NYSSPE Remembers Past President Marvin Spector, P.E.

With sadness, The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently learned of the passing of Marvin Specter, P.E. at the age of 91.   Mr. Specter joined NYSSPE in 1955, was President of the Westchester Chapter in 1968, NYSSPE State President in 1972, and NSPE National President in 1982.

Marvin grew up in Baltimore, MD where he graduated Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School followed by the Johns Hopkins University and JHU-ROTC (Scabbard & Blade), where he earned a BE in Civil Engineering, then later a MSC from Columbia University. Starting first in the USMC, then continuing in USMCR and MD State and National Guards, Marvin’s professional career began working for HNTB, SSVK, USACE, and the MD State Roads Commission, and later in private practice as a Consulting Engineer in White Plains, NY until 2017. Marvin served as Founding President and later Executive Director of the NAFE and co-founder and President of CESB. Honors; Highest Honors; NSPE, AAES, ASCE

Marvin’s contributions to and his impact on the engineering profession and specifically forensic engineering were great and will be long lasting. Marvin’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Education Foundation, 1420 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.

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Trenchless Underpinning: A Method to Underpin Foundations and Stabilize Soil Without Excavating.

By the PEs in Construction Group

On Tuesday March 12th, 2019 there will be a presentation made for NYSSPE members on the topic of Trenchless Underpinning: A Method to Underpin Foundations and Stabilize Soil Without Excavating, using a chemical grout injection technique. The 1-PDH presentation will be made by Tony Alfano of Ground Works Solutions at the conference room of Brooker Engineering in Suffern, NY. For more information about the presentation and to RSVP, click here.

The presentation will provide a review the technical specifications of the URETEK chemical grout and its application on soil stabilization. The course will discuss the chemical reaction and the effect on temperature and pressure as it applied to various soil conditions. The chemical injection effectiveness and limitations will be discussed at various depths from 3 feet to 50 feet below grade. We will discuss our solution for the following applications:

  • Sub-terrain void fill and high rise underpinning.
  • Seawall, bulkhead, ground water and injectable barrier containment.
    culvert, spillway, and sewer and dam repair.
  • Soil stabilization for bridge approaches and rail ballast.
  • Slab lifting.

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39th Annual Capital District E-Week Welcomes over 800 Engineer Professionals to Albany

The 39th Annual Capital District E-week was celebrated February 14 & 15 at the Albany Marriott. Over 800 engineering professionals and over 100 students from across the state and surrounding states attended the event! There were 63 continuing education courses offered.

National Engineers Week was created in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and coincided with President’s Day. This is no coincidence, since George Washington, the 1st President of the United States was a land surveyor and engineer. E-Week is held to create awareness of the contributions of engineers to society.

The Capital District E-Week’s focus is to promote the Engineering Profession. The purpose of this event is to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life, promote the importance of a technical education including a high level of math, science and technology literacy among parents, teachers and students, and motivate youth to pursue engineering and related careers to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.

In support of these goals, the E-Week event has financially supported organizations and events that have an underlying theme to promote some aspect of engineering to the younger community. One of our goals is to provide information on what engineering is about so students have the resources to decide whether pursuing engineering is for them. Proceeds from E-Week are graciously used to help support worthwhile student activities.
Once again, the Capital District E-Week Committee reached out to the younger community with opportunity to create a logo for next year’s event. This competition served to find a logo for the February 2020 event and was limited to students, 18 years of age and younger.

MORE Capital District E-Week Information 

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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.

 

NYSSPE Annual Conference June 6-8, 2019

NYSSPE Annual Conference
June 6-8, 2019
Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway (Rt. 9), Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

The NYSSPE Annual conference is a cost-effective way to obtain up to 7 PDHs, as well as a great way to network with other Professionals! Attendees will also have access to our exhibitors who will be showcasing great products that can help your career and business.

