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SAME Omaha Post 2020 Industry Day & Golf Outing

October 2020 - Omaha, NE

In light of recent developments, emergency declarations made in local communities including Omaha, and many examples of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, SAME Omaha Post has made the decision to POSTPONE the 2020 Industry Day & Golf Outing to October of this year. We are working on a few details and will have an exact date for you soon.

If you have already paid for any portion of this event, your information will automatically transfer to our October date. This includes all registrations for Industry Day, exhibitor booth purchases, sponsorships, golf outing, CQM and RMS training classes, and special event purchases. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING.

However, if you would like to cancel any of your registrations, sponsorships, trainings, etc., we will issue full refunds with no penalties. Please contact Jackie Olsommer (jolsommer@olsson.com) with your cancellation request.

SAME Omaha Post is dedicated to the health and safety of all its members and event participants, and we thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented circumstances in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

UPDATED: March 16, 2020

RMS 3.0 / RMS 3.0CM Training

May 14, 2020 - Omaha, NE
RMS 3.0

RMS 3.0 and RMS 3.0/CM (Contractor Module) training will be offered Thursday, May 14th, onsite at the DoubleTree after Industry Day program concludes. There is no cost to attend this training and registration will open early March 2020. For more information, please visit the USACE Omaha District site.

UPDATED: February 6, 2020

November General Meeting Recap

November 2019 - Omaha, NE
November 2019 General Meeting Speaker

Camp Ashland: Building into the Future Presentation

Our SAME Omaha Post hosted our November 2019 General Membership Meeting on November 14th including an outstanding Camp Ashland: Building into the Future presentation by Colonel Shane M. Martin, Commander 20th Regiment. Your SAME Omaha Board also met before the General Meeting continuing to plan future events and ensure we are meeting our post goals.

Please find the PDH Certificate and the Board Meeting Minutes on our Omaha Post Web Site.

UPDATED: November 21, 2019

Interested in Making a Difference in Energy and Water Sustainability – Join the SAME Energy & Sustainability COI

November 14, 2019 at 12:00 (EST) 

The SAME Energy and Sustainability Community of Interest (COI) will be having a meeting at the Small Business Conference in Dallas, TX on Wednesday Nov. 20th at 9:30 a.m. in Room C147 at the Convention Center. 

We welcome SAME membership to join the Energy and Sustainability COI to discuss focus areas and ongoing initiatives

- Topics to be addressed at the 2020 SAME-IFMA Workshop

- Themes for education sessions for JETC 2020 - Preparing for the Energy Issue of TME

- Most importantly - what are the Energy & Sustainability challenges you think SAME should be addressing? And for the Posts, what do you need from the COI?  

We look forward to meeting new members and reconnecting with existing E&S members in Dallas. 

UPDATED: November 14, 2019

Do You Have an Energy or Water Sustainability Story for SAME TME?

November 7, 2019 at 12:00 (EST) 

Hello Energy and Sustainability Community of Interest (COI) Members and SAME Local Post Members – If you have a great project success story to tell about energy and/or the water energy nexus the SAME journal, “The Military Engineer” will have an energy focused issue in March/April of 2020. This is a great opportunity to let our fellow engineers and scientists know of your great work on innovative approaches to improve energy resilience and reliability for our military or other federal agencies. Proposals for an article are due on November 12 and final manuscripts are due on December 19, 2019.  Writer guidelines for the SAME TME at located here [samenews.org].  We look forward to seeing some great project success stories in the TME Energy Issue! 

UPDATED: November 7, 2019

SAME Energy and Sustainability COI Webinar: "Emerging Water Quality Challenges for Military Installations & Potential Solutions"

November 5, 2019 at 12:00 (EST)

The SAME Energy and Sustainability COI will host a webinar on November 5, 2019 at 12 noon EST titled: "Emerging Water Quality Challenges for Military Installations & Potential Solutions". 

