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District Commander Col. Shawn McGinley Chief, Corporate Communications Ron Fournier Editor Hilary Markin This newsletter is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Tower Times Department of Defense, Department of the Army, or the Rock Island Dis trict U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is published monthly using offset press by the Corporate Commu U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Clock Tower Building, Box 2004, Rock Island, IL 61204-2004. Phone (309) 794-5730. Circulation 1,500. Send articles to Editor, Corporate Corps of Engineers, Clock Tower Building, P.O. Box 2004, Rock Island, IL, 61204-2004; or e-mail at On the web at: August 2009 Tower Times Contents August 2009 2 Tower Times 3 Camp Builds Future Engineers 4 Bobber and Baseball: A Home Run for Water Safety 5 Lake Red Rock Celebrates 40 Years of Operation 6 Cutting Edge Design for a Large Civil Works Project 8 Change of Command Rock Island District welcomes Col. Shawn McGinley 9 Safety Corner Hearing Conservation 10 Around the District 11 Spotlight on the District Rhonda Johanson On the Cover Students attending Project Con nect with Engineering in the Quad Cities, watch a barge lock through Locks and Dam 15 at the Mississip pi River Visitor Center on July 14. See article on page 3. Tower Times U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Vol. 31 No. 7 August 2009


August 2009 Tower Times 3 S engineering with engineers from the Rock Island District on July 14. The students were participating in a week-long camp called Project Connect with Engi neering in the Quad Cities. This was the eighth grade students jump started their ca Rick Nickel, Engineering and Construc through. Jim Trail, assistant lockmaster, a tour of Locks and Dam 15 and explained how the locks and dam operate. groups and began rotating through three ing, and a bridge span design contest. At the geotechnical station, George Millar, Engineering and Construction analysis is performed and how to plot a soil gradation on paper. They also per formed hands-on soil characterization and learned how to describe different soils. The testing occur on a concrete test cylinder and then calculating its strength. Each group also made their own concrete which will be tested once it cures and the results sent to the teachers. ing. Scott Kool, Engineering and Construc Right, Scott Kool, Engineering and Con struction Division, helps students measure the invert elevation of a catch basin on the Clock Tower lawn during an exercise to determine slope between two basins. Below, Jim Trail, Locks and Dam 15, Op erations Division, explains to students how the barge entering the chamber will lock through to the upper pool. CAMP BUILDS FUTURE ENGINEERS By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist around the Clock Tower. presentation on designing bridges before turning the students loose. The students worked in two-person teams to design a bridge using West Point Bridge De signer 2007 software, a kid-friendly design software. The software was capable of calculating the strength of the design and The students also learned about engi and the American Society of Metals Inter national Quad Cities Chapter, Moline, Ill. during the week-long camp. Special thanks to the Society of Ameri can Military Engineers Rock Island Post District employees who assisted with the George Millar, Engineering and Construction Division, and Caleb Kahley, Williams Middle School, are mixing up concrete before placing it in a cylinder to cure.


By Doug Jansen, USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 4 August 2009 4 Tower Times Bobber and Baseball: A Home Run for Water Safety W hat do you get when you mix Bobber the Water Safety Dog and baseball? A home run at the Fifth Annual Water Safety Night at the Iowa Cubs game in Des Moines, Iowa. This Annual Water Safety Night at the Iowa Cubs game was a with Coast Guard Auxilarists Doug Jansen and Marty Robey promoted water safety to kids and adults prior to and during the game. the Iowa Cubs and the Memphis Redbirds. After throwing out Bobber helped us make some great interactions, said Park tant water safety messages, including to always wear your life jacket. Hundreds of baseball fans stopped by the water safety display at the park to learn about life jackets, boating safety and to meet Bobber. Bobber helped to inform young children about water safety to help them make the right choices when they are around helps us both to get out the message about water safety, said Auxilarist Doug Jansen. Later that night, Auxilarist Jansen spent some time in the broadcast booth with Deene Ehlis and Randy Wehofer, Iowa Cubs broadcasters, to talk about water safety with the listeners. The and safe boating practices. The water safety night was a success, as hundreds of children and their families were exposed to water safety education as they geared up for the busy 4th of July weekend. helps a young Cubs fan try on a life jacket and Photo by Marty Robey, USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 4


August 2009 Tower Times 5 I n March of 1969, the newly completed Red Rock Dam celebrated that momentous occasion with a special day-long the cool, drizzly weather, athletes enjoyed a bit of the lake areas scenery as they made their way through the route. Energetic time of 33 seconds! grams, readings from historic books, and a special presentation by Lt. Col. Michael Clarke, former District deputy commander, to recognize long-time partners of the lake area. Special guests included Third District Congressman Leonard Boswell, former and organizations that were instrumental in the lake areas de Association, Will Prather, Eunice Folkerts, Sally Vander Linden, long list of sponsors contributed donations and supplies to make historic photo display, essay contest and a paper airplane drop off the top of the tower were also part of the days schedule. publicity from Des Moines Channel 13 and Channel 8, local Lake Red Rock Celebrates 40 years of Operation Below, two boys explore the wetland exhibit for macroinvertebrates before placing them in smaller containers for a closer look. Above, Park Ranger Tracy Spry, Lake Red Rock, explains an activity on geocaching at the 40th anniversary celebration of the creation of Lake Red Rock. Local kayakers pose before paddling on Lake Red Rock during the celebration. By Tracy Spry, Lake Red Rock


