Come join the Preston Trail Chapter at our next Happy Hour on Wednesday, November 1st!!

Time: 5 pm to 7 pm

Location: Austin Avenue I Grill & Sports Bar

Address: 935 Parker Rd #410, Plano, TX 75023

Reservation Name: TSPE

Contact: Priya Mistry >>





When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 (Luncheon will start promptly at noon)

Where: Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson, Texas

Please make sure to RSVP for the luncheon prior to noon on Monday, October 16


This month we are pleased to host Kelly Kading, who will be presenting on “The Corridor Phase I – a Time- and Cost-Saving Tool.”

An ASTM E 1527-13 conforming Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) is a requirement for property transfers on many projects, including linear projects such as highways, railroads, and pipelines (to name a few).   Many clients and agencies require a separate Phase I ESA for each parcel, resulting in high costs for parcel package preparation.  This presentation describes the Corridor Phase I approach, which can save over 60% on budget and schedule for multiple-parcel linear corridor projects with multiple parcel acquisitions.  The method maintains ASTM conformance, meet the liability-protection needs of clients / agencies, and can reduce the time and cost required to meet this requirement.  The presentation includes a description of the process, and project examples that show the cost savings, to “make it real” for the attendee.

Mr. Kading has 29 years of experience in hazardous materials assessment and remediation, transportation corridor assessment, environmental documentation, and project and program management. He performs hazardous materials assessments of transportation corridor projects as well as Phase I and Phase II Assessments, up to and including remediation. Mr. Kading is also well versed in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments under NEPA. He is familiar with federal and state regulatory requirements, and has worked on projects located in 34 states. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the Academy of Hazardous Materials Management, and serves as HDR’s technical leader for the Phase I Best Practices Team, providing annual Phase I training to all HDR practitioners. He is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology.


Career Days at Armstrong Middle School

The Texas Society of Professional Engineers Preston Trail Chapter is participating in activities involving Career Days at Armstrong Middle School in the Plano ISD on Friday October 20th for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn more about the many career possibilities that lay ahead in the engineering world.  We will have the chance to personally interact with many students from each grade level, not simply speak to one classroom of students.

The set-up mirrors that of a career fair.  The Career Days is for the full day (8:30 am-3:30 pm), but also offers half-day options (8:30 am-12 pm or 12-3:30 pm).  A light breakfast is provided for our morning speakers and lunch is catered for all speakers. This event is hosted in the gym.

If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions about the event, please contact Jason Conklin via email or at 214-500-7234.




This month we will have Timothy Tumulty, P.E., City of Rockwall recently retired Public Works Director/City Engineer discussing City of Rockwall’s CMOM (Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance) Program.

When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 (Luncheon will start promptly at noon)

Where: Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson, Texas

Please make sure to RSVP for the luncheon prior to noon on Monday, August 14