February/March 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Spring is upon us!  February swiftly came and went; then we marched right through the month of March.  Where does the time go? We learned time is a constant measurable unit.  Though, I often wonder why it seems time goes by faster as you age. There never seems to be enough yet it is infinite in nature. 

I wanted to provide a short recap on the all the events since the beginning of the year.  In January we had a joint mixer with ASCE to kick off 2018.  There was a great turn out and it was exciting to see new faces.  February was packed full of events: we had the 27th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resource Conference, MATHCOUNTS, E-Week, Collier, Hendry and Lee County Proclamations, and our February Meeting!

Our February meeting was a presentation on Wireless Technology Overview by Steven Hall held on February 22nd at the FGCU’s Emergent Technologies Institute.  Steven Hall is an FES Calusa member and provided an outstanding presentation!   I am looking forward to having Steven present again as technology is ever changing. 

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to our MATHCOUNTS chairs Christian Harvey and Kellie Fissinger.  It was their first year organizing the event.  We have had many compliments on the organization of the event.  Also thank you to all our volunteers and sponsors! We could not put on MATHCOUNTS without all of you. 

There are a few changes with the Membership dues this year.  FES State sent out emails and I encourage you to read through the information.  We have included this information in the newsletter in case the State information was not received. 

Upcoming events:  Babcock Ranch Development Tour March 30th; FES Executive Director Allen Douglas April 4th; Casino Night on May 18th, and our final meeting of the year, Awards and Scholarship Banquet June 14th.  These events along with many other activities are posted on our website home page under calendar of Events. 

Check out our website, www.fes-calusa.org, or our Facebook page, @FESCalusa, for upcoming meetings, events, job postings, member updates, etc.  Should you or your firm have any pictures, job postings, community events, etc. feel free to tag us or email to publicrelations@fes-calusa.org.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Babcock Ranch Tour!  


Sommer Foster
FES Calusa President 

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National Society of Professional Engineers New Membership Model Adopted

Update as of 2/7/2018

On December 27, 2017, NSPE’s Board of Directors voted to proceed with the new membership model and these changes will take effect July 1, 2018.

Additionally, beginning in April 2018, NSPE will begin invoicing FES members for NSPE-only dues of $299.

On January 30th, 2018, the FES Board of Directors approved FES-only membership dues for 2018-19 of $210.

The FES Membership Development Committee (MDC) is currently reviewing Agency, Enterprise, Retired, and Respect memberships and will make a recommendation at the next BOD meeting (April 2018).

For full details, click here

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FES Membership Renewal

Thank you for your membership in the Florida Engineering Society. Our Society is successful because of your support and involvement. With over 3,000 members who, like you, believe in advancement through united efforts, we continue to realize our vision and mission of promoting and defending the professional interests of all engineers in the state of Florida. 

  • Networking – FES provides members access to a large range of engineers of differing backgrounds that would otherwise be inaccessible. This had led to members creating partnerships, being promoted, new career opportunities, and many other career enhancing aspects. Participation on FES committees provides the chance for your voice to help lead and shape the engineering industry in Florida.

  • Community Service – FES gives you ways to give back to your community. From helping promote STEM with MATHCOUNTS competitions, to redeveloping or helping improve social projects within our community; FES members take pride in their community and making the world a better place.

  • Advocacy – FES is tasked with protecting and defending the interest of all engineers within the state of Florida. That’s a big job! With over 50,000+ Florida licensed PEs, FES continues to defend you and the engineering field at the capitol in Tallahassee. With your membership into FES, you help provide Florida engineers a louder and more clear voice to be heard in the Tallahassee. To become even more involved, please participate in the annual Professional Engineers Legislative Days. In the meantime, contact Samantha Hobbs (shobbs@fleng.org) to see how to become involved now.

