2007 Annual Convention Edition
Vol. XXVIII, Number 19
May 17, 2007

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ACEC Means

Only One Week Left To Join Liability Insurance Survey

The 2007 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of member firms for Fiscal Year 2006 is being conducted online through Friday, May 25.

The annual survey collects information on firms' professional liability insurance, their claims experience, and the impact of the threat of litigation.

Member firms can take the survey by clicking here. Only one response per firm is allowed.

Member firms that respond to the survey will receive a free copy of the results upon request. Additional copies of survey results will also be available for sale through the ACEC Bookstore.

Convention Boasts Record Number Of Exhibitors

The 2007 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. had a record number of exhibitors, including exhibitors from the Virginia Department of Transportation, Deltek, Service Point, Leica Geosystems, and Pennoni Associates.

Robert Vokes, of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., Scott Perkins, of Wilson & Company, Inc., and Yanak Shagalov, of Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc., all won portable DVD players in a contest sponsored by the exhibitors.

Paul J. Hirst from CRS won a special Maui gift basket donated by ACEC/Hawaii. ACEC will hold its Fall Conference in Maui, September 26-29, 2007.

Several exhibitors also conducted their own special promotions including the Satori Group, which awarded an attendee a new digital camera estimated at $500, along with the ACEC Life/Health Trust, which provided free health screenings.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the upcoming Fall Conference in Maui, please contact Nina Goldman at ngoldman@acec.org.

Now Available—
Signed Books By 2007 Annual Convention Speakers

The ACEC Bookstore held five book signings at this year's Annual Convention.

The authors signed extra copies and limited quantities of these autographed books are now available for purchase. Place your order today!

Chris Matthews

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George Will

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White House Chef
Walter Scheib & Andrew Friedman

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Politics & Pot Roast
Sarah Hood Salomon

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To see all available speaker books, click here.

Special Thanks To Our ACEC/PAC Sponsors

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Project Management for Project Leaders
June 11-12, Evanston, IL

Today's project managers are expected to be experts in every phase of the project continuum—from inception to owner turnover and beyond.

In response to these changing skill-set requirements, ACEC, in collaboration with Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering, is offering a two-day "update" course, Project Management for Project Leaders, June 11-12 on the NU campus, Evanston (Chicago), IL.

Participants will learn new management skills and techniques essential for cost-effective management in today's demanding environment.

The course carries 16 PDHs.

Click here for the agenda outline, faculty information and to register.

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Upcoming Online Seminars

The Critical Case for Defending Qualifications-Based Selection
May 22, 1:30-3 p.m.    1.5 PDHs

Jeff Beard, ACEC vice president, Institute for Business Management, and Kurt Corey, director of public works, City of Eugene, Ore., will examine the numerous benefits of using Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) and discuss a new ACEC study underway on QBS.

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The Great Contract Battle: 10 Ways to Improve Contracts and Manage Risk
May 23, 1:30-3 p.m.    1.5 PDHs

Do you simply shoulder disproportionate risk or mount a well-prepared defensive campaign? Tom Bongi, XL Design and Steve Cox, Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers look at ten common risks transferred by way of contracts and explore how to negotiate more equitable project terms.

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Merger & Acquisition Transactions—Getting Deals Done
May 30, 1:30-3 p.m.    1.5 PDHs

Colvin Matheson, Matheson Financial Advisors, looks at the M&A environment and reviews the basics of firm valuation as well as the nuances of deal structure and closing the transaction.

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Record Attendance Of More Than 1,200 At Annual Convention

Former White House Chef Walter Scheib oversees a serving at the "State Dinner."
From the opening night “State Dinner,” to the cruise on the Potomac, to important meetings with Congress, finding something of interest was easy for the more than 1,200 attendees at the Annual Convention in Washington.

The Convention also featured the 41st Engineering Excellence Awards Gala hosted by Emmy Award-winner Ross Shafer.

