Rochester Engineering Society Magazine January 2020

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January 2020 Engineering Improvements to RG&E's Station 26

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Also in this issue: RES January Program - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 3D HD Scanning for AECO Professionals 2020 - 5 Save the Date for the 118th RES Gala on Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 6 Sponsorships Opportunities Now Available - 7

Engineering Improvements to RG&E's Station 26 (cover article) The Rochester Engineer Published since 1922 by


Founded March 18, 1897

Volume 98, Number 7, JANUARY 2020 (Printed & Electronic Copies) 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:

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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4 • Call for Nominations for 2019 EOYs, YEOYs, and EODs 5 • RES Program - 3D HD Scanning for AECO Professionals 2020" 6-7 • 118th RES Annual Gala- Save the Date! Sponsorship

Opportunities Now Avalable! 8 • RES History - April - May 1971 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 • Dr. Walter Cooper Academy 2020 Science Fair Postponed Due to

RSCD Lay-Offs

12 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 13 • Get to the Point! - Keeping Track of Your Performance 14 • Engineering Improvements to RG&E's Station 26 (cover) 16 • Get IT Done - Crunch the Numbers or the Numbers Will Crunch You 18-20 • Position Openings

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20, 25 • News from Professional Firms

Go to to join the Rochester Engineering Society. Click on the individual membership and you can submit your application on-line. Board of Directors:

23-24 • Professional Firms - Employee News

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:

21 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 21-23 • Engineers’ Calendar 41-42 • Directory of Professional Services 42 • Directory of Business Services 43 • 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.....................33 • AFE Association for Facilities Engineering...........................................32 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers......................................30-31 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................38 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................36 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................39 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................25


• IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................34-35 • IES Illuminating Engineering Society....................................................40 • INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................29 • IS&T Society for Imaging Science and Technology.............................27 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................28 • RES Rochester Engineering Society..................................................2-12 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................26 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair...............................................37


President’s Message

Joseph Dombrowski, PE Retired M/E Engineering RES President 2018 - 2020 It is the beginning of December as I write this, and we have a nice fresh coat of snow in Western New York. Hopefully, you had a good Thanksgiving. By now we have had a couple of networking events . As always, don’t be bashful with any input and contact RES as more are planned. We have resurrected our Strategic Planning Process. Changes are afoot, stand by for an announcement.

underway. Help is always appreciated, especially teachers and moderators. We are expecting a record crowd for this event. Details are at http://www.; registration will be through the RES website, http://www.roceng. org The Holiday season is coming quickly. I know I’ll be busy entertaining my daughter and son-in-law who will be visiting from Seattle.

In an effort to save money, you may notice a small change in this magazine (focusing on a second edition with a different quality of paper). Let us know if you have any comments. Hopefully it will continue to be to your satisfaction.

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 jdombrowski3@

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

Joe Dombrowski RES President

The Engineering Symposium is scheduled for April, 28, 2020 (PDH fest). The planning effort is also

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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 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER JANUARY 2020

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RES Event - January Program Thursday, January 23, 2020

"3D HD Laser Scanning for AECO Professionals 2020" presented by Greg Hale and Samantha Houk, Hale Technology In Practice


$15 per person (advance registration and payment by Tues. Jan. 21st)


Bergmann, 280 East Broad Street, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14604


No cost - BUT, when making your reservation be sure to include your email so directions for parking can be sent. Metered parking is also available out front.


4:30 to 6:00 pm

Reservations: ADVANCE PAID RESERVATION REQUIRED! Go to and click on the calendar and go to January 23rd. Click on the meeting and make your reservation. Light snacks will be provided. Happy hour after the program at the downstairs restaurant Branca, where you can enjoy drinks and appetizers at your own cost. Course Description

From inexpensive collection practices such as photogrammetry to the decreasing cost of laser scanners, the tools that make 3D capture possible are becoming more cost-effective and available to a wider audience. And as 3D data capture becomes more utilized throughout a variety of industries, workflows are becoming more established, which is leading to an increased understanding of where it can provide value. Within the AECO industry (architects, engineers, contractors and owners), the benefits of 3D laser scanning are becoming more evident through its increased usage to document as-built conditions. Have you ever field measured a project only to realize that you missed a critical dimension or the object was just out of a photograph? Do you have projects with little or no existing documentation? Those scenarios lead to additional field visits and missing or inaccurate information. What if you could take 360 panoramic photographs and measure from them back at the office? What if you could reference those photographs into AutoCAD or Revit and they show up in 3D and are accurate to ⅛�? Laser scanning provides solutions to these issues and brings more efficiency to the design and construction process by: delivering more accurate as-built documentation; reducing surveying time and site visits for field measurement ;providing easily navigable and measurable photography for review; increasing the accuracy of known conditions; reducing change orders and providing potential for off-site fabrication; and, integrating field documentation directly into your CAD platform. Learning Objectives 1) Recognize advances in 3D laser scanning in the last couple of years 2) Understand how 3D HD laser scan surveys are taken 3) Utilize the point cloud for visualization, field measurement and CAD/BIM 4) Realize the costs and benefits of utilizing 3D HD laser scanning vs. traditional survey and measurement res january program


118th Rochester Engineering Society Gala

Save the Date!