Exhibitor Form

Sponsorship Form

June 6, 2019
NYSSPE Executive Committee Meeting

June 7, 2019
Exhibitors
Full day of PDH seminars
Awards & Installation Dinner

June 8, 2019
NYSSPE Board of Directors meeting
Interest Group meetings

More details coming soon…

The Impact of the 2016 NYS Energy Code Updates will be Presented by Chairman of the ASHRAE Technical Committee TC 7.6, Dennis Landsberg P.E. at The 2019 National Engineers Week Celebration Event in NYC

By the PEs in Construction Group,  January 2019.   

Chairman of the ASHRAE Technical Committee on Building Energy Performance (TC 7.6), Dennis Landsberg P.E.  will discuss the Impact of the 2016 changes to the NYS Energy Code on building design at NYSSPE’s 2019 NYC Engineers Week Celebration Event, which will be held on Monday February 18th, 2019 at the Time Square Marriott Marquis in New York City.  The presentation will focus on changes covering each building system and how that may impact building design choices.  The 2016 State Code is based upon the 2015 International Code and 90.1-2013.  The code has provisions for Residential buildings, which are defined as single family and multi-family buildings of three stories or less, and commercial buildings, which are all buildings not defined as residential buildings.  To achieve compliance, there is a prescriptive path, a component performance paths allowing tradeoffs and a custom path that relies on modeling.  ASHRAE also has workbooks for specific building types that achieve 30%, 50% or more above code, and that can be downloaded for free.  Topics covered include a brief introduction of the  code that the NYS standard adopts, the new compliance paths, the three climate zones in NYS, full/part load efficiencies for Unitary Air Conditioners, major changes to Energy Recovery Ventilation and new categories introduced to Domestic Hot Water.

The presentation on the design implications of the 2016 Energy Code updates will be part of a series of 6 presentations (6-PDH) celebrating Engineers Week on Monday February 18, 2019 with some very interesting topics focused on infrastructure improvements and green/energy efficient measures.  The PE’s In Construction Group of NYSSPE is organizing this presentation series in conjunction with the Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT) at the AOT 2019 Training School and Annual Meeting.  This will be the Association of Town’s 86th Annual Meeting. The event attracts elected and appointed officials from more than three-quarters of the state’s 932 towns.

To find out more information about the presentations and the 2019 National Engineers Week celebration event in NYC, CLICK HERE [Read more…]

Required 1-PDH Engineering Ethics Lecture to be Presented At The 2019 National Engineers Week Celebration Event in NYC

By the PEs in Construction Group,  February 2019

Lewis Tesser, Former Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s  (NYSBA) General Practice Section will discuss and answer questions regarding ethical and legal aspects required by (and expected of) professional engineers and architects at NYSSPE’s 2019 NYC Engineers Week Celebration Event, which will be held on Monday February 18th, 2019 at the Time Square Marriott Marquis in New York City.  The purpose of the engineering ethics presentation is to provide an overview of ethical conduct and legal aspects required of professional engineers with primary emphasis on the big picture of being a professional in New York State. Mr. Tesser will discuss concepts and/or nomenclatures of:  What it means to be a professional; obligations; licensed vs. unlicensed Engineer; what requires an engineer’s stamp; attaining License in other States; exemptions from licensing requirements; hiring unlicensed engineers; unprofessional conduct; avoiding problem areas and communicating.

The engineering ethics presentation will be part of a series of 6 presentations (6-PDH) celebrating Engineers Week on Monday February 18, 2019 with some very interesting topics focused on infrastructure improvements and green/energy efficient measures.  The PE’s In Construction Group of NYSSPE is organizing this presentation series in conjunction with the Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT) at the AOT 2019 Training School and Annual Meeting.  This will be the Association of Town’s 86th Annual Meeting. The event attracts elected and appointed officials from more than three-quarters of the state’s 932 towns.

