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Henry Krumb Lecturer, SME-DC, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hi Steve,

Great to meet you and the rest of the crew at SME-DC today. Thanks for the opportunity to present!

As discussed, my presentation is attached, please feel free to pass it on…

Best wishes,

Julian Anderson

President

Rider Levett Bucknall

The Role of the Project Management Professional at Project Start-up.pptx

PSW: Canid evolution & diversification

PALEONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON

presents

The Evolution and Diversification of North American Canids

by

Graham Slater

Peter Buck Fellow

Department of Paleobiology

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

7:00 p.m., in the Cooper Room

National Museum of Natural History 

10th St. & Constitution Ave.

Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted

to the Cooper Room (E-207A) at 6:30 and 6:55 p.m.

Meet in the Constitution Avenue lobby at 5:00 p.m. to join us for dinner at “Elephant and Castle”

Latecomers can meet directly at the restaurant at the NW corner of 12th & Penn. Ave., NW

PGS: Space Geodesy Project

The April, 2014, meeting of the Potomac Geophysical Society will be held April 17th at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club in Arlington, VA (http://www.jbmhhmwr.com/index/Maps_and_Directions.html) in the Glassed-in room in the Fife and Drum (main dining room).

Abstract: NASA’s Space Geodesy Project, Stephen M. Merkowitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: NASA’s Space Geodesy Project (SGP) recently completed a prototype core site as the basis for a next generation Space Geodetic Network that is part of NASA’s contribution to the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS). This system is designed to produce the higher quality data required to establish and maintain the Terrestrial Reference Frame and provide information essential for fully realizing the measurement potential of the current and future generation of Earth Observing spacecraft. The prototype core site is at NASA’s Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory at Goddard Space Flight Center and includes co-located, state of-the-art, systems from all four space geodetic observing techniques: Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS). A system for monitoring of the “ties” between these four systems is an integral part of the core site development concept and this specific prototype. When fully implemented, this upgraded global network will benefit in addition to the ITRF, all other network products (e.g. precision orbit determination, local & regional deformation, astrometry, etc.) that will also be improved by at least an order of magnitude, with concomitant benefits to the supported and tracked missions, science projects, and engineering applications. This presentation will summarize the results of the prototype site demonstration and provide the motivation and plans for NASA’s next generation geodetic network.

Biography:  Stephen Merkowitz is a scientist and project manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research interests include: fundamental tests of General Relativity, lunar and interplanetary laser ranging, and space geodesy. He received his PhD in Physics from Louisiana State University working on gravitational wave antennas, and continued this research for two years in Frascati, Italy on a National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) fellowship. In 1998 he became a Research Associate at the University of Washington where he performed experimental tests of General Relativity and measurements of Newton’s gravitational constant (which remains the most precise measurement of “big G” to date). In 2000, he moved to NASA Goddard to serve as Deputy Project Scientist for the LISA Project, a space based gravitational wave mission. In 2009, Merkowitz went on a yearlong detail to the Executive Office of the President covering Physical Science and Engineering for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, followed by a detail at NASA Headquarters as Assistant Director of the Astrophysics Division. He returned to Goddard in 2011 and now manages NASA’s Space Geodesy Project and is Principal Investigator for the Global Positioning System Laser Retroreflector Array.

Meeting Room and Dining Arrangements: We now meet in the glassed-in room at the back of the main dining room—The Fife and Drum. We order individually from the Club menu, which has a nice variety of dinner offerings. We pay a single bill (I pay it with my Officers Club credit card), so we collect at least $25 from each diner with the agreement, that if one orders more than $20 in food and drink, he adds the amount over $20 to his contribution. The $5 overcharge goes to the Room Fee, Tax, Gratuity, and the Speaker’s Dinner. We collect on the Honor System. We did this throughout the last year, and it worked well. This room change and use of the menu have greatly reduced the loss that we have incurred in the past for having fewer than 20 people dining, and the change has preserved the viability of using the Officers Club for our meetings.

Reception at 6:00. Order Dinner at 7:00. Talk at 8:30 PM. Please note that the meal orders will be taken at 7:00. Allow 15 minutes for security entering Ft. Myer as all civilian vehicles are searched. To ensure access to and from Fort Myer use the Hatfield Gate, open 24 hours a day (http://www.jbmhhmwr.com/index/Maps_and_Directions.html). Reservations are not necessary, however, we need a head count, so, if you wish to attend dinner ($25), please inform Bob Fraser at 540-888-3001540-888-3001 or via E-mail at fraser.robert@comcast.net.If you wish, please feel free to attend the talk without dinner. Non-members and guests are welcome. Visit the PGS web site at http://www.potomacgeophysical.com for new meeting announcements, etc. Please send changes of address or email tofraser.robert@comcast.net.

