President’s Message

Hello ASCE Members,

Welcome to the American Society of Civil Engineers San Bernardino-Riverside Branch (ASCE SBR Branch) web page. I’m excited to announce this year we will revamp the look of the website. Whether you’re interested in monthly luncheons at the Riverside Convention Center, golfing, networking in the profession, technical development, K-12 outreach, community service, social events, or sports we have it all, definitely something for you to get involved in!



Our monthly Branch Board meetings are held on the first Friday of the month at TKE in Riverside and are open to everyone if you would like to join. The next board meeting is on November 3, 2017. The Younger Members meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at Panera’s in Ranch Cucamonga near Ontario Mills and are open to everyone as well, so please come along and introduce yourself.

A friendly reminder the ASCE membership dues are due this month. I highly encourage you to check the box for Los Angeles Sec-San Bernardino-Riverside Branch Dues of $55 which directly goes to our Branch to support all the awesome events we put on throughout the year.

ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good. In carrying out our mission, ASCE advances technology, encourages lifelong learning, promotes professionalism and the profession, develops civil engineer leaders, and advocates infrastructure and environmental stewardship.

Tell us how the branch can best serve you in your professional development. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us by Clicking Here.


Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ASCE.

Melissa Barbosa, P.E., M.ASCE
ASCE San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
Branch President






So Cal Inland Empire GeoInstitute

The San Bernardino and Riverside Counties Branch of ASCE was created in 1953 within the Los Angeles Section. This branch covers more than 27,000 miles, which is the largest geographical coverage in Southern California.



To support Clean Water Act of 1972 by protecting the beneficial uses of receiving waters and controlling pollutants from entering the storm drain system to ensure the quality of life for our citizens and our environment.



Younger Member Forum

The ASCE San Bernardino/Riverside Younger Member Forum (SB/R YMF) provides an opportunity for young civil engineers to become familiar with the civil engineering community and get involved in ASCE early in their careers. Our goal is to capture the enthusiasm we all had as college students and build a coalition of successful young engineers.




The Mentorship Committee was formed to add value to ASCE membership in Southwest Riverside Country and to address local issues encountered in that region. The Group provides a forum for networking during lunchtime seminars and presentations which occur on a quarterly basis.


Upcoming Events

GeoInstitute Committee - October 2017 Presentation; Corrosion Engineering
Thursday October 19, 2017 6:00pm - 8:30pm PST
This presentation will explain what corrosion engineers need to know to develop their corrosion control recommendations to avoid costly future failures. It will review how to collect soil samples, where to collect soil samples, and the significance of various tests.

We hope to see you there.

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Knock your meetings out of the park! Sign on an ASCE Speaker

ASCE’s Speakers Bureau, matches speakers and subject matter experts with those who are looking to utilize one of the Society’s strongest assets – its members’ professional expertise. The Speakers Bureau makes that expertise available through a quality, online program now available as a benefit available only to ASCE members. Check out the Speakers Bureau

Thank you,
Craig Quadrato, Chair
ASCE - Member Communities Committee

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ASCE - Continuing Education

The Leader in Lifelong Learning for Civil Engineers

For more than 40 years, ASCE has provided state-of-the-practice professional development. Nowhere else can you find the level of expertise, in-depth training, and dedication to the profession.

  • High-quality training from experts
  • IACET-Accredited Provider
  • Stay current in your field
  • Earn PDHs/CEUs
  • Learn practical techniques and methods

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Online Courses

  Course Format    [How it all works]


Face-To-Face Seminars

  • In-person and hands-on
  • Earn PDHs/CEUs
  • Send a team and save!
  • Network with colleagues in your field

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Find the latest information, innovations, and technologies when you attend ASCE conferences.

Benefits of Attending a Conference:
  • Expand your knowledge
  • Earn PDHs to maintain your professional licensure
  • Network with global leaders and colleagues
  • Visit with suppliers to find the latest tools and solutions
  • Gain the knowledge and insight needed to solve daily and strategic challenges

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Live Webinars

  • Interactive 60-90 minute training
  • Earn PDH/CEUs
  • Convenient
  • Individual and group rates
  • Eliminate travel and lodging expenses
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  • The Leader Training Committee - Webinar  *UPDATED-7/5/17
We encourage you to invite other interested Officers on your Section or Branch Board.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ron Iwamoto, P.E., M.ASCE
Leader Training Committee

Greg Kuklinski, P.E., M.ASCE
Leader Training Committee

cc: Region Directors/Governors

if you wish to participate by responding to Nancy Berson at

Note: Please include Full Name and Section or Branch in email. Thank You

♦  Upcoming Webinar(s)
  • Sunday and Monday, September 17 and 18, 2017 [ASCE Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF)]

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“Ask the President”
  [updated: 3/23/2017]

Training Committee is hosting its bi-annual program entitled “Ask the President.” This one hour session will give you the opportunity to ask President Mattei questions about issues which may be facing your Sections and Branches via a live video conferencing format.

We appreciate your continued involvement in the Leader Training Committee webinars and other informational sessions and hope you found this one valuable.

See past Webinar:
Thursday, March 23, 2017, “Ask the President” recording and the exchange may be found at
[updated: 3/30/2017]
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Best Practice Webinar

Thank you for participating in the Section and Branch Best Practices Webinar.  Our three speakers presented excellent information about Best Practices they are using in their Sections and Branches.  We hope you were able to gather ideas to implement locally in your Section and Branch as well.