Saturday, April 18, 2020 Program Engineering Honors 5:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction 2019 Engineer of the Year Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, Displays 2019 Young Engineer of the Year 6:30 PM Dinner, Awards, Live Entertainment 2019 Engineers of Distinction; and Scholarships for High School and College Students

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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” (April 1971) The feature article in this issue described, in brief, the purpose of the “Glomar Challenger,” a new 400 ft., 10,000 ton research vessel, commissioned by the National Science Foundation for the purpose of deep-sea drilling. Capable of pulling core samples from the ocean floor at depths of 20,000 feet for the 1970 Bedford Institute, the oceanographic and geophysical discoveries of this project would be presented by Dr. Alan S. Ruffman, of its Marine Geophysics Section, as the latest event in the RES Evening Meetings series. Topics of the April RES Luncheon Meeting Series were announced as: “The New York State Power Pool,” by Harry G. Saddock, of RG&E’s Electric System Planning & Operation Department; “An Engineer in Government,” by Dr. Myron Trybus of Xerox Corporation, former US Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Science and Technology; “The 1970 Census Data Base – Service or Disservice?” by Kurt Enslein, President of Genesee Computer Center; and, “Noise Pollution and Hearing Damage,” by O.L. Angevine, Jr., Anderson & Angevine Acoustics Consultants. The RES and the City of Rochester announced a meeting of all interested individuals to consider the possible adoption of the NY State Building Code for the City of Rochester, a topic on which the RES has lately been advocating broader professional community discussion. This issue presented the slate of RES officers for the 1971-72 year. These included: President – James A. Clark, PE, Bausch & Lomb Corporation; 1st Vice President – Edwin L. Anthony, PE, Erdman and Anthony Consultants; 2nd Vice President - Mark H. Sluis, PE, General Railway Signal Corporation; Secretary – John D. Cooper, PE, Rochester Telephone Corporation; Treasurer – Leonard S. Corey, Eastman Kodak Company; Directors – Dr. Richard A. Kenyon, PE, RIT; John M. Walsh, Eastman Kodak Company. Four RES Directors, elected in 1970, are continuing; M. John Corson, PE, RG&E; 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER JANUARY 2020

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

George G. Landberg, PE, Mixing Equipment Company; Dr. Paul F. Pagery, Taylor Instrument Companies; and John F. Schickler, Rochester Products Division of GM. The organization of the new RES Solid Waste Committee, “Operation RESOURCE” was announced, with its eight sub-committees all having chairs, from local Rochester industry and consulting firms. Additional support was invited from the community at large. May 5, 1971 (Board of Directors Meeting, Taylor Instrument, Division of Sybron) The Board approved applications for three Regular Members and one Associate Member. Reports from the 1971 Info Expo Committee indicated that, while booth reservations had been slow, there had been much progress in assembling a strong seminar program. James D. Row, Rochester Telephone Corporation, Chair of the RES Solid Waste Advisory Committee, reminded the group of a scheduled open meeting with representatives of Greely-Hanson for the next day to discuss landfills, and the organization’s eventual report to the City of Rochester. Subsequent meeting on “Waste Conversion” and “Waste Incineration” were also announced. The subject of possible encroachment of the project into the field of the consulting engineer was also discussed, and in this connection, Edwin Anthony declared that it was his conviction that since the operation was a research project, and not a design recommendation, it does not infringe on the field of consulting engineering. George Landberg reported that the evening meeting to hear a presentation on the National Science Foundation’s Deep Sea Drilling Project, by Dr. Alan Ruffman of the Bedford Institute, had been cancaled due to lack of interest. This brought about extended discussion of the attempted focus of future RESAffiliate coordinated meetings. It was announced that Mr. Oliver Angevine, Sr., RES executive Secretary for 40 years (1924-64), had passed away. The Board approved a resolution, to be sent to Mr. Angevine’s family, and the establishment of a memorial fund in his honor. May 27, 1971 (Special Meeting of the Board of Directors, Taylor Instrument, Division of Sybron) The Board approved a salary increase for the RES Executive Secretary to $13,500, annually, and an increase in the weekly salary of the RES office secretary to $115 per week ($5,980 annually). 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 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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Technical Corner

via Kathleen Connolly, NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, Bergmann and Jonathon Walton, Bergmann

PV Interconnection Methods

Solar PV is a hot topic in many engineering circles and many homeowners are looking to take advantage of potential cost saving that come along with installing a PV solar system on their home to offset their electric usage. Because of this, it is important for engineers to be aware of code compliant ways to interconnect these systems. Here we will go through two of the most common interconnection methods and the applicable 2014 National Electrical Code sections.

Common Interconnection #1 – Backfed Breaker

The first common method is commonly referred to as a “backfed breaker”. This refers to installing the inverter output breaker in an existing electrical panel. This allows the solar system to provide power directly into the existing electrical panel that can then be used by the existing loads on site. Because you now have two sources of power feeding the electrical panel, the electrical utility and the PV solar system, there are concerns about overheating the busbar. In the National Electric Code 702.12(D)(2)(b) refers to this method. The language of the code are as follows: 705.12(D)(2)(b) states that “Where two sources, one a utility and the other an inverter, are located at opposite ends of a busbar that contains loads, the sum of 125% of the inverter(s) output circuit current and the rating of the overcurrent protective device protecting the busbar shall not exceed 120% of the ampacity of the busbar.” This is commonly referred to as the 120% rule. This is best described by the following example. Let’s envision we need to interconnect a single phase 7.6kW inverter to a 200A, 120/240V service with a busbar rating of 200A. The 7.6kW inverter has a continuous current rating of 32A. To decide if we can backfeed this inverter we would need to complete the following calculation: (125% x inverter continuous output current) + MCB rating ≤ (120% x busbar rating) (125% x 32A) + 200A ≤ (120% x 200A)  40A + 200A ≤ 240A  240A ≤ 240A Since the statement is true, we can interconnect the PV solar system by using a backfed breaker. If the panel instead was 150A with a 150A busbar rating, the inverter would not be able to be backfed because the following statement is not true. (125% x 32A) + 150A ≤ (120% x 150A)  40A + 150A ≤ 180A  190A ≤ 180A This method can only be used in situations where the MCB and the backfed PV breaker are at opposite ends of a busbar. The rational for this is to eliminate hot spots on the busbar. If the PV breaker and MCB are installed next to each other, there is the possibility for one place on the busbar to see the full MCB allowed amperage along with the full solar PV amperage.