  • Continuing Education – FES provides up-to-date continuing education in a networking atmosphere. From the 4-6 events annually (Winter Water Seminar, GMEC Conference, Transportation Conference, Annual Conference, etc) that are hosted throughout the state, to the 1 Stop PDHS Days; you can get all of your required continuing education completed at a discounted rate and while interacting with other professional engineers.

  • News – Up to date news is provided digitally via website, email, and EngiNews newsletter. The FES Journal also provides current content on important topics throughout engineering disciplines; from typical content about Energy, Water, and Transportation to Engineering Technology in the 21st Century, Automated Vehicles, and Smart Cities.

Please continue to endorse our collective goals by renewing your membership as soon as possible. Renew your FES membership online today!

Let's make this a great year together!

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Seeking Employment

FES Members Seeking Employment:

Steven Hall, P.E. - Electrical Engineering Field. See attached resume. Resume_Steven Hall PE

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Civil Project Engineer - Employment Opportunity

Southwest Florida is one of the fastest growing regions in one of the fastest growing states in the nation.  Southwest Florida leaders cited the state’s warm weather, its beaches, outdoor activities and the absence of a state income tax as reasons why people want to move here. The region also has benefited from the growth of Florida Gulf Coast University and an increasingly business-friendly environment.

Agnoli, Barber and Brundage, Inc. has experienced continual growth in the practice of civil engineering, land planning, land surveying and mapping.  We have specialized expertise to provide all aspects of civil engineering required for land development and municipal projects.  This expertise includes conceptual planning and feasibility studies; engineering surveys, design, plans and specifications, construction observation and construction administration.  In addition, we provide general permitting coordination with local, state and federal regulatory agencies.  We serve clients both in the private sector as well as government agencies.

Agnoli, Barber & Brundage, Inc. is looking for a Civil Project Engineer with the following minimum requirements:

  • Five (5) years’ experience in relevant site civil or land development engineering

  • A Florida Professional Engineer (P.E.) license is required

ABB offers a complete benefits package including health, dental, and life insurance, profit sharing, and paid leave.

Please email your cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format) to: careers@abbinc.com




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Land Survey Instrument Operator - Employment Opportunity

Job Description

Agnoli, Barber & Brundage, Inc. is currently seeking an experienced Land Survey Instrument Operator. Applicant must be responsible, highly motivated, and a detail-oriented individual interested in joining our Land Surveying team in the Naples/Fort Myers area. Applicant must be able to work in a team environment as a key member of a survey crew assisting in the performance of boundary, ALTA, topographic, right-of way acquisition, transmission line, transportation, and construction surveys utilizing the latest equipment and surveying technology with the ability to supervise the crew or work independently if necessary. The position has opportunity for advancement for a motivated individual willing to grow with the changing skills and technology required of a Land Surveyor.


  •      Assist the field supervisor with all aspects of the daily crew workload.

  •      Work in a safe manner and obey all safety regulations.

  •      Supervise the survey crew in the absence of the crew chief.

  •      Work independently as a one person crew as required.

  •      Daily uploading and downloading of data collectors.

  •      Operate survey total stations, data collectors and levels

  •      Daily care and charging of instrumentation.

  •      Continually advance knowledge with upgrades in technology.

Required Skills & Required Experience

  •      Five years of survey experience required.

  •      Must have a High School Diploma (Minimum).

  •      Must have good Mathematical skills.

  •      Must have good computer and data collector skills.

  •      Must be proficient with the use of Topcon and survey equipment. (Trimble & LEICA GPS, Robotics, Total Stations, Levels, and Data Collectors).

  •      Proficient with EFB, TDS Survey Pro, and Leica Survey Controller and Carlson data collection software a plus.

  •      Must have good communication skills.

  •      Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to pass a driving record check.

  •      Must be dependable.

  •      Ability to obtain a security clearance is a plus.

  •      Must be able to work overtime as required.

  •      Must be willing and able to travel for out of town assignments.

  •      Physically able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and terrains.

  •      Ability to repetitively stoop, crawl, bend at the knees and waist, squat and lift 50 lbs; includes body weight, equipment, tools and boxes, in addition to ability to stand for long periods of time on varied surfaces.