Chris Matthews discusses possible presidential election scenarios.
"This was my first national Convention and I thought it was outstanding," said John Nelson, of Wright-Pierce in Topsham, Maine. "I enjoyed the CEO roundtables the best. Participants in those sessions were forthcoming and honest about the real areas of concerns shared by all firms."

"I thought the choice of speakers was excellent," said Dale Miller, of Kirkham Michael in Phoenix.

"In addition, the "How to think like a Congressman" program was particularly impressive. It was a lot of fun, but very insightful at the same time."

Chris Poland (center) of Degenkolb Engineers and wife Barbara (left) enjoy the Opening Reception with ACEC/Colorado Executive Director Marilen Reimer.
Convention Highlights:

  • Orrin B. "Mac" MacMurray succeeded Jeff Daggett as ACEC's 2007-2008 chairman; and five new members joined the 2007-2008 Executive Committee: John F. Hennessy, chairman-elect, David D. Kennedy, Raymond F. Messer, Gregs G. Thomopulos, and Frank Rudd.

  • The Board of Directors approved ACEC’s new three-year budget to maintain the Council’s strength. The Board also discussed “drilling down deeper” into ACEC’s membership base so Council programs and services can be shared by a broader range of members. The Board also heard from Colorado University Professor Hyman Brown on the ongoing ACEC-sponsored research on QBS which Brown’s team is conducting.

  • ACEC unveiled a new membership video featuring testimonials from members and government officials. The video will soon be distributed to all MOs.

  • Pulitzer-prize winning columnist George Will offers insights on American society.

  • More than $110,000 was raised for ACEC/PAC, setting an all-time Convention fundraising record.

  • "Citizen lobbyists" conducted more than 250 visits to Congressional offices to support important ACEC legislative initiatives.

  • New ACEC Chairman Orrin "Mac" MacMurray, right, greets Congressman James Oberstar at a Convention reception.
  • Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, provided insights on the upcoming presidential election.

  • Pulitzer-prize winning columnist and author George Will offered unique perspectives on trends in American society.

  • Former White House Chef Walter Scheib hosted the elegant White House-themed "State Dinner" featuring First Family dining favorites.

  • 2006-2007 ACEC Chairman Jeff Daggett, right, receives a plague for a distinguished year of service from ACEC President Dave Raymond.
  • The Montgomery Point Lock and Dam, designed by MWH, received the Grand Conceptor Award as the year's most impressive engineering achievement at the 41st Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala. Twenty-three other projects also won awards (see below).

  • Vivek Wadhwa of Duke University and Lance Davis of the National Academy of Engineering led a Town Hall discussion on the engineer shortage.
  • Hundreds Of ACEC "Citizen Lobbyists" Score Points for Industry On Capitol Hill

    Congressman Kendrick Meek (D-FL), the lead sponsor of legislation to repeal the 3 percent withholding mandate, briefs members on his strategy for securing passage of the bill at the Convention's Congressional Briefing.
    A wave of ACEC citizen lobbyists swept over Capitol Hill last week during the Annual Convention to brief House and Senate members on key issues and build support for legislation critical to the industry.

    One crucial initiative is the Council's efforts to repeal an onerous 3 percent withholding mandate that would affect every firm providing services for a federal, state and even some local governments.

    Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL), lead sponsor of legislation (H.R. 1023) to defeat the mandate, was at the Convention to brief ACEC members prior to their Capitol Hill visits.

    In conjunction with industry allies, the Council's campaign to repeal the mandate is yielding results. Nearly 100 House members are now listed as cosponsors of HR 1023.

    Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) addresses ACEC/PAC Millennium Club members during a luncheon on Capitol Hill as ACEC Government Affairs Vice President Steve Hall listens.
    "Many Members of Congress that we visited with didn't realize they actually voted for this mandate as part of a larger tax bill last year," said Ted von Rosenvinge of GeoDesign in Connecticut.

    "We educated them, and they responded very favorably. I think we made a real difference in building support and propelling the repeal legislation forward."

