About Us

The Texas Section-ASCE is one of the largest and most active sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Established in 1913, the Texas Section is headquartered in Austin and comprises 16 branches around the state and student chapters at all the state's leading universities.

Texas Section-ASCE MapCommitted to promoting, encouraging and recognizing civil engineering excellence and professional growth, the Texas Section holds semi-annual meetings in the spring and fall, as well as seminars and other events throughout the year.  The branches of the Texas Section hold monthly meetings, often with guest speakers and topical discussions.

Our members have been involved in some of the most significant civil engineering projects in Texas history.  The photographs at the top of the web site represent some award winning civil engineering projects.  To get more information about the various awards and the award winning projects click here.

If you are a member, we invite you to take advantage of the information provided through this web site by logging in.  If you are not currently an ASCE member, we encourage you to join now by clicking here.  Membership offers numerous advantages to professional civil engineers, associates and related professionals.  We look forward to your participation.


Message from the President

 Ralph M. O'Quinn PE
John (Jack) N. Furlong PE
President  2012-2013

Welcome to the Texas Section-ASCE! As a technical organization we have much to offer our members in the way of career advancement, professional development and leadership opportunities. There are also plenty of opportunities for members to connect and learn from each other’s knowledge and experience: we hold two conferences each year in the spring and fall, and there are also Branch meetings and Student Chapter meetings usually once a month.

The Texas Section is rich in history and tradition and in 2013 we celebrate our Centennial year! We have many special events planned throughout the year, so be sure to check our Centennial page regularly for updates. Our two main events are the conferences to be held in our two founding cities: Corpus Christi (March 19-23, 2013) and Dallas (September 11-14, 2013). These conferences are going to provide excellent technical sessions, student activities and networking opportunities so I encourage you to attend!

The Texas Section Fall 2012 Conference just wrapped up and it was a great success. We had nearly 700 participants attend from 34 countries; over 170 papers were presented and 13 continuing professional development seminars delivered. Unique to this conference was the partnership between the Texas Section and two ASCE institutes: the Construction Institute, and the International Committee on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction. ASCE President-elect Randall S. Over PE attended our conference and had the following to say:

“Thanks so much for the hospitality offered at the Texas Section Fall meeting. I truly had a very enjoyable and productive visit. I thought it was absolutely well organized and executed - and a real benefit to our ASCE members. You are to be especially commended for the collaboration with the Construction Institute and ICSDEC. That's truly what we hope is the model going forward - finding and collaborating with groups internal and external to ASCE that benefit our members (and future members).”

The Texas Section released the 2012 Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure at a press conference during the Fall 2012 Conference in Fort Worth, and it received good media coverage. The Report Card found that most of the infrastructure category grades had not significantly improved since the previous update in 2008, resulting in an overall grade of “C”. Texas critically needs to invest in its roads, bridges, airports, dams, and water/wastewater facilities to keep Texas competitive and remain one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the U.S.

The Strategic Plan for the Texas Section has been implemented for the last year and half. We will be reviewing this document over the next several months to determine if we are on track to accomplish all the goals we set out to do! This is a living document meant to guide the Section and help track our efforts.

If you are not already a member of the Texas Section-ASCE, I invite you to join. If you have any questions or ideas about what makes the Section tick please share those with me at jack.furlong@CH2m.com. I will be glad to help!

During the holiday season, please drive carefully, stay safe, and see the great transportation system we have created in Texas! We have a lot to be thankful for. 

The Texas Section has come a long way since its inception in 1913, and we have much to look forward to in the next 100 years. Thank you for being there with us.

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