APWA AZ Newsletter 2019 June

APWA AZ Newsletter 2019 June

Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      June 2019


June 14, 2019
APWA NAB Trap Tournament
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June 19, 2019
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June 19, 2019
APWA Luncheon
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June 20, 2019
Spring/Summer Mixer
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August 7-9, 2019
2019 APWA AZ Statewide Conference
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As this year comes to a close I would like to say thank you to the committee members and chairs, to the board members, and to the chapter as a whole for the opportunity to serve this past year as your president. It's been a challenging year at times. Several of our board members have faced some personal matters that have forced them to take time they might have otherwise spent on their APWA tasks to deal with personal matters. Nonetheless the activities of the chapter were successfully dealt with through the team efforts of the committee chairs and board members all doing a little extra to see that the needs of the chapter were met. Thanks to all who were able to step up.

We started the year with a very successful state conference with well over 500 attendees and which included the ever popular Municipal Roundtable session Friday morning. So far it looks like this year's conference will be at least equally well attended. We are looking to be able to provide some scholarship support to agency staff so they can attend. Look for more information in upcoming conference announcements.

Our Endowment Fund has experienced a very good ROI and therefore we were able to fund 2 additional scholarships to student attending universities here in Arizona. In addition we will be able to again provide financial support to representatives to the 2019 Roadeo at PWX (Seattle) just as we did to the 2018 Roadeo in Kansas City.

We've been reaching out to work cooperatively with sister associations involved in the public works industry. Our Education Committee sponsored a Dirt Roads workshop this year and is working with AZ Water to co-sponsor a Stormwater Management workshop (stay tuned). We're working with the Maintenance Supervisor's Association on the Roadeo attendance. We are reaching out to AZ Water and to the Arizona Association of County Engineers to see ways in which our organizations can work together to advance our profession.

Next month we will install our new board and officers. I hope that everyone will give them the same high level of support that we received this year as we continue to grow our association in support of our very important industry.

Greg B. Smith, PE/PS, ENV_SP

APWA NAB Trap Tournament
June 14, 2019

APWA Luncheon
June 19, 2019
Topic: The Delivery of Public Projects, Challenges and Solutions
Speaker: Eric Froberg, City of Phoenix  |  Marilyn DeRosa, PE, RG, City of Tempe


Spring/Summer Mixer
June 20, 2019
Sponsorship opportunity available.

Statewide Conference
August 7-9, 2019

Meet Your Keynote Speakers

STEVE CORREIA is the founder of CorreiaSpeaks, a speaking and coaching consultancy that aspires to help humans become compelling communicators. When you adopt a growth mindset, increase your empathy and openness towards others, and learn how to exercise your communication muscles, you become a better human. Period. And we could use more better humans in the world today.

A professional computer geek since 1992 who has played many technical roles in numerous industries, Steve has also taught college-level communication classes, led marriage and parent classes, refereed ice hockey, and performed as a cast member of the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Steve will leverage his diverse background to present Thursday’s keynote “Become a Geek Who Can Speak”.

Geeks are committed to their chosen craft. They are critical to identifying, diagnosing, and solving problems in all areas of life. No matter the type, style, or task, geeks have one thing in common: They usually suck at communicating to people outside their universe. How can geeks stop insulting their clients? How can geeks leave their non-geek clients delighted instead of deflated?  And what if you’re that geek? Buckle up for an energizing, entertaining, and enlightening keynote that will show you how changing your mindset and increasing your communication competence will allow your geek-ness to shine without crushing your client’s soul.

KRISTY BIDWILL, founder of Game Time Coaching, speaker, coach, and author will take you through her six-year journey of self-discovery captured in her book, Becoming Unstoppable: Tools to Elevate Your Game. During Friday’s keynote she will inspire and empower you by revealing the tools that led her to living intentionally and ultimately, a life she dreamed.

She will take you through the adversity of breaking her back to nine weeks later leading a blind veteran to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, an experience that changed her perspective on the meaning of life. Kristy also dealt with the unexpected when she trained for an Ironman in 90 days without ever completing a triathlon or riding a race bike, and she used intrinsic motivators to find comfort in the uncomfortable. Kristy will draw the parallels of how these lessons translate throughout her life both professionally and personally. Through the power of purpose she will show how you can reach new levels and inspire others to do the same. You will be amazed at the ease in which you can apply Kristy’s simple lessons to take your career, company, team, and clients beyond what you ever imagined.

