Welcome to this week in Reg World. I'm trying this medium out as a way to quickly spread the info that's important for the classes we share. Let me know how this works for you (offline please!).
Sac State Wins! Sac State beats a Pac-12 team and Cal is officially not the worst team in the division. Hooray!
1 World Trade Center: A FORTUNE Magazine article on a very cool project
Caldecott Tunnel: An old (Aug. 13) SF Chronicle article about the completion of the Caldecott Tunnel.
Low Bidding on SF Subway Station: Another old (Aug. 10) SF Chronicle article about the problems associated with low-bidding public works. Can you tell me what the common thread between the two SF Chronicle articles is?
CM News and Events
September 14: CMSA BBQ at Glenbrook Park. BYOB. Come out and hang out with other CM students and watch the alumni that show up drink too much.
October 1: TMCS Golf Tournament. The proceeds from this tournament greatly support the CM Department. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Contact your CMSA Officers for more info.
October 6: Sac State CM Sporting Clays Shoot. This is a fundraiser for the Reno teams. Remember how much individual fundraising sucks? Well, the more successful this event is, the less people you will have to call and beg for money. So volunteer to help out. Contact a CMSA Officer or e-mail the Reno Grand Poobah, Henry Meier for more details. It's an all day event, but you will get fed. And your will get to mingle with industry ballers.
October 12: The American Society for Professional Estimators is welcoming Dr. Jim Adrian of Bradley University back to Sacramento for a full day seminar in the University Union. This guy is an internationally-knows expert on estimating and productivity. The first 20 students will have their fee ($100!) covered by ASPE. If interested, send me and e-mail.
October 12-14: CMSA Camping Trip. After an awesome day of learning from Jim Adrian (see directly above), treat yourself to some fun with your fellow CM classmates.
October 17: Sacramento Builders' Exchange CIEF Golf Tournament. Another chance to volunteer and meet industry executives and PMs. This tournament raises money for scholarships, so some of you may ultimately end up as beneficiaries of this event. So again, VOLUNTEER (seeing a trend yet?).
What's Going on In Classes
CM 10: This week's guest speaker is Heman Chand, project manager for Whiting-Turner, a large commercial building general contractor. Remember to bring a copy of your write-up from Nick Parker's guest lecture and get it reviewed by a classmate.
CM 121: This is the first week of labs, so show up. Be sure to buy your Goodyear plans (from Signature Reprographics) by next week.
In lecture, we will continue with calculating the productivity of labor on Tuesday and then cover the productivity of equipment on Thursday. These are key lectures, so don't miss either.
CM 126: On Monday we get our first Toolbox Meeting with Eric Staehlin kicking off. He's not covering CPR for feral cats, but I hope it's good nonetheless. The lecture will conclude with a review of the negotiating assignment and a lecture for subcontracts and purchase orders.
On Wednesday, Nate Dogg is presenting a Toolbox Meeting on saw safety. I hope it includes a demonstration! And Kim and Mark lead off the group presentations discussing legal aspect of design-build. We will close out with your next assignment.
I teach people who will be building our country's infrastructure.