Please email your cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format) to: careers@abbinc.com


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Babcock Meeting at the Hatchery

Date: March 30th, 2018
Location: The Hatchery in Town Square
~ 42881 Lake Babcock Drive Suite 200, Punta Gorda, FL 33982
Speaker: Amy Wicks
Cost: $30 per person
11:30am - 12pm -- Announcements/Lunch
12:00 - 1:00pm -- Speaker/Questions/FES Announcements
1:00 - 1:30pm -- Tour of Town Square
1:30 - 1:45pm -- Tenative Tour of School

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Legislative Update Meeting

Date: April 4th, 2018
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm 
Speaker: Allen Douglas, Executive Director for FES
Topic: Legislative Update Meeting
Cost: $20 per person (lunch included)
Airport Holiday Inn
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33913

Click here to register!

Allen Douglas is the Executive Director of the Florida Engineering Society. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Finance, the majority of his career has been spent in association management. Allen joined the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Kentucky in 1993 as Area Manager in Louisville, was chosen to serve as Executive Vice-President of that organization's Mid-Florida Chapter in Tampa in 1996, before finally relocating to Tallahassee in the position of Executive Director and Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida AGC Council in 1998.

In 2006, Allen joined the National Federation of Independent Business serving as State Director and Legislative Affairs Director. After volunteering in Governor Rick Scott’s campaign and serving on the economic development transition team, he spent two and a half years in the position of Director for the State's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco overseeing the licensing, auditing, and law enforcement functions of that agency.

Allen resides in Tallahassee with his wife Kathy and two teenage daughters Ashley and Hannah.

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Walkable Urban-Form Conference

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2018 Awards & Scholarships End of Year Banquet

Join us Thursday, June 14th, 2018 for our Annual Awards & Scholarship dinner! We will also be installing new officers for the upcoming year.

FES CALUSA CHAPTER 2017 - 2018 Award Recipients

Young Engineer of the Year:  Kevin Dowty, P.E.

Engineer of the Year:  Ralph Verrastro, P.E.

Outstanding Service to Engineering:  Rick Barber, P.E.

Outstanding Technical Award:  Doug Eckmann, P.E.

Government Engineer Award:  Jay Ahmad, P.E.

The event is $30.00 a person. Pay online with your credit card or pay at the door. If you choose to pay with cash or check at the door, please RSVP using the "free ticket" option. 

Please RSVP by Friday, June 8th, 2018

Click here to register!

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2018 FES/ACEC-FL Annual Conference

2018 FES/ACEC-FL Annual Conference
August 1-4, 2018 
JW Marriott Marco Island

Mark your calendars for the 2018 FES/ACEC-FL Annual Conference! This year's Annual Conference will be held at the breathtaking, newly-renovated JW Marriott in Marco Island. You won't want to miss out on the valuable information shared in the seminars, the opportunity to earn PDHs, and the networking opportunities at the many events taking place during Annual Conference.

Event details will be added to www.fleng.org as they become available (including registration rates, agenda, sponsorship/exhibitor prospectus, PDHs, hotel information, etc).

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Calendar of Events

March 30th - Babcock Meeting at the Hatchery
April 4th - Legislative Update Meeting
April 5th - FGCU FES - Meet, Greet, & Eat!
April 6th - Sunchase Solar Go-Kart Race Student Presentations at FGCU
April 7th - Sunchase Solar Go-Kart Race at FGCU
April 19th - Walkable Urban-Form Conference

May 9th - STEM@Work Wrap Up Event
May 18th - Casino Night
May 19th - iSTEM for Collier County at FSW - Naples Campus
June 14th - 2018 Awards & Scholarships End of Year Banquet 
August 1st - 4th - FES/ACEC FL Annual Conference

Please check our website for more event information!

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Newsletter Sponsors

Please email treasurer@fes-calusa.org to renew your newsletter sponsorship!

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