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 Membership • 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 www.acecga.org 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. RedVector.com; 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 th 27 . The structural engineers association, SEAOG, was an www.acecga.org. 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 Environmental 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 magazine. 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 Services. 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) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 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) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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) email@example.com (770)667-2060 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 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 www.acecga.org. To access posted resumes, the user name is “ACEC” and the password is “design”. If interested in advertising in the Management Update, Please contact Gwen Brandon at the ACEC/G office 404-521-2324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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