E-news for the Construction Division February 2008

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; and

  • 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 PEC Web page with a link to your Web site. The site receives over 3,000 hits a month and is a great asset for your firm. In addition, your company name will 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., F.NSPE
project leader on behalf of the
Membership & Sustaining Firms Project Team



Hightower Fellowship Awards $3,000 to Graduate Student

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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2008 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest

All current NSPE individual members, NSPE state societies, and NSPE chapters (including student chapters) are invited to participate in the 2008 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest. Here's your opportunity to match your wits with experienced PEs and engineering students throughout the country!

Contestants are encouraged to analyze the facts of a real situation involving the ethical obligation of a engineer when a client fails to obtain necessary building permits and code approvals. Contestants must discuss and develop conclusions about the ethics of the engineer in the case using the format of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. Entries must be 750 words or less and must be received at NSPE Headquarters by Friday, April 18, 2008.

The winning entry will receive a certificate, recognition in PE Magazine, and an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter and $500 divided among the authors) provided by NSPE and the NSPE Educational Foundation.

Judges will decide the winner based on the quality of the entry in form and presentation, demonstration of understanding of the implications concerning ethical or unethical behavior, and comprehensive analysis of the case and arguments supporting the conclusions.

The contest is named for NSPE’s former general counsel who played a key role in the founding of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

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The Roadmap to BIM 2008

A number of notable milestones transpired in 2007 to set the stage:

  • National BIM Standard was issued by the National Institute of Building Sciences,

  • The Contractor`s Guide to BIM was issued by The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC),

  • The Corps of Engineers, GSA, NASA, NAVFAC and the USGC are in full swing with federal BIM mandates,

  • A number of high-profile private owners have adopted BIM 100%,

  • Recognition of the opportunity to facilitate sustainable design (green building) into the building model, and

  • Software tools have reached a new level of maturity with measurable productivity returns.

Roadmap to BIM 2008 will help you identify and formulate your Building Information Modeling strategy and potential benefits, from reduced change orders, increased prefabrication, improved schedules, lower net costs and risks, lower compliance costs, lower operating costs, and new business opportunities. Learn from the pros and ask your questions at the end of each session.

Roadmap to BIM 2008 Audioconferences

February 20
BIM in Public Building: The GSA and Corps of Engineers BIM Initiatives. What GSA and other public agencies are doing to jump start the BIM process. Successes to date and new program developments. 

March 5
Contractor Implementation: Industry Consultants Discuss Considerations and Best Practices for Contractors, CMs and Design Builders Ready to Take the Plunge. Shared or separate models; from the designer, design/builder and contractor perspectives. Technology tools and investments. Management strategies.

March 19
Contractors on the Forefront: Three Contractors Reveal Their BIM Successes and Failures

April 2
BIM Risk Factors: Divergent Views of Risks by Owners, Designers and Contractors; Determining Where The Risks Are, Contract Language Considerations and Adapting BIM to Current Contract
Delivery Methods. BIM has the potential to reduce risks and costs throughout the entire facility life cycle; this session will discuss how the owner, A/E, and contractor currently perceive shifts in responsibilities, risks, and costs.

Special NSPE member discount prices:        
$149 a site each session,  
$193 for session plus CD,  
$171 for CD only.  
Best deal! - $596 for all five plus CD.  

Click here for more information and to register.  PDH certificates will be sent on request. For more information, contact Patti Wysocki at WPL Publishing.

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A Guide to Integrated Project Delivery

According to the American Institute of Architects, Integrated Project Delivery leverages early contributions of knowledge and expertise through the use of new technologies, allowing all team members to better realize their highest potentials while expanding the value they provide throughout the project lifecycle.

Not all agree that this delivery method is the way to go.  Some have stated that IPD can be more costly and does not give the design professional the appropriate roles and responsibilities.

Download the AIA Integrated Project Delivery Guide to better understand the principles of IPD, understand the value propositionof of IPD from the perspective of various stakeholders, and discern subtle differences between possible models for IPD.

If you are interested in joining a discussion on Integrated Project Delivery or would like to express your opinions on the subject, please contact Kim Granados, Director of NSPE Interest Groups. [ return to top ]


2007-08 PEC Executive Board

James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
University of Nebraska 
Omaha, NE

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

David Hunley, P.E.
Connico Inc. 
Burlington, KY

Paul Bakken, P.E.
Utility Engineering Corp. 
Centennial, CO
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
Paul Harmon, P.E.
University of Nebraska 
Lincoln, NE
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Harper, P.E.
Hillsborough County PWD 
Tampa, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair
Thomas L. Paxson, P.E. 
Pax-Sun, Inc. 
Lufkin, TX

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

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

PEC Staff Liaisons:
Kim Granados, CAE

Erin Reyes

PEC Homepage 

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