E-news for the Construction Division November 2007

NCEES Prepares Construction Section of Civil PE Exam

In April, NCEES plans to release a new Civil Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination with revisions to include construction engineering questions in both sections.  The decision resulted from a survey conducted by NCEES in 2003-2004, which supported the need for construction engineering components on the exam.

Of the 40-question breadth section, 20% will focus on construction engineering.  Construction engineering will also be one of five options in the 40-question depth section. 

In order to educate engineers on the changes, NSPE, in conjunction with NCEES, presented a free Web seminar on November 27, 2007.  David Johnston, Ph.D., P.E., and Susan Cline, P.E., discussed the new construction depth module, which will debut in the NCEES Spring 2008 exam schedule.  Johnston also addressed types of construction engineering design that relate to the accumulation of engineering experience and to the exam topics.

If you were unable to listen to this presentation, a recording of the web seminar will be available soon at



Support PEC: Become a 2008 Sustaining Firm

Your support is needed for the efforts of the Professional Engineers in Construction as we strive to promote the hard-earned PE designation and enhance the image of the PE in construction.  We are asking you to solicit your company to be a 2008 PEC Sustaining Firm.

As a supporter you will also ensure that the voice of construction engineers is heard loud and clear and enable PEC initiatives-in-progress to continue, such as:

  • The PEC Knowledge Initiative – Web-based seminars on the hottest issues in construction. PEC Sustaining Firms will receive one complimentary registration to one of our 2007- 08 Web seminars;

  • Support of universities, such as the University of Nebraska, who have construction degree programs. It is hoped that this support, in letters and phone calls, will lead to more EAC/ABET accredited construction programs and highlight the need for more construction-centric training of engineers;

  • Involvement with ASCE and NCEES to create a construction module on the 2008 Civil Engineering PE exam;

  • The George B. Hightower, P.E., Memorial Fellowship Fund to annually honor an outstanding engineering graduate student.

By being a PEC Sustaining Firm, your company will be listed on the NSPE/PEC Web site with a link to your Web site. This site receives over 3,000 hits a month and is a great asset for your firm. Your company name will also appear as a PEC Sustaining Firm in PE Magazine, NSPE's monthly engineering news magazine. You will also receive a plaque to display in your office.

Join today and ensure the PEC initiatives-in-progress continue.

You can also support PEC by letting us know what products & services we can develop to help you stay successful! E-mail your suggestions to pec@nspe.org. Thank you for your support!


Donn Zang, P.E., project leader on behalf of the
Membership & Sustaining Firms Project Team

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Hightower Fellowship Awards $3,000 to Graduate Students

The George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship is awarded annually to either a current engineering student or a graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program. NSPE's Professional Engineers in Construction established the George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship in recognition of the contributions that Hightower made to the construction engineering profession. Hightower's dedication to professionalism, ethics, and construction engineering led him to serve as a founding member and the first national chair of PEC.

Visit the NSPE Web site for more information and an application

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Nominate Fellow Engineers for 2008 NSPE Honor Awards

The National Society of Professional Engineers is currently looking for nominations for the 2008 NSPE Honor Awards.  The NSPE Honor Awards include:

NSPE Award
The NSPE Award is the highest award given to an individual by the Society.  It is presented to an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare, and/or humankind.

Distinguished Service Award
This award was established to recognize NSPE members for their exceptional technical contributions to the engineering profession and their contributions to their communities and to NSPE.

Young Engineer of the Year Award
This award recognizes young NSPE members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their careers.

Visit the "
NSPE Honor and Award Programs" Web page for more information on how to apply for these awards and a list of previous winners. Application deadline for all NSPE Honor Awards is Janaury 31, 2008.

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NSPE Members Get $100 Off Land Development Conference

In addition to receiving a $100 discount on registration, NSPE members attending the Land Development West Conference will have the opportunity to meet land and community development professionals and explore ways to better accommodate growth while ensuring healthy, attractive communities. The conference will be held December 4-5 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. To take advantage of this discount, enter "NSPE" in the discount code section on the registration form.
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EJCDC Releases New 2007 Construction Contract Documents

Why use documents and language created by someone other than an engineer?
Add these to your risk management arsenal today. 

***NSPE MEMBERS Save 50% on all contract documents****

Construction Related Documents:           


C-990 Construction Related Documents, Full Set (includes all of the following)
Member $700/Nonmember $1,400

C-700 Standard General Conditions of the Construction Contract
Member $100/Nonmember $200


C-800 Guide to the Preparation of Supplementary Conditions
Free download

C-001 Narrative Guide to the 2007 EJCDC Construction Documents
Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-050 Owner’s Instructions Regarding Bidding Procedures & Construction Contract Documents
Member $20/Nonmember $40

C-051 Engineer’s Request for Instructions on Bonds & Insurance
Member $20/Nonmember $40

C-052 Owner’s Instructions Concerning Bonds & Insurance for Construction
Member $20/Nonmember $40

C-200 Guide to the Preparation of Instructions to Bidders
Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-410 Suggested Bid Form for Construction Contracts
Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-430 Bid Bond, Penal Sum Form
Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-435 Bid Bond, Damages Form
Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-510 Notice of Award
Member $28/Nonmember $56

C-520 Suggested Form of Agreement Between Owner & Contractor, Stipulated Price

Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-525 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner & Contractor, Cost-Plus
Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-550 Notice to Proceed
Member $28/Nonmember $56

C-610 Construction Performance Bond
Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-615 Construction Payment Bond
Member $56/Nonmember $112

C-620 Contractor’s Application for Payment
Member $28/Nonmember $56

C-625 Certificate of Substantial Completion
Member $28/Nonmember $56

C-940 Work Change Directive
Member $28/Nonmember $56

C-941 Change Order
Member $28/Nonmember $56

C-942 Field Order
Member $28/Nonmember $56

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2007-08 PEC Executive Board

James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
Omaha, NE

Immediate Past Chair
Arthur DeWit, P.E., F.NSPE
Lake Havasu, AZ

David Hunley, P.E.
Burlington, KY

Paul Bakken, PE
Centennial, CO
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
Paul Harmon, P.E.
Lincoln, NE
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Harper, P.E.
Tampa, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair

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

Western & Pacific Region Vice Chair
David Shields, Ph.D., P.E.
Henderson, NV

PEC Staff Liaisons:
Kim Granados, CAE

Erin Reyes

PEC Homepage 

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