About the NCS Reston Committee

The National Capital Section is pleased to announce the formation of its Reston Committee that will hold monthly technical meetings at ASCE Headquarters in Reston.

July: Social Summer Gathering

Come join the Reston Committee on Thursday, July 13th at Carpool in Herndon, VA, for happy hour drink specials, games, and free appetizers. Look for the table with an ASCE sign. No RSVP required!

Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM 
Place: Carpool, 208 Eldon Street Herndon, VA 20170

April Meeting: 4/26/17

Second Generation Tools for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering

First-generation tools for performance-based earthquake engineering were developed and published in the mid 1990s as FEMA 273/274. Those documents presented tools and techniques for nonlinear static analysis, and proposed component-based, analysis-oriented acceptance criteria presented in terms of deterministic, albeit qualitative, performance levels. Subsequently, FEMA 273/274 were republished as ASCE/SEI Standard 41-06 and 41-13. In parallel with these ASCE publications, FEMA funded work on second-generation tools for performance-based earthquake engineering that embraced nonlinear dynamic analysis and descriptions of seismic performance that better mapped to metrics of importance to regulators and building owners, namely, repair cost, the cost of business interruption, and casualties. The presentation will summarize the first generation tools and describe key advancements in the second-generation tools, as documented in FEMA P-58. Calculation procedures for annualized risk, including the use of fragility functions, consequence functions, and advanced Monte Carlo analysis will be described.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 11:45 AM Registration - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Lunch/Speaker
Place: ASCE Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive Reston, VA 20191
Cost: $25 per person (member/nonmember)
Attendees will receive 1 PDH
RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday, April 20th, to Lisa Anderson:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-429- 6631.
Cash or check made out to “ASCE National Capital Section” may be paid at the door.

Andrew Whittaker is Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo, and serves as the Director of MCEER. He is a registered civil and structural engineer in the State of California. Dr. Whittaker served as the Vice-President and President of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (www.curee.org) from 2003 to 2011, and on the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (www.eeri.org) and the World Seismic Safety Initiative from 2008 to 2010. Currently, he is a member of the Advisory Board for the Southern California Earthquake Center. Dr. Whittaker made significant contributions to the first generation of tools for performance based earthquake engineering (FEMA 273/274, 1992-1997) and led the structural engineering team that developed the second generation of these tools (FEMA P58, 2000-2013). Whittaker serves on a number of national committees including ASCE 4, ASCE 7, and ASCE 43, and ACI 349. He is Chair of the ASCE Nuclear Standards Committee. His research interests are broad and include earthquake and blast engineering of buildings, long-span bridges and nuclear structures. The US National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, US Federal Highway Administration, and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission fund his research. He consults to federal agencies, regulators, consultancies, contractors, and utilities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.

February Meeting: 2/14/2017

Northern Virginia Traffic Projects: I-66 Inside the Beltway and I-395 Express Lanes Northern Extension

Ms. Baxter will discuss traffic demands related to the I-66 Inside the Beltway Program which includes implementing peak period managed toll lanes, in which the revenue will be used for transit serving the corridor, as well as the 4 mile widening of the eastbound lanes between the Dulles Connector Road and Ballston.

Mr. Lerner will talk about traffic studies in Northern Virginia and will specifically discuss as examples the traffic operations analyses for the I-395 Express Extension as well as the studies for the transformation of Tysons.

Amanda Baxter: Special Projects Development Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA

Abi Lerner: P.E. Associate Manager of Special Projects Development
Virginia Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time: 11:45 AM Registration - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Lunch/Speaker
Place: ASCE Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive Reston, VA 20191
Cost: $25 per person (member/nonmember)
Attendees will receive 1 PDH
RSVP: Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 8 th to Lisa Anderson:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-429- 6631.
Cash or check made out to “ASCE National Capital Section” may be paid at the door.

