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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

American Society Of Civil Engineers News

George A. (Sandy) Thomson (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Polymer Pioneer Receives Engineering's Highest Accolade

On October 31st, 2019, George A. (Sandy) Thomson, the founder of Thordon Bearings and a pioneer in the development of advanced polymer materials, was presented with the 2019 Elmer A. Sperry Award in recognition of “leading the innovation in water-lubricated propeller shaft bearings” in marine transportation through the use of polymeric compounds.The award was presented to Mr. Thomson at the SNAME Maritime Convention, in Tacoma, USA, by the Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), Mr.

Thomson onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson with SeaThigor mechanical face seal installed.

 (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Polymer Pioneer Wins Sperry Award

Thordon Bearings’ founder and polymer materials pioneer George A. (Sandy) Thomson has been awarded the global transportation sector’s most distinguished accolade, the Elmer A. Sperry Award 2019 for “Advancing the Art of Transportation”.Thomson joins a long list of Sperry Award recipients, which was established in 1955, including Donald Douglas, Ferdinand Porsche, Sir Geoffrey De Havilland, Christopher Cockerell, Leonard Hobbs, Perry Pratt, Josef Becker and Malcom McLean.“I am deeply honored and humbled to win this award…

(Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Op/Ed: Act Now on Port Infrastructure

Funding for freight transportation infrastructure is urgently needed to keep U.S. economy moving. Infrastructure is the backbone of developed nations. Our ability to move raw materials and finished products between domestic and world markets is critical to economic success. Right now, the U.S. freight transportation industry is at a crossroads and infrastructure funding is urgently needed to grow our economy. In recent years, transportation infrastructure investment has lagged…

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Ports Ponder Public Private Partnerships

Because any port is only as efficient as its weakest link, so-called P3 funding will be the key to driving the future intermodal equation. Seaport and marine terminal finance draws from a wide range of funding sources, often combined to pay for a particular project. Ports are public goods, and as such, sometimes they also see varying contributions from federal, state, regional and local entities. At its lowest common denominator, the port business is all about connectivity; hence ‘port’ projects will frequently include an intermodal component…

Photo: Little Rock Port Authority

Op/Ed: Trump's Infrastructure Plan Should Include Inland Waterways

Bryan Day, executive director of the Little Rock Port Authority, weighs in on President Donald Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan, calling for U.S. policymakers to consider inland waterways and ports in America’s infrastructure plan. President Donald Trump and members of Congress continue to discuss plans for a major infrastructure spending plan for our country. With calls from leaders from across the country, members of the federal government are coming together to embrace the importance of maintaining America’s infrastructure.

James Reed (Photo: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

Reed Joins WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

James Reed has been named maritime manager for the Pacific Northwest at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. In his new position, Reed will be responsible for business development, client relations and management of projects within the firm’s Pacific Northwest maritime business sector. He will be based in the Seattle office. Reed has more than 34 years of experience as a civil engineer, project manager, construction manager and quality assurance/quality control manager for planning…

Pat Natale (Photo: Mott MacDonald)

Mott MacDonald's Natale Named ASCE Distinguished Member

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced that Pat Natale, Vice President–Business Development for Mott MacDonald in North America, has been elected to Distinguished Membership. A Distinguished Member of ASCE is one who has “attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto.” Natale is one of nine Distinguished Members elected this year, adding to only 679 others in the 164-year history of ASCE. There are currently only 225 Distinguished Members among ASCE’s more than 150,000 members.

John Peabody (Photo: Mott MacDonald)

Mott MacDonald Hires Director of Federal Programs

Mott MacDonald has appointed Major General John Peabodyas Senior Vice President and Director of Federal Programs, based in the firm’s Arlington, Va. office. Peabody, who retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 10 years in 2015, commanded three different corps divisions. As Deputy Commanding General for civil and emergency operations, he was responsible for an annual program with a budget of $6 billion. During this time, Peabody oversaw 23,000 military and civilian professionals who undertook research and development and who planned…

Photo: Port of Houston Authority

US Ports Planning Big Investments -Survey

Survey shows U.S. In its just-released 2016-2020 Port Planned Infrastructure Investment Survey, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) asked its U.S. member ports how much they and their private-sector partners plan to spend on port-related freight and passenger infrastructure over the next five years. The answer was a whopping $154.8 billion. AAPA then contrasted that number with what it believes is the “best-case” scenario for investments by the federal government into U.S. ports, including their land- and water-side connections, through 2020.

