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Welcome Back! First General Meeting 2017-2018

Summertime is over and school is back in session. No that doesn’t mean no more beach days and hangouts. Instead, it is time to see all your friends and classmates you’ve missed for that two month span! USC ASCE held its first general meeting of the semester last Thursday to welcome back returning members and introduce potential members to what the organization offers.

Missed it? Well you’re in look! You can find more information below:

Concrete Canoe – Yes, it is exactly what is sounds like! Members work together to cast a canoe entirely out of concrete, and they then get to subject it to various tests during competition. Want more info? Contact canoe@uscasce.com

Steel Bridge – If you ever wanted to learn how to use big power tools like chop saws, drill presses, and welders, this is the team for you! The team builds a bridge from scratch spanning over twenty feet in length, then various engineering related tests are applied to the structure. Find out more at steelbridge@uscasce.com

Environmental – The Environmental Team solves real world problems that pertain to the comfort of our everyday lives. For example, water filtration. What if that luxury was suddenly taken away during a disaster? What would you to get clean water? If this interests you, Environmental is for you! Check them out at environmental@uscasce.com

GeoTech-  Every civil structure ever is built on the ground. What is the ground made of? That’s right, soil.  GeoTech explores the possibilities by pushing it to its limits. By designing and constructing a retaining wall, members compete to see how much force and how much earth it can hold back before rupture. Cool right? geotech@uscasce.com

PSWC- The biggest event of the year, the Pacific Southwest Conference, is an annual event that showcases the work of the organization for all to see. Over 17 schools come together at a single location to compete for the best spots. We couldn’t recommend enough for you to join us! For a preview take a look at this site.

Intramural Sports – You’d be surprised how competitive engineers get when it comes to sports, and as a result, it is quite an integral part of PSWC. At USCASCE, we build the span between engineering and friendship. Everyone is always welcome, and fun is always a guarantee! Our main focus is basketball, but if we get enough interest in other sports, we will create other teams without hesitation. If this sounds interesting to you, search IM Leagues and sign in with your USC credentials. Then search for ASCE Ballers.

Membership – Want to be a member? Sign up here.

Additional Info – If you have any other questions about the organization or design teams we offer, email us at uscasce@uscasce.com

Fight On!

 

2016-2017 End of Year Meeting

Ah the end of the semester. Is it really already over? Indeed, and for the final meeting, many goodbyes were said. The upcoming year’s E-board was announced alongside many awards for outstanding members. Finally, as the result of some friendly competition between the UCLA and USC Student Chapters, members from USC ASCE were tasked to perform the UCLA 8-Clap. See you next semester!

 

PSWC 2017: Results

This year, the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) was hosted by UC Irvine. USC ASCE participated in nearly every design competition offered. For full results, click here.

Don’t be too worried! This year, the organization ran into many unforeseen complications which significantly hindered the progress of many design teams.

Hey, USC ASCE, be proud of what you do. Take pride in what you work for. You did all this on your own, and you can personally take the credit for all the experience you gained this semester!

For an overview of USC ASCE, look below.

Overall: 7th

  • Concrete Frisbee: 3rd
  • Environmental: 4th
  • Concrete Canoe: 7th
  • Construction: 5th
  • Surveying: 5th
  • Transportation: 6th

  • Steel Bridge: DQ
  • Geowall: participated
  • Tech Paper: participated
  • Soccer: participated
  • Scavenger Hunt: participated
  • Kan Jam: participated
  • Tug Of War: participated
  • Volleyball: participated
  • Timber Towers: participated
  • Mystery Event: participated
  • Impromptu: participated

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour Day 2017

Pour Day! Where both canoes and friendships are meticulously crafted and the inevitable opportunity to separate fibers is ever present. This year, USC ASCE set forth their vision to create this year’s canoe. Inspired by the beauty of nature as well as what the struggles overcome, the team chose Ascent as this year’s theme. 

 

From dry mixing those elusive glass bubbles to placing concrete mix batch #18, there were plenty of tasks to go around. As usual, the always on-point canoe playlist was blaring throughout the corridors of KAP basement. For some, it was their final pour day, for others, a new fascination with concrete canoes emerged.

Feel free to take a look at the sights and sounds of Pour Day 2017!

Very instructional.

 

 

First Spring General Meeting 2017

Welcome back!

Our first spring general meeting was held on Wednesday to greet everyone from the winter break and distribute information for the upcoming semester. There were design team overviews and a final briefing of the events of PSWC 2017. Spring semester is the time where activity ramps up and project progression is in full swing.

If you want to keep up with the latest things happening with us follow USC ASCE on social media!

If you missed out and want to get involved, feel free to contact us at the links below!

p.s. check out the new geofilter

Additional Info

Membership info can be found here, and do not forget to keep up to date with calendar here.

Remember, it is never too late to join a design team! Contact them here:

Concrete Canoe – canoe@uscasce.com

Steel Bridge – steelbridge@uscasce.com

Environmental – environmental@uscasce.com

Geotech – geotech@uscasce.com

WSCL 2017

Views of downtown Los Angeles from the hotel

This year, the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL) was held right here in Los Angeles. At only a couple miles away, the USC ASCE student chapter took the conference head-on.

