Rochester Engineering Society Magazine November 2019

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November 2019 Red House Lake Dam and Bridge Rehabilitation

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RES/AFE Event: Wednesday, November 6th - Tour at OptiCool Technologies, Webster, NY - Advance Paid Reservations Required by Oct. 30 - 4 Seeking Volunteer Mentors for "2019" Science Fair" at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy - 11 RES Call for Nominations for 2019 Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year and Engineers of Distinction - 5 RES Scholarship Information Now Available - deadline Nov. 30 to apply - 7

Red House Lake Dam and Bridge Rehabilitation (cover article)

The Rochester Engineer Published since 1922 by

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Founded March 18, 1897

Volume 98, Number 5, NOVEMBER 2019 (Printed & Electronic Only Copy) 2,500+ Monthly Circulation (Quarterly Hard Copies, 11 issues electronically) ISSN 0035-7405

RES Mission Statement: The RES will become the lead organization for improving the image and influence of the engineering community in the greater Rochester area by: Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the region’s engineering and technical capabilities; Providing the best clerical support and public relations assistance to our affiliates; Continually communicating the engineering and technical accomplishments to both the engineering and technical community and the public; Providing regular forums and networking opportunities for the exchange of ideas and discussion of issues; and, Providing programs that identify career opportunities to the region’s youth and develop the skills of the practicing engineer. News items and articles are invited. Materials should be submitted to the administrative director at the society’s office, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607; Phone number (585) 254-2350, e-mail:

contents 4 • RES/AFE Tour - Nov. 6 - Tour at OptiCool Technologies 5 • Call for Nominations for 2019 EOYs, YEOYs, and EODs 6 • RES History - January & February 1971 7 • RES Scholarship Application Information 8 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 9 • RES Technical Corner by Brett Eliasz, RES Director 10 • A New Focus for the RES Tutoring Team...STEM Support for the NYS

Elementary Science Curriculum 2019-20

11 • Seeking Volunteer Mentors for the "2019 Science Fair" at

The web site for the Engineers’ Center is at: The deadline is the 10th day of the month prior to the issue. Unless otherwise stated, opinions expressed in this publication are those of contributors, not of the Rochester Engineering Society, Inc. Advertising information may be obtained by contacting the office of the Rochester Engineering Society or going to the website at

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18-19 • Position Openings

Go to to join the Rochester Engineering Society. Click on the individual membership and you can submit your application on-line. Board of Directors: OFFICERS: President JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE M/E Engineering / First Vice President GREG GDOWSKI, PhD University of Rochsester / Treasurer ANDREW C. HIRSCH Retired / Second Vice President MICHELLE SOMMERMAN, PE Bergmann Associates / Past President MICHAEL V. TRIASSI Javlyn, Inc. / EIGHT DIRECTORS: CORNELIUS (NEAL) ILLENBERG PE Rail Safety Consulting / LEE LOOMIS Retired / RICHARD E. RICE Erdman Anthony / MIKE KURDZIEL, PhD Harris Corporation / KENTON G. HINES Merrill Lynch / STEVEN W. DAY, PhD Rochester Institute of Technology / BRETT ELIASZ, PE Bergmann Associates / DENNIS ROOTE, PE CDE Engineering & Environment, PLLC / Administrative Director LYNNE M. IRWIN Rochester Engineering Society / e-mail:

Dr. Walter Cooper Academy

12 • Get to the Point! - You Will Be Judged 13 • Get IT Done - Biking in Amsterdam 14 • Red House Lake Dam and Bridge Rehabilitation (cover) 17, 22 • Professional Firms - Employee News 20 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 20-21 • Engineers’ Calendar 37-38 • Directory of Professional Services 38 • Directory of Business Services 39 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES Membership Application and Advertising Rates are also on the website:

news of the... • ABCD Association for Bridge Construction and Design...............28-29 • AFE Association for Facilities Engineering.............................................4 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................34 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................32 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................35 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................25


• IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................30-31 • IES Illuminating Engineering Society....................................................36 • IS&T Society for Imaging Science and Technology.............................23 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................26 • RES Rochester Engineering Society..................................................2-11 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................24 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair...............................................33


President’s Message

Joseph Dombrowski, PE Retired M/E Engineering RES President 2018 - 2020 It is the beginning of October and as I write this, I fear this is the last hurrah of summer here in Western New York.

Planning for the upcoming Gala in April 2020 is ongoing. We are looking to increase attendance at the event; any input is appreciated!

By now we have had a networking event at the Memorial Art Gallery. As always, don’t be bashful with any input and contact RES.

The Engineering Symposium in April 2020 (PDH fest) planning effort is about to kick off. Help is always appreciated, especially teachers and moderators.

Our next event is a joint tour with AFE. Please see the announcement elsewhere in the magazine for details and register via the RES website. We have resurrected our Strategic Planning Process, meeting twice in October, changes are afoot, stand by for an announcement. In an effort to save money, we are trying a new printing process, (focusing on a different quality of paper) with this issue of the magazine. Let us know if you have any comments. Hopefully it will be to your satisfaction.

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I fear snow will be here soon and the Holiday season is following shortly. I know I’ll be busy. If you have any concerns or input, or have the need to volunteer feel free to contact the RES via the website at or me directly at Joe Dombrowski RES President


RES/AFE November Program Come Join The Rochester Engineering Society (co-sponsored with Association for Facilities Engineering) for our November Program

Tour at OptiCool Technologies on Wednesday, November 6, 2019


$10 for Tour Only; $25 for Tour and Dinner

Tour Location: 855 Publishers Parkway, Webster, 14580 Dinner Location: Flaherty's Three Flags Inn, 1200 Bay Road, Webster 14580 Time:

Tour - 4:30 to 6:00 pm (No food or drink) Dinner - 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Reservations: ADVANCE ONLINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY NOON, OCTOBER 31st! Go to and click on the calendar and go to November 6h. Click on the tour or tour/dinner to make your reservation. There is also a link from the home page. “OptiCool Technologies delivers the most advanced data center cooling solution on the market for an immediate impact on capacity, efficiency, and your bottom line. Unlike conventional cooling, OptiCool provides close-coupled cooling at the heat source. This superior refrigerant-based system is low-maintenance and fully adaptable. The Cool Door system attaches directly to the rear of the rack, supporting a variety of heat load and redundancy configurations. The complexity and costs of air-flow management are history. OptiCool is transforming data centers with a quantum improvement in cost management, capacity, and efficiency. With innovative precision cooling solutions, OptiCool can help you make the quantum leap forward in data center design.” OptiCool is committed to saving energy costs while delivering best in class data center cooling. More specifically, we can: • Reduce the data center cooling energy usage up to 90% • Reducing the 'cooling footprint' within the center up to 90% • Allow you to scale rack densities from 3kW to 30kW+ • Eliminate the need for additional construction and high maintenance costs • Capitalize on existing energy rebates and reduce a center's carbon footprint 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

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Call for Nominations Donald P. Nims, PE 2018 EOY

Past Engineers of the Year 11 years...(first awarded 1963)

Donald P. Nims, PE Martin E. Gordon, PE Diane M. Trentini Robert L. Clark, Jr., PhD Lalit Mestha, PhD Maureen S. Valentine, PE Sergio Esteban, PE Brian J. Thompson, PhD Gary W. Passero, PE Kevin J. Parker, PhD Satish G. Kandlikar, PhD

2019 Engineer of the Year

Brett Eliasz, PE 2018 YEOY

Past Young Engineers of 2019 the Year -11 years... Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year

(first awarded 2007)


2019 Engineers of Distinction

Brett Eliasz, PE Emily M. Smith, PE Matthew T. Sidley Danielle Benoit, PhD John Papponetti, PE Courtney E. Reich, PE Clement Chung, PE Sherwin Damdar Michael J. Walker, EIT Nathan Gnanasambandam, PhD Venkatesh G. Rao, PhD

The RES Board of Directors introduced a streamlined nomination form. A simple initial form allows an individual or organization to nominate a candidate. The RES committee will then contact the nominator if the candidate progresses to the next phase. At that point, a final form will be used to gather essential details from the nominator and candidate which will be used to determine our award recipients. The RES will select and recognize the 2019 Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year (and Finalists for Young Engineer of the Year), and Engineers of Distinction Awards in a variety of public venues and media during the weeks before the Gala. The Award recipients will be introduced on Saturday, April 18, 2020 during the Gala at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Visit our website at and click on Call For Nominations, or call 585-254-2350 ( to request a nomination form.

