2018 Alabama ASCE Section
Winter Meeting in Wetumpka, AL


Conference Information
The Montgomery Branch of ASCE is hosting the 2018 Winter Meeting of the Alabama Section on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Join us at the Wetumpka Civic Center located at 410 S Main St in Wetumpka, AL 36092, for a day of educational presentations on a range of professional and technical topics in a unique setting. Participants can receive up to 6 Professional Development Hours and will have an opportunity to conduct a guided van tour of the Wetumpka Impact Crater.

The Alabama Section Board of Directors Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Alabama Department of Transportation Conference Room 5 and 6.

Registration
Registration for the event is now open. Click here to register

For questions with registration, please contact the Conference Team at conferences@montgomery-asce.org or (334) 242-6517.

Meeting Agenda
This promises to be an exciting day at a great venue. The program includes discussion on a number of topics including major ALDOT projects, Legislative Update, Drones and much much more. Continental Breakfast and registration kick off at 7:15 am. Lunch will be provided. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get PDH credits and support ASCE.

For a detailed agenda of all presentations, please click HERE.

Sponsors/Exhibitors

There will be opportunities for Sponsorship and Exhibitors at the Winter Meeting.  To become a Sponsor or Exhibitor, please click HERE to access a downloadable file or click above for online registration for Sponsors and Exhibitors.  Sponsorship’s are available for $200 and includes 1 attendee. The sponsors/exhibitors logo will be displayed on the website and during the conference. Exhibitors are available for $500 and includes 1 attendee.  Exhibit space includes 8’ x 8’ area with 6’ table and chair.  Exhibit space selection preference will be in order of receipt of payment.  Exhibitors will have the opportunity to setup the day before.  

For recognition at the conference, email an electronic copy of your company logo to Mr. Charles Wright no later than February 21, 2018. For more detailed information, please contact Mr. Charles Wright at  charles.wright@gmcnetwork.com or  (334) 271-3200.

Hotel

Here is a map of available hotels in the Montgomery Area. We recommend staying Downtown or at Eastchase hotels.

The Alabama Section Board of Directors Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Alabama Department of Transportation Conference Room 5 and 6.

Social Event

You’re invited to participate in a No-Host Social Event the night before the Conference on February 28th at 7:00 p.m. Location and additional information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Impact Crater Tour

The location of the Wetumpka Astrobleme —“star-wound”— originated from a cosmic event that occurred some 80 to 83 million years ago. It was confirmed only recently, after more than two years of extensive investigation and deep earth core drilling conducted on site. It is one of the few above-ground impact crater locations in the United states and one of only about six in the entire World. Even more unusual is the fact that the structure is actually exposed (as you can see from the rim evidence in these photographs). Despite the weathering that has occurred through millions of years, the crater walls are still prominent, so the rim was obviously much higher at one time.

The projectile of the meteor impact was probably travelling between 10 and 20 miles per second. So this means the impact would have produced winds in excess of 500 miles per hour, and the meteor most likely struck at a 30-45 degree angle as it came from the northeast. They determined that it came from the northeast by the angle at which the rocks are slanted within the impact area which includes the current flow path of the Coosa River.

This can be seen looking from both directions on the Bibb Graves Bridge. Geologists speculate that the shock waves, the damage, and other effects of the impact explosion radiated out from the strike several hundred miles. Debris may have been thrown as far away as the present Gulf of Mexico. Geologists also theorize that the strike area would have been under a shallow sea, perhaps 300 to 400 feet of water, that covered most of southern Alabama at the time of the impact. It is estimated that the diameter of the meteorite to be 1,100 feet and could have been as much as three to four times larger.

2nd Annual Civil Engineer
 Legislative Day
 (in lieu of Branch Meeting)

The 2nd Annual Civil Engineering Legislative Day Drive-In will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Alabama State House. The Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Council of Engineer Companies (ACEC) of Alabama is teaming up to host the event!

Senator Clyde Chambliss, P.E. will be speaking to the group about the Legislative Process, Infrastructure Funding and Issues facing the State of Alabama. He is also coordinating with other Senate Leaders to present at the meeting.

At the conclusion of the event, attendees are recommended to go and see their representatives in order to engage them about infrastructure! Click here to view the State Representative Roster, the State Senate Roster, and a 2018 Combined Roster in order to be able to contact your representative or senator prior to your visit. Let your voice be heard!!!

Timeline
10:40 a.m. - Arrive at the State House, Enter through Front Entrance (Union St.)

10:45 a.m. - Go through Security and proceed to Room TBD
11:00 a.m. - Legislative Briefing & Lunch - Senator Chambliss & Others
11:30 a.m. - Committee Discussion
12:30 p.m. - Senate Gallery Viewing
1:00 p.m. - House Gallery Viewing
1:30 p.m. - Visits with Individual Legislators for attendees   

RSVP
Unlike our typical meetings, an accurate count of attendees is necessary due to space restrictions inside the Senate Room.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP with Julie Conn (205-263-2112 or email at jconn@sain.com) no later than Monday, February 19, 2018.

Lunch
Lunch will be provided from Chappy's Deli, and it will include a Deli Sandwich, Chips, Cookies and Tea

Dress
It is encouraged for attendees to dress Business Professional for the event. 

Prohibited Items
We request for attendees to leave pocket knives and weapons in their vehicles to make the security process work easier. 

Parking
Parking will not be available any closer than Crampton Bowl other than metered parking in and around the State House.  Click here for a strip map from parking to the State House.

Interesting Facts
The Alabama State Senate is composed of 35 Senators, exactly one-third the size of the House of Representatives, and each Senator represents a district of approximately 137,000 Alabamians. The State House was opened in 1963 as the Alabama Highway Department Building. It housed the Alabama Department of Transportation, then known as the Alabama State Highway Department, until 1985, when the Alabama Legislature moved into the upper floors while the Alabama State Capitol was being renovated. Article IV, Section 48 of the Alabama Constitution requires the Legislature to meet in the Capitol, but Amendment 427 was passed to enable it to select another place to temporarily meet until renovations at the Capitol were complete. Although all major renovations were completed there in 1992, the Legislature has remained at the State House. The building was renamed after the 1985 move. Originally, the Legislature occupied the 5th through 7th floors. When the Legislature outgrew this space, an eighth floor was added.

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