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David H. Widmer, President of Widmer Engineering Inc. was voted to be the
Northeast Zone Vice President of the National Council of Examiners for
Engineering & Surveying (NCEES) in April of 2009.  Mr. Widmer will be sworn in
to the position of Vice President in Louisville, Kentucky on August 15, 2009.
Climax Bridge Re-opens to Traffic by Mitch Fryer

MAHONING -- It's only a bridge over a creek in a remote area of Armstrong and
Clarion counties with no more than 80 vehicles crossing a day, but the new
Climax Bridge bridges the needs of two counties, said state, county and local
officials at its opening Thursday.

"It's the linkage," said Armstrong County Commissioner Chairwoman Patty
Kirkpatrick. "Anything that benefits the citizens of the two counties is a good
thing. It's a vital link for nearby residents and those traveling through the

The Climax Bridge is on the Armstrong and Clarion county line along township
road 970 (Climax Road) spanning Redbank Creek next to the village of Climax
between Mahoning in Armstrong and Porter in Clarion.

The bridge is owned and maintained by Armstrong which has a cooperative
agreement with Clarion to share maintenance costs. Armstrong shares several
other bridges with neighboring counties, officials said.

It replaces the former bridge which was an open-grate, single lane, about
11-foot wide, steel girder truss structure. The old bridge was built more than a
century ago for a brick refractory in Climax to connect to the railroad.
Contractors demolished it last year to make way for the site of the new bridge.

The new $1.9 million Climax Bridge is a 260-foot-long, one-lane structure over
the creek. It is two spans of continuous steel girder and is about 15 feet wide
curb to curb. The bridge has a concrete deck sealed with a penetrating
protective coating sealer.

PennDOT and county officials determined that the structure did not have
enough traffic to warrant the cost of constructing a two-lane bridge. Armstrong
County Commissioner Rich Fink agreed with keeping the bridge one lane, which
he said would have added $1 million to the cost.

"That's smart-sizing," said Fink of the savings. "One lane -- it fits here."

The bridge was designed by Widmer Engineering of Beaver Falls. The contractor
was Francis J. Palo of Clarion. Construction began last August.

"The old bridge was in such bad shape, it went down easily," said Charlie Clark,
Palo project manager. "Construction went well on the new bridge. We had no
problems on the job."

"The importance was high for both counties," said Clarion County Commissioner
Chairman Dave Cyphert. "It's safer and gives an alternative route."

Fink added that it was important to have a sound bridge in place for emergency
services. During 1996 flooding, it was the only transportation route across
Redbank Creek, he said.

"The counties are so closely connected," said state Rep. Donna Oberlander,
R-Clarion, whose district includes both Porter in Clarion and Mahoning in
Armstrong. "What's good for the area is good for both the counties."

Aliquippa School District officials say the construction of new walkways at the
junior/senior high school campus will be under way soon.  Superintendent David
Wytiaz said construction bids for Aliquippa’s $404,800 grant project through
PennDOT’s Safe Routes to School program are expected to go out next month.
The bulk of the work is scheduled to take in the spring.

Widmer Engineering Inc. in Beaver Falls is handling the project. Tony Sadaka of
Widmer said the work probably will begin in the spring and is expected to take
about four months.
Wytiaz said the original scope of the work has changed. When Aliquippa received
the federal grant in 2006 for project design and construction, plans were to
renovate a walkway and stairs leading from the school campus, behind the
stadium, to the 1100 block of Franklin Avenue. However, Wytiaz said, the
projected cost to rehabilitate the old stairway would be $1 million.

Plans are now in place for the renovation and installation of new steps and
sidewalks in front of the junior/senior high campus. The walkway system will
extend from the front of the school to Main Street in Plan 12.

Sedaka said the project will improve safety for pedestrian students and residents
going to the school buildings. Lighting will also be installed along the new
walkway, wytiaz said.
Wytiaz said the city’s population has shifted from Plan 11 to Plan 12, so it made
sense to gear the funding toward a busier area.

