December 2019 Print

President's Report

I hope everyone had a great holiday and were able to take time off from work to relax. I am excited for 2020 and I am looking forward to new opportunities for professional and personal growth.  I wanted to remind everyone that the 2020 ASCE elections are only a few short months away.  I would like to encourage anyone who would like to get more involved with ASCE to plan to run for office this year.  Serving in ASCE provides so many great opportunities for networking and for professional development so I encourage all of our members to think about ways they can get more involved in 2020.

We have a lot going on over the next few months.  Nominations are currently open for the ASCE Utah Section and Region 8 awards.  The deadline is April 1, 2020 so please get your award nominations in early.  The ASCE Regions 8 & 9 Leadership Conference will be held on January 24-25 in San Francisco, CA.  The conference will include workshops for Section, Branch, and Institute Leaders, the Western Region Younger Member Council, and for Student Chapter Leaders.

Each of the branches have activities planned for Engineering Week in February.  Please find time in your schedule to support your branch with their outreach activities in order to help inspire the next generation of engineers.  This year’s ASCE Legislative Fly-In is planned for March 11-12 2020.  Matt Roblez and Katherine Colburn from the Utah Section will both be attending this year.  This spring the Utah Section will also be supporting a service project at the Ronald McDonald house that is being planned by the YMF.  More information about the date and time of this service project will be coming soon.  We are currently in the process of finalizing plans for the June 2020 Utah Section meeting and we plan to have additional information about the Section meeting out to everyone soon.

I am looking forward to 2020 and I am excited for the new opportunities it will bring. I wish all of our member’s success in your professional and personal lives and I am looking forward to another year of fun and professional growth with ASCE.


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Technical Article

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Wasatch Front Branch Update

Happy New Year!

A big thank you to our members who supported our Sub for Santa gift drive.  We were able to provide gifts for two families through the Family Support Center.  George Lukes and Becky Hjelm (Utah Department of Transportation) spoke to us in December about “Digital Delivery (Model Based Design and Construction)”.  On January 17, Michael Smith (American Council of Engineering Companies of Utah) will present a legislative update at WesTech Engineering (3665 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City).

Our community giving committee is getting ready for our Eweek Activities where we will visit two area Title I elementary schools the week of February 16-22, 2020.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact our community giving chair, Dimond Zollinger ([email protected])

Sarah Albano

Wasatch Front Branch President

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Northern Utah Branch Update

The Northern Utah Branch did not conduct a technical presentation for the month of December.  Happy Holliday’s!

Our next technical lunch and learn is scheduled for January 16. 

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Younger Member Forum

YMF did not have any events in December as we wish you all enjoy the Holidays. However, we have a chain of events planned for our members and families in January 2020.

The biggest event is the WRYMC San Francisco in late January. YMF is planning to send 4 representatives to this conference and we will put together a bid package, including a video and a PowerPoint Slides, to bring the 2022 WRYMC to Salt Lake, Utah.

As February approaches, the Spring 2020 PE Review Class schedule is coming out and will be advertised soon.

In addition, YMF will have a board meeting to discuss possible social and community giving events for January and February.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Lingkun Li

ASCE Utah YMF, President

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Central Utah Branch Update


On January 16th the CUB plans to meet at Utah Valley University (UVU) where Robert Hunter of Provo City will be presenting on managing storm water.    

Call for Presentation Ideas

The CUB is looking for presentation ideas for May and June of 2020.  We are interested in having presentations on projects, research, historical information, and ethics discussions from across the civil engineering spectrum (geotech, transportation, water, structures, etc…). 

Contact for Presenters

Please contact Blake Buehler at [email protected], or call him at (385) 312-4064 if you are interested in presenting to the group. We would love to hear from our local members and their colleagues. 

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Southern Utah Branch Update

Happy New Year!  The Southern Utah Branch had their annual Christmas Banquet in December.  Fun was had by all.  This month we will be having a presentation by Corey Cram of the Washington County Water Conservancy District on January 21st at the old airport terminal.  He will be discussing the Lake Powell Pipeline and other water resource projects that they are looking at.

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 end of the year, we wish our members a happy New Year.  Looking into 2020, we wanted to share the following updates:

  • The Utah G-I is working to finalize a white paper from the Recent Revisions to Seismic Ground Motions Provisions of IBC 2018 and ASCE 7workshop with the partnering organizations. Look for an update on the document in the coming weeks.
  • Geo-Congress 2020 will be in February 2020 in Minneapolis Minnesota. Details on vents and registration can be found here:
  • The Utah G-I is partnering with SEAU on another technical article and workshop in May of 2020; more information to come after the first of the year.

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

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Victor Roblez

Victor Roblez age 91 passed away Saturday December 21 in Holladay, Utah. Victor was born in Bingham Canyon Utah. He attended Bingham High School where he played baseball, football, and basketball.

He joined the Navy after graduation during World War II in 1946 and served active duty until 1948. He attended The University of Notre Dame until 1950 when he was recalled to serve in the Korean War. He served in Japan, Korea and China and was released in 1951. During his time in the military he received the World War II Victory Medal and the Korean Service Medal. He met and married Jaqueline Skoubye in 1952. They remained married until his passing.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1954. He worked as a licensed professional structural engineer for many firms after his graduation, eventually finding a home as a precast concrete engineer in Murray, Utah for Buehner Concrete in 1964. As a precast concrete engineer he innovated the use of precast concrete across the Wasatch Front and eventually the western United States.

As an active member of the Precast Concrete Institute he lectured on the many aspects of the design and use of precast concrete. In addition to serving on many code committees; he innovated the use and design of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) and was a co-author of the GFRC Design Manual. He was recently recognized by The American Society of Civil Engineers - Utah Section by being named a Landmark Engineer.

He was a role model to many. He coached youth baseball and basketball. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jaqueline Skoubye Roblez, his 6 children, Nancy, Mark, Lauren, Jeanne, Barbara and Matthew (Matt) and 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

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