The following information is described:

Eligibility for Nomination Awards Criteria

Deadline for Preliminary Nominations - Monday, December 9, 2019 Deadline for Final Nominations - Monday, January 6, 2020 res news - call for nominations


Rochester History Continuing with the historical sampling of the earlier writings on behalf of the Rochester Engineering Society, the years following "The Great War," into and through the “Great Depression,” continued to be a time of reaching out for the maturing Society, both locally and nationally. The meeting minutes describe a series of technical discussions and presentations intended to broaden the technical horizons of the membership (especially the CE's, ME's and EE's). The RES affiliated itself with a number of National technical societies, adopted local Affiliated Societies, frequently held joint meetings with them and continued taking action on a growing list of public matters. Certain issues of standardization, some crucial to public safety, became the responsibility of the RES and its affiliates. In the pervasive economic downturn of the “Great Depression,” the magazine offered classified advertising for unemployed engineers, technicians and draftsmen and took other steps to try to deal with the crisis. Still, it continued its effort to shape the function, purpose and infrastructure of the City of Rochester, and beyond. World War again affected the Society, taking away many of its leaders while providing opportunities for others to step forward to fill these vacancies. In an effort to provide even greater perspective on the happenings and concerns of the day, a synopsis, featuring selected items from "The Rochester Engineer" has become an integral part of this series. The Second World War and the Korean Conflict are now history, and the Vietnam War has recently become a focal point. These experiences have changed the face and, no doubt, the future of the community. The Rochester municipal leadership and the industrial community have become immersed in the cold-war, growth economy.

“The Rochester Engineer” (January 1971)

RES luncheon speaker, Dr. Robert G. Loewy, Dean of the U of R College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, attributed the decline of public confidence in science and technology to four causes: Lack of success in the Vietnam War, Contract over-runs in the development of military hardware, environmental pollution and a “national guilt complex” for our having spent money on science and technology, rather than on social ills. According to Dr. Loewy, “The unsuccessful conduct of the Vietnam War, regardless of differing views, has done more to undermine public appreciation of science than any other event, since the 1940’s.” The featured RES affiliate, this month, was the M.I.T. Club of Rochester. Currently comprised of only a quarter of the eligible local members, the Club’s stated purpose has been to foster friendship among its members. The Rochester of ASME advertised for counselors to support candidates for the newly instituted “Engineering Merit Badge” of the Boy Scouts of America. In a well-researched article, Edward M. Maybeck, P.E., Chair of the RES Codes & Standards Committee, urged the City of Rochester to adopt the N.Y.S. Building Code to replace its own City Code, as a means of avoiding the need for regular updating of a local code, instead relying on the State to fulfil this responsibility. The NY State Department of Motor Vehicles announced that Licensed Engineers are entitled to specially-designed automobile registration plates, at no extra charge, whenever their next renewal is due.

January 12, 1971 (Special Meeting of the Board of Directors, RES Offices) The Board approved the Awards Committee’s recommendation that Phil T. Elliott, P.E. be selected as “1970 RES Engineer of the Year.”

February 3, 1971 (Board of Directors Meeting, Taylor Instrument, Division of Sybron)

A memo from RES Treasurer, Leonard S. Corey, reported that the Kate Gleason Fund, principal resource of the Society, was currently invested entirely in Eastman Kodak Common Stock (3,950 shares @ $75/share, totaling approximately $300,000 and paying dividends of $5,148/ 6 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1971 by Lee M. Loomis

year or 1.7%) He also reported that the Society’s indebtedness (a $3,000 loan @ 7% and a $9,500 loan at 8%) was costing $1,278.99/year. Treasurer Corey also reported that meetings between himself, Norman Howden, RES Executive Secretary, G. Robert Leavitt, RES President, Thomas Brown, VP at Lincoln Rochester Trust Co. and Allan E. Kappelman, Director of Research for George D.B. Bonbright & Company had resulted in two very different recommendations… 1. Place all of the Society’s funds in the hands of an investment manager who would convert them into securities which would meet the Society’s investment objectives. 2. Sell off enough of the Eastman Kodak stock to repay all of the Society’s current debt, plus retain enough reserve funds to cover operating costs for the remainder of the fiscal year. In consideration of this advice, the Finance Committee then recommended that the Board approve selling off enough Eastman Kodak stock to repay all of the Society’s current debt plus sufficient funds to provide operating capital for the upcoming “Info Expo” project, and then consider placing the Society’s assets with an investment manager to avoid the “diversity of opinions” from the annually changing Society officers. The Board began to discuss this motion, moving toward a decision, and then, on motion by Mr. Beebee, it was tabled. The Board was then introduced to John Hoff, PE, Member of the Monroe County Legislature who discussed, at length, the problems of solid waste disposal currently facing the community. In view of the negative reactions that had arisen in the past few months, and the fact that the problem still existed, unsolved, Mr. Hoff proposed that the RES organize a committee to study all of the various methods for solid waste disposal and then make a recommendation to the County. At this point there seemed to be unanimous agreement that the recommendation of Legislator Hoff be activated. The Board heard a report that the “Info Expo” was progressing and that William C. Schmitt had accepted Co-Chairmanship of the project. Further discussion revealed that national known speakers were being considered for this event and that Affiliated Societies were being invited to reserve booths for the Expo.

“The Rochester Engineer” (February 1971)

Mr. Phil T. Elliott, P.E., recently retired VP of Kodak and Asst. General Manager of Kodak Park, was presented as “1970 RES Engineer of the Year.” A native of Cousatta, LA, a graduate of Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, he first worked for Buffalo Forge before joining Eastman Kodak in 1929. As mechanical engineer, he became Assistant Superintendent, Associate Director, Director and then Assistant Manager. He then became Manager of the Engineering, Construction and Maintenance Division of Kodak Park, before being named a Kodak Vice President and achieving the position from which he recently retired. Subsequent articles in this series will describe the RES' continuing outreach to other technical societies as it considered its role in this and the larger community, along with more of the activities of the RES as it moved to be of greater service to its membership, especially those suffering from current economic crises, and adopted a greater role in shaping the future of the City and its environs. Noted also, will be the contributions made by RES members in the struggle to meet the challenges coming out of World War II and the the Korean Conflict, as well as a hoped-for period of postwar growth and prosperity. These articles will also feature an impressive array of RES activities in support of post-war re-emergence of Rochester area industry. We welcome your questions and comments on this series.

