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2011 Mid-Pac Conference Program

posted Apr 14, 2011, 9:14 AM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Apr 14, 2011, 9:16 AM by Justin Beutel ]

Here is the official 2011 Mid-Pac Conference Program.  See everyone tonight!

Last Minute Details

posted Apr 12, 2011, 1:46 AM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Apr 12, 2011, 1:49 AM ]

The conference is quickly approaching and we here on the Mid-Pac Planning Committee wanted to update you with a few last minute details and helpful hints as follows:
  1. Maps designating overnight parking locations for large trucks on the Sac State campus will be dispersed at the Captain's Meeting on Thursday night.
  2. For the events on Friday at the Aquatic Center, please bring blankets or lawn chairs to take advantage of the grassy area where many of the events are taking place, as well as the gravelly sand beach near the waters edge.  Because of this gravelly sand, please also bring flip-flops or water shoes for the beach and for the lake bottom (for students performing dunk test of Concrete Canoe).
  3. Reminder regarding GeoChallenge competition:  The Sandbox Inspection will be on Thursday, April 14th at 7pm at the Preliminary Meeting instead of on Friday, April 15th at the Aquatic Center. 
  4. The location of the YMF Mixer on Friday night will be in Old Sacramento at O'Mally's Irish Pub.  We are also getting a scavenger hunt in Old Sacramento together for the under-age students to participate in.  More details will be provided on Thursday night at the Preliminary Meeting.
  5. The attire for the Mid-Pac Close of Ceremonies Banquet on Saturday, April 16th is semi-formal.  For gentlemen, this means nice slacks, a button up shirt, tie and optional jacket.  For ladies, an evening or cocktail dress or dress pants and dress blouse.  You get the gist....
Please contact us at  if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Tour Registration Deadline April 1st

posted Mar 31, 2011, 11:23 PM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 11:24 PM ]

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for your Chapter to submit the Tour Registration Spreadsheet is tomorrow.

Thanks for your time and hard work!

Geo-Challenge Sandbox Inspection Date Changed

posted Mar 31, 2011, 11:21 PM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 11:23 PM ]

The Geo-Challenge Sandbox Inspection will now take place on Thursday.

Please pass the letter on to your Chapter's Geo-Challenge Captain.

If you have any questions, please email either Sean de Guzman at , myself at , or in general at .

Thanks for your understanding!

Registrations Finalized

posted Mar 31, 2011, 1:28 AM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Mar 31, 2011, 1:32 AM ]

We have completed the registration cycle for the 2011 Mid-Pacific Student Conference.  Each competition page has been updated to reflect the finalized numbers.  If there are any questions, please let us know immediately due to the imminent nature of the Conference.

Thank you all for your hard work!

Mailer III Released!

posted Mar 17, 2011, 3:52 AM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Mar 17, 2011, 3:54 AM ]

I am pleased to release this years' final official correspondence, Mailer III.  The attached document is the culmination of this year's Planning Committee's planning.  Akin to other ambitious projects, the Planning Committee set lofty goals to bring to this years Conference.  I am proud to say that I am surprised with the quantity, and quality of the work each and every one on the Committee has accomplished this year.

Early on, I challenged the Planning Committee to not only provide the same experience the Mid-Pacific Conference expects, but to add more and to do it all for less.  In tune with our theme "Lean and Green", and taking the cue from our current economy, we have striven at each step to provide a competitive, enjoyable and memorable weekend for everyone while trying to make it cheaper for each member Chapter to participate.

Some of the notable accomplishments is the addition of two events, the Geo-Challenge and the Transportation Event.  These events provide additional chances to compete utilizing previously unused facets of our broad Civil Engineering knowledge-base.  These events cost little to no extra money to the member Chapters.

Another innovation is to provide the filming of all presentations, allowing the absent and future competitors to view this year's exemplary oratories.

We are also excited to provide a full day of tours showcasing some of the projects around Sacramento on Sunday.  If you are interested, please fill out the attached Tour_Info_Spreadsheet.xls and send it to .

Entering the last month before the Conference, we on the Planning Committee are doing what each of your Competition teams are feverishly doing, making sure all the t's are crossed, and the i's dotted.  I applaud each and every one of you for working with us regarding the documentation we have requested of you.  Over the next week I will be reviewing all submissions, and will be contacting some of you for final clarifications.

May your concrete be ductile, your bridges bear loads, your water run clean, your walls stand tall, and  . . . you didn't think I'd spill the beans about transportation did you?

Thank you for all your hard work!

Jeremy Herbert, EIT, S.M. ASCE
2011 Mid-Pacific Conference Chair

Mailer II Released!

posted Jan 29, 2011, 12:18 AM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Jan 29, 2011, 12:21 AM ]

The 2011 Mid-Pacific Student Conference Planning Committee is proud to release the second Mailer.  A copy of the mailer can be found here.

Within Mailer II you will find comprehensive information about all the planned competitions for this year's Conference.  Hotels offering Conference rates are listed, as well as registration requirements.

In keeping with our "Lean and Green" theme, the distribution of Mailer II will be comprised of this electronic copy.  If you wish to have a paper copy of Mailer II, please email  along with a delivery address.

