Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter/ Structural Design
VOLUME 45 | ISSUE 3| November 2020

Upcoming Events
Sponsored by the Southeastern Massachusetts Committee
December 11, 2020

Sponsored by Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter
December 15, 2020

Sponsored by Committee on Sustainability
January 7, 2021

Letter From the Editor
An update from Katie Swanson
As we shift indoors with the coming of colder weather, take time to appreciate the structures that civil engineers have built to protect and shelter us. In this issue of BSCESNews, we focus on “Structural Design.”...Read more

Lead Article
North American Aggregates – Offshore Material
Handling Platforms
GEI was retained by Weeks Marine, Inc. to provide design services for the construction of new offshore material handling platforms at their aggregate processing plant in Perth Amboy, NJ. When completed, the platforms will provide a berth for the Weeks dredging barge, The Eleanor, where dredged sands can be unloaded. Working with the Weeks team, GEI designed the platforms to make extensive use of precast concrete while accounting for multiple complex load cases involving mooring and fendering loads (from the design ship) and crane loads from the new material handlers... Read more

President's Report
An update from Bruce Jacobs
Massachusetts’s civil engineering community has voted with their checkbooks. Despite the cloud of COVID-related business impacts, BSCES received a huge vote of confidence in the form of four society sponsors and 30 program sponsors... Read more

Featured Group
Structural Engineering Institute Boston Chapter
SEI provides opportunities for structural engineers to network and enhance their technical and professional knowledge. If you are a structural engineer looking for an active group to participate with peers in knowledge exchange for the advancement of the art and practice of structural engineering then you are invited to join the SEI Boston Chapter.. Read more

Member Profile
Professor Peter Eagleson, M.ASCE
Prof. Eagleson’s contributions to engineering and hydrology are bounded only by his far-ranging curiosity. Areas of research that have benefited from that curiosity include currents and beach erosion, flood routing and recurrence intervals, catchment and global-scale hydrologic processes, and ecohydrology...Read more

Featured Projects
MassDOT’s First-Ever Lateral Slide Bridge Replacement—Route 44 over Route 24
The bridge carrying Route 44 over Route 24 in Raynham, MA, is a critical asset within the local and regional transportation networks, providing a regional link between Providence, RI, and Southeast Massachusetts and locally between the two halves of Raynham divided by Route 24. Originally constructed in 1950, the bridge had reached the end of its useful life and was exhibiting severe structural deficiencies... Read more
Historic New England Infrastructure: New Bedford Hurricane Barrier
While the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier isn’t necessarily “historic,” it's still an incredibly interesting and important structure that’s provided storm surge protection to one of the nation’s busiest ports for close to 70 years, and therefore the featured topic of this month’s Historic New England Infrastructure. Since its completion and dedication on May 21, 1966, it has the distinction of being the largest man-made stone structure in the Eastern United States and the largest hurricane barrier on the East Coast...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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