Catoctin Branch Election 2017

posted Jul 17, 2017, 3:58 PM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 3:58 PM ]

The following members are offering to serve us for the next two years. 

Please note that there are two board of directors positions.


President:                           Steve Crum                         ______

Vice President:                  Hamid Toossi                     ______

Treasurer:                           Damon Reigles                  ______

Secretary:                           Ben Fabina                          ______

Board of Directors            Rick MacInnes                   ______

Board of Directors            Robert Kain                         ______


Please indicate your vote for each, save the document, and return it to the email address below by July 21.

Although we have only one candidate for each position, it is very important that each of you show your support of our candidates by sending me your ballot.


Bill Brittle 

Past President

Catoctin Branch Lunch Meeting

posted Jun 7, 2017, 11:36 AM by Doug Li   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 11:39 AM ]

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 Time:11:30 AM, Luncheon

 Place: Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703

 Cost: $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP Doug Li: Checks made out to ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door.

Speaker: Michael O’Connor, P.E.

About the Speaker:

 Mike O’Connor is a professional engineer with five decades of experience in the construction industry and four decades as a professional engineer. He currently is Chief Engineer with the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line railroad museum, a non-profit dedicated to preserving engineering history and providing technical assistance to other exempt preservation organizations.  


 In the period just after the American Civil War, Frederick county experienced an explosive growth in railroad construction. First the Western Maryland was extended from Union Bridge in Carrol county through Thurmont up to Penmar on South mountain. Then came the Frederick city led efforts to build a line 30 miles north to the Pennsylvania state line and then connect to York, Pennsylvania. Joseph Gitt, first as chief engineer for the Western Maryland extension and then as a civil engineering consultant for the second railroad, the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line railroad,  was typical of an earlier generation of practicing  “civil engineers”. His plans for both railroads reflected that thinking and practice. John Haydon  on the other hand was a veteran of the Baltimore and Ohio extension through the Alleghenies and an ex-confederate engineering officer taken prisoner at Fort Henry in 1862. Both men reflected a different but somewhat similar path to the profession.  The construction of these two civil engineering projects and their differences reflected the men and practices of that time in the 19th century.  

 Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour


posted May 5, 2017, 11:59 AM by Doug Li

Date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 Time: 1:30 AM, Luncheon

 Place:  Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703

 Cost: $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP Doug Li: Checks made out to                  ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door.  

 SpeakerDelegate Neil Parrott, P.

About the Speaker:

 Neil Parrott has his BSCE from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from Mount St. Mary’s University.  He served with the Maryland SHA for over 12 years and served as the Deputy Director of Public Works - Engineering for the City of Frederick for one year.  He founded Traffic Solutions, Inc. in 2003 and is located in Hagerstown, MD.  Neil is a lifelong Marylander and has been the Maryland General Assembly Delegate for District 2A representing most of Washington County since 2010. 


 Delegate Parrott is going to give us an update on the 2017 recently adjourned legislative session and how it impacted the engineering and construction community.  He will also give us an update on what is happening with I-270 and I-81.  

 Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour


posted Apr 6, 2017, 5:43 AM by Doug Li   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 5:44 AM ]

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

        Time11:30 AM, Luncheon

        Place:  Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703

        Cost: $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP Doug Li: Checks made out to ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door.  

       Speaker:  Mark S. Richmond, P.E., Division Chief, Stormwater Management Division, Department of Public Works, Howard County, Maryland

About the Speaker:

 Mark has worked as a professional engineer in Maryland for over 30 years for both a private consulting engineering firm and for County government. Mark earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and an MS degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University. His main area of expertise is in water resources, specifically leading projects in stream restoration, stormwater and water quality management, floodplain assessment, drainage design, NPDES permitting and compliance, erosion and sediment control, watershed assessment, and environmental permitting.


 On July 30, 2016 there was a historic flooding event in Ellicott City, Maryland.  There was a lot of effort put into emergency response and reconstruction right after the event and now planning efforts are underway for rebuilding a resilient Ellicott City. Several hundred suggestions have been received for options to move forward. These suggestions include stormwater specific as well as overarching economic and historical proposals. A brief recap of the July 30 event as well as an overview of the post-storm efforts will be discussed  

 Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour


posted Mar 3, 2017, 6:11 AM by Doug Li   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 6:13 AM ]

Date:              Wednesday, March 15, 2017

          Time:               11:30 AM, Luncheon

         Place:             Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703

         Cost:               $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP Doug Li: 

                                   Checks made out to ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door.  

