ACE Carl Anderson Awards

Membership in a professional organization is a great way to stay current on the latest topics, expand your knowledge base, and is a way to give back to younger members. Lawson-Fisher Associates has a policy of encouraging employee involvement in professional organizations due to these benefits.

One example of such an organization is the Association of Conservation Engineers (ACE). ACE is a professional organization of engineers and others in related disciplines that work with the natural environment and promote the application of sound engineering practices in the field of natural resource protection and recreation development.

One of the highlights of the annual conference are the Carl Anderson Awards for outstanding projects that exhibit the goals and objectives of ACE. Lawson-Fisher Associates has received this award along with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for the Koontz Lake Dam project. Breagan Eicher is serving on the ACE Awards committee this year, which is an exciting opportunity to review innovative projects from throughout the country. If your firm or agency has recently completed a project, please consider applying for the Carl Anderson Award. It is a great way to get recognition for the hard work that goes into making a project a success.

For more information about ACE, the annual conference, and the Carl Anderson Awards, please visit the ACE website or visit their Facebook page.

2016 ASCE/AISC Steel Bridge Competition

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) steel bridge competition is an annual student event in which university student chapters of ASCE from around the United States can participate. For the competition students in the field of structural engineering are tasked with the design, fabrication, and construction of a steel bridge while following the rules and regulations set forth. A panel of judges then scores each team’s bridge on the following six categories:

  1. Display – Appearance of bridge, identification of the school on the bridge, and a poster that explains the thought process including sponsors, advisors, and technicians.
  2. Construction Speed – The team that constructs the bridge with the quickest time wins this category.
  3. Construction economy – A formula is devised to calculate a dollar amount based on the number of builders, the time of the assembly, and the use of temporary piers.
  4. Lightness – The team with the lightest bridge wins this category.
  5. Stiffness – The team with the lowest aggregate deflection wins this category.
  6. Structural efficiency – A formula is devised to calculate a dollar amount based on the weight and deflection of the bridge.

The event is primarily sponsored by both ASCE and AISC and consists of both regional and national competitions. University chapters successful in the regional competitions can advance to the national competition. Each year this competition is hosted by a different university. This year in 2016 the national competition will be held at Brigham Young University May 27-28. Trine […]

Greg Holden awarded ‘Civil Engineer of the Year’ by Indiana ASCE

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Indiana Officers officially announced that LFA President Greg Holden has been selected as their ‘ASCE Indiana Section Civil Engineer of the Year!’ Greg received the award at the ASCE Indiana Section Annual meeting held this past Tuesday, April 15 in Carmel.

Congratulations to Greg on receiving this award! All of us who have the opportunity to work and interact with Greg on a daily basis know firsthand that he is extremely deserving of this honor. The closing paragraph that was included in Greg’s nomination for the award describes it very well:

Greg Holden has had a considerable impact upon the Civil Engineering Profession and the people that have had the honor to work with him. Greg is a tremendously gifted mentor and role model who leads by example in both his professional and personal life. Greg’s high ethical standards and willingness to serve are an inspiration for younger engineers to follow as a path to success. Having Greg Holden as a Civil Engineer enriches our profession and has made us better people.

Please join us in congratulating Greg!

LFA Receives Award of Honor from ACE

Another award has been given to Lawson-Fisher Associates for the Koontz Lake Dam and State Road 23 Reconstruction project, this time by the Association of Conservation Engineers (ACE). This Award of Honor has been given as part of the 20th Annual Carl Anderson Conservation Project Engineering Awards. All project entries were judged on five main categories: new application of existing techniques, technical value to the Conservation Engineering Profession, complexity of project requirements, meeting and exceeding owner’s needs, and natural resources and environmental considerations.

The award was presented during the Awards Banquet at the ACE 52nd Annual Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, on September 18, 2013.

Here is a little more about the Koontz Lake Dam and S.R. 23 Reconstruction Project:

The Koontz Lake Dam was originally constructed in 1849 to provide water power for a sawmill. The hazardous nature of the dam if it were to fail and its very poor condition were the driving forces that began the reconstruction process of the dam and roadway. The proposal needed to incorporate a new dam design, space-saving spillway system, and a bridge and roadway structure all in one project. After analyzing the best options, it was determined that an innovative type of spillway system known as a labyrinth spillway would be the best design to save space and still meet the strict requirements. In addition to the dam and spillway, a new S.R. 23 highway bridge was to be built over the top of the proposed labyrinth spillway system.

LFA Selected to the 2013 Best Places to Work!

We’ve done it again! For the third year in a row Lawson-Fisher Associates (LFA) has been designated by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work in Indiana. LFA was the only small company in the South Bend area selected for this honor this year. This distinction was determined based on employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. In 2011, and again in 2012, LFA was ranked in the top ten Best Places to Work for companies in their category. The final rankings for 2013 will be announced on May 2nd.

For more information on the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work program, go to:

LFA Receives IRMCA and ACEC Awards

Lawson-Fisher Associates (LFA) recently received two awards for the successful completion of the Koontz Lake Dam and S.R. 23 Reconstruction project. The project included an innovative labyrinth spillway system that will pass flood flows while also acting as the substructure for the new S.R. 23 bridge/roadway system in Koontz Lake, Indiana. The project design incorporated the criteria of both the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) who were co-owners on the project. The two State agencies worked closely with LFA throughout the duration of the project. The awards received are:

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – Engineering Excellence “Honor” Award

Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s (IRMCA) – Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award

Koontz Lake Dam and SR 23 Bridge IRMCA Award