GEOSTRATA: Jonathan Harris on dam safety and risk

Hot off the press: “Dam Safety Management Using Risk-Informed Decision-Making Methods–A Powerful Tool or an Unnecessary Venture?” in the March/April issue of Geo-Institute’s GEOSTRATA magazine. The article is authored by M. Jonathan Harris, PE, of our Greensboro office, with a preface by editor William K. Petersen, PE, who works in the West Chester office.

Melinda Dirdal appointed to USSD board

Melinda Dirdal, PE, a senior engineer in the West Chester, Pa. office, has been appointed as a Young Professional Advisory Director of the United States Society on Dams (USSD). Her three-year term will begin on April 2 at the USSD board meeting in Anaheim. USSD is dedicated to advancing the role of dam and levee systems and building the community of practice.

Laura Shearin-Feimster becomes an Envision Sustainability Professional

After passing a rigorous exam, Laura Shearin-Feimster of our Greensboro office can now add “ENV SP” after her name.  The credential is issued by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).  Based in Washington, D.C., ISI was founded by the American Public Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Council of Engineering Companies and operates under their oversight.  It was created for a single purpose: to develop and maintain a sustainability rating system for all civil infrastructure. That rating system, called Envision, is like LEED for infrastructure projects. Schnabel is an ISI member and an Envision Qualified Company, thanks to Laura’s new status as an ENV SP. We congratulate Laura on her achievement and are proud to support the program.  For more information about Envision, click here.

Raymond A. DeStephen, PE, elected ACEC Fellow

Raymond A. DeStephen, PE, was elected a Fellow with ACEC, the American Council of Engineering Companies. The College of Fellows is a distinguished class of engineers who are selected by their peers as deserving recognition for exemplary contributions to the profession. Ray, who works in our Richmond office and is a past ACEC Virginia president, will be recognized at the 2017 Fall Conference Awards Luncheon in Orlando.  For more on this story, click here.