Henry Krumb Lecturer, SME-DC, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thank you Steve for setting this up yesterday. I had some important family business planned, I didn’t mean to dump it all on your lap like that.

Lee

On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM, <Ettringite> wrote:

April 8, 2014 Henry Krumb Lecturer MEETING
SME, Washington DC Section

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an emergency change of venue to the National
Mining Association offices at 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Suite 500 East,
Washington, DC (Pier 7 closed without warning). Be sure to thank our hosts from
the National Mining Association!!

RESERVATIONS: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979 or
(emailto:lbray)

TOPIC: "The Role of the Project Management Professional During Project
Start-up"

SPEAKER: Julian Anderson, FRICS, CCP, President, Rider Levett Bucknall
(more below on Julian)

Abstract: A construction project can rarely conclude successfully if the
start-up is poorly executed. However, there can be a sense that all that is
needed to achieve construction start-up is to simply issue the construction
team with a Notice to Proceed. Most industry professionals understand from
either their own experience or from that of their industry friends that
this is nowhere near the whole story. From the perspective of a construction
management professional, lessons learned from starting up complex vertical
construction projects apply very well to other project types and can be used
to avoid undesirable outcomes. This presentation will highlight some
lessons learned and describe a systematic, project management based approach to
delivering on five key points in construction start-up, namely (1) defining
the key objectives, (2) communication with the construction team, (3)
client reporting (4) implementing QA/QC procedures and (5) budget and schedule
management.

**********************************
Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
11:30 – Social 12:00 – Lunch 12:30 – Speaker

This SME-DC meeting is being moved to the National Mining Association 5th
floor main conference room. We have this room between 11:30-2:00. The
physical address is at 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Suite 500 East, Washington,
D.C. 20001. This is near the US Capitol. Parking is in the same building but
run by Central Parking ($23).

Plan on an additional 15 minutes of travel from the old location to get to
this location by car.

You may also arrive by METRO subway. The closest stops are Union Station
(Red Line) and Archives (Yellow & Green Lines). It is about a 10-minute
walk from the METRO stop to the meeting.

We have catered food. It is fajitas, rice, beans and salad and cookies
plus coffee and water.
(Fajita FanDango: Strips of Angus Beef and Chicken Breast spiced with
Cumin, Coriander, Cilantro and Lime with Caramelized Peppers and Onions, Sided
with Flour Tortillas, Salsa, Sour Cream and Guacamole, Rice and Beans,
Grilled Summer Squash and Zucchini in a Balsamic Glaze, Garden Salad w/ Ranch
and Balsamic Dressing, Cookies and Dessert Bars)

This NMA Conference Room has a great view of the Capitol. Bring your
camera.

Be sure to thank our hosts from the National Mining Association!!

Meeting cost: $23.00 for Washington, DC Section members
$28.00 for non-members

Please send your RSVP and entrée choice before 10:00 AM, Monday, April 7.
Contact: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979 or
lbray

Remember that we will bill ”no-shows!”

Posted by:
Steve Stokowski
Vice-Chairman, SME- DC

*********
Julian Anderson, FRICS, CCP
Julian Anderson is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 37 years of
professional experience. He has worked on projects in the USA, Canada, Australia,
Asia and the Pacific islands providing owner’s representative services and
project control services and has been engaged as an expert witness in
numerous construction litigation cases.

Julian graduated with a degree in Quantity Surveying (related to
construction management with an emphasis on cost management) from the Queensland
University of Technology in Brisbane Australia. He has worked for Rider Levett
Bucknall since 1976 and for the past 21 years has been senior shareholder
and President of its North American practice.

Julian is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, holds the CCP
certification and Fellowship from the Association For Advancement of Cost
Engineering International and is a licensed General Contractor in the states of
Arizona and Nevada.

Henry Krumb Lecturer, SME-DC, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014 Henry Krumb Lecturer MEETING
SME, Washington DC Section

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an emergency change of venue to the National Mining Association offices at 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Suite 500 East,
Washington, DC (Pier 7 closed without warning). Be sure to thank our hosts from the National Mining Association!!

RESERVATIONS: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979 or (emailto:lbray@usgs.gov)

TOPIC: “The Role of the Project Management Professional During Project Start-up”

SPEAKER: Julian Anderson, FRICS, CCP, President, Rider Levett Bucknall (more below on Julian)

Abstract: A construction project can rarely conclude successfully if the start-up is poorly executed. However, there can be a sense that all that is needed to achieve construction start-up is to simply issue the construction team with a Notice to Proceed. Most industry professionals understand from either their own experience or from that of their industry friends that this is nowhere near the whole story. From the perspective of a construction management professional, lessons learned from starting up complex vertical construction projects apply very well to other project types and can be used to avoid undesirable outcomes. This presentation will highlight some
lessons learned and describe a systematic, project management based approach to delivering on five key points in construction start-up, namely (1) defining the key objectives, (2) communication with the construction team, (3) client reporting (4) implementing QA/QC procedures and (5) budget and schedule management.

