The Atlanta Metro Chapter meetings of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers are open to engineering professionals, students, and other interested members of the public. They are held monthly, September through June, on the second Monday of each month. The meetings start with networking at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the speaker.
January Monthly Meeting
Atlanta Metro Chapter
Time: 6:00 PM
Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Location: Piccadilly Cafeteria, Northlake
Presentation: Disaster Recovery: Post Event Facility Evaluation
Speaker: Millard M. Powledge, PE
Maria, Sandy, Rita, Katrina, Andrew, and Hugo are among the notable hurricanes since 1980. Add to that 5 other tropical storms, 43 notable floods, 50 tornados, 60 or so notable earthquakes, a number of tsunamis, and industrial catastrophes, and that adds up to a lot of destruction. After the event, assessing the condition of the infrastructure, buildings, roads, bridges, and utilities is a key part of the recovery. Highly trained engineers use established procedures and work with federal, state and local officials to gather the necessary information in order to effectively prioritize the efforts.
Millard M Powledge, PE, practicing structural forensic engineer, author, and lecturer will address the 6:00 PM, Monday, January 13th monthly dinner meeting of Georgia Society of Professional Engineers at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, Northlake. He will present on Post Disaster Facility Evaluation. The presentation will cover types of disasters and the public and private responsibilities and agency responses. The role of the structural engineers, and the applicable standards, SOPs, and protocols will be discussed. “It is interesting to note that it is more cost effective to prevent the impact of a disaster than to pay for recovery efforts afterwards. A 1:6 ratio has been suggested by experienced authorities”, Mr. Powledge said. Currently registered professional engineers, those engineers aspiring to become PEs, and others engaged in engineering would benefit from the presentation. Members of the general public are also welcomed to learn about technology, engineering and public welfare.
Mr. Powledge received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977, and became a professional engineer in 1982. Early in his career he worked in nuclear power construction as a contract administrator, and field engineer for EBASCO and Bechtel at operational facilities in Louisiana and Texas. His petrochemical experience includes site engineering for the Department of Energy Strategic Petroleum Reserve and environmental mitigation design for AdvanSix in Virginia and Savannah River Site in South Carolina. He has worked on facility design projects for coal, gas, and biomass fired boilers and gas turbines power plants located in the US, Canada, and Africa. Other facility design and constructions projects include paper mills and semiconductor manufacturing facilities. Additionally, Millard has participated in a number of post disaster evaluations of commercial, industrial and residential properties. He played a part in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina and regularly provides instruction in disaster preparedness and post-disaster evaluations.
About The Meeting
The GSPE Atlanta Metro Chapter meetings are open to engineering professionals, students, and other interested members of the public. The meetings take place on the second Monday of each month, September through June. The January 13th meeting will be at The Northlake/Tucker Piccadilly Cafeteria, 2000 Crescent Centre Blvd., Tucker, Ga. 30084. Many engineers enjoy the presentations as well as earn a required Professional Development Hour. The meetings start with networking at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and the speaker. RSVP to Ken Quintana at 770-827-8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org with GSPE RSVP in subject line or through www.meetup.com/Georgia-Society-of-Professional-Engineers-Atlanta-Metro/ is appreciated.