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ASCE Richmond Branch Newsletter

Volume 6 Issue 3 March 2014

Important Upcoming Dates
March Branch Meeting - Non Destructive Evaluations: Geophysical
Methods Applied to Engineering and Environmental Projects
March 27th, 12:00 PM, Westwood Club

President's Message

Can everyone agree with the statement that
March came in like a lion this year? VDOT's road
plowing crews have gotten a work out this year.
It is starting to feel like we live in the northeast
to not the southeast. I am ready to thaw out and
embrace spring. During last month's Popsicle
Bridge contest we saw the next generation of
engineers making tremendous strides toward joining our ranks. Seeds of
curiosity have been planted by their teachers and mentors. Sitting at the
'Ask an Engineer' table I responded to a multitude of questions centered
around will my bridge stand up and where will it fail. Given this small
sampling I would say there ample inquisitive students growing in
Richmond. Ashley Johnson did an excellent job organizing and managing
the Popsicle Bridge Contest. Look for her review of the event further in
the newsletter.
This event has grown every year and received recognition this year by the
Richmond Times Dispatch with interviews and coverage. Thank you to all
who participated and those who supported behind the scenes to make our
Popsicle Bridge event a success.

From destructive means of analysis, the Popsicle Bridge contest, to non-
destructive means we move to our March speaker, Mr. Ted Dean. Mr. Dean
is President of ATS International and is coming to speak with us on March
In This Issue
President's Message
Exciting Upcoming
Events and PDH
Local News and

Meet the Board
and Chair

Click here for our
bio's and contact

President - Austin Clark,

President Elect - Brooke

27th about non-destructive evaluations, geophysical methods applied to
engineering and environmental projects. Please visit our website, for more information and to register.

Sincerely, Austin Clark
Exciting Upcoming Events and PDH Opportunities!

March Branch Meeting - Non-Destructive Evaluations:
Geophysical Methods Applied to Engineering and
Environmental Projects

Location: Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane, Richmond, VA 23226
When: Thursday, March 27th, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: $25
PDH: 1 credit
Menu: A buffet style lunch will be served

Situations are frequently encountered in engineering where information is
required that is impractical, expensive, or even impossible to obtain by
conventional means. Geophysical methods allow the collection of
information on earth and man-made materials without the need for
boring, coring, or other physical sampling. Moreover, geophysical data can
often be used to guide physical sampling and thus improve the value of
the data obtained. This presentation will describe several of the most
versatile geophysical methods and provide examples of the applications of
each method. The methods will include those that are primarily applicable
to earth materials for geotechnical and environmental studies, and those
that are primarily applicable to man-made materials for structural and
civil engineering studies.

Brief Bio- Ted Dean is President of ATS International, Inc. in
Christiansburg, Virginia. He earned a BS degree in Geology from Radford
University, and an MS degree in geology with an emphasis in hydrogeology
from Texas A&M University. Mr. Dean has over 21 years of experience as a
geologist and is licensed in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Contact Caleb Lange by phone at 804-641-8278 or by email at for more information. Please register on our website.

Vice President - Caleb
Lange, P.E.

Secretary/Treasurer -
Shannon Kerrigan

Past President - Amy Bird,

Communications Chair -
Melanie Leckey, P.E.

Education Outreach Chairs
- Ashley Johnson, P.E. and
Josiah Johnson

Government Relations
Chair - vacant

Membership Chair
- Jonathon Oliver

Website Chair - Kevin
O'Neill, P.E.

Young Member Chair -
Justin Watson

Connect with
ASCE Richmond
on our
LinkedIN Page!

ACF Environmental Presents... New Innovative Stormwater
Solutions Seminar

Date: April 2nd
Time: 8:00am - 1:30pm
Cost: FREE
Included: Breakfast & Lunch and 3.5 PDH credits
Location: The Westin Hotel 6631 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Questions: Contact Elaine George Ph#804-275-4178

Maximum Attendance: Space is limited. Please sign up today to
guarantee your spot!

12th Annual ASCE Golf Tournament

Mark your calendars for April 24th for our annual golf tournament which
has been a great success in the past years.

Location: Brandermill Country Club
When: April 24th, 1:00 PM shotgun start
Cost: $125 per person, $500 per team

Team Entry Includes
18 Holes of Golf with Cart & Range Balls
Tournament Lunch
Awards Dinner
Complimentary Cigars
Cold Beverages on Course
Individual & Team Awards
Closest-to-Pin Contest
Longest Drive Contest
Putting Contest & Driving Range Contest

Tournament Information
Awards presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place with over 20 awards presented
Stableford Scoring-Internationally recognized scoring system using points
Putting Contest before tee-off with winner awarded before start
Driving Range Contest with hit a wedge in the 100 yard baby pool
Individual Longest Drive and Closest-to-Pin Contests on Par 3's and Par 5's
Texas Hold-em Golf Poker Mulligan Draw Game. Cost $10 for 2 mulligans
Tent sponsors on golf holes with giveaways

The ASCE Richmond Branch Annual Golf Tournament is held to raise money
to support our educational outreach efforts. This tournament provides the
primary source of funding used by the Education Committee to promote
member involvement to pre-college and college age students.

Money raised will go toward the Popsicle Bridge Competition, held
annually for middle and high school students as part of Engineer's Day at
the Science Museum of Virginia. The money will also provide a $1,000
scholarship to an area student who is majoring in civil engineering, and
support social events throughout the year to promote member

Please visit our website or contact Ashley Johnson at 804-771-9159 or
at for more information or to register.

ASCE Richmond Branch Scholarship

Once again this year, the Richmond Branch will be awarding a $1,000
scholarship to an area student. The scholarship is open to undergraduate
or graduate students majoring in civil engineering. The scholarship is also
open to local community college students enrolled in engineering courses
with the intent of pursuing a degree in civil engineering.

The application and further information will be available on our website in
the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please
contact Ashley Johnson at or 804-771-9159.

ASCE's 19th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition a Big

Our Popsicle Bridge Contest, held on February 23 at the Science Museum
of Virginia, was a big success again this year. We had 80 teams, 170
students, and 25 volunteers take part in the contest. We were even
covered in an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which you can read
here. Please visit our website to view results and photos from the

Thanks to our Sponsors this Month!

Interested in advertising in this newsletter and being seen by
hundreds of local engineers and companies within the Greater
Richmond Area? Email Melanie at for
more information!

If you have any comments regarding this newsletter, please don't hesitate
to contact me at

Melanie Leckey
ASCE Richmond Branch Communications Chair

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