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Next spring, April 3-5, 2014, the University of Virginia is hosting the ASCE
Virginias Student Conference and is in need of assistance judging several
of the events. ASCE Student Chapters may compete in the following
competitions: concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental, sustainable
land development, technical problem solving, surveying, Hardy Cross cup
presentations and Marr Technical paper. Description of each event may
be found on our website, ASCERichmond.org. Three to five judges are
needed per competition. On site judging is necessary for the steel bridge
and concrete canoe competitions with 10 judges needed for each of
those events. The Marr paper and Hardy Cross papers may be reviewed
electronically. Please contact Tom Baber, ttb@virginia.edu for more
information and to volunteer.

Sincerely, Austin Clark
Exciting Upcoming Events and PDH Opportunities!

January Branch Meeting - The Future of Driverless Vehicle
Technology

Location: Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane, Richmond, VA 23226
When: Tuesday, January 28th, 2013 @ 12:00 PM
Cost: $25
PDH: 1 credit
Menu: A buffet style lunch will be served

We have an exciting speaker, Noah J. Goodall, Ph.D., P.E., who is a
research scientist at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation
and Research. His research interests are in traffic operations, intelligent
transportation systems, and vehicle communication and automation. His
presentation will cover components of Connected Vehicles (wireless
communications between vehicles and infrastructure) and Driverless
Vehicle Technology. If you are curious about the future of driverless
vehicle technology or how the future of communication between
vehicles is developing please come listen to Dr. Goodall's presentation on
January 28th.

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



ASCE's 19th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition is here!

ASCE's 19th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition will be held
on February 23, 2014 at the Science Museum of Virginia. The object of
the competition is to have students build the most efficient bridge
possible using only popsicle sticks and Elmer's glue. The contest is open
to all Richmond area Middle and High School students.

Prizes are awarded for the three most efficient bridges in each age
group, as well as for the most aesthetically pleasing and most innovative
bridges. There will even be a chance for the students to test their
bridges against one designed by professional engineers!

This competition is held in conjunction with the Richmond Joint
Engineers Council as part of their annual Celebrating Engineering
Ingenuity Day.

Registration for the competition will be open until February 1, 2014.
Please visit our website for more information or to register
: www.ascerichmond.org/2014bridgecontest

For any questions about the contest, please contact Ashley Johnson
at ajohnson@rkk.com or 804-771-9159.


Volunteer to help during competition - We are looking for
approximately 25 volunteers to help with registration and check-in,
aesthetics and innovation judging, and testing of the
bridges. Volunteers are needed on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Two hour shifts are also available if you can't make it
for the entire afternoon. If you are interesting in helping out, please
contact Ashley Johnson at ajohnson@rkk.com or 804-771-9159.



Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award

The Chesapeake Stormwater Network (CSN) is very proud to announce
the launch of the first ever Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award (BUBBA)
contest! This contest aims to recognize the best urban stormwater BMPs
that have been designed and installed in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
within the past 5 years. Projects can be submitted for any of
six categories: Homeowner BMPs, Innovative BMPs, Best Combination of
BMPs in a Series, Ultra Urban BMPs, Best Habitat Creation in a BMP, and
Best Stream Restorations

The goal of the BUBBAs is three-fold:

1. Recognize innovators in the field who are using new and
innovative techniques for facing the challenges of stormwater
management;
2. Provide an avenue for disseminating these techniques to other
communities who could benefit from the lessons learned and
innovative approaches; and
3. Engage CSN's nearly 4,000 member network of stormwater
professionals throughout the Bay watershed to promote
interactivity among the members.

Winners will be announced to CSN's network of 4,000 stormwater
professionals within the Bay watershed.


The top three finalists in each award category will receive certificates of
recognition for placing as a finalists in the award category and be
featured on the CSN website


Category winners will receive a free registration to the 2014 Bay-wide
Partners Stormwater Retreat where they will be recognized at a BUBBAs
awards ceremony.

Grand prize winner (the people's choice award) will receive an award of
$5,000


Visit the website for more information and to enter your submission:


http://chesapeakestormwater.net/the-bubbas/

The deadline for submission is February 28th, 2014.



The Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition

The Region 4 Assembly of the American Society of Civil Engineers is
proud to conduct the Daniel V. Terrell Paper Competition for Younger
Members. This prestigious competition has been held for 60 years and
commemorates Dean Terrell's many years of work and service to the
Society and especially his leadership in the establishment of the District
Council System, the predecessor of the Region 4 Assembly.

All members, associate members or affiliates of ASCE who are 35 years
of age or less on February 1, 2014, residing in Region 4, are eligible to
submit papers in this competition. The following rules are to be
observed:
The Daniel V. Terrell competition topic (same as the topic for the
society's Daniel W. Mead Contest) must address professional ethics with
respect to the following question or statement:

In the built environment, there has been and will continue to be
ongoing development in areas that are prone to natural disasters.
From floods and storms to earthquakes and forest fires, natural
disasters are costly both in terms of human suffering and financial
resources. Despite the risks associate with building in such areas,
demand for public and private development in them continues to
grow. As stewards of the built environment, what responsibility do
civil engineers have in this continued growth? Consider the following
ethical questions.

What are the ethical responsibilities for planning future civil
engineering projects in natural disaster prone areas?
What are the potential ethical issues in determining design codes,
recommendations and parameters to prevent damage in natural
disasters?
What are the ethical issues involved when attempting to predict
natural disaster frequency or return periods?
What are the ethical obligations of civil engineers when advising
clients engaged in development in natural disaster prone areas?

These are two separate competitions but the same paper may be
submitted to both.

No individual may submit more than one paper in any one annual Daniel
V. Terrell paper competition.

Please include your member ID number and your name on the paper.

The paper shall be of such length that it can be presented orally in not
more than fifteen minutes and contain not more than 2000 words.

Submit one electronic copy of the paper, preferably a PDF, with a cover
letter to your Section President by March 1, 2014. Each section is limited
to two entries.

The paper must be presented orally, by the author, before the Region 4
Assembly at its Spring 2014 meeting to be held April 11 & 12 in the
Nashville, TN area. (Contestants are encouraged to seek financial
support from their Sections and Branches for travel expenses to present
their papers.)

AWARDS
First Place - Bronze plaque + $500 cash prize
Second Place - $250 cash prize

BASIS OF JUDGING
Presentation of Paper - 35%
(Delivery and Effectiveness - 20%, Choice of Words, Literary Style,
Pronunciation and Enunciation - 10%)

Content of Paper - 65%
(Material - 40%, Aquaintance with subject - Scope - 10%, Originality -
Independence - 10%, Arrangement - 5%)






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