Common Interconnection #2 – Line Side Tap

The second common method for interconnecting a PV system is a line side tap connection. While confusingly referred to as a “tap,” this method of interconnection does not qualify as a tap according to the NEC. This method is typically used when you have a PV system that cannot be interconnected by a backfed breaker because it is too large for the service doesn’t abide by the rule above, or because there are no available breaker spaces in the electrical service. The NEC refers to this method in 705.12(A) Supply Side. When utilizing this method, the only limitation to the size of the PV solar system is that the output cannot be larger than the existing service size it is connecting to. This means that if you need a 200A breaker for your PV solar system, you need at least a 200A electrical service to be able to interconnect it. When doing a line side tap, the conductor for the output of the inverter is physically connected to the conductors between the electrical meter and MCB. This is allowed by 230.82(6) which states PV solar systems are one of the nine pieces of equipment that are able to be connected on the supply side of a service disconnect. 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

Kathleen Connolly, NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, Bergmann JANUARY 2020 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 9

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

In response to a request from Administration and Faculty at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy the Rochester Engineering Society (RES) Tutoring Team has begun supporting an increased focus on the NYS Elementary Science Curriculum. Our RES Tutors now work with Teachers and Students, during and after their daily science lessons, in support of the scientific principles being taught, at ALL Grade levels. RES Tutors have easily made the transition from the exclusively “reading & math” focus, of prior years, and are now very comfortable, supporting the science lessons, as they are being taught. Following each of the lessons, they work with small groups of students to help them understand the scientific concept(s) presented, and also with individual students, as needed. All of this occurs 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 was it that 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)


• When will the RES Tutors begin working? During the week of October 28th, 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 (11:45AM – 12:15PM)

4th Grade (1:30PM – 2:10PM)

5th 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 28th “start date”? You may become an RES Tutor, and begin whenever your schedule allows; we can "fit you in" to our tutoring schedule.


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RES News - Tutoring Team Dr. Walter Cooper Academy “2020 Science Fair” Postponed due to RCSD Lay-Offs The recent announcement, by the Rochester City School District (RCSD), of the mid-year departure of as many as five elementary school teachers from our School has made it necessary for us to postpone, and “regroup” in our effort to develop and present the “2020 First Annual Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Science Fair," The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) was invited to help establish new tradition back in the late 2018-19 school year. The School-Based Planning Team, and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), including parents, teachers and administrators, requested the support of the RES in developing a Winter 2020 science fair at #10 School. In response, we have recruited a small team of Volunteer/ Mentors (V/M’s) to work with nine identified Cooper Scholars (Grades 4 – 6), to prepare them for a Science Fair. We were prepared to begin this effort in December 2019. However, with these sudden mid-year staff reductions, it will be necessary “let things settle out,” and to give the Administration and Faculty some time to determine if, and how, we might still be able to proceed with plans for such an event. To that end, we are scheduling an early January 2020, meeting with the School Leadership to discuss options for moving forward in this effort. Please bear with us (Grrrr…), as we continue to seek ways to expose our Cooper Scholars to the many fascinating aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in their futures. If you think you might be able to make room in your schedule to help with this effort, please reach out to RES Directors, Lee Loomis ( or (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text) or Jon Kriegel ( or (585) 281-5216, for more information, and to volunteer for this important, potentially life-changing opportunity.

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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: 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER JANUARY 2020

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Get to the Point!

Keeping Track of Your Performance It’s that time of the year again. Once a year I offer this article as an encouragement to document what you do. We all are evaluated on our performance and often our pay and promotions are linked to our accomplishments. Every year—or half-year for some people—managers and supervisors write performance appraisals to describe the strengths and weaknesses of the staff who work for them. (Performance appraisals are written about them, too, by someone further up in the organization.) This article describes a simple personal evaluation technique that can become a catalyst at performance review time.

Write a Progress Report Many of us, as part of our work, have to write regular progress or status reports describing how a project or task is progressing. We suggest using this progress report technique to describe what you, personally, have accomplished during a specific period. This is an excellent time management tool too, because it helps you understand what you are spending your time on and what may be slipping off the agenda.

Set Aside 30 Minutes On the last working day of every month, open up a new file and list particular accomplishments you had during the month, plus other factors that either enhanced or constrained your work. Include projects you worked on, courses you attended, committees you are involved in and any issues you helped resolve. Also include ideas you have about future projects and training or conferences that will improve your performance or help you become a more effective staff member. The plan is to capture this information while it’s fresh in your mind.

