News & Events Newsletter

October 2017 - In This Issue:
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We at ACEC California are deeply saddened by the tragic event of the California fires and our thoughts go out to our members and everyone affected. We understand this is a difficult time. We  have employees donating and volunteering in the area and are here to help in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to contact our office should you need any assistance. 
Save the Date for the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet! 

Please join us for ACEC California's 2nd Annual Scholarship Foundation Fundraising Dinner, presenting the ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA).  We are thrilled to host this event and honor the fundamental role that ACEC California members play in building and maintaining the quality of of our infrastructure.

Winners will be announced in mid-November and the banquet will take place on February 8, 2018, at the Sheraton Grand, in downtown Los Angeles.  

Registration for the 2018 EEA Banquet will be available soon.

ACEC-Orange County has been selected for the 2017 Best of Costa Mesa Awards for Association or Organization    

For Details and more information please view our website: 
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2016-17 Chapter Award Winners!
We are pleased to announce the 
 2016-17 Chapter Award Winners:

Large Chapter: Los Angeles County
Medium Chapter: East Bay 
Small Chapter: San Luis 

Most Improved Chapter: Riverside/San Bernardino  

A hearty congratulations to all of our winners!

Chapter Events

Bay Bridge Chapter Meetings
Click here for a full list of upcoming Bay Bridge Chapter meetings and events.

Los Angeles Chapter Meetings
Click here for a full list of upcoming Los Angeles Chapter meetings and events.

Welcome New Members
ACEC California Welcomes New Members

ACEC California would like to welcome member firms that joined in September.  Click here for a full list.
ACEC California Scholarship Foundation

ACEC California would like to formally thank all the firms who donated to the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation for the month of September. We are grateful for their continued support. Please view the list here.
Donate to the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation

Over the years ACEC California has awarded more than $570,000 in cash grants to hundreds of outstanding students. Your donation to the Foundation is an important investment in the future of the engineering and land surveying professions. 
To donate, please click here or send a check made payable to the ACEC California Scholarship Foundation to ACEC California (c/o Breanna Pineda) at 1303 J Street, Suite 450, Sacramento, CA 95814. If you have any questions, Email Breanna Pineda at
The Power of ACEC

With 5,000 member firms across every state, take a minute to learn about what ACEC does for its members in this short video.
Scholarship Raffle & Silent Auction Winners
Congratulations to everyone who won in our Scholarship Foundation raffle and silent auction.  We are grateful to everyone who purchased a ticket and participated as all of the contributions go towards supporting young emerging engineering professionals. 

Scholarship Foundation Chair Christopher Diaz, of  Diaz  Yourman & Associates, presenting the raffle and silent auction prizes to the recipients 

Below is a link to a list of our winners-please contact  if you have any questions about collecting your prize.

2018 Rail Plan - Connecting California

The 2018 California State Rail Plan presents the vision and strategies for building Californias' rail network for the future. The Rail Plan will be available for review for 60 days between October 11th and December 11th.

Visit  to view the Rail Plan and to provide comments.

PLEASE JOIN US   at one of our upcoming open houses in October and November 2017 to review the draft Rail Plan, provide your comments, explore the interactive mapping tool, and speak to project staff. Meetings will be held in:
San Luis Obispo 
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00 am-4:00 pm 
Central Coast Railroad Festival
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum
1940 Santa Barbara Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 -   MAP

Monday, October 30, 2017
4:30-7:30 pm   
Historic Tower Theatre
815 E Olive Avenue
Fresno, CA 93728 -   MAP

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
 4:30-7:30 pm
Oakstop Event Space
1721 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612 -   MAP

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
4:30-7:30 pm
Tsakopoulos Library
Galleria West Room
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 -   MAP

San Diego
Monday, November 13, 2017
 4:30-7:30 pm 
Caltrans District 11
Garcia Room
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110 -   MAP

San Bernardino
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:30-7:30 pm 
San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot
1170 W 3rd Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410 -   MAP

Los Angeles 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
4:30-7:30 pm
Metro Headquarters
1 Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012 -   MAP

Online Webinar
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12:00-1:30 pm
For those unable to attend 
in person any of the public meetings,
join the webinar by clicking  HERE

Post a Job Opening Today

The purpose of the job center is to match the talent of engineers and surveyors with ACEC California firms looking for expertise in a specific field. Visitors can view a list of current job openings with ACEC California's engineering and surveying firms at no cost.
ACEC California recognizes how hard it can be to find qualified engineers and surveyors, and by making this job center open to the public, we are actively making the process a little easier.

