Gwyn, WilliamChairman of the Board Bill Gwyn, P.E., will address standards for the stability of dock structures 27 April at the 2017 ASCE Louisiana Section Spring Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana. His presentation will track how standards have changed for use considerations and permit requirements, using the history of use at the Port of New Orleans as an example of revised riverbank stability requirements. He will also touch on advancements in instrumentation, including real time monitoring of stresses and deflection, which can help verify analyses and manage risk.
Click here for more information on the conference. Eustis Engineering will also have a booth at the conference. Stop by and tell us hello!

Engineer engages students on sustainability

Jim presentationJames Hance, P.E., spoke on 25 March to approximately 20 eighth grade students from the all-girls Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland.

The goal of the students’ trip was to explore issues facing our world through hands-on service learning, with a focus on sustainable cities and communities. From James, the students learned about the particular challenges facing southeast Louisiana. He spoke about the resilient measures that have become key components of life in the ever-changing Greater New Orleans area. His talk included the region’s geology, Hurricane Katrina, coastal protection and restoration, and green infrastructure.

“I was impressed with how deeply engaged these students are,” James said. “They asked questions that showed they really thought about their place in the world, and how they can contribute.”

At the end of each day, the students reflected on their experiences in blog posts.

Engineer attends leaders’ workshop

As the 2017 Branch President-elect for the ASCE, New Orleans Branch, Karishma Desai, P.E., attended the 2017 ASCE Regions 1, 2, 4, & 5 Workshop for Section and Branch Leaders on 20 and 21 January at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott in Newark, New Jersey.
Desai, Karishma
Approximately 300 leaders; members of the Younger Member Groups; and student chapter leaders from Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5, attended the conference. These regions cover certain states in the Northeast, Midwest, and South. Karishma’s goal was to employ tools, information, ideas, and experiences from the conference into strengthening and expanding the New Orleans Branch.

“I was really impressed with the number of student members who attended this event. They are the next generation of civil engineers,” Karishma said. “I was also amazed to see how many former branch leaders have stayed involved to serve as governors and directors. They are making sure our voices are heard beyond the branch and section levels. Our country needs civil engineers to have a strong influence on America’s infrastructure standards.”

Karishma met the incoming ASCE National’s president, Ms. Kristina Sallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, of the City of Las Vegas, and ASCE National presidential candidates Ms. Robin A. Kemper, PE, LEED AP, the senior risk engineering consultant of Zurich Services Corporation; and Mr. K. N. Gunalna, PhD., P.E., D.GE., F.ASCE, the vice president of AECOM.

Popular topics at the conference included raising standards for civil engineering education; the ASCE 2017 Infrastructure report, which was published 9 March 2017 with a grade of D+ for America’s Infrastructure; the Dream Big film, presented at the University of New Orleans during E-Week in February; and outreach. Karishma also attended the Region 5 Assembly after the conference, where she met the region’s directors and governors. The purpose of the assembly was for regional members to meet and share information and learn about the region’s function and the role of the governors.