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2018 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet

  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • 5:15 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Grapevine Banquets (formerly Hearthstone Manor), 333 Dick Road, Depew, New York
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  • Subsidized rate for Erie-Niagara Chapter Members and one guest.
  • For NSPE Members who are not Erie-Niagara Chapter Members and their guest.
  • Free registration for our speaker, awardees and their guest
  • For non-NSPE members (and non-awardees) attending our dinner.
  • Students enrolled in engineering curriculum at two or four year college.

2018 Chapter E-Week Awards Banquet

Friday, February 23, 2018


Grapevine Banquets
(formerly Hearthstone Manor)

333 Dick Road

Depew, New York

Join us for an exciting evening to cap off our Engineer's Week celebration as we join for dinner, recognize our 2018 awardees and enjoy a historical engineering presentation from Kevin O’Beirne, PE, FCSI of Arcadis.


Title of Presentation: “Our Bullet-Proof Cover”: How Civil War Fieldworks were Built and Used – A Modern Civil Engineer’s Perspective

Presenter:      Kevin O’Beirne, PE, FCSI

Title: Principal Engineer, Arcadis

Field fortifications, or “fieldworks”, were a prominent feature of many battles and campaigns of the American Civil War and, to this day, their eroded remains cover large parts of Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and other states.  In 1861-1865, Americans perfected siting, building, and using fieldworks—often established in a matter of hours—that would take Europeans until the First World War, 50 years later, to match.  With literally hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of the American South being moved , this presentation addresses Civil War fieldworks from the viewpoint of a modern civil engineer.

This presentation covers types of fieldworks—which were often surprisingly complex systems; how fieldworks were sited and constructed (and the primitive tools employed); the attitude of the personnel who constructed fieldworks; and how fieldworks were defended and assaulted.

Learning objectives of this presentation are:

  • Identify what “fieldworks” are, why they were important in the Civil War, and why they are important to understanding the course of the conflict.
  • Explain the various types of Civil War fieldworks and the uses of each.
  • Discuss the location and siting of fieldworks and related civil engineering and military engineering considerations.
  • Understand who constructed fieldworks, the construction methods employed, and rates of construction expected and achieved.
  • Explain how Civil War fieldworks were defended and assaulted, as directed by military engineers, and soldiers’ typical experiences when occupying fieldworks.


5:15 PM  Registration

6:30 PM  Dinner

7:15 PM  Presentation of Chapter Awards

7:45 PM  Speaker

Meal Selection:

  • Shrimp Scampi (Sold Out)
  • Salmon
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Sirloin Steak (Sold Out)

All entrees are served with a house salad, mashed potato, fresh vegetable, warm rolls & butter, coffee / tea /soda

Dessert:  Specialty cake


  • Chapter members and their guest - $35.00 (chapter subsidized)
  • NSPE (non-chapter) members and their guest - $45.00 (chapter subsidized)
  • Student members - $20.00
  • Speaker, awardees and guest - Free
  • All Others (Non-Members) - $50.00
You can register for the event here.
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