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BY-LAWS

GEOTECHNICAL ACTIVITIES GROUP

 

ARTICLE I.  GEOTECHNICAL ACTIVITIES GROUP

The New Orleans Branch recognizes that the interaction between geotechnical engineers and other disciplines is of paramount importance to the success of a project.  The purpose of Geotechnical Activities Group is to foster the exchange of the professional and technical knowledge and enhance geotechnical engineering practice and the professional interaction between geotechnical engineers and professionals practicing in the other Civil Engineering and Architectural disciplines.

 

ARTICLE II.  FUNCTION

SECTION 1.                Meetings.  The Group s primary function will be the organization and presentation of technical sessions in the New Orleans area. The Group will attempt to address geotechnical subjects of interest to the entire Civil Engineering  and Architectural Community.

SECTION 2.               Practice.   The Committee may review current events, regulations, policies and proposals set forth by governmental, educational and regulatory bodies, and policies being developed by the National American Society of Civil Engineers, the Louisiana Section and the New Orleans Branch as these affect Geotechnical Engineering practice, in particular, the practice of Civil Engineering, in general. The purpose of such review would be to identify the consensus opinion of practitioners and formally communicate such opinions with appropriate recommendations to the ASCE New Orleans Branch Board of Directors.

 


                                                ARTICLE III.  MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1.               Membership in the Geotechnical Activities Group is open to all members of the American Society of Civil Engineers in the New Orleans area and any individual who has a professional interest in geotechnical engineering.


ARTICLE IV.  ORGANIZATION

SECTION 1.               Steering Committee.   The Geotechnical Activities Group will  be administered by a steering committee.  The steering committee will organize meetings and provide liaison between the general membership of the Committee and the New Orleans Branch Board of Directors. The number of members on steering committee will be variable and comprised of the following:

(a)         Representatives of the private sector of the New Orleans Area, who specialize in geotechnical engineering.

(b)         Representatives of Tulane and University of New Orleans, who instruct in geotechnical engineering.

(c)         Representatives of the government agencies of the New Orleans Area, who specialize in geotechnical engineering.

SECTION 2.               Officers.   The steering committee will elect on an annual basis the following:

(a)         Chairman.  The Chairman will call and direct steering committee meetings, attend New Orleans Branch Board of Directors meetings reporting Group activities and needs to the Board.

(b)        Budget Chairman.   The budget chairman will prepare the annual budget for the Group. He will also account for Committee expenditures, receipts and assets and provide an annual financial report to the New Orleans Branch Board of Directors.

(c)         News Letter Editor.  The editor will edit and publish a newsletter informing the Branch membership of the Group s activities. Officers will be selected from voting members of the steering committee.

SECTION 3.                Voting Members.  Voting members of the steering committee will be one designated member from each New Orleans area geotechnical firm participating in the Group's activities, one member from the University of New Orleans, one member from Tulane University and one member from each governmental agency participating in the Group's activities.


ARTICLE V.  FINANCING.

SECTION 1.               The Budget Chairman will prepare an annual budget and submit it to the New Orleans Branch Board of Directors at the Board's first meeting in each fiscal year. The steering committee will develop methods of revenue, if necessary, to supplement Branch subsidies.

 

 
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