April 22, 2013 (Monday) Indian Point – What are the Facts?

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Topic: Indian Point – What are the Facts?

A presentation supported by the Manhattan College School of Engineering


Steven J. DeCarlo, Maser Consulting P.A.: “Where we are – NYS power needs, supplies, and projections”

Prof. Graham Walker, Manhattan College: “Conventional and alternative energy sources”

Prof. Thomas N. McKee, Manhattan College, Entergy: “Power distribution and distribution management. The grid and the smart grid”

Pat Falciano, Nuclear Renaissance Services: “All of the above as it relates to Indian Point. Nuclear generation information and issues, safety, site selection issues”

PDH: This presentation is approved for 2.5 PDH for NYS PEs through PIE.

MH900448698Time: 6:00 PM for Registraion and light refreshments. Presentation at 7:00PM, through 9:30PM.

Fees: Site and refreshment fee (all attendees): $10.

PDH fee: NYSSPE members: free;

Non-members $50 (waived if signing up for membership before the event);

Manhattan College faculty and students are invited to attend for free if they RSVP by April 16, 2013.

Pre-register: You must pre-register at our seminar registration page. If you cannot pre-register, please contact us at

To join: download the membership application, NSPEMembershipApp2010-JMK, fill it in and send it in. Keep a copy and bring it to the meeting.

Place: Manhattan College, Leo Engineering Building (3825 Corlear Ave, betw. 238th and 240th Sts., 1 block west of Broadway, Bronx, NY 10463) in the Scala Auditorium on the first floor. Parking available. The Leo Engineering building is convenient to the IRT #1 stop at 238th St., the Maj. Deegan Expressway at Van Cortlandt Park So, and the Henry Hudson Pkwy at Broadway.

Information/reservations: Please make reservations ahead of time, so that we can have a headcount for total attendance and an additional headcount for PDH certificates, as well as allowing us to prepare the certificates. Contact with any questions.

January 26, 2010

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Hilti Deck Fastening System – Powder Actuated Fastening as an Alternative to Welding

Ann Marie Bugler, P.E.  


Ann Marie, who has been a welcome presenter to the chapter previously, will provide an introduction and overview of powder actuated fastening, including:

I. Overview Steel Deck Diaphragm Design

II. Powder-Actuated Fastening Technology

III. Training and Safety

IV. Deck Attachment Methods

V. Powder-Actuated Fastening of Steel Deck

VI. Diaphragm Testing and Approvals

VII. Installation and Inspection

VIII. Sidelap Screws and Specialty Fasteners

IX. Technical Support

X. Questions

XI. Demo

This meeting will be at Manhattan College, starting at 6:30. See the registration page to pre-register (and save money).

September 14, 2010

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Wendy Talarico, LEED AP, Architectural Outreach Manager, NY/NJ Brick Distributors Council, The Brick Industry Association

Cavity Wall Design and Construction – We cover the proper design of these long-lasting brick-and-block assemblies, with emphasis on water resistance and crack control. This talk also covers a short history of cavity walls and properties of cavity walls including thermal design, wall tie and anchor requirements. Since workmanship issues have such an impact on performance we discuss materials and installation procedures that promote proper performance. * 1 AIA/CES, HSW Credit


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Bronx Chapter and PE’s in Construction, NYSSPE presents: Review of the 2008 New York City Building Code New Requirements for Special Inspections and Materials Testing. Approved for 2 PDH in NYS.

By Kaspal Thumma, P.E., PhD

The 2008 NYC Building Code requires major changes on inspections during the construction process.

Under the old 1968 NYC Building Code, Professional Engineers and Registered Architects were the only people authorized to conduct the required inspections during construction. These inspections performed at critical junctures and on critical structural components of a structure were called “controlled inspections” and ensured that the work was safe and being constructed according to approved plans using the specified materials.

Under the new code, controlled inspections have been replaced by “Special Inspections” and mandates very specific standards for a proper inspections and qualifications for the new “special inspector” and certification requirements of “Special Inspection Agencies”

This presentation will review the pertinent provisions of the new Building Code as it relates to Special Inspections and Materials Testing and the role of the Special Inspector and Special Inspection Agencies. This material is especially pertinent now as the new rules have phased in and the deadline for accreditation approaches.