Create a Template The ideal way to do this is to create a format for entering information each month. The template should have brief headings followed by a space for entering information. We suggest headings like these:

Personal Progress Report Month:______________ 1. Accomplishments: Planned Unplanned 2. Problems/Difficulties: Impact Steps Taken Effect Achieved 3. Objectives: Next month Balance of year get to the point

Your goal should be to record details about the key events that transpired during the month. Rather than describe what was expected of you, identify what you accomplished. As the template shows, divide your information into three compartments: 1. What you accomplished, separating your information into the work you planned to do and work that was unexpected. 2. Problems that arose and how you coped with them. Divide this information into three subcompartments:  What impact the problem had on your work.  What steps you took to overcome or avert the problem.  What effect these steps had. 3. What you plan to achieve during the next month and, if practicable, the balance of the year.

Summarize the Key Points

When performance evaluation time approaches, read through your 12 personal reports for the past year to help remind you of your activities. This is so much more effective than trying to remember it all, and you’ll be amazed at how much you accomplished. Extract key factors to show your manager or supervisor during the performance review meeting. Write them as a summary report, using the same topic headings you used for the monthly reports. You will be surprised at the positive impact this has, when your manager sees that you have prepared for the interview and have been doing some self-evaluation. As the year winds to an end why not start fresh by writing monthly personal progress reports. Work on finding 30 minutes on the last Friday of every month and plan to write a personal progress report. If you include this in your monthly routine, you’ll find that if all is running smoothly, you will only need to focus on your Objectives. If it isn’t working this way, you have valuable scheduling and time management information to discuss with your manager.

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Engineering Improvements to RG&E's Station 26 by Donald Lucas Rochester Gas & Electric’s (RG&E) Station 26 was constructed in 1952 and is located on Court Street in Rochester, New York. This station utilizes a Kaplan style turbine generator to generate 3 MegaWatts of energy from the Genesee River. The adjacent Court Street Dam is owned and operated by the New York State Canal Corporation (NYSCC) and serves to control the water depth in the Erie Canal. A close relationship between RG&E and NYSCC allows both to benefit from the dam and the water it controls. LaBella was recently involved in several projects at Station 26 including the restoration of a diversion wall, installation of an access hatch, and two isolation gates. These projects allow the unit to maintain its generation capacity and provide safe access for future maintenance. Throughout these projects, LaBella’s Hydropower Engineering Group led the effort to complete engineering, project management assistance, and permitting activities.

At LaBella Associates, our job is to create – structures, plans, ideas, results. Our wheelhouse is broad, with four key service offerings: buildings, energy, infrastructure, and environmental. Our staff of over 800 team members is spread across 22 office locations.

Both the diversion wall restoration and plant access improvements were part of a capital improvement portfolio that LaBella’s Hydropower Engineering Group works with RG&E to manage and complete as part of our project management services. RG&E Hydro Operators and Engineers identify needed improvements through regular inspection and changes in Federal Regulatory policy. Once identified, these projects are placed into a long-term plan and assigned to a Project Manager. In 2017, LaBella’s Don Lucas was chosen to serve as Project Manager and oversee the completion of these two projects. LaBella staffs RG&E with several full-time project management teams consisting of project managers, assistant project managers, schedulers, cost analysts, and procurement specialists as a direct extension of RG&E’s work force. As a consultant, LaBella provides various design services for both the client and the construction contractor as well as manages the detailed permitting and agency coordination effort on behalf of the client. The generation capacity of the Station 26 Hydropower Generator is reliant on the available head that is maintained by the Court Street Dam. The unit’s intake is upstream of the dam and the outlet of the unit is a deepened channel separated from the Genesee Riverbed by a concrete diversion wall on the downstream side. The original wall was constructed in 1952 and was beginning to deteriorate. During the study and design phases, it was discovered that a wall roughly 1 foot taller would be more effective at maintaining the necessary head and, in return, protect the unit’s generation capacity. RG&E also identified the need to isolate and access the draft tubes directly downstream of the unit for regular maintenance and inspection. LaBella designed a gantry system to allow RG&E Operations’ staff to lower stop log gates in order to isolate and safely access the downstream side of the unit. The stop log gates will be raised and lowered by two (2), 10-ton control-operated gantry hoists, supported by W24 hoist beams that span across the tailrace. LaBella also designed a steel framed platform to span across old bridge abutments for safe access to the gantry hoists. Access inside the draft tube used to be difficult as stop log gates were raised and lowered using a crane.

View of Rochester skyline from Station 26 discharge canal.

With a design completed, LaBella assembled a specialized team to coordinate and manage the permitting requirements for the work. Being a hydro-generation unit, there are specific requirements that come from federal oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The FERC requires license holders to coordinate with local municipalities and agencies such as New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), United State Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). 14 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER JANUARY 2020

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Many of these items were also required for permit application to the United State Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for construction. This process began in January of 2019 and was complete, with all permits obtained 6 months later. Before any construction could begin, BVR Construction was required to present a design and plan to install a temporary cofferdam system to isolate the work area from the Genesee River and protect the workers within that area. LaBella’s Steve Gauthier (Sr. Structural Engineer) worked with BVR Construction to design a steel cofferdam system that would protect the workers from 4 feet of river. Crane placement plans and rigging plans were created to detail how this system would be installed and function. A similar cofferdam was designed for installation in the lower tailrace section to establish an isolated work area there as well. The cofferdam allowed consistently safe access to the riverbed and tailrace. A crane placed on the edge of the river allowed equipment and material to be lowered into the work area and 170 feet of existing concrete wall was removed. To ensure a solid foundation, surface rock was removed to a depth of 2 feet and the new wall would be anchored by steel dowels embedded 4 feet into the bedrock. In total, 8 tons of reinforcing steel and 175 cubic yards of concrete would make up the new diversion wall. In parallel, a 3 foot diameter boring through 5 feet of existing concrete and steel was completed to provide access to the plant from behind the isolation gates. Above this boring will be a concrete vault topped with a manhole cover. This structure will allow safe access at times of high water when a lower access point would be submerged. The isolation gates, designed by LaBella in 2015, required modification to meet the new purpose and mate with the gantry system. BVR Construction worked with local contractors to complete this work and ensure that all modifications met LaBella’s design and specification.

