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" Our dream has come true...Our work will live after us. We are building not for ourselves, but for posterity...For those of us who have known the struggles and the hardships of engineering in the lean and difficult years, there is deep satisfaction in knowing that we have done our part in making engineering a finer, nobler, and more satisfying profession for those who come after us."

 

Dr. David B. Steinman, P.E.

NSPE Founder 

 

 

                                         

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2014 SDES Fall PDH Conference, Black Hills Chapter Hosts, Date to be determined
 

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SOUTH DAKOTA ENGINEERING SOCIETY

ANNUAL STATE AWARDS

PRESENTED APRIL 17, 2014

 

 

YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Weston Philips, PE

Sioux Falls, SD

 

(Laurie Schultz, PE, Awards Chairperson, is shown above presenting the Young Engineer of the Year Award to Weston Philips, PE)  

Weston Philips, PE, was honored as the South Dakota Engineering Society’s 2013 Young Engineer of the Year.  Mr. Philips is the Principal Street Engineer for the City of Sioux Falls.  As the Principal Street Engineer, Wes helps manage the City’s street maintenance program, which in 2014 will total over $8.97 million. Wes also provides design overview and guidance for all street projects within the City of Sioux Falls.  Mr. Philips has been an active member in the SDES Eastern Chapter since 2006. Wes has served on the Scholarship Committee, Awards Committee, assisted with Mathcounts, and made presentations at the Eastern Chapter meetings.  Wes holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s in engineering from South Dakota State University.

 

 ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Albert Berreth, PE

Pierre, SD

 

(Laurie Schultz, PE, Awards Chairperson, is shown above presenting the Engineer of the Year Award to Albert Berreth, PE)

  

Albert Berreth, P.E., was honored as the South Dakota Engineering Society’s 2013 Engineer of the Year. 

Al retired from the Indian Health Services after serving the majority of his career with the IHS. He retired from IHS in 2010 as the District Engineer.  At the time of his retirement the Pierre District was working on projects that included a $1.5 million waterline extension north of Pine Ridge Village, a new water treatment plant on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation, a new lift station for the Kyle Community, technical assistance and a water treatment plant and system for the Tri-County water system, and the design and development of water and sewer services to roughly 150-200 individuals on the four Indian Reservations.
Al holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in civil engineering, both earned from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He has been a member of NSPE/SDES since 2001.

 

 

PROJECT OF THE YEAR
HDR Engineering and Minnehaha County Highway Department

Baltic Bridge Replacement

Baltic, SD

 

(Laurie Schultz, PE, Awards Chairperson, is shown above presenting the Project of Year Award.  Accepting the award for the Baltic Bridge on behalf of HDR, Minnehaha County, Swingen Construction, and GeoTek, is Shannon R. Schultz, PE, Asst. Highway Superintendent for Minnehaha County.)

The Minnehaha County Baltic Bridge Replacement project encompassed the needs of a full service civil engineering team, with experience and the dedication to meet a very important challenge.  In mid-September 2012, the Baltic Bridge on County Highway 114 just west of Baltic, spanning the Big Sioux River, was closed immediately while completing the bi-annual bridge inspection. The structural engineers found significant section loss in several locations of the steel girders and noted that the deck was in extremely poor condition. Understanding that this bridge was only a few hundred feet from the local elevator and heavy loads pass over this bridge daily, the decision was made to permanently close the structure until it could be replaced. HDR was immediately contacted by the Minnehaha County Highway Department and briefed on the condition and decision to close. Within one week, HDR and County officials held the first public meeting to provide answers to the Baltic citizens, businesses owners along County Highway 114 through Baltic, city officials, and concerned county residents. Many concerns were raised as to why this happened and what was being done to re-open the Bridge to traffic.  As engineers, we are trusted professionals that apply very important principles to the work that we do. Our city and county residents trust that we make the very best decisions possible, based on the information we have. HDR and Minnehaha County officials developed options for the bridge reconstruction, selected an option providing a long term solution, completed the design, and prepared for construction beginning in March, 2013.