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RES Scholarship Application Information The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) is an umbrella organization for engineering societies in the Rochester area. The goals of the society are: to advance the art and science of engineering for the general public welfare in Monroe County and the adjoining counties; to foster in practicing and prospective engineers excellence as professionals, as citizens, and as individuals; and, to promote communication and cooperation among all branches of engineering. Multiple scholarships, sponsored by a variety of organizations and administered through the RES, are awarded annually ($1,500 each) to recognize outstanding engineering, engineering technology, science or technology students. These are merit-based scholarships. Scholarships from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) require applicants be student members of their respective organization. Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following qualifications: 1. Be an undergraduate student in good standing who has completed two years/or achieved Junior standing in an ABET-accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology program. 2. Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent) or better. 3. Plan to continue engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET accredited program in September 2020. Scholarship recipients will be individually notified by February 1, 2020, announced at the RES Gala on April 18, 2020 and funds will be mailed ~August 1, 2020. 4. Be a resident of Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, or Wyoming Counties of New York or enrolled in an ABET accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology curriculum in a college in those counties. The Rochester Chapter of IEEE allows applicants from Corning and Alfred sub-chapters. 5. Not be a previous recipient of this scholarship. Application: Applicants must submit the six required items listed below. All items must be submitted together. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all the necessary data are submitted by the deadline in one package and will be immediately disqualified from judging, with no further follow-up, if these instructions are not followed. The applicant should notify those persons supplying reference letters that timely response is critical. Reference letters may be submitted in individually sealed envelopes within the application package. Deliver, mail or email to all items by December 2, 2020 to: The Rochester Engineering Society, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607.

Required Data and Instructions 1. Certificate of Interview from a member of the Scholarship Committee - Request an appointment for interview by sending an email to the Scholarship Chairperson, Michelle Sommerman, PE, at In your email, include your full name, phone number, and the day(s) and time(s) you are available for an interview. Attach your resume to the email. Contact Michelle Sommerman at 585-498-7896 if you have not received a reply within three days. The interviewer will provide a certificate that the interview was conducted after September 1, 2019 and before Novemberber 30, 2019 (the interview deadline). 2. Transcript - Official copy of applicant’s current transcript showing grades for the entire enrollment in current school and if a transfer student, courses taken and accepted from his/her prior college or university. 3. Resume - The same resume the applicant would use if applicant were applying for employment. Be sure to include the following information: name, permanent address, school address, college, degree and program, anticipated date of graduation, and any professional society memberships. 4. Applicant’s Letter - A letter written by the applicant addressed to the Chairman of the Scholarship Award Committee of the scholarship application information

Rochester Engineering Society. This letter shall not be more than one typewritten page in length and should discuss the applicant’s position with respect to the following: a. Why the applicant is studying engineering and chose his/her particular field. b. Why the applicant is applying for the scholarship. c. The applicant’s involvement in professional society activities, the leadership positions held and describe active involvement in other extra-curricular activities. d. Statement that the scholarship will be used in engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET-accredited program in September 2020 should an award be presented. 5. Reference Letter #1 - Letter from the applicant’s faculty advisor in his/her current school. This letter should indicate the applicant’s standing in the class relative to other students, his/her course load and involvement. 6. Reference Letter #2 - Letter from a current or former employer who is not a relative, OR, a professor of engineering, science or technology in whose class the applicant has been or is presently enrolled. NOVEMBER 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 7

RES News How do you arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom!

In the 1990’s, Eastman Kodak Company jumped the gun, starting a family of STEM initiatives, years before the Government coined the STEM acronym. The name of these programs was the 21st Century Learning Challenge (TCLC), and at our peek, we were 1500 engineers and technicians, visiting Rochester City School Classrooms, twice a week for two-hour visits, during the entire School Year. This effort continued for nearly ten years, and not only pre-dates our recent STEM excitement level, but delivered support on a scale we have yet to match. Many of the volunteers in these programs were, and still are, members of the Rochester Engineering Society (RES). In the intervening twenty-five years, many have retired, or are about to retire. That makes them even more available as STEM Coaches, than they were as Kodak employees. The RES is working to put technical people in K-12 Classrooms, throughout the Greater Rochester area, as STEM Coaches. Their presence will: • • •

Help the Teacher stay current with our ever-changing technology. Provide real-World Application Examples, making whatever is being taught, real enough to be worth remembering. Support the teachers with not only the delivery of STEM concepts, but perhaps more importantly, the design and delivery of STEM related hardware.

Last year we had six STEM Coach, doing Classroom Visitation at School #3. That was so successful that RCSD is interested in expanding this program to involve nine STEM Coaches this year.

The RES is specifically seeking Retired, Technical people, (Engineers, Technicians, Machinists, Entrepreneurs or anyone whose work would allow them to visit during School hours), as STEM Coaches. We currently have more than 30 Coaches, and are connecting them with 13 Rochester-area Schools. “This is a life-changing experience!” For more information contact: Jon Kriegel   585-281-5216 RES Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer STEM Coach Please visit: 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

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Technical Corner For this month we will focus on automatic ground fault protection for Emergency Systems-NEC 700 and Legally Required Standby Systems-NEC 701. Starting with NEC 700, these are essential for the safety of human life and therefore have seemingly stricter requirements that must be met. In the case of Automatic Ground Fault Protection required in 240.13, section 700.6 (D) and 700.31 only require Ground Fault Indication. The thought is to remove the automatic operation with the hopes of keeping the Emergency System up and running and only requiring detection and indication. Automatically tripping the breaker on ground fault would defeat the purpose of the Emergency System. Article 701 is the same as article 700. Except the requirement for indication is in 701.6 (D) and 701.26. In a typical 3 phase 4 wire system the ground fault function is accomplished by measuring the neutral current with the neutral CT (NCT) along with phase CTs to vectorally sum the phase currents. The current sums to zero when no ground fault exists. When a ground fault occurs, the current sums to the value of the current going to ground. Questions: Can we get both automatic ground fault protection and/or indication on a 3 phase 3 wire system without a neutral? Yes. You will still be using the phase CTs. The only difference is there will be no input from the NCT since there is no neutral. The phase CTs will vectorally sum the phase currents. The CTs are looking for current leaving the system, which would be a ground fault and would cause the current to vectorally sum to a value greater than zero, which is the magnitude of the ground fault current. A sum of zero indicates a normal system. Do I still need to specify the trip unit with Ground Fault functionality, such as LSIG if I only want indication of a ground fault? No, the G function is required for an automatic trip and cannot be reprogrammed for “alarm” only. LSI functionality will work, however, a programmable contact module kit will need to be purchased in addition to achieve the alarm only function. Code References based on 2017 NEC Hopefully this article finds you well and can be used as a reference for your project needs. If anyone would like to contribute to the RES magazine and add an article or would like to request information on a specific topic (not limited to Electrical) just email me at As always, any comments are appreciated…! Thank you for reading. Brett Eliasz, P.E., LEED AP BD+C , RES Director res - technical corner


RES News - Tutoring Team A New Focus for the RES Tutoring Team… …Support for the NYS Elementary Science Curriculum – 2019-20

The Administration and Faculty at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy are asking the RES Tutoring Team to take part in an increased focus on the NYS Elementary Science Curriculum, in our work with our “Cooper Scholars”, this year. To that end, our Tutors will be working with Teachers and Students, during and after the twice-a-week science lessons, in support of the scientific principles being taught, at ALL Grade levels. Tutors will be supporting the science lessons, as they are being taught. Following the lessons, they will then be working with small groups of students to help them understand the scientific concept(s) presented, and then with individual students, as needed. All of this will occur inside the science classroom, with teacher supervision available, if needed. Does this sound interesting to you, or maybe to some of your friends? Could you see yourself supporting the presentation of science curriculum to students, ages five to eleven? Who showed you how science could “make a difference” in your life? Could you help introduce someone to science, yourself? Do you think you can make room in your life for this important challenge? We are continuing to build our RES Tutoring Team, for the 2019-20 school year… We have been giving “Lunch & Learn” presentations in several Rochester area firms and professional groups, to inform and inspire prospective new tutors. We have “hit the ground, running”, and we need your support...Can we schedule a presentation with your firm, your work group, your church or family, sometime this Fall? Even just two hours a week of your time can make a big difference in the life of a Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Scholar… Questions??? Reach out to RES Past President Lee Loomis and the RES Tutoring Team at…Rochester Engineering Society (585) 254-2350, via website:, or via email:, (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text)

