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September 4, 2012

Table of Content
Upcoming Events

Principals Roundtable Breakfast
September 6, 2012

Future Leaders Institute
Session 1
September 6-7, 2012

Government Affairs Conduit Webinar
September 13, 2012

Engineering Excellence Awards
Entry Deadline
October 10, 2012

DFD Consultants Conference
November 8, 2012

Transportation Improvement Conference
March 5-6, 2013
Wisconsin Dells

Awards Banquet
March 22, 2013

Understanding Ethics for Design Professionals
April 10, 2013

For more information, visit our calendar.

Committee Meetings

Transportation Task Force
September 5

TIC Planning Committee
September 11
WisDOT SW Region Office

Transportation Task Force
September 11
Conference Call

Small Firm Committee
September 19
Stormwater Solutions Engineering, Hartford

Board of Directors Meeting
September 20
ACEC WI 1st floor conference room

Public Funding
September 21
ACEC WI 1st floor conference room

DFD Committee
September 25
ACEC WI 1st floor conference room

For more information, visit our calendar.

2012-13 Board of Directors

Jeffery D. Hanson, PE

Matthew S. Richards, PE
Strand Associates

Susan Barker, PE
Michael Baker Jr.

ACEC Director
John A. Rathke, PE, SE
Mead & Hunt

Timothy G. Falkowski, PE
Clark Dietz

Frederick W. Groth, PE

Gilbert A. Hantzsch, PE
MSA Professional Services

Past Chairman
Greg A. Jewell, PE, RLS
Jewell Associates Engineers

Jayne Martinko

Fall Election Preview
September 13, Webinar

ACEC WI is hosting a members-only webinar on Thursday, September 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Fall Election Preview webinar will familiarize members with the legislative candidates running for office in November. The webinar will profile the competitive state Senate and Assembly legislative races and give background on each of the legislative districts. Many of the legislative districts have changed significantly due to redistricting. Participating in the webinar will help you understand how the map has changed and whether your firm or residence will be represented by someone new next session.

Register for this webinar by September 12. Webinar log-in information will be distributed to individuals who RSVP for the Fall Election Preview. This is a members-only benefit and is available free of charge.

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Advocacy in Action - Establishing Legislative Relationships

With the November elections on the horizon, ACEC WI’s Government Affairs Committee has been busy profiling the upcoming legislative races and developing our government affairs agenda. The government affairs agenda serves as the framework for our legislative efforts next session by identifying the topics and issues our advocacy efforts will be directed toward. A copy the updated government affairs agenda will be posted on the ACEC WI website once completed.

ACEC WI works hard to represent the engineering profession with legislators in Madison, but it is the individual relationships that members and member firms foster with their legislators that are the most effective form of advocacy. Campaign season is a perfect time for members to re-establish a connection with their legislators or to develop new relationships with legislative candidates. During campaign season, legislators spend less time in Madison and more time meeting with constituents in their districts. The power of grassroots advocacy cannot be underestimated as legislators rely on the voices of their constituents in order to help guide their decisions in Madison.

Members are encouraged to set up legislative meetings and is willing to assist members in facilitating in-district meetings and/or firm tours with legislators and legislative candidates. To remain in office, legislators need to be involved and aware of the businesses and organizations that drive the local economy in their districts, which is why setting up a legislative visit during this time is an important grassroots activity. Please contact ACEC WI if your firm is interested in setting up a legislative meeting.

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The 21st annual Division of Facilities Development Consultants Conference covers the tools necessary to understand the process consultants are expected to implement on all DFD projects. The combination of educational programming, networking opportunities and question and answer sessions provide attendees with information to deliver projects that are Exceeding Client Expectations. Attend to discover how your firm can exceed client expectations.

Conference sessions include:

  • DFD Project Expectations Panel Discussion
  • Building Information Modeling Updates
  • Sustainability Guidelines & New WisBuild Sustainability Module
  • WisBuild and Sharepoint Demonstration/Tracking Small Project Opportunities
  • Expectations from Construction to Operations
  • Large Projects Consultant Orientation
  • Small Projects Consultant Orientation
  • What’s New at the DFD

The conference agenda and session descriptions are available online.

Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits and AIA Continuing Education System (CES) learning unit hours will be awarded to attendees. PDH credits are eligible for Wisconsin professional engineer license renewal requirements.

Register by October 5 to take advantage of the discounted early registration rate.

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Engineering Excellence Awards
Submission Deadline: October 10

Showcase your firm’s engineering achievements through the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition. Every firm has outstanding projects and this is a way to recognize your firm, client and the great work engineers do that often goes unnoticed.

An Engineering Excellence Award:

  • Recognizes engineering achievements that demonstrate a high degree of client satisfaction through quality, cost-effective solutions.
  • Increases the public knowledge and enhances the image of professional engineers.
  • Provides public relations, client relations, business development and marketing opportunities.

Engineering Excellence Award entries are highlighted in a special, full-color magazine published and distributed by The Daily Reporter to a targeted industry audience and used at ACEC WI meetings and events. Each entry is also featured on-stage at ACEC WI’s elegant Awards Banquet, a great opportunity to celebrate with your client and project team.

Please review the Call for Entries for eligibility and entry requirements. An Easy Entry Workbook is also available to help you organize entry information. Contact ACEC WI with any questions or to schedule an appointment to review entries for the 2012 competition.

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Principals Roundtable Breakfast
September 6, Wausau

Principals within ACEC WI member firms are gathering in Wausau this week for a discussion on industry issues. The roundtable breakfast will follow the standard, open discussion format.

If you haven’t registered yet, please pre-register for the Principals Roundtable Breakfast.

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Thank You Renewing Members

Thank you to the following firms for their continued support in 2012-13. We are looking forward to another successful year as we begin to put our new mission and strategic plan into action.

Renewing Member Firms (list as of August 30)
Alfred Benesch & Company
Ambrose Engineering Inc.
American Engineering Testing Inc.
Ayres Associates
Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc.
Bernes-Schober Associates Inc.
Bloom Companies
Bollinger, Lach & Associates Inc.
CBS Squared Inc.
CDM Smith Inc.
CH2M Hill Inc.
Clark Dietz Inc.
Collins Engineers Inc.
Computerized Structural Design SC
Cooper Engineering Company Inc.
Cotter Consulting Inc.
Crispell-Snyder Inc.
Davy Engineering Co
Donald F Roecker, PE
Edwards Engineering Consultants LLC
Fish & Associates Inc.
Fleming, Andre & Associates Inc.
Foth Infrastructure & Environment LLC
Gremmer & Associates Inc.
HDR Engineering Inc.
Himalayan Consultants LLC
HNTB Corporation
J3 Engineering Group LLC
Jewell Associates Engineers Inc.

JT Engineering Inc.
Kapur & Associates Inc.
KJWW Engineering Consultants
KL Engineering Inc.
Knight E/A Inc.
Larson Engineering Inc.
Lynch & Associates - Engineering Consultants
M Squared Engineering LLC
Mead & Hunt Inc.
Michael Baker Jr Inc.
Miller Engineers & Scientists
MSA Professional Services Inc.
Muermann Engineering LLC
OMNNI Associates
Osborne Engineering Inc.
Ourston Roundabout Engineering Inc.
Professional Project Services Inc
REI Engineering Inc.
RH Batterman and Company Inc.
Rice Engineering Inc.
Ruekert/Mielke Inc.
Saga Environmental & Engineering Inc.
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Singh & Associates Inc.
Snyder & Associates Inc.
SRF Consulting Group Inc.
Strand Associates Inc.
Structural Dimension Inc.
TranSmart Technologies Inc.
Xpertz Engineering
Zepnick Solutions Inc.

Renewing Affiliate Member Firms (as of August 30)
ACEC Business Insurance Trust
Ames & Gough
Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc.
Flad Affiliated Corp
Hannan & Associates LLC
Johnson Insurance Services
MasterGraphics Inc
O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong, Laing, SC
Schenck SC
SilverEdge Systems Software, Inc
Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association

Voluntary Contributions
Advocacy is vital to the health of the profession. Working together as a unified voice has elevated our industry in the eyes of the public, state agencies and the Wisconsin State Legislature. This increased level of advocacy has a number of associated costs. While our efforts have been effective, we rely on the continued support of our members through membership dues, voluntary contributions and grassroots involvement. Thank you to the firms that have recognized the importance of advocacy.

