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  • 30 Jul 2018 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    PE Day Press Release.pdf

    2018-Proclamation-Governor.pdf



    Pierre, South Dakota: Governor Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed August 1, 2018, as Professional Engineers Day in South Dakota. In his proclamation, Daugaard recognizes licensed professional engineers as dedicated to applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal, and commercial problems while holding paramount the public health, safety, and welfare.

     

    In the proclamation of Professional Engineers Day, the Governor also recognizes the significant contributions South Dakota’s licensed professional engineers have made on a local and national scale and that South Dakota’s economy has grown, in part, because its licensed professional engineers are instrumental to South Dakota communities.

     

    August 1, 2018 will mark the third annual Professional Engineers Day as declared by the South Dakota Engineering Society (SDES), in conjunction with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). NSPE is an organization, founded in 1934, representing the interests of more than 31,000 licensed professional engineers and those on the path to licensure.

     

    According to NSPE, as recent as a century ago, anyone could work as an engineer without proof of competency. In order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the first engineering licensure law was enacted in 1907 in Wyoming. Now every state, including South Dakota, regulates the practice of engineering to ensure public safety by granting only Professional Engineers (PEs) the authority to sign and seal engineering plans and offer their services to the public.

     

    To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state's licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers by fulfilling continuing education requirements.

     

    Only a licensed engineer may prepare, sign and seal, and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or seal engineering work for public and private clients. PEs shoulder the responsibility for not only their work, but also for the lives affected by that work and must hold themselves to high ethical standards of practice.

     

    South Dakota Engineering Society President Ryan Johnson encourages anyone interested in finding out more about the state’s Professional Engineers or the process required to become licensed in South Dakota to contact the SDES Executive Director, Nancy Hoines, at sdengineeringsociety@gmail.com or visit the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions website at http://dlr.sd.gov/btp/default.aspx Professionals Engineers interested in becoming a member of SDES and NSPE should also contact Hoines or visit www.nspe.org

     


  • 30 Jul 2018 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    PE Day Press Release SF.pdf

    2018-Proclamation-TenHaken.pdf


    Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken has proclaimed August 1, 2018, as Professional Engineers Day in Sioux Falls. TenHaken joins Governor Dennis Daugaard who also proclaimed August 1 as Professional Engineers Day for the State of South Dakota. In their proclamations, both Daugaard and TenHaken recognize licensed professional engineers as dedicated to applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal, and commercial problems while holding paramount the public health, safety, and welfare.

     

    In the proclamation of Professional Engineers Day, Mayor TenHaken also recognizes the significant contributions South Dakota’s licensed professional engineers have made on a local and national scale and that South Dakota’s economy has grown, in part, because its licensed professional engineers are instrumental to South Dakota communities.

     

    August 1, 2018 will mark the third annual Professional Engineers Day as declared by the South Dakota Engineering Society (SDES), in conjunction with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). NSPE is an organization, founded in 1934, representing the interests of more than 31,000 licensed professional engineers and those on the path to licensure.

     

    According to NSPE, as recent as a century ago, anyone could work as an engineer without proof of competency. In order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the first engineering licensure law was enacted in 1907 in Wyoming. Now every state, including South Dakota, regulates the practice of engineering to ensure public safety by granting only Professional Engineers (PEs) the authority to sign and seal engineering plans and offer their services to the public.

     

    To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams and earn a license from their state's licensure board. Then, to retain their licenses, PEs must continually maintain and improve their skills throughout their careers by fulfilling continuing education requirements.

     

    Only a licensed engineer may prepare, sign and seal, and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or seal engineering work for public and private clients. PEs shoulder the responsibility for not only their work, but also for the lives affected by that work and must hold themselves to high ethical standards of practice.

     

    South Dakota Engineering Society President Ryan Johnson encourages anyone interested in finding out more about the state’s Professional Engineers or the process required to become licensed in South Dakota to contact the SDES Executive Director, Nancy Hoines, at sdengineeringsociety@gmail.com or visit the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions website at http://dlr.sd.gov/btp/default.aspx Professionals Engineers interested in becoming a member of SDES and NSPE should also contact Hoines or visit www.nspe.org


  • 19 Jul 2018 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    http://www.sddot.com/news/Article.aspx?NewsId=23591

     

     

    PIERRE, S.D. – Laurie Schultz from Pierre and the late Charles Lien of Rapid City have been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2018.

