October 2016 – Presidents Message

Arvind AkelaGreetings to all San Francisco Bay Section (SFBS) members of CWEA!

CWEA volunteers have been very busy organizing some amazing events to provide training events for its members in the past month.  In this monthly newsletter, I am going to highlight a few past events as well as some upcoming events. I also want to remind everyone that award nominations are due on November 15, 2016. Please do not miss the opportunity to nominate someone.

October Monthly Dinner Meeting: Juan Calderon from Cal OSHA presented the regulatory updates on construction hazards, confined spaces and lock-out/tag-out requirements at the October Dinner Meeting focused on safety. Meeting attendees enjoyed the dinner buffet at Zio Fraedo’s, Concord, so much that the Board decided to hold our December holiday dinner meeting there too. So, we can all look forward to a special holiday buffet at Zio Fraedo’s on December 1st. A flyer for the December event has been posted on the Section’s website.


novermber-2016-dinner-meetingNovember Dinner Meeting: Michelle D. Beason, PE of National Plant Services presented “New Technologies for Collection System Asset Management”. The new technologies covered recycling jet vacs that can recycle over 10,000 gallons of drinking water per day, multi-sensor inspections using laser and sonar to accurately quantify pipe degradation, acoustical testing equipment, and sewer lateral pipe lining processes. The event was held at the Back Forty BBQ, Pleasant Hill and the bountiful supply of ribs did not help for moderation right before Thanksgiving!

Northern Safety Day, 2016

Northern Safety Day: Santa Clara Valley Section and Redwood Empire Section jointly organized Northern Safety Day on October 19th at the Yolo County Fairgrounds,Woodland. The event was well attended and was well attended with almost 400 attendees.

SYPC Happy Hour: Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) held its next Happy Hour on October 27, 2016 at Blu42 Sports Bar in Walnut Creek. Attendees consisted of a mix of CWEA members and non-members, including several students. A total of 31 people attended the event.

Upcoming Events

Annual Award Nominations: 2016 annual award nominations are due on November 15, 2016.  Please help recognize the efforts and successes of your work by submitting a nomination. As mentioned earlier, the nomination process has been simplified this year and entire nomination is online.

Collection Worker Construction / Engineering Seminar: SFBS Collection System Committee is organizing an all-day seminar Engineering Construction for Collection Worker on November 16, 2016 in Antioch.

December Dinner Meeting: Our next dinner meeting will be held at Zio-Fraedo’s on December 1, 2016 in Concord featuring a presentation on 3D Design Tools and Virtual Reality Plant Tours.

Annual Awards Banquet: Save the Date for our biggest event of the year – Annual Awards Banquet.  The Annual Banquet will be held on January 20, 2017 at the Concord Hilton.

I look forward to seeing you in our upcoming local CWEA events. If you want to contact me with any suggestions or feedback, I can be reached at aakela@svcw.org.

Best regards,

Arvind Akela

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