To find out more information about the presentations and the 2019 National Engineers Week celebration event in NYC, CLICK HERE. [Read more…]

2019 E-Week Events In New York State:

E-Week Events Scheduled in New York State:

Feb. 13 – Long Island E-Week Celebration with Engineers Joint Committee of Long Island
Feb. 14 & 15 – Capital District E-Week Celebration
Feb. 18 – New York City – PE’s in Construction E-Week Celebration & Association of Towns Celebration
Feb. 20 – Rockland E-Week Celebration
Feb. 21 – Westchester/Putnam Engineers Week Awards Event
Feb. 22 – Erie/Niagara E-Week Celebration
Feb. 26 – Orange/Sullivan Chapter Engineers Week Banquet

CLICK HERE for Event Details

History of National Engineers Week 

The engineering community celebrated Engineers Week beginning in 1951, when the National Society of Professional Engineers initiated it. For the next several decades Engineers Week programs were local, disconnected, and mostly focused within the profession.

In 1990, the Foundation and Bechtel Group launched “DiscoverE,” the first formal national call to engineer volunteers for engagement in K-12 education, partly in response to government studies showing future shortages in engineering talent. DiscoverE became the Foundation’s K-12 umbrella volunteer outreach movement.

The DiscoverE mission is to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration, and volunteerism. DiscoverE helps stakeholders expand community and educational outreach by:
• Providing resources and turnkey programs for employees and volunteers
• Supporting strong workforce diversity initiatives
• Promoting positive visibility within the engineering and technology communities, including college students and the public-at-large [Read more…]

Former NYC DOT Traffic Commissioner, Sam Schwartz P.E. will Discuss Autonomous Vehicles at The 2019 National Engineers Week Celebration Event in NYC

By the PEs in Construction Group,  January 2019.   

Former NYC DOT Traffic Commissioner, Sam Schwartz P.E.  will discuss the pros and cons of driver-less cars at NYSSPE’s 2019 NYC Engineers Week Celebration Event, which will be held on Monday February 18th, 2019 at the Time Square Marriott Marquis in New York City.  Mr. Schwartz will discuss the adaptability of driver-less cars to urban roads and lay out the future of driver-less traffic.  While there are some major benefits—fewer crashes, less parking, and greater productivity while motoring, there is also a need to be aware of the big concerns. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will affect family and work life, business, politics, ethics, the environment, travel, and health. City planning will change significantly as AVs will dominate transportation over the next generation. The streets cape, as we know it today, may be dramatically altered.  Mr. Schwartz will provide an overview of the concepts discussed in his latest book NO ONE AT THE WHEEL which will provide a road map for how to respond to the inevitable changes that autonomous vehicles will bring.  Stakeholders and citizens will need to work together with government to maximize the benefits of this technology while minimizing its downsides.

The autonomous vehicles presentation will be part of a series of 6 presentations (6-PDH) celebrating Engineers Week on Monday February 18, 2019 with some very interesting topics focused on infrastructure improvements and green/energy efficient measures.  The PE’s In Construction Group of NYSSPE is organizing this presentation series in conjunction with the Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT) at the AOT 2019 Training School and Annual Meeting.  This will be the Association of Town’s 86th Annual Meeting. The event attracts elected and appointed officials from more than three-quarters of the state’s 932 towns.

To find out more information about the presentations and the 2019 National Engineers Week celebration event in NYC, CLICK HERE

Mr. Schwartz is currently President, and CEO of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. In addition to his 1982 to 1986 post as Traffic Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, he has served as an adjunct professor of engineering at Cooper Union, Long Island University, and Brooklyn College.  Mr. Schwartz is also the Inaugural Ted Kheel Fellow at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Among the many roles he has held throughout his career, he is the acclaimed author of Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars, and No One at the Wheel: Driver-less Cars and the Road of the Future (2018). He also pens the “Gridlock Sam” and “Transit Sam” columns in the New York Daily News and Downtown Express.   [Read more…]

15th Annual CNY Engineering Expo Recap

Over 550 attendees participated in the 15th Annual CNY Engineering Expo on November 12th, at The Onecenter in downtown Syracuse, NY. This year’s event included the opportunity to earn up to 7 PDH credits with more than forty speakers and seventeen exhibitors offering seven separate engineering education tracts: civil, electrical, fire protection, mechanical, lighting, structural and professional/sustainability.