     

    The purpose of the Transportation Hall of Honor is to recognize those who have made a lasting, valuable or unique contribution to South Dakota’s air, highway or rail transportation system.

     

    The South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor dates back to 1972 and now includes 90 inductees.

     

    Laurie Schultz spent 29 years with the Department of Transportation and 10 years with Brosz Engineering, Inc. Laurie was the first female engineer hired by the SDDOT and has left a legacy of accomplishments. She spent time as a bridge designer, an urban engineer, traffic engineer and twice as a program manager, most recently with the Office of Administration. Laurie has always been an advocate of finding the most cost-effective way to do a project and worked very closely with local governments to assist them in her roles with the DOT and Brosz Engineering.

     

    Charles “Chuck” Lien was the founder, 75-year employee and Chairman of the Board for Pete Lien and Sons, Inc. Chuck worked in the mining business with his father and brother, spent time in the U.S. Army during WWII and with the S.D. National Guard during the Korean War and earned a degree in General Engineering from the University of Wyoming He worked until he was 93 to grow the family business to leave a legacy for his children and grandchildren. Chuck was well known for both his business and philanthropic contributions to Rapid City.

     

    Banquets to honor both Schultz and Lien will be announced at a later date.

     

    For more information, contact the Department of Transportation at 605-773-3265.

  • 10 Apr 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Young Engineer of the Year - Jedidiah Reimnitz, E.I.T.

     

     

    Engineer of the Year - Roger L. Hall, P.E.

     

     

    Project of the Year/Outstanding Engineering Achievement - I-I90/Silver Street Interchange. John Gerlach, Neil Schochenmaier, Jody Page, & Stacy Titus 

     

  • 30 Oct 2017 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    The Eastern Chapter of the South Dakota Engineering Society is now accepting presentation topics for consideration for the 2018 SDES Annual Conference, being held April 4-6 in Sioux Falls, SD. 

    The Annual Conference often attracts over 200 professional engineers from across South Dakota.  The agenda often provides multiple tracks of presentations and technical tours with topics ranging across many different engineering disciplines. 

    If you are interested in presenting on topics of interest to professional engineers, please contact the planning committee chairs by November 30, 2017.

    Gabe Laber  gabriel.laber@dgr.com

    Kurt Peppel  kpeppel@siouxfalls.org

    Kari Drake  Kari.Drake@ads-pipe.com

    Thank you for your consideration,

    2018 SDES Annual Conference Planning Committee

     

  • 31 Jul 2017 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Governor Dennis Daugaard and Sioux Falls, SD Mayor Mike Huether recognize and support engineers by proclaiming August 2, 2017, as Professional Engineers Day!

     

  • 25 Jul 2017 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    At the General Assembly in Atlanta on Saturday, July 22, 2017 the NSPE House of Delegates received reports, engaged in strategic dialogue on a range of matters related to advocacy, professional advancement, ethics, uniting the PE community, and championing the PE license, engaged in dialogue with technical society representatives, heard from international society representatives, recognized leadership contributions, and elected directors and officers.  

    Specific actions taken by the Assembly included:

    • Approving the proposed Professional Policy on Diversity (voice vote)
    • Approving the proposed Membership Business Model for implementation (roll call vote: 81 - 10)

     

  • 12 Jul 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    PIERRE, S.D. – Clyde Jundt from Pierre and Mark Knight from Aberdeen have been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor for 2017.

    The purpose of the Transportation Hall of Honor is to recognize those who have made a lasting, valuable or unique contribution to South Dakota’s air, highway or rail transportation system.

    The South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor dates back to 1972 and now includes 88 inductees.

    Mark Knight is the former vice-president at Foothills Contracting, Inc. of Aberdeen, a well-known and respected grading contractor for South Dakota and surrounding states. Mark spent 37 years in the grading business and has been a tireless advocate for the highway and transportation industry in South Dakota. He has served on many boards and committees both locally and nationally, including a term as AGC of America President, the first South Dakotan to ever achieve this prestigious level of leadership.

    Clyde Jundt is a former South Dakota Department of Transportation employee who retired in 1994 after 37 years. Clyde graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and served in the U.S. Army. During his time with the department he was passionate about providing practical engineering for structures to effectively link transportation corridors across the state. He was also one of the principal designers of the famous Keystone Wye and “pigtail” bridges on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills.

