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2018 Alabama ASCE Section Winter Meeting - Presentations, Photos, Videos and more...

The Montgomery Branch of the Alabama Section hosted the 2018 Winter Meeting Conference in Wetumpka, AL on Thursday, March 1,2018. The day provided some great Engineering Presentations, a Tour of the Impact Crater, and a Legislative Update from the only Professional Engineer in the Alabama State Senate and the House of Representatives. We would like to say a big Thank You to our sponsors and exhibitors for helping make the event successful. Please look below for presentations, videos and pictures.



Photos by Michael Hora

2nd Annual Civil Engineer Legislative Day

On February 21, 2018, the Alabama ASCE Section joined with Alabama-ACEC for their 3rd Annual Legislative Driving in Montgomery. The event was attended by 45 members who heard from State Senator Clyde Chambliss, P.E., M.ASCE (R- District 30) who touched on how bills becomes law in Alabama. The Senator also spoke about his bill, Senate Bill 316, which will change the composition of the Alabama Board of Licensure to include two public members and move qualifications-based selection (QBS) from the state administrative code into the state statutes.

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

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.

33 Years of Excellence Recognized

Past Presidents' Appreciation Day Press Release

October 10, 2017 - The Montgomery Branch of the Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers dedicated the October Branch meeting to recognizing the leadership and volunteerism of each of its former Branch presidents. Those leaders, during their time with the Branch, put forth great effort to uphold and enhance the integrity and ethics of the civil engineering profession, while serving engineers and the community in the River Region. By way of our past presidents, the Branch has been able to foster professional interaction between students, younger members, and experienced professionals as well as instill enthusiasm in the profession and Branch membership and involvement. Dr. Dan Turner, P.E., Ph.D, presented each recipient with a certificate of recognition. Dr. Turner is a tireless advocate, promoter, and leader for the transportation engineering profession, and he has the distinction of being the only member of the Alabama Section to serve as the national Society President of ASCE.

The Montgomery Branch of ASCE was established in 1984 with 30 original members, and several of these charter members were on hand to witness the recognition of our past presidents. Thirty-three years later, the Branch continues to be a highly active professional organization within the River Region, largely due to the efforts of these honored individuals. According to Mr. Brian Felder, 2009 Branch President, “It was an honor to be recognized with so many leaders in the ASCE community. In my current job, I have the opportunity to attend and present to ASCE branches throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and I can honestly say that the Montgomery Branch is the most organized, well run, and impactful of all of them”.

The Montgomery Branch would like to once again thank each of its former presidents for their service and sacrifice to the Branch, ASCE, and the civil engineering profession. As often quoted, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

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February 2017  - 1st Annual Alabama ASCE Civil Engineer Legislative Day Drive-In at the Alabama State House

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Alabama Section of ASCE held its 1st Annual ASCE Civil Engineer Legislative Day Drive-In at the Alabama State House.  The event was attended by over 40 Civil Engineers from across the State of Alabama.  The group included multiple Alabama Section Members, several County Engineers, Renee Casillas, Executive Director of American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Alabama, and additional representatives from other organizations that represent the Engineering Community.

Senator Clyde Chambliss, P.E.  who represents Alabama Senate District 30 was the main speaker. Senator Chambliss gave the group an overview of the legislative process and how bills progress through the legislature.  Also, Senator Chambliss discussed his Senate Bill 171 for Anti-Trust Immunity for the Board of Licensure for Engineers and Land Surveyors and Senate Bill 174 for Qualification Based Selection (QBS).  Senator Chambliss stated that QBS is the most important issue he has seen in his 25 years of practice as a Civil Engineer.  Other speakers included Senator Phil Williams of Senate District 10 (Cherokee, Dekalb, Etowah, and St. Clair Counties), Senator Trip Pittman of Senate District 32 (Baldwin Co.), Senator Gerald Dial of Senate District 13 (Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee and Randolph County), and Representative Joe Lovvorn of House District 79 (Lee County).  Senator Dial gave the group a historical perspective of transportation funding and discussed the status of gas tax legislation for this session.  The afternoon concluded with multiple Engineers meeting with individual legislators about issues affecting infrastructure and the Civil Engineering profession.

