Celebrate Women in Engineering and Register for the 2017 Global Marathon

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DiscoverE’s 2017 Global Marathon

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Global Marathon is a celebration of women in engineering.

The 2017 Global Marathon, a DiscoverE event, is a free, virtual event that focuses on women in engineering and technology, and will take place on March 8-9, 2017. The sessions are aimed to educate and empower.

The keynote topic for this year is the engineering behind Cirque du Soleil. In addition, there will be a wide range of exciting topics that will be covered, including the Mentorship Cycle, Entrepreneurship, and many others.

Taking part is easy. Just register and watch the sessions remotely on your computer or mobile device.

Agenda and Speakers

2017 Engineers Week - Dream BigThis year’s marathon builds on the theme Dream Big. The full agenda can be viewed on DiscoverE’s 2017 Global Marathon Agenda page, while the full list of dynamic speakers can be viewed on DiscoverE’s speakers page. Here is just a brief sampling of what will be presented.

Day 1 – Creating Your Dream

  • The Engineering of Cirque du Soleil: An Intersection of Circus Arts & Technology!
  • All Aboard, The Future of Commercial Space Travel
  • Engineering Student to Entrepreneur; Global Team Creates Global Solution

Day 2 – Making Your Dream a Reality

  • STEM, the Other Mother Tongue
  • The Mentorship Cycle – Mentoring Throughout Your Career
  • Dream Big: Engineering Our World

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Mentorship is one of the topics being covered in the 2017 Global Marathon.

Mentorship is one of the topics being covered in the 2017 Global Marathon.

There are many topics that will be covered so we’ve created a handy 2017 Global Marathon Schedule Planner (PDF) to help you plan which sessions you’ll view. Even if you’re even just remotely interested, register now or share it with someone who might be. Make sure to check your email after you’ve registered and follow the instructions.

Did I mention it was free and virtual? So set aside some time now to check it out, and get inspired.

Other Programs and More Information

Global Marathon is one of many campaigns by DiscoverE to help promote engineering, especially to the youth and women. Other campaigns include Engineers Week, Girl Day, and Global Day.

To keep up-to-date on things related to construction and engineering, follow Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. on LinkedIn.

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Today is Girl Day – Introduce a Girl to Engineering

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Two visually-impaired girls work together on a small vehicle.

Two visually-impaired girls work together on a small vehicle.

Girl Day is a worldwide campaign to introduce girls K-12 to the innovative world of engineering. Thousands of engineers, teachers and others act as Role Models to educate girls about how engineers change our world. This campaign is part of Engineers Week 2017.

Girl Day is more than just one day. It is a movement to show girls the importance and impact of engineering in the global community. Now, more than ever, the world needs young women to pursue career paths in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). Below is a short guide to help you get started, and here’s a PDF of the Girl Day 2017 Planning Guide.

Planning Your Girl Day Activities

  • STEP 1: Find out if something is already being planned.
    Does your company, engineering society or university host Girl Day events? Get involved.
  • STEP 2: Create opportunities to inspire.
    Introducing a girl to engineering can happen anywhere and at any time. Think about what works for you and your schedule. You can:

    • Visit a classroom or afterschool program. In as little as 45 minutes you can tell students about your job, how it makes a difference in the world and answer questions. And you can lead a hands-on activity.
    • Invite a small group of girls to visit you at work or on your campus. You can give them a tour, introduce them to your colleagues and showcase a project under development. You can even feed them lunch!
  • STEP 3: Reach Girls.
    Two girls explore the properties of pink blob of gak while a volunteer looks on.

    Two girls explore the properties of pink blob of gak while a volunteer looks on.

    Contact the staff person in your organization who handles community engagement, volunteerism or K-12 outreach to find out about any, current relationships with local groups. If there are no pre-existing relationships, consider contacting the local Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs and schools to set up a visit. National Girls Collaborative Project has a rich database of local girl serving organizations. And, you can visit this step-by-step guide to get pointers.

  • STEP 4: Select Activities.
    You want fun, hands-on engineering activity ideas? We’ve got tons to choose from!
  • STEP 5: Use effective messages about engineering.
    Students in K-12 often don’t know what engineering really is and what engineers do. Use these five powerful and effective messages about engineering to really connect with students. Watch our Bring it Out video series to see powerful messages in action. Also, see our online guide for tips on how to talk to students about engineering.
  • STEP 6: New to working with girls or hosting an event?
    Check out our short, online training that walks you through the ins and outs of leading hands-on activities.
  • STEP 7: Share your plans.
    Announce your event on the following DiscoverE social media pages:

Not Just Today

Remember, this is not limited to today only. You can do this any time of the year. All it takes is a little bit of planning and the right resources. So whether you’re an engineer, teacher, or someone who’s interested in STEM subjects, this is a great way to make a positive impact on our younger generation and the world.

More Information

For more information about Girl Day, please visit DiscoverE’s Girl Day web portal. There you can find all sorts of resources to help spread the word and inspire the next generation of girls to become women engineers.

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2017 National Engineers Week

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The 2017 National Engineers Week or Eweek is just around the corner. This year it will be celebrated from February 19-25, 2017.

2017 National Engineers Week

2017 Engineers Week - Dream BigIn the United States, National Engineers Week is always the week in February which encompasses George Washington’s actual birthday, February 22. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday. President Washington is considered as the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.

Dates to Remember

What You Can Do

The best place to get information regarding Engineers Week is to visit the DiscoverE.org web portal dedicated to Engineers Week. There you will find all about the events listed above as well as a resource page with different media formats to help spread the work and encourage youth to take up engineering.

