This May 2016 is my final President's Message and I wanted to express my sincere thanks to all the Met Section Technical Groups, to all of our devoted Committees, to The Long Island Branch, to the Lower Hudson Valley Branch and to the Younger Member Forum for all their hard work in making our Section one of the most organized, efficient, well prepared and enthusiastic. All of the events that you sponsored this past year have helped tremendously to our Civil Engineering members, and the service to the public in general has been second to none; you should all be congratulated for your dedication to ASCE.
In the past months of March and April...
In March, two Met Section members—Daniela Zellers and Armen Boyajian—attended ASCE's Annual Leadership Training in Government Relations, (D.C. Fly-In) in Washington, D.C. This event is a great opportunity for our members to meet with our legislators and learn what they actually do for our Civil Engineering society in Congress.
Also, in March, a group of Met Section Board Members went to Albany, NY with a similar mission: ASCE New York State Council arranged a joint drive-in, with the Associated General Contractors Association of NY (AGC-NYS), and other organizations, to hold a Legislative Drive-In in Albany to present to the State Legislators and the public in attendance the 2015 ASCE NYS Infrastructure Report Card. The ASCE presentation was clear and was able to convey to the general public the state and the condition of our Infrastructure in the State of New York and pleaded to continue to meet with our Legislators so that our voices can be heard. Many of us, had appointments with the State Legislators in Albany and we had the opportunity to discuss our 2015 Report Card and express all the concerns we have with respect to this very critical issue in our lives.
The ASCE Metropolitan Section Long Island Branch Younger Member Committee hosted the inaugural Long Island Branch "Executive Forum" panel discussion on April 21, 2016 at Domenico's Restaurant in Levittown on the Design Build Method Featuring the NY Route 347 – Design Build Phase I.
The Long Island Branch welcomed four distinguished panel speakers each representing a side of the design build project:
On July 16, 2016 the COPRI Metropolitan Section Chapter participated in the Waterfront Alliance's City of Water Day cardboard kayak race on Governors Island in New York City. The Waterfront Alliance is a nonprofit advocacy group that works to protect, transform, and revitalize the New York harbor and waterfront. The COPRI Metropolitan Section has worked with the Waterfront Alliance in promoting these issues and continues to support their activities.
The YMF hosted a picnic networking event on June 10th at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. Attendees included young professionals from different construction backgrounds including structural, geotechnical, civil, environmental, marine, and landscape architecture. The weather and setting were ideal for a Friday evening picnic as the group stayed to watch the sunset by the water. The YMF also provided a variety of food, snacks, and drinks.
This is the first picnic organized by the YMF in recent years, and was highly successful in bringing out many new faces. In addition to the networking opportunities, attendees were able to learn more about what YMF does. Due to the YMF's eventful year, we were able to talk about the many achievements we made and opportunities that we have to offer. The event was a perfect transition to the summer, and a great lead up to the fall.
On May 19, 2016 the ASCE Metropolitan Section Younger Member Forum went on a site tour of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey determined the need for this project in order to allow larger ships to make it to the Ports of Newark and Elizabeth, one of the largest shipping ports in the country. The bridge will be raised from 151 to 215 feet above the water.
The G-I Chapter of New York City did it again! On May 12th, nearly 200 geotechnical professionals from the Tri-state area attended the 40th Annual Metropolitan Section Geotechnical Seminar held at Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan, New York. This year's seminar was entitled, "Geotechnical Aspects of Safeguarding Infrastructure: Applying Risk Management to Build Resiliency".
By: Daniela Zellers, P.E.
Every spring, ASCE brings together 200+ members from across the country for its Legislative Fly-In program in the Washington, DC area. This is an intensive two-day event that provides participants with an inside look at the political process of our senators and representatives on Capitol Hill.