ACECG Accomplishments – 2005-2006 Year-End Report by Levone


									                                                                                                                      Summer 2006

ACEC/G Accomplishments – 2005-2006 Year-End Report
    The American Council of Engineering Companies will be the organization leading the business interests of firms providing
                               professional knowledge and services for the built environment.
Business Practices
•   Held breakfast meeting with ACEC’s HealthPlan Services           •   Held 8 Monthly Membership meetings on business issues (The
    titled “Is Your Firm Struggling with Rising Health Insurance         Atlanta Beltline; Building Arts and Entertainment in Atlanta (joint
    Costs?” 40 member principals and HR employees attended.              meeting); Hurricane Katrina – Doing Business during the
•   Successfully executed the 8th annual Future Leaders Program          Recovery; David Doss Perspective in conjunction with the
    with 34 participants.                                                Transportation Summit; 2006 Economic Outlook; Public/Private
•   Jointly conducted the annual Georgia Transportation Summit           Partnerships in Transportation; Design and Construction
    conference with over 200 attendees.                                  Challenges of the Georgia Aquarium; What is growing in the
•   Jointly conducted PDH Saturday, an all day Seminar in                Atlanta Region)
    Macon, with 35 attendees.                                        •   Jointly provided 47 GPTQ Transportation workshops with
•   Jointly conducted two Erosion/Sedimentation Level II                 GDOT.
    Certification Course and exams in Macon and Atlanta with 72      •   Jointly conducted the annual Water Summit Conference with
    participants.                                                        over 106 attendees.
•   Jointly conducted the new PE Recognition Ceremony for 90
    new PEs.

Government Affairs
•   Successfully advocated for the creation of the Consultant            its application. At year end these amendments were in the
    Services Committee of the Georgia DOT Board to provide a             document moving for final approval.
    formal pathway for consideration of policy issues affecting      •   Staffed the QBS Georgia exhibit booth at the GMA, ACCG, AIA,
    private engineering firms.                                           and GASFA conferences and gave QBS presentations at state
•   The Metro N. Ga. Water Planning District retained the                meetings of APWA and the Georgia City/County Managers
    requirement for a PE to seal post-development stormwater             Association.
    plans in their model ordinance.                                  •   Helped secure passage of HB 1385 which allows private sector
•   National ACEC was a significant player in passage of the             plan review for code compliance by an A/E.
    Transportation Reauthorization bill and was invited to the       •   Helped defeat SB 599 which would have vastly expanded the
    Presidential signing ceremony. The bill provides substantial         scope of practice of surveyors.
    funding increase for Georgia.                                    •   Jointly conducted the annual Building Georgia Legislative
•   National ACEC was instrumental in eliminating the “opt-out”          Reception at the Georgia Aquarium with over 500 attendees.
    status for additional states and mandating QBS and uniform       •   A team of 10 ACEC/G members visited Georgia’s Congressional
    audits.                                                              delegation during the annual ACEC spring conference.
•   Offered Georgia amendments to the International Building
    Code, Ch 17, Special Inspections, that substantially clarifies

•   At year end, membership consists of 294 Regular member               New member recruitment includes 20 new Regular members
    firms, 38 Associate member firms, and 1331 index numbers.            and 8 new Associate members.

Public Outreach
•   Published summer and fall editions of the Management             •   Actively participated in the publication of The Georgia Engineer
    Update newsletter. Distributed to 1,100 members and VIP’s            magazine that is published six times per year and has a
    by U.S. Mail and email.                                              circulation of 10,000 in Georgia.
•   Updated the ACEC/G website weekly with information               •   Jointly organized the Engineers Week celebration: an elegant
    relevant to members and non-members, online event                    Banquet with 275 participants; an “engineering” supplement in
    registration, and online job posting opportunities.                  the Atlanta Business Chronicle; Engineering Excellence Award
•   Jointly promoted and maintained the QBS Georgia website,             winners who were also recognized at the national banquet - the
    an education portal for Qualifications-Based Selection.              “academy awards” of engineering; the “Introduce a Girl to
•   Awarded ACEC/G - R.Berl Elder Scholarships valued at                 Engineering” luncheon with 200 participants. ■
    $7,500 to two students working at ACEC/G member firms.

