E-news for the Construction Division September/October 2009

Support PEC: Become a 2010 Sustaining Sponsor

There has never been a better time to get exposure, and more business, for your firm than now. Through October 31, get 10% off the price of becoming a 2010 PEC Sustaining Firm and get your firm listed in PEC's online searchable directory. By becoming a PEC Sustaining Firm, you will help to support the efforts of Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) as we strive to promote the hard-earned professional engineer (PE) designation and enhance the image of the PE in Construction.

As a 2010 PEC Sustaining Firm, you will link more business to your future while receiving the following benefits:

  • Company listing: You'll be included in a searchable directory that includes a complete description of your firm's specialties. Let owners and other customers and partners find you! All PEC Sustaining Firms are listed at  www.nspe.org/PEC/Supporters.

  • Company Advertisement: Listing in an issue of NSPE's PE magazine (circulation is over 40,000) and in PEC Reporter, a monthly electronic newsletter sent to more than 5,500 PEC members.

  • Valuable Discounts: 25% discount on ads in PE magazine, NSPE Update, NSPE Web banners, and job board postings.

  • PEC Sustaining Firm Plaque to display in your office.

Please visit the PEC Web site to become a 2010 PEC Sustaining Sponsor. Your participation will not only help you reach potential clients and partners, it will also provide valuable support for our industry and profession. 

Thank you in advance for your support of NSPE/PEC.

Wisconsin Becomes First State To Require BIM on Public Projects

On July 1, Wisconsin became the first state to require the use of building information modeling software on most public projects, a move that could trigger 3D modeling requirements across the country.

The new regulations call for architects and structural engineers to use BIM authoring software and engineers in other disciplines to use authoring software or discipline-specific 3D modeling programs. The software is required on all projects totaling more than $5 million in cost and new construction projects totaling $2.5 million in cost, but is encouraged on all projects.

Wisconsin tested the requirements starting in 2008 on a pilot program of 13 construction projects totaling $300 million. The Wisconsin Division of State Facilities, which authored and issued the requirements, was sufficiently convinced that the regulations could be applied to all large public projects and made the standards official on June 25 of this year.

On August 12, the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) announced it will adopt BIM requirements, with hopes to become the first state to require the software on all public projects. For now, Texas will require BIM on projects of a certain cost, similar to Wisconsin. Texas officials have not announced when the BIM requirements will take effect, or to what types of projects they will apply.

For the full article, read the September 2009 issue of PE magazine.
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NSPE Fall 2009 Web Seminars offer PHD credits

NSPE’s fall Web seminars offer a wide variety of topics from ethics to social media to GNSS systems. Earn one PDH for each of the sessions while sitting at your desk or in your conference room.  The member price is $119 for each session. The price is per site, so get together with others in your office or chapter to participate.

October 7, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.), Ethics Forum Part II: Objectivity, Truthfulness, and Preserving Confidentiality.
Speaker: Arthur Schwartz

October 8, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.), Social Media and Engineering
Stephanie Brown
Description: This presentation will highlight the following: introduction to social media; how, why, and where social media is a fit for B2B, AEC; strategy is key; case studies; dangers and pitfalls; benefits; case studies; HR perspective; monitoring and measurement; policies; the impact of social media on SEO (Search Engine Optimization); success with your Web site.

October 14, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.),GNSS Capabilities for Engineering, Surveying and Mapping
Tim Kerr
Description: Satellite positioning technologies have become prominent in our daily lives. This Web seminar will provide an overview of the location technologies available today at various levels of precision. These range from pure autonomous navigation to sub-centimeter location for high precision monitoring and mapping projects. Emphasis is placed on selection the proper tool to meet the requirement of any project

October 15, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.), Solving the Risks in Green Design and Construction
George Dubose, Liberty Building Forensics Group
Description: The great irony of building green is that the very concepts that are intended to enhance a building's performance over its lifetime are many of the same things that also make it highly susceptible to catastrophic moisture and mold problems during the first few years of operation.

This presentation will identify the specific reasons that green buildings are at increased risk for failures and what contractors and developers/owners must do to avoid problems—in short, what practices are being promoted as green but are also place the entire development team at risk.

October 20, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.),
A Sustainable Approach to Planning and Design
Paul Horton
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.

