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About

Reactivated on May 18, 2010, Chapter 6 has been going strong since! As one of the oldest chapters of AFE (nee AIPE), it was one of the most prestigious and active chapters for years; but it became inactive for a few years in the 1990's. We meet nine months out of the year, skipping July, August and December, and offer educational presentations as well as tours of local industry or places of interest. The technical presentations earn CEU credit for the attendees.

History

Throughout the years since AFE incorporated (1954) as the American Institute of Plant Engineers, Chapter 6 has been prominent within the organizations by taking a national presence with many of its members holding several national offices

Why Do We Exist?

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter (6) of the Association for Facilities Engineering believes in and supports the mission of the Global organization which is to provide resources, education, leadership and networking opportunities for our members. On the national level, AFE offers certifications, Journal, webinars, our Annual Business Meeting & Leadership Conference, and other resources such as AFE Connections. At the local level, Chapter 6 has nine meetings per year with most being educational/networking meetings with some occasional tours of local facilities of interest scheduled. Obviously with the COVID pandemic, we have been meeting virtually with much success with attendance and educational presentations. Be sure to go to the EVENTS calendar to view all the upcoming events for Chapter 6. Some of our recent events are pictured on the slider at the top of this page.

News


The 2021 Annual Business Meeting & Leadership Conference completed on Wednesday, November 17 with the closing ceremonies highlighted by two events: 1) the exceptional closing keynote speaker, Mr. Alonzo Kelly, and 2) the induction of this year's Assembly of AFE Fellows. Chapter 6 is privileged to have our own Mr. Dean Wallace as one of the inductees. Induction into the AFE Assembly of Fellows is the highest honor conferred by the Association. AFE Fellows also hold the dual distinction of Fellow in AFE but also as affiliate members of The Phi Phi Pi Society (FFP), an international honors society recognizing the accomplishments of architectural and design, construction management, engineering and facilities management students across the globe.

The previous night's Honors and Awards ceremony saw other nominations and winners of awards from Chapter 6 members. Art Karros, Dean Wallace and Denny Hydrick were winners of the CPE Leadership Award; Dean Wallace and Art Karros were nominated for the Instructor of the Year Award; and Denny Hydrick was nominated for the Member of the Year Award. 

 

Meeting Summaries

Chapter #6- Greater Philadelphia Chapter of AFE

November 17, 2021, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Speaker Terence DeFrancoInternet of Things

     




Greater Philadelphia Chapter 6’s November 2021 meeting was a virtual meeting held on the Zoom platform. Seventeen (17) people logged into the meeting.

Chapter President Denny Hydrick provided a brief update on the AFE AMBLC conference which just concluded. The conference was a hybrid live/virtual event centered in Minneapolis, MN.

In consideration of the number of visitors that signed into the meeting, program director Dean Wallace gave a history and introduction to AFE.

Terence DeFranco of Iota Communications was the featured presenter. Highlights of his presentation included:

  • IoT (internet of things) describes the connection of machines and devices to the internet
  • There are currently about thirty-one billion devices worldwide connected to the internet
  • A major challenge to the process is the difficulty of connecting devices to outdated, legacy systems
  • Discussion on the benefits of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). These include bi-directional security, 10-year battery life, and coverage in non-cellular and rural areas.

 

Submitted by Dean A. Wallace – CPE, CPMM
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October 20, 2021   5:00 pm-6:30 pm

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Speakers: Art Karros, PE, CPE

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Greater Philadelphia Chapter 6’s October 2021 meeting was a virtual meeting held on the Zoom platform. Fourteen people logged into the meeting.

AFE Executive Director A.C. Powell gave updates on several matters including the national meeting in Minnesota in November and the continuation of the AFE job fair which a chapter on the west coast has been doing for many years.

Art Karros of Lockheed Martin was the featured presenter. Highlights of his presentation included:

  • An introduction into how to create and use a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for a project.
  • The WBS outlines the deliverables necessary for project completion. It is a valuable tool for communication with the client.
  • The WBS focuses on what activities are involved in the project and not cost, timing, or who is doing the work.
  • The WBS is a valuable tool for comparing proposals from contractors and/or vendors.

 

Submitted by Dean A. Wallace – CPE, CPMM


September 22, 2021 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Speakers: David Hamilton – BQ Basement Systems, Inc

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David Hamilton

BQ Basement Systems

 

 

 

Greater Philadelphia Chapter 6’s September 2021 meeting was a virtual meeting held on the Zoom platform. Nine people logged into the meeting. Chapter 6 was honored to have Executive Director A. C. Powell, AFE President Joseph LaRocco, and Lt. Colonel Kelly Hannum of the United States Air Force Osan Base (S. Korea) in attendance.

A.C. Powell gave updates on several matters including the national meeting in Minnesota in November and the re-introduction of the AFE Fellow program.

David Hamilton of BQ Basements and Concrete was the featured presenter. Highlights of his presentation included:

  • Damp basements and underground spaces can include mole, dust mites, condensation, flaking walls, and allergens.
  • The best solution is a combination of fortifying exterior surfaces and installing a trench and pump system to eject water that does infiltrate.
  • Discussed installation of push piers and steel helical piers to stabilize foundations.
  • Demonstrated how the company uses polymers to level and lift concrete slabs.

Submitted by Dean A. Wallace – CPE, CPMM

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Leadership

Title Name Email
Chapter President Dennis Hydrick dhydrick@outlook.com
Chapter Vice President Joel Levitt
jdl@maintrainer.com
Chapter Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Reilly
Kevinreilly@comcast.net
Chapter Program Chair Dean Wallace dean@appliedfacilitysolutions.com
Chapter Membership Chair Matt McDevitt
matt@independentwiring.com
 Chapter Communications Chair Diane Goschler dgoschler@jbciengineers.com
Director Bernard Reese  bernard.reese@lmco.com
Director Peter Scrivano  pscrivano@javanengineering.com