February 23, 2021 Newsletter Print

A Message from the Secretary-Treasurer

Georgia ITE Members and Friends, 

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week!

Last week, at our February meeting, we enjoyed getting an update on the Georgia Ports Authority. Registration for the March meeting is already open. At this meeting, Christopher Raymond will give an update on alternative intersections in Georgia and Cynthia Phillips will highlight a recent project in District 5. 

One of the benefits of increased virtual meetings is the ability to network with our friends in other ITE sections. This year, one of SDITE’s main initiatives is to facilitate a Section Mentoring Program to generally help build relationships to strengthen the bonds within the District. GAITE is paired with the South Carolina Section ITE. To that end, please see the announcement below about SCSITE's monthly meeting that is scheduled for tomorrow. Registration is free for members and non-members. 

There are also several other updates below that you don't want to miss! First, see the legislative update regarding a bill that would make the PELS Board an independent state agency and the changes that would entail. Second, don't forget to register for Winter Workshop. Registration ends on March 3rd. Finally, don't forget your submissions for the SDITE Student Chapter Competitions and Technical Paper Competition. Submissions for both are due on March 1st. 

Please continue reading below to see event details and other announcements. 

Sincerely,

Christina Barry, PE
2021 GAITE Secretary-Treasurer

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Upcoming Monthly Meeting

The Georgia ITE 2021 March Meeting will be a webinar event and is scheduled for Thursday, March 18 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT. Please Click Here to read more information and register. Registration is free for members and $5 for non-members. Registration is required if you want to earn a PDH. 

  • Speakers:
    • Christopher Raymond - State Traffic Operations Manager, Georgia DOT
    • Cynthia Phillips - District 5 Traffic Engineer, Georgia DOT

 

  • Topic: Come hear Chris Raymond give an update on alternative intersection activities around the state and a project highlight by Cynthia Phillips on the recently opened I-95 at Belfast Roundabout Interchange in Bryan County.

 

This webinar will be held via the Georgia ITE YouTube Channel. We will send out a direct link for the YouTube broadcast before the event. So be on the lookout for that email. We will also publish it to the event page when the link is available.

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Monthly Meeting Sponsor

March Meeting Sponsor: Marr Traffic Data Collection

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SCSITE Monthly Meeting

This Wednesday (February 24) from 11 AM to 12 PM, SCSITE will be holding its first meeting of the year with a presentation by Melissa Edmonds of SCDOT.  The presentation will be an overview of the recently updated SCDOT Signal Design Manual.  The virtual meeting will be free for members and non-members so please pass the link along to anyone interested in attending.  The meeting will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. 

Please click here to access the meeting on February 24.

If the link above is not working for you, please utilize this number to call in:
1-984-204-1608
Conference ID: 988 384 361 #

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Outreach and Activities Update

Outreach

The Georgia Tech ITE student chapter is looking for speakers for their virtual meetings this semester! We would love to have our Georgia ITE members speak to them about a technical topic, a project you are working on, professional development, etc. This is a great opportunity for professionals to connect and engage with our student members! If you are interested in speaking, please email our Student Liaison Coordinator, Madison Dorminey, at [email protected] for more information.

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee is looking for volunteers. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Joe Gillis. The fist committee meeting is planned for March. 

 

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Legislative Update

Unlike other states in the South, Georgia’s Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors (PELS) Board shares a small staff with five other unrelated licensing boards all under the auspices of the Secretary of State. As a result, customer service and enforcement have suffered for decades.  To rectify that situation, HB 476 – The Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Act of 2021 has been introduced to make the PELS Board an independent state agency, with its own separate budget, its own executive director and staff and its own attorney and investigators to investigate and enforce violations. This legislation will provide the financial and operational independence needed for the PELS Board to properly serve the 23,000 Professional Engineers and 1,200 Land Surveyors whose licensure is critical to protecting the health, safety and welfare of Georgia’s citizens and our built environment. In addition to language changes for how the new Board would operate, there is an item the practicing engineer should be aware of.  Registration will be done annually.  The PDH requirement will also become annual with the requirement of 15 per year.  This legislation has been assigned to the House Regulated Industries Committee and a hearing is pending.

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SDITE Student Chapter competitions

March 1st, 2021 is the submission deadline for entrance in the 2021 SDITE Student Chapter competitions. These include the SDITE Student Chapter Report Awards, SDITE Student Technical Paper Awards, and the ITE Student Chapter Momentum Award. All entries must be submitted to Robert Baker by March 1st in PDF form preferably. Please contact Robert or your chapter liaison for more details.

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SDITE Annual Meeting Call for Technical Papers

The Southern District ITE Technical Knowledge Team and Member Services Committee announces the call Technical Paper Competition!

This competition awards are to be given in two categories:
• the Best Technical Paper submitted by an SDITE Member, and
• the Best Young Member Technical Paper submitted by an SDITE Member 35 years of age or younger 

Papers should be at least 1,500 words in length and pertain to research or practical applications conducted in non-academic practice during the calendar year 2020. 

The top award is a $350 cash prize and full registration scholarship toward the 2021 SDITE Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC, to the author of the winning paper in each category, and a runner-up award of $175 cash prize and half-registration scholarship to the Annual Meeting will be given to each category. Winning authors will be invited to present their papers at the 2021 Southern District ITE Annual Meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Deadline for submission of papers is January 14, 2021 March 1, 2021.

For additional details click here for the Criteria for Evaluation of the SDITE Technical Paper Awards 2021.

For further information contact Kevin Cole, Technical Knowledge Team Chair at [email protected]

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Winter Workshop

It’s time to REGISTER!!! The 11th Annual Georgia ITE/ASHE Transportation Winter Workshop will be a virtual conference and will take place on Monday, March 8, 2021.

This year, we are proud to present a rich technical program comprising of 13 excellent technical presentations, one keynote presentation, two exciting and fun group projects (individual and group), and an ACEC panel discussion.

On top of it all, there are optional social events on the evenings of Sunday, March 7th and Monday, March 8th. You can also learn how to make 3-4 bourbon cocktails!!! Both PE PDH and AICP CM credits will be offered! DON’T MISS OUT!!!

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Summer Seminar

The planning for the 2021 Summer Seminar is under way. We’re excited to be going back to the King and Prince in beautiful St. Simons on July 18-21. It’s early days and many things are flexible but we are making every effort for an in-person conference, with appropriate backup planning. If you are interested in participating in the program development, please contact Bill Ruhsam (Chair) or Christy Jeon (Technical Chair) at [email protected] or [email protected].

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Marketing/Communication Update

Do you ever have great ideas for GAITE but not sure where to send these? Do you have a presentation topic or know of one that would be good for a monthly meeting or one of our conferences? The Marketing and Communications committee is working to update our website to make it easier to find information you are looking for and to communicate with the GAITE board and committees. A “contact us” area has been added more prominently on the website. Under this area there are now links for submitting questions, comments or recommendations to be reviewed by the board. Additionally, you can also submit presentation topic ideas for us to consider!

GAITE now has an official website contact email, so if there are any questions about the website or you need help getting something put on the website, please send details to [email protected]

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REMINDER: 2021 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

Now is the time of year to renew your membership to ITE! Being an ITE Member not only means you are a transportation professional, but a transportation professional who is in touch with ideas, people, and resources at the international, national, and regional levels and who uses this knowledge to bring the best solutions to your local community. Click here to sign in and pay dues online.

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