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IECA changes conference dates
—€” The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) moved the dates for its Environmental Connection 2010 (EC10) conference. The conference will now begin on Feb. 16, 2010, and continue through Feb. 20. The conference begins two days later than originally planned because of the NBA All-Star Game, which will be held in Dallas during the original dates of the conference. IECA said it made the change to contain costs for the association and for IECA members.

In a separate announcement, IECA said that it renewed its partnership agreement with EnviroCert International, Inc., which provides oversight and direction for the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality, and Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector certification programs.

ARTBA forms bridge council
—€” The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) established the Bridge Policy & Promotion Council (BPPC) to help boost investment, oversee policy development, promote improved project delivery methods, showcase new products and technologies, enhance industry communications, and educate the public.

—€œThe Bridge Policy & Promotion Council is aimed at breaking down barriers that exist in the U.S. bridge market,—€ said BPPC Chairman Bob Luffy, president and CEO of Coraopolis, Pa.-based American Bridge Company. —€œWhile there certainly is a need for —€˜product specific—€™ groups and technical forums in our market, what has been missing is the organizational structure and program that brings the bridge industry together to push for greater investment and improvement of delivery methods.—€

The group is spearheading ARTBA—€™s activities to shape the bridge provisions in the next authorization of the federal surface transportation program.

Initial BPPC stakeholders include principals from American Bridge Company, Figg Engineering Group, the Walsh Group, Granite Construction, HNTB, Skanska, Traylor Brothers, Flatiron, Parsons Brinckerhoff, CH2M HILL, the Vecellio Group, and Corman Construction.

New service makes civil engineering research available faster
—€” The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) launched Preview Manuscripts to give the authors of its journal articles the opportunity to have their work published online within 72 hours of acceptance into one of the Society—€™s 31 journals. While a final copyedited version of each article will still be published online and in print, the new service will allow the latest civil engineering research to become available at least six months to a year in advance. The peer-reviewed manuscripts will be accessible to ASCE—€™s journal subscribers, with abstracts searchable at and full-text PDFs downloadable on each journal—€™s —€œPreview Manuscripts—€ page.

Waters receives floodplain management award
—€” The Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) recognized Tom Waters, vice president and principal program manager for CH2M HILL—€™s Global Water Business Group, for Meritorious Achievement in Floodplain Management. The award recognizes individuals who have achieved success in a significant aspect of floodplain management. ASFPM recognized Waters for having —€œbeen a good ear to ASFPM leaderships as he worked through water resource, environmental restoration, and flood risk management concerns,—€ and for having —€œthe ability to move along issues for the best flood protection and flood loss reduction.—€

ASFE publishes geotechnical engineer guideline
—€” ASFE published the second edition of its National Practice Guideline for the Geotechnical Engineer of Record. According to ASFE—€™s Professional Practice Committee, the new guideline is intended to clarify the role of the geotechnical engineer of record in conventional U.S. construction projects.

—€œIt presents concepts that, when consistently applied, have proven extremely beneficial in terms of reducing many of the problems that often arise during the course of engineered construction at or beneath the surface of a site,—€ the committee said. —€œThe guideline is not binding on any individual or entity. It does not necessarily represent the standard of care which geotechnical engineers and other professionals are required to uphold, nor is it intended to supplant codes and ordinances that might apply to geotechnical engineering or other disciplines.—€

Women in engineering knowledge center launched
—€” The Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) launched the online WEPAN Knowledge Center at www.wepanknowledge to provide information and tools that support the success of women in engineering. Its fully searchable database contains more than 600 resources and accepts submissions of additional resources. Many resources address issues relevant to women in science, technology, and mathematics, as well as engineering.

The Knowledge Center contains citations, descriptions, and links to reports, journal articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, organization profiles, and other sources. Topics addressed include recruitment and retention, mentoring, teaching and learning, networking, and characteristics of successful programs.

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