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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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 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…]

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…]

Introducing: NYSSPE PDH Events App!

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers PDH Event App has officially launched — just in time for NYSSPE’s Annual Conference June 7-8, 2017 in White Plains, NY.  This is NYSSPE’s official event app for major NYSSPE PDH events.

 

This app will allow you to have everything at your fingertips: [Read more…]

Jericho Middle School MathCounts Team is #1 in New York State!

On March 18, 2018, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) coordinated the New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. The group of NYSSPE volunteers was once again led by Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE’s President.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories, the Department of Defense and State Department schools and is supported by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels. Public, private, religious and home schools alike are eligible to participate as long as students are in the sixth, seventh and/or eighth grade.

HANDOUT BOOKLET 2017

NEW YORK STATE SCORES

MATHCOUNTS SCORES 

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Think Engineering! — The Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO set once again to Inspire Future Engineers

The Hudson Valley’s largest hands‐on engineering event for high school and middle school students is happening again on April 2nd at White Plains High School from 11 am to 3:30 pm.

Attendees will get the chance to meet representatives from top engineering colleges and universities, learn about the industry from top engineering and technology firms, and get career questions answered by a panel of young practicing engineers.

There will also be robots, computer challenges, and interactive demonstrations!

This event has been attended by thousands of students for years now and continues to be a major source of inspiration and information to future engineers and their parents about engineering careers.

Click the below image for information about the event and we hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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