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E-News from the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia - September 6, 2013



  • President's Message
  • Professional Development Courses
  • Delaware Valley Engineers Week Awards Calls for Nomination
  • Affiliate Society Leadership Summit - September 24


  • Networking Event and Tour of Veolia Energy’s Grays Ferry Cogeneration Plant - September 16
  • PEF / DVEW Golf FUNdraiser- October 7
  • Multi-Society Meeting – December 9


  • BIM Perspective - Philadelphia - September 25
  • Electric Expo - October 23-24
  • Design on the Delaware - October 29 - November 1
  • Greenbuild 2013


  • Additional Helpful Links

September 13: Geology in Pennsylvania - Basic Concepts and Terminology with a Geologic Perspective on Sustainability (3 PDH;3 AIA LU/HSW)
September 16: Networking Event and Tour of Veolia Energy’s Grays Ferry Cogeneration Plant (1 PDH)
September 20: Advanced Engineering Project Managemet: Avoiding Project Failure (7 PDH, approved by NY)
September 20: Applied Geology and Earth Science (3 PDH;3 AIA LU/HSW)
September 24: Affiliate Society Leadership Summit
September 25: BIM Perspective
September 27: Applied Soil Science (3 PDH;3 AIA LU/HSW)
October 7: PEF / DVEW Golf FUNdraiser
October 17-18: How to Communicate with Diplomacy and Tact (14 PDH)
October 23-24: Electric Expo
October 29-November 1: Design on the Delaware (PDH Available)
November 12: Engineer of the Year Election
November 20-22: Greenbuild 2013(PDH Available)
December 9: Multi-Society Meeting (1 PDH)


We all know what engineers do: Engineers solve problems; engineers make a way where there was no way.   Last month I mentioned just a few of the things that The Engineers Club has coming down the pike in a broad brush. Today I’d like to drill down a bit more into the immediate future.  The list of upcoming events for September and October illustrate the range of activities and technologies that engineers in general and The Engineers Club specifically touch upon in order to make things work; to help you work and to have a little fun in there too.

Our September 5th Secrets of the Schuylkill River tour was a great success.  It offered a fascinating look at the eclectic array of items, infrastructure and operations that line the south Schuylkill banks.  I am sure our first time tour takers were surprised to see how much more there is to the river than meets the eye will driving along 76 and even more surprised about those spots on the river where you would have no idea it is nestled inside a major city.  The prospect of Philadelphia’s “Boardwalk” on the Schuylkill was a delight to all.   

We have a number of other activities coming along this month as well. Check out the rest of the newsletter for details on the upcoming Veolia Tour; our PDH Programs on Advanced Project Management and GeoScience and Engineering; the next Affiliates Summit and a BIM program on project development held by Microsol.

Last but certainly not least is a key event AND a key activity. October 7th is the Philadelphia Engineering Foundation Golf FUNdraiser. Planning is moving apace for Delaware Valley Engineers Week 2014 and the golf outing is a key fundraiser for the DVEW scholarships and student awards. The Foundation is working hard to make this a successful event and they would be happy to have your help. And of course Delaware Valley Engineers Week would be pretty dull if we didn’t have a Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year and a Young Engineer of the Year. Nominations for the Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year and other DVEW Awards are now open and we look forward to a robust and rigorous competition this year!

There is a lot more information about the items I’ve mentioned and even more in the Newsletter, so read on McDuff and get involved in The Engineers Club of Philadelphia today!

The Engineers' Club offers a variety of courses with the goal of meeting the continuing educational requirements of its members and the broader engineering community. Information on the fall courses is now available. Remember that PA PE renewal will be due September 30, 2013, at which time you will need 24 PDHs. NJ PE renewal is not far behind, due April 30, 2014. The professional development hour (PDH) value for each course is provided. Pennsylvania does not approve courses or providers. We have been designated by New Jersey as an exempt provider of continuing professional competency credits. More information

Half-day and full-day courses in September include a three-seminar series on Geoscience Seminars for Design and Construction Professionals and Advanced Engineering Project Management. The Geoscience Seminars will benefit individuals who work with, or must consider the influence of, the subsurface materials and processes in their work practice. They could prove especially valuable to anyone working in the shale gas industries or wondering what the implications are of locating that development community center on top of that limestone formation.  The Advanced Engineering Project Management course will delve into the seemingly murky world of project management but with a special focus on the concepts of systems thinking and complexity. As projects become more complex with more players and even tighter schedules, systems thinking and complexity become more and more important from a ‘risk management’ perspective and successful project completion desire.

