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Issue: 5 

September 2016   
Legislative Update 
Roads Innovation Fund
MI Capitol - Outside
Before breaking to campaign for the general election, both the House and Senate passed Continuing Resolution 19 which releases transportation dollars from the Roads Innovation Fund. 

Although there is currently no money in the Fund, legislation passed back in November 2015 required the first $100 million in revenue collected from the gasoline and diesel tax be deposited into the fund (starting Oct. 1, 2016) until the legislature passes a Continuing Resolution releasing the money. Because CR 19 was passed prior to the start of the fiscal year (October 1, 2016), income from the fuel taxes will be deposited into the Michigan Transportation Fund (MTF) as in past years. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has completed a report that focuses on "materials and processes that may cost more in initial up-front spending but that still produced life-cycle construction and maintenance savings", and will be completing demonstration projects in 2017 and 2018 that use a 30 and 50-year design life.
ACEC Emerging Leaders Program Kicks Off  
First Session Held in Lansing September 8 & 9 
The 2016 ACEC/Michigan Emerging Leaders Program kicked off its first session in Lansing this month. The Emerging Leaders Program is for individuals committed to developing their leadership abilities. This program imparts specific skills and competencies identified by top  ACEC/Michigan principals as critical for leadership success. These highly interactive sessions are taught by experts in the field of business administration and people management in professional services firms.
The 2016 class of emerging leaders wil l enjoy a dynamic schedule of topics including: Strategic Planning, Governmental Affairs, Risk Management, HR - Recruiting, Retaining and Owning, Leadership, Business Development, Economics of Private Practice, and the Senior Leaders Roundtable: From Management to Leadership - Secrets of Success. Sessions take place this fall in Lansing, Detroit and Grand Rapids.
If you're interested in having an emerging leader from your firm participate in a future Emerging Leaders Program, please visit our website to claim a spot on the waiting list for the 2017 class!
Congratulations to the following members of the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program:
Jeffrey Bagdade
Todd Munger
Materials Testing Consultants, Inc.
Jill Bauer
ROWE Professional Services Company
Tim Day
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
James Carter
Carter & Associates Engineers, LLC
Patrick Phelan
BMJ Engineers & Surveyors, Inc.
Arif Cekic
Professional Service Industries, Inc.
Brian Rowley
Fleis & VandenBrink
Adam Falkowski
Joshua Salazar
HDR Michigan, Inc.
Brian Fiander
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Paul Schram
Wightman & Associates, Inc.
Jennifer Hodges
Drew Twarek
Ruby + Associates, Inc.
Jason Longhurst
Nowak & Fraus
Andrew Varilone
Ken Mazurek
Tetra Tech
Bryan Webster
Byce & Associates, Inc.
John Michalski
Applied Science, Inc.
Jonathan Yonkers

MDOT-ACEC Partnering Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
Application Deadline is October 28
HNTB, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Great Lakes Engineering - 2015 Partnership Charter Award Winners

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the American Council of Engineering C ompanies of Michigan (ACEC/M) are excited to announce the fourth annual "MDOT-ACEC Partnership Charter Award." 

This award recognizes project managers and  consultants for their commitment to excellence and promoting an enhanced business partnership based on the ideals set forth in the MDOT/ACEC Partnership Charter Agreement. These ideals include mutual trust, effective communication, continuous improvement, embracing innovation, and timely issues resolution. The award will be judged equally on five important principles:
  • Providing Cost-Effective, High-Quality Services 
  • Partnering in Streamlining Business Practices
  • Engaging in Effective Communication 
  • Commitment to Transparency & Accountability 
  • Promoting Innovation and Sustainability 
Projects accomplished by team effort between MDOT project managers and ACEC consultants are eligible to receive this award. Entries for the 2016 award will be received by the MDOT Performance Excellence Section through October 28, 2016. Projects must be substantially complete and ready for use between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2016 to be eligible for the 2016 award year. 

The 2016 award will be announced at the MDOT/ACEC Partnering Workshop on February 2, 2017 in Lansing. 

ACEC Michigan Member Firm of the Year Award 
Applications Now Available  
ACEC/Michigan's "Member Firm of the Year" award program is now open for entry!  (Deadline for submissions is November 23, 2016). This prestigious and coveted award recognizes ACEC/M member firms for their demonstrated leadership in promoting engineering through their activities with ACEC and in their communities. Winning this competition will greatly enhance your firm's image and your marketing efforts to both current and potential clients. 
Firms are judged on three important factors:
  • Contributions to the Success of ACEC/Michigan
  • Advancement of the Consulting Design Profession
  • Community Involvement
A small firm (1-30 employees) and a large firm (>30 employees) are eligible to receive this award. The winning firm(s) will be announced at the ACEC/Michigan Engineering and Surveying Excellence Awards program on March 11, 2017 at The Fillmore Detroit.  