We will discuss the growing threat to public health from unsafe water cannot be overstated.  Whether the contamination is from lead, bacteria, or chemicals, all water systems can impose health risks.  These threats arise from flaws in the supply systems serving military installations, or from causes emerging from plumbing and mechanical systems within military facilities.  This webinar lays out the pathway for facility managers, contractors, and water utility suppliers to assess and manage risks and ensure water quality to protect all personnel who work or live on or near U.S. military installations. 


Kurt Steenhoek – International Representative for Plumbing, United Association, Denver, CO.

Gerard Waites – Legislative & Policy Legal Counsel, O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue Law Firm, Washington, DC

Chris Carter – Vice President of Service, Murphy Company, St. Louis, MO.

Rich Benkowski - Training Specialist, United Association International Training Fund, Annapolis, MD

To learn more about the webinar you can click here [eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] .

To register for the webinar you can click here [eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] .

UPDATED: October 29, 2019

October General Meeting Recap

October 2019 - Omaha, NE
October 2019 General Meeting Speaker

Green Globes Building Initiative Presentation

Our SAME Omaha Post hosted our October 2019 General Membership Meeting on October 8th including a fascinating Green Globes Building Initiative presentation by Megan Baker, Director of Engagement at Green Building Initiative. Your SAME Omaha Board also met before the General Meeting continuing to plan future events and ensure we are meeting our post goals.

Please find the PDH Certificate and the Board Meeting Minutes on our Omaha Post Web Site.

UPDATED: October 11, 2019

Anderson Joins Tetra Tech Team

July 2019 - Omaha, NE
David J. Anderson, Omaha Operations Manager

Dennis J. Anderson, Omaha Operations Manager

Dennis J. Anderson has joined Tetra Tech, Inc. as the Omaha Operations Manager. Mr. Anderson’s primary responsibility will be to expand the services provided to Tetra Tech’s clients in the Midwest. He has over 30 years of experience in the private consulting business and has managed over 500 environmental projects which included environmental drilling, installation of monitoring/recovery wells, rock coring, continuous sampling, well/borehole abandonment, and the performance and analysis of aquifer pumping tests. He has earned dual licensure as both a Professional Engineer and Professional Geologist in multiple states which allows him to provide geotechnical engineering and environmental assessment/remediation services across a wide geographical area..

UPDATED: August 9, 2019

July 2019 Healing Waters Fly Fishing Event

Our SAME Omaha Post supported our local disabled veterans and disabled active military service personnel by volunteering at a July Fly Fishing event for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.  Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing brings a high-quality, full spectrum fly fishing program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service members and disabled veterans.  They are recognized as an innovative leader in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled and our Omaha Post is proud to partner with them to serve our military and veteran community.

Omaha Post Members, and some family members, attended the July 13th Fly Fishing Event in Lincoln, NE.  We provided lunch, water and other refreshments to the attendees and offered assistance with fishing activities, although not much was needed!  This was a great event for our Omaha Post and look forward to future opportunities to serve our active and veteran disabled military members.  

Here are some photos from this event.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing July Event Group Photo

Dave Packard, SAME Omaha Post Grill Master, with Rob Hufford our Veteran Outreach Coordinator       

LAST UPDATED: July 9, 2019

July 2019 Luncheon Meeting

Our SAME Omaha Post hosted our July 2019 Luncheon Meeting recognizing our scholarship winner, Nathaniel George, and welcoming David Sands, Executive Director of Nebraska Land Trust, to present on Conservation Easements, A Private Path to Permanent Protection.  David's presentation can be found here.

The PDH Certificate for this meeting can be found here.

      Here are some photos from this event.

      Nathaniel George Accepting Scholarship

      Nathaniel George & Family Accepting Scholarship

      David Sands, Thanks for Presenting!

