Orange County’s Groundwater Replenishment System Wins ASCE's Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement for 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

The award winning susyem recycles and purifies wastewater and returns it to reservoirs and aquifers. President Wayne Klotz calls the system "an excellent example of how civil engineering can contribute to a community's economic success, improve residents' quality of life and protect public safety."

Putting America Back on the Fast Track: The Case for High-Speed Rail

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This complimentary webinar sponsored by Siemens features panelist: Pete Sklannik, Jr., M. ASCE, Vice-Chairman of ASCE's Transportation and Development Institute, Public Transportation Committee; Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando, FL; and Drew Galloway, Amtrak, Assistant Vice President of Policy and Development. The esteemed panelist, discuss the economic and environmental impact of High-Speed Rail. (32.33 min.)


Pete Sklannik, Jr., Vice-Chairman of T&DI's Public Transportation Committee was a key participant in a panel discussion that discussed the promise of job creation, economic development, and environmental improvements in a webinar sponsored by Siemens Mobility and presented by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, titled "Putting America Back on the Fast Track: The Case for High-Speed Rail."

Railway Age Editor William C. Vantuono, moderator of the session, said 74% of those responding to a pre-webinar poll stated on the highest HSR priority listed "all of the above" as their answer. Among the remainder, 8% cited job creation as HSR's highest priority; 11% selected economic development; and 7% environmental benefit.

Consensus was evident on several other HSR factors as well among the other panelists: Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando, Fla., and a leading proponent of Florida's Orlando-Tampa HSR project; Amtrak Assistant Vice President of Policy and Development Drew Galloway. Among other points, the three noted the value of integrating HSR with other regional/commuter rail and light rail alternatives, along with other modes. T&DI's Sklannik stressed the "feeder/distributor network" a mix of rail modes could offer to deliver "a true multimodal effect"—and a maximizing of investment flow that could "help reinvigorate local economies." That assertion in effect countered HSR critics who assert that the mode will have little beneficial economic impact. Amtrak's Galloway noted such successful implementation on the Northeast Corridor, while Mayor Dyer pointed to the support of and concurrent development in HSR and regional rail (SunRail) in the Orlando metropolitan area.

Each of the three panelists also advanced specific points of his own. For T&DI's Sklannik, public/private partnerships are likely a critical formula for most, if not all, U.S. high speed rail development to come. For Orlando Mayor Dyer, HSR funds must be specified and quantified in any renewal by Congress of a Surface Transportation Act—HSR has been omitted from previous measures. Amtrak's Galloway, responding to a question from Railway Age's Vantuono stressed that "higher-speed rail" (HrSR) must be a part of the U.S. mix to adjust not only to fiscal realities but to varying market sizes and city-pair distances, pointing to ongoing work on Union Pacific's route linking Chicago and St. Louis which will see 110 mph HrSR service.

Call for Papers: Civil Engineering Applications in Public Transport

Friday, January 7, 2011


Third International Conference on Urban Transportation Systems


Conference Theme: “Civil Engineering Applications in Public Transportation

Date: April 18-20, 2012

Venue: Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), Paris, France

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 31, 2011


Potential Coordinating Organizations:

Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), France; Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World (CODATU), France; French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research (INRETS), France; International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Brussels; World Bank, USA; Institute of Transportation Engineers, USA; Institute of Urban Transport (India); China Society of Civil Engineers


Committee on Public Transportation of the Transportation & Development Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) invites you to submit papers for presentation at the ASCE’s Third International Conference on Urban Transportation Systems to be held during April 18-20, 2012 in Paris, France.  This Conference will offer a forum for civil engineers seeking to address civil engineering applications associated with all modes of public transportation, including bus and rail.  The civil engineering profession, through its many sub-disciplines, provides a vast array of specialized knowledge toward the science of safe and efficient movement of people and goods. Civil engineers throughout the world take on many important roles in support of the public transportation industry. The conference will have four parallel tracks covering the following topics:

·    Planning, environment, and finance: planning tools, environmental and sustainability issues, and innovative  financing mechanisms for planning, operations, and construction

·    Operations & maintenance of vehicles and infrastructure: security, safety, and efficiency

·    Design and construction of infrastructure: bus (bus rapid transit, exclusive bus lanes, etc.) and rail systems (underground, elevated, and surface alignments), stations, etc.

·    Innovative systems and practices: leading edge vehicle, infrastructure, and propulsion systems     


The submissions need to reflect the challenges that civil engineering professionals are faced with in planning, designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining public transportation infrastructure and systems.  In addition, the papers should address the latest engineering advancements, yet to be tempered with the reality of limited scopes and budgets. 

If you are interested in presenting an applied or expository paper in any of the four parallel tracks, please prepare and submit a 250 word abstract summary to Pete Sklannik, Jr., Conference Program Chair, by e-mail at: The program committee also welcomes any suggestions for special session topics or speakers. If you have any ideas, please contact: Pete Sklannik, Jr.; Walter Kulyk (, Conference Chair; or Murthy Bondada (, Honorary Conference Chair, by e-mail.


Please note that lead authors will be required to pay a fee of $200 (USD) at the time of their paper is officially accepted for presentation. This fee will be credited to the author’s conference registration fee.  Papers accepted for presentation will be included in conference proceedings.