Global Link – International Activities
Winter 2022-23

16 societies gather at 9th Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region
ASCE 2022 President Dennis Truax delivers a powerful keynote presentation on the future of civil engineering at CECAR9 in Goa, India.

In late September, about 500 civil engineers gathered in Goa, India to boost sustainable development and supporting technologies at CECAR9, the ninth Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region. Attendees came from across the 16 engineering societies that make up the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council. A highlight of the event was the adoption of a set of ethical guidelines for ACECC societies.

Hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers (India), the conference received support from ASCE, which oversees ACECC as secretariat with Udai Singh, an active member of ASCE and a past president of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute, serving as secretary general. CECAR conferences are held only once ever three years; the next one in 2025 will take place in Jeju, South Korea, hosted by the Korean Society of Civil Engineers.
ASCE renews pacts with 9 countries’ engineering associations
Former Region 10 Director (2016-19) Brett Phillips, far left, and ASCE 2021 President Jean-Louis Briaud, far right, join representatives of sister civil engineering societies at the ASCE 2022 Convention.

ASCE has agreements of cooperation with 84 fellow engineering societies across the globe to work together on and promote common interests. At the ASCE 2022 Convention in Anaheim, California, the leaders of several such societies were on hand to renew their agreements. They included:

  • Federal Council of Engineering and Agronomy (CONFEA), Brazil
  • Brazilian Association of Civil Engineers (ABENC)
  • Federated College of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica (CFIA)
  • Ghana Institute of Engineers (GHIE)
  • Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE)
  • Mongolian Association of Civil Engineers (MACE)
  • Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE)
  • Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE)
  • Portugal Order of Engineers (OE)
  • Association of Engineers of Roads, Canals and Ports and of Civil Engineering (AICCPIC), Spain
International mission takes ASCE president to Middle East, India
ASCE 2022 President Dennis Truax conducted a consequential international trip in September that reinforced the Society’s ties with civil engineers and students. Truax, joined by Executive Director Tom Smith, met with a number of ASCE sections and student chapters in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and India, and reinforced affiliations with societies together from Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and several other countries.

In Cairo, Truax and Smith met with the Egypt Section and its board, as well as with student chapters from the American University in Cairo, the German University in Cairo, and Ain Shams University. In Abu Dhabi, the leaders met with the board of the UAE Section and the student chapter at Abu Dhabi University. On the way to the Dubai airport, Truax and Smith briefly visited the city’s inspiring new Museum of the Future, which echoes some of the themes of ASCE’s Future World Vision. As stated at the museum’s entrance, “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.” In India, the ASCE leaders met with section leaders and members on their way to and during the Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region.
ASCE’s Iraq International Group thanks Society with gifts
ASCE Iraq Group President Omar Al-Farouk Al-Damluji recently visited Society headquarters to present symbols of ancient Iraqi engineering achievements.

Now on display at ASCE’s global headquarters in northern Virginia are two tokens of gratitude and appreciation from the Iraq International Group for the Society’s efforts to support Iraqi civil engineers over the years. One is a small replica of Malwiya, an ancient Mesopotamian spiral structure built in the ninth century that has served as a design inspiration in modern times and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The other is a bronze plaque depicting several other Mesopotamian landmarks including the Ziggurat of Ur – the oldest known earth reinforced structure in the world, the Gate and Lion of Babylon, the Golden Harp of Ur, and the Queen of Hatra.
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