       LAST UPDATED: July 9, 2019

Williamson Joins Burns & McDonnell Team

June 2019 - Omaha, NE
Nancy Pridal, P.E., President

Jeff Williamson

Midwest Federal Environmental Services

Business Development

Jeff Williamson has joined Burns & McDonnell to lead sales and marketing efforts to drive environmental services growth for federal clients in the Midwest. Williamson has nearly 40 years of operations and business development experience in successfully delivering engineering services, environmental remediation and construction programs. He has directly managed more than $125 million in federal projects, completing more than 100 task orders at more than 50 sites and installations.

UPDATED: July 8, 2019

2019 SAME Omaha Post Streamers Pinning

Congratulations to our SAME Omaha Post for its great achievements over the past year!

At our Monthly Meeting, we pinned five our streamers, including:

  • Distinguished Post Streamer
  • Development & Growth Streamer
  • Leadership & Mentoring Streamer
  • Membership Streamer
  • Relationship Streamer


The SAME Omaha Post also earned the Resiliency Streamer for its achievements during the last year. Pictures of our streamer pinnings include

      Distinguished Post Streamer Pinning

      Development and Growth Streamer Pinning

      Leadership and Mentoring Streamer Pinning

      Membership Streamer Pinning

      Relationship Streamer Pinning

UPDATED: June 13, 2019

SMP Competition Day

April, 11 2019

Competition Begins:
8:00 AM at Scott Conference Center

Award Ceremony:
7:00 PM at Scott Conference Center

Please click here for additional details:

SMP Website

UPDATED: February 6, 2019

8th Annual Scotch Tasting

December 2018

Greetings Omaha Post Members, Fellows, and YMs,

It’s that time of year again – let’s keep the Omaha winter nights at bay and warm up with scotch!

Please join our upcoming Scotch Tasting (8th Annual!), hosted by the Young Members and Fellows. This event is set for Thursday, December 13th, at The Berry & Rye (Downtown Omaha), and space is limited. Please note that this is also the date for our General Membership Meeting – make it a day of SAME!

Please click here for additional details:

8th Annual Scotch Tasting Flyer

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to RSVP.

Thank you,

Cybil Boss – on behalf of Jay Kline,
SAME Omaha Post Vice President for Young Members


UPDATED: December 4, 2018

Lang Joins Farris Team

October 2018 - Omaha, NE
Bobbi Jo Lang, Federal Business Development

Bobbi Jo Lang, Federal Business Development

Bobbi Jo Lang has joined Farris Engineering as a Federal Business Development Marketing Manager. In this role, Bobbi will be responsible for cultivating existing client relationships and generating new opportunities in the Federal sector. Bobbi has over 25 years of experience in the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Society of American Military Engineers, Omaha Post, and the Society of Marketing Professional Services, Nebraska Chapter.

Bobbi will be an integral part of the business development and marketing team at Farris Engineering.

Farris Engineering, an employee-owned provider of professional mechanical, electrical, fire protection and other consulting engineering services, was established in 1967 in Omaha, NE. The firm also has offices in Lincoln, NE, Sidney, NE, and Colorado Springs, CO.

UPDATED: October 29, 2018

Lunch for the Warriors

Monday, 23 July – 1030 – 1330 at the Base Fitness Center

Lunch is from 11 – 1, we’ll need a bit of extra time to set up and clean up.

Need 10 – 15 volunteers. Depending on who is coming and how they’re coming, we might need to do an EAL to get people onto base. If at least 1 person in the vehicle has Base Access privileges, we’re good.

Please wear SAME or Company Logoed shirts. Shorts are acceptable.

Contact me with confirmation so I can keep track of who is coming. That being said, I’m giving a presentation at a different section of the Base from 10-11. I’ll be at lunch but won’t be there to greet you and help get it rolling.

Rob (sberk71@msn.com)

UPDATED: July 18, 2018

SAME Booth at CARE Fair

Thursday, 26 July – 1700 – 1900 at the Double Tree downtown

I already have 1 volunteer for this, looking for 2-3 more.