October 22, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.), Comparing Contracts Documents: EJCDC, Consensus DOCS, and AIA
Justin Weisberg

Free! November 4, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.), Qualifications-Based Selection: Under Attack
Speakers: Dan Tanksley, JD, P.E.; Christopher Stone, P.E., F.NSPE; William Fendley, P.E., F.NSPE
Description: Have you ever wondered what qualifications-based selection was really all about? Our panel of experts will explain QBS without the jargon, discuss its value to you and your clients, and tell you about how QBS is being threatened right now by legislative and regulatory actions at the state and federal levels and how you can help.

November 11, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.), Ethics Forum Part III: Conflicts of Interest and the Ethics of Gifts
Arthur Schwartz

November 17, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.), Forensic Engineering (Cosponsored by National Academy of Forensic Engineers)
Moderator: Marvin Specter, P.E., LS, F.NSPE, Hon M.ASCE
Panel: Michael Kravitz, P.E.; Michael D. Leshner, P.E.; W. T. (Dusty) Yaxley, P.E., CSP
Description: This session, based on real life cases, will highlight three different situations in which engineers are required. In addition, each of the cases involves a different level of penetration of the legal system.
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Construction Employment Declines in 48 States

Construction employment saw significant declines in all but two states this August compared to last year, according to an analysis of new state-by-state employment figures released today by the federal government. The analysis, conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America, did show that the number of states gaining construction jobs increased slightly in August compared to July 2009.

"Construction employment continues to shrink at an alarming rate," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. "I don't expect much improvement in construction employment until stimulus money flows more broadly, the federal-aid highway program is renewed, and home building gains momentum."

The five biggest percentage losses in construction employment over the year occurred in Arizona (27 percent or 50,000 jobs), Nevada (25 percent or 29,500 jobs), and three states with 22 percent losses: Connecticut (14,300 jobs), Kentucky (18,300 jobs), and Tennessee (28,300 jobs). He noted that 41 states saw double-digit percentage decreases in construction employment for the year. Meanwhile, construction employment expanded in just two states compared to August 2008. North Dakota added 800 construction jobs for a four percent increase while Louisiana added 4,400 jobs for a three percent increase in construction employment.

Simonson noted, however, that when compared to the previous month, the construction employment picture was slightly less bleak this August with 30 states shedding construction jobs, 16 adding construction jobs, and four states and Washington, D.C., remaining stable, compared to 34 states losing and only 14 states adding construction jobs in July. 

The largest percentage gains were a three percent rise in Idaho (1,000 jobs); two percent each in Delaware (500) and Nebraska (800), and slightly more than one percent each in Florida (5,500) and Alaska (200). The largest percentage losses for the month were an eight percent decline in Mississippi (4,800 jobs), a five percent decline in Rhode Island (900), and three percent declines each in Ohio (5,700), Tennessee (2,800), and South Carolina (2,600). (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics combines construction with mining and logging in Delaware, Nebraska, Tennessee, and four other locations to prevent disclosing information about industries with few employees.)

"Many more federal, state, and local agencies need to convert stimulus funds into construction contracts to stem the tide of construction job losses," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer.  "More important, Congress and the administration need to focus on pro-growth policies that will reawaken declining private-sector construction activity." [ return to top ]

New NSPE Blogs

NSPE now has three new blogs, in addition to the president's blog.

PE Licensing Blog: written by Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE

Sustainability in Engineering Blog: written by Brad Aldrich, P.E., F.NSPE

Young Engineers Blog: written by Austin Lin P.E., the Young Engineers Advisory Council Representative to the NSPE-PEI Executive Board

Sign up to receive an e-mail notification whenever a new post is made by entering your e-mail address under "E-mail Notifications," which you'll find on the left-hand side of any blog post.

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2009-10 PEC Executive Board

David Hunley, P.E.

Immediate Past Chairman
James D. Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.

Chairman Elect
Paul J Bakken, P.E., FNSPE

Thomas L. Paxson, P.E., FNSPE

Northeast Region
Donn R. Zang, P.E., FNSPE

North Central Region
Paul E. Harmon, P.E.

Southeast Region
James B. Harper, P.E.

Southwest Region

Central Region
Glen R Schwalbach, P.E., FNSPE

Western & Pacific Region
David Ray Shields, Ph.D., P.E.

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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