 

 

 

The South Dakota Engineering Society acknowledges the following sponsors for their generous contributions in support of the 2014 SDES Annual Conference.  

 

Conference Sponsors

 

DGR Engineering, Inc.
SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Infrastructure Design Group, Inc.
JSA Consulting Engineers
Hancock Concrete Products
Dakota Pump, Inc.
South Dakota Ready Mixed Concrete Association
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


Lunch Sponsors

 

SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
Bartlett & West
Hancock Concrete Products
South Dakota Ready Mixed Concrete Association


Break Sponsors

DGR Engineering, Inc.
Infrastructure Design Group, Inc.
HDR Engineering, Inc.
GeoTek Engineering & Testing Services, Inc.

 

Exhibitors

Hydro-Klean, LLC
Hayward Baker
Advanced Drainage Systems
Hancock Concrete Products
Cretex Concrete Products, Inc.
Construction Specialties
Swanson Flo
HD Supply

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH DAKOTA ENGINEERING SOCIETY

ENGINEERS WEEK CHAPTER AWARDS

 

Black Hills Chapter

 Young Engineer of the Year

Chris Bailey, PE

HDR, Inc.

Rapid City, SD

 

Project of the Year

Nevada Gulch Road Reconstruction

This was a cooperative project with FMG, SDDOT, and Wharf Resources

 

(Brian Jenner, PE, presenting the Black Hills Chapter Project of the Year to Richard Sudmeier, PE,
FMG Engineering,
Rapid City, SD)

 

Central Chapter

 

Engineer of the Year

Albert Berreth, PE

Pierre, SD

 

Al Berreth (left) , retired from the Indian Health Service, was presented the Central Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society’s Engineer of the Year Award by president Andy Bruels at the chapter’s engineering week banquet. 

 

Young Engineer of the Year

Brady Bertram, EIT

Pierre, SD 

Brady was the lead design engineer for Brosz Engineering on the development of a 17-acre site for the future building of Menards that included site grading, underground utilities, drainage, surfacing, and two retaining walls.

 

Engineering Achievement Award

City of Pierre and Interstate Engineering

Pierre Lincoln Avenue Flood Mitigation Project

Pierre, SD

 

 

John Childs, PE, and Adam Bruscher, EIT, accepted the 2013 Engineering Project of the Year award on behalf of the City of Pierre and Interstate Engineering.

 

 

  Eastern Chapter

 

Engineer of the Year

Allen Rude, PE

Watertown, SD

 

 

Allen Rude, PE, recently retired from Cretex Concrete Products, was presented the
South Dakota Engineering Society Eastern Chapter Engineer of the Year Award. 

                                         

Young Engineer of the Year

Weston Philips, PE

Sioux Falls, SD

 

Wes is the Principal Streets Engineer for the City of Sioux Falls and is responsible for the
construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. 

 


Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award
HDR Engineering and Minnehaha County Highway Department

Baltic Bridge Replacement

Baltic, SD

 

 

 

(Pictured are Steve Hoff, PE, HDR, Inc. and DJ Buthe, PE, Minnehaha County Highway Department)

 

Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award

McLaury Engineering and SDDOT

Cliff Avenue and Interstate 90 Interchange Project

Sioux Falls, SD

 

(Pictured L to R are Josh Larson, PE and Kim McLaury, PE, McLaury Engineering)

 

Eastern Chapter High School Scholarship Recipients

Thomas Punt

Jacob Reeves

Cody Reed

 

(DJ Buthe presenting the Eastern Chapter scholarships to (L to R) Thomas Punt, Jacob Reeves and Cody Reed)

 

Eastern Chapter SDSU Scholarship Recipients

Jacob Ailts

Justin Syrovatka

 

 

 

 

MISSION

 

SDES is the state society of engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, enhances the image of its members, and advocates legislation and public policy for the betterment of human welfare and the profession.

 

 

 

 

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South Dakota Engineering Society is an affiliate of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

 

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