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The work of ACEC Houston is through its Committees.



  • Contracts:

    Communicates ACEC Houston concerns regarding professional service contracts to local public entities. Reviews contracts proposed by the public entities and negotiates updates to engineering fee curves and other matters with the City and County. Meetings are called by Chairman when needed. Please go to Members Only for recent documents concerning City of Houston fee curve and Harris County fee curves.

      Jim Spackman, P.E., Contracts Committee Chair
      IS Engineers, LLC



  • Design Standards/Plan Review:

    Provides the focus for review of design criteria standards of the regulatory agencies and plan review issues. Serves as a conduit to recommend revisions and additions to the various design criteria standards of the City, County and Flood Control. Meets with regulatory agencies monthly to accomplish its goal. Meets with just ACEC Houston members on the first Thursday of the month, 7:30 a.m. at Costello, Inc. offices(9990 Richmond Avenue, Suite 450, North Building) and with Agency personnel on the third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 a.m., Harris County Flood Control District conference room.

    Doug Coenen, P.E., Design Standards Plan Review Chair
    Walter P. Moore & Assoc.



  • Geotechnical:

    Reviews geotechnical issues as related to civil engineering with public agencies at the direction of the Board.Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month at 3:00 pm, at the Terracon offices, 11555 Clay Road.

      Todd Swoboda, P.E., Geotechnical Committee Chair



  • Membership:

    Reviews and processes applications for membership in ACEC Houston. Arranges receptions for local agency officials and key governmental staff members who work with ACEC Houston members throughout the year. Coordinates activities with Texas-CEC for state-wide events. Plans and arranges special events for ACEC Houston membership. Meetings are held quarterly at the ACEC Houston offices, 2180 North Loop West, Suite 320.

      Raj Basavaraju, P.E., Membership Committee Chair
      HNTB Corporation



  • Stormwater Management:

    Serves as a resource to the public agencies and offers ACEC Houston members recourse for drainage and flood control issues. Reviews storm water permitting issues and drainage design criteria. Keeps members apprised of new or changing regulations. Meets on the 4th Wednesday each month at ACEC Houston offices, 11:30 a.m. and quarterly meetings are held at the Harris County Flood Control District conference room with agency personnel at 7:30 a.m.

      David Lowe, P.E., Stormwater Management Committee Chair
      Brown & Gay Engineers



  • Transportation: 

    The committee’s focus is on issues concerning all aspects of transportation and provide support to the ACEC Houston Board of Directors on daily business issues with local governmental agencies. Provides input into local governmental agencies concerning transportation issues. Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:30 a.m., at the ACEC Houston offices, 2180 North Loop West, Suite 320.

      Chris Cotter, P.E., Transportation Committee Chair
      LJA Engineering



  • Water Resources Committee: 

    The Committee objective is to identify any water supply issues that may be of concern to the engineering community and propose solutions/recommendations to the Board. Currently the Committee is working on preparing design guidelines or criteria so that the water supply lines to and from water plants of different jurisdictions can be compatible. The Water Resource Committee meets the first Friday of each month, 7:30 a.m., at the ACEC Houston offices, 2180 North Loop West, Suite 320.

      Melinda Silva, P.E., Water Resources Committee Chair
      Dannenbaum Engineering