Construction costs will be reimbursed through the grant program.
“This doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything,” Wytiaz said.
David Widmer Elected NCEES President-elect

Delegates elected David Widmer, P.L.S., NCEES president-elect at the
organization’s 92nd annual meeting, held August 21–24 in San Antonio, Texas.
He will serve as president-elect for the 2013–14 term and as president the
following year.

A resident of Rochester, Pennsylvania, Widmer was a member of the
Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land
Surveyors, and Geologists from 1991 to 2011 and is now an emeritus member.
He previously served as NCEES treasurer and Northeast Zone vice president.

Widmer has been a licensed professional surveyor in Pennsylvania for over 25
years. He is the president of consulting firm Widmer Engineering Inc., based in
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

Widmer has served as Southwest Chapter director and state director of the
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors, director of the Beaver County Chapter
of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, and president of the
Western Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of
Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation
Loan Advisory Committee and a former member of the board of directors for
the Beaver County Association for the Blind and the advisory board for the
Beaver County Salvation Army.
NCEES adopts position statement on the future of
engineering licensure
The U.S. engineering and surveying licensure boards that make up NCEES have voted to
adopt a position statement on future engineering education requirements for licensure as
a professional engineer. The decision was made during the organization’s 2015 annual
meeting, held August 19–22 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The development of the position statement follows a 2014 vote to remove from the
NCEES Model Law and Model Rules the additional education requirements for engineering
licensure that were set to take effect in 2020 in order to allow work on implementation
to continue without a set effective date. These requirements called for an engineering
licensure candidate to obtain a master’s degree or its equivalent before initial licensure.

The NCEES Advisory Committee on Council Activities was charged this year with
developing a position statement that reflected the future education requirements
removed in 2014, with the aim of continuing to address the issue.

In addition to asserting the organization’s dedication to ensuring that the education
requirements for engineering licensure continue to safeguard the public in the future,
the statement outlines several pathways for a licensure candidate to obtain the body of
knowledge necessary to enter the profession. It also reaffirms NCEES’ commitment to
engaging with technical engineering societies and other interested parties to explore
additional education pathways.

“The vision of NCEES focuses providing leadership in engineering and surveying licensure
to safeguard the public and shape the future of professional licensure,” said NCEES Chief
Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “This is a complex issue with many stakeholders; NCEES will
use this position statement to guide its efforts to engage with those stakeholders and
ensure that licensing standards continue to protect the public in the future.”

Ultimately, each jurisdiction will make its own decisions on future engineering licensure
requirements. NCEES member boards maintain the Model Law and Model Rules as best
practice manuals, but U.S. states and territories set their own licensing laws and rules.
“Each state and territory will decide individually whether to amend its requirements, but
the member boards of NCEES are working together to fully consider these issues,” Carter

The full text of NCEES Position Statement 35, Future Education Requirements for
Engineering Licensure is available online at

Expanding international use of exams

Among other actions taken at the annual meeting, delegates voted to authorize the
negotiation of a contract with the Egyptian Engineering Syndicate to offer the
Fundamentals of Engineering exam in Egypt to graduates of the country’s engineering
programs, regardless of whether they are accredited by the ABET Engineering
Accreditation Commission.

The Egyptian Engineering Syndicate will use the FE exam to assist with assessing the
quality of the engineering education in Egypt. It also plans to require the candidates to
pass the exam to practice engineering in the country. Additionally, successful candidates
could use it as a step toward engineering licensure with a U.S. state or territory.

The computer-based exam will be offered in Egypt at approved Pearson VUE test
centers. As at U.S.-based testing sites, examinees will be required to adhere to strict
security measures to protect the integrity of NCEES licensing exams.

NCEES currently offers the FE exam in Egypt to students and graduates of the American
University in Cairo. The agreement with the Egyptian Engineering Syndicate, which
individuals are required to be a member of to practice engineering in Egypt, could
potentially bring as many as 25,000 more FE examinees each year. The exam is currently
administered to approximately 45,000 examinees each year in the United States.

