Special Events

Wednesday, September 28

Community Service Project

12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Portland Balch Creek Trail Repair
ASCE Community Service Volunteers will be working with Forest Park Conservancy to repair a section of the Wildwood Trail, between the Stone House and Holman Lane (mp 5.5 - 6) which is many visitors' first look into this forest park near Portland. The volume of foot traffic, mixed with the wet winters and steep terrain have caused severe damage to the trail. The erosion and the normal wear and tear to the trail has exposed sharp rocks and narrowed the trail, forcing hikers onto the unstable edge of the trail. In June 2014, 300 feet of tier rock retaining walls were installed to widen the trail and prevent further erosion. In order to complete this project an additional 150 feet of tier rock retaining walls and resurfacing the trail with 1/4" minus gravel is required.

All tools and training provided. All we request volunteers to bring is warm clothing and closed toed shoes. Long sleeve shirts will be distributed when boarding the bus to the sire. The bus will depart from the Oregon Convention Center, Holladay Lobby. Boarding will start at 12:15 p.m. and promptly depart at 12:30 p.m. Water will be provided. The bus will return to the OCC at 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: David Evans and Associates, Inc.

Registration Fee: EB: $25 | ADV: $25 | ONS: $35

Opening Welcome Reception

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join ASCE and the ASCE Oregon Section to network with your colleagues, reconnect with old friends and make new ones while enjoying foods Portland is known for. This year's event will be very exciting as ASCE gives you the first look at ASCE's upcoming IMAX® movie DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World! Pose for your "red carpet moment, " then go behind-the-scenes with DREAM BIG director Greg MacGillivray as he introduces this "film in progress." It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn firsthand how a film is shaped as it nears completion.

DREAM BIG is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with ASCE and is presented by Bechtel Corporation.

Included in Full, Guest, Younger Member and Student registration rates.

Additional ticket: EB: $100 | ADV: $100 | ONS: $115

Thursday, September 29

Student & Emerging Leaders Welcome Breakfast and Orientation (by invitation only)

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Yes, it is still scheduled for 7:30 a.m., and it's still a great way for you to kick off the day by greeting, meeting, and eating with fellow students from across the nation and around the world! You'll have time to network with ASCE Leadership and VIPs, meet the ASCE Convention Committees, and mingle with local students who know all about where to go and what to see while in Portland! It's great food, fun challenges and prizes, and an opportunity to learn more about how to maximize your time at ASCE 2016. So get in the spirit, represent yourselves with your school colors on Thursday morning, and let's see who will win a prize for the best school spirit! See you there!

Included in Student registration rates.

Opening Plenary Session

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Don't miss ASCE's kickoff for the Convention. It's a jammed packed opening session to include welcome and opening remarks by Gregory DiLoreto, Mark Woodson, and keynote by Frans Johansson

Guest Orientation and City Tour

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

You're bringing a guest and/or your family with you and you worry about what they can do while you are attending sessions. There is so much to see and do in Portland! The guest program will entitle your guest(s) to attend a session hosted by Travel Portland, followed by an exciting and informative city tour. Guest attendees will receive a presentation on the city of Portland, tours and activities conveniently located around the hotel and in the city, instructions on how to get around town via Portland's Max light rail system, details about shopping not found anywhere (did we tell you there's no sales tax...?), and more. It will be a fun-filled way to get the most out of your trip.

Join other fellow guests to network, make new friends, plan outings for the remainder of the week all while enjoying the city tour. It's a great opportunity - plan to take advantage.

Also included in the guest program is access to the Opening Welcome Reception on Wednesday night.

Celebration of Leaders Luncheon

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Did you know an ASCE Distinguished Member is a person who has attained eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction? Learn more about the outstanding achievements of this year's class of inductees and celebrate their careers. It's a great way to network with your friends and colleagues while enjoying a mouthwatering Portland menu in addition to honoring the accomplishments of the civil engineering profession.

Included in Full, Younger Member and Student registration rates.
Additional ticket: EB: $45 | ADV: $45 | ONS: $60


6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Did you know Portland is a foodie's paradise? Ranked internationally for its restaurants, ASCE has opened up Thursday night for an evening to explore the many different cuisines offered in Portland - there are restaurants of every type for you to enjoy. The Dine-Around offers attendees the chance to sample from specially discounted menus at various Portland restaurants - all you need is your convention badge to participate. 

