The Civil Engineering Foundation — A New Beginning

by John H. Wiggins, Crisis Management Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Design, Analysis and Testing


The United States' construction industry is ailing, experiencing a decline that rivals that of the auto and other US manufacturing industries. How the decline is to be halted and reversed is a subject that several committees have addressed. Is 1986, the Building Research Board of the National Academy of Science funded a committee to report on the problem. ASCE was also funded $90,000 to prepare a report for the National Science Foundation that will present a theme for the future direction of civil engineers. As a result of that report a Blue-Ribbon Committee was formed by ASCE to make recommendations to the Board of Direction regarding ASCE's role in fostering the needed research and development aimed at improving our industry.

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