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January Luncheon Meeting

Date & Time: 
Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:30am
Location: 
Crowne Plaza Hotel Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, OH 43229
Engineers Without Borders Central Ohio Professionals Chapter

Topic: EWB Update - Flood mitigation project in the Esfuerzo de Paraiso, Dominican Republic

(Online registration and payment available, see bottom of page.)

This presentation will be on the Central Ohio Professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA. The guiding principles of EWB are based upon sustainability and community ownership and involvement. The implementation of these philosophies will be reviewed through a case study of two projects undertaken by the Central Ohio chapter of EWB. The first project is a municipal roadway project in the Las Pilitas neighborhood of San Pedro Puxtla, El Salvador. The project constructed a 400 foot long street and drainage system for an isolated residential area at the edge of the village of San Pedro Puxtla. The street, which is now complete, connects the Las Pilitas neighborhood to the rest of the town, eliminates unhealthful exposure to contaminated drainage, and allows safer access to the residences in the rainy season. The project was named the 2014 project of the year by EWB-USA. The second project is a flood mitigation project in the Esfuerzo de Paraiso neighborhood of Santo Domingo Norte, Dominican Republic. The Esfuerzo de Paraiso neighborhood, located within a floodplain, bounded by the Yaguaza river to the west and an agricultural canal to the east, experiences frequent and severe flooding. The residents experience near weekly flooding during the rainy season (April through October) with flood water reaching as high as 10+ feet during hurricane level events. The floodwaters also carry contaminants from nearby trash dumping piles and restrict access from the neighborhood to the surrounding city. The Central Ohio Professionals chapter is currently teamed with the OSU student chapter in the assessment phase of this project.

December 2014 Newsletter

The December 2014 newsletter is now available for download.

Design of Foundations for Equipment Support

Date & Time: 
Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: 
E.L. Robinson Engineering, 1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 310, Columbus, OH 43215

*Open only to Central Ohio Section Members
*Seating is limited to the first 25 people
*Bring your own lunch

Purpose and Background
Design of foundations for equipment support is often required in industrial and process facilities, yet this topic is rarely, if ever, included in the engineering college curricula. Engineers are left to learn on the job – a process that often produces a variability of foundation designs for similar installations. In some cases the design is performed by the engineers who may or may not even have structural background. Yet whenever any component of an equipment foundation fails, the resulting strengthening and retrofit activities are often very expensive and intrusive into the equipment operations.

Sponsor E-Week

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The professional organizations coordinating the Central Ohio Engineers Week Luncheon need your help. A sponsorship from you will help to cover the cost of the luncheon, which will enable select high school and college students interested in engineering to attend the event at no charge. For your generous contribution, you or your firm will be recognized at the event and on meeting announcements. You will also be entitled to a booth space for a minimum sponsorship level of $100.

December Luncheon Meeting

Date & Time: 
Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:30am
Location: 
Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus 43210

Topic: Blueprint Clintonville Integrated Solutions Project
Pilot Area Technical Committee (PATC) - Approach and Interim Findings in Columbus, Ohio

(Online registration and payment available, see bottom of page.)

The City of Columbus, Department of Public Utilities, Division of Sewerage and Drainage (the City) has embarked upon its approved Wet-Weather Management Plan (WWMP). Currently, that plan is almost entirely comprised of a series of treatment plant capacity upgrades, storage tanks, tunnels, and other piping system augmentations; collectively known as “gray” infrastructure. After approval of the WWMP, the use of more renewable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly systems, commonly referred to as “green” infrastructure, has been recognized and implemented in many communities as a potential solution to many of the elements associated with consent order requirements.

Recently, the City received approval from Ohio EPA to delay many elements of the WWMP so the City can investigate whether it can meet the WWMP goals and future stormwater regulations with green infrastructure and I&I control on public and private property. The solution is known as the Integrated Solution (IS). The City is proceeding forward with the pilot for this Integrated Solutions approach in the Clintonville neighborhood. 

This presentation will discuss the efforts of the Pilot Area Technical Committee (PATC) charged with developing and refining the project objectives, as well as the methodology and logistical challenges of achieving these goals.

Deterioration and Repair of Concrete

Date & Time: 
Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: 
WD Partners, 7007 Discovery Blvd Dublin, OH 43017

*Open only to Central Ohio Section Members
*Seating is limited to the first 25 people
*Bring your own lunch

Purpose and Background
Concrete has been called durable but not eternal material. Despite its longevity, it eventually deteriorates and requires repair or replacement. This webinar focuses on repairing deteriorated concrete and restoring its structural capacity. (A related topic on strengthening concrete buildings in sound condition is addressed in a separate presentation.) The webinar provides a succinct overview of the issues involved in repair of concrete structures, with a focus on practical solutions useful for a design engineer.

Underpinning and Strengthening of Foundations

Date & Time: 
Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: 
WD Partners, 7007 Discovery Blvd Dublin, OH 43017

*Open only to Central Ohio Section Members
*Seating is limited to the first 25 people
*Bring your own lunch

Purpose and Background
Many renovation projects involve strengthening of foundations. Whenever an increase in gravity loading or a lateral load retrofit is proposed, foundation strengthening is likely to follow. Underpinning, the lowering or enlarging an existing foundation, is a basic technique of foundation strengthening. Underpinning of existing foundations is particularly common when new construction occurs nearby.

2015 STEM Expo

Date & Time: 
Sat, 02/28/2015 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 
Metro Early College High School, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210

We are glad to announce the STEM Expo event will be returning in February 2015 at the same location. Information will again be distributed to area-wide elementary and middle schools starting in January. More information to come later.

November 2014 Newsletter

The November 2014 newsletter is now available for download.

OSU Masters Level Structures Courses

The Ohio State University Department of Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering announces the introduction of structures graduate-level courses beginning at 4:00 PM that may be of interest to Central Ohio working professionals. These courses start in the Spring semester of 2015 and include:

  • CIVILEN 7330 Earthquake Engineering
  • CIVILEN 7332 Advanced Behavior and Design of Metal Structures

Additional information may be found the University’s College of Engineering website at https://ceg.osu.edu/graduate.