E-news for the Construction Division November 2006

NSPE Presents Webseminar on USDA/RUS EJCDC documents


EJCDC Contact Documents: Using and Understanding the EJCDC Engineering & Construction Documents- Funding Agency Edition
December 12, 1:303:00 PM EST

Learn best practices to better use the only pre-approved construction and engineering services contract documents for use on water and wastewater projects financed by the USDA/Rural Utilities Service. Register here.


Visit our Web site for more information on education programs.


NSPE offers Hot Construction Webseminars

January 23, 2007 12:30 -- 2:00 EST
Sustainable Design -- Advantages of LEED Certification
Tom Hicks, Vice President of LEED, US Green Building Council

February 21, 2007 12:30 -- 2:00 EST
Green Building -- Where's the ROI and Marketing Advantage
Gary J. Saulson, Head of Corporate Real Estate, PNC Financial Services

March 21, 200712:30 -- 2:00 EST
Brownfields Sites -- Grants and Incentives to Cleanup and Redevelop
John A. Sartor, P.E.,P.P., Senior Vice President, Paulus, Sokaloski, and Sartor, LCC (PS&S)

April 18, 2007 12:30 -- 2:00 EST
Through the Roof -- Escalating Construction Costs
Michael Kennedy, Principal, Stantec Consulting Inc.

For more information on these topics, the sessions and the speakers please visit the PEC website. Or register here for one or all today!

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Erosion Certification Raises Questions

A certification program for people working in the field of erosion and sediment control is drawing opposition from NSPE state societies and raising the question: Should licensed professional engineers have to earn additional certifications to carry out engineering work? For NSPE, the answer is an emphatic no. NSPE Position Statement 1737 on Licensure and Qualifications for Practice says PEs may voluntarily have their expertise in a specialized field recognized through certification; however, “Professional engineering licensure is the only qualification for engineering practice.” But still the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control program is making headway in at least three states: Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.  PEPP members have also recently become involved in the issue in Wisconsin as well.

In Georgia, beginning December 31, PEs and others who prepare sediment control plans will be required to take a two-day training class and pass an examination. The additional requirement for PEs was opposed by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. GSPE Executive Director Tom Leslie, P.E., says that a PE is qualified to prepare erosion and sedimentation control plans just as much as a CPESC and, “additional mandatory certifications are not necessary and should not be required.” Governmental entities should accept the work of both groups, he asserts.

Read more about this issue in the October PE.

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New York City Adopts QBS Procurement

New York City’s Procurement Policy Board recently switched to the qualifications-based selection of design professionals for city construction projects. The implementation of QBS became effective December 1.

Previously, the city’s procurement involved a set percentage for design, and firms could opt to bid on a project based on that fixed fee. If the firms were closely ranked, the city would choose the firm based on the lowest bid.

The change may have been swayed by recent projects where Mayor Bloomberg’s Design and Construction Excellence Initiative worked closely with QBS advocates along with the Office of Contract Services and the Department of Design and Construction to develop a series of procurement demonstration projects to test QBS and related techniques. These projects led to an improvement in design quality and an increase in the number of design firms bidding for city projects.

Today, 46 states have some form of QBS or “mini-Brooks” law and 22 states have QBS laws that apply to local units of government, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

NSPE supports and recommends a qualifications-based selection procedure for procurement of consultant and subconsultant engineering services. NSPE argues that QBS allows engineers and firms to be considered for a job on their merits. Under the QBS process, professionally qualified engineers or firms are ranked on the basis of ability to provide the service. The rankings are followed by negotiations with the best-qualified engineer or firm to determine a mutually satisfactory agreement for the scope of services and price.

NSPE and ACEC yearly honor those public-sector entities that voluntarily use QBS methods to procure professional services of consulting engineering firms at the state and local levels with the QBS Award. Candidates are from jurisdictions that do not mandate qualifications-based procurement systems.  In addition, NSPE in partnership with ACEC, The American Institute of Architects, and the American Public Works Association provides funding and program support for states seeking to promote the use of QBS by state and local agencies.

Read NSPE's issue brief on qualifications-based selection.

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Companies Compete for National New Product Award Honors

The 2007 NSPE New Product Awards program is now inviting entries for exemplary new products that demonstrate the innovative use of engineering principles and provide overall benefits to society through February 15, 2007.

Now in its 25th year, the program was developed and is coordinated by NSPE’s Professional Engineers in Industry in an effort to recognize new and improved products that stimulate the life and growth of the U.S.

Any new product, machine, process, or material that has been developed or manufactured only in the U.S. may be entered provided that it was first placed on the market between 2002 and 2006. Entries are judged on annual sales and economic impact, innovative use of engineering principles, and improved function.

For further information and nomination forms, contact Erin Garcia at 703-684-2884.

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2006-2007 PEC Executive Board

Arthur DeWit, P.E., F.NSPE
Lake Havasu, AZ

Immediate Past Chair
E. Terence Foster, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE
Omaha, NE

Leonard "Bud" Darby, P.E.
Alexandria, VA

James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
Omaha, NE
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Neff, P.E.
Gainesville, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair
Paul Bakken, PE
Centennial, CO

Central Region Vice Chair
Carl Meglan, P.E.
Columbus, OH

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair
William Beery, P.E.
Hilo, HI

PEC Staff Liaison
Kim Granados, CAE

PEC Homepage 

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