RES TUTORING TEAM, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS... • When will the RES Tutors begin working? During the week of October 14th, 2019 • What is the schedule for the teaching of science (at each Grade level)? Mornings… Mid-Day


3 Grade (9:50AM – 10:30AM)

Kindergtn (12:50PM – 1:30PM)

2nd Grade (2:30PM – 3:10PM)

6th Grade (10:30AM – 11:10AM)

1st Grade (12:00PM – 1:00PM)

4th Grade (1:30PM – 2:10PM)

5 Grade (12:50PM – 1:30PM)



• Will Tutors be working (exclusively) inside the class rooms? Yes, they will be supporting the teachers & assisting the students, during and following the science lessons. They will be working, in the classrooms, with small groups of students (3 – 5), and (occasionally) with individual students • Will there be week by week DWCA “Science Lesson” schedules for the school year? Yes, the teachers, at each Grade level, will provide this information for the tutors • What if I cannot begin tutoring until after the October 14th “start date”? You may become an RES Tutor, and begin whenever your schedule allows


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RES News - Tutoring Team Seeking Volunteer Mentors for “2020 Science Fair” At Dr. Walter Cooper Academy The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) has been invited to help establish the first annual, Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Science Fair. The SchoolBased Planning Team, and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), including parents, teachers and administrators, have requested the support of the RES in developing a Winter 2020 science fair at #10 School. The scope of this request includes… • Teachers will introduce the requirements for participating in the science fair to their classes, this Fall. Students will be invited to volunteer to participate in this assignment, and they will agree to complete the required work. • RES Volunteer Mentors will meet with small groups of students, twice a week, at the school, during their 40 minute science instruction blocks. • The RES Volunteer Mentors will help the Students select a “scientific phenomenon” they would like to investigate, guide them in planning their investigation, and help them design their presentation and findings for the Fair. Homework for the Students, in support of this effort, will be a distinct possibility. • The Dr. Walter Cooper Academy 2020 Science Fair is scheduled, at the School, for Friday, January 31, 2020 • RES Volunteer Mentors will begin helping the Students get prepared for the Fair during the week of November 26th and then meeting twice each week with their Students, for the next six weeks (allowing for vacation)This will allow Students and their Mentors 12 – 14 days to work on their investigation/presentation. The RES is seeking Volunteer Mentors to support this Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) activity. Unlike our RES Tutoring Team, this involves only a short-term commitment of approximately eight weeks. Volunteer Mentors will be working with students who have expressed a desire to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. These students are motivated! Do you think you might consider making room in your busy lives to support our “Cooper Scholars” as they develop habits that will help them achieve new levels of learning, focused on a brighter future? Then volunteer to become an RES Volunteer Mentor. Please contact RES Director, Lee Loomis ( - (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text) or Jon Kriegel ( - (585) 281-5216 for more information, and to volunteer for this important, potentially life-changing opportunity.

DWCA - SCIENCE FAIR QUESTIONS... • Which Grade levels will be participating? Four Grade Levels; Third, Fourth, Fifth & Sixth • How many “Volunteer/Mentors” (V/M’s) will be needed? A minimum of four, but eight would be better, to allow for absences • Will there be a “V/M Orientation Meeting”? Yes, Wednesday, November 13th, 5:30PM – 6:30PM, Room 153, at the School, 180 Ridgeway Ave., Rochester, NY 14615 • What is the expected schedule on which the V/M’s will be needed…What hours/dates? During the Tuesday & Thursday Science Blocks: Mornings… Afternoons… 3rd Grade – 9:50AM – 10:30AM 4th Grade 1:30PM – 2:10PM 6th Grade – 10:30AM – 11:10AM 5th Grade – 12:50PM – 1:30PM November - 26th December - 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th January - 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th & 31st • What is the scheduled date/location for the “Science Fair”? Friday, January 31st, 2020 – All Day @ 180 Ridgeway Avenue • Are there science curricula available, for each Grade level that will be participating in this year’s science fair, that can be shared with prospective V/M’s, ahead of time? Yes, these will be provided, by RES Directors, Lee Loomis & Jon Kriegel, to the Volunteer/Mentors, at/before the November 13th Information Meeting res news - tutoring


Get to the Point! You Will be Judged

As most readers of my article know, I am a self-professed “word nerd” and I often suggest that your writing creates an image of you, your firm, and your content. The following is a reprint of a fairly controversial article circulating on the web. I first found it in the Harvard Business Review and although it first appeared in 2012, it is still relevant.

Good grammar makes good business sense — and not just when it comes to hiring writers. Writing isn't in the official job description of most people in our office. Still, we give our grammar test to everybody, including our salespeople, our operations staff, and our programmers.

For the record, I agree with much of what Mr. Wiens says, although surprisingly, he is even more militant about grammar than I am. RGI’s technical communication consulting and training divisions are busier than ever and I suspect it is because owners and managers of professional services organizations have seen enough. We are what we communicate.

On the face of it, my zero tolerance approach to grammar errors might seem a little unfair. After all, grammar has nothing to do with job performance, or creativity, or intelligence, right?

I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why. by Kyle Wiens

Wrong. If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use "it's," then that's not a learning curve I'm comfortable with. So, even in this hyper-competitive market, I will pass on a great programmer who cannot write.

If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building.

Grammar signifies more than just a person's ability to remember high school English. I've found that people who make fewer mistakes on a grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing — like stocking shelves or labeling parts.

Some might call my approach to grammar extreme, but I prefer Lynne Truss's more cuddly phraseology: I am a grammar "stickler." And, like Truss — author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves — I have a "zero tolerance approach" to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid.

In the same vein, programmers who pay attention to how they construct written language also tend to pay a lot more attention to how they code. You see, at its core, code is prose. Great programmers are more than just code monkeys; according to Stanford programming legend Donald Knuth they are "essayists who work with traditional aesthetic and literary forms." The point: programming should be easily understood by real human beings — not just computers.

Now, Truss and I disagree on what it means to have "zero tolerance." She thinks that people who mix up their itses "deserve to be struck by lightning, hacked up on the spot and buried in an unmarked grave," while I just think they deserve to be passed over for a job — even if they are otherwise qualified for the position. Everyone who applies for a position at either of my companies, iFixit or Dozuki, takes a mandatory grammar test. Extenuating circumstances aside (dyslexia, English language learners, etc.), if job hopefuls can't distinguish between "to" and "too," their applications go into the bin. Of course, we write for a living. is the world's largest online repair manual, and Dozuki helps companies write their own technical documentation, like paperless work instructions and step-by-step user manuals. So, it makes sense that we've made a preemptive strike against groan-worthy grammar errors. But grammar is relevant for all companies. Yes, language is constantly changing, but that doesn't make grammar unimportant. Good grammar is credibility, especially on the internet. In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence. And, for better or worse, people judge you if you can't tell the difference between their, there, and they're. 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

And just like good writing and good grammar, when it comes to programming, the devil's in the details. In fact, when it comes to my whole business, details are everything. I hire people who care about those details. Applicants who don't think writing is important are likely to think lots of other (important) things also aren't important. And I guarantee that even if other companies aren't issuing grammar tests, they pay attention to sloppy mistakes on résumés. After all, sloppy is as sloppy does. That's why I grammar test people who walk in the door looking for a job. Grammar is my litmus test. All applicants say they're detailoriented; I just make my employees prove it. © 2019, RGI Learning Lisa Moretto is the President of RGI Learning, Inc. For 24 years she has helped engineers improve their oral and written communication skills. Visit or call (866) 744-3032 to learn about RGI’s courses. get to the point

get IT done Biking in Amsterdam — by Andrè Godfrey I was recently in Europe. By the way, I start every conversation in the last two weeks just like that. I intend to morph the statement over time into…I was in Europe in September….I was in Europe last September…last year I was in Europe at this time… until I run out of friends. I ended up in Amsterdam where it appears to be obligatory to ride a bicycle. I spoke to one Dutch worker who suggested that he rode his bike to work every day even when there was snow. Apparently his wife refused to ride in the snow but then- he pointed out- she isn’t really Dutch. It’s fairly analogous to being in Rochester NY and marrying someone from Alabama. Give us an inch of snow and the Alabaman spouse would be home. But then he/she isn’t from western New York.

to Fort Knox. But since you asked, there is such a thing as a Data Governance Framework that can help you choose what data must be kept in Fort Knox and what data can be kept in minimum security. Using the Federal Information Processing Standard you determine your Security Objective: Confidential/Integrity/Availability and going forward from there, the degree of security you require: Low/Moderate/ High. All based on the impact to your organization in the event of a breach. Just to demonstrate the spectrum, you might say some data was of a confidential nature and if it was breached the impact might be catastrophic. On the other hand you may have a case where accessibility by many people was required and if accessibility was denied, then that would be catastrophic.