                                         American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia
                                                        Harris Tower, Suite 700
                                                        Atlanta, Georgia 30303
                                           404-521-2324 FAX 404-521-0283
Georgia Engineers Summer Conference
The 2006 Georgia Engineers Summer Conference saw                     Tournament at the TPC Valley Course, Family Sand
stellar attendance by engineers and their families, state, city      Sculpture Contest, Fishing Tournament, Beach Party at the
and county officials, exhibitors, and guests. A total of 279         Cabana Club, gorgeous weather, fun, family and friends.
were present at the Marriott Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra
Beach, Florida. Highlights of the conference included: 22            Mark your calendar! 2007 Georgia Engineers Summer
Technical / Business sessions and local tours, the Gala              Conference – June 14-17, 2007, Southern Pine Conference
Dinner with keynote speaker Jan Hargrave, the Golf                   Center and new hotel and spa, Callaway Gardens, Georgia.

                                                                  Thank you 2006 Georgia Engineers Summer Conference
                                                                                Sponsors and Exhibitors!

                                                      ACEC / COPS; ACEC Life/Health Insurance Trust; ACEC Retirement Trust -
                                                      Wachovia Securities; American Excelsior Company; Anderson Insurance/XL
                                                      Design Professional; Ashtead Technology Rentals; BellSouth Telecommunications
                                                      – BICS; Blount Construction Company; Collins Engineers, Inc.; CONTECH Bridge
                                                      Solutions; CorrPro Companies, Inc.; Deemer Davidson Prather PC; Fibrwrap
                                                      Construction, Inc.; Georgia Engineers Week; Georgia/Carolinas PCI; Georgia
                                                      Power; I.F. Rooks & Associates; Imaging Technologies Services, Inc.; KCI
                                                      Technologies, Inc.; LandAir Mapping; LandAir Surveying; Pacific General Financial;
                                                      Photo Science, Inc.; Radon Reduction & Testing, Inc.; Rinker
                                                      Materials - Concrete Pipe Division; Southeast Cement Association; Southern
                                                      Polytechnic State University; Strata Systems, Inc.; TBE Group, Inc.; TenCate
                                                      Mirafi; The Georgia Engineer; The Miller Group; U.S. Bridge; Virtual Underground;
                                                      Willmer Engineering Inc.; Woolpert, Inc.
 An Enchanted Evening
 ACEC/G 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration
 The Who’s Who of the American Council of Engineering              Sponsorships for the event are $500
 Companies of Georgia will be decked out in evening gowns          – the deadline for sponsor submittal
 and black ties for its 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration. The     is August 30, 2006.       Individual
 elegant event will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2006         tickets to the Gala may be
 at the Capital City Club, Atlanta. The evening will include a     purchased for $75 – invitations will
 cocktail reception, dinner, and music and dancing.                be mailed mid September.

 A memorable 50th Anniversary book featuring ACEC/G                For information, contact Chris
 leadership, events, and projects will be unveiled at the gala     Quigley (404-255-2650) or Gwen Brandon (404-521-2324).
 celebration. For submittal information, please contact Pam
 Frey at a4inc. (770-521-8877)

 International Building Code - Chapter 17, Special Inspections
 A key state advisory committee approved amendments                important partner in this successful endeavor. Also, the
 proposed by ACEC/G to the IBC’s Chapter 17, which relate          Georgia State Finance and Investment Commission,
 to construction inspection. The amendments relate to the          GSFIC, was a leader in implementing very similar
 definition of a “qualified inspector” and the projects that are   guidelines for all of their state projects.       The state
 covered by the IBC inspection requirements.               Both    guidelines were a result of a joint effort by ACEC, SEAOG,
 amendments resolve great ambiguity in the current code            and GSFIC. The IBC, Chapter 17 amendments are really
 and give clarity to the role that engineers and material          the GSFIC guidelines crafted in a way to be part of the
 testing firms have in the construction process.            The    building codes. The final step in the process will be the
 ACEC/G Geotechnical Forum has been working on this                adoption of the new IBC, with Georgia amendments, at the
 issue for several years, and it is their language that was        September meeting of the Board of the Georgia
 adopted by the State Codes Advisory Committee on July             Department of Community Affairs. The guidelines are at
 27 . The structural engineers association, SEAOG, was an

