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March 1, 2012

Table of Contents
Upcoming Events

Transportation Improvement Conference
March 6-7
Wisconsin Dells

Awards Banquet
March 23

ACEC Annual Convention and Legislative Summit
April 15-18
Washington, D.C.

TDA Fly-in
April 18-19
Washington, D.C.

Annual Meeting
May 3

For more information, visit our calendar.

Committee Meetings

Membership Recruitment Subcommittee
March 8
Conference Call

Membership Retention Subcommittee
March 8
Conference Call

Business Practices
March 14

Public Funding
March 22

Strategic Planning Task Force
March 28

For more information, visit our calendar.

2011-12 Board of Directors

Greg A. Jewell, PE, RLS
Jewell Associates Engineers

Jeffery D. Hanson, PE

Susan Barker, PE

ACEC Director
Matthew S. Richards, PE
Strand Associates

David R. Brose, PE

Timothy G. Falkowski, PE
Clark Dietz

John A. Rathke, PE, SE
Mead & Hunt

Past Chairman
Thomas W. Pulse, PE
Ayres Associates

Jayne Martinko

Advocacy in Action

With the last few days of session ahead, the month of February has been active legislatively. Traditionally, the legislative session calendar runs at least until May of even years; however, this session term has been non-traditional in many respects. As the recall elections of four GOP Senators and Governor Walker are anticipated early this spring, legislative leaders are wrapping session up early so members facing recall elections can spend time back home in their districts campaigning. The last days of session are being planned for the first two weeks in March. This means that any legislation that does not pass the Senate and Assembly before then will likely die unless the legislature is called back in for a special session.

ACEC WI is actively working to support passage of AB 522 and SB 499 before the session concludes. These proposals improve the way WisDOT reports expenses relating to engineering services. The Assembly bill, AB 522, successfully passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee on February 28th. We are hopeful the bill will be scheduled for action by the full Assembly next week. The Senate companion bill, SB 499, will be scheduled for a public hearing within the next two weeks and then move on to the full Senate. Although the legislative session is quickly coming to a close, ACEC WI is working to urge passage of these proposals before the session times out.

For updates on progress of the proposal, watch for legislative alerts and check the Advocacy in Action page.

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A record number of attendees will gather in Wisconsin Dells next week for the fifth annual ACEC WI/WisDOT Transportation Improvement conference. While the registration deadline has officially passed, ACEC WI is still accepting registrations. Due to limited conference proceedings quantities, late and walk-in registrants may not receive a conference booklet. Please contact ACEC WI at 608-257-9223 to register. Consulting engineering firms are limited to three attendees per firm to allow for an optimal networking experience.

The conference is generously supported by the following member firms:

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The deadline to make your Awards Banquet dinner reservation is March 16.

Celebrate with your colleagues and clients at the 41st annual ACEC WI Awards Banquet. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and concluding with the presentation of the 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards. Comedian Mike Toomey will entertain us all with his original comedy and commentary on this year's award-winning projects.

Dinner Reservations
Reservations are available on an individual basis or by table of eight. Sponsorship opportunities, which include premium seating for a table of eight, are also available. Menu options are outlined on the reservation form. The dinner reservation deadline is March 16.

Thank you sponsors:

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ACEC Annual Convention & Legislative Summit
April 15-18, Washington, D.C.

This spring, ACEC WI members have the unique opportunity to strengthen our message regarding infrastructure needs for our state and nation at the ACEC Annual Convention and Legislative Summit. The convention combines educational programming and advocacy opportunities.

Spring is a busy time in Washington, DC. Members considering attending the meeting are encouraged to register early and book your hotel room. Early bird registration ends March 7. There is also a special first time attendee discount available.

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ACEC WI Annual Meeting

Register by April 13 for the early registration rate!

Don’t get left behind! Join us at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha to chart the course for the future at the ACEC WI Annual Meeting. This meeting is designed to give owners/leadership, principals, managers and up-and-coming leaders the tools they need to succeed in the future.