Fun Night (Carnival Theme) Details

Golf Tournament Details

Special thanks to those firms that have already registered as sponsors and exhibitors:

  • Opening Reception Sponsor

  • Key Card Sponsor 

  • Lanyard Sponsor 
  • Fun Night Sponsor
  • Platinum Sponsors


  • Gold Sponsors


  • Coffee Sleeve Sponsor

  • Agency Showcase Bag Sponsor
    Hunter Contracting

  • Awards Lunch Sponsor
    Neenah Foundry
    Logan Simpson

  • Friday Full Breakfast / Vendor Drawing Sponsor
    West Coast Arborists

  • Thursday Continental Breakfast & Break Sponsor
    Western Technologies
  • Public Agency Sponsors
    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Acuity Brands
    Civiltec Engineering
    DCS Contracting
  • Prize Drawing Sponsors
    Achen-Gardner Construction
    Civiltec Engineering

Exhibitors as of 6-3-19


Achen-Gardner Construction
Acuity Brands
Advanced Drainage Systems
AeroTech Mapping
ALTA Arizona
Arizona Department of Transportation
AZTEC Engineering Group
Beehive Industries
Burgess & Niple
Civiltec Engineering
Cooper Aerial Surveys
CVL Consultants
DBA Construction
Dibble Engineering
EPS Group
Horrocks Engineering
Infrastructure Management Services
Kimley-Horn and Associates
Lithified Technologies
Logan Simpson
Michael Baker
Neenah Foundry
Oldcastle Infrastructure
Pavement Restoration
Precision Concrete Cutting
Premier  Engineering
Project Engineering Consultants
Rinker Materials
Ritoch-Powell & Associates
Rummel Construction
SAVE International
Speedie & Associates
Sunland Asphalt
Sunrise Engineering
Tierra Right of Way Services
West Coast Arborists
Wilson & Company
Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to:

New Members

Jesus Haro
Andrew Shroads, PE, CFMAssociate Project ManagerCiviltec Engineering, Inc
Ann Swanberg Mee Carollo Engineering

New Member Spotlight

Name and Title: Manuel Tapia Jr., PE - President

Agency: MTAPIA Engineering, LLC

With APWA Since: Originally member in 2005 when I was City of Nogales, AZ Public Works Director and City Engineer 

Describe your job responsibilities: MTAPIA Engineering is owned and led by Manuel Tapia Jr., PE who has over 25 years proven experience as a Civil Professional Engineer in construction management, administration and oversight of public and private sectors of public works, transportation and transit projects. MTAPIA is a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Small Business Concern (SBC) Company in the State of Arizona. Manuel is responsible for all the technical aspects, business development, business finances, staff leadership and general administrative objectives for The MTAPIA Engineering Company. 

What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? I have a few, The Tucson Modern Streetcar Project for The City of Tucson, The US93-Hoover Dam MP 2 to MP 17 project for The ADOT Kingman Construction District and most recently The I-10 Papago Segment (I-10 & 59th Ave T.I.) as part of The ADOT C202L P3 project in Phoenix, AZ (I started this project on December 2016 and left on September 2018).

Where have your travels taken you?: Just got back from Guaymas-San Carlos, Sonora, MX were my parents and in-laws live, but travel a lot to Las Vegas, NV where my son just graduated this month from UNLV, and Irvine, CA where my daughter and 2 grand-daughters live.

Name one thing not many people know about you: Been married for 31 years, have 4 daughters with degrees from ASU and UA, 1 son with degree from UNLV, and 2 grand-daughters :)

Who's Who in Public Works

Name: David Janover, PE, F.NSPE, CFM

Agency: City of Avondale

Title: City Engineer

What are you responsible for in your new role? I oversee the Engineering Division of the Development and Engineering Services Department in the City.  We are responsible for developing, scoping and managing Capital Projects as part of the Streets CIP, Engineering Plan Review for private developments, the issuance of Engineering Permits, the engineering inspection of private and capital projects, and the maintenance of the transportation network in the City, including traffic signals, streetlights, pavement markings and signage.  I also serve as the Floodplain Administrator for the City. 

How long have you been in this position? Since March, 2015

Where did you work previously? Prior to relocating to Arizona, I served as the Town Engineer for the Town of Islip, on Long Island, NY (163 square miles, population 340,000).  Prior to Islip, I worked for private consulting firms as a Project Manager/Engineer, performing site design, preparing site plans, grading and drainage plans, details and specs, so I have an appreciation, having served on both sides of the fence.