Click here  to post an opening today.

Thank You for Attending the 2017 ACEC California Annual Conference!

Thank you to all of our ACEC California members, exhibitors, speakers and attendees of our 2017 Annual Conference in 
beautiful Lake Tahoe. The Annual Conference Committee and ACEC California staff were delighted to put together a great event that included a little something for everyone.  

This years' theme, "Together for Tomorrow" featured dynamic speakers such as Stephan Robinson, a NASA Astronaut, Space-Walker and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Davis, and Randy Iwasaki, the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.

We hope all of those who attended enjoyed the conference and took the opportunity to spend time with fellow professionals, getting to know more about their firms and services.  Details are soon to follow for next year's annual conference at the Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa and we look forward to hosting you again!

2017-18 ACEC California Board President Mike Cooper of Mark Thomas & Company welcoming the Conference Participants

Caltrans Contract Opportunities and the Procurement Process Panel: (pictured L-R) Speakers Jim Davis, Caltrans Division Chief of Project Management, Dan Purvine, President of A/E Clarity and Chair of ACEC Audit Sub-Committee; and Esther Morris, Caltrans Supervising Transportation Engineer (see: Caltrans article below to read about webinars pertaining to procuring work with Caltrans)

Attorney Creighton Sebra ( Clarkhill PLC) explaining the benefits of SB496, Duty to Defend reform (Not Pictured: Presenter Mike Olson, of Dealey Renton)

Pictured L-R: ACEC California Board President, Mike Cooper, Annual Conference Committee Chair, Dawn Antonucci of Towill Inc, NASA Astronaut, Professor Stephan Robinson, ACEC California Executive Director, Brad Diede

Caltrans Procurement Process and Financial Document Requirements Webinars Now Available!

As we have highlighted in some of our recent communications to you, Caltrans has changed their procurement process and related deadlines in 2017, and has established new requirements for the financial documents to be submitted as part of the contract procurement and negotiation process. We were fortunate to have Caltran's  Jim Davis, Caltrans Division Chief of Project Management & Esther Morris, Supervising Transportation Engineer discuss the related  procurement process.  
Dan Purvine of A/E Clarity, who works as a consultant to ACEC National and ACEC California, has worked with Caltrans Audits & Investigations (A&I) and Division of Procurement and Contracts (DPAC) staff to develop these two free webinars. The webinars include an overview of the new Caltrans procurement process and related deadlines, and the financial documents package requirements.  The webinars are recorded and are available on demand, so you can view them on your schedule.
We urge you to watch these webinars as soon as you can.  The financial documents that are required should be prepared in advance of submitting a cost proposal, so don't wait until a submittal to get an understanding of the requirements.  As a reminder, these requirements are effective now, and it's important to meet the established deadlines for submitting the financial documents and responding to questions from Caltrans. Failure to submit the proper documents within the established deadlines will result in a termination of contract negotiations, and Caltrans will begin negotiations with the next-ranked firm. 
Please email 
if you have any questions about logging in to the webinars below.  Link to the Caltrans webinars can be found at:
Here are the direct links to the two NEW Webinars:
Webinar by DPAC:
Webinar by A&I:
If you have questions about the requirements after viewing the webinars, you should contact one of the Caltrans A&I staff, who can provide further clarification.  Otherwise, contact and we will help connect ACEC California members. 

Fix Our Roads Coalition

The Fix Our Roads coalition helped pass SB1, the much needed transportation funding PAC this year. Unfortunately, there are some who want to repeal the funding that is preparing our crumbling roads and providing millions of jobs. Attend one of these forums to hear how the dollars are being spent and what you can do to help.

7th Annual North Coast Engineering Excellence Celebration

ACEC-California North Coast Chapter had its 7th Annual Engineering Excellence Celebration on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.  Please read about the event and award winners here !

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