Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Chicago Chapter

October PDH Seminar


Wednesday, October 14, 2015 

12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Jardine Water Purification Plant


Sanitary Sewer Modeling

Shane Firsching, P.E.


Speaker Biography:

Shane Firsching is a licensed engineer in the State of Illinois. He obtained his Masters degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and his Bachelors degree from Bradley University. He works for Baxter & Woodman as a project manager on sewer and water infrastructure projects. For the last eight years, Shane has assisted municipalities with hydraulic modeling of their sanitary collection systems in addition to other studies and construction designs. He lives in Huntley, Illinois with his wife, and in his spare time, you may find Shane doing home improvement projects or training for the next triathlon.



A hydraulic model is a tool that helps with the evaluation of sanitary sewer performance. They can be used to assess existing or future improvements. A model can be simple and static, or a model can be complex and dynamic. The quality of a model is determined by understanding input data and verifying predicted results. A few case studies will be discussed to demonstrate various types of sanitary sewer model applications.    

 The attendee will learn more about:

  • When and why to use a static model
  • When and why to use a dynamic model
  • Modeling software for static and dynamic models
  • Case Study - Need more capacity? Should you upsize, build a relief sewer, build storage, or remove inflow and infiltration?
  • Case Study - What improvements are needed to eliminate the combined sewer overflow?
Please note that this is a brownbag luncheon, no food will be provided

Due to JWPP security protocols, attendees MUST register by October 12, 2015.  


  Registration is limited to 25 people, but is free of charge thanks the collaborative effort of

APWA, ISPE, AWWA, IEEE, ASCE, ACEC and the Chicago Dept of Water Management.

    All attendees must register on-line.  NO walk-up registrations will be permitted.

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    Meet our current Chicago Chapter ISPE Board of Directors

    Jeff Rensing (ISPE President), William Bogdel (Member At-Large), Adam Hardy (President), Jose Garcia (Member At-Large), Monica Altenhoff (Vice-President/President Elect), Keith Peltason (Vice-President), Mark Glochowsky (Member At-Large), John 'Tex' Mick (Member At-Large), Joel Feinstein (Treasurer/Secretary) and Laura Drumm (Member At-Large).  Not pictured Myesha McClendon (Mathcounts), Joy Schaad (Chapter Rep).


    The Chicago Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) is a professional association representing the interests of engineers in Chicago from all fields of practice. ISPE is a state society member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Chicago Chapter membership includes licensed professional engineers, licensed structural engineers, licensed land surveyors, engineer interns, graduate engineers, and engineering students. NSPE, ISPE, and the Chicago Chapter all work to promote the engineering profession at the national, state, and local levels.

    The Chicago Chapter provides professional development, marketing, and networking events in the downtown Chicago area. Many events are over the lunch hour or immediately after work hours, focusing on a variety of topics relevant to the field of engineering and frequently offering professional development hours (PDH).

    The Chapter also supports the Chicago Region MATHCOUNTS competition, provides scholarships to engineering college students, and distributes awards to local engineering firms for significant project achievements.

    Our mission is to promote the engineering profession and enhance the value of the PE license by providing opportunities for engineers in the Chicago area to:

    · Obtain professional development hours toward their professional license

    · Showcase engineering projects

    · Share knowledge with peers, students, and the public

     Illinois Society of Professional Engineers benefits include:
    Professional Development Hours
    Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for professional engineers are required in Illinois. ISPE programs provide  continuing education hours through many events for members. 
    ISPE is the only organization dedicated to protecting your professional engineering license.
    PE Licensure Support
    Assist with navigating the licensure process and practice of engineering.
    Media Outreach
    NSPE & ISPE promote the positive image of engineers and actively seek media opportunities to enhance it. 
    Networking Opportunities
    Opportunities to meet engineers and make contacts exist at every level of membership - local chapters, ISPE and NSPE.  
    ISPE/NSPE members provide a valuable program, generating interest in math and engineering with our youth.
    Industry Resources
    Exclusive ISPE e-newsletter and e-magazine provides interesting and informative news involving the engineering profession, as well as timely information regarding PE licensure in Illinois.