Amanda Baxter has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in planning, analysis, and environmental documentation for complex transportation planning studies and engineering projects. In March 2015, Ms. Baxter returned to VDOT as the Special Projects Development Manager working on key transportation initiatives in Northern Virginia. In her role, Ms. Baxter coordinates and implements Special Studies in support of the Secretary of Transportation, VDOT Commissioner, VDOT Chief Engineer and senior leadership. Ms. Baxter is responsible for the oversight and coordination of VDOT resources to direct Special Projects in order to provide transportation facilities that meet or exceed VDOT standards and requirements. Currently she is the Project Manager for the I-66 Inside the Beltway Program which includes implementing peak period managed toll lanes, in which the revenue will be used for transit serving the corridor, as well as the 4 mile widening of the eastbound lanes between the Dulles Connector Road and Ballston. She is also leading the environmental and traffic studies for the I-395 Express lanes including multimodal improvements at the Pentagon and most recently she has initiated the environmental and traffic study for the I-95 Express Lane extension to Fredericksburg as part of the Atlantic Gateway program. Before returning to VDOT, Ms. Baxter served as a Vice President for Whitman, Requardt and Associates working on key Regional transportation projects in the Mid-Atlantic such as Maryland’s Purple Line Light Rail and the High Rise Bridge study in Hampton Roads.


Abi Lerner, P.E. is the Associate Manager of Special Project Development at the Virginia Department of Transportation. In his role, he is responsible for coordinating the planning and implementation of all transportation and land development projects associated with the Tysons revitalization program. He is also working on project development and traffic analyses for key Northern Virginia projects including I-66 Inside the Beltway and I-395 Express Lanes Northern Extension. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of Transportation for the City of Alexandria, VA. Abi has a B.B.A. in Engineering Management, a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Abi is the current Mid-Colonial District representative on the Board of Direction of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

1/10/2017: ETHICS 101

For those of you registered in the State of Maryland, this session helps you fulfil the 1 PDH requirement on ethics. For those of you registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, this session also helps you add 1 PDH toward your license renewal. But ethics is not just a box you check off for license renewal. Ethics guides your choices and actions that determine the purpose and the course of your life. It is a vital topic.

During this session, you will:

  • Go over PHD requirements for license renewal
  • Contrast two subjects: Engineering and Ethics
  • Learn principles of ethics
  • Review ethical cases considered by ASCE’s Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC)

Engineering is a factual subject. Ethics, on the other hand, is an evaluative subject. When choices exist, you must evaluate them. Ethics is concerned with how you evaluate choices to determine which is good or evil, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable. Ethics is a human necessity.

The January 10, 2017 meeting of the Reston Committee will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, starting at 11:45 am at ASCE Headquarters. Please RSVP to Lisa Anderson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 703-429-6631.

About the Speaker:  Ranjit Sahai, PE, F.ASCE is the 2013-14 ASCE-NCS Past President. He is an author of several books for engineers. He is the principal at RAM Corporation, a consulting engineering firm focused on traffic engineering, storm water management, and technology projects. As you might expect from the position of Principal at any firm, he encounters situations that have ethical implications. He has a deep interest in philosophy and has completed several online courses on the topic. Join him at this session to not only receive a PDH toward your PE license renewal but also to learn from ethical cases ASCE shares with its members in the Civil Engineering magazine.

Welcome to the NCS Reston Committee

The National Capital Section's Reston Committee is always looking for volunteers to help in the planning of technical meetings in Reston. The goal of this committee is to host technical meetings for ASCE members in the Reston area, including surrounding counties, looking to network with other professionals, sharpen their technical and professional skills, and earn Professional Development Hours. For more information, contact the the committee's Chair, Lisa Anderson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-429-6631.

Schedule of NCS Meetings in Reston

Sep. 15, 2016

Oct. 4, 2016

Nov. 1, 2016

Dec. 9, 2017 (Social Gathering)

Jan. 10, 2017

Feb. 14, 2017

Mar. 14, 2017

Apr. 26, 2017

May, TBD (Social Gathering)