 President's Awards presented to Rick Toole and Randall Bagwell
At the summer conference in June, President Bruce Moulds           having ACEC/G members visit individual candidates and
made presentations of the President's Award to Rick Toole          deliver a contribution to their election campaign.
and Randall Bagwell.      The President's Award is for             Randall Bagwell was recognized for the success of the
outstanding service to ACEC/G during the preceding year.           Geotechnical Forum, which he chairs, in securing the
                                                                   approval of the IBC, Chapter 17 Special Inspection
Rick Toole was recognized for his leadership as Chair of the       amendments (see article elsewhere in the newsletter). The
Georgia Engineers Legislative Coalition and the ACEC/G             Geotechnical Forum worked closely with SEAOG and
Political Action Committee. The Legislative Coalition was          GSFIC to craft a well written document that was eventually
remarkably effective in defeating unwelcomed amendments            approved, as written, by the state advisory committee.
to the Georgia licensing law and in coordinating the efforts of    Bagwell served on the IBC Task Force that was named by
the numerous engineering associations to find common               DCA to consider such amendments.
legislative ground. In addition, the PAC was very effective in

          Rick Toole                    Randall Bagwell
     W.R. Toole Engineers             Nova Engineering and
People and Business News
    Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (GEC) acquired Hill-Staton Engineers, effective August 2006. Tom
    Station will join GEC in the Columbus office and Fred Sharpe, P.E., will join GEC as the engineering manager of the
    Columbus office.
    Pruitt Eberly Stone, Inc. announced that G.J. “Pete” Pruitt, P.E., President has been elected to the AIA Georgia Allied
    Member Board.
    Walter P. Moore was recently named as one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” by Building Design & Construction
    Kimley-Horn welcomes Andrea Pinabell to its Atlanta-Midtown office.
    SLK announces Joseph (Joe) Porter, Jr. as VP of S.L. King & Associates Water/Wastewater Services.
    Schnabel Engineering, Inc. (Alpharetta) announces the appointment of Preston Frey as Director of Construction Phase
    John Cannon, PE, United Consulting, has obtained his PG and will manage United Consulting’s new branch office in
    Chattanooga, TN.
    National Graphic Imaging (NGI) has named Joe Pietrucha as Account Manager for Georgia.
    Lowe Engineers announces that Chris K. Owens, PE has joined the Lowe Team as a Principal in the Engineering Group.
    Richard Meehan, Lowe Engineers, recently graduated for the Georgia State Executive MBA Program and received a
    Master’s of Business Administration Degree.
    Clough Harbour & Associates announces the promotion of Scott Hunter, P.E. to the position of Project Engineer IV in the
    firm’s Civil Engineering & Planning Division and Christina Kheir, Senior Project Manager, was recently named an
    Associate with the Firm.      CHA also announces the addition of two new staff members to their Atlanta office,
    Transportation Division: Kevin Kahle as a structural engineer and Travis Williams as a project engineer IV.

Welcome New Members! (since April 2006)
Regular Members:                         Northwoods Surveying &                      Mission Redevelopment
Scanlon Engineering Services             Engineering                                 Tayani Suma
Michael J. Scanlon                       Jamie Stahulak                              659 Auburn Ave Box # G26-A
134 S. Hill Street, Suite B              755 South Crosslane Road                    Atlanta, GA 30312
Griffin, GA 30223                        Monroe, GA 30656                            (404)355-0096
(678)967-2051 (678)967-2053 (f)          (404)354-3123 (770)967-2989 (f)               
                                                                                     Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
Spatial Engineering Inc.                 Engineering Management Associates           Kelly Bollinger
Richard L. Truluck                       Donald W. Baker                             4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
5908 Hwy. 21 South, PO Box 2088          303 Swanson Drive                           Suite 420
Rincon, GA 31326                         Lawrenceville, GA 30045                     Chamblee, GA 30341
(912)826-6688 (912)826-6191 (f)          (770)962-1387 (770)962-8010 (f)             (770)457-6606 (770)451-2873 (f)                             

SafeTech, Inc.                           Associate Members:                          Techmap
Ron Ice                                  History, Incorporated                       Jennifer Chapman
2431 Woodmere Drive                      Artis West                                  1120 Echo Court
Marietta, GA 30068                       1375 Union Hill Industrial Court, Suite A   Peachtree City, GA 30269
(404)358-3978 (770)321-4753 (f)          Alpharetta, GA 30004                        (770)692-6433 (770)692-6634 (f)             (770)667-2060                     

Career Center
Does your firm have a current employment
opportunity? Don’t forget to post your job openings on
ACEC/G’s website at no charge! Members may also
review a database of resumes by visiting the Career Center
at To access posted resumes, the user
name is “ACEC” and the password is “design”.

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Please contact Gwen Brandon at the ACEC/G office
404-521-2324 or

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