August 2009 6 Tower Times T he Rock Island District used Building Information Mod Project. The Districts engineers were tasked with creat ing a design to replace six miter gates on the Upper Mississippi miter gate structural models and produce contract drawings for three different height gates in four months. and dams were built in the 1930s. The replacement of the gates has been on the Operation and Maintenance backlog for many years and the most critical gates will be replaced by 2012. For this project, time was of the essence to get the contract The other challenge that engineers faced was creating a design template that could be adapted to the design of the remaining 33 to design the gates and make them adaptable. The design was Virtual Building Logistics for additional modeling capacity. The gates that are being replaced are at Locks 20, 21 and 22. These gates are set at three different gate heights and the friendly. The miter gates use a bolted design so parts can be easily unbolted and replaced when damaged by barge impact or worn out from age. Many parts were designed to be interchange By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist able between the different heights of the gates. This will allow the for easy replacement and repair of the miter gates. miter gate in 3-D and attaching the information from the dataset to the model parts. The dataset information is what makes BIM dif Cutting Edge Design for a Large Civil Works Project This model shows the design for the new vertically framed miter gates that will replace the current gates built in the 1930s. Mississippi River Structural Main tenance Unit staff move the miter gate at Lock and Dam 21 for emer gency repairs in the fall of 2008. This is one of the original miter gates that will be replaced using the new designs developed by the Rock Island District.


August 2009 Tower Times 7 ferent from a plain 3-D model. Examples of dataset information that can be assigned to a part are material type and material den was creating extractions that would be used to make the 2-D the extractions are laid out on the drawing sheets and annotated with dimensions and notes. 3-D BIM model is that it takes less time and money to create the to be created and managed throughout the design process. Using created from one 3-D model which reduces the chance of error associated with using multiple 2-D models. Using 3-D BIM modeling to create the plans reduced the ings in construction by reducing the number and magnitude of ferences, said Toby Hunemuller, project engineer, Engineering The 3-D model was projected up on a big screen and an interac and suggestions that will make these miter gates easy to maintain and repair, said Eric Johnson, lead structural engineer, Engineer .pdf rotatable models were emailed to the Operations team with new design changes. The MRPO could then analyze the com ponent from their duty station and report any issues or concerns incorporating the changes early in design and will create a more operable and maintainable miter gate. The 3-D models were a really great tool for us to understand aspects and spin it around to see if there would be any issues on getting access to certain areas to make repairs, said Bill Gretten, Command located on Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill. to they were able to do a walk-through. During the walkthrough, District staff members were able to walkway which will allow the crane hook to drop in easier for into the lockwall recess and into the mitered position. completed on such a tight schedule without 3-D BIM modeling. This project created a miter gate design that will be used as gates in the Rock Island District. These new miter gates will to maintain with interchangeable replacement parts and better operability. Using BIM allowed the project to be completed in a Corps of Engineers. This close-up look at a gud geon pin is an example of the detail and com plexity of the design that can be seen using 3-D modeling. Staff from Operations and Engineering and Con struction Division used the Advanced Visualization Center at the Armament Research Development and Engineering Command located on Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill. to walk through the miter gates in a four-sided virtual environment.


August 2009 8 Tower Times By Hilary Markin C ol. Shawn McGinley took command of the Rock Island at Quarters One, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. McGinley and Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, commander, Jim Trail, assistant lockmaster, Lock and Dam 15, Operations Sinkler the outgoing commander who had led the District since July 2006. McGinley takes command of the District after commanding the 54th Combat Engineer Battalion in Bamberg, Germany, and expressed great pride in his new assignment. great Army and nation, and, in these times I am profoundly the next commander of the Rock Island District," McGinley said my short time here. I offer you my best effort to take care of you and your families during my command here in Rock Island." Change of COMMAND Sinkler commanded the District through the Floods of 2008, Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System for the of risk-reduction in 2011. Bob was a champion for this District and its missions and knew his people had a great story to tell and he made sure to get out into the communities and keep the public informed, said Walsh. welcomed McGinley to his new command. He described him as lenges ahead. From left, Steve Felderman, lockmaster, and Jim Trail, assistant lockmaster, Locks and Dam 15, bring Col. Shawn McGinley, incoming Rock Island District commander, and Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, commander, Mississippi Valley Division, up the Mississippi River to the change of com Robert Sinkler, outgoing District commander, signifying the change in leadership.