    ACEC members also focused on securing Senate support for legislation that has already cleared the House of Representatives to authorize increased funding for critical water infrastructure projects around the country.

    Solutions to restore the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and address the growing shortage of engineers were also presented to House and Senate offices.

    "Making a difference in the public policy arena on issues that affect our firms often means delivering our message in person," said David Oates of Oates Associates in Illinois. "Our visits last week were critically important, and I think it should be a priority for every ACEC member firm to take part in this effort."

    Convention Sets New ACEC/PAC Fundraising Record; Gozdziewski Wins $10,000 Sweepstakes

    The Convention set a new fundraising record for ACEC/PAC, with over $110,000 raised to support the Council's political program.

    "This is just amazing," said ACE/PAC Chairman Craig Avery of Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers in Kentucky. "It wasn't long ago that it took us an entire year to raise that amount—this time, we did at one Convention. That's another indication that our political program is really taking off."

    The centerpiece of the Convention fundraising activities was the ACEC/PAC Sweepstakes drawing. Charles Gozdziewski of Hardesty & Hanover in New York was the $10,000 Grand Prize winner. Leon Kriebel of Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani in Maryland won the $5,000 second prize, Anne Brooks of Brooks & Associates in Alaska took the third place $2,000 prize, and Rajan Sheth of Mead & Hunt in Wisconsin won the $1,000 fourth prize.

    The Convention also featured an evening dinner cruise, as well as a silent auction of items donated by ACEC members.

    ACEC/New York Convention attendees accept the $10,000 ACEC/PAC Sweepstakes check for absent winner Charlie Gozdziewski, of Hardesty & Hanover, in New York, N.Y. Pictured from the left are: ACEC President Dave Raymond; Eric Thorkildsen, Collins Engineers; ACEC Chairman Mac MacMurray; ACEC/New York Executive Director Jay Simson; Jeffrey Lookup, Erdman Anthony and Associates; Chuck Franzese, Hunt Engineers; Brad Fisher, Friedman Fisher Associates and Andrew Ciancia, Langan Engineering.

    MWH Wins Grand Conceptor Award For Montgomery Point Lock And Dam

    Chander Sehgal, vice president of MWH accepts the Grand Conceptor Award.
    Arkansas' new Montgomery Point Lock and Dam which overcomes low water level shipping problems—through 10 first-of-their-kind hydraulically operated bottom-lift dam gates—was named the year's most impressive engineering achievement at the 41st Annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Gala.

    MC'd by comedian Ross Shafer, the black-tie awards program honored 180 projects that were entered in this year's EEA competition—an all-time record.

    Other 2007 EEA Award Winners are listed below.

    Grand Award Winners:
    Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc.—Seattle, WA
    Green Roof Evaluation Project, Seattle, WA

    Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott & May Engineers, Inc.—Louisville, KY
    The Louisville Metro Hazard Information Portal, Louisville, KY

    WSP Cantor Seinuk—New York, NY
    Hearst Headquarters, New York, NY

    HNTB Ohio, Inc.—Cleveland, OH
    Perry Street Bridge Replacement,
    Napoleon, OH

      Magnusson Klemencic Associates—Seattle, WA
    WaMu Center/Seattle Art Museum Expansion, Seattle, WA

    Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers—Santa Rosa, California
    Mokelumne River Project, Woodbridge, CA

    Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc.—Portland, OR
    West Side Combined Sewer Overflow Project, Portland, OR
    Honor Award Winners:
    Interface Engineering, Inc.—Portland, OR
    The Center for Health & Healing at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

    Ericksen, Roed and Associates, Inc.—St. Paul, MN
    Guthrie on the River, Minneapolis, MN

    Uzun & Case Engineers,—Atlanta, GA
    Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

    URS Corporation—Dallas, TX
    Arapaho Road Bridge, Addison, TX

    Long Engineering, Inc.—Atlanta, GA
    Sweetwater Creek State Park,
    Lithia Springs, GA

