Engineering Firms Are Invited to Attend, Network and Exhibit at Engineering Expo, White Plains, NY – Sunday April 15th, 2018.

By the PEs in Construction Group, NYSSPE.

Engineering firms as well as the construction community at large are invited to attend, network and exhibit at the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo on Sunday April 15th in White Plains, NY. At least 40-50 engineering firms, contractors and public agencies are expected to participate and present interactive displays, innovations and exhibits focusing on engineering opportunities for the challenges of today’s economic uncertainties and international competition for engineering services. This is a great opportunity for small to mid-sized engineering firms to network, collaborate, learn and interact with dozens of other small to large engineering entities, agencies, as well as an opportunity to display their recent accomplishments and look for future project opportunities. Attendance to the Engineering Expo is free.

Among the engineering firms anticipated to be participating this year are: Arup; Arcadis of NY; Brooker Engineering; Corning Inc.; H2M Architects + engineers; HDR; Skanska USA; WSP USA; OLA Consulting Engineers; Sikorsky Aircraft; SUEZ; New York Power Authority; The Whiting-Turner Cont. Co. ; Hazen and Sawyer; Divney Tung Schwalbe; McLaren Engineering Group; Provident Design Engineering; Kiewit; STV Group; City of White Plains Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering; Orange County Water Authority. NYSSPE will be participating at the expo and will provide a membership information booth.

NYSSPE members as well as any businesses in engineering, construction and technology to network and join with leading engineering universities to support Engineering Expo by becoming an exhibitor or a Silver to Platinum sponsor of the event. The overriding effort of this event, is to provide a forum where students can meet with engineering businesses and colleges, to get a real understanding of what engineers do, and to also learn what universities might be of interest to them. Your participation (among others) will help accomplish this effort.
Display booths for small engineering and construction firms are still available starting at $300 as well as prime anchor booths for leading firms. NYSSPE will be volunteering and participating again at the Expo and will be presenting their banner and recent accomplishments in a display booth to be announced. To register for a booth or to sponsor, click here

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NEW Member Benefit: Pet Insurance!

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) cares about our members, right down to the four legged ones. That’s why we’ve partnered with Nationwide Insurance to offer this coverage to our members with preferred rates, not available to the general public. Nationwide® provides affordable pet health coverage from preventive care to significant medical incidents. Members of the NYSSPE are eligible for preferred pricing which makes this peace-of-mind protection even more affordable. Find out why Nationwide is the #1 choice in America for pet insurance.

To enroll or get more information, visit www.petinsurance.com/nysspe , or contact, 877-738-7874 and mention that you are a member of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers to receive preferred pricing.

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Structural Technologies to Present to NYSSPE Members on Techniques to Reinforce Concrete Structures And Increase Structural Capacity: March 13th

The PEs in Construction Group of NYSSPE will host a presentation by Structural Technologies on the topic of Techniques to Reinforce Concrete Structures And Increase Structural Capacity.   The presentation will be held on Tuesday, March 13th at 6:00pm at McLaren Engineering in West Nyack, NY.  To RSVP and for more info about the presentation, go to:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F88B3JR

There are many factors that create the need for strengthening, reinforcing and increasing the load capacity of concrete structures. They include construction and design errors, increase in live load, new code requirements, low concrete strength, voids created during concrete placement, new penetrations and prevention of progressive collapse from blast loads.

Structural strengthening projects may utilize traditional materials such as conventional cement-based and steel materials as well as advanced composite materials (FRP’s) that are commonly used for aerospace applications. The techniques used to design and install these materials for upgrade applications are not common to the engineering and general construction industry which can make strengthening projects even more challenging and complex than new construction.

Factors (among others) affecting the performance or capacity of reinforced concrete

  • New Loads – change in use
  • Construction or design errors
  • Missing, misplaced or damaged reinforcement
  • Voids or Honeycombs created during concrete placement
  • Cutting of new penetrations that affect existing reinforcement
  • Low strength concrete

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38th Annual Capital District E-week

The 38th Annual Capital District E-week was celebrated February 15 & 16 at the Albany Marriott.  Over 775 engineering professionals and 100 students from across the state and surrounding states attended the event!   There were 62 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.

E-Week Keynote Speaker, Kanten Russell from Stantec discusses Skate Park Design.

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The PEs in Construction Group Awards Certificate of Appreciation to William H. Fitzjohn, PE, PhD.

The PEs in Construction Group (PEC) awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to William H. Fitzjohn, PE, PhD, in honor of his exemplary dedication and leadership as an educator, mentor and instructor for professional engineers in the field of special inspections of steel and concrete construction and for his contributions as a member of the Queens Chapter of NYSSPE. Presenting the award were Rudi Sherbansky, PE on behalf of the PEs in Construction Group and Steve Grogg, PE of McLaren Engineering, President of the Rockland Chapter of NYSSPE.

The Certificate of Appreciation was presented during a lecture by Dr. Fitzjohn on the topic of Concrete Mix Design which was given at McLaren Engineering on Tuesday February 13th, 2018. Approximately 50 engineers attended the 2-PDH event. Dr. Fitzjohn has extensive experience covering construction materials engineering, concrete mix designs, materials testing and special inspections, and quality management systems. He holds a BSCE (Honors) from Manchester University, UK, and a PhD in Civil Engineering/Ceramic Science from the University of Leeds, UK. In addition, he is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and New York and has numerous certifications in concrete inspection and testing from ACI and ICC.

