October 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Central Ohio  Section Members:

Christopher Nye

Our September lunch meeting was well worth the time to drive to Newark. Brad Lepper, Ph.D., from the Ohio History Connection gave an interesting talk about the Hopewell earthworks, and then we were able to visit them in person. It wasn't until I was standing in the middle of the earthworks that I could truly appreciate their size and the amount of effort and planning that had to go into their construction. Even today with all of our technology, I think it would be a challenging task to align the mounds with the rising and setting of the moon, as they did 2,000 years ago. Many thanks to our new member-at-large, Phil Hinson, for making the arrangements for the lunch and tour.

If you would like to see a few photos of our trip to Newark, you can see them on our new Instagram account, www.instagram.com/centralohioasce , or just search for CentralOhioASCE (all one word) and follow us.

I am pleased to announce that two members have stepped up to help the section out. Sheena Marston has volunteered to take over as newsletter editor, and Peyman Majidi will be our new secretary this year. I am truly grateful to them.

Finally, please join us for the October luncheon on October 18. If you are a professional engineer, you know that the new continuing education requirements include ethics training. We have John Greenhalge, the executive director of Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, giving a talk on the laws and rules related to sealing engineering and surveying work product, including the use of electronic seals, how to protect your seal in accordance with Ohio law, and the penalties for plan stamping. I hope to see your there.

Peter Narsavage, P.E.
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section


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Lunch Meeting


October 18, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Embassy Suites Columbus North
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive

Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch program to begin at 12:00 PM. This luncheon is sold out.

About the Presentation

This program will cover the laws and rules related to sealing engineering and surveying work product. We will discuss the legal and ethical requirements for signing and sealing work product, the use of electronic seals, how to protect your seal in accordance with Ohio law, and the penalties for plan stamping.


John Greenhalge — Executive Director, Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors

John has been with the Board since 1998, previously serving as the Board’s Enforcement Supervisor and as the Assistant Executive Director. Prior to joining the Board John worked as an investigator for the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and as a loss prevention and human resources investigator for Sears Roebuck & Co. John has served on numerous national committees for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) including the Committee on Law Enforcement, the NCEES Leadership Task Force and the Member Board Administrators Committee. John is also a recipient of the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the Central Zone, NCEES and the engineering and surveying profession.

The Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors is the state agency that regulates and licenses the professions of engineering and surveying in Ohio. The Board has approximately 30,000 registered professional engineers and professional surveyors, 2,600 registered engineering and surveying firms and administers more than 2,500 licensing examinations yearly. The Board’s mission is to safeguard the health, safety, property and welfare of the citizens of Ohio by providing effective licensure and regulation of professional engineers, professional surveyors and engineering and surveying firms.


Lunch buffet - Hawaiian Luau

CPD Hours

A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program. This program qualifies for the requisite Ethics CPD hours now required for license renewal.


$20.00 ASCE member

$15.00 ASCE life member

$10.00 ASCE student

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)


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Luncheon Recap



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Thursday, October 25, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Resource International, 6350 Presidential Gateway, Columbus OH 43231
Register Here
->Free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
->Seating is limited to the first 25 people
->Bring your own lunch

Purpose and Background

Beginning in mid-1930, geotextiles and then geogrids have been used in unpaved and paved roads for the purposes of reduced stone base thicknesses and/or improved serviceability. Today, they are used primarily in four discrete applications. This webinar is subdivided accordingly. First, for use as unpaved road reinforcement, the theory is well developed such that benefit/cost of using geotextiles or geogrids can be assessed. This application is very well positioned and accepted. Second, the webinar reviews paved road stabilization and a number of geogrid design methods focusing on increased trafficability. Also presented is an observational approach to mitigate longitudinal cracks for paved roads under the assumption of lateral reinforcement. Third, for paved roads, geotextiles have been used as separators to keep the crushed stone base course from mixing with the soil subgrade, the theory is not well developed and reliance is on field studies. Fourth, the webinar describes both geotextiles and geogrids insofar as prevention of reflective cracks through asphalt overlays. Both theory and field behavior are presented.

Primary Discussion Topics

  • Introduction and Background
  • Unpaved Roads Reinforcement With Geotextiles or Geogrids
  • Paved Road Applications Using Geogrid Reinforcement
  • Paved Road Applications Using Geotextile Separators
  • Geotextile and Geogrid Interlayers for Asphalt Overlays
  • Summary and Conclusions

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about the four major geosynthetic applications with respect to unpaved and paved roads
  • Learn how geotextiles and geogrids are involved depending on exactly where in the roadway cross-section they are placed
  • Learn about the quality of the soil subgrade
  • Design methodologies
  • The relevant test methods and procedures required for input data
  • Numeric examples of the required stone or asphalt thicknesses
  • What an owner or design consultant can realistically expect for long-term field performance

