Diving Into Engineering

by Robert L. Reid, Senior Editor, Features Manager; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 7, Pg. 46-53

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: When the underwater portions of a bridge or waterfront facility need to be inspected, the right person for the job is often an engineer diver, a specially trained professional who understands load paths in structures and also knows the best ways to avoid contracting “the bends.” Working under conditions that can include zero visibility, strong currents, thick ice, and alligators, engineer divers must confront physical challenges far more daunting than those faced by most civil engineers.

Subject Headings: Underwater structures | Ice loads | Engineering profession | Bridge-vehicle interaction | Waterfront structures | Contracts

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