Volume 3 | March 2020
March News and Updates
Upcoming Events
Tour Old Castle Auburn Plant followed by Happy Hour March 19th
Please join us on March 19th from 2:00 to 4:00pm for a tour of Old Castle's Auburn Plant and technical presentation. Old Castle builds pipe, manholes, 3-sided bridges, and stormwater structures at the Auburn Plant. Click here to register for the event. For those people interested in mingling with fellow tour goers, we will provide appetizers at HopsnDrops at 5pm for happy hour. This event is FREE!!!

Joint Meeting with Association of Engineering Geologist - April 7th
Our speakers are Susan Schnur and Eric Smith. Susan will present on the Washington Geological Survey’s WA 100, a geotourism and education project on the unique geology of 100 sites in Washington State! Eric will present on the Speelyai Landslide, a WSDOT emergency stabilization project on State Route 503 just north of Lake Merwin in south central Washington. Details to follow later this month.

April 16 th Safety Assessment Training
Tacoma-Olympia Section is hosting the Safety Assessment Training at St. Martin’s University on Thursday April 16th from 8AM to 430PM. The cost is $80 for members and $110 for non-members. The goal of the Safety Assessment Program (SAP) is to help local governments perform accurate facility safety assessments after a disaster. This program allows the public to re-entry homes and businesses quickly and safely and ensures that unsafe structures are not occupied. SAP Evaluator's   survey damage to facilities to determine if there are any safety hazards to building occupants or to general public. This full day Evaluator Training class trains Civil Engineers, Architects, Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors how to do field evaluations of buildings or other infrastructure quickly and safely.  The course is taught by Fred Nelson, our Region 8 Governor and a licensed trainer from the State of California Office of Emergency Services.  Click here to register for the event,

Hurry space is limited, so don't wait!!!
Other Events and News
Earth and Space 2020 Engineering for Extreme Environments will be held in Seattle on April 20 -23, 2020 .  Earth & Space 2020 will feature a variety of meaningful programming experiences whether you are a first-time attendee just starting your career or a veteran conference attendee: keynote plenary lectures, invited panels, research papers, an amazing short course, and networking events.   Conference features five different technical tracks which will be of interest to civil engineers.  Advance registration ends on March 18, 2020.
International Conference on Transportation and Development will be held on May 26 -29 th in Seattle. Conference is being hosted with WSDOT and the  Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE .  Conference goal is to facilitate exchange of information, knowledge, and best practices among transportation and development practitioners and researchers, public infrastructure owners, policymakers, government engineers and planners, operations managers, and leading academics from around the world. The theme for ICTD 2020 is  Showcasing Collaborative, Smart, and Integrated Mobility Solutions .

  Pacific Northwest Student Conference at UW in April
The University of Washington will be hosting the 2020 Pacific Northwest Student Conference April 17 and 18th. The UW Students are in the middle of Fundraising, and need some help. They are looking to fundraise about $25,000! Please click here t o donate and learn about their crowdfunding campaign, and feel free to share this with friends, colleagues, etc. 

If you have any questions, please contact Nicki Peden (Conference Chair) and Emma Van Orden. Students appreciate your help

Have you ever wondered why you joined ASCE? For me, I joined after college in 1982 as a means to network and meet other civil engineers in the community. Perhaps it is also for the technical information that we get on a monthly basis from the Civil Engineering magazine or maybe the email news we receive on a weekly and daily basis. The board directors goal for the Tacoma-Olympia Section was to secure 40 new members by August 2020. We are about halfway in achieving this goal so we could use help in reaching out to more consultants and professionals. This week we are talking with the WSDOT Region Engineers to spur dialogue on the new incentive offered by ASCE for government agencies.  Contact us if you need more information or you would like to share with us why you joined ASCE. 
Volunteers NEEDED!!
Want To Help Your Section?
Over the past couple of months, we have traveled to Olympia, Tacoma and Gig Harbor to meet with you in your community to learn how we can increase our presence and elevate our profession. We had some great ideas come out of these informal meetings. We are also reaching out to engineering companies and discussing ways that our section can assist with training, leadership development, advocacy and recruitment. Do you want to host us for a Pizza Party!!! Please contact Bernie Sison ( mailto:bernieasce@gmail.com ).