What Challenges do you experience in your role? I continuously challenge myself to do my best to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens, and to promote and protect professional licensure. 

How long have you been an APWA member? Since March, 2015

Have you served on the Board or any committees? I volunteered to assist during the National APWA Conference held in Phoenix in 2015.  I also serve on the Board of the Arizona Society of Professional Engineers.

What benefits do you get out of being a member?  I enjoy reading through the APWA Newsletter and keeping up to date on upcoming events.  I especially enjoy the ability to network with other professionals.  Forging and maintaining relationships is such an important aspect of our professional lives. 

What would you like to share with APWA Members? I appreciate the value of the communication that APWA provides to its members, from sharing member biographies to announcing upcoming events.   APWA is a wonderful resource.  

Tell us about your family and hobbies: My Wife, Sheri, and I were married in 2007, and we each have 2 sons from previous marriages.  Both of my sons still live in NY (I am so thankful for FaceTime) and Sheri’s boys relocated to AZ with us.  I recently became obsessed with tracing my roots using Ancestry.com and enjoy trying to solve the brick walls and puzzles that genealogy throws at me.  I enjoy performing music and singing with my sons, who have become professional musicians.  I’ll always treasure our home recordings of Beatles covers.  I grew up playing piano, but mainly stick to the bass guitar these days.  Lastly, I love to travel, having visited all 50 states and 28 of the 30 Major League Baseball Stadiums.  

Would you like to do business with Pima County…or other Public Agencies?

Doing business with government agencies can often seem overwhelming with confusing rules and requirements. Several agencies have switched to a Vendor Self Service System (VSS) allowing vendors flexibility and options in doing business with them. This article focuses on Pima County’s process – but please be aware that many public agencies are switching to a digital system, and check each agency’s website for complete instructions on how to do business with them.

Pima County has also recently improved its website to make registering as a vendor and accessing published solicitations more user friendly. The first step to doing business with Pima County is to register as a vendor in its VSS. This allows firms to receive email notifications based on commodity selections, manage account information, view financial transactions and more. Registration is required before a firm can be awarded a Contract, Purchase Order or Master Agreement. To receive email notifications, you MUST be a registered user or the principal contact person associated with the Default Ordering address, all other ordering contacts will not be sent the solicitation email notices. TIP: If you are not receiving email notifications and have confirmed your email address is entered correctly in your vendor record, check your Spam or Trash folder.

You might ask, “what commodity codes or classes should I select when registering?”. Select one or more commodity codes or classes that describes the goods and/or services that your firm provides. You may browse commodity codes by code or description.

The VSS Registration process is very detailed and contains a number of steps to complete. You must have your IRS W-9 information on hand before you begin. But fear not…detailed instructions to guide you through VSS registration are available on the Pima County website: 


APWA Arizona 2019 Official Ballot
Voting closes June 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm for the Arizona Chapter Officers.  Click here to cast your vote:

APWA National Top 10 Leaders of the Year
May luncheon snapshots of Jennifer Toth and Beth Huning receiving their APWA National Top 10 Leaders of the Year Awards.


Public Works Job Opportunities
This section allows agencies to advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to sniebel@woodpatel.com or tbaker@logansimpson.com

City of Mesa
Real Estate Services Supervisor - Open Until Filled
A Real Estate Services Supervisor is responsible for assisting the Real Estate Services Administrator in
managing the property acquisition and property management functions of the Real Estate Services Group, including performing highly specialized, sensitive and high dollar real property acquisition work.

City of Sedona
Assistant Engineer

Upcoming State Plane Coordinate System Changes: How can they affect your business?

New Datums coming your way!

The NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has some important changes coming our way. With a target date of 2022, NGS is preparing to replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Dtum of 1988 (NAVD 88). As experts have determined through today’s best available data, both have been identified as having shortcomings. Although NAD 83 and NAVD 88 continue to be the official horizontal and vertical datums, these shortcomings are thought to be best addressed through defining new datums.

According to the NOAA website, “these issues derive from the fact that both datums were defined primarily using terrestrial surveying techniques at passive geodetic survey marks. This network of survey marks deteriorates over time (both through unchecked physical movement and simple removal), and resources are not available to maintain them.”

