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Professional Development Hours Workshop for Engineers and Registered Architects

Scheduled seminars throughout the DC 37 Education Fund provide licensed Professional Engineers and Registered Architects the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours for license renewal. Engineers are required to have a minimum of 36 development hours as part of the renewal process; 18 of which must be in an interactive classroom setting. These seminars are open to licensed engineers and architects only.

Winter 2021 – November/December

November and December 2021 – Seminars and Instructors’ biographies.

CE-272 The Ethics of Controlling and Assuring Quality in Construction (Part #1)
This course presents the basic responsibility for ethical behavior that Engineers have in designing & constructing facilities for the Public. This responsibility derives from the fiduciary position that Engineers occupy with respect to ensuring the Public’s safety of all they design & build, whether as Designer of Record or Overseer of construction. The NSPE Code of Ethics is used as a springboard for discussion of this topic and is referenced throughout the presentation.

The second portion presents the responsibility for ethical behavior that Engineers have during construction of facilities for the Public. It presents guides for you to know what an ethical business relationship with a contractor is & to be able to monitor it & manage it. You learn how to make timely, ethical, defendable decisions & gain support for them to get the job done (even if risky). The third part reviews the legal and ethical issues that arise when you volunteer as an engineer following any emergency.

Subject: CE-272 The Ethics of Controlling and Assuring Quality in Construction (Part #1)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10pm
Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Location: Webinar
Instructor: William Rodwick, BSCE, MPA, P.E.

CE-273 The Ethics of Controlling and Assuring Quality in Construction (Part #2)
The course explores the nuclear accident at Fukushima, which has provided us with a great opportunity to learn from the many decisions and actions not done as well as those insufficiently accomplished as they apply to many engineering ethical decisions that must be made for large facilities designed and constructed in the modern global environment.

The second part of this course shows step by step, how to develop a leadership style for managing a technical organization based on a background of ethical standards and incentives and explores the ethics behind the hiring & developing of decision-makers in such an organization.

Subject: CE-273 The Ethics of Controlling and Assuring Quality in Construction (Part #2)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Location: Webinar
Instructor: William Rodwick, BSCE, MPA, P.E.

William Rodwick, BSCE, MPA, P.E.
Mr Rodwick has worked over 24 years with NYC Transit and 25 years with the Army Corps of Engineers. He is a licensed PE in NYS, has a BSCE & MPA. His domestic & international experience ranges from soils and foundation design to construction management, Chief of Estimating, Chief of Design Mgt and Asst Chief of Engineering Division while with the Army Corps. At NYCT, he worked as Senior Construction Manager, Chief of Quality & Safety Mgt & Asst VP Engineering & Design. He has developed and presented over 20 different professional and technical courses to thousands of professionals. Presently, he is serving as President of the Practicing Institute of Engineering.

CE-250 Tunnel Life Cycle Design & Cost Analysis (Part #1)
Numerous tunnels in the United States are more than 50 to 100 years old and are showing signs of considerable deterioration, e.g. water infiltration and other structural defects. When making funding decisions of tunnel projects under constrained budgets, it is tempting to place a higher importance on up-front costs and pay insignificant attention to future costs. Tunnel Life Cycle Cost Analysis (TLCCA) is a data-driven tool that provides a detailed account of project costs over its expected life. The various topics covered are purpose of this presentation e.g. global transportation (highway and railroad) industry problems; choice of highway & railroad tunnels vs. bridges; infrastructure life: underground vs. above-ground; history of US highway & railroad tunnels; commonly used highway & railroad tunnel terminology / what is a tunnel highway & railroad tunnel; design basis and specifications of highway & railroad tunnel project; choice of the highway & railroad tunnel system; rehabilitation of highway & railroad tunnel structure elements; highway and railroad tunnel water infiltration rate; consequences of water infiltration in highway and railroad tunnel; highway and railroad tunnel leak remediation methods; highway & railroad tunnel liner types; basic types of highway & railroad tunnel construction in common use; cut and cover: bottom up & top down methods; need, applications & features of life cycle cost analysis (LCCA). The structural degradation of tunnel takes place in due course of time. Water infiltration is the most common cause of deterioration. Water infiltration is detrimental to the life of a tunnel. The three alternatives for remediation of a water infiltration problem are: Short term repairs, long term repairs or, as a last resort, reconstruct all or portions of the tunnel lining that is causing the problem using methods of waterproofing that incorporate newer technologies. Need of LCCA is required when making project funding decisions. The various transportation companies saved hundreds of millions of dollars by not investing in a project that was not worth the full cost using LCCA. The various other details will follow in tunnel life cycle design & cost analysis-part two.

Subject: CE-250 Tunnel Life Cycle Design & Cost Analysis (Part #1)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Location: Webinar
Instructor: Avinash Prasad, L.S., C.E., P.E.

CE-251 Tunnel Life Cycle Design & Cost Analysis (Part #2)
Life cycle cost analysis is a dynamic process. Some ongoing tunnel projects are not as successful as they initially appeared in the planning stage because only design and construction costs were included without taking into consideration the long-term costs associated with maintenance, operation, etc. The various topics covered are life-cycle cost model; various costs of LCCA; life cycle cost methodology; present worth & annualized method; discounting factors formula; maximizing the infrastructure investment values using LCCA; limitations of LCCA and future work for up-gradation of highway & railroad tunnel technology. One of the model of LCC can be expressed as LCC (life cycle cost) = IC + OP + FC; where IC = initial cost, OP = operating cost, and FC = failure cost. This model refers to the failure cost as these costs incurred when the system is not in its normal state of performance. Also, the risk and vulnerability of a system can be included in this model. There are two method of LCCA i.e. present worth & annualized method. The present worth method attempts to bring all of the present and future costs of a given option to present day values. The annualized method is used to transform present and future costs into a uniform annual expense. LCCA has its limitations because of advancement of technology, the current knowledge may not be applicable toward the end of the tunnel life-cycle period. In spite of these limitations, TLCCA, using data based on innovative research on existing and new tunnel projects, enables decision makers (planners, designers, maintainers) to select the most appropriate tunnel improvement alternatives. With the increasing pace of changes in the technology and the current economic down turn, organizations around the world are focused more on cost-effective and value-added technology/research in the field of advancement of tunnel technology. A broad level of research with adequate funding could be initiated down the road to develop new techniques in design, construction and maintenance of tunnels by using LCCA and other techniques (including risk analysis and operation research principles).

Subject: CE-251 Tunnel Life Cycle Design & Cost Analysis (Part #2)
Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Location: Webinar
Instructor: Avinash Prasad, L.S., C.E., P.E.

Avinash Prasad, L.S., C.E., P.E.
Mr. Prasad is a Licensed Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor with more than 25 years of civil engineering and project management experience. As a registered professional engineer and land surveyor (NJ, NY, CT, MA, RI), he specializes in bridge asset management and structural evaluation of bridges, particularly suspension bridges. He is currently researching bridge asset management for his doctoral dissertation at New York University. He has received dual MS degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management from NJIT and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from India. He has more than 1000 hours of continuing professional education as instructor/participating professional. He is a NJ state certified emergency medical technician (EMT), emergency medical responder (EMR), and firefighter (FF). He is also a certified CPR, AED administer. He is a fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers and an active member of several professional organizations such as: AREMA, PMI, AISC, NYSAPLS, IPWE, IRT and IIBE. The ASCE, Railway Age and Railway Track & Structure conference proceedings has accepted many of his technical papers for presentation and/or publication.


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