There are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam which is a bit confusing and they take the entire family sometimes on the same bike. They put a stroller attachment in the front for the babies and the 10 year olds ride side-saddle on the back carrier. I didn’t see this once- I saw it so frequently that I no longer paid much attention to it. And…not a helmet is to be found in the city.

One key to this is choosing who has accessibility and who does not. Accessibility is generally role-based and some care must be taken in determining the ramifications in giving access. For example, consider the effect of giving one user accessibility who reports to another who might not have a need for the same accessibility. Hard decisions need to be made.

The Amsterdam attitude to helmets stems from a fear that it might discourage people from using their bicycles. Of course, because there are so many riders it does promote safety indirectly in that you are always aware of them. Also motorists could think that it’s safer to overtake or drive more closely to a cyclist with a helmet on. Although I can’t imagine them driving any closer than the 8 inch leeway I got more than once as I navigated the unfamiliar streets.

That’s one excellent reason to involve senior management from the outset. Risk management is an arena familiar to many senior managers and buy-in from the top is not merely desirable, it is essential.

Which brings me around to IT security issues and the balance between usage and safety. How do you balance the need for access versus the requirement for data protection? The answer lies in defining and stratifying data with the understanding that not all data is equal. Now I’m on dangerous ground here because as an IT provider I would always error on the side of caution. So everything gets sent get IT done

Think about IT.

Andrè Godfrey is President, Entre Computer Services, NOVEMBER 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 13

RED HOUSE LAKE DAM AND BRIDGE REHABILITATION Allegany State Park, Cattaraugus County, New York (2019 ABCD Bridge Design Award Nomination) by Joshua Repp, PE, Bergmann


The Red House Lake Dam & Bridge, located in the heart of the scenic Allegany State Park, was constructed circa 1929 and carries Allegany State Park Route 1. The dam was constructed to create Red House Lake for recreational use, which is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. The dam, bridge and highway all exhibited signs of deterioration and had deficiencies that did not conform to NYSDOT or NYSDEC Dam Safety Regulations. The purpose of the project was to evaluate the condition of the dam and bridge structures, and ultimately to rehabilitate the dam and replace the bridge superstructure to improve or eliminate the deterioration and deficiencies and to comply with NYSDEC Dam Safety Regulations. Additional project goals included improving the roadway safety standards and to enhance pedestrian safety and access, while maintaining the iconic landscape of the park. Site improvements such as trails and access roads in the vicinity of the bridge and dam were also constructed as part of the project. Construction administration and inspection services were provided due to the complexity of the project and to certify that the project was built in accordance with the contract documents and all permits. Since the project is located in a State Park, it incorporated additional features beyond a typical infrastructure project. Pedestrian walking paths, fishing areas, and new stairs down the embankment were installed to better facilitate patrons’ enjoyment of the park amenities.


The bridge was constructed circa 1929 as part of the spillway and earthen embankment contract and has had little to no rehabilitation work since its original construction. The cast in place concrete arch bridge was inspected and loadrated as part of this project. Based on evaluation of rehabilitation and replacement options, it was determined that the bridge superstructure should be replaced. The following aspects of the bridge replacement required special attention: 14 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

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1.) The replacement superstructure would need to mimic the appearance of the original 3-arch system. 2.) The hydraulic opening provided by the new arch shape would need to be considered in tandem with the required dam spillway design capacity. 3.) The superstructure infill and connections to substructures would need to consider hydraulic pressure during high water events, promoting use of impervious backfills and waterstops. 4.) The removal and reconstruction of the bridge would need to be sequenced with the stabilization/anchoring of the concrete gravity dam the bridge is founded on. The existing bridge could not be removed until the dam was anchored, as the weight of the bridge was providing sliding stability resistance to the dam. 5.) The bridge would have to incorporate access for periodic operation of two sluice gate systems that would provide outlet control for the dam impoundment (Low-Level Outlet Gates). The existing 3-span concrete arch bridge was replaced with a new bridge featuring a 174 ft, 3-span precast reinforced concrete arch span-unit bridge with a concrete deck. The superstructure was founded on the existing spillway abutments and piers which were rehabilitated as part of the project. The 33 ft wide bridge carries one 10 ft travel lane in each direction and a 6-foot sidewalk adjacent to the northbound travel lane. The reduced 10-ft travel lanes (typically 11' wide) were in response to maintaining the look and alignment of the existing bridge, as well as avoiding costly modifications to the supporting spillway foundations. Bridge railing included standard NYSDOT four-rail bridge rail with appropriate transition railing. The superstructure also includes custom overhangs to mimic the original construction details and brackets along the upstream edge of the bridge deck to serve as an operating platform for the renovated spillway sluice gates. The original reinforced concrete abutments and piers were retained, with concrete repairs performed on all exposed surfaces. This presented challenges during construction due to the variability in the original concrete. Each substructure component had different composition and quality, ranging from good, solid concrete with well-graded aggregate, to very low quality, with large limestone and sandstone inclusions. This required on-the-fly analysis and redesign of some substructure components during construction. Due to the complexities involved in placing a new precast structure on top of the original substructures, some intricate concrete work was required. In total, the project involved over 50 concrete placements. A 3D model of the structure was developed to confirm geometries, fit, and concrete quantities. The model was also provided to the contractor as a visual aid to provide additional understanding of placement geometry and sequence.


The dam consists of earthen embankments and a concrete ogee-crested spillway structure. The earthen embankment has a total length of approximately 1350 feet. The concrete spillway has a total length of 180 feet and Allegany State Park Route 1 runs along the dam crest and over a three-span concrete bridge that spans the spillway section. The bridge includes two piers which reduces the effective spillway length to 150 feet. On the upstream side of the spillway, there are 3-foot by 3-foot low-level outlet openings centered at the base of each bridge pier and controlled by sluice gates. Red House Lake is located in a 23.8 square-mile drainage basin in southcentral Cattaraugus County. At the normal water surface elevation, the dam impounds approximately 1130 acre-feet of water. (Continued on page 16)

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An Engineering Assessment (EA) of the dam was conducted according to NYSDEC Part 673 Dam Safety Regulations. The assessment confirmed the dam should be classified as a “Large” Class B (Intermediate Hazard). However, a number of dam safety compliance issues were identified and the following work items were incorporated into the contract to improve the dam: 1.) Dam Embankment – Tree removal (1000+), upstream slope armoring, downstream slope flattening, and drainage improvements (toe drain). 2.) Spillway – Dam apron replacement, concrete repair, and installation of post-tensioned rock anchors. 3.) Low-Level Outlet System – Staged removal and replacement of two low-level outlet gates on the upstream face of the dam.


