E-news for the Construction Division March 2009

New NSPE Member Benefits: Four Free PDHs and Engineer Salary Data

Last week, NSPE launched a new approach to an old member benefit: The comprehensive results of the NSPE Engineering Income and Salary Survey are now available for free to members who participate in the survey — a value of up to $600. Needless to say, this new benefit has been very well received by the members. In February alone, over 1,000 people completed the survey.

This week, NSPE is introducing another member benefit: four free PDHs. We’ve chosen to launch this program with four current and very popular ethics courses. At the usual retail price, these four PDHs are worth about $600.

Now, all members can earn four free professional development hours by taking four online seminars on ethics topics. These courses, which are $149 each for nonmembers, provide members with a significant savings and easy access to continuing education credit.

The courses are

  • Engineering Ethics and the Law: Contract Documents and Procurement of Engineering Services (ONL-009)
  • Engineering Ethics and the Law: Contract Documents, Intellectual Property & Professional Liability (ONL-012)
  • Engineering Ethics and the Law: The PE as an Expert Witness (ONL-013)
  • Ethical Engineering and Fair Trade: Conflicting Interests (ONL-018)

At the end of each seminar, a quiz will be available for those who need it to meet their state’s continuing education requirements. The seminars have also been approved for continuing education credit in New York.

To access the courses, visit www.nspe.org/Education/WebSeminars/index.html.

Just like the new salary survey benefit, the free PDHs are available simply when you pay your national dues. It’s a use-it-or-lose-it arrangement, with no carryovers for unused services. Each year, the clock starts when you pay your dues, and you get another year’s access and a new package of benefits.

New benefits worth $1,200 for $125 —  a good deal in these difficult economic times.


NSPE's Green Issues/Sustainability Series

Click here for registration information. 

March 31, 2009  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Shaping the Future of Engineering:  Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Rapid Change (1.0 PDH)

Speakers: Michael Simpson, P.E., Senior Engineer, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works; Paul Horton, Director of Sustainability, David Evans and Associates Inc.

Description: Learn how the 'Green Movement" is influencing the engineering world. We are delving into new territory and entering a carbon constrained world. The guiding principles shaping engineering through 2020 and trends leading to the tipping point toward a low-carbon economy will be discussed.  Participants will also learn how Los Angeles is leading the charge towards a prosperous, low-carbon economy.  Quiz provided at the end.

April 28, 2009  12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Don’t Let Green Design Cause Red Ink (1.0 PDH)

Speaker: Nahom Gebre, P.E., Risk Management Attorney, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.

Description: Engineers must respond to society's need for projects that meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. But with increasing public emphasis on green design, engineers face significant exposures that challenge their professionalism and profitability. This session focuses on a realistic appraisal of emerging risks and discusses skills to manage them. Quiz provided at the end.

May 13, 2009  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

A Sustainable Approach to Planning and Design (1.0 PDH)

Speakers:  Michael Simpson, P.E., Senior Engineer, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works; Paul Horton, Director of Sustainability, David Evans and Associates Inc.

Description: Have you been wondering how to make your projects more sustainable? Have your clients been asking for more sustainable planning and design? Paul Horton will provide an overview of the critical elements necessary in order to achieve a higher level of sustainability in projects. While we won't be able to make every project super green, we should nonetheless have a clear strategy (or approach) and a set of tools to allow us to make meaningful sustainable advances or improvements based on the specific situation and the current client conditions. Michael Simpson will discuss how the Los Angeles Unified School District practices integrating sustainability into new school construction. This presentation outlines a logical, sequential "approach" to integrating sustainability into projects. Quiz provided at the end.

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Apply for the $3,000 George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship

The George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship is awarded annually to an engineering graduate student who is currently enrolled in or a graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program. The Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) Interest Group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) 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 resulted in him serving as a founding member and the first national chairman of PEC.

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EPA Examines Construction's Environmental Performance

The construction industry is slowly becoming more "green," but construction related energy use is still increasing faster than growth in construction activity, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The construction industry consumed 1.6 quadrillion Btus in 2002, the year the data was gathered, which was a 28 percent increase from Btus used in 1997. The EPA reccomends several ways to save energy and reduce waste including the use of biodiesel, improving energy efficiency in company facilities, and recycling construction and demolition materials.  

For the full article, read the March 2009 issue of PE magazine. [ return to top ]


Web site of the Month: Bentley Launches "Be Employable"

Bentley’s new “Be Employable” program provides outplaced infrastructure professionals with free access to Bentley software and related software training tools. The program’s objective is to help outplaced architectural, engineering, construction, and geospatial professionals update and upgrade their technology skill sets, giving them a significant competitive edge in today’s challenging job market. It provides free access to Bentley’s comprehensive software portfolio and training, as well as the ability to earn learning units from the Bentley Institute, Bentley’s training organization.

Be Employable includes:

  • Access to Bentley’s V8i professional software portfolio for noncommercial use
  • Instructor-led online distance learning as well as OnDemand eLearning for self-paced learning
  • Comprehensive learning transcripts to help maintain professional accreditation
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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 2009 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.

Richard W Rauseo PE Consulting Engineers

George Harms Construction Co

Glynn Geotechnical Engineering

BEC Engineering Inc

Zetlin & DeChiara LLP

Owen Ames Kimball Company

Paric Corporation

Bates Engineers Contractors

Paul J Gallo Contracting Inc

Judy Construction Company

James D Moore Jr PE

Frederick Derr & Company Inc

Stephen A Estrin & Co Inc

EVCO Construction Co Inc

Snyder Electric Co Inc

Harper Industries, Inc

Suberroc Systems SUBSYST

Vratsinas Construction Company

Abriola Co

Metromont Prestress Co

Tamrio Inc

Riverso Assoc Inc

Code Consultants Inc

S Seltzer Construction Corp

Lundy Construction Co Inc

CRD & Associates Inc

J Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc

Statewide Aquastore New England Tank Inc


Capital Project Management Inc

Fred Weber Inc

Project Development Services Inc

Frank Gurney Inc

John N Puder Inc

Brown Construction Services

Calvi Electric Company

Drury South Inc

ABC Paving Co Inc

Veitia Padron Inc

Facchina Construction

Mayberry Electric Inc

The Rubicon Group

LidCo Electrical Contractors Inc

Construction Management Services

Lecon Inc

Construction Industry Advancement Program of NJ (CIAP)


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