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  • 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.




    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


  • 02 Jun 2017 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Celebrate Licensure and the Profession with PEs Around the World on August 2, 2017, for the second annual Professional Engineers Day!


    On August 8, 1907, the first professional engineering license was issued to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming. Since that time, licensure has expanded and professional engineers across the U.S. have made the commitment to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. NSPE is celebrating licensed professional engineers with the second annual Professional Engineers Day on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Join us as we raise awareness about what it means to be a PE, recognize licensed PEs, and show appreciation for the work they do each and every day.


    Be a part of the virtual event on August 2, 2017!

    Use #LicensedPEDay on   Twitter,   Facebook or   Instagram to:
    ◾ Upload a photo or video of yourself, tell us why you decided to become a PE
    ◾ Post photos or videos of your team of PEs
    ◾ Share your reasons for hiring PEs
    ◾ Give special recognition to your PEs in the workplace or on the job
    ◾ Educate your colleagues about the importance of the PE license

  • 09 May 2017 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    The 12th Street Bridge Replacement project in Sioux Falls, SD, was selected as the 2016 Outstanding Engineering Achievement at the South Dakota Engineering Society (SDES) 57th Annual Conference held in Spearfish, SD on April 26-28, 2017.   This $7.5 million project utilized several accelerated bridge construction techniques to reconstruct the bridge over the Ellis and Eastern railroad tracks near 12th Street and Grange Avenue in Sioux Falls. HDR, Inc. was the design firm for this project.

    Mark Mayer, PE, from Pierre, SD, was named the SDES Engineer of the Year.  The Engineer of the Year award recognizes SDES members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare, and/or humankind.

    Stacia Slowey, EIT, from Rapid City, SD, was named the SDES Young Engineer of the Year.  This award recognizes young SDES members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their career.


  • 21 Mar 2017 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    The South Dakota Office of Emergency Management will be hosting a free training taught by FEMA procurement specialists that will discuss Federal standards for procurement. The information will enable participants to successfully participate in the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) program under a disaster and is also useful for applicants of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program or any other sub-recipient of a Federal grant.

    Local and tribal governments and private non-profit organizations must use their documented procurement procedures that reflect applicable state, tribal and local government laws and regulations, provided that the methods of procurement conform to applicable Federal law and standards. This training will assist your entity with ensuring you are compliant with applicable Federal and State laws.

    This training will be offered in Watertown on April 5th. If you would like to attended this class please register using the link below. If you have any questions, contact Tyler Steen with the Office of Emergency Management at 605-773-3231.


  • 13 Mar 2017 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Jesse Morris, PE (605) 391-6449

    Students Win South Dakota State Math Competition

    Pierre, SD – March 11, 2017 — A team of middle school Mathletes® from Mickelson Middle School in Brookings, SD won the South Dakota state MATHCOUNTS competition for the third year in a row. The top individual was Serena An from Mickelson Middle School, who also won the state competition last year.

    Members of the winning team are: Serena An, Samyok Nepal, Ryan Nielson and Carl Steinlicht, coached by Shannon Renkly.

    The second and third place teams are from Edison Middle School of Sioux Falls, and Holgate Middle School of Aberdeen, respectively.

    The top four individuals from the State Competition will represent South Dakota at the 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, FL, May 13-16. The four team members are Serena An (Mickelson Middle School – Brookings), Samyok Nepal (Mickelson Middle School – Brookings), Drew Comstock (Holgate Middle School – Aberdeen), and Tristina Ting (Mickelson Middle School – Brookings). The coach is Shannon Renkly (Mickelson Middle School – Brookings).

    In our increasingly technological society, those students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career. As a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students, MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in MATHCOUNTS programs.

    The state program is sponsored by the South Dakota Engineering Society and 3M Gives Foundation. Leadership at the local levels of the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is provided by members of the South Dakota Engineering Society of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

    The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Foundation, Phillips 66, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3Mgives, Art of Problem Solving and NextThought.  MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation.

    Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at

  • 13 Mar 2017 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    SDES engineers honored their colleagues and engineering projects at SDES respective chapter activities during 2017 Engineers Week.  Congratulations to all recipients and thank you for all you do for the betterment of our lives.

  • 14 Feb 2017 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    NSPE and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers have joined forces to oppose separate structural engineering licensure requirements included in Oklahoma House Bill 1282. In a joint letter to the Oklahoma Speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore, NSPE and OSPE urged them to rescind all language pertaining to structural engineering in the bill. NSPE President Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, and OSPE President Brian Kennell, P.E., stated, “Efforts to weaken engineering licensure by carving particular niches within the profession undermine a system of laws designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The obligation to stay current and practice in one’s own field is the bedrock of PE licensure and is not limited to or required by separate discipline-specific licensure.”

    H.B. 1282 defines a professional structural engineer as “an individual who has been duly licensed as a professional engineer by the Board, and who has been further authorized by the Board to use the title Professional Structural Engineer, P.E., S.E. or S.E. and perform structural engineering analysis and design services for ‘significant structures’, as defined by Board rule.” Currently, the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors does not define “structural engineering” or “significant structures,” which creates alarming regulatory ambiguity, both for professional engineers and for the public. This proposed legislation, wrote Verhalen and Kennell, “raises major concerns about its impact on professional engineers in Oklahoma who currently perform structural engineering (as we assume it may be defined, but given the fact that ‘structural engineering’ and ‘significant structures’ are not defined in the State of Oklahoma, regulatory ambiguity persists), competently and successfully, but have not taken the 16-hour SE exam. It is important to note that the NCEES 16-hour Structural Engineering exam has only been offered since 2011.”


  • 07 Jul 2016 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    The SDES 2017 Annual Conference is scheduled for April 26-28, 2017, to be held at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Convention Center.  Mark your calendars and make plans to attend and support SDES! 

  • 04 Jun 2016 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    You are invited to the AGC Golf Tournament. 

    Please click on this link for details.

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