The presentation may be accessed at March 2017 Section and Branch Best Practices Webinar or may be found at on the ASCE website at   The speakers' contact information is included on the attached slides in case you have additional questions.  Also, the Life Member Guidelines are attached for your reference.

Remember - if you have a Best Practice to share, please submit an information request form (available on the Section & Branch Resources page linked above).

If you were unable to participate, we hope you find this information valuable and useful and share it with your Section/Branch Board.

Greg Kuklinski, P.E., M.ASCE
Leader Training Committee

Ron Iwamoto, P.E., M.ASCE
Leader Training Committee

[updated: 4/19/2017]
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ASCE Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF)

save the date-Sunday and Monday, September 17 and 18, 2017

The Training Committee hope you or your successor will consider attending the Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF) on Sunday and Monday, September 17 and 18, 2017. We will be holding the event at ASCE World Headquarters in Reston Virginia. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit our home base and meet with ASCE staff.  The Leader Orientation Weekend will also be held in conjunction with the PGF providing an additional opportunity to interact with Society Officers and hear President-elect Swallow discuss her future agenda.

The purpose of the Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF) is to provide a venue for current Section, Branch and Region leaders to gain the knowledge to effectively and efficiently run their local units.  This workshop provides a summary of Best Practices presented by Section and Branch leaders. The program will also include discussions on how to successfully lead your Section or Branch, and how to effectively utilize Region Governors.  The PGF provides an excellent opportunity for networking with your ASCE peers. Many Sections, Branches, and Regions plan their budgets at this time of year. There is a subsidy for one attendee from each Section and Branch in the amount of $135.00. We realize this will not cover your airfare or total expenses, but it will hopefully help defray some of your costs. If you are unable to attend, or will be leaving your leadership position before the event, please pass this information to your successors so they don't miss out on this opportunity.

Please consider this a pre-announcement as additional details will be forthcoming in the months ahead.  We wanted to ensure you or your successor had this information for planning, budgeting, and transitioning purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Berson at
or at 703-295-6010.

We look forward to seeing you in Reston this fall.
Greg Kuklinski, P.E., M.ASCE
Leader Training Committee

Note: Please include Full Name and Section or Branch in email. Thank You

Report Card

NEW 2017 Report Card for America's Infrastructure

The ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure, made up of 28 dedicated civil engineers from across the country with decades of expertise in all categories, volunteers their time to work with ASCE Infrastructure Initiatives staff to prepare the Infrastructure Report Card. The Committee assesses all relevant data and reports, consults with technical and industry experts, and assigns grades using the following key criteria:

  1. Capacity
  2. Condition
  3. Funding
  4. Future Need
  5. Operation and Maintenance
  6. Public Safety
  7. Resilience
  8. Innovation


The 2017 Infrastructure Report Card reveals that we have made some incremental progress toward restoring our nation’s infrastructure. But it has not been enough. As in 2013, America’s cumulative GPA is once again a D+.

The 2017 grades range from a B for Rail to a D- for Transit, illustrating the clear impact of investment – or lack thereof – on the grades. Three categories – Parks, Solid Waste, and Transit – received a decline in grade this year, while seven – Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Rail, Schools, and Wastewater – saw slight improvements. Six categories’ grades remain unchanged from 2013 – Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Energy, and Roads.

Click Here for full report/s.


Reports History

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ASCE Library

ASCE Standards provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity and efficiency across all areas of civil engineering. These voluntary standards are written by experts with knowledge and expertise in a particular field. There are more than 60 published.

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Leader Training Committee (LTC)

In ASCEs continuing efforts to enhance communication with its Regions, Sections and Branch leaders throughout the Society, we are pleased to provide the "LTC Report." This document summarizes many of the discussion items from our committee meetings and will introduce you to some of the many projects being undertaken by LTC for the benefit of ASCE's local units. We hope you find the “LTC Report” useful. Feel free to share this information with other Section and Branch leaders in your area. If you have questions or suggestions for the committee, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for all you do for the members of ASCE!

ASCE Training Committee

[updated: 7/27/2017]
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Geographic Units Facebook Group to inform you of upcoming activities,publicize past activities that can be utilized by your Section/Branch as well as provide a forum for an open Section, Branch and Region discussion.

The following is the link to the Facebook Group:  Please visit this link and click on the “join” button. The Geographic Services staff will verify and activate your request.



  • Scholarship Announcement
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LTC - 21 Talking Points & PowerPoint


The Leader Training Committee (LTC) series of 21 Talking Points and accompanying PowerPoint slides on timely and critical Society issues and topics are posted on the Region, Section, and Branch Resource page on the ASCE web site, Click Here.


Shawn Kelley, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
Leader Training Committee

cc:   Region Governors
       Leader Training Committee and
       Corresponding Members


  21 Talking Points  

 Honor and Awards

    ASCE prides itself in community envolment, members who exemplify the industry's in their professional contributions to advancing the field of civil engineering. Please click on the link to see some of the awards.

  • Click Here to access the ASCE SB/Riv Branch Honor and Awards information.

  • Click Here to access the ASCE Honor and Awards information.