Specialized water control measures were incorporated into the project to facilitate construction at the concrete spillway and bridge, including cofferdams, restoration of a low-level outlet system, and temporary lowering of the impoundment. The low-level outlet system was initially comprised of two concrete ports, one in each bridge pier, that were controlled by inoperable sluice gates. These ports were made operational by grouting a pipe into each port, installing a temporary valve at the downstream end of each pipe, and subsequently removing the old upstream sluice gates. New sluice gates would later be added to the upstream end of the port via in-the-wet construction techniques to complete the outlet system and allow for temporary lowering of the lake level. The majority of the bridge and spillway construction occurred with the lake level lowered to reduce the risk of water cresting over the spillway and interfering with construction activities. The low-level outlet system was used to control water level and temporary outlet piping extensions were used to divert flow downstream of a construction access road at the toe of the dam. The precast units were placed from this access road. Construction that was critical to requiring a lowered lake level was largely scheduled in the winter months. This was to minimize impacts to receational users of the lake during the summer. Further, the lowering was done in an evironmentally sensative manner, requiring fish and mussel relocation. The project was constructed at a cost of $5.9M. Contract documents for the project were completed in 2017 and construction was completed in the summer of 2018. Joshua Repp, PE is a Sr. Project Manager and Structural Engineer with Bergmann in Buffalo, NY. He received his BS and ME in Civil Engineering from the State University at Buffalo and has worked on heavy civil projects for most of his career. Josh joined Bergmann in 2004, where he has been involved with a number of large and small bridge and waterway structures projects. His experience includes the evaluation, design, and rehabilitation of bridges, locks, dams, and flood protection structures. Josh was Project Manager for the Red House Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project at Bergmann. 16 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

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Professional Firms Employee News Bergmann News

Bergmann Expands its Services to Pharmaceutical Clients Nationwide with Acquisition of Johnsrud Architects National architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann has acquired Johnsrud Architects, a provider of design services for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other highly specialized industries. The combination is effective immediately. Located in Trevose, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, Johnsrud Architects provides specialized expertise in planning and design of highly technical and regulated facilities for pharmaceutical, advanced manufacturing, and science clients nationwide. The firm also provides design for innovative workplaces for scientists outside but associated with their labs as well as, board rooms, cafeteria, training/classrooms, and fitness centers for their client campuses. Johnsrud’s capabilities and services, developed over 24 years, complement Bergmann’s 40 years of working with clients in research and manufacturing, including design services for cleanroom, laboratory, and advanced manufacturing facilities. Bergmann also has extensive experience in workplace design, creating office environments for the workforce of today and tomorrow. “Combined with our architecture and engineering capabilities, the Johnsrud and Bergmann team will offer a fullservice solution and deep resume to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, research, and manufacturing markets,” said Pietro (Pete) Giovenco, PE, president and CEO, Bergmann. “Both companies are client focused and have a strong culture that emphasizes developing long term relationships.” Johnsrud becomes the third Bergmann location in the Philadelphia region and increases the number of employees in the market to nearly 75. The firm also has offices in Center City and Conshohocken. Companywide Bergmann has more than 400 professional and technical staff in 15 regional offices throughout the US. “Our firms are energized by the success of our clients and have a record of investing in understanding our client’s business and scientific processes to deliver the best solution,” said Charles Johnsrud, principal, Johnsrud Architects. “We’re similarly energized by the opportunity to expand the scope and reach of our services by joining with Bergmann.” q

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Popli Design Group Welcomes John Domanski John Domanski, PE, LEED AP, will be managing Popli Design Group’s (PDG’s) electrical team in Syracuse. He comes to PDG with 33 years of experience in electrical system design and project management for a wide variety of industries. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. q professional firms employee news


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ONTARIO COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS JOB OPENINGS Supervisor, Bureau of Wastewater Management Ontario County is seeking applicants to provide management and overall operational control of three sewer districts and a wastewater treatment plant servicing 4,300 customers in the Canandaigua and Honeoye Lake areas. Oversees a staff of 11 operators, mechanics, maintenance personnel and a junior engineer. The supervisor works closely with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works in development review, establishing the Capital Improvement Program and administering same. Salary: Range starts at $77,911 per year Qualifications: Natural Sciences or engineering degree and related experience in wastewater systems with supervisory experience

Civil Engineer Ontario County seeks applicants to plan, design and monitor field work for the construction of roadway, bridge, and drainage projects for the maintenance and improvements of the County’s transportation system. Manage and administer federal and state aid projects, including consultant selection and oversight. Provide technical supervision over junior engineers and aides. Reports directly to the engineering group leader. Salary: Range starts at $75,067

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, civil/construction technology plus two years relevant experience. Possession of a NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certificate within 1 year of appointment.

In addition to yearly step salary increases, the County offers a competitive benefit package and retirement planning options. For both of these positions refer to the job specifications available on the Ontario County website at the Human Resources page. Submit a Civil Service application directly to the Department of Human Resources. Permanent appointment pending successful completion of a civil service exam, to be held at a later date. 18 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

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Monroe Professional Engineers Society (MPES)

Wednesday, November 19

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Failure Analysis – 1 PDH Credit (Limit of 30 Attendees) Speaker: Neville W. Sachs, PE Place: RIT Campus Center, Room 2610, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 Cost: MPES/NSPE Member - $25; Non-member - $30; Student - $5. Dinner will be provided. Registration: Advanced registration on the RES website, and click on the calendar tab and go to November 14. Additional questions can be directed to Arthur Reardon at 585-455-0121 or

Friday, November 15

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) 31st Annual Fall Bridge Conference Earn up to 6 PDH Credits

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Speaker: Randy Schafer, WMS Sales Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates) Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm (please arrive by 11:50 am). Cost: $20 (member or guest), check or cash at door. Reservations: Reservations by November 15th to Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or

Monday, November 18

American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 34 Total Building Solutions– 1 PDH Credit Pending

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Place: Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY Registration: Conference sponsorship, advertisement and exhibitor registration is now open. Visit and sign up to attend or be a sponsor, advertiser or exhibitor at For additional information contact Mike Davidson PE, (716-289-5976) or David Jenkinson PE, (585-364-1634).

Speaker: Andrew Krenning, Solutions Director, Siemens Smart Infrastructure Cost: $25 per person Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Time: 12:00 Noon, Lunch Buffet. Presentation starts approximately 12:30 pm Reservations: Reservations on the website at

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Wednesday, November 6

Rochester Engineering Society (RES) & Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) Tour of OptiCool Technologies


Place: OptiCool Technologies, 855 Publishers Parkway, Webster Dinner Place: Flaherty’s Three Flags Inn, 1200 Bay Road, Webster Time: Tour – 4:30 to 6:00 pm; Dinner - 6:30 to 8:00 pm Cost: $10 for Tour Only; $25 for Tour and Dinner Reservations: ADVANCE PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED BY NOON, OCTOBER 31st. Register on the RES website, an click on the link from the home page or go to November 6th and click on the meeting. 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

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Thursday, November 7

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Monday, November 18

American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and p 34 p 30 Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Total Building Solutions – 1 PDH Credit Pending

43rd IEEE EDS Activities in Western New York Conference

Speaker: Andrew Krenning, Solutions Director, Siemens Smart Infrastructure Cost: $25 per person Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Time: 12:00 Noon, Lunch Buffet. Presentation starts approx.12:30 pm Reservations on the website at

Place: RIT University Gallery in Booth Hall Time: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm Register by Nov. 4th at:

Tuesday, November 12

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) EXCOM Meeting

Wednesday, November 19

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Place: China Buffet, 3333 West Henrietta Road, Rochester Time: 11:50 am to 1:00 pm Registration links for our events are at: Vtools# 203989

Thursday, November 14

Monroe Professional Engineers Society (MPES)

Speaker: Randy Schafer, WMS Sales Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates) Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm (please arrive by 11:50 am). Cost: $20 (member or guest), check or cash at door. Reservations: Reservations by November 15th to Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or

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Failure Analysis – 1 PDH Credit (Limit of 30 Attendees) Genesee Valley Speaker: Neville W. Sachs, PE Place: RIT Campus Center, Room 2610, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 Cost: MPES/NSPE Member - $25; Non-member - $30; Student - $5. Dinner will be provided. Registration: Advanced registration on the RES website at and click on the calendar tab and go to Nov.14. Additional questions can be directed to Arthur Reardon at 585-455-0121 or

Friday, November 15

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) 31 Annual Fall Bridge Conference Earn up to 6 PDH Credits st

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Place: Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY Registration: Conference sponsorship, advertisement and exhibitor registration is now open. Visit and sign up to attend or be a sponsor, advertiser or exhibitor at For additional information contact Mike Davidson PE, (716-289-5976) or David Jenkinson PE, (585-364-1634).

