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Richmond ASCE Branch Newsletter

Volume 5 Issue 7

Upcoming Important Dates:

ASCE Richmond Branch Meeting May 21, 12:00 PM, Westwood Club, Richmond, VA Click here to add event to your calendar

Engineer's Night Out June 7, 6:30 PM, Ironbridge Sports Park Click here to add event to your calendar

President's Message

Engineers typically have a bad reputation as being "uncool" and "boring". Personally, I know many engineers that are fun and interesting, and I'm sure most of you do as well. In an effort to help put this notion to rest, I would like to invite all of you to join ASCE Richmond for our inaugural Engineer's Night Out this June! This event will not only be fun for everyone, but all proceeds will directly benefit future civil engineers. Networking, fun, and helping out future civil engineers all in one event!

One of my favorite aspects of this event is that everyone has the opportunity to bring friends, family, and coworkers with them! We're encouraging everyone to come and celebrate engineering with us. We know our members want to include their friends and family (including children!) in what they do after hours , so we wanted to be sure to bring you an event where everyone was included. Tickets are the same price for everyone attending, and can be purchased on our website at: If you have any questions, please let me know.

Another exciting event we have coming up soon is a lunch meeting with the CFO of VDOT, John Lawson. Mr. Lawson will be speaking to use on the Virginia Transportation Funding Act. As this has been a hot issue in the Richmond area, as well as Virginia, we are looking forward to welcoming him to discuss the act with us! Please register for this event online, and feel free to invite someone to join us if you think they may be interested in attending.

As always, we welcome feedback and ideas that you have to improve our branch! Please contact one of our board members with feedback to help us keep improving. I hope you'll come to our upcoming events, and look forward to seeing you there!

May Branch Meeting - VDOT CFO John Lawson

Please join us for an informative discussion on the VA Transportation Funding Act with John Lawson CFO of VDOT!

Where: Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane, Richmond, VA 23226 When: Tuesday May 21, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Cost: $25 PDH: 1 credit

Menu: A buffet style lunch will be served

Please RSVP no later than 12:00 PM on May 16th.

For more information and to register, please visit our website or contact Brooke Young at

John W. Lawson was named chief financial officer of the Virginia Department of Transportation Oct. 15, 2010. Lawson holds an associate degree of science and arts from Rappahannock Community College, a bachelor's in accounting from Christopher

Newport University, and is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute. He worked as an accountant with Engineering Incorporated in Hampton before joining VDOT in

1987. He has served in several financial positions with VDOT, rising to become the

director of financial planning, a position he held since 2001. He has served in a senior advisor role to several administrations and has provided strategic financial oversight to VDOT's senior management for more than two decades. Lawson and his family reside in Gloucester.

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June 7th Starting at 6:30pm Ironbridge Sports Park - 11400 Ironbridge Road Chester, VA 23831

- Batting Cages

- Drive Range

- Laser Tag

- Go-Karts

- Miniature Golf

Cost will be a minimum of $15 which buys three activities (each additional activity is


Food and beverages can be purchased from the Huckleberry Café.

Bring your friends, family, and business associates for an evening of networking and fun. Proceeds will raise money for Engineer's Scholarship Fund.

If you would like to register, please visit our webiste. Contact Caleb Lange at if you have any questions.

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Bioretention Summit: Ask the Researcher


May 15-16, 2013

Hyatt Arlington @ Washington's Key Bridge Arlington, VA

June 17-18, 2013 The Morton Arboretum Lisle, IL (outside Chicago)

Overview - Bioretention design, construction, and maintenance continue to evolve as the practice has become the most popular small-site stormwater control measure in much of the United States. However, design standards, construction specifications, and maintenance plans for bioretention often lag behind what recent applied and lab research has discovered. The purpose of this training is to deliver the most up-to-date research-based information that will lead to perhaps dramatic improvements in how bioretention cells are credited by regulators, designed by engineers and landscape architects, and built and maintained by contractors and maintenance personnel.

Below is a sampling of some of the issues to be discussed.

- Adjusting credit awarded to bioretention installed in sandier soil environments (like the coastal plain and barrier islands)

- How bioretention cells can be designed to capture larger fractions of water to meet infiltration and evapotranspiration goals

- The benefits of using an internal water storage layer to enhance performance in

many soil types

- How bioretention designs can be tailored per specific target pollutants, including emerging pollutants such as thermal loads and pathogens

- What's the best fill media?

- How can bioretention construction be improved to increase infiltration?

- Are bioretention devices really low maintenance?

The training is unique because it brings together three prominent bioretention researchers to answer these and more questions. Registrants are encouraged to submit questions in advance to the instructors via the website registration form so that they may be addressed during the workshop.

Continuing Education: Up to 11 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) may be available for professional engineers and land surveyors, and landscape architects. Attendees may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.

Who Should Attend Stormwater Administrators and Managers, Public Works Officials, Engineers, Landscape Architects, Planners, Regulators/Government Officials


- Bill Hunt, PhD, PE, Assoc. Professor and Extension Specialist, Dept. of Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NC State University

- Allen P. Davis, PhD, PE, University of Maryland Department of Civil and

Environmental Engineering

- Robert G. Traver, PhD, PE, D.WRE, Villanova University, Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership

For more information and to REGISTER ONLINE, please go to:

For m ore informa tion, please

Christ ina Shepard

contact Ca thy Smith

at chrissie _shepard@

at cathy_sm ith@ncsu.e du or

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