The August programs may be summarized as follows:
August 2, 2010: Robbi McKinney of Arcadis spoke on “3D
Visualization using ArcGIS”. She can do remarkable things with her computer. The abstract for her talk follows but it doesn’t do justice to what she can do: 3D
Analyst has been used for many years to create three-dimensional models of reality based on GIS data. However, for planned projects or conceptual models, GIS professionals have learned the value in presenting data in new and powerful ways. We have abandoned the term ‘modeling’ and moved into
the realm of data visualization. Nearly every environmental or engineering concept can be explained through geography. This can be as simple as planning power-line crossings, and as complex as creating faulted and folded geology. As professionals reliant on technology, we often find ourselves searching for quick-fixes and the new program that will solve all of our problems and increase our efficiency. However, in many cases, our answer can be found in a simple understanding of cartography and topography. This presentation will discuss the successes of using ArcGIS to create 3D visualizations of concepts that possess geography.
August 9, 2010: Ken Barry, P.E., D. WRE, Senior Project Engineer/Project Manager Engineering Integrity S&ME, Inc. spoke on “Process, Management, & Duty: Engineering Ethics Case Studies” He distributed a different case study to each table and then discussed the ethical considerations of each case with the members.
August 16, 2010: Randy
Rainwater, P.E. Of S&ME, Inc. gave a presentation entitled “ASTM International”. He explained the organization of ASTM (formerly American Society for Testing Materials but now an international organization). He explained how new standards are developed and how older standards are revised and updated. The work is done by volunteers with variable timetables. Apparently some parts of some standards have not been revised since engineers stopped using slide rules.
August 23, 2010: Dana Vaughn Watershed Representative for TVA spoke on “Watershed Management” A look at TVA’s approach to watershed management of the Tennessee River System and how partnership efforts with citizen groups and other agencies perpetuate TVA’s legacy of working with communities to improve environmental quality. She related some of the constraints on TVA in regulating river flow rates and reservoir levels.
August 30, 2010: Dennis Yankee, TVA Senior Environmental Manager for the Kingston Ash Recovery, spoke about the status of efforts on the Kingston ash spill. The ash disposal problem is put in perspective when you realize that the Kingston steam plant alone generates about 1000 tons of ash a day. Currently some ash from the spill is being carried by rail for disposal in an appropriate land fill in Alabama at a significant cost. Generally. It looks like the cleanup work is going well.