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Tropical Energy Code Legislation Introduced

Date: November 18, 2020

Senator Sabina Perez introduced legislation (Bill 413-35) to adopt the Guam Tropical Energy Code. The measure aims to reduce the overall cost of home ownership and limit Guam’s carbon footprint by establishing a minimum building energy standard, according to a news release. The bill is co-sponsored by Speaker Tina Rose Muña Barnes and Senator Joe S. San Agustin.

The Guam Tropical Energy Code (GTEC) is an updated set of building standards promoting energy conservation and was specifically developed by local experts for use in Guam’s tropical climate. Once enacted, it will set minimum standards for lighting, air conditioner unit ratings, and other construction methods and standards that impact energy use. Such standards will apply to new construction on Guam, as well as remodeling projects to existing structures that are significant enough to require a building permit.

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University of GU Secures $21.7 Million for Engineering Building Project

Date: November 18, 2020

The US Department of Agriculture approved a $21.7 million loan to the University of Guam Endowment Foundation, to expand and renovate the university’s student services center and build a school of engineering.

The university last year launched a new engineering program that for the first time will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering without having to leave the island, according to a Pacific Daily News article.

Engineering students at UOG had been required to begin their studies on Guam then transfer after two years to an off-island university in order to complete their degree. Students who want to pursue other engineering disciplines still must leave the island to complete their degrees.

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Climate Change to Disrupt Life, Says New Report

Date: November 18, 2020

“Hotter weather, risks to freshwater supplies, coral reef death, and stronger typhoons” are among the major challenges detailed in the new report, Climate Change in Guam: Indicators and Considerations for Key Sectors.

The report was released by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment, a consortium of several government and nongovernment organizations and research entities, which in part, compiles findings from previous studies that typhoons will be stronger, there will be hotter days, extreme rainfall will bring more flash floods, more corals will be at risk of dying and droughts will bring more wildfires and put pressure on the drinking water supply. [It] suggests areas in which planners, engineers and policymakers, among others, will have to take into account.

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GU Legislature Approves Bills for Sustainable Infrastructure, Emergency Procurement

Date: October 28, 2020

The Guam Legislature recently passed legislation that addresses resilient and sustainable infrastructure and emergency procurement guidelines. The following bills highlighted in the Pacific Daily News may be of interest to NSPE-GU members and the engineering community.

2050 Sustainability Plan
If signed into law, this legislation (Bill 167) will direct the Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans to draft a new Guam 2050 Sustainability Plan. It will provide guidance across the government for the sustainable social, economic, infrastructure and physical development of Guam over the next 30 years. It would replace the Guam Comprehensive Development Plan, which was created in 1979.

Emergency Procurement Laws
This legislation (Bill 90) addresses strengthening emergency procurement provisions and transparency as at relates to obtaining supplies, services, and conducting construction work when there is a threat to public safety, health, and welfare and to the environment.

Registered Apprenticeship Program
This legislation (Bill 287) seeks to expand the Guam Registered Apprenticeship Program to include pre-apprenticeships and authorize tax credits for those participating in the program, particularly to strengthen the construction and technical workforce.

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Guam Featured in Data Collection for NOAA's Largest Coastal Mapping Project

Date: October 28, 2020

A project completed the collection of topographic and bathymetric lidar and digital imagery for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) largest coastal mapping project. These efforts include updating information for 12,000 square miles along the Eastern Seaboard, Pacific, and Gulf Coast that have not been surveyed for hundreds of years, according to a news release in Directions Magazine.

NOAA will use the data to support additional mapping, nautical charting, geodesy services, marine debris surveys and marine resource management assessments. The data also will be available to other federal, state and local agencies, as well as the public and commercial entities, and can provide valuable insights into sediment transport, emergency management forecasting, the impact of flooding and storm surge, transportation projects, and updating systems for recreational and commercial fishing.

Work for this contract stemmed from a supplemental appropriation from Congress for accurate and consistent measurement of the national shoreline following three storms in 2018–Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael and Typhoon Yutu–as part of NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey Remote Sensing Division’s Coastal Mapping program.

Data is currently being delivered for 11 project areas in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, southern Virginia, North Carolina, northern South Carolina, Florida, and southeast Alabama. The full data set is expected to be available for public use by summer 2021.

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Are You the Next Federal Engineer of the Year?

Date: October 28, 2020

Honoring the commitment of federal engineers to innovation and service is the hallmark of the Federal Engineer of the Year Award. Nominations for the award, which attracts participation from more than a dozen federal agencies, are open until October 31.

The FEYA ceremony is scheduled for February 18, 2021, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Tickets will be available for sale in January and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Apply or nominate a worthy engineer today.


We Want to Hear from You!

Date: October 28, 2020

Do you know of engineering news in Guam that would be great for this newsletter? Maybe it’s a project you or your firm is working on, or perhaps you read some interesting engineering news in your local newspaper. Or maybe you know of a fellow PE or student who deserves a little recognition. If so, we want to hear from you. Email your ideas to pemagazine@nspe.org.

NSPE 2018–19 President Visits Guam Society

Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE, recently visited the Guam Society of Professional Engineers.

Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE,  recently visited the Guam Society of Professional Engineers

Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE,  recently visited the Guam Society of Professional Engineers


Holiday Mixer: December 14, 2018, Hyatt Regency

Celebrate the holidays with food, games, and prizes. To participate in the gift exchange, please bring "recycled gift."

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GSPE sends letter to PEALS Board regarding the recent Opinion issues by the Attorney General of Guam regarding enforcement of code of ethics

Linked below is the letter sent to the PEALS Board a few weeks ago regarding the recent Opinion issues by the Attorney General of Guam regarding enforcement of our code of ethics. Also linked below are the AG’s Letter and NSPE’s Bulletin on QBS for your information.

Letter from AG

Letter from GSPE to AG

QBS April 2018

9th Annual "Tee 2 Green" Golf Fundraiser to be held October 27th, 2018

The Guam Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE) is hosting its 9th Annual "Tee 2 Green" golf fundraiser to be held on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at the Onward Talofofo Golf Club. The format is Two-Person Select Shot (Scramble). Registration and assignments will open at 11:00AM, with a shotgun start at 12:30PM followed by a banquet with awards and raffle prizes.

MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state territory. The MATHCOUNTS Guam Chapter team will be traveling to Orlando, Florida to compete in the national competition, which this 9th "Tee 2 Green" golf tournament will provide a significant portion of the funds needed to finance the Guam team's participation at the prestigious national level. Previous fundraising efforts for the MATHCOUNTS Guam Chapter were based monetary donations. The "Tee 2 Green" tournament is an effort to raise awareness and active participation among the GSPE stakeholders in support of the MATHCOUNTS Guam Chapter.

Download the registration form for more information on how to participate.

NSPE 2017–18 President Visits Guam Society

Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, recently visited the Guam Society of Professional Engineers.

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We have strong partners in Guam. Excellent leaders who believe in the licensed PE and @NSPE core values.

Big turnout and great discussion. Special thank you to Pres. Tom Camacho, Gabe, Tor, Jeff, Mike, Betty, long time EJCDC member Bill Berry and all present for the hospitality!

Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, recently visited the Guam Society of Professional Engineers

Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, recently visited the Guam Society of Professional Engineers

Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, recently visited the Guam Society of Professional Engineers

Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, recently visited the Guam Society of Professional Engineers

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