ACEC WI Government Affairs Advocacy Fund Contributors (as of August 30)
Clark Dietz Inc.
Jewell Associates Engineers Inc.
Mead & Hunt Inc.
MSA Professional Services Inc.
Singh & Associates Inc.
Strand Associates Inc.

ACEC National Minute Man Fund (as of August 30)
Jewell Associates Engineers Inc.
Mead & Hunt Inc.

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ACEC Fall Conference

The 2012 ACEC Fall Conference is slated for October 14-17 in Boca Raton, Florida. Program highlights include:

  • Challenge of Private vs. Public Growth – Central Issue of Our Time; Rich Karlgaard, Columnist & Publisher, Forbes
  • America’s Coming Economic Boom; Ron Insana, Senior Financial Analyst & Commentator, CNBC
  • Handicapping the November Elections; Stuart Rothenberg, Editor & Publisher, Rothenberg Political Report
  • CEO Outlook on Energy, Water and Transportation

This year also features a new Young Professionals Forum, which includes special sessions and access to all the other conference session and events. A special registration type is available.

Early bird registration is now open. Register before September 12 to take advantage of the reduced rates.

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2013 Transportation Improvement Conference

The Transportation Improvement Conference is set for March 5-6, 2013 in Wisconsin Dells. The conference planning committee begins work this month to start brainstorming topic ideas. If there is a topic you’d like to see on the 2013 agenda, please feel free to submit suggestions.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at platinum, gold or silver levels to ACEC WI member and affiliate firms. This conference is an excellent venue to highlight your firm and show your support for the Transportation Improvement Conference. For maximum sponsor recognition, please commit to sponsorship by December 1.

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Ethics Continuing Education Credits Available

ACEC WI is offering Understanding Ethics for Design Professionals, a program designed to satisfy the ethics and professional conduct professional development hours required for licensure renewal. The program will be offered the morning of April 10, 2013 in Delafield. Since this is a first time program, registration will be limited. Based on the demand, ACEC WI may offer additional programming to meet the 2 hour requirement.

The Future Leaders Institute Class of 2013 program has been updated to include Understanding Ethics for Design Professionals and will satisfy the ethics and professional conduct hours for individuals in the leadership program.

Please watch for details in early 2013.

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Member News

Crispell-Snyder is pleased to welcome the following individuals to the firm: Dean Filtz, transportation engineer; Danny Strayer, EIT, transportation engineer; and Jennifer O’Leary, ASLA, LEED AP, senior urban and landscape designer. The firm also wishes to recognize Will Hein, PE for passing the state and national land surveyor licensing exams.

Ayres Associates is pleased to announce the promotions of Troy Robillard, PE to transportation group manager in eastern Wisconsin; Jeffrey Abramson, PE to transportation group manager for western Wisconsin; and John Davis, PE, PTOE to manager of traffic engineering.

Ruekert/Mielke is pleased to announce firm President and CEO William Mielke was nominated by President Obama to be an advisor for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

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Conduit & WisPAC

Get ready for the fall elections 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 August 30, 2012

Chairman Level - $1000 or more
Gopal Adhikary, Himalayan Consultants
John Boldt, Clark Dietz
Philip Budde Strand Associates
Stephanie Christensen, EMCS
Michael Felker, Strand Associates
Greg Jewell, Jewell Associates Engineers
Jeffrey Kronser, Strand Associates
Rose Morgan, EMCS
Thomas Pulse, Ayres Associates
Philip Ramlet, OMNNI Associates
Theodore Richards, Strand Associates
Sadhu Rikhiraj, Singh & Associates
Rajan Sheth, Mead & Hunt
Richard Smith, R.A. Smith National
Paul Tarvin, AECOM*

