Topic: The 100 Year Bridge

When: Thursday May 19, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT


Presidential Banquet Center
4548 Presidential Way
Kettering, OH 45429

Speakers: Dan Springer and Amy Moore, LJB Inc 

You have likely seen the ongoing media coverage about our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. But, what if bridges could last 100 years – long enough for your great, great grandchildren to use? This session covers the unique management and design challenges for the first ODOT project that utilizes long-lasting carbon fiber prestressing strands. For this pilot project, LJB designed the replacement of two existing multi-span prestressed concrete box beam bridges. One of the bridges will be constructed using conventional materials, while the other bridge will use carbon fiber (CFCC – Tokyo Rope) strands and stainless steel reinforcing in the superstructure. The bridge structures are similar enough to allow for comparison of the long-term sustainability of using different types of material. The presenters-including the project manager and lead bridge designer-will review the materials, challenges and long-term impacts of this unique bridge project that could have long-lasting effects on the future of bridge design.

Speaker Bios:
Dan Springer is a project manager and senior structural engineer with LJB who has 16 years of experience and specializes in bridge design and inspection. He is a dually certified professional engineer and project management professional. Dan has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus in structures from the University of Toledo. His expertise includes designing, preparing plans and checking designs for various bridges in the short- to intermediate-span range. Dan has experience with complex interstate, county and municipal bridges as well as pedestrian bridges. He has worked with a variety of bridge types including steel beams, pre-stressed concrete box beams, I-beams, cast-in-place concrete, box culverts and arch structures. Dan also manages the annual inspection of bridges for numerous communities and counties in Ohio leading multiple inspection crews.
Amy Moore is a structural engineer with LJB who specializes in bridge design. Responsible for leading LJB’s bridge design staff, she has designed more than 30 bridges including both rehabilitation and replacements for municipalities, counties and ODOT, and has performed more than 500 load ratings for municipalities and counties throughout Ohio. Her work has included multi-span steel girders, prestressed box and I-girders, continuous slabs, aesthetic fascial panels, piers, and MSE walls. Amy has a master’s degree in structural engineering and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. She is the Young Member Committee Chair of the Dayton Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and is on the 440 Committee-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).
Lunch: TBD.
Cost: $20/person (non-members), $15/person (members) or $10/students with RSVP
RSVP by 5:00pm on Friday, May 13, 2016

Click here to register!!A PDH certificate will be provided to attendees.


Dayton Children’s Hospital Patient Tower – Structural Presentation & Tour (1.0 PDH)
Presenter: Benjamin Van De Weghe PE, Shell & Meyer
Join us for a tour of the still under construction new Dayton Children’s Hospital Patient Care Tower. This is a new eight-story, 260,000 sf facility which will house the NICU and patient beds with future shell space for imaging and surgery.  The presentation and site visit will focus on the structure of this wide-module concrete framed building including both gravity and lateral loading.  Points of interest will include the tower crane foundations, efficient design of the concrete frame for efficient forming, steel framing of the entry and penthouse, and reinforcing of the existing structures.

Rendering of Patient Tower
When:  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00PM to 1:30PM

Where:  Danis Construction Conference Room Trailer on Valley Street
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Dayton, OH

In order to participate in the tour, proper safety shoes are required. Danis will provide hardhats and safety vests.

Danis Construction will be providing lunch for all attendees during the structural engineering presentation prior to the tour.
Benjamin Van De Weghe is the Chief Engineer at Shell+Meyer with over 15 years experience. Ben specializes in multi-story concrete and steel frame structures, especially those including deep foundations and those built over top or below existing structures.
      11:30am – Registration
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch Presentation & Tour
This meeting is offered at no cost thanks to the generosity of Danis Construction for providing lunch. However please register by Monday, May 16 so we have an accurate number for lunch.
      Earlier reservations are appreciated.
Questions on any Dayton events, please contact Mark Remmetter or Steve Mitchell at:

For those of you that missed her presentation, you missed a great presentation.

Here is her powerpoint

Freshwater Mussels and the Ohio Mussel Survey Protocol


Here are the links to the videos that are in the powerpoint

Life History-Parasitizing Fish:



What are freshwater mussels important:



Ohio Engineers Legislative Day

Sign Up Today and Earn 5.0 CPD Hours!

Join us in Columbus for this year’s Ohio Engineers Legislative Day on Tues., May 3, 2016. OSPE and ASCE members may register at a 30% discount! Cost is $70 for members, $99 for non-members.

Topics will include:

  • ODOT Partners in Looking at Low Volume Roads
  • Water Supply Safety
  • Road Quality Challenges for Ohio County Engineers
  • Legislative Update
  • How Will We Fund Surface Transportation After the FAST ACT
  • Railroad Grade Crossing Safety

Tuesday May 3, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM.


Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square
75 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Use this opportunity to visit your State Representative or State Senator following the program! For help in scheduling a visit call 614-519-4819

Seating is limited, so register early!  For more details on the topics and speakers, click on “Get more information”.  To register right away, click “Register Now!”.

If you missed the March joint section meeting with SAME, you missed Mr. Bob Geyer, Greene County Engineer discuss the covered bridges in Greene County.
The meeting was held on March 10, 2016 at the Twin Base Golf Course, WPAFB.


