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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Is PE Licensure Under Attack?

National Occupational Deregulation Trend Makes PEs a Target

Over the last few years, there has been a growing movement by some governors and legislators to target the regulation of occupations and professions under the guise of cutting government interference and boosting state economies. On January 10, NSPE Executive Director Mark Golden, NCEES CEO Jerry Carter, and Arizona Board of Technical Registration Executive Director Melissa Cornelius participated in a free webinar to discuss what appears to be a concerted national effort to undermine occupational licensure and how that effort is affecting professional engineering licensure. This national trend was highlighted in the “A Rising Threat Level” feature article in the January/February issue of PE.

In partnership with state societies, NSPE is actively monitoring and responding to those threats whenever and wherever they arise. So far, NSPE has mapped out 26 states where similar legislation, regulations, or executive orders have been introduced, signed, and/or passed. Although much of the legislation does not specifically target professional engineers, by opposing occupational licensure in general, the broad attacks sow confusion about the importance of engineering licensure and its role in protecting the public. [Read more…]

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 Reorganization Planned for 2018

In January of 2018, NYSSPE will initiate a structural reorganization.  Long-time Executive Director Anthony Fasano, P.E. will transition out of the Executive Director role. The organization may look to retain Anthony in the future to continue advising NYSSPE as a consultant on marketing, membership, and legislative issues.  Fasano may still appear in some of NYSSPE’s legislative videos, an effort that he initiated that has been popular among members, as well as continue to assist with the New York City Design Professional Day event(s) that he started four years ago.

During his tenure as Executive Director since 2012, Fasano was responsible for overseeing NYSSPE, and also its sister organizations, The Practicing Institute of Engineering (PIE), and The Foundation for Engineering Education (FEE).  Fasano assisted with moving the PIE accreditation process online and moving FEE to a cost plus arrangement with event providers.  Fasano was also selected as one of a dozen people in the country to serve on a National NSPE committee that re-designed the new NSPE dues structure, which will lower NYSSPE member dues starting later this year. [Read more…]

NYSSPE – A Special Message from Past President Marvin Specter PE LS

This past June at our NYSSPE Annual Conference in White Plains, I had the pleasure to meet Marvin Specter, PE, LS.  Mr. Specter joined NSPE in 1955, was President of the Westchester Chapter in 1968, State President in 1972, NSPE National President in 1982, and that year founded the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. (NAFE).  He also Co-founded the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) in 1990 and was President in 1993. [Read more…]

Happy Holidays form The New York State Society of Professional Engineers

The above video is a New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) video update . The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E., NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel, Mark Kriss, Esq.

NYSSPE wishes you and your family happy holidays and a very happy and healthy 2018.  We are here to help you with your questions or concerns about engineering practice in the State of New York, so please feel free to reach out to us.

Please leave comments or questions below on specific topics you would like us to focus on in 2018.

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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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