Attendees pose in front of downtown skyscrapers

Students were able to attend various seminars ranging from how to get results from a meeting to finding an internship. Furthermore, attendees were also given multiple opportunities to network with Younger Members, Regional Directors and other students as well. From focus sessions geared toward specific chapter problems to messages from the current president elect, Kristina Swallow, and future president elect nominees, there were few chances to catch a break.

In addition to the main events that the conference offered, there were additional opportunities to take advantage of such as the Dream Big Premiere and the LA YMF dinner on top of city hall.

Overall, this conference was a wonderful experience for networking with members from all around the country, and it was also an amazing event to gain knowledge on how to run your student chapter more efficiently.

Practice Pour Day 2016

Trays and cups of admixture lay undisturbed. The calm before the storm.

As the Fall Semester drew to a close, so did the first half of preparing for concrete canoe. Members, new and old, spent the day learning how to measure, mix, and place in preparation for the real deal later in January. It is always good to put new ideas to the test before committing to the full project so crucial tests can be performed and adjustments can be made. All the contributions made on Practice Pour Day defined how the actual run will progress on January 28.

Fall 2016 Second General Meeting

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Thank you for coming out to our second general meeting of the semester! This meeting covered design team progress to information about PSWC, and picking up of t-shirts. It’s never too late to join a design team. Read more below to learn about the major topics covered in this meeting.

PSWC

This is the conference we prepare all year for! Concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental, geotech, and more teams compete for the top spot to be considered the #1 student ASCE organization around. This is where we showcase the year’s work and get away from campus for a few days. This year, it is at UC Irvine.

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From mystery events and boat races to concrete frisbee and bridge building, there are plenty of events to go around. Sound fun? Well you can start here and meet the first deadline by December 9th! For more information, check out the website or contact our PSWC chairs adtanner@usc.edu and mjarrinl@usc.edu. Hope to see you there!

Other Events

We’ll be hosting an ASCE study day on Tuesday, December 6th! We will snag a room in KAP and get our work done together with snacks in our own secluded space away from the pressures of the library.

There’s a CEE holiday party on Friday, December 9th starting at 6:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your classmates and even your professors outside of the classroom setting. RSVP here!

Anyone ever seen something some people call snow? Well there’s a chance to see it up close and personal with the upcoming CEE Ski Trip! This annual excursion happens in the first part of the semester. Fill out this form for further information.

Additional Info

Membership info can be found here, and do not forget to keep up to date with calendar here.

Remember, it is never too late to join a design team! Contact them here:

Concrete Canoe – canoe@uscasce.com

Steel Bridge – steelbridge@uscasce.com

Environmental – environmental@uscasce.com

Geotech – geotech@uscasce.com

 

ASCE National Convention Conference 2016

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Every year, ASCE organizes a National Convention in which civil engineering students and professionals from all over the country come together and attend civil engineering related events and workshops. This year, the National Convention took place in Portland, Oregon from September 28th to October 1st.

USC ASCE sent three student members to the National Convention to learn more about what ASCE is doing on the national level and to gain insight on some current civil engineering topics. President Saina Vosoghi, vice president Marissa Knutson, and secretary Elizabeth Gu flew to Portland to attend the convention and experience the beautiful city!

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Vice President, Marissa Knutson (left), Secretary, Elizabeth Gu (middle), President, Saina Vosoghi (right)

Some of the insightful workshops that USC ASCE members were able to attend were on subjects such as past iconic construction endeavors, the influence of various civil engineering innovations, and how to improve the professional status of civil engineers. Two of the sessions, “Building the Grand Coulee Dam”, and “Behind the Scenes: Design and Construction of the World’s Longest Floating Bridge”, went through a step-by-step process of how these grand structures were designed and constructed. In addition, “Transforming Transportation – Automated and Connected Vehicles”, discussed the ethical dilemmas regarding the advanced technological pursuits of automated vehicles. Two workshops that discussed the role of civil engineering professionals both in industry and in the world included “Collaboration of Construction Engineers and Structural Engineers” and “Humanitarian Opportunities in Civil Engineering.”

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An emphasis was placed on the importance of good communication between design and construction that begins with a solid relationship between construction and structural engineers. Also, the humanitarian opportunities that are available for civil engineers were discussed and displayed the importance of giving back using the engineering skills that civil engineers have in their possession. Beyond the workshops, USC ASCE members were given the opportunity to speak with esteemed civil engineering professionals and to preview MacGillivray Freeman’s “DREAM BIG” movie, set to release in February 2017.

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The convention was not just about business, however. Saina, Marissa, and Elizabeth also got the opportunity to experience some of Portland’s most treasured attractions! They rode the Portland Aerial Tram and got to escape the LA drought and go hiking in some beautiful green forests. Powell’s Book Store was also an impressive sight to see, the world’s largest independent bookstore! They couldn’t stay away from the great food and visited Voodoo Doughnuts and the Portland Saturday Market. They took advantage of Portland’s great public transportation and rode the train to Washington Park, the deepest transit station in North America at 260 ft. below ground. At Washington Park, they explored the arboretum as well as the Vietnam War Memorial. They truly enjoyed getting to visit the city and were taken away with the beautiful buildings and impressive bridges. The ASCE National Convention was a great experience and we can’t wait for next year’s in New Orleans, Louisiana!