Legislative Update: Procurement Guide

From Mark Kriss, Esq, NYSSPE Legislative Counsel:   The Society has been working collaborative with all of the other design professional organizations (AIA, ACEC etc.) to jointly lobby for legislation to address overreach by state and local governmental entities in the nature of mandatory indemnification clauses in design service contracts as a top priority.  We have also been focused on advocating for quality assurance safeguards in all design build contracts as the State’s 2018-2019 Budget negotiations move toward closure.

Read here: 2018 Plain Language Guide to Procurement Lobbying 

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NYSSPE Official Ballot Results 2018-2020

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is proud to announce the results of the Official Ballot for 2018-2020.  The following members were duly elected and will be installed in June 2018 for their terms, which will begin in July of this year. Joe Pasaturo, PE will serve as the NYSSPE 2020-2022 President.

OFFICERS
President-Elect : Joe Pasaturo, PE
Treasurer: Andrew Yarmus, PE
Assistant Treasurer: John Sucharski, PE

New York, Vice President: Rudi Sherbanksy, PE
Northeast, Vice President: Ernest Gailor, PE
Western, Vice President: William Klepser, PE

ELECTION OF AUDITORS
DeChants, Fuglein & Johnson, LLP

NOMINATING COMMITTEE CHAIR
Laura Pellizzi, PE

DELEGATES
Long Island Region Delegate
Jaclyn Peranteau, PE

Western Region Delegate
Ed Szpala, PE

New York City Region Delegate
Al Brand, PE

Northeast Region Delegate
Steve Moore, PE

The following positions were not up for election in this election cycle and the following incumbents will be re-installed into their current positions:
President- James Kuhn, PE

Immediate Past President
Laura Pellizzi, PE

Long Island, Vice President: David Macedonio, PE
Mid-Hudson, Vice President:
Andrew Yarmus, PE
Central NY, Vice President:
Peter Lautensack, PE

PEC Chair 
Richard “Rick” Miller, PE

PEPP Chair
Thomas J. Petracca, PE

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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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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…]