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3/16/15

Plant Tour: Commonwealth Galvanizing

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Commonwealth Galvanizing
10988 Leadbetter Road
Ashland, Virginia 23005

2:45 PM: Assemble
3:00 - 4:30 PM: Tour

Cost: Free

Reservations: Please notify Jeff Wiese at 804-421-7897 or wiese@nleng.com by Friday, March 27. Everyone is welcome. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes on the tour.

About the Event:

Commonwealth Galvanizing has been operational for two years this month and has 10 employees. It is the only facility in Virginia that uses the centrifuge galvanizing process. Smaller steel parts are spun at high velocity to provide an even coating on intricate surfaces such as those on threaded bolts, nuts, etc. This surface requires no extra cleaning. They galvanize to ASTM 123 and 153 standards, and their capabilities include structural steel, handrails, pipe, miscellaneous fabrications, and plates and bolts.

Please refer to the March 31, 2015 newsletter for more details.


3/11/15

2015 CO2 Dragster Contest Canceled

Unfortunately, we have to announce that the chapter's CO2 Dragster Contest scheduled for this Saturday, March 14 at the Celebrating Engineering Ingenuity Day at the Science Museum of Virginia has been canceled. Please refer to the contest page for more information.


3/6/15

Rescheduled: Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC) Engineers' Week Banquet

The RJEC Engineers' Week Banquet has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Tickets purchased for the original date will still be valid. Contact the RJEC treasurer, Rudy Krack, by email at rjkrack@gmail.com if you wish to cancel your reservation and receive a refund.

You may still make a reservation for the banquet if you were unable to attend on the previous date. Simply download the registration form and mail it along with payment by check to Rudy. Please also send him an email to be sure that your name makes it onto the guest list.


3/1/15

Spring Seminar**: Welding of Aluminum for Engineers

Wednesday
April 29, 2015
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Lunch Will be Provided
The Apprentice School
3101 Washington Avenue
Alumni Room, 1st Floor
Newport News, Virginia 23607

The seminar for this season is a condensed and informative one day course that the Eastern Virginia Chapter has arranged with one of the country's foremost authorities on aluminum structures and aluminum welding. This seminar provides the following advantages to you and your employer:

** 8 PDH credits will be awarded to each attendee for this seminar.

Please refer to the dedicated seminar page for more details and information on registration and payment by check or credit card.


2/26/15

POSTPONED: Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC) Engineers' Week Banquet

The Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC) Engineers Week Banquet has been postponed due to weather, but it will be rescheduled. Watch this space and the RJEC web site for updated information.


2/11/15

2015 Engineers Week (EWEEK) Activities

Richmond Joint Engineers Council (RJEC) Engineers Week Banquet

The Phoenix Project: Rebuilding the Pentagon
Presentation by Mr. Allyn Kilsheimer, President and CEO of KCE Structural Engineers PC and Executive Vice President of KTLH Engineers, PC

Thursday, February 26
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Jefferson Hotel
101 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Information and Reservations

Peninsula Engineers Council (PEC) Engineer of the Year Banquet

Presentation by Mr. Matt Mulherin, Corporate Vice President of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and President of Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS)

Saturday, February 28
6:00 to 9:00 PM
Newport News Shipbuilding
Building 520, Sixth Floor, James River Room
4101 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
Information and Reservations

Celebrating Engineering Ingenuity Day ASM CO2 Dragster Contest

Saturday, March 14
1:00 to 4:00 PM
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
More Information

Please refer to the February 26, 2015 newsletter for more details.


1/8/15 updated 1/22/15

Technical Presentation*: Aluminum Bridge Deck Structures for Highway Use

A Joint Meeting with the Central Virginia Section of ASME
and the VCU Student Section of ASME

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Virginia Commonwealth University
Engineering East Hall, Room E2221
401 West Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Social time and dinner
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Technical presentation

Dinner:Pizza and soft drinks will be provided for $5 per person. There will be no charge for students.

Reservations: Please notify Jeff Wiese at 804-421-7897 or wiese@nleng.com by Friday, January 23 on your planned attendance. Everyone is welcome.

Pay in advance by credit card
(You will be asked to create a free login if you are not already an ASM member.)

About the Event:

"Aluminum Bridge Deck Structures for Highway Use" is about the concept, its evolution, and other structural aluminum applications including:

It is about the use of a nontraditional material in infrastructure with the potential for 100+ year longevity.

* 1 PDH credit will be awarded for each technical presentation

Please refer to the January 27, 2015 newsletter for more details.