Promoting the surveying profession

Increasing the number of professional surveyors was another key concern at the annual
meeting. NCEES member boards voted to fund a meeting of surveying organizations to
discuss how to best attract a diverse cross section of people to the profession. The
group will recommend additional outreach opportunities to promote surveying as a
career, including potential collaborations with other organizations.

Delegates also voted to implement a new initiative to support surveying education at the
college level. The program will recognize up to 10 professional surveying programs of
distinction each year, awarding each up to $10,000. NCEES staff and members will work
together in the coming year to develop the program, including finalizing award criteria.

These efforts to promote the surveying profession follow the work of the Future of
Surveying Task Force, which was formed in 2014 to address the decline in the number of
surveyors entering the profession in the United States.

Full details on all motions considered during the annual meeting will be included in the
official minutes, which will be published later this year.
NCEES recognizes long-standing service
At its 94th annual meeting, NCEES honored several members for their longtime service to
the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2015 NCEES award
winners are

    •Jon Nelson, P.E., emeritus member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure
    for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, who received the Distinguished
    Service Award with Special Commendation

    •Gene Dinkins, P.E. P.L.S., member of the South Carolina Board of Registration
    for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service

    •William Bathie, P.E., of Iowa, who received the Distinguished Examination
    Service Award

The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting, held August 19–22, 2015, in
Williamsburg, Virginia.
Conzett begins term as NCEES president
Michael Conzett, P.E., began his term as 2015–16 NCEES president at the conclusion of
the organization’s annual meeting, held August 19–22 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

A resident of Omaha, Nebraska, Conzett has been a member of the Nebraska Board of
Engineers and Architects since 2003. He replaces outgoing president David Widmer, P.L.
S., of Pennsylvania, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past

Also during the annual meeting, NCEES members elected Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.
S., of Alabama, president-elect for the 2015–16 term and reelected Gary Thompson, P.L.
S., of North Carolina, treasurer for 2015–17.

NCEES welcomed Theresa Hodge, P.E., of South Carolina, and Roy Shrewsbury, P.S., of
West Virginia, to its board of directors as well. Hodge and Shrewsbury will serve two-year
terms as vice presidents of the Southern Zone and Northeast Zone, respectively.

Rounding out the board of directors are two members serving the second year of their
two-year terms: Christy VanBuskirk, P.E., of Iowa, returns as Central Zone vice president
and Patrick Tami, P.L.S., of California, continues as Western Zone vice president.
David Widmer Recognition
State Representative Jim Marshall and State Senator Elder Vogel recently
stopped by the offices of WIDMER ENGINEERING INC. to provide citations from
the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate
congratulating David H. Widmer on becoming the first individual from
Pennsylvania to become the President of the National Council of Examiners for
Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) headquartered in Clemson, SC at the
Council's 93rd Annual Meeting recently held in Seattle, Washington. Widmer is
the President of WIDMER ENGINEERING INC. and has been involved with NCEES
since 1992 when he first became a member of the State Registration Board for
Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. He served NCEES for 2
years a Northeast Zone Vice President and 2 years as National Treasurer before
being elected to President-Elect in San Antonio last year.
This will be Widmer's 6th year on the NCEES Board of Directors.
Professional Ethics Seminar
Ever wonder where to draw the line or how to respond to poor business practices?
This event involves presentations and discussions on the ethical principles upheld in the
Surveying and Engineering communities.  It will include a description from the licensure’s
perspective of ethical obligations as well as tactics and strategies for individual contract
negotiators.  Furthermore, the role of ethics in marketing and best practices for supplier
diversity will be explored.

Presented by David Widmer, PLS, M. ASCE, President of Widmer Engineering Inc,
Immediate Past President of NCEES and Attorney, Daniel Garcia, Esq. associate in the
Energy, Construction, and Government Relations Practice Group in Leech Tishman’s
Pittsburgh Office.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 5:30 - 8pm
Café Notte, 8070 Ohio River Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA, 15202
Members: $30, Non-Members: $40, Students: $25
More Info and Online Registration