The Long Road Back
The U.S. economic recovery following the Great Recession is one of the longest on record, but even after a decade, infrastructure spending still lags. Here is what experts expect in the engineering and...

Replacing a Landmark
In replacing the historic Greenfield Bridge, which links the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Greenfield to Schenley Park, the bridge’s designers were challenged to re-create a landmark structure while minimizing...

Austin Green
A former brownfield site in Austin, Texas, has been converted into a mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood—known as an EcoDistrict—that focuses on renewable and innovative energy systems, water conservation...

Hidden in Plain Sight
In Rome, the new headquarters of the BNL-BMP Paribas Group banking organization is squeezed onto a narrow stretch of land between a railway station and a set of roadways. Yet the site helped yield a stunning...

Infrastructure Solutions: Help for Highways
In recent decades, America’s highways have received inadequate funding despite experiencing substantial increases in use. This combination has resulted in growing congestion, especially in urban areas,...

Updating History
A beloved 1921 Parker truss bridge in Healdsburg, California, underwent an extensive rehabilitation and seismic retrofit so that the community could continue to use the historic crossing....

Room To Grow
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s renowned decorative arts and design museum, has unveiled a new, expansive underground exhibition gallery topped by an elegant courtyard. The need to maximize the...

Permanent Sensors Turn Construction Project into Long-term Research Study (part of "Room To Grow")
The Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge University, in conjunction with Arup, has placed fibre-optic cables that will serve as permanent sensors on the underground structure...

Dry Dams in the Desert: Chasing Land Subsidence and Earth Fissures with Geophysics
Homogenous embankment dam flood retention structures (FRSs) were built throughout central Arizona desert basins in the mid-twentieth century to protect mostly agricultural lands and military installations...

Helicopter-Based Geophysical Reconnaissance of Levees: A Faster, Cost-Effective Tool for Assessing Their Risk
As with much of the nation's infrastructure, people are becoming more and more aware of the condition of levee systems in the United States. The media cast a spotlight on the New Orleans levee failures...

Using Geophysics to Assess Geohazards Before Construction: Increase Your Odds for Success!
Understanding subsurface conditions is the key to any successful construction project, including new construction, excavation, and drilling. The consideration and understanding of the subsurface geology...

Beneath Biscayne Bay
To improve the reliability and resiliency of one of its most critical wastewater components, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department replaced more than a mile of aging force main used to convey flows...

Pipeline Protection
To improve the seismic reliability of three critical pipelines, California’s Santa Clara Valley Water District installed what is believed to be the first large-diameter earthquake-resistant ductile iron...

A Good Cause for a Causeway: How Geotechnology and Project Delivery Restored a Roadway Embankment Crossing a Historically Challenging Soft Ground Site
As part of a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) design-build project, a causeway was constructed in 2017 to replace an aging bridge in the southwest metropolitan area of Minneapolis. The causeway...

West Side Extraordinary
VIA 57 West is one of the newest skyscrapers in Manhattan, New York, as well as one of its most geometrically distinct and spectacular. The geotechnical and site civil challenges of the project were equally...

Embracing the Bricks (part of "The House That LEGO Built")

Turning Imagination Into Reality (part of "The House That LEGO Built")

What's Hiding Between the Boreholes?
Often, geotechnical explorations consist of a few, strategically placed boreholes and considerable interpolation and extrapolation by the geotechnical engineer. The information between boreholes in most...

Access Granted
In southeastern Pennsylvania, CSX Transportation sought to increase the productivity of its Trenton Line freight rail service by improving the vertical clearance of its tracks so that it could operate...

The House That LEGO Built
Designed to resemble giant LEGO bricks stacked on top of one another, the LEGO House is an instantly iconic new building in Billund, Denmark. The 12,300 sq m facility houses multiple attractions and features...

 

 

 

 

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