Dream Big

To help kick start Engineers Week, Eweek organizers have created a film called Dream Big for IMAX and giant screen theaters that showcases engineering’s impact on our world. It is produced by MacGillivray Freeman. The trailer is below and looks to be inspiring to both young and old alike.

 

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The Use of Infographics in Forensic Architecture and Engineering

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Sample infographics

Information graphics, also known as “infographics”, is an effective method to present information in order to convince and help your audience understand your point or argument.

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2017 Brings in the New 2016 California Building Code

A New Code

2016 California Building Code

2016 California Building Code

On January 1, 2017, the State of California is adopting the 2016 California Building Code.  This affects the design and construction of new and existing buildings.  When and how the 2016 CBC will affect a specific building will depend on the local jurisdiction.

The 2016 California Building Code is based on the 2015 International Building Code.  Various California agencies add their own amendments to the 2015 International Building Code.  The 2015 International Building code is based on the following:

  • ASCE 7-10 including Supplement No. 1
  • ACI 318-14
  • AISC 360-10
  • AISC 314-10
  • TMS 402-13
  • TMS 602-13
  • 2015 AF&PA NDS
  • 2015 WFCM

The prior version of the building code 2013 California Building Code was based on the 2012 IBC.  Many of these code references to the 2013 CBC and the 2012 IBC have been updated.

California has its own amendments so that the 2016 CBC is a little different than the 2015 IBC.  For instance, the reference to the loading requirements of ASCE 7-10 Supplement No. 2 is added to the California Building Code.  Generally, most of the differences between the 2016 CBC and the 2015 IBC relate to school and hospital construction.

Free versions of the 2015 IBC2016 CBC, and other building codes are available.

Transitioning to ACI 318-14

One of the 2015 IBC references is American Concrete Institute’s Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary ACI 318-14.  ACI 318-14 has been completely reorganized from the previous ACI 318-11 edition.  Because of this reorganization, ACI has published free transition keys between ACI 318-11 and ACI 318-14, so that a designer can bridge the differences between the two editions.  These transition keys are in both English and Spanish.

Sources and Additional Info

In addition to the links above, additional information related to updates in the California Building Code can be found in the following references:

 

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Jax Kneppers Talks About Mobile Collection Technology at the 2016 AACE Annual Meeting in Toronto

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Toronto SkylineJax Kneppers, President and CEO of Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. and Imfuna, gave a presentation entitled “Mobile Collection Technology to Create Accurate Cost Estimates” at the 2016 AACE International Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, on June 27, 2016. The presentation was part of the annual event that spanned June 26 through June 29 that attracted cost estimators and engineers from all over the world.

Mobile Technology for Field Data Collection

The lecture focused on the following:

  • application of mobile technology for field data collection
  • database driven technology for efficient organization of data
  • advancing the professional practices by using cloud-based mobile collection technology
  • impact of mobile collection technology on the industry

Jax discussed the current practices of field data collection, which often use multiple devices such as digital cameras, dictaphones, note pads, drawings and tables, to capture different types of data. Using different  devices to separately capture dictations, measurements, notes, and photos made the entire process cumbersome. This is especially apparent when you start combining the massive amount of collected data from the different sources into a usable format. These current practices are laborious, time-consuming and inefficient.

The key to improve field data collection methods is technology according to Jax. With advances in mobile technology, one can consolidate the field tools into one device and noticeably improve the taking of photos and notes, and field sketching. Other advantages with using mobile technologies include better data resilience or integrity, and increased site mobility and safety.

Improved Inspection Efficiency

A comparison of time to complete common inspection activities between traditional methods and mobile technology methods showed an improvement of almost 64%. Since the data collected using the newer methods is digital, the speed in which reports, analyses and cost estimates were created dramatically improved.

The Team

The presentation was put together by Jax Kneppers, Dr. Borja Garcia de Soto, and Matthew Dick. Dr. Garcia de Soto has a PhD in Civil Engineering at Eidgenössishche Technische Hochschule Zürich, and has had extensive experience in civil engineering, project management, schedule analysis, cost estimating, BIM and forensic engineering. Matthew Dick is a construction consultant turned software developer at Imfuna and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA.

With a vast background in mechanical engineering, cost estimating, and forensic engineering, Jax Kneppers is the president and CEO of Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc (JKA) and Imfuna.

About Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc.

Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. is a construction consulting company with expertise in building envelope design, forensic engineering, structural engineering, scheduling, cost estimating, and construction planning management.

About Imfuna

Imfuna is a global technology company specializing in mobile apps focusing on digital inspections for the construction and rental property industries with offices in the UK, the US and South Africa.

About AACE International

AACE International is a non-profit association that serves the total cost management and cost engineering community. They provide members and stakeholders with the resources they need to grow their businesses. AACE International began as the American Association of Cost Engineering,  and then changed its name to the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. Afterwards, the official name of AACE International was adopted.

2016 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar to be Held on May 12-13

The 2016 West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar will take place at the Disneyland hotel in Anaheim this coming May 12 through May 13, and will once again feature many interesting topics regarding construction litigation.

The seminar began in 1993 and has become the premiere seminar for the members of the construction defect community. The many attendees coming from many different fields including legal, insurance, construction, and consulting, has made this the largest event of its kind worldwide.

For more information or to register, visit the West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar website.

Happy National Engineers Week!

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In the United States, National Engineers Week is always the week in February which encompasses George Washington’s actual birthday, February 22. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday. President Washington is considered as the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.[1]

The results of the Federal Engineer of the Year Award are announced during the week.

http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/engineers-week

 

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