Sessions include:

  • Principals Roundtable Breakfast - Start your day discussing the items impacting your firm and the industry.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Eat or Be Eaten - Senior Executives Institute presenter George E.Christodoulo, PC will provide an overview of M&A activity, drivers, buying/selling process and keys for success.
  • Fast Future! 15 Uber-trends that will Rock the World - The next 20 years will bring a global transformation of astounding scale with big winners and big losers. Learn what you must do to survive and thrive. John Doehring, popular industry speaker, leads this engaging and eye-opening session.
  • ACEC WI Annual Business Meeting - Chart the course for the future with an update on ACEC WI’s strategic planning process. You won’t want to miss what’s to come!
  • Future Leaders Institute Class of 2012 Graduation
  • Networking Reception

The meeting agenda, complete session descriptions, hotel information and registration materials are available for download. Register by April 13 to take advantage of the reduced rate, early registration. Firms joining ACEC WI during our 2011-12 fiscal year are eligible for a discounted registration rate. Contact us at 608-257-9223 to learn more.

Thank You Sponsors

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Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC WI is proud to announce the 2012 Engineering Excellence Award winners. This marks the 41st year of recognizing exceptional ideas and innovations in engineering through this program. This year’s winners strengthened our infrastructure, enhanced public safety, and offered sustainable, economic solutions for clients and taxpayers. The award-winning projects will be celebrated at the March 23 Awards Banquet.

The 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards were featured in a special, full color magazine distributed by The Daily Reporter. Copies of this publication are available free of charge. Please contact ACEC WI to request copies.

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Future Leaders Gain Insight on Running the Business

The members of the Future Leaders Class of 2012 met February 16-17 for its fifth session. David Wahby, Wahby & Associates, led the class through a thorough primer on the financial side of business. As a special treat, the class was treated to a five course dinner with etiquette and business dining lesson. The group also had the opportunity to have lunch with members of the ACEC WI Board of Directors.

Later this month, the future leaders will meet in Delafield to discuss the role of risk management in today's business. To close out the series, the Class of 2012 will be honored at the ACEC WI Annual Meeting May 3.

Recruitment for the Class of 2013 will begin soon. Watch for details this spring.

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Strategic Planning Journey

Entry #6: Flight Delayed

Traveler: Kelly Veit, ACEC WI Staff & Strategic Plan Task Force Member

Our trip may be delayed, but it is not cancelled. As compensation for our delay, we’ll be upgraded to first class for the next leg of the trip. The ACEC WI Strategic Planning Task Force is meeting on March 28 with a facilitator to guide us on our journey. With the help of our professional tour guide, we expect to hit the ground running in April. Stay tuned for details.

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Member News

Clark Dietz – has elected the following Wisconsin employees as board members for 2012: John Boldt, PE, FACEC (Chairman, President and CEO), Tim Falkowski, PE (Treasurer), Hans Peterson, PE (Secretary), Al Staron, PE, and Jon Howaniec, PHR. In addition, Andrea Bonell, PE, Mustafa Emir, PhD, PE and Ted Sianis, have been elected as new shareholders. The firm is proud to announce the creation of a new Industrial Services Department and welcomes back Steve Siddens to manage this new department.

Ruekert/Mielke – is pleased to announce Tim Anderson, CADD and GIS Team Leader for Ruekert/Mielke, has been named a stockholder for the firm. The firm is also pleased to announce David Arnott, PE has been named an associate.

R.A. Smith National - welcomes Laura Schroeder as a traffic engineer in the transportation division and Ben Flitcroft as project surveyor.

Saga Environmental and Engineering Inc. – is pleased to announce Amy Litscher has been appointed to the State of Wisconsin DNR Small Business Environmental Council.

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Affiliate of the Month

 MasterGraphics - Affiliate of the Month

Editor’s Note: This article features an ACEC WI Affiliate Member’s perspective on an issue affecting our industry. This slot is available to affiliate members as a sponsorship opportunity.