January 2017 Branch Meeting - Maintenance Funding & Investment Decisions

Mr. Stacey Glass presenting and receiving a speaker gift.

December 13, 2016 - ADA in the Work Zone - Branch Meeting

Life Members in attendance for the meeting

Matt Stoops receives gift card for Golf Tournament

Thanks to Gary Paul for Speaking.

Ralph Davis is awarded the 2016 Life Member Award.

Jason Masters receives Membership Drawing Gift Card.

December 6, 2016 - Civil Engineering Presentation to Seniors at Alabama Christian Academy

Montgomery ASCE Branch members provided a Civil Engineering presentation to over 20 Seniors at Alabama Christian Academy. The presentation included the different disciplines within Civil Engineering, types of employment opportunities, incomes for civil engineers, student chapter opportunities, and information about the 2017 Montgomery ASCE Branch Scholarship. The presentation was given by Andrew Harry, and he was accompanied by Greg Boleyn, Michael Hora, Mark McDonnell (Auburn Student Chapter President), and Brad Williams.

November 17, 2016 - Panel Discussion at the Auburn University Student Chapter

November 17, 2016 -- More than 40 civil engineering students turned out for a mentorship event at Davis Hall at Auburn University on Thursday, November 17, presented by the Montgomery Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Auburn University Student Chapter was the first ASCE Student Chapter founded in the Southeast and one of the first in the nation. Since their founding in 1921, they have been a leader within the ranks of ASCE Student Chapters and on Auburn University's campus.

The event included a networking session; welcome remarks by Mark McDonnell, Auburn Student Chapter President; a technical presentation by Brad Williams and Jennifer Haslbauer, Montgomery Branch President and Membership Chairperson; and a panel discussion that included five professionals, several of which were Auburn University alumni. This was a great opportunity to foster professional interaction between students, younger members, and experienced professionals. The presentation to the students provided an overview of job opportunities in Montgomery and upcoming Montgomery Branch activities.

Once the presentation portion of the event was completed, the Branch members opened a panel for discussion and questions from the students. Fielding questions that ranged from managerial advice to personal and work life balance to becoming a professional engineer, panel members supplied students with unique perspectives on the field of civil engineering and how to bridge the gap between college and the work force.

The panel included:

  • Andrew Harry, P.E.
  • Jennifer Haslbauer, P.E.
  • Michael Hora, P.E.
  • Brittany Israel, E.I.
  • Brad Williams, P.E.

This was another great opportunity for the Montgomery Branch to continue efforts to foster our relationship with the Auburn Student Chapter, and the Montgomery Branch would like to extend a special thanks to all those that participated. The Branch looks forward to continuing to engage with our local students and community.

November 2016 - Scholarship Golf Tournament

The tournament was held on November 3, 2016 at the Lagoon Park Golf Course in Montgomery, AL. We had 15 teams, 13 Hole Sponsors, over 20 volunteers, excellent weather, and a golf course in great condition. Thanks to your help, we were able to raise over $3,000 for the scholarship fund. These scholarships will be provided by the Montgomery Branch to high school seniors in the River Region (Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery Counties) that are planning on enrolling in civil engineering.

We would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors, who in large part were the reason for the success!

Thanks again to all who participated. We look forward to seeing you again next year! Save the Date for the 2017 ASCE Scholarship Golf Tournament on November 2, 2017.

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July 2016 - National ASCE President visits Alabama Section Summer Meeting

The leader of the nation’s oldest engineering society met with members and students of the Alabama Section and several local public officials during a visit to Alabama’s Gulf Coast on July 19 to 22, 2016.