December 8, 2010

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Keith F. Lashway, P.E.
Area Director of Market Development and Technical Services
International Masonry Institute

Keith will present two 1PDH seminars on Masonry topics.

Masonry Restoration

 Description:  Acknowledging that restoration is the fastest growing segment of the construction industry, this class explores the deterioration mechanisms of masonry buildings, restoration standards, masonry restoration materials and methods and opportunities in restoration for existing masonry contractors.

 Tips to Optimize Structural Masonry

Seminar attendees will learn about the many tips for designing and specifying structural masonry to make certain that project documents include both architectural and engineering requirements for masonry.  Discover some practical ideas and advice for designers in masonry attributes and jobsite tips for structural masonry, which can be the most economical structural solution, serving as both framing system and exterior envelope. Learn how masonry can be the primary structural system (load bearing achieved with bearing and shear walls) or integrated with a steel or reinforced concrete frame in the form of a hybrid masonry and frame system.

Keith F. Lashway, P.E. is the Director of Market Development and Technical Services for the International Masonry Institute’s Upstate New York Region.

Keith is has over 40 years experience in civil/structural engineering, including project/construction management, estimating and material specifications.  He is the Area VP with the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and Capital District Post President with the Society of American Military Engineers.

He is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College in Architecture and University of Buffalo in Civil Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in New York State.


November 17, 2009

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Firestopping Seminar
Peter Schmidt
Firestop Solutions Inc.


Firestop Solutions has presented firestop seminars to a wide range of professionals, including building inspectors, fire marshals, construction managers, hospitals, state agencies, building managers, architects, and engineers.


This presentation will bring clarity to the intent of the ICC and local codes concerning proper installation of firestopping.  We will review the various components of a tested and listed UL firestop system and discuss the importance of independent testing standards. It will be clear why a zero tolerance approach to compliance is critical and why many building professionals are turning to approved specialty firestop contractors.

Speaker Bio:

Peter Schmidt is committed to raising the standards of life safety and building preservation through public awareness and improved regulatory practices in the firestop industry.  He is actively involved with the training of building professionals, including Inspectors, Fire Marshals, many State Agencies and Professional Associations and the Department of Health.  He has had the opportunity to write the firestopping specification for the code compliance division of the Dormitory Authority for the State of New York and train over 50 engineers for the PANYNJ in preparation of proper firestop inspections on the Freedom Tower.  Peter Schmidt is employed by Firestop Solutions, the country’s first Factory Mutual FM 4991 Contractor, first Hilti Accredited, and is one of the country’s first UL Approved Firestop Contractors.  Firestop Solutions is a division of Medigas Lifesafety Group.

March 24, 2009 

As discussed below, we  held a follow up meeting to the ethics program of Feb. 25 in which the student teams presented the proposed submissions to the contest.

February 25, 2009 The Bronx Chapter Review of Engineering Ethics

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Professor Seamus Freyne
Manhattan College School of Engineering

We live in a world where engineers must not think just about design, but also about the implications of those designs and the actions or policies that lead to them, and how they impact people and the environment. Engineering ethics carries momentous importance.  At this seminar Professional Engineers, Manhattan College faculty, and Manhattan College engineering students are invited to participate in a  review of the NSPE Code of Ethics and discuss its application to several historical case studies as well as to contemporary issues.  The current Milton F. Lunch Ethics contest problem will be presented at the end of the session and students organized into teams to prepare submissions for the contest.  The student teams will present their submissions at a second seminar scheduled for March 24 to an audience of professional engineers and faculty, who will provide comments.

We anticipate that the student teams will then submit their work to NSPE as contest entries.  The winning entry will receive an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter and $500 divided among the authors) provided by NSPE and the NSPE Educational Foundation, a certificate, and recognition in PE magazine, as well as other external media outlets.  More information about the contest can be found at the NSPE Ethics Contest page.

If you plan to attend, we recommend that you download the NSPE Code of Ethics and print it out to bring to the meeting.

Professor Seamus Freyne, of the faculty at Manhattan College in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, will lead the seminars. Since 2005, Professor Freyne has taught the ethics module in the Introduction to Engineering course at Manhattan.  He is scheduled to give a presentation titled “A Preliminary Survey of Engineering Ethics Courses Nationwide,” at the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education in Austin, Texas this June.  Professor Freyne, who is also active with the American Society of Civil Engineers, earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

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