Several years ago Wisconsin DOT announced that they were adopting AutoCAD Civil 3D as their engineering design software. They decided to move away from CAiCE, which will retire in the near future, and they were looking for a design platform that was robust and would provide growth in design functionality. While internally the DOT began to use and train on version 2010 of Civil 3D, they did not require the consultant community to provide data in a Civil 3D format or even a DWG format (Autodesk’s drawing format).

Those requirements changed in late 2011 when WisDOT announced they were mandating the AutoCad Civil 3D platform for the I-39 project. This was earlier than expected for a project to require AutoCad Civil 3D, but because this project will last several years, they did not want to start on one design platform and end in another. This affected many consultants and sub-consultants on this project. Not only do staff have to be brought up to speed on the use of Civil 3D (read: training) but they must also determine coordination between the zones of consultants along the project route.

The Wisconsin DOT released their template files as well as their custom design subassemblies for use in AutoCAD Civil 3D. The 2012 templates and support data is not in its final form, but there is a "beta" version available if you need to get started for projects. The subassemblies are also receiving updates for the 2012 release and should be available soon. These custom subassemblies are meant to augment what ships from Autodesk, but they also better represent design specifications here in Wisconsin, so they are definitely worth the look.

For additional information on Civil 3D and the I-39 Project, please go to:

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Conduit & WisPAC

Get ready for the election year by contributing to the ACEC WI Conduit Fund. It is an important year to advance and protect our industry’s interests.The conduit fund is your personal, advocacy checkbook. You decide where to direct your funds. ACEC WI monitors industry issues and candidates. We will provide suggestions on where your contribution can make a difference.

Join the members who already participate.

2012 Conduit Contributors
Contributors as of February 28, 2012

Chairman Level - $1000 or more
John Boldt, Clark Dietz, Inc
Jeff Kronser, Strand Associates
Rose Morgan, EMCS, Inc
Theodore Richards, Strand Associates, Inc
Paul Tarvin, AECOM*

President Level - $500 or more
David Brose, EMCS, Inc.*
Rusty Chesmore, Mead & Hunt, Inc
Matthew Richards, Strand Associates, Inc
Amy Squiteri, Mead & Hunt, Inc.*
Ken Ward, Ruekert/Mielke, Inc.*

Principal Level - $250 or more
Brian Cater, Clark Dietz, Inc.*
Timothy Falkowski, Clark Dietz, Inc
Martin Hanson, Ayres Associates
Michael Mertens, Jewell Associates Engineers, Inc.*
Bruce Ommen, Ayres Associates
Richard Satterlee, Ayres Associates
Steve Schultz, Ruekert/Mielke, Inc.*

Professional Level - $100 or more
Ryan Amtmann, Ruekert/Mielke, Inc.*
Robert Harley, R.A. Smith National *
Gerald Powell, Ruekert/Mielke, Inc
Stan Sugden, Ruekert/Mielke, Inc.*
Sean Sullivan, Ruekert/Mielke, Inc.*
Patrick Wohlers, Ruekert/Mielke, Inc.*

* These individuals are participating in the automatic withdrawal program.

2012 WisPAC Contributors
Contributors as of February 28, 2012

Contributions of $100 or more
Jeff Kronser, Strand Associates

In addition to the contributions listed above, there have been numerous contributions through ACEC WI raffles

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Design & Delivery of Winning Presentations

SMPS Wisconsin will host Design & Delivery of Winning Presentations on Thursday, March 8 in Pewaukee.

National speaker and licensed professional engineer Steve Wirtel will present a proven technique to design a client-focused presentation. This seminar combines a business development philosophy with presentation design and delivery methodologies that, when applied in conjunction, raise win rates dramatically.

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Energy Center of Wisconsin Courses

The Energy Center of Wisconsin has a number of courses this spring, including:

  • Energy management best practices
  • Energy efficiency in commercial food service
  • Fueling Wisconsin fleets with compressed natural gas
  • Demand control: your action plan to savings
  • Energy efficient lighting: from principles to payback
  • Understanding and managing electrical power quality

Visit the catalog for program details. ACEC WI members are eligible for a $20 discount on registration when using the promotional code ECTWENTY when registering.

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