April 2018 Print

President's Report

 Ovidiu Muresan

Can you believe we only have two meetings left in the 2017-2018 year?  I hope to see you all there.

The next major future event will be the ASPE Convention & Expo 2018 from September 29 to October 3 here in Atlanta. The registration is open and ASPE Atlanta members will receive a 20% registration discount: http://expo.aspe.org/ASPE2018/Public/Enter.aspx

For this event we will have a very busy summer.  Our ASPE Atlanta 2018 National Convention committee could definitely use assistance. If you’re interested please contact Harry Schnirring [Hschnirring@tcieng.com] or Alan Squires <alan.squires@Zurn.com>.

On the morning of September 29, we will have our Golf Outing. This event will take place at Stone Mountain Golf Club and you can register here:                                      http://aspe-atl.com/meetinginfo.php?id=22&ts=1517498314.

From the society website you will find our Golf Outing event here: http://expo.aspe.org/ASPE2018/Public/Content.aspx?ID=11117&sortMenu=106003. For more info please contact Jeff Long Jeffrey.Long@ferguson.com or Dale Schmitz dschmitz@rinnai.us

One more announcement. Next year in March our chapter will celebrate our 50th year anniversary. We would like to celebrate this event with all our members in recognition of the past 50 years. Terry Zebrowski dunno55@bellsouth.net is leading the committee for this event and could use help planning. If interested, please contact Terry.

The Board is always looking for young professionals interested in joining ASPE. If you’re interested in ASPE, please let me know!  We’ll make sure you know times and dates for our monthly meetings.

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions at ovidiu.muresan@hdrinc.com.


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VP Technical Report

 Dennis M Connelly

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VP Membership Report




The 2018 ASPE Atlanta Convention Committee held a unique Fund Raising event Tuesday April 17th.

A total of 8 manufacturers gathered at the meeting facility, at 8:00 AM, to meet with 22 designers from 13 engineering/contracting firms.

There were a total of 64, 30 minute meetings conducted, between the designers and manufacturers, on Tuesday morning between 8:30 and 12:45, before finishing up with a catered lunch from JR’s Log House.

The 8 manufacturers each had 8 separate meetings, in a separate office, with 2 to 3 engineers/contractors, representing 1 to 2 firms each time.

At the end of all the meetings, both manufacturers and engineers, all expressed their amazement, at how the meetings had exceeded their expectations.

The manufacturers noted, that they met a number of new firms and individual engineers/contractors, many with very good questions and requests for information.  Their initial thoughts were that this type of event, yielded the best results for their efforts, that they have experienced, at any venue.

The designers also received information, some of which was not previously known to some individuals, and design info that they can use in their everyday duties. Comments were that they would be back for the next event.  The ASPE Chapter Technical VP Dennis Connelly is pursuing Continuing Education Credits for the event.

There was of last minute adjusting to the changing number of manufacturers and attending engineers/contractors, to coordinate all these meetings, up until the last minutes before the start at 8:30.

The results were, that the event created an excellent venue, for both the manufacturers to get their equipment info out, and for the engineers/contractors to obtain the new information they need to continue to provide the best available design.

Very much was learned, regarding how to structure and organize this type of event, with this first endeavor. This will be a template for other events, to promote engineering design and training as well as equipment information dissemination.

Many thanks the eight manufacturers: Apollo/Conbraco, CDA, CISPI, EDGS, Elkay, Mission Rubber, Viega and Zurn for their attendance and contributions. Three were from out of state.

Also many thanks must be extended, to the engineering and contracting firms, who took the time from their production schedules, to send their designers to this event.  As always, there were understandably many individuals, who could not attend at the last minute, due to production demands. Some firms sent 2 in lieu of 4, or 1 in lieu of 5, but still participated and we still had enough attendees for the great success.

 Many thanks to all the individuals involved in the committee, who helped pull this event together and to Alan Squires/Zurn Industries for the use of their offices for this event, and for providing the coffee, donuts, bagels and chicken biscuits to get the event started.



Harry Schnirring

Thompson Ehle

Company Committee Chairman


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VP Education Report

 julie hadfield

This past month has flown by. I’m pleased to announce that we had a couple representatives from the Atlanta chapter taking the CPD exam. I hope everyone did well. For those of you who were not eligible to sit for the CPD exam, the CPDT exam will be coming up in October.

As summer is on the horizon, keep in mind that we will have our annual scholarship in August. 

The scholarship is for students who will be enrolled in higher education during the 2018-2019 school year. The application and details on how to apply will be coming out over the summer. If you have a family member who is going into higher education for the upcoming year, be sure to keep an eye out.

 If you have any recommendations for educational programs, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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