Webinar Benefits

  • Appreciate the very different applications of geotextiles and geogrids insofar as pavements are concerned
  • Understand how the soil subgrade, stone base course, and pavement material function vis-à-vis the specific geosynthetic and its location in the cross-section
  • Appreciate where design models are fully developed, moderately developed or quite nonexistent
  • Understand how laboratory test values of the geosynthetic material are used in the various design processes

Webinar Outline

  • Introduction and Background
  • Unpaved Roads Reinforced With Geotextiles or Geogrids
  • Paved Road Applications Using Geogrid Reinforcement
  • Paved Road Applications Using Geotextile Separators
  • Geotextile and Geogrid Interlayers for Asphalt Overlays
  • Summary and Conclusions

Webinar - Installation, Design and Performance of Prefabricated Drains

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Registration Deadline: November 26, 2018
12:00 AM


Resource International
6350 Presidential Gateway
Columbus, OH 43231

  • Offered for free to Central Ohio Section ASCE Members
  • Seating is limited to the first 25 people
  • Bring your own lunch


Purpose and Background
PVDs (also called wick drains) have become the most cost competitive method for consolidating deep deposits of saturated fine-grained foundation soils. For their proper utilization one must understand their installation, requisite theory, remaining issues and the opportunity of strengthening (not only dewatering) the soil mass. This webinar provides this specific knowledge.

Primary Discussion Topics

  • Overview of PVDs
  • Decription of installation, including the stresses mobilized during installation
  • Successive design theories of Terzaghi, Barron and Hansbo
  • Description of several issues and concerns that still remain
  • Discussion on the possibility of soil strengthening by PVD inclusions
  • Description of a new generic specification for PVDs

Learning Outcomes

  • Know what PVDs are, do, and how they behave
  • Understand the installation process and stresses that are involved
  • Recognize the analytic background required in the design process
  • Describe the remaining PVD issues and concerns
  • Be exposed to the soil strengthening capabilities of PVDs
  • Understand the tests and issues included in a generic PVD specification

Webinar Benefits

  • Gain an understanding of PVD consolidation and strengthening of soft, saturated fine-grained soil deposits
  • Recognize that there are issues to be overcome such as kinking, soil smear and reduction factors, all of which will be considered
  • Learn about a new, generic specification that is offered for use by owners and consulting engineers

Webinar Outline

  • Background and overview
  • Installation of PVDs
  • Mobilized stresses during installation
  • Terzaghi-barron-hansbo consolidation theories
  • Remaining PVD issues and concerns
  • Slope stabilization using the tensile strength of PVDs
  • Generic PVD material specification 

*The Central Ohio Section is partnering with ASCE to promote live and on-demand webinars. Use the Promo Code WEBCENOHSEC when signing up and ASCE will provide a portion of the registration fee to the Section to use toward more free webinars. Thank you for your support!


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Dream Big!

The acclaimed giant-screen documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World has inspired and delighted audiences in museums around the world.

Now, ASCE with generous support from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) has set an ambitious goal: to put a copy of the Dream Big film and educational toolkit in every public school in America.

To reach every school, we need your help!

Give $5 to send the school of your choice a toolkit containing:

  1. A DVD of the full-length feature film in English, French, Spanish and closed captioned, licensed for educational screenings only
  2. The complete teacher’s guide
  3. All companion videos
  4. Downloadable files for classroom use

Use the search box at the top the https://www.engineersdreambig.org/ webpage to locate a public school.

If you cannot find the school you are looking for, it may have already been chosen as a recipient by someone else. Please consider making a contribution to a general fund for schools still in need.


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Meeting Schedule

Date Topic Group Location Coordinator
October 18, 2018
Ohio Board of Professional Engineers/Surveyors - Rules, Regulations & Ethics ASCE Embassy Suites Columbus North Peter Narsavage
November 15, 2018
ODOT Portsmouth Bypass ASCE Hampton Inn Scioto Downs Brooks Vogel
December 20, 2018
Hyperloop ASCE Boathouse at Confluence Park Brooks Vogel
January 24, 2019
Engineers Without Borders &
OSU/OU Student Presentations
ASCE/EWB OSU Fawcett Center Dave Pritchard
February 21, 2019
Engineers Week Luncheon All TBD E-Week Committee
Sat. March 9, 2018 ASCE Central Ohio STEM Expo All TBD ASCE
March 21, 2019
ASCE National President-Elect ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
April 18, 2019
TBD ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
April/May, 2019 Spring Technical Seminar ASCE TBD Jon Sterenberg
May 23, 2018
TBD ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
June, 2019
Planning Meeting All TBD Jon Sterenberg
June 21, 2018
Day Event
23rd Annual Golf Outing ASCE Darby Creek Golf Course Jim Pajk


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