Will this change affect our State Plane Coordinate projections?
The NGS will establish the State Plane Coordinate System of 2022 (SPCS2022), replacing SPCS 83, as a part of the datum transition. Although the public comment period has ended for the SPCS2022 policies and procedures, the drafts can be found on www.ngs.noaa.gov/.

How it will this change affect me or my business? 
Big picture, your coordinates will change. The degree of change will fluctuate based on the datum you are using and your location. The maps below were obtained from the NOAA website and reflect the approximate horizontal and height changes when the new reference frames are adopted:

If you are a part of a design firm, it will be important to keep these changes in mind as you begin each project. Each state will handle the datum and state plan coordinate changes differently, so it will be important to keep up with changing requirements at the state and local levels of your projects.

Not only will this change affect your datum information, the changes may also impact FEMA Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs). NGS has been working with FEMA to determine how the new datums will impact the DFIRMs and coordination efforts are expected to escalate as we get closer to the introduction of the new datums. NGS will also continue coordination efforts with other Federal Partners through the Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee (FGCS) and its working groups.

How can I be a part of the Arizona coordination effort?
Each state has been provided an opportunity to develop a plan moving forward. Plans must be submitted to NGS for review and possible inclusion into the SPCS2022 by December 31, 2019. The Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) has formed a working group (AGIC SPCS2022) to develop this plan for Arizona.  

An important step for right now is getting all the State stakeholders represented in this group. AGIC posts working group event information on their website (https://gis.azgeo.az.gov/agic/fri-05312019-1030am/agic-spcs2022-wg). Please contact Jenna Leveille if you would like to be a part of this group or would like to be added to their distribution list.

Jenna Leveille
Deputy State Cartographer
Arizona State Land Department
(office) 602-364-3747
(cell) 480-528-3418

How do I get more information on this subject to determine how I will be affected?
For more information on these changes, including background, what to expect and FAQs, please refer to NOAA’s website: https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/datums/newdatums/index.shtml


Mapping the Urban Underground 
Urban rights-of-way provide unique challenges for utility detection and mapping. Not knowing the location of buried utilities can cause project delays, cost increases and other problems that increase overall project risk.
Issues associated with underground utilities are rapidly worsening due to the increasing density of underground infrastructure in major urban areas, including:

  • utilities at different depths, made of different materials, joined in different ways
  • uncertainty that the records received by the municipality or utilities are accurate, up-to-date and detailed enough to assist in accurate positioning
  • quantity of intersections, where utility density is even higher and it is necessary to have vertical offsets in order to thread through new utilities.

Solutions for Underground Utility Mapping
Technologies used for underground utility mapping challenges can vary, however to be effective they should all follow the process outlined in the ASCE 38-02 – Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Underground Utility Data. Having well-trained and equipped technicians is key, as well as having a single entity responsible for marking all known utilities and identifying unknown utilities. Using geophysical technology specifically designed to more accurately capture data in a dense environment can also provide precise location information for underground infrastructure. For example, the use of Multi-Channel Ground Penetrating Radar (MCGPR) can confirm and assist in positioning marks in congested areas and depict non-utility trench walls, horizontal extent of duct banks, and other areas of constructability anomalies important for the challenging project.

Combined with traditional geophysical techniques and direct-exploration, GPR data provides a more thorough and reliable set of data – ultimately reducing the risks associated with project development.

The Las Vegas Boulevard Water Main Improvements Utility Investigation is a recent project where Cardno is currently following ASCE 38-02 using a variety of technologies to provide comprehensive investigation results. Cardno is providing SUE (Quality Level B and A) services including records research, EM designating, vault scanning, and MCGPR along a 5.7 section of Las Vegas Boulevard (Vegas Strip). The continual high vehicle and pedestrian traffic on this site required extensive planning and permitting to minimize disruption and ensure safety, while capturing the complexity of the underground utility data. Along with traditional SUE methods, MCGPR added valuable information to the data.

The Quality Level B investigation of the North phase of the project, using traditional pipe and cable locators, identified utilities running in different alignments than what was shown in existing records. MCGPR, which was effective to a depth of approximately six feet in clay soil, confirmed some of the alignments identified during designating, and also found other unknown structures, providing critical information to the project team. Test holes leading to Quality level A data are planned in the next phase of the investigation.

Underground utilities in urban centers are aging, in unknown locations and in unknown condition. Comprehensive ASCE 38-02 compliant SUE investigations can help engineers, designers, and contractors make informed decisions that reduce risk.

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