March 2020 Print

President's Report

It has been a busy start to 2020 for ASCE in Utah.  On Wednesday January 29 I attended the BYU ASCE Networking Dinner where I had the opportunity to meet and talk with many of the civil engineering students.  The networking dinner is a fantastic event and a great opportunity for students to connect with potential employers.  If you have not had an opportunity to attend this event in the past, I encourage you to consider attending in the future.

To celebrate Engineers Week this year the Utah Section joined with the Wasatch Front Branch to visit Escalante and Parkview Elementary’ s in Salt Lake City. Activities with the students included building a “house of cards”, “hover craft”, and “water pumps”.  Volunteers had a lot of fun and students learned a lot about engineering.

We have several events taking place during the month of March.  On Wednesday March 18 the Utah Section will be supporting a service project at the Ronald McDonald house that has been organized by the Younger Member Forum.  If you are interested in taking part in this event, please reach out to the YMF President Lingkun Li or myself.  This month we will be holding the ASCE elections for Section and Branch officers for 2020-2021.  If you have not run for ASCE office before this is a great opportunity to be more involved in the organization, to network, and to make a positive impact in the Civil Engineering community so please consider running for a branch or section office.

I also wanted to recognize Craig Friant for the great work he is doing leading the effort on the update to the Utah Infrastructure Report Card.  The individual teams are in the process of wrapping up the research portion of the work and beginning to write each of the sections that will be included with the report card.   It’s not too late to volunteer if you are interested in helping with this effort so if you are interested in getting involved please reach out to either myself or Craig Friant.  We are still on track for our goal of completing the report card updated and being ready to release it in February 2021.

Thank you for all you do and keep up the good work.

John Diamond

ASCE Utah Section President

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Wasatch Front Branch Update

Here is the WFB Update:

On February 21st Dr. Chris Pantelides, SE, FACI (University of Utah) spoke to us about Mass Timber Buckling-Restrained Brace for Seismic Regions at the University of Utah.  Our March meeting will be Friday, March 20th at WesTech Engineering (3665 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City).  Rob Sowby (Hansen, Allen and Luce, Inc.) will talk to us about Improving Water System Sustainability through Energy Management.

During Engineering Week our community giving committee visited two Title I schools, Escalante Elementary School and Parkview Elementary School.  We spoke to 5th graders about what engineering is and then they learned how to make an Archimedes’ Screw and tried to transfer as much water as they could from one container to another in a minute;  raced hovercrafts made of balloons and CDs; and tried to build the house of cards that could sustain the most weight.

Sarah Albano

Wasatch Front Branch President

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Younger Member Forum

Recap of Recent Events

We successfully kicked off our Spring 2020 PE Review Course on Feb. 13th. Thank you UDOT Region 2 for hosting the class again this time! Our President-elect, Faramarz did a great job on organizing the class. And we hope all young engineers pass the exam in April!!

In February, YMF also sent representatives to help Wasatch Front Branch E-Week activities. Our previous president, Imanual Aswandi, and myself enjoyed mentoring young students in engineering. Thank you Wasatch Front Branch for providing us such a great opportunity to help in Parkview Elementary School.

Upcoming Events:

The YMF February/March night skiing event is scheduled on Friday, March 7th. Come and join us at Brighton Resort at 4 pm!!

YMF is also planning a board meeting on Thursday, March 5th as we will discuss membership/fundraising events, new socials, and WRYMC 2022 Planning.

“Giving back” has always been our goal to help others, and our annual Ronald McDonald House “Adopt a Dinner” is scheduled on Wednesday, March 18th. Please check our website for the registration.


Lingkun Li

ASCE Utah YMF, President

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Central Utah Branch Update


On April 9th the CUB will be meeting on BYU Campus to support the ASCE BYU Student Chapter’s annual capstone presentations. The student project teams will present from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Clyde Building (CB 377). The venue will then change to the new Engineering Building (rooms 207 and 208) from noon until 1 p.m. The same students will be available to answer questions about their projects and explain the posters they have prepared. Lunch will be provided.   

Utah Section Annual Meeting

The annual section meeting will take place at the Utah State Capitol on Friday, June 5th, 2020. Additional information, including the time and agenda, will be provided by the ASCE Utah Section Presidency.

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Southern Utah Branch Update

Last month we had our combined ASCE / APWA annual conference.  We were pleased to here from local leaders in the community on engineering and public works topics.  At the conference we awarded the Engineer of the Year to Kirt McDaniel, Innovative Engineering Project to Bowen Collins for the Ivins Debris Basin Project, and Project of the Year to Horrocks Engineering for the DSU I-15 Pedestrian Underpass Project.

This months luncheon was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to have our presenter that was slated for March, Michael Smith, present his legislative update next month on April 12th.

Todd Gardner

President ASCE Southern Utah Branch

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Utah Geo-Institute Chapter

Utah Geo-Institute (G-I) Chapter By Ryan Maw, PE and Brian Peterson, PE

As we move towards the Summer, we wanted to share the following updates:

  • March 24 – 26, 2020 - Stability Analysis of Embankment Dams (Phoenix, AZ): this course provides broad coverage of stability analysis for embankment dams. Topics addressed in the course include soil stress-strain behavior, shear strength selection, field and laboratory testing methods, slope stability analysis methods, seepage as related to stability analysis, and stability rehabilitation methods. Instructors include Utah State University’s own John Rice, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. Link:
  • April 13, 2020 - UGA Luncheon presentation by Simon Jowitt from UNLV speaking about critical metals. Link:
  • May 6, 2020 - The Utah G-I is partnering with ASCE Utah Section SEI, SEAU, and EERI on another structures - geotechnical workshop. The workshop will include a special guest lecture by Scott J. Brandenberg, Ph.D, P.E., M. ASCE on Seismic Earth Pressures and additional panel discussion on the recently released white paper titled, CHANGES IN SEISMIC DESIGN CRITERIA AND DESIGN GROUND MOTIONS IN IBC 2018 AND ASCE 7-16, AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SEISMIC DESIGN PRACTICE IN UTAH. Details on the workshop can be found in the attached flyer.

We would like to ask our members to let us know of topics or upcoming events of interest as we plan for the fall of 2020.  Thanks again for your continued support.  

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