Aerial view of the work-site prior to construction.

Cofferdams in place to protect workers.

Once complete, LaBella will conduct inspections of the stop log gates, gantry system, and access platform before Station 26 will be restored to service. The new diversion wall will allow the plant to operate closer to full generation capacity by keeping separate the Genesee River and the Station 26 tailrace. In the future, RG&E Operators will have the ability to raise and lower the plant isolation gates as needed to safely access the inner workings of the unit for maintenance activities and inspection. Using the Genesee River as a powerful source of energy is a Rochester tradition that earned it the nickname of ‘The Flour City’. Look for Station 26 to be back on line and generating renewable energy in February 2020. The upgrades to the facility will allow the unit to generate 3MW more often. The power supplied equates to approximately 2,400 homes. q

LaBella engineers inspect the plant discharge structure.

Author Bio:

Donald Lucas: Don is a Project Manager within LaBella’s Hydropower Division. He has over seven years of experience in nuclear power generation, energy distribution, electrical and control system design, construction, testing and servicing. He has skills in radio and cellular communication system configuration, HVAC design, and commissioning. cover article


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Crunch the Numbers or the Numbers will Crunch You — by Andrè Godfrey It’s January! It’s budget time – or perhaps it’s budget review. In either case 2020 is here and you need to get your IT budget prepped and presented before the other departments claim all of it. You have the same issues as last year, so I am going to repeat exactly what I said last year.

man (woman)! Think! What did you do this past year: enhance security, created a faster network, on boarded a number of new employees, assisted in acquisitions, improved your support, and/or upgraded company applications? If you want to add budget, you MUST demonstrate you can do something with it.

You need a strategy, my friend, because there are a number of issues you need to address. Do you ask for more than you need, knowing in advance that the ‘powers that be’ are going to whittle you down? Do you look at your IT spend for 2019 and add 15%? Make it flat because that’s the best you can do? Or do you shrug your shoulders and say ‘what’s the use’, knowing from past experience that your well thought out arguments will fall on deaf ears? Perhaps you are a bit weary from past experiences but hear me out. Get the budget you want and when you succeed you will look forward to the coming year. If your efforts are in vain, then 2020 is just another year of being asked to do more with less.

The three areas where most IT Management begin to consider budgeting are staff, hardware/software and projects.

Let’s start with industry standards. The average small company (less than $50 million in revenue) spends 6.9% of their revenue on IT Mid-sized (between $50 million - $2 billion) spend 4.1% Larger companies (over $2 billion) spend 3.2%

So how do you measure up? Whether your personal numbers are higher or lower they will alter your strategy. If you are budgeted below industry standard then you should be congratulated for keeping costs down but with the caveat that those efforts come with a price ‘down the road’ and that your company may have reached that road mark and is currently running the risk of being left in your competitors’ technological dust. Whether your comparative number is high or low it would do you, your department, and your company a lot of good to reflect on the department accomplishments in the past year. Think 16 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER JANUARY 2020

People: A good place to start is with your people. Do you need to add staff? Do you need to give someone a raise? Can you justify it? Hardware/software: What’s old and needs to be new? What’s slow and needs to be faster? Projects: Can you articulate both the technical framework and an immediate and future ROI? Now what are you going to accomplish next year? How will your future accomplishment help senior management and their goals? If it doesn’t translate easily to senior management needs then you may want to think again. Got it? Ok, now the pizazz! If you are considering sending this off in a spreadsheet don’t waste your time. You need mindshare. You need C-Level buy-in. Perhaps a champion would help. Chances are someone on that level shares your vision. Or ask sales/marketing for presentation help. Then practice your presentation. You got this!

Think about IT.

Andrè Godfrey is President, Entre Computer Services, get IT done


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DePaul Upper Falls Square Recognized with 2019 Reshaping Rochester Award SWBR announced that DePaul Upper Falls Square Apartments has won the 2019 Reshaping Rochester Award for Urban Innovation and Activism from the Community Design Center of Rochester. The project was selected as a winner for being an affordable housing development with community support services and for its dedication to reducing greenhouse gases through the Green Bonds program. At 143,000 square feet, Upper Falls Square brings quality affordable housing to Rochester’s Upper Falls neighborhood while serving DePaul’s mission of 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER JANUARY 2020

improving people’s lives and their community ties by offering clean, safe homes and an array of support services. The apartments span two city blocks and are one of DePaul’s largest single developments. The annual Reshaping Rochester Awards recognize exemplary projects and initiatives that make a positive impact on people, neighborhoods and communities in the nine-county Finger Lakes region. SWBR joined DePaul and Christa Construction on Nov. 14 to accept the award at the Reshaping Rochester Awards Luncheon. q

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Continuing Monday, January 13

Education Opportunities

American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 38 HVAC Duct Design - Fitting Selection 1 PDH Credit Pending

Speaker: Patrick Brooks, SMACNA 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

Wednesday, January 15

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) NFPA 99 Code Updates – Medical Gas 1 PDH Credit Pending

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Speaker: Russ Kopylczak, Evergreen Medical 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 January 10th to Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or

Thursday, January 30

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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Rebuilding the Old Blenheim Bridge Former National Historic and Civil Engineering Landmark 1 PDH Credit Pending Speaker: Edmund Snyder, PE, GPI Place: Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY 14534 Time: 12:00 noon. Cost: Members & Nonmembers - $25; Students - $15 Reservations: Contact Ashley Freeman by January 23rd to or call 585-295-6629.

