COPRI Boston Chapter/Emergency Preparedness

VOLUME 47 | ISSUE 10 | June/July 2023

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President's Report

By Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP, Principal Engineer, Arcadia Technology, Inc. and BSCES President

June 30th marked the end of my year as BSCES president. The year went by quickly. It was a great pleasure to work with my fellow volunteer leaders and The Engineering Center Education Trust (TECET) staff to continue to serve our members and community. ... Read more

Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute Boston Chapter Update

By Matthew Page, PE, Associate Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., and COPRI Boston Chapter Chair

COPRI Boston Chapter provides technical education and networking for those involved in coastal, ocean, ports, waterways, riverine, and wetland resources. We are always looking for new members! Find out more information here or come join us at one of our virtual monthly meetings by emailing [email protected] . ... Read more

Emergency Response Planning for Coastal Flood Risks for Small Craft Harbors and Marinas

By Daniel Stapleton, PE, Senior Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

The increasing frequency and intensity of coastal storms and accelerating sea level rise are resulting in greater coastal flood-related risks to waterfront facilities and structures in New England. These risks include direct impacts such as property and content damage loss, “during storm”, near-term and potentially long-term operations and service disruption, release of environmental pollutants, and public and personnel safety.  ... Read more

Colby College Athletic Complex: Winner of an ACEC/MA 2022 Silver Engineering Excellence Award

By Michael Shearer, PE, Associate, Arup

In 2020, Colby College opened the doors of their new state-of-the-art Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center. The 354,000ft2 building transcends conventional athletics and recreation center design, efficiently and elegantly integrating all of Colby's indoor competition venues, training areas, and ancillary spaces to comprehensively serve every athletics and recreation program on campus... Read more

Coonamessett River Restoration and John Parker Road Bridge Project

By Eric Ohanian, PE, Project Manager, Tighe & Bond, Nicholas Nelson, CERP, Inter-Fluve, Inc., Elizabeth Gladfelter, Town of Falmouth

The award-winning Coonamessett River Restoration and John Parker Road Bridge project rejuvenated 50 acres of a degraded conservation land in Falmouth, MA. Today, the once heavily-degraded stream and wetland ecosystem is thriving with a diversity of plant and animal species, is functioning more naturally, and provides resilience to the changes in climate and sea level rise. ... Read more

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A full-time Senior Civil Engineer/Project Manager position is now available in our Bourne, Massachusetts location. A registered Professional Engineer is required for this position, but candidates in receipt of their licensure within the last 10 years are preferred. You would oversee design and permitting for a variety of land development projects mainly in the private sector. Large-scale solar development makes up a sizable percentage of our business, but prior knowledge is not necessary.

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BSCES Civil Engineering Practice Journal Needs Your Help

Still working from home? You can use the time you're saving by not commuting to 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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2022 - 2023 Society Sponsors

BSCES Newsletter Editorial Board

Chair: Michael T. Sullivan, PE

Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP

Michael R. Cunningham, PE

Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE

Christopher P. Hersey, LEED AP

Anuja Kamat, PhD

Richard F. Keenan

Angus J. O’Leary, PE

Kathryn Swanson, PE

2022 - 2023 BSCES Board of Government

President: Ronald K. Burns, PE, LSP, LEED AP

President-Elect: Michael R. Cunningham, PE

Secretary: Anuja Kamat, PhD

Treasurer: Gregory L. Mirliss, STS

Assistant Treasurer: Vacant

Senior Vice Presidents: Christopher P. Hersey, LEED AP, Kathryn Swanson, PE

Vice Presidents: Richard A. Matson, PE, Antonios Vytiniotis, PhD

Past President: Shallan C. Fitzgerald, PE

Western MA Branch Vice President: Vacant

Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute Boston Chapter: Matthew J. Page, PE

Construction Institute Boston Chapter: Ryan Marshall, PE, SE

Engineering Management Group: Vacant

Environmental & Water Resources Institute Boston Chapter: Rishabh V. Iyer, PE

Geo-Institute Boston Chapter: Todd D. Dwyer, PE

Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter: Irena A. Svetieva, PE

Transportation & Development Institute Boston Chapter: Annahid Dastgheib-Beheshti, PE

Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute Boston Chapter: Peter D. Nardini, PE

Younger Member Group: John T. Brooks, PE

2022–2023 BSCES Program Sponsors

Alfred Benesch & Company | BETA Group, Inc. | BSC Group | CDM Smith

Collins Engineers, Inc. | Dewberry | Green International Affiliates, Inc.

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. | Haley & Aldrich, Inc. | HNTB | Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Howard Stein Hudson | Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. | Kleinfelder | Nitsch Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University | Patrick Engineering, Inc. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. | Skanska USA Civil | Tighe & Bond | TranSystems |TREVIICOS

Tufts University - Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering | VHB | WSP

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