Events & Meetings

January Section PDH & Networking Event

Advancing Dam Safety: 

A Comprehensive Approach to Stormwater Management Dam Retrofit - 

The Gerwig Lane Experience

Presented by: B. Gregory Adolph, PE, McCormick Taylor

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Location The Engineer's Club
Garrett Jacobs Mansion
11 W. Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: $35 for Students & Government Employees*

$50 for Members

$65 for Non-Members

*Government Employees or those paying with their ESB (Chit) Account should select "Generate Invoice" and we will invoice you separately.

We do not accept American Express cards!

Registration: Click this link to register on our new platform


We will be using ASCE Collaborate for all events moving forward. While you are required to have an ASCE log-in, you are not required to be an ASCE member to create an account or register for events. Please email reservations@ascemd.org for any questions regarding the new registration process.

Topic:

Stormwater management dams, particularly those erected in the 20th century, face a pressing challenge in adapting to contemporary hydrological demands. With increasing land development and escalating precipitation intensity linked to climate change, many dams fall short of meeting current design storm routing criteria. The Gerwig Lane Dam, situated in Howard County Maryland, serves as a poignant case study. Its rehabilitation in 2023 addresses the imperative for upgrades, given its reclassification as high hazard for the potential inundation of a major highway (MD 32). Meeting stringent Dam Safety criteria while seamlessly integrating into the surrounding community necessitates innovative solutions.

Gerwig Lane dam's high hazard classification demands capacity to route the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF), a complex undertaking given the constraints of available land and surrounding development. A geosynthetic revetment system emerged as the most effective solution. This approach allows the dam to safely overtop while efficiently conveying the PMF storm replacing the need for concrete or riprap erosion protection. The geosynthetic revetment system was successfully installed in Spring 2023 and is the first application of its kind in the State of Maryland.

About the Speaker:

B. Gregory Adolph, P.E. (Greg) is a water resources expert specializing in complex and intricate projects predominantly in the mid-Atlantic region. His knowledge in the rehabilitation of earthfill dams stems from nearly two decades of experience as a consulting engineer and specialist in the construction materials supply industries. He currently serves as a project manager for McCormick Taylor, Inc focused on remedial drainage design, embankment rehabilitation, and transportation improvement projects statewide.

Mr. Adolph is a licensed professional engineer in Maryland and three other states where he has grown a rapport for practical solutions to difficult problems. He has participated in the rehabilitation of more than five significant or high hazard dams in Maryland. In that capacity he provided expert opinion for application of a geosynthetic membrane to protect an earthen embankment against the potential for erosion during a probable maximum flooding event.

A native of Harford County, Maryland, Mr. Adolph graduated from Hampden Sydney College with a BS in physics.

Charles W. W. Mitchell, III, PE
ASCE Maryland President
2022-23
president@ascemd.org

Fall President's Message

With the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox Fall is officially upon us! 


As I reflect on my year as President of the ASCE Maryland Section, I have found the opportunity both personally and professionally rewarding. I could not have had a successful year without the support of our 50+ active volunteers across the section leadership in numerous critical roles that keep the section operational on a daily basis. A big thank you to everyone who volunteers their time in support of our Section for the accomplishment of this year's presidential goals. 


I'm proud to report that we made significant progress achieving the goals I established one year ago. We exceeded the 1,000 attendee goal with over 1,300 attendees at events section wide. We achieved direct engagement with three of our four student chapters through a variety of virtual and in-person events. Lastly, working towards filling all volunteer roles, we added seven new committee chairs to our volunteer leadership! It has been a busy year and I'm confident in the incoming officers to continue building on this momentum to keep growing our section.


I hope you have found value in your membership in ASCE Maryland, and urge you to continue to look for ways to become more active in ASCE across the state. We have numerous opportunities for networking and continuing education coming up this fall (details below). I encourage each of you to find a way to make the most of your membership in the coming year.


A few requests of each of our members:

November Section PDH & Networking Event

Elms Fells Point - Adaptive Reuse on the Waterfront

Presented by: David McLaren, PE, Brian Riggs, PE, and Daniel Murphy, PE Diver

Topic:

Baltimore’s former historic Wolfe Street warehouse has been transformed into Elms Fells Point, the city’s new 285-unit multifamily community on the waterfront. McLaren Engineering Group played a pivotal role in this conversion, reimagining the existing two-story structure and adding a wood-framed vertical extension that aligns with the Fells Point Urban Renewal Plan's design goals. A portion of the warehouse was also demolished and replaced with a 5-story, 307,500 square-foot wood-framed addition, skillfully constructed on the existing foundations. Due to floodplain considerations along Baltimore Harbor, ground-level garages were integrated into the project. The site includes a restored bulkhead and a public promenade, enhancing community connectivity to the waterfront. McLaren's in-house P.E. divers conducted meticulous above and underwater inspections, providing recommendations to improve the system's longevity with the design of a new bulkhead that reutilized existing tiebacks and piles. The development is proudly aligned with the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Silver certification, underscoring its commitment to urban sustainability.


Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Location The Engineer's Club
Garrett Jacobs Mansion
11 W. Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: $35 for Students & Government Employees*

$50 for Members

$65 for Non-Members

*Government Employees or those paying with their ESB (Chit) Account should select "Generate Invoice" and we will invoice you separately.

Registration: Click this link to register on our new platform


We will be using ASCE Collaborate for all events moving forward. While you are required to have an ASCE log-in, you are not required to be an ASCE member to create an account or register for events. Please email reservations@ascemd.org for any questions regarding the new registration process.

About the November Speakers

David McLaren, PE

Dave has over three decades of experience in structural engineering analysis, design, and project oversight.  He has spent his career working in the Baltimore area, first at George Evans Associates, and later opening McLaren’s Baltimore office, where he leads the firm’s structural team. He has directed projects of various sizes, shapes, scopes, and complexities across the country, including iconic adaptive reuse, multi-story residential facilities, mixed-use structures, parking garages, historic buildings, and entertainment venues. With a specialty in the renovation and expansion of existing facilities, Dave provides expert guidance for evaluating structures and recommending the most appropriate and economical structural systems to achieve the client’s goals.


Brian Riggs, PE

An experienced structural engineer and project manager, Brian has designed complex projects ranging from adaptive reuse renovations and high rise new construction to mid-rise wood-framed construction and tenant fit-outs. His technical expertise includes modeling and designing buildings from concept through construction documents, applying familiarity with a range of materials, including steel, concrete, wood framing, and masonry. As a senior associate, Brian excels in coordinating structural issues with architects, MEP engineers, and contractors to achieve the optimal outcome for project stakeholders.


Daniel Murphy, PE Diver

Daniel is a professional engineer and ADCI-certified commercial diver specializing in the structural analysis and rehabilitation design of waterfront infrastructure, including bulkheads, piers, esplanades, and bridges. His work involves performing comprehensive underwater and topside inspections as well as developing repair designs aimed at improving the condition and extending the service life of existing in-water structures. 

October Section PDH & Networking Event

Student Night, Career Fair, and Swearing In of Officers

Ager Road Green - Complete Streets Project

Presented by: Stephanie Walder & Russell Anderson, PE

Topic:

The Ager Road Green-Complete Streets Project is a powerful example of a design to create a more connected, inclusive community, and fulfills its purpose and need to improve safety, accessibility, functionality, and the aesthetics of Ager Road and adjacent streets in Hyattsville, MD. With a total project length of 1.57 miles, the scope includes substantial roadway work, including a road diet to reduce speeding; upgraded traffic signals and intelligent transportation system (ITS) devices; removal of parallel service roads to provide green space and continuous six-foot wide ADA compliant sidewalks; bridge repair; drainage; LED street lighting; stormwater management (SWM); bus shelters; bicycle lanes; landscaping; and new linkages to the Anacostia Regional Trails Network. This truly is the County’s hallmark green-complete streets project that addresses the needs and enhances the daily lives of its underserved residents through multi-modality and enhanced environmental protections. It brings the County assets to a state of good repair and promotes economic development for its residents.

This project has been selected as one out of eleven Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Honor Award recipients! Of these honor award recipients, one will be selected as this year’s overall winner. Stay tuned and wish the team luck! They will find out the results at the OPAL Gala on October 20th.

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Location The Engineer's Club
Garrett Jacobs Mansion
11 W. Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: $35 for Students & Government Employees*

$50 for Members

$65 for Non-Members

*Government Employees or those paying with their ESB (Chit) Account should select "Generate Invoice" and we will invoice you separately.

Registration: Click this link to register on our new platform


We will be using ASCE Collaborate for all events moving forward. While you are required to have an ASCE log-in, you are not required to be an ASCE member to create an account or register for events. Please email reservations@ascemd.org for any questions regarding the new registration process.

Upcoming 2023 Events

October

18 - Geo-Institute Event 

18 - Catoctin Branch Event 

21 - Younger Member Event 

November

8 - Section Social & PDH Event

15 - Geo-Institute Event

December

13 - Holiday Celebration

October Event: Ethics, Student Night & Career Fair

Wednesday October 12, 6pm (registration is closed)

Engineer's Club, Baltimore Maryland

Tara Hoke is the General Counsel at ASCE and a member of the Virginia bar. Her responsibilities for ASCE include legal consultation in the areas of employment, tax, corporate, contract, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, intellectual property, real estate, and construction law. Ms. Hoke oversees ASCE's professional conduct committee, and writes a monthly column A Question of Ethics, which is published in Civil Engineering magazine. Tara serves as a council member for the Committee on Publication Ethics, a nonprofit organization established to provide guidance to journal editors and publishers on publication ethics.