         Speaker:          Tim Goodfellow                     

About the Speaker:

Tim Goodfellow has been a public sector land-use planner for over 20 years, and has his American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification from the American Planning Association. Mr. Goodfellow has experience in a variety of land use domains, including comprehensive planning, zoning code enforcement, subdivision and development review, and environmental planning activities in his capacity as a Principal Planner in Frederick County’s Division of Planning and Permitting.

One of Mr. Goodfellow’s duties is providing staffing to the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens’ Advisory Board (River Board), a body created after the Monocacy River was officially designated a Scenic River by the State of Maryland in 1974. Mr. Goodfellow has a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a M.S. degree in Environmental Biology from Hood College, where his research focused on agricultural impacts to aquatic systems.    Mr. Goodfellow is an avid runner, and has participated in over 50 running races, including completing 3 marathons.


 Mr. Goodfellow will speak generally about land use planning in Frederick County and discuss the River Board’s update to the 1990 Monocacy River Study and Management Plan.  

 Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour


posted Feb 1, 2017, 10:23 AM by Doug Li   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 10:25 AM ]

 Date:              Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 Time:               11:30 AM, Luncheon

 Place:             Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703

 Cost:               $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP Doug Li: Checks made out to ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door.  

 Speaker:          Thomas Evans, Robert Hackman

About the Speaker:

 Mr. Thomas Evans has been immersed in the ready mixed concrete industry since 1989 accepting a variety of responsibilities including plant operations, batching, dispatching, placing, finishing, sales, marketing, promotion, education and advocacy. Over the past 20 years, he has served the membership of the Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association (MRMCA or The Association). He served as the Promotion Director for The Association from 1997 to 2013 and continues to serve as the Executive Director today. Prior to serving the Maryland membership, Tom was the Promotion Director for the New Jersey Concrete & Aggregate Association.  Tom is a Past President of and current Director on the MD Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Board. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from West Virginia University in 1987.

Mr. Robert Hackman, PE, is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the Maryland area providing consulting services, and has established his firm GeoMaterials Consulting, LLC to continue helping clients solve geomaterials problems. His service areas are related to soils, rock, concrete, and asphalt among other construction geomaterials.  The firm's capabilities range from peer review of geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing reports as well as constructability plan reviews to forensic studies to litigation support and expert witness testimony.


 This presentation helps engineers see the benefits of incorporating Portland cement concrete paving for a variety of project applications. The program will be presented by Thomas Evans, Executive Director for the Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association and Robert Hackman, P.E., GeoMaterials Consulting, LLC.

 Learning Objectives:

·         Know the benefits of concrete pavements.

·         Understand basic Design procedures.

·         Know where to use concrete pavements.

·         Become aware of advances in construction methods and equipment Technology.

·         Know where to get resources that support concrete pavement design and construction.

 Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour


posted Jan 5, 2017, 12:46 PM by Doug Li   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

Date:              Wednesday, January 18, 2017

          Time:               11:30 AM, Luncheon

          Place:             Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703

         Cost:               $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP Doug Li: 

                                Checks made out to ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door.  

         Speaker:          David S. Schultz, P.E., President, Specialized Engineering; 

                                  Barry J. Catterton, Senior Materials Specialist, Specialized Engineering

 About the Speaker:

 Mr. Schultz has over 30 years of diversified experience in geotechnical engineering, field quality assurance/quality control and laboratory testing and analysis.  Mr. Schultz has worked on thousands of construction and renovation projects primarily in the State of Maryland, Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia, and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He has provided his expertise on project classifications such as highway and bridge construction/renovations, utility development, water treatment facilities, storm water management facilities (embankments, infiltration, and core trenches) roadways and parking lots, high-rise construction, commercial development, residential development, government facilities, school/university projects, houses of worship, tilt-up construction, health care facilities, and parking garages.  Mr. Schultz has extensive experience working with Third Party Inspection Programs, Complex Structures Programs, and Special Inspections Programs.   He earned a B.S in Geology from Marietta College, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of MD.

