Ohio Engineers Legislative Day

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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!”.

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.


When: Thursday April 28, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT


            North American Stainless
6870 US-42
Ghent, KY 41045 
Tour the North American Stainless steel mill in Ghent, Kentucky-the largest stainless steel mill in the country.
This unique opportunity provides an inside look into how stainless steel is created and you will visit three locations within the plant, including the melt shop where scrap metal is melted down, the long-product hot mill where billets are formed, and the flat-product hot mill where plates are formed. The temperature within the mill sits at about 100 degrees.

The LJB team is currently designing the Ohio State Route 799 bridge replacements, one of which will use stainless steel reinforcement in the bridge superstructure and will present on this project at our May ASCE Section meeting. The team toured the plant in November as part of the team’s efforts to build on its knowledge of stainless steel as a material used in bridge construction.”Touring the NAS facility was like being in an episode of How It’s Made, and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Shayne Dillinger, an LJB CAD designer. “I’ve seen the negative effects of rusting reinforcement steel in Ohio’s bridge decks, and I’m very excited to see how stainless steel products will minimize this problem and improve the quality of life for travelers. I predict positive results for the HAS-799 project and others like it.”  The State Route 799 bridge project is unique because the team is designing the replacement of two existing bridges. One will be constructed using conventional materials, while the other bridge will use carbon fiber strands and stainless steel reinforcing in the superstructure. The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to monitor the deterioration of each bridge through its annual bridge inspection program to determine if using carbon fiber strands and stainless steel are economical for future projects.

The tour will begin at 10:30am and will be done as a lunch and learn with a brief powerpoint presentation with lunch, followed by a tour of the plant.

The plant is located 2 hours south of Dayton.  We are planning to carpool to the plant for the tour.  The group will leave at 8am.  Additional details of the carpooling site will be provided.

If you are interested in the tour, please RSVP no later than April 18th.

Click here to RSVP! 

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.


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.

Topic: Combined Sewer Outfall Programs Across the Midwest Region

When: Thursday February 18, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Where:  Presidential Banquet Center
4548 Presidential Way
Kettering, OH 45429

Speaker: Travis Burr, 7NT
Mr. Burr will discuss details of project management, geotechnical drilling, laboratory testing, and construction inspection services performed for several Combined Sewer Outfall (CSO) programs across the Midwest region.
Mr. Burr manages the geotechnical work that 7NT performs on Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) projects throughout the Midwest.  Often times, these projects include large underground tunnels (200 to 400 feet below ground) to store and convey CSO for treatment.  The geotechnical data of these projects is a vital component as to the project’s success as it dictates the vertical and horizontal alignment of the tunnel, the selection of a tunnel boring machine (TBM), and outlines the conditions expected during construction, such as groundwater inflows.  Mr. Burr and 7NT successfully completed the geotechnical work on the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector project in Indianapolis, which set world records for mining.  Additional projects are being performed in Columbus, Cleveland, Fort Wayne, Louisville, St. Louis, and Hartford.

Speaker Bio:
Mr. Travis Burr, PE has been a member of the Dayton Chapter of ASCE since 2004.  He possesses over 12 years of experience in civil/geotechnical engineering, construction management/inspection, and project management.  He is the Chief Operating Officer of 7NT Enterprises, a Dayton based engineering firm that specializes in construction management, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and inspection, independent laboratory testing, independent drilling, environmental, and surveying services.

Cost: $20/person (non-members), $15/person (members) or $10/students with RSVP

RSVP by 5:00pm on Friday, February 12, 2016

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

Speaker: Jim Sanneman, Tensar Corp

With the present-day issues associated with infrastructure and private development funding, there exists a need to explore innovative methods for designing civil engineering applications including paved and unpaved roads. Geogrid reinforcement is a well-established solution for challenges associated with the construction of roads, particularly over soft soils. However, their consideration as a conventional means to design a flexible pavement has been somewhat limited due to lack of full-scale evidence and relatively simplistic empirical design approaches. With the advent of mechanistic-empirical design methods for pavements, Tensar® devoted significant resources to understanding how their systems perform in full-scale such that design theory could be validated and translated into usable tools for the civil engineering public. This presentation will provide a better understanding to practicing pavement engineers of the design of paved and unpaved roadways using Tensar’s TriAx® Geogrid and the design software to utilize this technology.

Here is the powerpoint presentation given: tensar presentation

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