Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2017

Steer Style Bingo

Thursday, October 19

Thursday, October 19, professionals and community leaders from across the area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s second Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and music by Texas Country music artist Jason Ashley while playing a life size game of Bingo with Rojo, Norman and Rusty (three Texas longhorns) at the Cowtown Coliseum. Read more about how Steer Style Bingo works here.


Bingo winners and raffle winners were able to choose from a number of goodies, thanks to our generous prize donors.

Bingo Winner Basket 1 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel

Bingo Winner Basket 2 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel

Bingo Winner Basket 3 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel

Each basket also included:

  • 4 tickets to the Modern Museum
  • A bottle of TX Whiskey
  • A 6-pack of Martin House Brewing Company beer
  • The Reata Restaurant Cookbook
  • A $50 Tim Love Restaurant gift card and a Yeti tumbler donated by CKearney Consulting
  • An air plant arrangement donated by SMPS Fort Worth
  • A photography session donated by local photographer Stacy Bogan
  • A Sub Z cooler donated by Steve Shultz 

Side Bet 1 Winner Prize  - “What’s for Lunch” Gift Card Pack with cards to Taco Heads, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A donated by SMPS Fort Worth

Side Bet 2 Winner Prize  - Steer watercolor artpiece from artist Jan Riggins

Side Bet 3 Winner Prize - Pendant Necklace donated by Kubes Jewelers

Door Prizes
Gift Certificate donated by Capital Grille
Stella & Dot Necklace donated by Destiny Silva
Mary Kay Basket donated by Billie Gillespie, Mary Kay Director
Fort Worth-Themed Basket donated by Rachel Phillips
Wine Basket donated by Rachel Phillips
Car Care Basket donated by Demand Car Care
Photoshoot donated by local photographer Stacy Bogan
Phone Fans from HALO branded solutions

Scholarship Winners

SMPS presented Katie Lippe with the Southern Regional Conference Scholarship and Stephanie Byrd with the Emerging Professional Scholarship. Both of these scholarships were funded with profits from the 2016 Steer Style Bingo event.

Thank you to Committee Director Shonnah Driver

SMPS Fort Worth presented a gift of appreciation to Shonnah Driver, Steer Style Bingo Committee Director, for her hard work and effort coordinating the event for a second year in a row (while pregnant this year!). 


The event’s profits exceeded $9,000. Seventy percent will be distributed to The Fort Worth Herd while the remaining monies will be used to fund the SMPS Fort Worth scholarship program to advance the membership and outreach of the society.  


  • Presenting Sponsor – Stantec
  • Food Sponsor – Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
  • Food Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – The Rios Group
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – Key Construction
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – JQ Infrastructure
  • Steer Photo Sponsor – Southland Holdings
  • Entertainment Sponsor – Dunaway and Associates
  • Table Sponsor – CKearney Consulting
  • Table Sponsor – Guidepost Solutions
  • Table Sponsor – Woodlake Outdoor
  • Table Sponsor – CP&Y
  • Table Sponsor – Kubes Jewlers and Shaffer Creative
  • Table Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Banner Sponsor – Marksman Security Corporation
  • Banner Sponsor – First Texas Insurance Services, L.C.
  • Banner Sponsor – Intertek-PSI
  • Banner Sponsor – TRW Family of Companies


Enduring Symbols ~ Entertaining Millions ~ Educating Generations


Watch this short one minute video to see the Old West come to life before your eyes during the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive. www.fortworthherd.com


Photos Courtesy of Daquirie Thanphirom







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TXDoT Precertification Updates

TXDoT Precertification Updates Webinar

Tuesday, February 13th 1:30 - 2:30pm

TxDOT's Professional Engineering Procurement Services (PEPS) Division will be hosting a WebEx meeting to provide a description of the changes to the precertification program. The meeting will provide information about the precertification program, the updates that are underway, the status of the project, and the implementation plan. The presentation should last about 30-35 minutes, and there will be some time afterward for questions. This meeting is open to the entire consultant community.

