2017 Fall Conference Recap
The 2017 ACEC New Jersey Fall Conference was a resounding success. There was something for everyone from impactful panel discussions with public transportation agency representatives; key technical updates and strategies such as resiliency, Public-Private Partnerships and the latest in bridge design technology; Ethics training; and time for fun activities such as golf, deep sea fishing, lunch and desert receptions (including a cigar bar on a sea-facing balcony) and time at the Spa.
ACECNJ’s President gave a rousing key note address, outlining the top engineering issues for our state and provided a roadmap for meaningful advocacy by our industry and for the Governor’s administration. At the core of ACECNJ is the nearly 30 committees full of committed members, who provide programs, helpful dialog with our major design and construction agencies, training and advocacy. At the conference, the committee chairs met to discuss our goals for the year. Worthy of note is the growing activity of the fairly recent Young Professionals Committee, which ran a special track at the conference.
Adding a heart-warming touch, ACECNJ took time to bestow special awards and acknowledgements to several long-time members such as a standing ovation for Tom Howell and a "thank you" to outgoing Chair Bernie McNeilly, PE. Giving a unique crackle were visionary statements from leading Subject Matter Experts about engineering in the future. The culture-changing trend of Autonomous Vehicles is expected to take off in 3 to 8 years and the way to help the general public understand and embrace this new mode of transportation is to “paint a picture of what the quality of life will be like” said Cathleen Lewis, Public Affairs Director for AAA. And in 20 years, “we will be working along-side robots” shared Rizwan Baig of PANYNJ. Moving forward, "we need to think beyond the scopes of our individual projects and think regionally, talk to other agencies and embrace the planning process" said Dana Hecht, NJDOT’s Director of Project Management.
Design Summit: Another Big Win for NJ
On Wednesday May 10, 2017, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey, New Jersey Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration hosted the 5th annual NJDOT/FHWA/ACECNJ Design Summit.
The Design Summit focuses on strengthening the working relationships between NJDOT, FHWA and New Jersey's consulting engineering profession. The signature event has become a critically important information exchange, discussion of best practices and lessons learned, and opportunity to build a working partnership on behalf of the public that we all serve. The sellout 2017 event was a big win for NJDOT, FHWA, the consulting profession and contracting industry, and the public.
Commissioner Rick Hammer addressing attendees
FHWA Division Administrator Robert Clark
Expert panel from ACECNJ, UTCA & NJDOT gets ready to begin
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