NYSSPE Holds Fourth Annual New York City Design Professionals Day

About 4 years ago, at the New York Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), we decided that we needed to create a way for New York City design professionals to interact with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB).   A way that would help these professionals stay up to date on the latest codes, and also meet and ask questions of DOB officials including Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E.

Four years later, we just held our fourth annual Design Professionals Day and over 100 design professionals packed the room to learn and network. Topics presented included:

Chapter 17: Special Inspections by D. Eric Hoyt, PE;
Alterations in NYC: Common Pre-Construction, Construction & Inspection Issues by Matthew Millner, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Flood Protection & NYC Gas Work by Robert Holub and Joseph Ackroyd
Forensic Engineering: Existing Buildings, Alterations and New Construction by Anthony DeVito, PE & Yegal Shamash, PE

Commissioner Chandler also spoke for the fourth straight year at the event. The Commissioner focused his remarks on the importance of safety on construction sites. He mentioned legislation passed recently by the City Council mandating safety training for everyone who steps foot on a construction site. This is a message that we all need to hear repeatedly.

All of the technical presentations were very engaging, evidenced by the large number of comments and questions after each one of them. Once again this event achieved it’s goal of connecting design professionals with city officials to help both parties be able to do their jobs better. [Read more…]

“Joel A. Miele, Sr. Pedestrian Bridge,” renaming approved by City Council

 

The pedestrian bridge at 99th Street and 163rd Avenue, seen here, will be renamed in honor of former Community Board 10 Chairman and city Commissioner Joel Miele Sr. Miele lived near the bridge and his son and widow still do. Photo Credit: Anthony O’Reilly, Queens Chronicle

The City Council last Wednesday unanimously approved the renaming of a pedestrian span connecting Old Howard Beach to Hamilton Beach to the “Joel A. Miele, Sr. Pedestrian Bridge,” in honor of the former Community Board 10 Chairman and commissioner of two city agencies who died four years ago.

The law clearing the way for the renaming was introduced by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).  “He was the embodiment of public service who dedicated his entire adult professional life to serving our city and community,” Ulrich said in a social media post shortly before the Council’s vote. Ulrich added, “A special thank you to Community Board 10 Chair Betty Braton who spearheaded this effort.” [Read more…]

NYSSPE 2017 Fall Professional Development Conference in Syracuse, New York offers 5PDHs

ALBANY, NY—NYSSPE (New York State Society of Professional Engineers) will host the NYSSPE 2017 Fall Professional Development Conference at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center October 26-28, 2017. Attendees will be able to network with peers and gain up to 5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).  PDH session topics will include ethics, cellular confinement, structural building condition reviews, cellular concrete, air quality measurements, and more.

The conference begins on Friday, October 27th to an entire day of seminars and sessions followed by an evening dinner and entrainment.  Overnight rooms must be booked by October 2nd with a room rate of $149.  For more information & registration please visit nysspe.org/upcoming-events.

Current exhibitors include Advanced Drainage Systems, DLVEWS, Inc, EJ Prescott, Eljen Corporation, Lane Enterprises, Orenco System and Premium Technical Services

NYSSPE encourages attendees to download the conference App, accessible in the app store on iOS devices and Google Play Store on Android.   This app will allow participants to have everything at their fingertips; events, timelines, schedules, maps, attendees, sponsor & exhibitor contacts and speaker presentations.

 For more information about this event contact Jennifer Miller, Director of Programs, NYYSPE at (518) 577-1132 or register to attend the event by visiting www.nysspe.org/fall2017.

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NYSSPE Remembers Past President Mike Hayes, PE

With sadness, The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) has learned of the passing of Michael Hayes, PE. Michael served as  NYSSPE’s 2012-2013 State President.  He also served on the Foundation for Engineering Educations (FEE) Board of Directors from 2015-2017.

Michael Roy Hayes was born in Syracuse, New York to Frederick and Ruth Hayes. Upon graduation from Central Technical High school, he enrolled in Syracuse University (SU) and completed the Electrical Engineering program. While at SU, he also joined and completed the United States Air Force (USAF) ROTC.