Friday, March 27

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) Spring Seminar – PDH Credits Available Place: Batavia Downs, Batavia, NY For more information contact Jason Messenger, PE, or Rob Fleming, PE,

To post continuing education opportunities on this page please contact the Rochester Engineering Society, 585-254-2350, or email:

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The engineering societies are encouraged to submit their meeting notices for publication in this section. The deadline for submitting copy is the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication. Please email to: The meetings offering PDHs are highlighted in blue. Details about the meeting and affiliate (if in this issue) are on the corresponding page listed next to the affiliate name.

Tuesday, January 7 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) EXCOM Meeting

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Place: China Buffet, 3333 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY 14623 Time: 11:50 am to 1:00 pm

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Thursday, January 16

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) p 30 International Council 51st Engineer of the Year: James Hofmann, PE, M.ASCE, on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Stantec

Place: Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester NY 14604 (complimentary parking at South Avenue Parking Garage) Time: Hors d’oeuvres (2 free drinks) at 5:30 pm; Dinner at 6:30 pm; Award Ceremony at 7:30 pm Cost: $20 students; $50 members, $60 nonmembers. ASCE Life Members complimentary. Table of 10 offered at $450. Reservations: Registration link to be emailed to membership. Website:

Monday, January 13

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Speaker: Evan Fortunato, Founding Member, Apogee Research Time: Meetings begin at 6:00 pm to approx. 7:30 pm Reservations: Contact your local host or contact Kevin Devaney with any questions or concerns at

Wednesday-Friday, January 22-24 Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

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Place: Turning Stone Resort & Casino, 5218 Patrick Road, American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 38 Verona, NY 13478 Website:

HVAC Duct Design - Fitting Selection 1 PDH Credit Pending

Thursday, January 23

Speaker: Patrick Brooks, SMACNA 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, January 15

Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) Exploring How to Solve Problems That Arise in Complex Systems

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Speakers: Garrett A. Hughes, Modeling Complex Systems Place: Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue, Room 214. Time: 6:00 pm No meeting reservations are required.

Wednesday, January 15

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) NFPA 99 Code Updates – Medical Gas 1 PDH Credit Pending

Speaker: Russ Kopylczak, Evergreen Medical 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 January 10th to Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or


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3D HD Laser Scanning for AECO Professionals 2020

Speakers: Greg Hale and Samantha Houk, Hale Technology in Practice Place: Bergmann, 280 East Broad Street, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14604 Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm Cost: $15 per person. Advance reservations by January 23rd. Parking: No cost – BUT, when making your reservation be sure to include your email so directions for parking can be sent. Metered parking is also available out front. Registration: Advance PAID reservations required! Go to and click on the calendar and go to January 23rd. Click on the meeting and make your reservation. Light snacks will be provided. Comments: Happy hour after the program at the downstairs restaurant Branca, where you can enjoy drinks and appetizers at your own cost.

Thursday, January 30

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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Rebuilding the Old Blenheim Bridge Former National p 36 Historic and Civil Engineering Landmark 1 PDH Credit Pending Speaker: Edmund Snyder, PE, GPI Place: Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY 14534 Time: 12:00 noon. Cost: Members & Nonmembers - $25; Students - $15 Reservations: Contact Ashley Freeman by January 23rd to or call 585-295-6629.

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Saturday, February 1

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) p 31 ASCE Ski Day – Bristol Mountain Place: Bristol Mountain, Route 64, Canandaigua Time: Donuts, Coffee, Tickets at 8:30 am; Ski and/or Board at 9:00 am; Lunch/Social at 11:30 am; Ski and/or Board from 1:00 to 6:00 pm Cost: Lunch Only - $10, Lunch and Ticket - $40; Students Lunch Only - $5; Students Lunch and Ticket - $20. Reservations: Contact Tom Hack – thomashack1957@gmail. com; Briana Clark –; ASCE – ascerochester@ Additional details vie email and at

Monday, February 3 Electrical Association (EA)

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Keynote speaker: Dr. Kathleen Parrinello, Executive VP & COO, URMC Place: Midvale Golf & Country Club Time: Noon to 1:30 pm Additional details on the website at or call 585-382-9545.

Friday, March 27

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) Spring Seminar – PDH Credits Available Place: Batavia Downs, Batavia, NY For more information contact Jason Messenger, PE, or Rob Fleming, PE,

Support Your Affiliate Attend A Meeting The RES website ( has a calendar of events for this month's meetings and meetings that are received or updated website for updated information. If you wish to be listed in the calendar please send details to

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CHA News

CHA Announces Promotion of James Stephenson to CEO of CHA Holdings, Inc. on January 1, 2020 CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), a highly diversified, full-service engineering consulting firm, announces the promotion of James Stephenson to CEO of CHA Holdings, Inc. and President of CHA Consulting, Inc. on January 1, 2020. Jim will succeed Michael Carroll, PE, who will transition to Chairman of the Board for CHA Holdings, Inc. James Stephenson