The Engineers' Club of Philadelphia is soliciting nominations for various professional, collegiate and secondary school awards to be presented as part of Delaware Valley Engineers Week. Nominations for Engineer of the Year are due October 11; nominations for Young Engineer of the Year, Hall of Fame, and Outstanding Service Awards, as well as the collegiate awards, are due November 18. Nominations for the secondary school student and teacher awards are due December 9.  Information on affiliate society awards to be recognized is due January 15.   All the award recipients will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on February 14, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Philadelphia.  More information

The fall Affiliate Society Leadership Summit has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 24.  All engineering and technical societies in the Delaware Valley are invited to send one or more of their key leaders to discuss common issues related to engineering in the area and the promotion of engineering. The main focus for the evening will be a facilitated discussion of society experiences / best practices for Student Outreach. There will also be updates on Delaware Valley Engineers Week and the December 9 Multi-Society Meeting.  If your society has specific topics and/or concerns that you would like to present or discuss, email them to Susan BestClick here for a flyer with more information and reservation details. 


The Club will kick-off the program year with a tour of Veolia Energy's Grays Ferry steam plant, a 163-megawatt cogeneration facility with a combustion turbine and an extraction/condensing steam turbine.  Since the 2012 completion of a $60 million investment to upgrade the natural gas infrastructure and to install two rapid-response boilers, Veolia Energy has increased its efficient production of up to 4 million pounds per hour of cogenerated steam ("green steam") and 7,000 tons of chilled water for cooling. This should be an eye opening opportunity to see a thoroughly modern cogeneration plant which provides services to major institutions and represents a global giant’s major investment in the City and the region. Come check out the plant, find out more about Veolia and The Engineers Club and network with your peers and fellow professionals. This tour offers one PDH.  More information

Mark your calendar and hold the date for the 14th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, October 7. We will be returning to the Blue Bell Country Club and plan to expand upon the successful Adopt-A-Hole program. The Outing will be a fun and enjoyable event, and while we will have some challenges that will reward those with the best skills, we have something enjoyable for all levels of players. The registration flyer is now available.  The proceeds of this outing support the Delaware Valley Engineers Week scholarships and student awards and other student outreach activities of the Philadelphia Engineering Foundation. More information

A task force involving 12 different engineering and technical societies has been planning this year’s Multi-Society Meeting.  It will be a dinner meeting on Monday, December 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia, at Broad and Loust Streets.  A recent survey of the task force has developed a priority ranking of meeting topics and specifics are being developed.  In the meantime, save the date and plan on joining engineers from all disciplines at this event.  Once again, we will be participating in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection.


Have you adopted BIM in your firm yet? Do you need BIM standards? Intrigued in the use of BIM in Facilities Management? Whatever your level of experience or inexperience, join Microsol Resources, a corporate member of the Club, at BIM Perspectives as we explore new technology innovations and integrations in design and construction. Learn the latest from industry leaders and hear about the advanced modeling and production techniques. This event is tailored to look into the multi-disciplinary project team and their best practices for using building information modeling (BIM) as a basis for a collaborative design and construction process. You will hear from leading practitioners from architectural, engineering and construction perspective. BIM Perspectives will be Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 8:00 am - noon, The Racquet Club of Philadelphia, 215 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia. There is no cost to particpate, but registration is required. More information

ELECTRIC EXPO - October 23-24
The Electrical Association of Philadelphia is hosting Electric Expo 2013, on Wednesday and Thursday, October 23-24. There is free admission, seminars, exhibitors, prizes and giveaways, and free casino access. Exhibitors include electrical and lighting manufacturers serving the commercial, industrial, residential, institutional, healthcare, hospitality, government, transportation, retail and warehousing sectors. More Information

DESIGN ON THE DELAWARE – October 29 – November 1
Every year Design on the Delaware, presented by AIA Philadelphia and collaborating partners, brings architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, contractors, product and service providers together for professional education and networking, and a two-day trade show. The 11th Annual Design on the Delaware Conference will run four days. October 29th & 30th will feature 36 programs, 6 tours, 2 plenary sessions and trade show at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. A full day of tours departing from the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia will be presented on October 31st and on November 1, the Community Design Collaborative will host a full day design charrette at the Center for Architecture. Exhibiting, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities are available. More information

GREENBUILD 2013 – November 20-22
The Delaware Valley Green Build Council is hosing the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the world’s largest dedicated to green building. DVGBC is using it to help build an international brand for our region built on sustainability and cultural vibrancy. They are convening partners in the economic development, tourism and entertainment, higher education, and sustainability fields to take full advantage of opportunities that will make our region more competitive. Leading up to the conference, DVGBC also wants to ensure that our whole community takes time to recognize over 15 years of individual and collective action that has made us a resilient, thriving region poised for even more success, so we've been putting on a series of Host City Events. They hope that you'll join them as they bring you some of the inspiration, education, and networking that characterize the Greenbuild conference. More information


Technical Advisory Council
Discover Engineering in Greater Philadelphia - Student Outreach Website
- TransportationYOU is looking for more students
- Sparks Philadelphia Looking for Mentors for 7th and 8th grade students.
- Resources for Teachers, STEM Program Providers, and Engineers
Speakers Bureau