Simple task here. Just be available to talk with Warriors as they come through the event. Share the SAME story and how the Society can help them in their transition.

SAME or Company attire is desired.

Rob (sberk71@msn.com)

UPDATED: July 18, 2018

Student Mentoring Program

We Need You!

We are in need for mentors at Marrs Middle School, and Westside Middle School.

Please click here for more information:

Mentors Needed!

UPDATED: April 25, 2018

Happy New Year from the Omaha Post SAME Student Mentoring Program (SMP)

January 4, 2018

We are currently in the middle of our 24th year. While the program is designed to stimulate secondary school students' interest and excitement in engineering, architecture and related sciences; we are also helping to increase STEM education in our schools. SMP is a critical thinking program that challenges students to solve real world problems in the community.

SAME provide teachers and students in this program with mentors from engineering/architectural fields, guidelines, teacher/student workshops and an authentic audience for the demonstration of student solutions. Engineering skills, team work, sustainable design, presentation techniques, utilization of graphic materials, model building, cost estimating, and creative, persuasive and technical writing are all supported within the SMP experience.

The program continues to carry out SAME's vision of advancing the engineering and architectural professions by focusing on the youth of America. The SMP originated as a proactive effort by the Omaha Post to increase students' and educators' awareness of opportunities available in the engineering and architectural professions and of the education and training necessary to enter these fields, while involving as many Post members and sustaining members as possible. The program matches volunteer mentors with teams of students and teachers from area schools to study and develop engineering-related projects for competition.

SMP is certainly growing. This year we are in 24 schools, we have 42 teams, and are working with 286 students. We are doing this with the same number of mentors as we’ve had in the last few years, but we are doing a better job of finding Subject Matter Experts (SME) for our teams. As we continue to grow, we will need more mentors and will possibly have to look into a larger venue for our competition day.

The year ends with a day-long competition including an awards ceremony with an educational keynote speaker. The SMP competition day this year will be held on April 16, 2018. This is where all 42 teams will present their ideas to panels of judges made up of engineers and architects from firms in the community. Everyone is invited to attend the competition and the award ceremony. The two overall best teams each win a Post President's Award of $1,000. Each participating team may win up to six Merit Achievement Medals. The five teams with the highest overall merit scores in their Division each win a $500 Award of Distinction. It should be noted that these monetary prizes are sponsored by our generous Post Sustaining Members.

The overall winning high school team also receives a $1,000 scholarship to be given to graduating students pursuing an architectural, engineering or science-related degree. As always, the teams have come up with some very exciting projects. For example

  • Gross Catholic High School is proposing a Nebraska Amusement Park at Interstate 80 and Highway 66 in Ashland, Nebraska.
  • Papillion LaVista High School is working on a Green Development Project.
  • Papillion LaVista South High School is creating a Sizable CO2 Collector as one of their projects.
  • Bennington Middle School and Papillion Middle School are both working on Pedestrian Bridge designs.
  • Gretna Middle School is proposing a Bio-Dome Classroom for Gretna Middle School.
  • Marrs Middle School is redesigning student desks to make them more innovative.

For more information about the program, the award ceremony or any of the team projects, please visit our website at www.same.org/Get-Connected/Find-a-Post/Omaha/SMP. If you are interested in mentoring, being a SME or wish to know how else you can participate in this great program, please contact Nicole Hunter at SAMEsmp@gmail.com.

Meet the Buyers Conference

October 23, 2017

Conference Date: November 3, 2017

The Small Business Committee is partnering with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) on their upcoming Meet the Buyers Conference on November 3rd. The goal of this partnership is to expand networking and teaming opportunities for SAME members interested in attending. We have two opportunities:

  1. Small Business Members, the Omaha Post is offering scholarships so you can attend the Meet the Buyers program free of charge. "Meet the Buyers" is a full-day program with a variety of speakers and sessions throughout the day. Additional information about the program can be found here: https://www.unomaha.edu/nebraska-business-development-center/government-contracting/meetbuyersconference.php
  2. Large Business Members are invited to participate in the 2:30 p.m. Teaming Groups Sessions. During this one-hour speed networking session, you will have the opportunity to meet potential small business partners and showcase your own company as a teaming partner to the many firms in attendance.