Add to calendar: https://txdot.webex.com/txdot/j.php?MTID=m9932754888abd1ba49ef5e2e4d55e6df

Link to join the meeting: https://txdot.webex.com/txdot/j.php?MTID=md1a6d503632abf9adcf1333be60fe75a

Join by phone: 855-437-3563 US Toll Free or 210-606-9485 US Toll

A copy of the presentation slides and related materials are available on the TxDOT website at the following location: http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot/ppd/precertification/program-update.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy James at 512-416-2064 or Dan Neal at 512-416-2667.

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Email To the Texas Engineering Community

Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:38 AM

To the Texas Engineering Community:

As mentioned in my previous e-mail blasts, occasionally you are going to receive information from me when I observe industry wide trends that need our attention.  I want to make you aware of a recent rash of disqualifications due to NLC experience requirements and then I want to also offer some advice on Administrative Qualifications for this fiscal year.


We are doing really great on reducing disqualifications.  The numbers have come down on disqualifications by over 80% over the past two years alone.  We have taken so many steps to remove or reduce disqualifications such as removing the Org Chart, removing the Graphics Page, automating Administrative Qualifications (AQ) check and automating the precertification check.  

We have other revisions still to come such as fully electronic submittals later this year, as well as reducing our dependency on NLCs as we convert frequently used NLCs to new TxDOT precertifications starting in March 2018. 

The rash of incidents that concerns me now comes from NLC responses where firms have not met the minimum experience requirements to pass the NLC.  The problem with NLC experience seems to be from the issue relating to concurrent versus consecutive experience.  

When you are responding to an NLC that has experience requirements, please make certain that you provide enough project descriptions and depth of information so that PEPS staff can determine that you have the consecutive experience to meet the NLC requirements for that procurement.  

For instance if you have a Task Leader in 3D Visualization and that NLC requires 5 years of experience, please check your NLC write-up to make sure that you give enough projects and dates so that the individual shows 5 years of consecutive experience and not five years of concurrent experience.  Working only a single year on five concurrent projects will not satisfy the NLC requirement for 5 years experience.  Even though that individual is working on five projects, that effort only gets counted as one year of experience because those 5 projects are running concurrently. We need that individual's consecutive experience in 3D modeling to total 5 years or more. So please provide dates and project descriptions so that we can verify that the individual performing the NLC has the correct number of consecutive years of experience. 

As I said last year, we take no pleasure in disqualifying firms from solicitations. We want you to succeed and be part of the procurement process.  


Be sure to send your OHA report as soon as possible for Administrative Qualification (AQ) review and approval.  Last year, TxDOT faced a lengthy backlog of OH reports awaiting AQ that were submitted in late May and June 2017. This resulted in some consultant?s not receiving an AQ rate until late August. As noted in TAC 9.34, the Department will make a good faith effort to complete the AQ review process within 60 days after the day that it receives a complete and accurate audit report or self-certification. 

All reports are logged in on the day received and reviewed in order of submission.  No firms are allowed to be moved up in order over another firm. They are reviewed in order of submission no matter what solicitation you may be pursuing.  If a report is not reviewed and a rate is not provided as of 6/30/2018, the engineering consultant will not be able to propose on any contracts using Federal Highway funds.  

An AQ report is not subject to a Federal tax return being filed and may be filed at any time after the end of the fiscal year of the firm.

Please submit the cost report with all attachments via email to PEPS_Admin_Quals@txdot.gov. If your submittal is by mail, all information must be placed on a CD or Flash Drive and submitted to the following address:

PEPS Administrative Qualifications           

118 East Riverside Drive

Austin, Texas 78704

So I am asking that all engineering firms please submit your administrative qualifications for renewal to PEPS Division for processing as soon as you can for each of your firms.

Thanks so much.  

Martin Rodin, P.E.

Director of Professional Engineering Procurement Services

Learn more about Martin here: https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/peps/bio.html

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