E-news for the Construction Division November 2008

Support PEC: Become a 2009 Sustaining Firm

Dear NSPE/PEC Colleague,

Your support is needed for the efforts of the Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) as we strive to promote the hard-earned professional engineer designation and enhance the image of the PE in construction. We're asking your company to become a 2009 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, such as the following, to continue:

  • 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 2008–09 Web seminars.
  • Honor an outstanding engineering graduate student through the $3,000 George B. Hightower, P.E., Memorial Fellowship Fund. This year the fellowship was awarded to John Crane who will pursue a master's in environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University.
  • Supporting 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.

When you become a PEC Sustaining Firm, your company is listed on the NSPE/PEC Web site with a link to your official Web site (if you provide us with your Web address). 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 newsmagazine.

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

You can also support PEC by letting us know what products and services we can develop to help you stay successful! Drop me a note with your suggestions: 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



NSPE Education for You and Your Firm

NSPE Fall Online Seminars

Web seminars are a cost effective way to develop and retain your staff.  For more information on any of the following Web seminars, please visit the NSPE Education page.  NSPE member price: $119 per session/per connection. 
  • November 18, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
    How to Gain Recognition for your Projects Through Public Relations (1.5 PDH)
This session will review the basics of public relations and how it works, dispel the myths, help you identify pitch concepts for editors, digest the mistakes many make in their technical PR efforts, and detail the rules of the trade for working with the media—all from a technical firm's point of view. The presentation also will include case study examples and feedback from industry editors on how to build a successful PR program. In addition to learning how to capitalize on the power of PR, the session will also include details on how to assemble a crisis communications program—a must in today's marketplace.
  • November 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (Eastern)
    NSPE ETHICS FORUM: The Engineer's Obligation to the Profession (1.0 PDH)  

NSPE Partners to Present Three NEW Web Seminar Events!

From WPL-Publisher of Construction Claims Online
Construction Scheduling for Profit 2008 Web seminar series:

Project Scheduling in the 21st Century (Session 1)
November 12

CPM Scheduling Best Practices (Session 2)
November 13

Scheduling Traps, Pitfalls, and Swindles–The Dark Side of Scheduling (Session 3)
December 3

Challenges and Lessons-Learned with Primavera’s Project Management Software (Session 4)
December 10

Click here to register for the Construction Scheduling for Profit 2008 Web seminar series.

From Soundview Executive Book Summaries
How to Outsmart the Competition
November 20, 2008 1:00–2:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Jim Champy reveals the surprising, counterintuitive lessons learned by companies that have achieved super-high growth for at least three straight years.  Drawing on the strategies of some of today's best "high velocity" companies, he identifies eight powerful ways to compete in even the roughest marketplace.

Click here to register.

From Kiplinger
Polish Your Professionalism to Get the Respect You Deserve
December 4, 2008 12:00–1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

A critical success factor for anyone's career is a professional image that helps earn people's respect. Are you dressing, speaking, and working to your best advantage?

From Kiplinger
Power Prospecting That Gets You Results
December 10, 2008 12:00–1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Learn how to sharpen your competitive edge and close more business with the latest prospecting strategies that will get you solid results.

CLICK HERE to register.

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Engineer Contract Document Survey

The Engineers Joint Contract Document Committee, sponsored by NSPE, the American Counsel of Engineering Companies, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Associated General Contractors, is requesting feedback on the documents, document delivery system, and pricing. If you use contract documents, your input is valuable—whether they are EJCDC documents or not.  Click here to take the short survey. [ return to top ]


New Porous Pavement Environmentally Friendly

New porous pavement, which is a combination of asphalt and aggregate, allows rainwater to seep through to filtration beds thus correcting a pollution problem called road runoff. Supporters say porous pavement isn't just good for the environment, it can also save money on storm-water control measures foisted on construction projects by regulatory agencies alarmed by pollution from road runoff. But the decision to go with the porous pavement is not always straightforward due to it being more brittle than conventional asphalt as well as it costing 20 to 25 percent more than standard asphalt. 

For the full article, visit the Boston Globe (10/26).
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2008-09 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., F.NSPE 
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 Liaison:
Erin Reyes

PEC Homepage 

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PEC would like to thank all of our 2008 PEC Sustaining Firms for supporting our programs and services.  Visit the PEC Web site for a full listing of PEC Sustaining Firms and/or to download a registration form.

Stansell Electric Company Inc

Whitcomb's Construction Company

BEC Engineering Inc

Big M Constructors Inc

Broaddus & Associates

Coastcon Corporation General Contractors

Drury South Inc

Gibson & Associates Inc

Lecon Inc

Lloyd Consulting & Engineering Inc

Mercer Construction Co

SpawGlass Contractors Inc

Zachry Construction Corp

Brown Construction Services

E G Middleton Inc

Pembroke Construction Co Inc

Suberroc Systems SUBSYST

Dalton Olmsted & Fuglevand

Frank Gurney Inc

Edward E Gillen Co

Marshall Erdman & Assoc

PFS Corporation

Terra Engineering and Construction Corp

March-Westin Co Inc

Riverso Associates, Inc

Opus Corporation


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