Mr. Catterton has over 30 years of diversified experience in construction materials quality assurance and leadership in the public and private sector.  Mr. Catterton retired from the MD State Highway Administration (SHA), serving the last six years as the Asphalt Division Chief for SHA.  As the Asphalt Division Chief, Mr. Catterton lead the laboratory and field quality assurance teams, and worked closely with the asphalt industry to develop specifications and procedures to assure the quality of all asphalt pavement surfaces constructed throughout the State. Throughout his career at SHA, Mr. Catterton also served as a quality assurance technician and team leader in the Construction Materials and Concrete Divisions at the Office of Materials Technology (OMT).  He also worked closely with the Director of OMT to manage the office reorganization, and construction of a new laboratory at SHA’s Hanover Complex.  At Specialized Engineering, Mr. Catterton has developed the quality assurance manual for a large, complex design/build project, provided specification reviews and recommendations for local governments, and has managed public and private sector contracts.  He earned a B.S. in Management, and is a graduate of SHA’s Advanced Leadership Program.


 The presentation will cover materials testing and inspection of earthwork, foundations, reinforcing steel, concrete, masonry, hot mix asphalt and structural steel.  Presentation will also include geotechnical/geophysical investigations, including site reconnaissance, subsurface exploration, geology and geophysical investigations, including Specialized Engineering’s qualifications and experience in all of the technical areas.  The presentation will help Engineers assure the quality of materials used on their projects.

                                                                     Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour

Younger Members happy hour

posted Dec 6, 2016, 8:59 AM by Doug Li   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 9:03 AM ]

Date: December 15th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM 

Location: Flying dog brewery 

ASCE Catoctin Branch will be sponsoring a Younger Members Tour and “Happy Hour” at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD. December 15th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM Flying dog brewery will be offering tours along with select tastings for the ASCE Catoctin branch. Tours are limited to 25 people.

Please see the attached announcement for details and RSVP (reply to all) by December 13th 2016 if you plan to attend.

If you have any question regarding this event, please contact Ben Fabina, P.E., by phone: (301) 228-2502, or by email:


posted Dec 5, 2016, 1:55 PM by Doug Li   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 2:10 PM ]

Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016     

Time: 11:30 AM, Luncheon 

Place: Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703

Cost: $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP Doug Li: Checks made out to                                      ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door.  

Speaker: Terrence M. McShane, Esq.

 About the Speaker:

 Terrence M. McShane, Esq. is a founding partner and the President of Lee & McShane, PC located in Washington, DC. He and his firm have represented over 700 A/E firms over the past 25 years. Mr. McShane has presented live seminars and webinars to thousands of Architects, Engineers and other design professionals for credit. Terry was a speaker at the 2012 AIA National Convention. He served as an Assistant District Attorney for N.Y. County (Manhattan). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. McShane served as a Member of UDT/SEAL Teams in the U.S. Navy.

 Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour

Meeting Announcement - Today's Building Envelope

posted Nov 3, 2016, 6:44 AM by Charles Mitchell

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 

Time: 11:30 AM, Luncheon 

Place: Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant 
581 Himes Avenue, Frederick, MD 21703 

Cost: $25.00 per person ASCE Members, $30.00 non-members; RSVP 

RSVP to Doug Li at Checks made out to ASCE-MD, may be paid at the door. 

About the Speaker: 
  • Kevin Farley
  • Graduate of the University of Maryland
  • Chemical Engineering Degree
  • Work with Sika Corporation for three years
  • Cover the Maryland and DC region
In today's construction it is more important than ever to understand the evolution and expectations of the modern building envelope. Massachusetts State Energy Code defines the Building Envelope as the elements of a building which enclose conditioned spaces through which thermal energy may be transferred to or from the exterior or to or from unconditioned spaces. There are four control layers that must work together to provide comfortable living conditions, reduce energy costs, and eliminate moisture problems that cause building material failures and mold. The four control layers are water, air, vapor, and thermal. Proper design and application of complete and compatible systems will lead to dry, low maintenance, and energy efficient living spaces.
  • History and problems of past building envelopes
  • Expectations of today's building envelope
  • Liquid applied, reinforced roofing membranes
  • Air barrier systems
  • Wall coatings
  • Sealants
  • Deck coatings
Each attendee will receive 1.0 Professional Development Hour

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