   Michael Scott (Photo courtesy of Parson Brinckerhoff)

Scott Named Parson Brinckerhoff's Northeast Port Director

Michael Scott has been named Director of Ports and Marine Northeast at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization. Scott, who has over 27 years of maritime industry experience, will provide oversight, management, strategic consulting, planning, design, and coordination services for projects at port and waterfront facilities throughout the Northeastern United States. Scott's hiring comes just weeks after Parson Brinckerhoff named Robert Johansen the Director of Ports and Marine Western Division.

     Robert Johansen (Photo courtesy of Parson Brinckerhoff)

Parson Brinckerhoff names new Dir. of Ports & Marine Western Div.

Robert Johansen has been named Director of the Ports & Marine Western Division at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and design firm. Johansen will be responsible for business development and the management of design and construction projects for port and marine facilities in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. He will be based in Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Oakland office. Johansen, who has over 50 years of port and marine terminal experience, has held similar positions with other international engineering companies as well as American President Lines…

Dr. David Mazurek

Mazurek is '2015 Coast Guard Engineer of the Year'

Dr. David Mazurek, a civil engineering professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, has been named the winner of the 2015 U.S. Coast Guard Engineer of the Year Award. Mazurek was selected from a strong and diverse pool of exceptional nominees based on his educational, professional, and personal achievements. An expert in structural analysis and design who has served as an Academy civil engineering professor for more than 24 years, he has taught mechanics and structural engineering to an entire generation of U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineers.

Panama Canal Centennial Featured in Conference

The 100 years of the Panama Canal will be featured in the 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Global Engineering Conference held October 7 - 11, 2014 in Panama City, Panama. This year’s conference hosts approximately 1,000 professionals in the field of engineering worldwide. The conference began with Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano’s opening keynote address, providing an update on the Expansion Program and its technical aspects. “This conference is an opportunity…

John Y. Chun

Long Beach Names Chun Director of Engineering Design

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed John Y. Chun, P.E., as the new Director of Engineering Design, heading up roads, utilities and other infrastructure projects for the Port of Long Beach. Chun, who started with the Port in 1996 as a civil engineering assistant, has served as a Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer since 2008, and has been involved in a number of port projects including the Middle Harbor Redevelopment, Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Stormwater Master Plan, Pavement Management System, Traffic Sign Inventory Program and more.

Port Modernization Critical to Export Futures

Readiness for Panama Canal Expansion is Just One Variable Driving Global Play. Inland Waterways, Ports Must Tackle Time and Money Issues to Play in the Post-Panamax Era. It’s risky business. It always comes down to time and money, doesn’t it? And when it comes to the readiness of U.S. ports and inland waterways to handle the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, service post-Panamax ships and deliver exports to burgeoning middle classes in southeast Asia and China, it’s the same old song and dance:  Will they have the money to get done what needs to be done…

Kurt Nagle: Photo credit AAPA

AAPA Hails U.S. House Passage of WRRDA

Citing it as a major victory for ports, the American Association of Port Authorities is hailing passage in the U.S. House today of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The U.S. Senate will vote on the bill this Thursday, where easy passage is expected. House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), a major WRRDA champion, cited the bill for cutting red tape, strengthening trade and creating jobs. AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said, “We’re extremely pleased that WRRDA passed the House today. Mr.

Jeffrey Schechtman

Schechtman Promoted at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Jeffrey Schechtman has been named Deputy Regional Business Manager for the Southeast region of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Schechtman will work with managers in the nine states that comprise Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Southeast region to enhance relationships with key clients, expand business development opportunities, and invigorate marketing and pursuit efforts. He will work in the firm’s Atlanta office.

