The New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (SBELS) held its Board meeting in conjunction with the New York State Society of Professional Engineers fall conference in Troy, New York on November 1, 2013. NYSSPE President and Executive Director, Keith Lashway, PE and Anthony Fasano, PE sat in on the public portion of the meeting. The following topics were discussed during this portion of the meeting:
The SBELS discussed potential student outreach, especially in connection with the new computer based FE exam format. The Board asked Anthony Fasano if the NYSSPE had been engaging in student outreach. Anthony responded that NYSSPE is, in fact, in the midst of a rigorous student outreach program, with visits either completed or scheduled for Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Buffalo University, Queensborough Community College, Clarkson University, Stony Brook University, and The City College of New York. The NYSSPE is discussing topics that include resume construction, interviewing skills, , ethics, licensure procedures and the new FE exam format. Anthony offered to share any information with the students that the SBELS would like to offer.
SBELS discussed Assembly bill #A3081. This bill authorizes the commissioner of the NYC department of buildings(department) to impose sanctions preventing a registered architect, licensed professional engineer or others found guilty of misconduct with respect to department applications from filing any documents with the department for up to two years; establishes a hearing panel and also provides for a hearing and an appeal process. The SBELS indicated that they would continue to monitor this bill.
SBELS continued their discussion on the use of new technology with regards to land grading and professional responsibility for products created when using new technology.
SBELS discussed that they continue to work with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on clarifying the differences between the scope of practice of professional engineers and that of a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). In addition, The SBELS members discussed the EPA directive that will require stormwater to be tested, which will induce new stormwater regulations in New York.
SBELS discussed the status of the revisions to the experience guidelines for the new NCEES software Principles and Practie exam.
SBELS Executive Secretary Jane Blair, PE, stated that the first computer based Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam will be on January 2, 2014 and registration opens on 11/4/13. The New York State Education Department’s website has been updated with the new information and also provides links to the information on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website as well.
SBELS continued their discussion regarding subject appropriate continuing education topics that may be acceptable under the category of “…other matters of law and/or ethics which contribute to the professional practice of engineering and the health, safety, and/or welfare of the public…”
SBELS indicated that the document prepared in regard to design build is currently under the review by the Department
You can view the official agenda for this and future SBELS meetings on the NYSED website.
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