|Italian Civil Engineers and Architects Visit New York City|
Hospitality Committee recently hosted a group of 27 civil engineering and architects from Udine, Italy. The delegation was led by Mr. Marino Donada, the President of the Association of Engineers of the Province of Udine.
Udine is located in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the northeast corner of Italy, not far from the Slovenian border.
The ASCE Met Section |
In this occasion, and based on extensive coordination with the visiting group, the Met Section arranged for a half-day meeting on May 27, 2011 to discuss various professional issues. Maria Grazia Bruschi, Chair of the Hospitality Committee, was joined by Met Section members Prof. Anthony Cioffi, Dan Cuoco, Prof. Raimondo Betti, Paul Roppa, Domenico Antonelli, Gianni Chieruzzi, and Peter Mancuso.
President Cioffi made a presentation on the mission and organization of ASCE and the Met Section in particular. Dan Cuoco of Tornton Tomasetti followed with a presentation on the three different procurement methods more prevalent in the US: "Design-Bid-Build", "Design-Build" and "Public-Private Partnerships", with emphasis on the responsibilities and the services provided by engineers. Prof. Raimondo Betti completed the American presentations with an overview of the engineering college programs and licensing system in the United States.
Prof Frangipane, of the University of Udine, then made a presentation on the organization and state of engineering studies in Italy. Prof. Donada followed with a presentation on their Association's activities.
The presentations were interspersed with extensive dialogue and questions and answers on the various subjects being addressed. At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Donada presented Prof Cioffi with a commemorative plaque, and a couple of copies of the book "50 years of engineering in the Friuli Region", which was partly sponsored by their organization.
The Met Section distributed copies of the second edition of ASCE's "Guide to Engineering Projects in and Around New York City" to all the guests, which was much appreciated, since many of them were in New York for the first time.
Following the meeting, a smaller group followed Paul Roppa to the fabrication shop of Marovato Industries in Brooklyn, where they had the opportunity to observe the ongoing work for the railings for the World Trade Center Memorial under the guide of Operations Manager Marty Pietanza, who delivered the explanations in Italian. After a hearty lunch, and in spite of the summer temperatures, the group walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, and, led by Paul Roppa, took the Staten Island Ferry for a view of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan from the water.
Many thanks to all the Met Section members who participated in the event, most of whom speak Italian and made our guests feel right at home! Thanks also to Paul Skelton and supporting staff at Hardesty and Hanover for providing the meeting room, and to Tony Rotondi, owner of Marovato Industries, Inc, for the invitation to tour their fabrication shop!
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