    Banquets to honor both Jundt and Knight will be announced at a later date.

    For more information, contact the Department of Transportation at 605-773-3265.

     

  • 12 Jul 2017 7:58 AM | Anonymous

    Pierre has a new city administrator, the top full-time municipal employee, less than two weeks after Leon Schochenmaier stepped down after 11 years at the post.

    The Pierre City Commission on Tuesday approved the hiring of Kristi Honeywell, South Dakota’s state engineer, effective Aug. 14, after Mayor Steve Harding made the motion to hire her.

    Like Schochenmaier, who spent a career as an engineer in state agencies, Honeywell has worked as an engineer for the state for 24 years.

    Honeywell grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on the Mississippi Riveri’s west bank, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and math at Southeast Missouri State.

    She earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

    She currently holds two positions for the state: she’s the state engineer and the deputy commissioner for the state Bureau of Administration.

    Her state job means, among other things, that she’s in charge of all of the state government’s buildings and grounds, including the campuses and the vehicle fleets across the state.

    The fact that the heart of the state’s properties could be said to be in Pierre, in and around the Capitol, means that she has worked closely with city employees here, she said.

    Honeywell currently earns $99,119 a year, according to the state’s salary website, so her new job comes with a pretty good pay increase of 28.6 percent, to $127,500 annual salary as city administrator.

    That’s about $7,620 less than Schochenmaier was making. But, she will be pretty close to that level when she gets the 5 percent increase - about $6,375 - on Jan. 1, 2018, that is part of her contract approved on Tuesday.

    “I’m really looking forward to this and it gives me the opportunity to give back to the community that I have been calling home for almost 25 years.” she told the commission.

    She and her husband moved here a quarter century ago and found Pierre “a fantastic community to raise a family,” Honeywell said. Their son is 23 and their daughter is 20.

    Honeywell “has worked with a lot of the city’s staff in the past,“ and “has a great skill set that will serve the community well,“ Mayor Harding said. “WIth your engineering experience, construction experience and management experience, you will be a great fit for our community.”

    Utilities Director Brad Palmer will continue as interim city administrator until Honeywell begins on August 14.

    On Tuesday, she moved around greeting the five commissioners and Palmer, and said that she was planning to begin attending some meetings.

    Harding said when he took office July 1 that he wanted to fill Schochenmaier’s position quickly because the annual budgeting process begins this month.

    Former Mayor Laurie Gill announced early this year, shortly after Schochenmaier announced he was retiring June 30, that she wanted to start quickly to find a successor who would be ready to start July 1.

    Three finalists - all men - were interviewed in May in Pierre and Gill planned to name a new administrator in June.

    But the man offered the job said he decided he couldn’t leave his Wyoming community because of family considerations. City leaders decided against hiring either of the other two men who were finalists..

    A new hiring process was set up and Honeywell was interviewed last week, one of two people interviewed.

    Honeywell starts out with close ties with city work.

    The city’s primary street project this summer - redoing about three blocks of Capitol Avenue in front of the Capitol, including replacing a 1927 water main between state buildings - has meant city and state leaders working closely together to minimize the disruption to parking, water and traffic.

    The project is going well and should be completed on schedule before school starts next month, Palmer told the commission on Tuesday.

    The state Bureau of Administration was a key agency working with the city on the project.

    “Because of my current work, I am fortunate to already have a relationship with a number of city employees,” she said in a city news release on Tuesday. “I know they will help me get acclimated quickly and help make the transition as smooth as possible for everybody involved.” 

    (From the Capital Journal)
  • 12 Jul 2017 7:48 AM | Anonymous

    FEMA has recently announce the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grants.  The application period opens on August 14th and the deadline to submit any applications to our office will be close of business on October 13, 2017, the same date as the Disaster 4298-Christmas 2016 Ice Storm Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. 

    Any application received by our office will be presented to the State Hazard Mitigation Team during the week of November 6th and are eligible to be submitted in either the HMGP or PDM funding opportunity.

    If there are any questions, please contact our mitigation staff.

    Thanks,

    JIM

     

    Jim Poppen, CFM
    State Hazard Mitigation Officer
    221 South Central Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501
    605-773-3231 Office

    605-773-3580 Fax

    605-280-4096 Cell

    Department of Public Safety

    Office of Emergency Management

     

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