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Jim joined the firm in May 2019 as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer bringing more than 20 years of broad strategy, financial and corporate development experience. Prior to joining CHA, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at a top 20 ENR ranked company, where he was responsible for structuring a five-year strategic growth plan focused on executing acquisitive growth and strategic investments that helped position the company as a leader in innovation and each of their operating sectors. “This is the right time for a leadership transition and Jim is the perfect leader and strategist to take CHA to the next level,” said Michael Carroll “When Jim came on board earlier this year to oversee strategy and growth, we knew he was the right person to deliver exceptional value to our clients, effectively scale the business, and guide our staff to becoming the best firm in the industry.” “Mike is a true partner and has been instrumental in CHA’s transformation over the past five years,” said Jeff Quake and Mike Scardigli of First Reserve. “We look forward to working with Mike in his role as Chairman where he will continue to support the company in areas of strategy, organizational excellence and mergers & acquisitions.” “CHA is a great company with a rich history and exceptional staff, and I am honored to take over from Mike and build on his legacy. With support of a great financial partner in First Reserve, the company is in a unique position to accelerate growth and deliver value within our end markets. With three successful acquisitions this year and the largest backlog in our history, CHA is poised for continued growth and success,” said Jim Stephenson “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work with the leadership team to propel the firm to be the most clientfocused and responsive engineering firm in the industry.” Quake and Scardigli said, “Stephenson is a perfect fit for CHA. He brings a wealth of relevant experience, strategic vision and proven leadership ability that will serve the firm well for many years to come. The company has made significant strides in organic growth, acquisition and talent initiatives and we have full confidence in Jim and the team to continue building on this momentum.” q JANUARY 2020 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 23

Professional Firms Employee News M/E Engineering News

M/E Engineering has added new members to its growing staff of professionals

Mike Heinzman

Mike Heinzman recently joined the firm a senior designer in our electrical group. Mike brings more than 20 years of experience with both design and project management of educational, manufacturing, laboratory and commercial facility projects. Mike is responsible for the engineering design of electrical facility systems including service coordination, power distribution, lighting systems & controls, fire alarm systems, technology and communication systems. Currently, Mike is working on projects for Cornell University, Rochester Regional Health and SUNY at Brockport.

Benjamin Stewart begins as a design engineer in our HVAC group. Ben recently earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Clarkson Benjamin Stewart University and most recently worked with the team at Cornell University's Energy Plant. His responsibilities involve technical design and engineering for a variety of educational, manufacturing and cleanroom facilities. He is currently engaged in

projects for the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and Optimax.

Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton starts as a design engineer in our electrical group. Stephen graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering. He is responsible for the CAD coordination and electrical design of various educational, healthcare and manufacturing facilities. Currently, Stephen is working on projects at Rochester General Hospital, SUNY at Brockport and Binghamton University.

Ashley Clay joins the administrative group as an administrative assistant. Ashley's responsibilities include duties as a front desk receptionist and maintaining administrative Ashley Clay procedures for the office, as well as assisting project managers with project coordination. Ashley earned an associate in liberal arts degree from Monroe Community College. q

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Optimation Technology Announced New Hire Optimation Technology announced that Joseph McMahon has joined the company as a Program Manager, Machine Design. q Joseph McMahon


SWBR Welcomes New Project Designer SWBR announced its newest team member, Project Designer Andrew Altoft. As part of the firm’s Workplace Studio, Altoft is responsible for coordinating design and construction documentation for a variety of corporate, industrial and municipal projects. He received a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology from Alfred State College and resides in Rochester.

Andrew Altoft

“Meaningful design is about impacting people in a positive way,” Altoft said. “It can be the home someone raises their family in, the school that gives kids the opportunities they need to succeed or the research laboratory that brings a revolution in science.” q


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Year 2018 Officers

Board of Directors

President Jared R. Ransom, LS Vice President Justin M. Roloson, LS Secretary Robert J. Avery, LS Treasurer Michael A. Venturo, LS

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

January 2020

Roy B. Garfinkel, LS, Ex-officio

Jonathan Navagh - Associates Representative

Upcoming Events 2020

NYSAPLS 61st Annual Surveyors Conference and Exhibition Hosted by the Northern New York Association of Land Surveyors

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January 22-24, 2020

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Turning Stone Resort & Casino 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, NY 13478

Professional Affiliations  New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, Inc.

Our next GVLSA meeting will take place in February, date and location TBD.

 National Society of Professional Surveyors  Rochester Engineering Society

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SWBR Recognized with Landmark Society Award for Our Lady of Victory Church Restoration SWBR has been recognized by the Landmark Society of Western New York with a 2019 Stewardship Award for its work restoring Our Lady of Victory church in Rochester. The annual award is given to individuals and organizations in the nine-county area that have made outstanding strides in the preservation of their homes, public buildings, historic properties and landscapes. Our Lady of Victory was built in 1868 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior rehabilitation included the restoration of intricately carved altarpieces, statuary gvlsa news | news from professional firms

and paintings, new historically accurate liturgical furnishings, a new quiet room with leaded glass doors, solid oak pews, a newly painted and stenciled pipe organ, a new lighting scheme and structural repairs. The historic restoration was completed in time to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary. The project team included SWBR’s Ryan Zegarelli AIA, Granda Liturgical Arts of Spain, general contractor Frank J. Marianacci, artist Scott Grove and craftsman Sean Fallon. The annual awards ceremony was held on Nov. 17 at Rochester’s historic City Hall. q JANUARY 2020 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 25


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Society for Imaging Science and Technology Website:

Our meeting locations have changed and additional details will be available monthly. The January meeting is in Room 214 at the Irondequoit Public Library at 6:00 p.m. No meeting reservations are required.