If you are interested in taking advantage of one of these opportunities, please email Post Small Business Liaison Officer Dan Taylor at dantaylor@amienvironmental.com.

Student Mentoring Program

October 13, 2017

We Need You!

We are in need for mentors at Marrs Middle School, and Westside Middle School.
Please click here for more information.

Lamp Rynearson Elevates Pridal. Atkins, Wawers to Executive Positions

September 1, 2017

Four members of Lamp Rynearson’s senior leadership team have taken on new roles. Nancy Pridal, P.E. has been named President of the firm. She has been with Lamp Rynearson for 20 years. Pridal manages large projects for key clients and leads the firm’s strategic planning and organizational development initiatives. As President, Pridal will guide overall company strategy.

Chief Operating Officer Terry Atkins, P.E. will assess and lead corporate operational processes in all office locations. Atkins will lead IT and geomatics while maintaining involvement in Omaha projects. Brett Wawers, P.E. is the firm’s new Chief Financial Officer. Responsible for overall financial management of the firm, Wawer’s role will include increased responsibilities for all Lamp Rynearson offices and continued involvement in Omaha projects. Mike McMeekin, P.E., former President, will become Chairman of the Board of Directors and remain an influential member of the executive team.

Group 3

Nancy Pridal, P.E., President

Event Sinage

Terry Atkins, P.E., Chief Operating Officer

Group 2

Brett Wawers, P.E., Chief Financial Officer

Group 2

Mike McMeekin, P.E., Chairman of the Board of Directors

Lamp Rynearson is a professional engineering and surveying services firm with headquarters in the greater Omaha area since 1959. The firm has 165 employees, with office locations in Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Lakewood Colorado.

Mentor-Protégé and Joint Venture Retreat

Friday, February 10, 2017

These partnerships always sound like a good idea, but they're hard for small businesses to achieve. The goal of this retreat is to empower small businesses with the tools they need to actually make these partnerships happen.

Large business mentors will share their experience with Large-Small Business Partnerships, including:

  • Is a Mentor-Protégé or Joint Venture partnership better?
  • How do you find business partners?
  • What are the first steps? 
  • What rules do you need to follow?
  • And many more Lessons Learned.

Hear from firms with been there, done that experience. Our panel members firms from all major fields, including engineering, architecture and general contracting firms. The Small Business Administration will also present and be available to answer questions.

Location: UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center

Questions? Please contact:
Dan Taylor
Omaha Post Small Business Liaison Officer

Large-Small Business Mentorship Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Small Business Council held a Large-Small Business Mentorship Roundtable Discussion on Oct. 20th, 2016.

Three large business members shared feedback to help small business members increase partnership opportunities and offered feedback on how to make their business a more appealing small business partner. The roundtables featured a break out session with small groups so attendees could discuss and connect with large business representatives regarding their concerns.

The event took place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Mammel Hall, Room 302 on UNO's Campus at 6708 Pine Street, Omaha, NE 68182 (Google Maps http://bit.ly/2ceGwqd).

Following the event at 5 p.m., was a social hour at DJ's Dugout in Aksarben Village.

Group 1

From left to right:
Tim Dayhuff, Warren Digman, Veronica Doga, Jay Kline, & Brandon Sire

Group 2

From left to right:
Tom Svoboda, David Holtzclaw, Harold Sargus, & Steve Cox

Event Sinage

From left to right:
Jay Kline and Time Dayhuff

Group 3

From left to right:
Ryan Bentley, Joe Popelka, Babara Tozser, Hubert Carter, Sara Mechtenberg, & Randy Petersen