Friday, September 30

ASCE Annual Business Meeting & Leadership and Society Awards Breakfast

7:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Room: Portland Ballroom 

New to the Convention this year, we will be kicking off Friday morning by celebrating the success and achievements of the Society. Hear from ASCE Executive Director Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE, as he presents a year in review of the Society. ASCE President-Elect Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, will be installed as the 2017 ASCE President and present her inaugural address. We will recognize the significant contributions of ASCE members to the civil engineering profession and their communities through the presentation of awards. Keynote speaker Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, NAE, Dist.M.ASCE will present “Accelerating Innovation: The Civil Engineering Leaders We Need”.

Breakfast service will start at 7:15 am and conclude at 7:45 a.m., so please plan to arrive on time. Once the program begins, breakfast service will be discontinued.  Tickets are required for breakfast.

Included in Full, Younger Member and Student registration rates.
Additional ticket: EB: $35 | ADV: $35 | ONS: $45

International Luncheon

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Take advantage of this unique networking opportunity to meet with fellow international engineers and discuss issues affecting civil engineers around the globe. Enjoy lunch and witness the renewal of several Agreements of Cooperation with fellow societies. Stop by the registration desk to inquire about purchasing a ticket.

Ticket Prices: EB: $40 | ADV: $40 | ONS: $55

Industry Leaders Forum

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Innovation in the practice of civil engineering will be essential for achieving the ASCE Grand Challenge by 2025, and every member of the civil engineering profession will play an important role in driving the innovation needed to optimize the performance and value of public infrastructure.

The industry leaders forum will feature a round-table discussion on innovation in practice led by Jerry Buckwalter, Director of Strategy, Northrop Grumman Corporation. Jerry's guests will bring perspectives from a large innovative company, a consultant partnering with university researchers, a state government infrastructure owner and a winner from ASCE's first Innovation Contest.

No ticket required.

Rabit™ & Thmper™ Demo

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.; 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the OCC Plaza  

New to this year’s Convention will be a demonstration of two new innovative bridge deck assessment tools - THMPER™, a cost-effective and efficient method to produce refined load rating of bridges and RABIT™ Bridge Deck Assessment Tool.  This demonstration will be held on Friday, September 30. Demonstration times are 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 4:00 to p.m. 4:30 p.m. in the PLAZA which is directly across the street (Martin Luther King (MLK) Blvd.) from the doors in front of the Oregon Ballroom.  This is your opportunity to see innovation in action and to hear details during the Industry Leaders Forum at 2:30 p.m. in the Oregon Ballroom. 

THMPER™ - Targeted Hits for Modal Parameter Estimation and Rating – developed by engineers at Drexel and Rutgers Universities is an innovative technology that permits the refined load rating of bridges based on field calibrated finite element models in a rapid and very cost effective manner.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) working together under the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program, created the RABIT™ Bridge Deck Assessment Tool, the first fully automated bridge inspection tool that simultaneously gathers quantitative data with several nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies and melds it into a comprehensive diagnostic representation of concrete bridge deck condition-inside and out.

No ticket required.

Order of the Engineer Ceremony

5:35 - 6:20 p.m.

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. The goal is to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. Participants take the Obligation of the Engineer and receive a steel ring to be worn as a reminder of their commitment to high ethics and professionalism. Anyone who meets one of the following criteria may be inducted into the Order:

  • Graduate in engineering from an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. (EAC of ABET)
  • Senior in EAC of ABET-accredited engineering program within one academic year of graduation
  • Professional Engineer licensed in the United States
  • Member of the Canadian Calling

Registration Fee: $20

Saturday, October 1

Closing General Session & Luncheon

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This closing session is one you really can't miss! The keynote speaker is a Structural Engineer, an ASCE Younger Member and a professional hockey player do the New York Riveters in the inaugural season of the National Women's Hockey League(NWHL). Hear Gabie Figueroa's story and participate in "The Chat" with Gabie and hosted by David Odeh, P.E., S.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE.

Then join us to see what exciting things ASCE 2017 has to offer in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 8 - 11, 2017 from Andy Herrmann, P.E., F.SEI, Pres.12.ASCE, and Norma Jean Mattei, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE., ASCE's President for 2017 and a native of New Orleans. There will be a drawing for a complimentary registration for the ASCE 2017 Convention and you must be present to win! So be ready for some fun and some great New Orleans style food.

Included in Full, Younger Member and Student registration rates.
Additional ticket: EB: $45 | ADV: $45 | ONS: $60

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