Engineering Management Group/ Innovative Technologies
VOLUME 45 | ISSUE 5| January 2021

Upcoming Events

Sponsored by Construction Institute Boston Chapter and Engineering Management Group
January 28, 2021

Sponsored by the Program Committee
February 16, 2021

Sponsored by Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and River Institute Boston Chapter
February 23 & March 2, 2021

Sponsored by the Program Committee
Starting February 23, 2021

Sponsored by the Program Committee
March 30, 2021 – April 1, 2021

Sponsored by the Program Committee
May 18, 2021 – May 20, 2021

Letter From the Editor
An update from Katie Swanson
In this non-stop digital world of uncertainty and seemingly endless bad news, we at BSCESNews hope the stories of progress and innovation in this month’s issue serve as a positive reminder that it isn’t all bad. The very purpose of the civil engineering industry is to engineer for the public good, and the stories in this issue about the industry’s response to COVID-19 highlight the opportunities that each problem presents. ... Read more

Lead Article
Gain Control and Understanding of Environmental Data with EQuIS Live and EnviroInsite
Understanding complex site evaluation assessments for environmental remediation requires a significant volume of diverse data, which needs to be gathered through long-term and continuous monitoring. But simply collecting more data does not lead to better site assessments and remedial decisions—appropriate data analysis tools are essential. ... Read more

President's Report
An update from Bruce Jacobs
I write this month’s President’s Report with the grave awareness of the more than 400,000 lives that have been lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. My gratitude goes out to the many frontline workers in fields related to health, construction, infrastructure, transportation, public safety, grocery and food service, mail delivery, and others that have continued to serve in the many essential roles that allowed our community to function throughout the past year. ... Read more

Featured Group
Engineering Management Group Report
EMG promotes the growth of ascending engineers by focusing on engineering leadership and management, best practices, and innovative technologies. Participating in EMG and attending our events held throughout the year can help develop your management skills and further your growth in the engineering profession. We welcome members at any level within their organizations to join us and learn more. ... Read more

… And the 2021 BSCES Award Winners Are?
With 2020 squarely behind us, the focus is now turned toward 2021. Many individuals and organizations within our Section or communities are already making a difference by taking actions to affect positive results within the civil engineering profession. At the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ ASCE (BSCES) we need your help in identifying these distinguished people or employers so that these deserving actions do not go unnoticed in 2021. ... Read more

Featured Projects
Wastewater: COVID's Canary in the Coal Mine
Innovative wastewater testing program helps Somerville city officials identify potential outbreaks up to two weeks faster. ... Read More
Using Drone Imagery to Address Traffic Congestion at School Complex
As with any school complex, heavy traffic during peak drop-off and pick-up hours can cause problems. Find out why we used drone imagery to propose improvements that address both traffic congestion and human behavior. ... Read more
GoAigua, the European Company with the World’s Largest Operation to Detect SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater is Helping Communities in New England Stop the Spread
Learn from the largest COVID-19 wastewater monitoring operation in Europe, and how it is being deployed in some communities in New England to anticipate the pandemic and save lives. ... Read more
Industry News
The Massachusetts Prompt Pay Statute: A Cautionary Tale for Those Who Don’t Read the Fine Print
The MA Construction Bar has been waiting for a decision interpreting how strictly the Statute would be interpreted since it was first adopted ten years ago.  This decision is thus a loud warning bell for owners, their construction agents, their project managers and design professionals (who have construction phase responsibilities) as well as contractors, subcontractors and CM constructors to pay close attention to the Statute’s exacting requirements. ... Read More
Innovative Technologies Supporting an Asset Management Approach
Infrastructure owners need to understand the condition of their assets to make informed decisions in managing them throughout their life cycle. Reality modeling, artificial intelligence (AI), and underwater imaging are a few examples of innovative technologies owners can employ today to improve, enhance, and expand their understanding of their assets and help to ensure a safer and more reliable tomorrow. ... Read more

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BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal Needs Your Help
Social distancing? Stuck at home? Go clean out the garage or better yet, write an article for the reborn BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal... Read More
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2020 - 2021 Society Sponsors
BSCES Newsletter Editorial Board
Chair: Kathryn Swanson, PE
Vice Chair: Michael Sullivan, PE
Todd M. Clark, PE
Michael R. Cunningham, PE
Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE
Susannah Davis EIT
Jessica DeBellis, PE
Sean Horan, EIT
Bruce L. Jacobs, PhD, PE
Richard F. Keenan
David M. Manugian, PE
Angus J. O’Leary, PE

2020 - 2021 BSCES Board of Government
President: Bruce L. Jacobs, PhD, PE
President-Elect: Shallan C. Fitzgerald, PE
Secretary: Todd M. Clark, PE
Treasurer: Gregory L. Mirliss
Assistant Treasurer: Anthony M. Richardson, PE
Senior Vice Presidents: Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP; Michael R. Cunningham, PE
Vice Presidents: Christopher P. Hersey; Kathryn Swanson, PE
Past President: Richard D. Maher, PE
Western MA Branch Vice President: Vacant
Institute Chapter & Technical Group Chairs
Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute Boston Chapter: Daniel W. O'Connor, PE
Construction Institute Boston Chapter: Artur Lebedev, EIT
Engineering Management Group: Lee M. Koska, EIT
Environmental & Water Resources Institute Boston Chapter: Denise N. Prussen, EIT
Geo-Institute Boston Chapter: Michael T. Flynn, PE
Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter: Scott R. Bruso, PE
Transportation & Development Institute Boston Chapter: Tyler de Ruiter, PE
Younger Member Group: Mark Ruberti, PE
2020–2021 BSCES Program Sponsors
Alfred Benesch & Company | BETA Group | BSC Group | CDM Smith | Childs Engineering
Cianbro Corporation | Collins Engineers, Inc. | Dewberry | Green International Affiliates, Inc. 
GZA | Haley & Aldrich, Inc. | HNTB | Horsley Witten Group | Howard Stein Hudson
Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. | Jacobs | J.S. Held LLC | Kleinfelder | Nitsch Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc. | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Skanska USA Civil | Stantec | Tighe & Bond, Inc. | TranSystems | TREVIICOS
Tufts University - Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Weston & Sampson | WSP
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