Mr. Mark Woodson, 2016 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), made a much‑anticipated visit to the Gulf Coast Region of Alabama to speak at the ASCE and American Public Work Assowoodsonpresentationciation (APWA) Joint Summer Meeting in July 2016.  The Executive Board of the Alabama Section of ASCE established a robust and interesting itinerary for Mr. Woodson to provide him with the maximum possible exposure to civil engineering successes, opportunities, and challenges in Alabama. On July 20, Mr. Woodson toured the Airbus A320 facility, a $600-million, 53-acre manufacturing plant, at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Field. Also during his time in Alabama, Mr. Woodson was able to conduct multiple key leader meetings with the City of Mobile, the City of Orange Beach, and Baldwin County local officials.  Mr. Woodson participated in a roundtable discussion at University of South Alabama that included members from the Alabama Department of Transportation, the Mobile Area Water & Sewer System, the Alabama State Docks (Port of Mobile), the Associated General Contractors of America, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, and the Mobile Chamber of Commerce.

Tour of Hirschfeld Steel Plant

On June 14, 2016, The Montgomery ASCE Branch held its Branch Meeting at the Hirschfeld Steel Plant in Montgomery. The members who attended had the opportunity to see how steel girders are fabricated from sheets of steel.



Welding a Steel Girder

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Drilling Bolt Holes

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2016 ASCE Fly-in to Washington, D.C.

Team Alabama: (left to right) Mr. Joe Meads,  Mrs. Shelia Montgomery-Mills, Mr. Michael Hora, and Mr. Brad Williams

The 2016 ASCE Legislative Fly-in was a great success, with every state sending at least one delegate and totaling more than 200 attendees. The Fly-in was an intense two day event held on March 15th and 16th, 2016. The Alabama Section sent a delegation of four people consisting of Mr. Joe Meads, Alabama Section Legislative Captain; Mrs. Shelia Montgomery-Mills, Alabama Section President; Mr. Michael Hora, Alabama Section Past President; and Mr. Brad Williams, Montgomery Branch President. The delegation had an opportunity to meet with the Staff of Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Jeff Sessions, Representative Terri Sewell, Representative Gary Palmer, and Representative Martha Roby.

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Representative Martha Roby

Senator Richard Shelby


Representative Gary Palmer

Mason attends Multi-Region Leadership Course (MLRC) in Pittsburg, PA

The 2016 ASCE Multi-Regional Leadership Conference (MRLC) was a great meeting for several members from the East Coast (Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5) who attended. In attendance were three groups: Section and Branch Leaders, Eastern Regional Younger Members Council, and Student Chapter Leaders. The Section and Branch Leaders traveled from 29 different Sections, from Maine down to Florida. The Leadership Conference was a complete two-day event held February 12th and 13th, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Every Branch from Alabama sent a representative to attend. Mr. Thomas Mason, the Branch Membership Chairman, represented the Montgomery Branch at the Conference. National members in attendance included President Mark Woodson, President-Elect Norma Jean Mattei, and other notable ASCE Leaders.

2016 ASCE Section Winter Meeting at The Westin in Huntsville, AL

2016 Lunch with a Senator

On January 12, 2016, The Montgomery ASCE Branch held its Branch Meeting at the Alabama State House in the Senate Chambers that is located in the heart of Montgomery. Senator Clyde Chambliss, P.E. who represents Alabama Senate District 30, was the main speaker. He discussed ten key points he learned in his first year in the Senate. Senator Chambliss also discussed the funding issues that surround this state. To put it best, Senator Chambliss stated that the “publics input affects the (legislative) process.” He also explained how a bill is started and made into law by comparing it to Chess and not checkers.

Senator Arthur Orr, new Chair of the Senate Education Budget Committee; Senator Rusty Glover, Senate Majority Whip; and Senator Greg Reed, the Senate Majority Leader, also stopped by to address the branch member about things happening within the Senate. Their insight on key issues helped educate our members on the affects the General Fund budget for the State of Alabama. Senator Orr spoke about the difference between proration and cuts.

It was an enlightening experience to have over 50 civil engineers attend the meeting; some of which worked in the building until 1985, prior to when the Alabama Legislature’s relocation into the upper floors while the Alabama State Capitol was being renovated. At the conclusion of the meeting, lunch was provided in the tunnel that connects the State House and the State Capitol.