Monday, November 18

American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 42 Total Building Solutions – 1 PDH Credit Pending

Speaker: Andrew Krenning, Solutions Director, Siemens Smart Infrastructure Cost: $25 per person Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Time: 12:00 Noon, Lunch Buffet. Presentation starts approx.12:30 pm Reservations on the website at engineers' calendar

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Board of Directors, General Membership Meeting

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Time: 6:00 pm Place: 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Additional details at

Tuesday, December 3

New York State Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE) & Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) p 27 Holiday Happy Hour

Place: MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room, 300 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623 Time: Come after work beginning at 4:00 pm Cost: Early bird special (prepayment MUST be received by Nov. 26) $7/Members, $15 for non-members. After Nov. 26th (last day to buy tickets is Dec. 2nd) $12/Members, $20 for non-members.

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Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)

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Algorithm Development of Hyperspectral Data for the Automatic Characterization of Materials in Illuminated Manuscripts Speaker: Tania Kleynhaus, Associate Scientist at RIT Place: TBD Time: TBD No meeting reservations are required.

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Save the Dates 118th RES Annual Gala

Saturday, April 18, 2020 Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Annual Engineering Symposium in Rochester Tuesday, April 28, 2019 Rochester Riverside Convention Center Additional details will be posted on the RES website:

Professional Firms Employee News Wendy Smith, VP of Engineering at Optimation, was recently recognized as one of the Influential Women in Manufacturing (IWIM) by Putnam Media. Smith was one of 27 women recognized from around the country and India at an awards ceremony in Chicago, IL. The 27 women who join the ranks of IWIM this year are recognized for their change leadership in manufacturing—their risk-embracing work that serves to move the needle on asset management and reliability, digital transformation, workforce development, and other elements critical to ensuring the manufacturing industry's readiness to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. More than 120 nominations from across industry were received for IWIM 2019; all nominations were reviewed in April by a 15-member Putman Media voting panel. Among the honorees in this year's class of Influential Women in Manufacturing are CEOs, senior engineers and a member of Congress. They are leading initiatives that are challenging traditional approaches to focus areas ranging from production process management to manufacturing workforce recruitment. In a statement, Putman Media CEO John Cappelletti said: "It's exciting to once again announce a group of outstanding individuals who are driving important changes both within their companies and for the manufacturing industry overall. The future-focused leadership and innovative problem-solving demonstrated by the 27 members of the 2019 class of Influential Women in Manufacturing inspires new and veteran members of the field alike, and it is Putman Media's honor to recognize this incredible group. Congratulations, 2019 IWIM honorees!" In addition to the awards ceremony, Smith and her fellow honorees were featured in an e-book. q 22 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER NOVEMBER 2019

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Society for Imaging Science and Technology Website:

Our meeting locations have changed and additional details will be available starting with the November issue. The November meeting location is TBD. No meeting reservations are required.

Meeting Schedule: November 2019 - "Algorithm development of Hyperspectral data for the automatic characterization of materials in illuminated manuscripts," by Tania Kleynhans Venue ideas requested - we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

November 2019 (Date, time & location TBD) Algorithm Development of Hyperspectral Data for the Automatic Characterization of Materials in Illuminated Manuscripts by Tania Kleynhans

Abstract: Understanding the materials used in the creation of paintings, illuminated manuscripts and objects can improve conservation techniques and help provide evidence about the origin, techniques used, and authenticity. Significant headway has been made with non-invasive imaging techniques in the past decade. Hyperspectral imaging systems, initially used by the remote sensing community, have become more widely applied to conservation. Current pigment analysis and mapping of illuminated manuscripts involve significant manual input to create reflectance spectra maps. This research focusses on the development of algorithms that can create material maps from hyperspectral imaging with minimal user input. Algorithms to automatically select the endmembers (i.e. exemplar spectra) and classify the data accordingly have been applied. Figure 1 displays a material map where each color represents a specific known pigment used. This example used the Spectral Angle Mapper algorithm to find similarities between known spectra and the image data. Furthermore, abundance maps have been created from known spectra to display the combination of pigments used in a specific spot. This analysis used hyperspectral imagery acquired by Dr. John Delaney at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. The initial research focusses on one leaf of the Laudario’s of Sant’ Agnese: The Nativity with the Annunciation to the Shepherds, see Figure 2. Biography: Tania Kleynhans worked as a Safari guide in Southern Africa for 15 years before returning to school to further her is&t news

Figure 1: Pigment map created by applying Spectral Angle Mapper classification to known pigment signatures

Figure 2: Laudario’s of Sant’ Agnese: The Nativity with the Annunciation to the Shepherds

education. She received her Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Operational Research from the University of South Africa, and an M.S. in Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently, Tania Kleynhans is an Associate Scientist at the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT, and are completing her Ph.D part time. She works with various groups at the Center for Imaging Science, for example the UAV research (as pilot), Algorithm development for the Landsat Satellite series, and historical document imaging projects. Her Ph.D research involve creating novel algorithms to classify pigments in works of art in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington. NOVEMBER 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 23


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Year 2018 Officers President Jared R. Ransom, LS Vice President Justin M. Roloson, LS Secretary Robert J. Avery, LS Treasurer Michael A. Venturo, LS Roy B. Garfinkel, LS, Ex-officio

Upcoming Events 2019 November 21

Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting- 6:00 pm 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607

December 2019

Annual Dinner Meeting Details to be emailed to the membership when they become available...

Board of Directors 2016-18 Douglas W. Magde, LS Douglas Churchill, LS 2017-2019 David L. Standinger, LS Daniel T. Hickok, LS 2018-2020 Timothy T. Odell, LS Matthew R. Palmer

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Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting

November 21, 2019 6:00 PM 40 & 8 Club 933 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607

December 2019 Annual Dinner Meeting Professional Affiliations  New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, Inc.  National Society of Professional Surveyors

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Monroe Professional Engineers Society A Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers 657 East Avenue, Rochestter, New York 14607 Dedicated to Professionalism in Engineering in the Interest of Public Safety and Welfare 2018-19 Officers: President Chris Kambar, PE, President-elect Arthur Reardon, PE, Vice-President Scott Wolcott, PE, Secretary Martin Gordon, PE, Treasurer Michael Ritchie, PE, Membership Chair Arthur Reardon, PE Past Presidents: David Roberts, PE, Chris Devries, PE Directors: Barry Dumbauld, PE, Robert Winans, PE, Joseph Dombrowski, PE, Jim Drago, PE, Neal Illenberg, PE, Douglas R. Strang Jr., PE

