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IECA invites you to submit an abstract for the 2024 IECA Annual Conference & Expo! The IECA Annual Conference serves as a platform to share case studies, exchange knowledge, best practices and showcase the latest advancements in the field. One of the primary goals of the conference is to highlight the incredible work accomplished by our members and community on an international scale. This is an exceptional opportunity to present projects, research findings, innovative solutions, and success stories to a diverse and engaged audience. By participating in the conference, you will have the chance to elevate your work, gain recognition and contribute to the ...
As a non-profit association professional, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of volunteering. Volunteers are the lifeblood of any organization, and their contributions are invaluable. Volunteering not only benefits the organization but also the volunteers themselves. At IECA, we are fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who serve on the board of directors and our chapter board members. Their hard work and commitment to our mission help us make a positive impact in the world. Volunteering provides numerous benefits to the volunteers themselves. Here are just a few: Personal Growth: Volunteering allows individuals to develop new skills ...
Yesterday, we hosted a webinar on the challenges of working on and around impervious surfaces; I have included the link. What have been your experiences with this? What BMPs have you used? Video link: https://youtu.be/-GWQ-FWi-Lc #BMPs #construction #impervious #runoff ​​​​​

Construction Exit Fail

This is a 30 + acre site with one access point, this one. If this was my project, I would have specified a tire wash with an asphalt exit to the street. The tire wash would have been long enough for two tire rotations, have high pressure, low volume nozzles located such that all tire surfaces were sprayed. This system would also have an on-board, treatment polymer injection system to keep the tire wash water relatively clean. I would have specified that the water be tested for turbidity daily, measured at 50 NTUs or less. Since the water is classified as “process water”, I would have required it to be tested for metals and other contaminants, then hauled to an ...
This late-summer project needed to be seeded and have 90% grass cover befor the rainy season starting in fall. The contractor set up a temporary irrigation system to make sure that happened. Video: David Jenkins, CPESC
Our October webinar, " Inspecting Construction Erosion Controls-Some Examples" is now posted on our chapter YouTube channel.

Clean Water Diversion

Unrolled Asphalt Berm Edge for Clean Water Diversion – Here is a cool trick for keeping clean water out of your project. The contractor put down asphalt but didn’t roll (compact) the edge, which left a 3 or 4 inch berm. Clean rain water was kept on the asphalt rather than flowing off into the dirt shoulder and disturbed areas. Video: Dave Jenkins, CPESC
Civil Engineering Intern - 2023 Portland Civil + Survey Civil Engineering Internship – 2023 We have 3 Summer Internship positions available, which run May-August or June-September (depending on the student’s school schedule). A successful intern in our program is someone who enjoys being challenged -- you will be integrated into a team with coworkers ready to share their professional experience as you work on projects together. You will be working with PEs and Civil Designers and will be utilizing Civil3D beginning on your first day here. There will be opportunities for design, plan production, research, and site visits (with the necessary ...
This video shows a wattle installed around a catch basin to keep straw out that has been placed as soil cover. Video: Dave Jenkins, CPESC