    LBFH, Inc., A Boyle Engineering Company—Palm City, FL
    Okeechobee's Innovative Surface Water Plant, Okeechobee, FL

    Tetra Tech, Inc.—Ann Arbor, MI
    World Class Biosolids Incineration Systems, Ypsilanti, MI

    Nitsch Engineering, Inc.—Boston, MA
    University of Virginia Meadow Creek Regional Stormwater Management Plan, Charlottesville, VA

      URS Corporation—Decatur, IL
    Norfolk Southern Keystone Buildout, Indiana County, PA

    Hardesty & Hanover—New York, NY
    Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge
    Outer Loop Bascule Span, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia

    BSA LifeStructures—Indianapolis, IN
    Clarian Pathology Laboratory, Indianapolis, IN

    The Louis Berger Group, Inc.—Washington, D.C.
    M.R.T. Chaloem Ratchamongkhon Line, Bangkok, Thailand

    C&S Engineers, Inc.—Syracuse, NY
    Upstream Passageway for the American Eel at the St. Lawrence FDR Power Project, Massena, NY

    Harley Ellis Devereaux—Southfield, MI
    A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center, Southfield, MI

    HDR Engineering, Inc.—Missoula, MT
    Rattlesnake Creek Pedestrian Bridge, Missoula, MT

    Kleinschmidt Associates—Pittsfield, ME
    AquaPodTM Fish Containment System, Searsmont, ME

    ACEC Life/Health Trust Allies With New Provider UnitedHealthcare Effective August 1

    The Trustees of the ACEC Life/Health Insurance Trust have announced that as of August 1, 2007, the official national health care insurer for the Trust will be UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealthcare will be responsible for all services and products presently provided by HealthPlan Services and Trustmark.

    "This transition will allow all ACEC Life/Health Trust member firms to have access to United's affordable, quality health benefit plans for their employees and dependents," said Trust President Pat Feyen. "This long-term partnership will also allow the Trust to improve its ability to manage rising healthcare costs."

    The Trust's agreement with UnitedHealthcare establishes dedicated customer service, sales, and resolution teams which are committed to improving the experience and satisfaction of the program's member firms. In addition, the Trust will expand the sales distribution system to include all UnitedHealthcare Platinum brokers and agents—United's top performing network.

    Finally, the employees and dependents of member firms in the program will have access to "Choice Plus"—United's premier network of physicians, hospitals, and ancillary providers.

    Questions regarding this transition can be directed to Feyen at pat@feyengroup.com or (972) 370-9480. In addition, specific questions from member firms and their agents and brokers can be directed to rapid_response@uhc.com.

    Engineer Shortage Impact, Solutions Discussed At Convention Town Hall Meeting

    Retirements, industry image, government regulations and non-competitive salaries were just some of the many concerns members raised to address the engineer shortage at the Annual Convention's Town Hall meeting.

    Moderator Rod Hoffman, senior vice president of HDR, asked attendees how many of their firms were looking for talent but haven't been able to fill an open position for more than 12 months. Approximately three quarters of the more than 60 in attendance raised their hands.

    Panelists Lance Davis, executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Vivek Wadhwa, of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, both offered suggestions on how the engineering industry can tackle the issue.

    Davis cited the NAE's Engineer 2020 report, which forecasts scenarios on the future for engineers and outlines strategies for enhancing engineering education. "The role of engineers is changing and education has to change in response if we want to have the engineers educated in the U.S. to be able to effectively compete on the global stage," Davis said.

    Wadhwa said the industry is not focusing on the right problems. "Everyone thought the problem was in bachelor's degrees—it's in Masters and PhD degrees. China has eclipsed the U.S. in awarding Masters and PhDs, and in the U.S., 60 percent of all graduate degrees are going to foreign nationals," Wadhwa cautioned.

    Davis added that "The engineering community also has to emphasize more of the value and rewards of engineering."

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