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PDH PROGRAM: FAILURE ANALYSIS NEVILLE W. SACHS, P.E. ABSTRACT: Mr. Sachs will discuss and provide information on general failure analysis. Including: 1. Defining the type (root cause analysis, root cause investigation, or component failure analysis) of failure analysis and what the possible savings are in a typical process plant. 2. The procedure(s) used in the component failure investigation and the need to be accurate, if there is to be further analysis. 3. Provide examples of how to approach each of the types of analysis. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, Mr. Sachs has spent many years deeply involved with maintenance, machinery reliability, and failure analysis. In the mid-1980’s he joined with Philip Salvaterra to form Sachs, Salvaterra & Associates, Inc. a consulting group providing technical support services directed toward improved plant and machinery reliability. Then, in 2014 Mr. Sachs returned to private practice. He has conducted thousands of failure analyses and hundreds of failure analysis classes across North America and Europe and is a frequent speaker for both regional and national programs. He has written the textbook “Practical Plant Failure Analysis, a Guide to Understanding Machinery Deterioration and Improving Equipment Reliability”, (with a second edition recently published) two other books on specific areas of failure analysis, contributed significant sections to three books by other authors, and has written over seventy technical articles and papers for US and European magazines and journals, primarily on failure analysis and equipment reliability. A Professional Engineer, he is also an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist, and has received the RMLA (Rocky Mountain Lift Association) award for Outstanding Contribution to the Ski Industry. In his spare time, he’s a ski patroller and Outdoor Emergency Care instructor. Together with his wife, Carol Adamec, an accomplished artist, they thoroughly enjoy skiing, tandem bicycle touring, hiking, kayaking, and ten grandchildren.

Date / Time: Thursday, November 14, 2019 / 5:30pm Location: RIT Campus Center - Room 2610 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623 Cost: MPES/NSPE Member: $25.00 | Non-Member: $30.00 | Student: $5.00 (Dinner will be provided) 1 PDH - (Limit of 30 People)

Registration via RES website at: (click on Calendar heading and go to Nov. 14th) Questions? Contact Arthur Reardon at 585-455-0121 or

As always, we encourage active membership in the Monroe Professional Engineers Society. We are constantly striving to improve your membership but we always need more help. If you are interested in becoming an active member or have any questions, please email me at or contact MPES through our website at

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President/Education Chair: JENNIFER WENGENDER, P.E., CPD CPL 205 St Paul Blvd Rochester, NY 14604 585-454-7600 Vice President Technical: DAVE JERECKOS IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 Vice President Legislative: DAVID MYERS LaBella Associates, PC 300 State Street, Suite 201 Rochester, NY 14614 585-454-6110 Vice President Membership:/AYP TRAVIS JESSICK Dave Gooding Inc. 173 Spark Street Brockton, MA 02302 585-794-8845 Treasurer: ALAN SMITH, P.E. IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 Administrative Secretary: ADAM KRAMER IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 Affiliate Liaison:/AYP PHILIP MURPHY Newsletter Editor: CHRIS WOLAK Victaulic Fairport, NY 14450 484-350-1954

President's Message

We had great turn out for our first meeting in September (over 50 people). Thanks for everyone’s interest and support of our chapter. Due to the high volume of attendees, please make sure you RSVP in a timely manner, so we can make sure everything is set up for us. We have a few ASPE jackets left to give away. If you are a member of Rochester ASPE, attended meetings last season and didn’t quite get to 5 meetings, we are continuing our promotion and you may still be eligible for a jacket. Please see Al Smith at our next meeting and he can let you know if you are on the list. The jackets are perfect for the coming fall weather! We hope to see you at our next meeting. Thanks. Jennifer Wengender, P.E., CPD Rochester Chapter President

Meeting Notice – Save the Date Topic: Pump Design 101 Speaker: Randy Schafer – WMS Sales Date:

Wednesday, November 19, 2019


12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. (please arrive by 11:50 am)


Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Rd., Rochester 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates)

Credits: 1 PDH - pending approval Cost:

$20.00 (member or guest), check or cash at door.

RSVP: To Dave Jereckos (341-3168), or by November 15th (Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society)


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Last month’s meeting featured a presentation from an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Paul Torcellini, PhD. of National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Mr. Torchellini’s presentation, titled “Performance Based Procurement for Outstanding Energy Performance” demonstrated how it is possible for building design teams and owners to construct a zero energy building without adding cost to the design and construction. For November’s meeting we will be continuing with the energy efficiency theme. On Monday, November 18th, Mr. Andrew Krenning of Siemens Industries will be presenting on “Total Building Solutions.” This presentation explores various systems and the value of integrating them together in order to provide maximum building performance. Please consider joining us on the 18th.


ASHRAE November Meeting - 1 PDH Pending Theme: History Review


Monday, November 18, 2019


12:00 noon, Lunch Buffet. Presentation starts approximately 12:30 pm

Location: Cost:

City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester 14607 in Downtown Rochester $25 per person

Reservations: Reservations at Topic:

Total Building Solutions Presented by Andrew Krenning, Solutions Director Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Also, please continue to check out our website at www.rochester. for information on upcoming chapter meetings, current officer list and contact information, chapter newsletters, and more! Also take a minute and like us on Facebook by searching for ASHRAE Rochester. Planning for the 2019-2020 ASHRAE calendar year is underway. If anybody has any suggestions for monthly meeting topics or tours please contact our President-elect and Program Chair, Mike Benedict. He can be reached at mike@airsystemsbalancing. com. Tom Streber, PE 2019-2020 ASHRAE President Rochester Chapter


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Affiliated Societies of the Rochester Engineering Society American Consulting Engineering Companies of New York President, David J. Meyer, 585-218-0730 Email: American Public Works Association Monroe County/Genesee Valley Branch Chairman, Peter Vars, PE Email: American Society of Civil Engineers, Rochester Section President, Drazen Gasic, CPSWQ, CPESC, LaBella Associates. 585-402-7005 Email: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, Thomas Streber, PE, tstreber@ Email:

Association For Facilities Engineering, Rochester Chapter President, Matt Knights, Constellation Brands, Inc. Email: Electrical Association Executive Director, Karen Lynch Email: President, Russ Corcoran, Landmark Electric, 585-359-0800. Email: Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association President, Jared R. Ransom, LS 585-737-6881 Email: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Inc., Rochester Section President, Dan Rusnack Email:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Steven Ivancic, University of Rochester

Imaging Science & Technology, Rochester Chapter President, Bruce Pillman, 585-748-6006 Email:

American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Rochester New York Chapter President, Jennifer Wengender, PE, CPD, Clark Patterson Lee, 205 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14604. 585-454-7600. Email:

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Sreeram Dhurjaty Email:

Alfred Steele Scholarship available to ASPE members and their immediate family. Applications due in January each year. Details at https://www.

Association for Bridge Construction and Design President, William Rugg, PE Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. Email:

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, Poojith Kalluru, Alstom Email: International Council on Systems Engineering, Finger Lakes Chapter President, Jack Riley Email:

Monroe Professional Engineers Society President, Chris Kambar, PE Email: New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 4 President, Howard R. Ressel, 585-371-9280. Email: NYSATE has scholarships available for dependents of members who are or plan to enroll in a postsecondary university of accredited business or vocational school (undergraduate only). Some members may also be eligible. Information will be posed in the early spring at

New York Water Environment Association Inc., Genesee Valley Chapter ( President, Bill Davis, 585-381-9250 Email: Sheet Metal & Air-Conditioning Contractor’s National Association-Rochester, Inc. Executive Director, Aaron Hilger 585-586-8030. Email: Society of Plastics Engineers, Rochester Section President, Brett Blaisdell Email: Society of Women Engineers President, Marca J. Lam, RIT Email: Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science & Engineering Fair Director, Mary Eileen Wood, 315-422-2902 Website: Awards and scholarships available. Visit the website for details.

Corporate Members of the Rochester Engineering Society Bergmann (Enterprise) BME Associates CHA Consulting (Champion) Clark Patterson Lee Erdman Anthony Associates Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce (RBA) Champion) Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, Inc.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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