June 2018 Branch Meeting...

The upcoming branch meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Alabama Department of Transportation in Conference Room 5 and 6. We will serve lunch at 11:30 a.m., then the meeting will begin at 12:00 p.m. and adjourn at approximately 1:00 p.m.

We are excited to have Scott Vollmer P.E., from Belgard to join us this month and provide a presentation about "Interlocking Concrete Paver & Segmental Retaining Walls".

This month's lunch will be provided by Belgard, therefore there will be no charge. Please contact Greg Boleyn at gboleyn@montgomery-asce.org no later than Monday, June 11,
2018, if you would like to eat.

Belgard Commercial is part of Oldcastle Architectural Products Group, one of the largest concrete products manufacturers in North America. Since 1995, their locally-made and nationally-backed products have transformed thousands of commercial properties across North America. Belgard spends more than 20,000 hours on research and development every year. Perfecting new products keeps them aligned with current design trends, and places Belgard Commercial on the cutting edge of manufacturing techniques and technologies.

Scott Vollmer’s current position is Commercial Hardscapes Market Manager for Oldcastle Architectural East Region where he provides technical support for the Belgard Hardscape Interlocking Concrete Pavers and Segmental Retaining Walls. Scott is actively involved in industry associations and is the current chair of National Concrete Masonry Association’s SRW Technical subcommittee. He regularfly teaches the NCMA’s Level I SRW Contractor Certification Course. He is a registered engineer and has a BS in civil engineering (1980) and a MCE in soil mechanics (1981) from N.C. State University

We look forward to seeing you there.

Montgomery Branch Presents
2018 Civil Engineering Scholarship

On May 8, 2018, the Montgomery Branch presented their annual scholarship to a very deserving student from the River Region. Mr. James Blake Deaton from Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama was the recipient of the $1500 dollar scholarship. Mr. Deaton plans to enroll at Auburn University this fall and major in Civil Engineering.

One of the greatest opportunities that we have as Professional Civil Engineers is to get to impact the future of our profession through engagement with high school students. We are very thankful to the industry partners who have provided sponsorships to the branch to make this special occasion occur!

Governor Signs Historic BELS Law Rewrite

The Alabama Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors (BELS) law, ACT 2018-550, sponsored by Senator Clyde Chambliss in the Senate and Rep. David Sessions in the House, was recorded into history through a ceremonial signing by Governor Kay Ivey, on April 19, 2018. Members of the Board of Licensure, Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and American Council of Engineering Companies of Alabama (ACEC) were on hand for the occasion.

The newly enacted law will become effective on the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor.

A link to a copy of the newly enacted law for professional engineers and land surveyor licensees can be accessed at: BELS LAW: Act_2018-550.

A special thanks to everyone who helped to get this bill passed and signed into law!!

Montgomery Branch Awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Website Award for 2nd Year in a Row

On February 10, 2018, The Montgomery Branch (Alabama Section) has been awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Website Award for Small Sections and Branches. This is the second year in a row that the branch has received this award. The award was presented at the 2018 Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 Multi-Region Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 10 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel in Buffalo, NY. Accepting the award from ASCE President Kristina Swallow on behalf of the Montgomery Branch is Montgomery Branch Secretary-Treasurer Ramsey Ashmore.

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