**********************************
Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
11:30 – Social 12:00 – Lunch 12:30 – Speaker

This SME-DC meeting is being moved to the National Mining Association 5th floor main conference room. We have this room between 11:30-2:00. The physical address is at 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Suite 500 East, Washington, D.C. 20001. This is near the US Capitol. Parking is in the same building but run by Central Parking ($23).

Plan on an additional 15 minutes of travel from the old location to get to this location by car.

You may also arrive by METRO subway. The closest stops are Union Station (Red Line) and Archives (Yellow & Green Lines). It is about a 10-minute walk from the METRO stop to the meeting.

We have catered food. It is fajitas, rice, beans and salad and cookies plus coffee and water.
(Fajita FanDango: Strips of Angus Beef and Chicken Breast spiced with Cumin, Coriander, Cilantro and Lime with Caramelized Peppers and Onions, Sided with Flour Tortillas, Salsa, Sour Cream and Guacamole, Rice and Beans, Grilled Summer Squash and Zucchini in a Balsamic Glaze, Garden Salad w/ Ranch and Balsamic Dressing, Cookies and Dessert Bars)

This NMA Conference Room has a great view of the Capitol. Bring your camera.

Be sure to thank our hosts from the National Mining Association!!

Meeting cost: $23.00 for Washington, DC Section members
$28.00 for non-members

Please send your RSVP and entrée choice before 10:00 AM, Monday, April 7. Contact: Lee Bray, Secretary-Treasurer, at 703-648-4979 or lbray@usgs.gov

Remember that we will bill ”no-shows!”

Posted by:
Steve Stokowski
Vice-Chairman, SME- DC

*********
Julian Anderson, FRICS, CCP
Julian Anderson is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 37 years of
professional experience. He has worked on projects in the USA, Canada, Australia, Asia and the Pacific islands providing owner’s representative services and project control services and has been engaged as an expert witness in numerous construction litigation cases.

Julian graduated with a degree in Quantity Surveying (related to
construction management with an emphasis on cost management) from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia. He has worked for Rider Levett Bucknall since 1976 and for the past 21 years has been senior shareholder and President of its North American practice.

Julian is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, holds the CCP certification and Fellowship from the Association For Advancement of Cost
Engineering International and is a licensed General Contractor in the states of Arizona and Nevada.

NOVA Annandale “Green Festival” April 22

ANNANDALE CAMPUS GREEN FESTIVAL

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center

Presentations:

  • Director of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation,

Dr. A. Alonso Aquirre

  • Environmentalist and CNN Hero of the Year for 2013,

Mr. Chad Pregracke

WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • Arbor Day Tree Planting
  • Backyard Habitat
  • Bat Conservation
  • Beekeeping  
  • Climate Change and Our Oceans
  • Composting
  • Farm to Table
  • Movie: Forks Over Knives
  • The Top 10 Goof-ups People Make about Climate Change
  • Tree Give-A-Ways
  • Trees of Virginia
  • Rain Barrel Workshop/Sales
  • Waterstream Conservation

Free Event!

Space is limited!

Registration is required!

Register @ http://tinyurl.com/angreen2014

For additional information contact: crobinette@nvcc.edu

Seismic Design in Washington, AEG BWH Dinner Mtg THIS Thursday, March 20

Hello, AEG Members, guests and Students:

Our next meeting is THIS Thursday, March 20. So let me hear from you between now and Wednesday noon at the latest. We’re back in our favorite spot (for the moment) at Brewers Alley in Frederick. And, unlike my last announcement, we have a title for Mr. Eddy’s presentation:

“The 2011 Mineral, VA earthquake and ongoing research focusing on seismic design standards for the Washington, DC region,” By Morgan Eddy of Steele Foundation, LLC.

Meeting details, directions, etc. below. Look forward to seeing you all on Thursday = call or email those RSVPs.

Kris McCandless
AEGBWHsecretary
703-727-4374

About the Speaker –

Morgan Eddy is a licensed Professional Engineer at Steele Foundation, LLC in Washington, DC, a design/build foundation contractor. He oversees the firm’s estimating and engineering responsibilities for the Washington, DC area. He is also adjunct professor at George Mason University, editor for the ASCE Geo-Strata magazine, and Secretary of the ADSC Anchored Earth Retention Committee. Morgan obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2002 and 2003. He is currently finalizing his Doctorate of Philosophy from Virginia Tech focusing on East Coast Seismicity and the NEHRP seismic provisions. He was a member of the NSF GEER Reconnaissance Team following the M5.8 2011 Mineral, Virginia Earthquake.

