Dream Big Wins BIG!

SEPTEMBER 2017: Dream Big won best film at the Giant Screen Cinema Association annual awards ceremony. The GSCA awards are the “Oscars” of the IMAX world, and this is their top award. The film took home four awards in all, including those for marketing and educational program: 1. Best Film; 2. Best Visual Effects; 3. Best Marketing and Distributor Award; 4. Best Educational Program by a Theater – Carnegie Science Center won for its Engineering Educational and Festival program. There was some stiff competition, notably from a film called Amazon produced by Howard Hughes Medical Institute in partnership with Pacific Science Center.

Presented by ASCE-NCS

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Join us on March 21 at the Hilton Arlington for the National Capital Section’s (NCS) signature event of the year. This event gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate local excellence in projects, engineers, and students who have contributed to our profession and our community. Recognized parties include the ASCE-NCS Outstanding Civil Engineering Project, Sustainable Project of the Year, Meritorious Service and Community Service Award winners, NCS Student Scholarship Award recipients, Outstanding Graduating Seniors from local civil engineering universities, and members of the NCS who have achieved Life Member or Fellow status during the past year.

The finalists for the ASCE- NCS 2017 Outstanding Civil Engineering Project are the US Army Corps of Engineers’ 17th Street Closure and the MGM Resorts International’s MGM National Harbor.

The 17th Street Closure is a removable structure that can be erected in the event of high water. It attaches to the floodwalls on both sides of 17th Street and consists of aluminum panels between steel posts. Tis replaced the existing levee, in place since the late 1930s, which consisted of an earthen berm that runs parallel to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. It required construction of a temporary closure of sandbags, Jersey barriers, and an earthen dam across 17th Street when river flood conditions were imminent. Post-Katrina federal standards require that a more reliable levee system be in place. Recognizing the need to move quickly, while still successfully meeting engineering and design needs, numerous federal and local agencies collaborated over a two-year period to develop a new approach for the 17th Street Closure. The levee elements are designed to seamlessly blend with the setting of the National Mall.

MGM National Harbor uses timeless design, high-end service, public art and spectacular amenities combine to create a new generation of resort experiences: MGM National Harbor, the first luxury gaming destination in the Capital Region adding an exciting new aspect to the culture of the Capital. A fast track construction process required study of options on how best to accomplish design features within the time and money allotted for construction. 3D modeling was used to create architectural, structural and construction models for coordination. Each sector of the project had a dedicated team consisting of design professionals and contracting team that met weekly and as needed to coordinate and solve any problems that arose.

The finalist for the ASCE- NCS 2017 Sustainable Project of the Year is the Nutrient Management Facility (NMF) located in Alexandria, VA. The NMF includes 18 million gallons in tank capacity with associated pumps, chemical analysis equipment, and an extensive odor control system. It also includes a lit, regulation athletic field located on top of the process tanks, created as a community amenity. The facility was designed to preserve floodplain functions by avoiding new development within the floodplain. Acres of impervious surface were replaced with vegetated areas to restore infiltration and water quality functions. A fish and sediment barrier was removed, which improved aquatic habitat connectivity, and a crucial wooded riparian buffer was expanded, enhancing the natural habitat.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, 6pm - 8:45pm.
WHERE: Hilton Arlington - 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia
FEE: Early Registration: $55, Walk-In (pending availability)$65, Life Members $35, Students $20

What is ASCE-NCS?

Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: http://region2.asce.org/). The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
  • To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.

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