During the lunchtime program, Don Nims, PE, presented a compelling Ethics program engaging the audience with live interactive questions and answers with results tallied in real time. Don is a long-time member of NSPE and former president of The New York State Society of Professional Engineers. As this year’s event took place on Veteran’s Day, all veterans in attendance were recognized for their service – an impressive number of engineers in attendance have served our country.

The highlight of the event was the announcement of the first recipients of the Mike Hayes Memorial Scholarship. Mike Hayes was the visionary and founder of the Expo who passed away much too soon in 2017. Mike worked at C&S Companies as an electrical engineer for many years and was very involved in the community. The first winners of this scholarship are Madison Gross and David Procopio, both seniors in college studying engineering.

Save the date for the 16th annual CNY Engineering Expo November 4, 2019.

NYC DOB and DDC to Address Design Professionals on October 19th at NYC Design Professionals Day.

On Friday October 19th, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) will provide several presentations to inform design professionals and the construction industry about important design considerations and about conducting inspections in the City, as well as about the recent initiatives by the department. The event will be held at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering (NYU-Poly), Pfizer Auditorium, 5 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information and to RSVP to the event CLICK HERE.

The full day event will begin with a keynote speech by DOB’s First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Fariello R.A., who will discuss recent developments and an update on the online filing system being implemented by the department. DOB’s Chief Structural Engineer Dan Eschenasy, PE, F.SEI, SECB, will provide an overview of post fire structural investigations by design professionals (1 PDH). Chief of DOB’s Forensic Engineering Unit, Tim Lynch PE, will discuss Building Typology and NYC’s building classifications system (1 PDH) as well as lessons from the recent damage assessments in Puerto Rico (1 PDH). In addition, DOB’s Director of Sustainability Enforcement, Holly Savoia PE will discuss TR-8 energy progress inspections conducted by design professionals in New York City (1 PDH).

In addition, the Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC) Eric Macfarlane, PE, M.ASCE, will provide an overview of New York City’s efforts to engineer sustainability and resiliency in the face of Global warming and associated sea level rise projection and extreme weather events (1 PDH). Mr. Macfarlane will discuss NYC’s emissions reduction efforts to date and NYC’s Roadmap to 80% GHG reduction by 2050. Also discussed will be a few DDC projects and case studies related to sustainability and resiliency and 80X20 efforts to preserve and improve the quality of life for NYC residents. For more information and to RSVP to the event use the following link: RSVP to Event.

The presentation by DOB’s Director of Sustainability Enforcement, Holly Savoia PE will include a discussion on changes in the energy code and the continually evolving knowledge base of design professionals in an effort to improve energy performance and sustainable building practices in construction. Strong enforcement and education are a necessary component of this effort, and TR-8 progress inspectors play a crucial part in the bridge between the design phase and construction. The presentation will identify the resources available to design professionals for the conduct of progress inspections with respect to the energy code, the administration process to be followed, lessons learned by the Department of Buildings during a recent pilot study of alteration projects, a discussion of challenges, and what is coming up on the horizon.

The presentation by DOB’s Chief Structural Engineer Dan Eschenasy, PE, F.SEI, SECB, will include an overview of Post Fire Structural Investigations. Material specific methods of post-fire inspection and evaluation will be presented. Following a fire incident structural engineers are called to evaluate the structural stability and condition of the remaining structure and determine the needs for structural repairs. Fire characteristics and the effect of fire on various construction materials will be discussed (steel, concrete, stone and wood). [Read more…]