E-news for the Construction Division December 2008

Nominate Fellow Engineers for NSPE Awards

NSPE offers several awards that have upcomming deadlines in 2009. Below are just a few of the award programs NSPE will be conducting this year.

To see the complete list of NSPE awards, please visit the NSPE Awards Web page

NSPE Award (Deadline: January 31)
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.
Nominations should be made in consideration of the high caliber of some of the previous recipients: President Herbert Hoover, Dr. David B. Steinman (founder of NSPE), former Puerto Rico Governor Luis A. Ferre, former NSPE Executive Director Paul H. Robbins, and R. Bruce Taylor, P.E.

Mentor of the Year Award (Deadline: March 31)
The Mentor of the Year Award is given each year to the one member of NSPE who best exemplifies the ideal image of a mentor. The award may be given to an individual who has established a record of consistent outreach toward individuals in the engineering field, including engineering professionals and students, over a number of years. This award can also be received by an individual who has contributed to the support or development of mentoring programs within their company or in the engineering community. The ideal candidate should have a record of achievement in offering guidance to and fostering development among engineering professionals.



Owners Need to Plan for the Unexpected, Survey Says

The Ninth Annual Survey of Owners, conducted by management consultant FMI and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), examined how risks are assessed and managed prior to or during project execution and how they affect an owner's overall capital program. The survey showed that construction owners are more likely to focus on well-defined risks even though the most devastating risks are those that are harder to see and discuss.

FMI and CMAA say that when owners do take action to mitigate risk, they employ four main strategies: accepting and managing risks internally, accepting and transferring risks externally, recognizing and ignoring risks by taking no action, and avoiding risks by taking action. On average, the survey found owners accept and manage risks 61% of the time, accept and transfer risks 22% of the time, and avoid risks 17% of the time.

For the full story, read the December 2008 issue of PE magazine.
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NSPE Online Courses on Sale

NSPE is spreading good cheer by offering a 50% discount on all online courses with certification. Use discount code "holiday" at checkout to receive this offer, available until December 31. Some sample courses on sale include:

Client/Consultant Relationships: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly 
Building Information Modeling (1.5 PDH * NY State Approved)
Earned Value Management: An Introduction
• Integrating Trenchless Technology (1.5 PDH * NY State Approved)
Toxic Mold: Identification, Recognition, Measurement, Toxicity and Abatement (1.5 PDH * NY State Approved) 
From Engineer to Manager to Leader: Tools to Advance your Career 
• Til Death Do us Part: Keeping Your Employees Engaged at Work  
Introduction to Forensic Engineering (1.5 PDH * NY State Approved) 
Ethics Forum: Engineering Ethics and the Law: PE as an Expert Witness (1.0 PDH * NY State Approved) 
Ethics Forum: Engineering Ethics and the Law: Contract Documents and Procurement of Engineering Services (1.0 PDH * NY State Approved) 

For a full list of online courses on sale, visit the
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Engineering Firm URS Wins Energy Department Contract

URS Corp., a provider of engineering and construction services, said Monday that it won a six-year, $3 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Energy. As part of a joint venture with three other service companies, including CH2M Hill Constructors Inc., Bechtel National Inc., and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, URS will manage the liquid waste processing facility at the DOE's Savannah River Site, in Aiken, South Carolina which includes the closure of waste tanks. 

Read the full story at
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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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