Topic: Mussel Survey Protocol

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT


            Presidential Banquet Center
            4548 Presidential Way
Kettering, OH 45429

Speaker: Megan Michael, ODOT Office of Environmental Services
What is a freshwater mussel, anyway?  Why are the living under my bridge?  What do I have to do about it?  These are some common questions that state and county engineers and project managers have been asking.  Although killing mussels has been illegal in Ohio since 1998, Ohio did not have a standard survey protocol or a list of streams that contained mussels until 2013.  The release of the Ohio Mussel Survey Protocol (OMSP) has led to standardized practices, which has helped with project timing and scoping, however; more survey work is now needed than in the past.   This presentation will go over a brief life history of freshwater mussels, the laws that protect them, survey requirements and possible outcomes under the OMSP, and lessons learned in the first three field seasons under the OMSP.

Speaker Bio:
Megan Michael is a federally permitted mussel biologist that works for the Office of Environmental Services at the Ohio Department of Transportation.  She graduated from Otterbein University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science (ecology concentration) and a minor in Chemistry.  While at Otterbein, she began working with freshwater mussels as a research intern for Dr. Michael Hoggarth.  She continued working with mussels and other macroinvertebrates as an intern with Ohio EPA.  After college, Megan worked at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, where she collected fish and mussels for Scenic Rivers and various grants.   Megan has been at ODOT since 2002, where she has worked as an ecologist.  While at ODOT, she has been the lead worker for mussel surveys for roadway projects, which includes conducting surveys, reviewing surveys, and reviewing and commenting on the Ohio Mussel Survey Protocol.  She has been state permitted to work with mussels since 2000 and has had her federal collection permit for three years.
Lunch: TBD.
Cost: $20/person (non-members), $15/person (members) or $10/students with RSVP
RSVP by 5:00pm on Friday, April 15, 2016
Click here to register!!A PDH certificate will be provided to attendees.


If you missed the February section meeting, you missed Mr. Travis Burr of 7NT discuss the details of project management, geotechnical drilling, laboratory testing, and construction inspection services performed for several Combined Sewer Outfall (CSO) programs across the Midwest region.


The Spring Seminar was held on Thursday, February 25, 2016.
Highlights of this year’s seminar included a session by Mr. Kevin Miller, PE of LJB Inc. on the topic of GIS Trends: a session by Mr. Cliff Ursich, PE of Flexible Pavements of Ohio on the topic of Asphalt 101; and a session by Mr. Vic Roberts, PE of R.B. Jergens Contractors, Inc. on the topic of Effective Construction Techniques.

Job Posting

The Montgomery County Environmental Services is seeking applicants for a Managing Engineer.

Management level in the engineering profession under general managerial direction of the Deputy Director, Facilities Management requiring thorough knowledge of facilities design, engineering, or construction as a registered professional to manage complex engineering projects and the operating capabilities and maintenance requirements of large complex buildings and related equipment in order to manage the buildings/equipment, grounds, and park facilities and supervise assigned staff of Project Coordinator, IT Analyst II, Associate Engineer, Energy Manager as outlined in Rank 1 job duties 50% of the time.Performs the material and substantial duties of the classification more than 50% of the

Topic: Greene County Covered Bridges

Joint meeting with Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)


When: Thursday March 10, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST,    Registration begins at 11:15 AM


           Twin Base Golf Course, WPAFB
Communications Blvd & Highway 444
Gate 16A
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45324
Access to the Golf Course will be via Gate 16A,off of SR 444. and will NOT require Base Access through a security checkpoint.

Speaker: Robert N. Geyer, P.E., P.S. Greene County Engineer

Speaker Bio:

Bob is a 1966 graduate of Xenia High School and a 1971 graduate of Purdue University. After graduation from Purdue Bob worked for Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco for two years before returning to Xenia to work for then Greene County Engineer Ray Kline. Bob left the county in 1979 to work for Danis Heavy and Highway Division building roads and bridges in Ohio and West Virginia where he was the Project Engineer on the largest public works project in West Virginia at the time, a $60 million renovation of a section of the West Virginia Turnpike. During his time with Danis he also was the Project Engineer on the 675/35 interchange and numerous other projects. In 1985 Bob left Danis to become the Project Engineer for Clark Fitzpatrick building a 1 1/4 mile $60 million bridge in Rhode Island over Naragansett Bay, the largest public works project at the time ever built in Rhode Island. In 1990 Bob returned to the area and worked for a couple of smaller companies building projects around the area including the bikeway from Xenia to Yellow Springs. In November 1996 Bob was elected Greene County Engineer where he has worked for the last 19 years to make Greene County a better place to live, work, and play.

One of Bob’s visions when he became County Engineer was to restore the covered bridges of Greene County. Last year the Stevenson Road Covered Bridge restoration was completed and in 2014 the Engle Mill Road Covered Bridge was completed. Both were Smith Trusses manufactured in Tipp City by the Smith Bridge Company. This year the Ballard Road Covered Bridge will be restored which is a Howe Truss. In investigating the 4 original covered bridges for restoration it was determined that the Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge could not be restored without extensive work and it was decided to remove it and replaced it with a replica of the original structure. This was done in 2013. Lastly, he also built a covered bridge over the Little Miami bike trail on Hyde Road in Yellow Springs. This was opened in 2014 and is dedicated to Richard Eastman former Greene County Engineer.
Cost: Students – $10
ASCE Members – $15
Govt Military & Civ. Service (Fed, St, County, & City) – $13
          Private Industry (Non ASCE Member) – $23
RSVP by Monday, March 7, 2016
Click here to Register!A PDH certificate will be provided to attendees.

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