The Concrete Mix Design presentation provided guidance on technical aspects required to verify the effective use of concrete mix designs with primary emphasis on NYC Building Code provisions. Topics discussed included: DOB Concrete Testing Requirements, what’s in a concrete mix design, comprehending what a TR3 is, understanding the mix design review process, comprehending relevant ASTM job specifications and NYC Building Code provisions, verifying whether a concrete batch ticket matches an approved TR3 mix design and recognizing interpretations of complex code requirements. There was also good information for engineers who review mix designs for conformance with their specifications prior to submittal of TR3 mix designs to DOB for approval.

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NYSSPE to Host an Ethics in Engineering Practice Lecture by Lewis Tesser Esq. on February 13th

The purpose of the engineering ethics presentation is to provide an overview of ethical and legal aspects required (and expected) of professional engineers with primary emphasis on the big picture of being a professional in New York State.   Lewis Tesser is a senior partner at Tesser, Ryan & Rochman, a New York City law firm representing professionals and firms regarding their professional practices and defends them at disciplinary proceedings.

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 (1-PDH) will be held on Tuesday February 13th at 6 pm at the offices of McLaren Engineering Group, 100 Snake Hill Road, West Nyack, NY 10994 starting with food and refreshments. This event is open to the public; please spread the word throughout your organization.   For more information and/or to RSVP, use the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VWV29SV

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NYSSPE Holds Successful Fall Conference in Syracuse, New York

The New York State Society of Professional  Engineers (NYSSPE) held its annual Fall Conference in Syracuse, New York on October 26th through 28th.  A variety of classes were offered covering topics including Structural Building Condition Reviews, Detectors, Meters and Air Quality Measurements, Cellular Confinement & Load Support as well as Engineering Ethics.  Attendees received up to 5PDHs during the conference. [Read more…]

NYSSPE offers Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings with 8 PDHs in New York, NY

NYSSPE offers Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings with 8 PDHs in New York, NY  

NEW YORK, NY—NYSSPE (New York State Society of Professional Engineers) is offering Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings on November 29, 2017 at Club Quarters, 52 William St., New York, NY

Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings (Part #1)

The objective of this Commercial Energy Code Seminar is to educate the construction community about the energy code in order to increase compliance.  The presentation includes an in-depth review and analysis of the mechanical systems requirements for commercial buildings. This seminar is more oriented to “understanding” the code rather than just repeating the code. The presentation is full of graphics (no more brick slides with the traditional copy and paste of the code) with the main sections of the code highlighted as an organized follow up of the contents. It also includes explanations of the applicability of the section; and corresponding images of real-life building situations of both compliant and non-compliant constructions, as appropriate.  In order to enable greater compliance with the energy code, we encourage a discussion around interpretations and applications of the code by addressing the building science and intent behind the code’s prescriptions. Within each section of the Code, there are numerous seemingly small issues (often only one sentence) that have a large impact. We identify and discuss these points to ensure that attendees understand the full application of the code.   In part 1 of this two part seminar the commercial energy code requirements for mechanical systems will be presented.

Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings (Part #2)

The second part of this presentation includes an in-depth review and analysis of the envelope and lighting/power requirements for commercial buildings.  The presentation is full of graphics (no more brick slides with the traditional copy and paste of the code) with the main sections of the code highlighted as an organized follow up of the contents. It also includes explanations of the applicability of the section; and corresponding images of real-life building situations of both compliant and non-compliant constructions, as appropriate.  The last section is devoted to enforcement of the code to ensure compliance. Since the Code is primarily a prescriptive code and the majority of projects will be able to readily comply, emphasis is placed on the standard compliance path using COMcheck. The performance-based Energy Cost Budget Method of ASHRAE 90.1 will be introduced as an alternate method of compliance.  In part 2 of this two part seminar the commercial energy code requirements for envelope and lighting/power systems will be presented.

The speaker for the event is Juan Toro, HBDP, CPMP, LEED AP, PE.  Mr. Toro is an experienced mechanical engineer and has been responsible for designing complex and innovative mechanical systems for several LEED certified buildings. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering; he is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and North Carolina and holds certifications for High Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) from ASHRAE; Commercial Energy Plans Examiner and Commercial Energy Inspector from the International Code Council (ICC); and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the USGBC. Mr. Toro has several years of design and commissioning experience from a variety of projects, including high-rise buildings, hotels, corporate interiors, museums, natatoriums, and Libraries. His experience in HVAC systems design includes central plants, chilled water, hot water, and steam systems. Mr. Toro is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University and Pratt Institute in their School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

For more information about this event contact Jennifer Miller, Director of Programs, NYYSPE at (518) 577-1132 or register to attend the event by clicking here.

Founded in 1926, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. is a statewide professional trade organization with 23 local chapters and over 3,000 members. Representing five practice divisions (construction, education, government, industry, and private practice), NYSSPE works to promote and protect the professional interests of all engineers

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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 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…]