About the Talk –

Morgan will highlight on findings from the 2011 Mineral, Virginia Earthquake and ongoing research focusing on seismic design standards for the Washington, DC region. Analyses of DC area sites and those in similar geologic settings suggest that the current design standards do not account for unique conditions in the Central and Eastern United States. In some cases the code is overly conservative and in others it is insufficient; combined with a large stock of historic and aging buildings, the DC region could be facing a substantial financial and social dilemma. The challenges and implications of these findings will be discussed.

NOVA Science Seminar: Means on global warming

Science Seminar

Friday, March 21, 2014, CE Theater

 12 noon – 1pm

Title: “Why Earth is (Still) Getting Warmer”

 By

 Dr. Robert C.Means, International Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University Energy and Climate Policy Program and University of Maryland Environmental Legal Studies Program

11:30 – 11:55  Light Refreshments and Meet & Greet the Speaker in the Lower Gallery

Abstract: Average global temperature probably now is higher than at any time in the past 1000 years.  The explanation rests on 19th century science and post-1950 measurements:  CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and its current atmospheric concentration is the highest in millions of years.  The dominant cause of the recent pause in surface temperature measurements notwithstanding the continued increase in CO2 concentration appears to be the increased upwelling of deep ocean water.

Robert C. Means is an internationally recognized expert in energy policy and regulation, with more than thirty years of experience in dealing with energy issues as an academic, consultant and regulator. He has a B.S. in history and mathematics from the Iowa State University and an LL.B.  magna cum laude and an S.J.D. (doctorate in law) from the Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard, he served as Supreme Court Note and Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Dr. Means teaches courses in energy and climate policy in the Johns Hopkins Energy and Climate Policy program and in the University of Maryland Environmental Legal Studies Program.  He also has developed and taught courses in energy policy and regulation at the University of Texas.  He has taught a course in economic policy for developing countries at Haile Sellassie I University in Ethiopia and a course in comparative corporate law at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia.  At Haile Sellassie I University, he also served as editor of the Journal of Ethiopian Law.
From 1981 to 1984, Dr. Means was director of the policy office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). From 1984 to present Dr. Means has advised clients on regulatory issues and served as an expert witness in more than ninety proceedings before the courts and before federal and state regulatory agencies in the United States and the National Energy Board of Canada.  Issues analyzed in his testimony have included access to transportation, market power, and the proper determination of rates for electric utilities and natural gas and oil pipelines.  The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relied on his testimony and analysis in adopting its current rate making methodology for oil pipelines.

From 2006 to 2011 Dr. Means served as electricity advisor for the State Department’s Iraq desk, where he was responsible for monitoring the development of the Iraq electricity system and for assessing policy options relating to that development.  Previously he served as chief of party or member of teams advising governments in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America on issues of energy policy and regulation.

Presented by the Science Seminar Committee, Math, Science & Engineering Division, and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus, NOVA

Spring MicroMount Symposium

April 4th & 5th 2014    Fri. 6-9pm & Sat. 8am-9pm

   Spring MicroMount Symposium

Conference Center, Spring Hill Suites by Marriott

 6065 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303

       for hotel call (571) 481-4441(571) 481-4441

We invite you to attend the 41st Annual Atlantic Micromounters’ Conference.  Enjoy geology lectures, as well as fellowship with rock collecting hobbyists, mineralogists and micromounters.

This is not your typical mineral show –   

This event is not opened to the General Public –  ,

This conference is more a scientific symposium and lecture series.  The event is just for interested rock collecting hobbyists, mineralogists, academics, geologists and micromounters.

 

    Interested parties should pre-register.

Our featured speaker will be Joe Marty from Salt Lake City, Utah.  He has collected & named new minerals, including ‘postite’, named for Dr. Jeffrey Post, Gem & Mineral Curator at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

$30.00   best to pre-register – as there are a limited number of attendees.

 

 The registration form can found on-line at http://www.dcmicrominerals.org

or call Kathy Hrechka at (703) 407-5393(703) 407-5393

Sponsored by – Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area, Inc.

UMD Geology: Noe on floodplains

There will be a University of Maryland Geology departmental colloquium this week on Friday at 3:00pm in room PLS 1140 (Plant Science building).

The speaker will be Dr. Greg Noe (http://profile.usgs.gov/gnoe) from USGS.  He will present: “”The role of floodplains in mediating sediment and nutrient transport and biogeochemistry: implications for watershed restoration and of climate change.”

The department will host a reception in the Geology Lounge immediately following the seminar.  We hope to see you all there!