He then served in the USAF for twenty years as a civil engineer and enjoyed traveling widely in Europe, Asia and the USA. He retired as Major and then began a second career as a civilian Electrical Engineer. He worked for Maniktala Associates, C & S Engineering and, briefly, IDP Engineering. It also gave him great pleasure to work for H & R Block and then Total Financial Services as a tax preparer. He reached the level of Enrolled Agent before retiring as a preparer.  He loved running, Bridge and all things computer related.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and sisters Sharon, (Bill) LaRouche and Nancy Hayes and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

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2017 NYS STEM Education Collaborative Summer Institute Overview

Reference: Frank Roma, PE

The New York State STEM Education Collaborative (NYSSEC) and SUNY Alfred State presented the 2017 STEM Summer Institute between July 30 and August 1, 2017. There were more than 50 session presentations and poster presentations engaging more than 110 total attendees.  NYSSPE is one of the collaborating partners in NYSSEC.  Frank Roma, PE serves as the NYSSPE representative.

The Collaborative supports the integration of the four STEM “disciplines” in the classroom with the emphasis of a hands-on – minds-on approach. The Institute brings teachers, professors, engineers, administrators, and other professionals together to share ideas about instructional strategies and STEM careers. Presentations ranged from Air Transport Safety to Nanoparticle Chemistry!

Keynote speakers were N.Y.S. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder for International Leadership In Education Center, and Deb Newberry, Director of the NanoScience Technician Program in Minnesota. [Read more…]

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…]

NYSSPE offers ACI Grade 1 Field Testing Technician with 10 PDHS

NYSSPE is excited to be offering a seminar on ACI Grade 1 Field Testing Technician (10 PDHs ) on September 25th , 27th and 30th, 2017.

This intense multiple session training seminar will prepare participants for the one (1) day exam to become an ACI Concrete Grade 1 Field Testing Technician which is required as part of the International Building Code (IBC) requirement for Special Inspections for Reinforced Concrete Structures. This certification program is one of the most commonly specified training requirements for concrete projects in the metropolitan area (click here for registration information).

The types of certification received will be as follows:

A Concrete Field Testing Technician—Grade 1 is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform and record the results of seven basic field tests on freshly mixed concrete.

A Concrete Construction Special Inspector is a person qualified to inspect and record the results of concrete construction inspection based on codes and job specifications. The program covers inspection during pre-placement, placement, and post-placement operations.

An Associate Concrete Construction Special Inspector is a person who is knowledgeable about inspection procedures for concrete construction, including pre-placement, placement, and post-placement operations; but does not have the experience required to qualify as an ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Remembers Don Aulenbach, PE

Don Aulenbach, PE (photo courtesy Facebook)

With sadness, The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently learned of the passing of Don Aulenbach, PE. Many of you may remember Don from his twenty plus years as the New York State MATHCOUNTS coordinator and his almost forty years as member of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. Even though Don had not been the coordinator of the state competition for the last 10 years, he still remained an active participant right up until this past year’s competition.

There will be a memorial service for Don on October 28th at the Christ Community Reformed Church in Clifton Park (details are below). His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, they would like to have donations go the Capital District MATHCOUNTS fund (details listed at the bottom of this post). [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…]

NYSSPE Remembers David Lipman, P.E.

David Lipman, PE (Photo Courtesy: Lohud.com)

David has been an engineer (or engineering student) since he graduated from high school, and recently renewed his PE after completing his continuing education credits. His studies at NYU were interrupted by his service in WWII,where he was a Combat Engineer attached to the 9th Army. Engineering was his life, and it influenced everything he did.

He was a loving husband and father, a civil engineer, a graceful and proficient skier, retired President of Garnerville Holding Company, and a recipient of the Bronze Star for his service in Europe during WWII.

He was predeceased by his wife Lillian; he is survived by his daughter, Ruth Lipman, and her husband Jerry Warren, his son, Walter and wife Rosemary, and four grandsons.

Note: NYSSPE facilitates posting on this blog, but the views and accounts expressed herein are those of the author(s) and not the views or accounts of NYSSPE, its officers or directors whose views and accounts may or may not be similar or identical. NYSSPE, its officers and directors do not express any opinion regarding any product or service by virtue of reference to such product or service in this blog.

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