2016 Firm of the Year - Wightman & Associates, Inc.
ACEC Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards
Competition Update 
ACEC/Michigan has received Intents to Enter for 41 engineering & 4 surveying projects for the 2017 Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Competition. 
Projects from across  the state compete each year for the coveted "Eminent Conceptor" Award. In early November, a panel of judges will evaluate the projects based on innova tio n, complexity, client satisfaction and future value to the profession.
Award recipients will be recognized on March 11, 2017 during the awards gala, which will be held a t The Fillmore Detroit. Visit the ACEC website for more details!  
ASCE Michigan Section Announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors 
2016-2017 Term to Run October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017
The ASCE Michigan Section is pleased to announce the following individuals who will be serving on the Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 term:
President: Steven Waalkes, PE (Western Branch)
President-Elect: Melinda Bacon, PE (Southwestern Branch)
Vice President: Christopher Owen, PE (Lansing/Jackson Branch)
Treasurer: Jacob Rushlow, PE (Southeastern Branch)
Secretary: Tim Bradshaw, PE (Western Branch)
Past President: Therese Kline, PE (Lansing/Jackson) 
MSPE Fall Education Seminar
6 Professional Development Hours
When:     October 6, 2016,  8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Topics:     Drone Technology and  Autonomous Vehicles
Where:    The View at Cooley Law School Stadium,  505 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing
Cost:        $120 MSPE Members
                 $140 Non-Members
                 Lunch included
  To register: www.michiganspe.org
Get the latest information on Autonomous Vehicles (AV)! This session will begin by discussing the technology behind AV and continuing with related infrastructure issues. From there, we will turn to current research and testing of autonomous vehicles and how the MCity project is being used to further development. Also a look at how Professional Engineers are part of this process.
The Drone Technology session will include information on the many applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), including hyper-spectral remote sensing, work in the utility sector and infrastructure inspection. Additionally, this session will discuss current rules and regulations pertaining to the commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and liabilities for, and penalties against companies that operate UAS improperly. We will also take a look at drone use from the aviation community perspective.

ASCE Michigan Section Awards Scholarships
ASCE Michigan Section is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Zuidema and Mackinac Scholarships.

Zuidema Scholarship:
Named in honor of an outstanding past president of the Michigan Section and the Western Michigan Branch of ASCE, the Marvin L. Zuidema Scholarship Award is presented annually to a student member of ASCE who has made a contribution to the advancement of student engineering activities.  

The 2016 Zuidema Scholarship ($1,500) was awarded to Shelbie Prater and to Micah Doorn. Shelbie is a Civil Engineering major at the University of Michigan. She serves on the Regional Executive Board of the University's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Micah is a Civil Engineering major at Calvin College. He is currently the ASCE Calvin College Student Chapter President.

Mackinac Scholarship:
Named in honor of Michigan's #1 Civil Engineering Project of the 20th Century by the ASCE Michigan membership in December 1999, this scholarship is intended to recognize a premier Civil Engineering student from Michigan.

This year's Mackinac Scholarship ($5,000 - 2 year award) was awarded to Nicholas DeSimpelare and Brock Hoffman. Nicholas is a Civil Engineering student at Michigan State University, where he is active in the ASCE Michigan State University Student Chapter. Brock is a Civil Engineering student at Michigan Technological University. He is an ASCE student chapter member and participates heavily in Concrete Canoe. 
ACEC Hosting PSMJ Project Management Bootcamp
January 19-20, 2017 in Lansing

ACEC/Michigan will host the popular PSMJ Project Management Bootcamp at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West on January 19 and 20, 2017. 

Attendees will walk away with effective, actionable techniques from today's most successful PMs. Every bootcamp is designed to compress a wealth of knowledge and insight gained from decades of real-world PM experience into two information-packed days. These are the must-have techniques of today's most successful project managers - highly practical advice you'll find plenty of opportunities to apply immediately upon your return to the office. Another bonus: Discounted registration fees for ACEC/Michigan members and for multiple attendees.

Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on January 19 and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on January 20. Visit the ACEC/M website for additional information

ACEC Welcomes New Members!
ACEC is excited to welcome these new member firms: 
ACEC Scholarships Available
ACEC/Michigan is planning to award $10,000+ to engineering and surveying students enrolled in an ABET accredited College or University. Applications are now available on the ACEC/M website, and are due to ACEC by January 6, 2017. Applicants will be judged on a written essay, their work experience, employer/faculty recommendations, community involvement and their GPA.
QBS News
The Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Coalition is pleased to announce the following:  

1. We have contracted with Famous in Your Field to develop a branding and marketing campaign to accelerate the awareness and adoption of the QBS process in Michigan.

2. A webinar explaining and discussing the QBS process has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 26. Watch for more information! 
ACEC Social Media
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Did you know that ACEC is active on social media sites? Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn to stay informed! 




2016-2017 SAVE THE DATES
Mark Your Calendar!
October 5, 2016: CEO Roundtable, Grand Rapids
October 13-14, 2016: Emerging Leaders Program (Second Session-Detroit)
October 26, 2016: Materials Acceptance Process Seminar, Lansing 
January 19-20, 2017:  PSMJ Project Management Bootcamp, Lansing
February 2, 2017:   MDOT-ACEC Partnering Workshop , Lansing
March 7, 2017: Legislative Day, Lansing 
March 11, 2017:   Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Gala , Detroit
May 18, 2017:   Michigan Infrastructure Conference , Grand Rapids 

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In This Issue
Legislative Update
ACEC Emerging Leaders Program Update
MDOT-ACEC Partnering Award
ACEC Firm of the Year Award
Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards
ASCE Michigan Board of Directors
MSPE Fall Education Seminar
ASCE Awards Scholarships
ACEC Hosting Project Management Bootcamp
ACEC New Members
ACEC Scholarships
QBS News
ACEC Social Media
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