President Level - $500 or more
James Bakken, Ayres Associates
David Brose, EMCS*
Rusty Chesmore, Mead & Hunt
Tracy Gilliam, XPERTZ Engineering
Jeffery Hanson, EMCS
Martin Hanson, Ayres Associates
Thomas Ludwig, Foth Infrastructure & Environment
William Mielke, Ruekert/Mielke Inc
Bruce Ommen, Ayres Associates
James Owen, MSA Professional Services Inc.
John Rathke Mead & Hunt
Matthew Richards, Strand Associates
Amy Squiteri, Mead & Hunt*
Yash Wadhwa, Strand Associates
Ken Ward, Ruekert/Mielke*
Jan Zander, Ayres Associates
Patrick Zimmer, R.A. Smith National

Principal Level - $250 or more
Steven Berg, R A Smith National Inc
Michael Campbell, Ruekert/Mielke Inc
Brian Cater, Clark Dietz*
Kirk Contrucci, Ayres Associates
Wendy Culver, Mead & Hunt
Mustafa Emir, Clark Dietz*
Timothy Falkowski, Clark Dietz
David Glodowski, Gremmer & Associates
Chad Halverson, Michael Baker Jr.
Gilbert Hantzsch, MSA Professional Services Inc.
Fred Klingbeil, Ayres Associates
Dennis Kugle, Gannett Fleming
Thomas Lanser, Gremmer & Associates
Daniel Lau, CDM Smith
Michael Mertens, Jewell Associates Engineers*
Jay Neider, exp.
Brent Pitcher, GRAEF
Michael Statz, MSA Professional Services Inc.
Matt Tharaniyil, Bloom Companies
Scott Wilson, Ayres Associates
Steven Wurster, Ruekert/Mielke

Professional Level - $100 or more

Ryan Amtmann, Ruekert/Mielke*
Sue Barker, Michael Baker Jr.
Michael Berg, Ayres Associates
Brian Chlopek, JT Engineering Inc.
William Dunlop, SRF Consulting Group
Terry Genske , Strand Associates
Glenn Gerschke, Collins Engineers
Robert Harley, R.A. Smith National *
Stephan Hoffman, R.A. Smith National
Connie Holden-Peterson, Ayres Associates
Patrick Kelly, Johnson Insurance Services
Jamie Meyer, Ayres Associates
Steve Miller, Collins Engineers
Gerald Powell, Ruekert/Mielke
Richard Satterlee, Ayres Associates
Richard Schoenthaler, Ayres Associates
Steven Slawinski, O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong
Stan Sugden, Ruekert/Mielke*
Sean Sullivan, Ruekert/Mielke*
Jill Treadway, JT Engineering Inc.
Patrick Wohlers, Ruekert/Mielke*
* These individuals are participating in the automatic withdrawal program.


2012 WisPAC Contributors
Contributors as of July 26, 2012

Contributions of $100 or more
Jeff Kronser, Strand Associates
William Mielke, Ruekert/Mielke Inc
Rajan Sheth, Mead & Hunt

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


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FHWA Webinar Series on MAP-21

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has put together a series of informational outreach webinars on the recently enacted MAP-21 surface transportation authorization legislation. These webinars are designed to make you aware of the major changes brought about by MAP-21, and to provide a forum for questions and concerns as FHWA works to prepare for the October 1 implementation. These program specific informational overview webinars will be followed by more detailed webinars on the October 1 implementation.

For information on how to register for these webinars, please visit FHWA’s MAP-21 website.

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Engineer Mentor for Student Robotics Team

Cooper Elementary School in Milwaukee is looking for an engineering mentor for their Student Robotics Team. If you are interested in helping out with this program, please contact Terence Browne, Copper Engineering.

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Moving to a Model-Centric Approach Events

Autodesk and  WisDOT have partnered to bring the Move to a Model-Centric Approach events. Attend an event at a city near you and discover what the move to a model-centric approach means to your organization.

Dates & Locations:

  • September 25 in Stevens Point, WI
  • September 26 in Madison, WI
  • September 27 in Milwaukee, WI

These events are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch provided.

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