Student Night & Career Fair

October is Student Night! The fall career fair for students and professionals will be held at our October Networking & PDH Event. If you'd like to attend the career fair, dust off your resume and please register for the event at the link above! 

Menu

Chef's Choice Salad
NY Strip Madagascar
Dessert
Standard Spirits, Wines, & Beers

Professional Development Hours

One PDH will be awarded for this event.

November Event: Ellicott City Flood Mitigation Updates

Wednesday November 9, 6pm

Engineer's Club, Baltimore Maryland

Mark Richmond is the Chief of the Stormwater Management Division in the Howard County Department of Public Works. He has worked as a professional engineer in Maryland for over 35 years for both a private consulting engineering firm and for County government. Mark earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and an MS degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University. His main area of expertise is in water resources, specifically leading projects in stream restoration, flood mitigation, stormwater management, and water quality treatment projects.

Menu

Chef's Choice Salad
Blackened Salmon
Dessert
Standard Spirits, Wines, & Beers

Professional Development Hours

One PDH will be awarded for this event.

November Skills  Training

Personal Finances for Success
Joel Oppenheimer, PE

Tuesday November 15, 2022, Noon (Virtual Event)

This one hour seminar provides tips for financial success and addresses the time value of money. How can you not AFFORD to make the time to learn some personal financial strategies!!! This 50 minute seminar on personal financial management looks at the time value of money, target savings rates, possible investment strategies, the reward for investing early and the penalty for delaying investing for retirement, the penalty of credit card debt and some other tips for achieving financial independence (having enough money that you do not have to work if you choose not to work). An eye opening example is if you begin at age 22 putting away $1,200 per year and getting an average of 10% return for 50 years, you will have $1.397M at age 72. If you wait 10 years and begin at age 32 putting away $1,200 per year for only 40 years, you will have $531k. If you wait 20 years and begin at age 42 putting away $1,200 per year for 30 years, you will have $197k at age 72. How do you get an average of 10% return on your money? Come to the seminar and see. This seminar is part of the “Building a Better Life, Concrete Steps for Success” Seminar Series (www.buildingabetterlife.net).

About the Speaker

Joel Oppenheimer was a Senior Vice President at STV Incorporated overseeing their Maryland Transportation and Infrastructure practice for 17 years until October 2021. He is partially retired and currently is a Senior Project Manager at STV in a part-time role. He has more than 40 years of planning and engineering experience, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Administration and is a professional engineer in Maryland and 8 other states. He began inspirational/motivational speaking in 2003 and has presented various seminars of his “Building a Better Life—Concrete Steps for Success” program more than 390 times.

Virtual Event

Zoom Link sent via email 24 hours prior to the event

December Skills  Training

Time Management for Success
Joel Oppenheimer, PE

Wednesday December 7, 2022, 5-6:30p (Virtual Event)

Do you feel like you never have enough time to get everything done? At the end of a busy day, do you wonder if you accomplished anything important? Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels?  Do you wonder what the top of your desk looks like (is it wood or metal)? This overview of time management looks at life management, setting priorities based on your goals and then offers tips to avoid wasting time. Come listen to how you can improve your life at work and at home by managing your time better. Specifically, the time management portion will cover: Definition of Time; Life Management versus life leadership; Definition of Time Management; Keys to Effective Time Management; the Time Management Matrix; 7 Ways to Get More Done; Delegating; Time Wasters; Organize Your Desk; Other Time Management Best Practices including Managing Meetings and Avoiding Procrastination. This seminar is part of the “Building a Better Life, Concrete Steps for Success” Seminar Series (www.buildingabetterlife.net).

About the Speaker

Joel Oppenheimer was a Senior Vice President at STV Incorporated overseeing their Maryland Transportation and Infrastructure practice for 17 years until October 2021. He is partially retired and currently is a Senior Project Manager at STV in a part-time role. He has more than 40 years of planning and engineering experience, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Administration and is a professional engineer in Maryland and 8 other states. He began inspirational/motivational speaking in 2003 and has presented various seminars of his “Building a Better Life—Concrete Steps for Success” program more than 390 times.

Virtual Event

Zoom Link sent via email 24 hours prior to the event

December Event: Holiday Celebration & Life Member Recognition

Wednesday December 14, 6pm

Engineer's Club, Baltimore Maryland

Join ASCE Maryland to celebrate our newest life members and celebrate the Holidays. Please remember to bring a new, unwrapped toy for our donation to toys for tots!

Menu

Chef's Choice Salad
Buffet Dinner
Dessert
Standard Spirits, Wines, & Beers