William Wachel

Wachel Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

William Wachel has been named a Senior Supervising Engineer, Ports and Marine, in the Houston office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Wachel will manage ports and marine projects throughout Texas and the Southeastern United States. Wachel comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff following 25 years with the Port of Houston Authority. He most recently served as Managing Director in the agency’s engineering department…

Thomas Ward

Thomas Ward Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

Thomas Ward has been named a Senior Maritime Planner in the San Francisco office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mr. Ward will lead Parsons Brinckerhoff’s port, intermodal and maritime planning practice, combining his extensive knowledge of waterfront operations, freight-handling technology and equipment, terminal infrastructure and automation. Mr. Ward comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff from Ports America…

Merdith “Bo” Temple

Ret. Army General Named NanoCoatings Advisor

Merdith “Bo” Temple, a retired U.S. Army General and leading authority on public sector engineering and related construction programs, has been named Senior Board Advisor to Tesla NanoCoatings, a leading producer of high-tech, anticorrosive coatings for the military and oil and gas industry. Temple joins Tesla NanoCoatings with more than 20 years of senior executive experience managing complex, multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects. For nearly a decade, he held numerous senior-ranking positions within the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones Joins HDR Ports & Maritime Team in Boston

Bryan N. Jones has joined HDR in Boston as a senior project manager for the Ports & Maritime group, a growing team of HDR marine specialists in the Northeast to support an increasing number of assignments following Super Storm Sandy. He will also focus on business development with key ports clients and marine terminals to continue expanding HDR’s presence in New England. Prior to joining HDR, Jones was chief project manager and regional director of the Massachusetts branch office of Ocean and Coastal Consultants.

Knovel Launches Marine Engineering/Architecture Subject Area

Knovel, a provider of a web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, announced its 32nd subject area: Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. Developed for design engineers in the engineering design and construction and oil and gas sectors, the collection helps engineers specify and design ships, marine equipment and offshore structures for longer service lives, more efficient operation and safer conditions for workers. This subject area will help engineers with practical design guidance on offshore platform and ship design and performance…

CapEx or Capsize: International Port Analysis

The Colliers International report, "CapEx or Capsize," underscores the idea that cities need to spend the capital to upgrade their ports, or risk "capsizing" their economies. Report author, KC Conway, notes that America needs $3.6 trillion in funding for infrastructure by 2020 to remain competitive in light of the upcoming Panama Canal expansion. "This is 'make-it-or-break-it' time for North America's port cities," said KC Conway, chief economist for Colliers International in the U.S.

Houston Ship Channel Dredging: Photo courtesy of AAPA

Dredging Vital to US Ports, Senate Hearing Informed

Chairman American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) explains  the importance of dredging to the industry & the US economy. Jerry Bridges, the American Association of Port Authorities’ Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority in his testimony informed  the hearing, entitled 'Water Resources Development Act: Growing the Economy and Protecting Public Safety', of the fundamental importance of dredging to the industry. He said:  “Having been a port director at major ports on both the East and West Coasts…

Jerry Bridges, AAPA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority.

AAPA Chief Weighs in on WRDA

AAPA Chairman Testifies Before Senate Committee on Water Resources Development Act; Testimony emphasizes importance of investment in waterside infrastructure. Jerry Bridges, the American Association of Port Authorities’ Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority, testifying today on behalf of AAPA before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, stressed the need to authorize new navigation projects to keep the Nation competitive in the world economy and promote jobs and economic activity in the U.S.

Photo credit AAPA

Port 'Failure to Act' Study Released by ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) quantifies infrastructure needs in airports, marine ports & inland waterway sectors. Aging infrastructure for marine ports, inland waterways, and airports threatens more than 1 million U.S. jobs according to a new Failure to Act report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Between now and 2020, investment needs in the nation’s marine ports and inland waterways sector total $30 billion, while planned expenditures are about $14 billion, leaving a total investment gap of nearly $16 billion.