NYSSPE Co-signs Letter to The Department of Buildings (DOB) with Respect to Proposed Fee Increases

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) is proposing to add fees for variation of the Construction Codes, the 1968 or prior Building Code, or section 277.16 of the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL) for Article 7B buildings; predetermination requests with respect to the Zoning Resolution, Construction Codes or 1968 or prior Building Code; and appeals of objections that were affirmed (click here for information).

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) is in opposition of the proposed fee increases and recently co-signed a letter with several other organizations in an effort to meet and discuss our view with the DOB.  These other organizations include: The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Society of American Registered Architects NY (SARA), Architects Council of New York City, Inc., and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC).

Click here to read the letter. [Read more…]

Championing the PE License – NSPE BOD July 2017 Update

The following is an excerpt from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Board of Directors (BOD) summary report for July of 2017 written by NSPE Executive Director Mark Golden, FASAE, CAE.

NSPE expressed disappointment and concern that a bill on the testing and deployment of highly automated vehicles will allow automakers to deploy the vehicles without first addressing the major safety, technological, and ethical implications.

The draft legislation, the Highly Automated Vehicle Testing and Deployment Act of 2017, is being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. Recognizing the promise of highly automated vehicles, NSPE has been a leading advocate on the need to place the public health, safety, and welfare first, and require a licensed professional engineer to play a key role in the development, testing, and safety certification of autonomous vehicles. NSPE is urging defeat of the legislation in its current form until these concerns are addressed. NSPE has been proactively working with Congress to address these vital issues. Rep. David McKinley, PE (R-WV), a longtime NSPE member, has been raising these issues with the subcommittee. In particular, NSPE and McKinley have expressed concerns about the lack of a requirement for a third-party certification by someone in the decision-making chain (i.e., a professional engineer) who has a duty that puts public safety first and overrides competitive pressures. You can watch Rep. McKinley’s remarks on this topic. Update: The Committee did pass the bill. [Read more…]

2016-2017 Annual Report from the NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano, P.E.

The above video is the annual report from the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) 2016-2017 Fiscal Year. The video is presented by NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano, P.E., and below is a message from Fasano.

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I believe this past year will be remembered as a very important one in the history the New York State Society of Professionals Engineers.

I believe this is so because we took monumental steps towards one of our main priorities at this time, which is: reducing member dues, while increasing member benefits…. [Read more…]

NYSSPE New Member Only Insurance Benefits

Visit this page to request more detailed information on our insurance benefits for members: nysspe.org/longtermcare.

The above is a video in which Eric Hukey, CLTC of Long Term Care Brokers,  the endorsed provider for insurance benefits for NYSSPE., explains a new NYSSPE member benefit which is available as of June 2017.  Below is a summary: [Read more…]

New York State MATHCOUNTS Team Finishes in 19th Place at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition

Pictured from L-R, Coach Stephen Schmidt of Iroquois Middle School, Rowechen Zhong of Iroquois Middle School, Maxwell Ruiyang Sun of The Harley School, Rishabh Das of Hunter College High School and David Li of Ralph Perry Junior High School.

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NYSSPE 2016-2017 Year End Legislative Summary Part 2 of 2

The above video is the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) 2016-2017 Year End Legislative Summary Part 2 of 2. The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E., NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel Mark Kriss, Esq.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you: [Read more…]

2017 Indoor Air Quality in Opposition

Memorandum in Opposition (submitted May 18, 2017)

A 926  Lupardo (MS)   // Same as S1440 (Avella)

INDOOR AIR QUALITY PLANS

On behalf of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), in furtherance of public health, safety and welfare, we are writing in opposition to the above referenced bill. NYSSPE is a professional trade association representing the interests of its members and more generally the interests of all professional engineers (totaling more than 25,000 licensees in New York State) practicing in all disciplines (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geological, environmental, etc.) and practicing in all practice settings (private sector consulting, industry, government, and education.) [Read more…]

2017 Green Roof Memo in Opposition

Memorandum in Opposition (submitted May 18, 2017)

Re:S5652 /A2843/S5652 (Senator Klein/Assemblyman Dinowitz)

 An Act respecting design, installation and certification of green roofs and providing for a tax credit related thereto

On behalf of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), in furtherance of public health, safety and welfare, we are writing in OPPOSITION to the above referenced bill. NYSSPE is a professional trade association representing the interests of its members and more generally the interests of all professional engineers (totaling more than 25,000 licensees in New York State) practicing in all disciplines (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geological, environmental, etc.) and practicing in all practice settings (private sector consulting, industry, government, and education). [Read more…]

NYSSPE Platinum Sustaining Member Atlantic Testing Adds a New Service

NYSSPE Platinum Sustaining Member, Atlantic Testing (ATL) is excited to announce they now offer full petrographic analysis of concrete, rock and soil and analysis of air void systems within concrete.

Petrographic analysis is an important tool used to evaluate and identify properties of rocks, soils, and building materials. Analysis of concrete can help determine problems affecting its strength and durability. Analysis of rock and soils can assist with source evaluation.

Concrete and Aggregate Examinations:

ASTM C856 – Standard Practice for Petrographic Examination of Hardened Concrete

ASTM C457 – Standard Test Method for Microsopical Determination of Parameters of the Air-Void System in Hardened Concrete

ASTM C295 – Standard Guide for Petrographic Examination of Aggregates for Concrete

To find out more about becoming an NYSSPE Sustaining Member, click here.

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NYSSPE 2016-2017 Year End Legislative Summary Part 1 of 2

The above video is the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) 2016-2017 Year End Legislative Summary Part 1 of 2. The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E., NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel Mark Kriss, Esq.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you: [Read more…]