12/18/14

2015 CO2 Dragster Contest

The plans for the chapter's 2015 Engineers' Week CO2 Dragster Contest have been finalized. Grade school, middle school, and high school students are eligible for cash prizes, but everyone is encouraged to participate.

See the dedicated web page for more information.


11/16/14

Studentsí Night Follow-Up

As promised, Rob Pond delivered an entertaining and informative talk on failure and failure analysis. He embellished the presentation by describing some of the tools employed to determine the root causes of a materials failure.

From the beginning of the use of metals and alloys engineered structures have suffered from failures. Usually, these incidents are wholly unexpected. Many were catastrophic - resulting in the loss of human lives. The scientific analysis of metallurgical failures often identifies chronic and generic problems, and suggests ways to fix these problems utilizing scientific techniques.

These instruments employed to characterize aspects of a failure are themselves extensions of tools developed to better understand the physics and chemistry of materials - solid state science.

Professor Pond presented some classic materials failures - among them storage tanks and ships. He showed how the scientific method (and analytical tools) were used to develop an understanding of the failure causes as well as examining the attributes and modes of different kinds of failures.


10/30/14

Studentsí Night: Applications of Tools of Forensic Science in Metallurgy

Friday, November 14, 2014
The Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
1800 College Crescent, Room 131
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Social
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Presentation
by Dr. Robert Pond, Jr.

Dinner: Free for the first 30 students and accompanying teachers, $10 for members, retirees, teachers, parents, and additional students.

Reservations: Please notify Jeff Wiese at 804-421-7897 or wiese@nleng.com by Wednesday, November 12 on your planned attendance.

About the Presentation:

From the beginning of the use of metals and alloys engineered structures have suffered from failures. The scientific analysis of metallurgical failures often identifies chronic and generic problems, and identifies ways to fix these problems. Scientific techniques are also used to establish fault.

The instruments that are used to analyze aspects of failures are themselves extensions of physics. This talk will examine some classic materials failures and develop an understanding of the scientific techniques used in finding the failure causes as well as examining the attributes and modes of different kinds of failures.

Please refer to the November 14, 2014 newsletter for more details.


10/12/14

Technical Presentation*: Finite Element Methods (FEMs) and Real World Engineering

A Joint Meeting with the Central Virginia Section of ASME
and the VCU Student Section of ASME

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Virginia Commonwealth University
Engineering West, Room 301
601 West Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23284

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Social time and dinner
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Technical presentation

Dinner: Pizza and soft drinks will be provided at no charge courtesy of the ASM Chapter and the ASME Section.

Reservations: Please notify Jeff Wiese at 804-421-7897 or wiese@nleng.com by Friday, October 24 on your planned attendance. Everyone is welcome.

About the Event:

The objective of the talk will be to give the attendee a conceptual understanding of the finite element method (FEM) rather than a detailed description of the mathematical underpinnings. Some of the questions to be answered are:

This talk will be valuable to practicing engineers who are curious about the FEM, managers who would like some understanding of the method to better allocate resources, students who might be interested in studying the subject, or anyone else who might be curious.

* 1 PDH credit will be awarded for each technical presentation

Please refer to the October 28, 2014 newsletter for more details.


9/18/14

Fall Social: Cancelled

Very few people have signed up for the ASM Alewerks Brewery tour and tasting this Saturday. Rather than having the brewery arrange a special tour for only a few people, we have decided to cancel the event.

Feel free to contact any of the officers if you have questions or comments, and please keep in mind the events we have planned for the rest of the season.


9/8/14

Fall Social: AleWerks Brewing Company Tour and Tasting

Saturday, September 20, 2014
AleWerks Brewing Company
189-B Ewell Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-220-3670

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Tour & Tasting

Cost: $6.50 per person

Reservations: Please notify Jeff Wiese at 804-421-7897 or wiese@nleng.com by Wednesday, Sept. 17. Everyone is welcome. Please wear close-toed shoes on the tour.

About the Event (From the AleWerks web site):

"Tours start off with a brief discussion of the rich history of beer and its ingredients, the story of AleWerks and our unique American hand-crafted ales, and a guided look at our brewhouse and the process of brewing. Then it's back to the store for a full tasting and an imprinted AleWerks tasting glass for you to take home.

"We look forward to seeing you and sharing our brews!

"The Alewerks Brewery is a working brewery and our employees will continue to work throughout the tour. Please be respectful of their workspace and follow the tour guides instructions in the brewery."

Please refer to the September 20, 2014 newsletter for more details.


Chapter Bylaws

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