Augusta Founding Fathers Conference


“[Before the official founding in New York,] our founding fathers met in Augusta, Georgia, in late 1838, to [discuss] a society of civil engineers in the United States, they realized that public works had become part of the very fabric of American progress and that the engineers working to meet the needs of the young nation were amassing considerable expertise.” Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E. ASCE National Past President.

Overlooking the historic city center and built shortly before the original Founding Fathers’ visit to Augusta, the beautifully restored Partridge Inn will be the setting for this joint meeting of the bordering ASCE Sections.

The three-day event will include PDH-rich technical seminars as well as tours of Augusta’s notable engineering marvels of the past, present and future.

There will be ample opportunities to explore the beautiful Garden City and experience the unique heritage and history of one of the Southeast’s premier host cities.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
March 13th through 15th, 2014

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  • Cost for the Full Conference will be $175 including the banquet on Saturday and Socials on the PI Penthouse and Deck Thursday and Friday Evenings.
  • In order to take advantage of this wonderful venue, conference attendance is limited to 300 people.
  • Short Courses and Saturday Tour Activities will be charged separately.

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Friday Short Course ($100):
Applications of Curve Number Hydrology to Estimate Runoff
Proper Usage & Pitfalls of Curve Numbers to Estimate Rainwater Runoff – Steven McCrutcheon, Ph.D., P.E., Hydraulic & Environmental Engineering (4 hrs)
(Register separately)


Friday Technical Sessions ($200)
Engineering Our Present!
(Up to 6 PDH Credits)
6 Technical Sessions, with three concurrent tracks will be offered.


Friday Short Course ($200):
Design and Construction of Steel Sheet Piling Structures
Richard Hartman, Ph.D.,PE, Hartman Engineering – (7 hrs)
(Register separately)


vogtle4Saturday Morning Tour ($25):
Engineering Our Future!
(Up to 2 PDH Credits)
Participants will be bussed an approximately one hour down to the Plant Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant where the first new nuclear generating facilities in decades are being built.
Tour will include a presentation of plant operations, demonstration of control room operations and examination of the new reactor construction including operation of the World’s Largest Construction Crane!


Saturday Afternoon Tour ($25):
Engineering of Our Past!
(Up to 2 PDH Credits)
canal-ride4Participants will be shuttled or can drive the approximate 5 minute trip to the Augusta Canal Heritage Center Located in the fully restored mid-19th century Enterprise Mill. Tour the Heritage Center and Mill, seeing how early textile mills produced cloth from cotton with only water power supplied by the canal. Next board the historically reproduced Petersburg Canal Boats for a trip up the canal.

  • Tour will pass several historic mills in various stages of being re-purposed.
  • It will point out the tallest brick chimney at the time of its construction, the only remaining portion of the Confederate Powderworks.
  • It will showcase the 1899 Augusta Raw Water Pumping Station, and its 2009 upgrades and renovations.
  • See the original dams, spillways and outfalls which are still in operation today.
  • Take note of the joggers, picnickers and bicyclist utilizing the original boat towpath as one of Augusta’s premier recreational areas.
  • Disembark for a tour of the 1848 water control headgates structures and operation of the lock system.
  • Enjoy the natural and ecological preservation of this National Heritage Corridor on the way back.