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Issue: 5 

September 2017   
ACEC Emerging Leaders Program Kicks Off
First Session Held September 28 & 29 in Lansing
The 2017 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 class will 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 2018 class!
Congratulations to the following members of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program:
Christopher Bradshaw
Melissa Coatta
Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
Oscar Cobb
Justian Crane
WBK Engineering, LLC
Cory Davis
Dan Dombos
Tammy Foster
Ziemnick Foster Engineering, LLC   
Tim Inman
Spicer Group, Inc.
John Katers
OHM Advisors
Kevin Kieft
Jonathan Kolbasa
Value Engineering, LLC
Bryan Laginess
Peter Basso Associates
Matthew Oumedian
WSP Michigan, Inc.
Adam Poznanski
Byce & Associates, Inc.
Mario Quagliata
Bergmann Associates
Kyle Reidsma
Jeffrey Schepers
Holland Engineering, Inc.
Paul Schmeisl
Amy Schneider
G2 Consulting
Matt Seitz
ROWE Professional Services Co. 
Robb Welch
DLZ Michigan, Inc.

MDOT-ACEC Partnering Award Nominations
Application Deadline is October 27
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) are excited to announce the fifth 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. 
MDOT Award
The award will be judged equally on 5 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 2017 award will be received by the MDOT Performance Excellence Section through October 27, 2017. Projects must be substantially complete and ready for use between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2017.

The 2017 award will be announced at the MDOT/ACEC Partnering Workshop on February 1, 2018 in Lansing.

Entry guidelines and the official entry form are available on the ACEC/M website. 
2018 ACEC Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Competit ion
Competition Update 
ACEC has received a record number of Intents to Enter (54 engineering & 6 surveying projects) for the 2018  Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Competi tion!

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 innovation, complexity, client satisfaction and future value to the profession.

Award recipients will be recognized on March 10, 2018 during the awards gala, which will be held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Visit the ACEC website for more details!
ACEC Michigan 2018 Firm of the Year
Applications Now Available

ACEC/Michigan's "Member Firm of the Year" award program is now open for entry! The submission deadline is November 22, 2017) 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 10, 2018 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.  

2017 Firm of the Year - ROWE Professional Services Company
MSPE 2017 Education Seminar Series
Reduced Rate for MSPE Members
Register online at www.michiganspe.org.
Mechanical Forensic Engineering (7 PDHs)
Courtyard Marriott - Mt. Pleasant
Thursday Oct. 5
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This one-day Mechanical Forensic Engineering Seminar will provide attendees with a solid understanding of the forensic engineering process. During the seminar, attendees will:
* Understand general causes and consequences of mechanical failures
* Examine written warnings, owner's manuals and intuitive design
Learn techniques for documenting failures and conducting investigations
* Review the forensic engineering report and understand how it is organized
* Discuss material and non-material causes of failures and examine case studies
Erosion and Sediment Transport (8 PDHs)
The View at Cooley Law School Stadium - Lansing
Tuesday, Oct. 10
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Engineers, water resource and environmental professionals are invited to attend this full-day, hands-on seminar that offers the fundamentals of erosion and sediment transport. Upon completion of the seminar, you will be able to determine when and how erosion and sedimentation occur and estimate the magnitude of sediment transport. Attendees will also become familiar with applications in such fields as river engineering, stormwater management, roads, culvert design, dam removal, and fisheries. Erosion-related policies and practices in Michigan will also be discussed.
Emergency Action Preparedness (3 PDHs)
Holiday Inn Downtown Grand Rapids
Wednesday, Oct. 25
8:30 a.m. - Noon
This half-day seminar will discuss the Incident Command System and how it's concepts and practices apply to private sector stakeholders, as well as overall emergency actions and the disaster process. There will also be a presentation on the City of Grand Rapids 2013 Flood Event: past versus present response approaches, and what roles private sector consultants and contractors played during the Event. The seminar will also include discussion on emergency action preparedness and how you can prepare.
ACEC Hosting NHI Bridge Class
December 4-15, Lansing
ACEC Michigan is hosting the NHI 10-Day Training Course #130055 entitled "Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges." Due to recent changes in the Federal Regulations, this training is becoming a must in order to be qualified to inspect local and state bridges. 
Satisfactory completion of this course will fulfill the training requirements of the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) for a comprehensive training course. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: describe, identify, evaluate and document the various components and deficiencies that can exist on bridge components and elements; list design characteristics and describe inspection methods and locations for common concrete, steel and timber structures; and demonstrate how to field inspect/evaluate common concrete, steel and timber bridges.
Registration is open on the ACEC/M website. Prerequisites are required for this course and class size is limited to 30 attendees. Attendees will be awarded 6.7 Continuing Education Units (1 CEU = 10 PDHs).  Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Cancellation policy: Cancellations, with full refund, will be accepted until October 31. No refunds will be given after October 31. Registrations are transferable.
PSMJ Principals Bootcamp Offered
January 18-19, Lansing

ACEC will again host the ever popular PSMJ Principals Bootcamp January 18 - 19, 2018 in Lansing. This A/E/C Principals Bootcamp demonstrates how the most successful firm leaders are adapting to today's fast-paced economic changes.  Instructors will directly address your needs and questions and offer advice from their years of practical design firm experience. You'll walk away with innovative ideas and dynamic new approaches to these challenging times that your entire firm can put into action right away. 
Discounts will be offered for group registrations.  For complete details and to register, visit the event page on the ACEC website.
ACEC/M Scholarships 
Application Deadline is January 5, 2018 

ACEC/Michigan is planning to award over $12,000 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 5, 2018. Applicants will be judged on a written essay, their work experience, employer/faculty recommendations, community involvement and their GPA.
ACEC Welcomes New Members!
ACEC is excited to welcome these new member firms: 
ACEC Social Media
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2017-2018 SAVE THE DATES
Mark Your Calendar!
October 6, 2017: CEO Roundtable, Grand Rapids
December 4-15, 2017: NHI 10-Day Bridge Safety Inspection Course, Lansing
January 18-19, 2018, PSMJ Principals Bootcamp, Lansing
February 1, 2018: MDOT-ACEC Partnering Workshop, Lansing
March 10, 2018: Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Gala, Grand Rapids
March 21, 2018: AESLC Legislative Day, Lansing
May 9, 2018, Michigan Infrastructure Conference, Lansing
In This Issue
ACEC Emerging Leaders Progam Kicks Off
MDOT ACEC Partnering Award Nomination info
ACEC/M 2018 Firm of the Year Application
MSPE 2017 Education Seminar Series
ACEC to Host NHI 10 Day Bridge Course
ACEC to Host PSMJ Principals Bootcamp
ACEC/M Scholarship Apps Available
ACEC New Members
ACEC Social Media
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