the ASCE 2015 Annual Conference to be held in New York City (from October 11-14, 2015). Some of the highlights of the conference are given below.

The first day of the conference started with an opening keynote address by Jorge L. Quijano, CEO of the Panama Canal Authority. He talked about The Panama Canal Expansion Program. This project will cost about $5.2 billion and will be completed by next spring. Mr. Quijano said that this program was started in 2007 and will create a new lane of traffic along the canal through the construction of a new set of locks, doubling capacity and allowing for more traffic. Its huge steel gates are being fabricated in Italy—four of them have already arrived at the site and four are under way in a month-long journey from Italy.

This was followed by a presentation by ASCE President Randall "Randy" S. Over, P.E., F.ASCE. He reflected on what the Society has accomplished over the past year and looked forward to ASCE continuing to grow leaders among its members as they practice in an increasingly global profession.

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Celebrates 50th Anniversary Print E-mail
November 21, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. With a main span of 4,260 feet across the Narrows, the double-decked bridge carries twelve lanes of Interstate 278 and connects the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn. The bridge is named after the Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who became the first European to sail into New York Harbor in 1524.
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Turning Disaster into Knowledge Print E-mail
Prof. Jonathan Bray (right) with Geotechnical Group Chair, John Grillo. Photo by Sean Lee
Prof. Jonathan Bray, delivered the 2014 William H. Mueser and Philip C. Rutledge Lecture on the topic of "Turning Disaster into Knowledge" on November 13, 2014 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
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COPRI Chapter Celebrates Inaugural Year Print E-mail
COPRI Met Section Chapter Members enjoying the "On the Waterfront" Social on at Pier 66 Maritime Bar & Grill
On September 16, 2014, the Met Section Chapter of COPRI held a social event at Pier 66 Maritime on the Hudson River in Manhattan to celebrate its inaugural year and the start of the new lecture season. It was a well-attended evening with the theme "On the Waterfront".
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Bridge Assessment Management – Beyond the Short Term Print E-mail
20140917_seminar1.jpg The Met Section Infrastructure Group and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering cosponsored a technical lecture: "Bridge Assessment Management – Beyond the Short Term" on September 17, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Tariq M. Bashir, PE, Regional Bridge Asset Manager and Design Supervisor of NYSDOT Region 11 presented the guiding principles of New York State Department of Transportation's infrastructure investment and decision making and their application to Bridge Asset Management.
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LIB YMC Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Print E-mail
The Long Island Branch Younger Member Committee recently volunteered with the Nassau County Habitat for Humanity Chapter to help rebuild a home severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Still, almost two years later, some Nassau County residents have not been able to return to the their homes due to the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
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Met Section 49th Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Presentation Print E-mail
The Met Section recognized individual and project award winners, inducted new officers, and recognized its outgoing officers at its 49th Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Presentation, which was held on June 19, 2014 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, Queens.
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