The Planning Committee has been hard at work to organize the central competitions of Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge and Water Treatment.  The addition of two new events, the Geo-Challenge and the Transportation Competition, has increased the planning and  scheduling complexity.  I am continually impressed with each member of the Committee to help each other attain goals within reasonable deadlines.

The Concrete Canoe, Water Treatment, Transportation, Horseshoes and Volleyball Competitions will all be held at the CSUS Aquatic Center on Friday, April 15th.  On Saturday, April 16th, the Steel Bridge, Geo-Challenge and Concrete Bowling Competitions will take place.  The presentations for the Technical Paper, Concrete Canoe and Water Treatment will also be held Saturday.  Our procurement of a second set of loading weights for the Steel Bridge Competition significantly impacts the Saturday schedule.  Everything is on track to have two parallel loading stations for this years Bridge judging.

The competitions will be staggered as much as possible to prevent any overlap.  We will strive to allow registrants to participate in as many events as possible.

One of the hardest decisions I have had to make for this Conference concerned the Technical Paper Presentation.  I wish to encourage as many people to participate in the Technical Paper as possible, but to maintain the already tight schedule, there will be a limit of a single entrant per school this year.  It is my hope that if a school has multiple Mead Paper participants, that there would be a competition prior to the Mid-Pacific Conference to determine the  best paper.
We would like to ask you to review the Mid-Pacific Student Conference's current Constitution that has been attached to the end of Mailer II.  We wish to mediate any Constitutional amendments during the course of planning.  The intention is to have a consensus on any modifications before the business meeting, allowing us to speed the ratification process.

If you have any questions contact us here.

Thank you all, and hope to see you in April!

Water Treatment Rules Released

posted Dec 4, 2010, 2:11 PM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Dec 4, 2010, 2:13 PM ]

Thanks to the hard work of Erin Marquis, our Water Treatment Chair, we are proud to release the 2011 Water Treatment Competition Rules.  The downloadable file, as well as any further addenda will be located on the Resources page.

Thank you all for your patience!

Water Treatment Rules Update

posted Dec 1, 2010, 2:13 AM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Dec 1, 2010, 2:15 AM ]

Dear ASCE Student Leaders,

As you may know, the Water Treatment Competition rules for the 2011 Mid-Pacific Conference were to be released by Thanksgiving 2010.

The concept of having a Thanksgiving deadline was an attempt to standardize the timelines for the Water Treatment Competition (WTC) to reflect the release of the Concrete Canoe (CC) and Steel Bridge (SB) rules in early September.  This would enable your WTC teams the same amount of preparation the CC and SB teams enjoy.  

The 2011 Mid-Pacific Conference also intended to be the first year of adopting the National Wastewater Challenge rules written by the WEF.  The rules were to be adopted verbatim to provide standardization between the Conference Competition with the National Competition.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2011 WEF National Wastewater Challenge rules have yet to be released.  After some deliberation with the planning committee, and agreement with Erin Marquis, the Water Treatment Chair, I have instructed Erin to develop the rules for the Water Treatment Competition.  The rules for the Water Treatment Competition is ultimately the 2011 Conference's responsibility,  therefore we are acting to provide you the rules as fast as possible.

The rules will be based on the partial 2011 WEF Wastewater Callenge scenario, materials, and water constituents that have been provided to us.  Included in this email is the first draft of the rules, so that you can get started designing and testing your systems.  We intend to email a final copy of the rules by 5:00PM on Friday, December 3, 2010.  

The rules will also be released on our website at ascemidpac.org.  Included on the website is a Frequently Asked Questions page, where answers to your questions will be posted (questions can be emailed to ).  Please visit the site often to keep abreast of any clarifications to the rules.

I am sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we expedite the Water Treatment Competition rules release.

Thank You,

Jeremy Herbert, EIT, S.M. ASCE
2011 Mid-Pacific Conference Chair

December 3rd Deadline Looms

posted Nov 27, 2010, 5:22 PM by Justin Beutel   [ updated Dec 1, 2010, 11:19 PM ]

This is a courtesy reminder that the due date for the Registration fees is this Friday, December 3rd. The requirement is to have your checks payable to ASCE at Sacramento State, and to have the envelope postmarked by December 3rd.

If your Student Chapter would like to compete in the Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge or Water Treatment, the registration fees is $100/school/competition.  The only competitions that require a registration fee is Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge and Water Treatment.

If your school did not send in the Mailer I receipt confirmation, please include that with your registration.  If you visit the Member Student Chapters page, the schools we have received confirmations from have a name in the primary contact list.  If you do not see a name for your chapter, or see the wrong name let me know and I will make the corrections.

On a side note, the Steel Bridge Chair, Jesse Ogren, is attempting to organize enough testing equipment to have a second loading station.  The CSUS Chapter currently has enough weights and LVDT's to provide a single load station.  If your Chapter has weights and/or LVDTs that you could bring to the competition, please contact Jesse at .  Ideally if two additional Chapters brought weights and LVDTs, we can have an expedited competition, as well as a healthy safety margin.

If you have any problems, questions or concerns, please let me know and I will help resolve any situations promptly.

Thank you all for your hard work.

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