Below are some pictures from the event.

Lunch in the tunnel that connects the Alabama State House and the State Capital

Tour of the Alabama State Capital

Tour of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

November 2015 - Thanks for your service...

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the Montgomery ASCE Branch presented Mr. Chance Armstead with a plaque for his dedicated service and leadership given to the branch over the last four years culminating as the Branch President. Mr. Armstead intends to continue to help guide the Montgomery Branch and Alabama Section by volunteering to be the Director for the Montgomery Branch. We are grateful for his volunteer work and look forward to him being part of the team in the future!

October 2015 - Jordan Dam Tour

On Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, over 40 Montgomery ASCE Branch Members conducted a tour of the Jordan Dam that has been in service since December 31st, 1928, and provides 100,000 kilowatts of power with four turbine generators. Over 2,000 feet long and standing 125 feet high, it is a testament to the civil engineers of the past.

July 2015 - Section Summer Meeting


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March 2015 - Legislative Fly-In at Capital Hill in Washington, D.C.

2015 ASCE Legislative Fly-In

The 2015 ASCE Legislative Fly-in was a great success, with nearly every state sending at least one delegate and totaling more than 200 attendees. The Fly-in was an intense two day event held on March 24th and 25th, 2015. The Alabama Section sent a delegation of four people from the Birmingham and Montgomery Branch consisting of Dr. Ed Segner, Mr. Ben Gallagher, Ms. Shelia Montgomery-Mills, and Mr. Brad Williams. The delegation had an opportunity to meet with the Staff of Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Jeff Sessions, Representative Terri Sewell, Representative Gary Palmer and Representative Martha Roby. >>> Click here for complete write up

February 2015 - Winter Meeting at Hotel Capstone in Tusacaloosa, AL

Several Montgomery Branch Members attended the 2015 Winter Conference and heard some very good presentations.

July 2014 - Summer Meeting at Perdido Beach Resort

Several Montgomery ASCE Members enjoyed a very successful 2014 Alabama Section Summer Meeting from July 23-25 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. There were many great presentations that were given, and some of the members competed in the Equipment Rodeo.

Also of note, Past Montgomery Branch President Michael Hora will be assuming duties of Alabama Section President, and Branch member Barrett Dees will be assuming the responsibility as the Alabama Section Secretary-Treasurer for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. Congratulations on your selection to your position and good luck!

February 2014 - Winter Meeting

February 2012 - Winter Meeting at the Hyundai Plant in Montgomery, AL

February 2008 - Winter Meeting at Auburn, AL

February 2007 - Winter Meeting in Montgomery, AL

February 2006 - Winter Meeting in Tuscaloosa, AL

July 2006 - Summer Meeting in Mobile, AL


February 2002

U.S. Military Academy and American Society of Civil Engineers - West Point Bridge Designer 2002

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On February 14, 2002 the Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers conducted a state-level high school student competition using the West Point Bridge Designer 2002 for a nationwide competition sponsored by the U.S. Military Academy and American Society of Civil Engineers. In the nationwide competition, there were over 47,000 bridge designs that were entered in the competition that ended on Feb. 28, 2002.Each team had to design a two span continuous deck truss bridge with a low concrete pier, 40m bridge length with spans of 16m and 24m with all members initially of the same material, section and size. Teams were required to do their own work with no collaboration with anyone outside the team.  Each team had a maximum design time 30 minutes, and they couldn’t make any changes to structure geometry (adding/deleting/moving joints/members), but any or all members could be modified for material, section and/or size. The winner was based on the least total cost.

There were five teams in the state of Alabama competing for the top prize. The high schools represented were West End High School of Walnut Grove, Grissom High School in Huntsville, Tuscaloosa Academy, Montgomery Academy and Holy Spirit Academy in Tuscaloosa. Montgomery Academy took first place in the event. They were represented by Hunter Schloss and Bart Smith with Melissa Anderson as the sponsor.

Competition Photos

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Team Photos

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