New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying- Board Meeting Summary 6-26-17

A New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) representative attended the New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying, and Geology board meeting on June 26, 2017. The following is a summary of the meeting. (videoconference New York – Albany – Rochester)

A quorum was present.

Minutes from March 10, 2017 approved without amendment.

Committee Reports

Legislation:Qualifications Based Selection

A 5750/S 5600 (Benedetto/DeFrancisco) passed both houses of the legislature.  The bill purports to authorize public authorities and public benefit corporations to negotiate with professional firms providing architectural or engineering services in order from the most qualified to the least qualified with regard to the provision of services to the authority or corporation.  An earlier version of the bill would have required the use of QBS by both public authorities and public benefit corporations in a manner identical to present law which requires the use of QBS by state agencies.  (NYSSPE supported the earlier version of the bill.)

A 7768/S 5903 (Fahy/Valesky) passed both houses of the legislature.  The bill adds geological services to the current list of design professional services set forth in State Finance Law section 136a which are required to be procured utilizing the QBS procurement methodology.  Section 136a governs procurements by NYS agencies.

Land Surveying Legislation

A 7969B/ S 6103C (Hyndman/LaValle) has been introduced in both houses.  The legislation will require at minimum an Associates Degree to secure a professional land surveying license.  The bill also eases the path for a professional engineer to secure a land surveying license.

Design Professional Corporation – Liberalization of Ownership

A 3460A/S 3771A (Lupardo/Valesky) has been introduced at the behest of ACEC.  The bill permits a substantially greater share of a design professional corporation to be owned by an ESOP provided at least 75% ESOP’s Board of Trustees and Management Committee members are licensed design professionals.  (Current law restricts the ESOP to a maximum 24.99% ownership interest.)   Some professional engineering voices have expressed reservations regarding a liberalization of the ownership rules and have argued that the legislation would permit design services to be “franchised” to non-licensees. [Read more…]

The New NY Bridge Project Director presents to NYSSPE Members on boat tour of New NY Bridge Construction

From Left to Right: Jay Wagner, PE, NYSTA Approach Span Manager for New NY Bridge, Anthony Fasano, PE, NYSSPE Exec. Director, Jamey Barbas, PE, NYSTA Project Director for New NY Bridge, Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE President

From Left to Right: Jay Wagner, PE, NYSTA Approach Span Manager for New NY Bridge, Anthony Fasano, PE, NYSSPE Exec. Director, Jamey Barbas, PE, NYSTA Project Director for New NY Bridge, Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE President

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) hosted their 2017 Annual Conference last week in White Plains, NY offering up to 9 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to participants including an extensive 2 PDH boat tour of the construction of the New NY Bridge.

Members and participants took the 4-hour boat tour up the Hudson River to see the New NY Bridge (replacing the Tappan Zee bridge) construction site up close and personal.

The New NY Bridge Project, which serves to replace the existing Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in suburban New York City, is one of the largest ongoing bridge construction projects in the US. This $3.9 billion dollar project is scheduled for completion in 2017 and is the first design/build project ever undertaken by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA). With a twin structure more than 3 miles long over the Hudson River, many construction challenges were encountered. Along with the need to meet numerous environmental conditions, partner with local communities, as well as ensure the uninterrupted use of the NYS Thruway by the traveling public, this project offered opportunity for unique engineering solutions.

During the boat ride, NYSSPE members heard from Jay Wagner, PE  and Jamey Barbas, PE  both of the NYS Thruway Authority the discuss the development and progression of the New NY Bridge. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Awards Project of the Year Award to the New NY Bridge Project

NYSSPE Awards Project of the Year Award to the New NY Bridge Project Team

NYSSPE Awards Project of the Year Award to the New NY Bridge Project Team

“You know how I operate, all of the plans that come across my desk, must be sealed by a licensed professional engineer.”

Those were the words of Jamey Barbas, PE, and Project Director for the New NY Bridge project as she accepted a special award on June 8th from the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).

The New NY Bridge, one of the largest bridge projects in the US, was awarded the NYSSPE Project of the Year award, which is selected and presented by the Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) interest group of NYSSPE.

PEC was honored to present the New York State Thruway Authority, Tappan Zee Constructors, HDR, COWI Buckland & Taylor, GZA GeoEnvironmental, AECOM/URS and Greenman-Pedersen with the 2017 Project of the Year Award at last week’s 2017 Annual Conference in White Plains, NY

The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) is replacing the existing Tappan Zee Bridge with a new 3.1-mile state-of-the-art, twin-span bridge across the Hudson River between Rockland and Westchester counties.  The $3.98 billion New NY Bridge project is the largest single design-build contract for a transportation project in the United States. Located 20 miles north of New York City, the cable-stayed span crosses one of the widest parts of the river and will be the largest bridge in New York State history. Construction started in fall 2013 and the project remains on schedule and within budget. More than 6,300 people have worked on the bridge to date. [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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