February 12 or 13, 2020 - "Digital Substitution - How production volume web inkjet printing can substitute for offset sheet fed."

Meeting Schedule: January 15, 2020 - "Exploring how to solve problems that arise in complex systems," by Garrett Hughes, Modeling Complex Systems.

Venue ideas requested - we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Exploring how to solve problems that arise in complex systems by Garrett A. Hughes, Modeling Complex Systems

Abstract: This talk describes an approach that will help prepare a person to solve problems that arise in the context of a complex system. This approach — which we call the MCS process — is twofold. First, it exposes the problem solver to an education that is both horizontal and vertical in scope. Second, it requires the construction of a dynamic model of the complex system that can duplicate the problem of interest. The reasons for these particular requirements will provide the basis of our talk. Biographical Sketch: Education: B.S. Physics. Michigan State University; M.Ed. Teacher Education (Environmental Sciences), University of Vermont; M.S. Systems Engineering (Policy Analysis and Design), Thayer School of is&t news

Engineering, Dartmouth College; Professional Certifications: (1) Object Oriented Software Development, (2) Internetworking. Learning Tree International, Reston, Virginia. Relevant Employment: 2015 - 2019 Principal Architect,; 1989 - 2006 Kodak, Senior Systems Analyst, Computational Science Group, Research Labs; 1984 - 1989 Adjunct Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Vermont; 1980 - 1989 Principal, Environmental Systems Modeling, Inc.


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 2019-20 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

FE Review Course Considering taking the FE Exam? RIT is offering courses for both the Civil and Mechanical FE Exams.  RIT’s Civil Engineering Technology program, within the College of Applied Science and Technology is offering a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Civil Exam Review Course for the civil engineering professionals. The next section starts on January 14. Download the course information flyer or contact Greg Evershed at for more information.  RIT’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program, within the College of Applied Science and Technology is offering a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Mechanical Exam Review Course for the mechanical engineering professionals. The next section starts on January 14. Contact Dave Roberts at for more information. More information can be found at :

Nominations Open for Honor Awards NSPE's Honor Awards promote the professional engineer's contributions to society and recognize the achievements of the profession's very best. Nominations for the 2020 awards are due by January 31. > NSPE Award: > Young Engineer of the Year Award: > Distinguished Service Award: Learn more about all of NSPE's awards:

5 emerging energy technologies to watch out for in 2020 Greentech Media This year will likely be remembered as a period of technology consolidation rather than breakthrough innovation in the energy industry. Emerging industries such as offshore wind and lithium-ion battery storage have gone from strength to strength. Meanwhile, more novel technologies such as energy blockchains and flow batteries have been relatively quiet this year. READ MORE: 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 2020?! Time flies.

Don’t forget to look for announcements related to the 2020 Engineering Symposium in Rochester. ASPE will be sponsoring three (3) of the sessions in one of the seven (7) available tracks. This is a great opportunity for local NYS PE’s to get up to 7 PDH credits in one day. The ASPE technical lunch programs January – May are set up. Pencil the 3rd Wednesday each month into your calendar. Most of our presentations are approved for 1 PDH credit. In June we will have our annual golf outing. More information will be published in the next month or so. We have been increasing attendance for this every year. We look forward to great participation again this year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2020.

Jennifer Wengender, P.E., CPD Rochester Chapter President

Meeting Notice – Save the Date Topic: NFPA 99 Code Updates - Medical Gas Speaker:

Russ Kopylczak, Evergreen Medical

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. (please arrive by 11:50 am) Place: 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 January 10th. (Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society)


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Our meeting in December was on Gas Phase Filtration in Cannabis Grow Houses by Mitchell Goss (Filtration Group Inc./ Purafil). The presentation focused on maintaining a safe and odor free environment in the expanding cannabis business. We appreciate Mitchell taking the time to share his expertise with our chapter. Thank you to everyone that attended. December’s meeting also featured Resource Promotion, where we recognized our 2019/20 donors. I would like to especially thank Gray Metal Products, R. P. Fedder Corp. and SMACNA for their very generous donations this past year. We are very thankful to all who donate to ASHRAE Resource Promotion, helping to fund ASHRAE Scholarships and multiple research projects across the country that help drive the content in the handbooks we all rely on. If you are not currently a donor, but would like to be, please contact our committee chairperson, Zac Hess, for details on how you can help support ASHRAE Resource Promotion at zhess@


ASHRAE January Meeting - 1 PDH Pending Date:

Monday, January 13, 2020


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


City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester 14607 Downtown Rochester


$25 per person

Reservations: Reservations at Topic:

HVAC Duct Design - Fitting Selection Presented by Patrick Brooks, SMACNA

The ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo is quickly approaching from February 3rd to 5th in Orlando, Floriday. The ASHRAE Learning Institute is offering many courses during the conference. If you would like to attend the conference or any of the courses, more information can be found at Please mark your calendars with two social events that are coming up in February. On Friday, February 7th, we will be hosting our 62nd annual Valentine’s Dinner Dance at the Strathallen Hotel. And, on February 21st, our 2nd annual Family Ski Day will be held at Hunt Hollow. Please continue to check out our website at www.rochester.ashraechapters. org for information on upcoming chapter meetings, social events, current officer list and contact information, chapter newsletters, and more! Also take a minute and like us on Facebook at www.!/ashraerochester. 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.

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Rochester Institute of Technology, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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