August 2009 Tower Times 9 Forms of hearing protection are or swimmers ear plugs are NOT proper hearing protection.) The Rock Island District supplies prop er protection to employees, but it at any drug store or sporting goods store for personal use. Noise not only affects hearing, it affects other parts of the bodys systems. It is known to: Increase blood pressure way the heart beats) Increase breathing rate Disturb digestion causing upset stomach and ulcers It is important to protect yourself from noise hazards at work concerns, please contact us at (309) 794-5280. Information courtesy of American Speech-Language Hear ing Association, and Center for Hearing and Communication, Hearing Conservation N oise threats are not just a concern at work but also in helpful to Rock Island District employees. occur from brief intense impulses or by repeated exposure. The day. when recreating. Home Work Recreation Refrigerator 50dB Weed whacker 94-96dB 70dB Electric toothbrush 50-60dB tool 80dB Noisy restaurant 85 dB Washing machine 50-75dB Ringing telephone 80 dB Stock car races 130dB Electric razor 50-80dB 50dB 166-170dB Lawn mower 90-95dB Circular saw 100-104dB Motorcycle 95-100dB D employee information in regards to disabilities. This is Program and for monitoring the workforce to ensure the Armys ment of the Armys two percent goal. Many employees with dis The information is used to determine accessibility and accom modation needs of the community and its employees. It is also Help ensure your personnel records include information related to disabilities by completing Standard Form 256 (Selfconcerning a medical condition or if you need assistance in Update Your Employee Information


August 2009 Retirements ... Martha Cole, ship Programs Support Branch, Real Estate Sympathy ... Richard Dick Mattson, 63, of Bet tendorf, Iowa, died July Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. Mattson worked in 37 years before retiring in 2005. Around the District Annual Retirees Luncheon Sept. 9 Retirees, sign-up now for the annual re tirees luncheon on Sept. 9 at the Quad City Bo tanical Center in Rock Island, Ill. Social hour begins at noon with the luncheon following at 1 p.m. The price is $15 per person. Checks should be make out to Sandra Dixon and mailed to Sandy Dixon, 8109 9th Street W., Rock Island, IL 61201-7733. The deadline for Donelson (563) 381-3143, LaVeta Bear (309) 794-0710, or Sandy Dixon, DIXONS3JSS@ or by phone at (309) 787-5782. Riebe Honored at Luncheon Bob Riebe, Engineering and Construction Island Arsenal employees honored on July 28 at a luncheon at Maj. Gen. Robert Radins house in Quarters 6 on Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill. Riebe, who has worked for the District for 49 years, was the longest standing employee in attendance. District Holds Blood Drive By Susan Yager On July 7 the District held its semi-annual sippi Valley Regional Blood Center. With great amazement, employees beat the goal of 25 units of blood and collected 47. States needs blood and one unit of blood can is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, in the ABC Conference Room. The blood center will be accommodate donors and encouraging more blood donations. donate baked goods; cookies, brownies, fudge, such good bakers in this District that this alone nator for the District. information, please contact Rock Island Dis trict Blood Donor Coordinator, JoAnn Wilgen busch at (309) 794-5567.


Tower Times 11 August 2009 By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Rhonda Johanson Chief of Contracting Division S Johanson is one of those people. She enjoys working with as contractors and she is great at it. Johanson began her federal career in 1984 with the Rock Island District and transferred to Con She has a Bachelor of Arts of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose Iowa. During her 21 years in contracting she has been a clerk typist, clerk, purchase agent, contract specialist, and procurement analyst. In 2003, she was selected to be the chief of Contracting ties in support of the Districts missions. She is the principle (including construction and architect-engineer) and utilities. I enjoy getting to work with lots of people, from engineers like Denny Lundberg, to lockmasters, to the people we contract with, said Johanson. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Johanson deployed Johanson. She is also a member of the Task Force Unwa tering team and deployed to Baton Rouge prior to landfall in 2008. I am proud of work deployed but I am also and take care of business while I am gone, said Johanson. numerous awards for the outstanding work she has performed for the Rock Island District. The most Corps Day awards ceremony. When away from work Johanson enjoys spending time with A couple of years ago Johanson and her husband took a trip to trips but the two that stick out the most were riding on a dogsled and seeing the glaciers. their trip. a son, daughter and son-in-law, and a granddaughter. that she readily shares with her staff. In the busy times and not the need arises. That person should listen to you and help you can. Rhonda Johnason with granddaughter Ella Grace Martin.


DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, ROCK ISLAND CLOCK TOWER BLDG. P.O. BOX 2004 ROCK ISLAND, IL 61204-2004 History Revealed M Clock Tower). were worn into the stone from the horse drawn wagons hauling munitions and ordnance to the Clock Tower when it was used as a storehouse from 1871 to 1930. The Clock Tower is already a federally recognized historic landmark and has been under restoration since the1990s. The of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings a new campus plan for the area around the Clock Tower and and replace it with a minimal amount of concrete for sidewalks. A roadway will also be completed through the porte cochere to the amount of run-off. When completed there will be one-third of the amount of impermeable surface. The concrete will also be painted to match the Clock Tower making the entire complex more aesthetically appealing. The construction is anticipated to be completed by Oct. 1. The By Hilary Markin, Public Affairs Specialist Left, a historic photo of the porte cochere in 1939. Below, is what pavers looked like when uncovered by contractors in July.