A Place for Penguins
The Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center has created a habitat for Antarctic and subantarctic penguins designed to match their natural environment to the fullest extent possible. In addition...

Assessing Infrastructure’s True Costs
Life cycle cost analysis can help engineers make decisions about materials and design that in turn will affect the operating and maintenance costs of infrastructure over the long term. This data-driven...

Powerful Upgrade
As the northeastern United States moves forward in developing offshore wind energy, marine infrastructure will be required to meet the logistical needs associated with receiving, storing, and preparing...

Parallel Line
The Manahawkin Bay Bridge carries Route 72 from the mainland of Ocean County, New Jersey, to the seaside destination of Long Beach Island. Since the route is the only vehicular link to the island, the...

Making Buildings Move
Advances in mechanization and power electronics have helped to make retractable roofs and large operable walls and doors more practical and efficient to build. In recent years, architects and engineers...

Ready To Move Forward
ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card has been released, with mixed results. The overall grade for the nation’s civil infrastructure has remained the same since the last report card, in 2013—a dismal...

Designing a District
Four creatively designed buildings have recently opened in a new district in Miami Beach, Florida. Faena Forum, Faena Bazaar, Faena Park, and Faena Hotel Miami Beach grace a neighborhood that is the first...

Dream Big: Behind the Engineering
In partnership with MacGillivray Freeman Films and the Bechtel Corporation, ASCE will premiere the film Dream Big: Engineering Our World in giant-screen theaters...

Walking on Air
Rising from a beach on the southeast coast of the United Kingdom is the 162 m tall British Airways i360, considered the tallest observation tower in the world to feature a movable level as well as the...

The Ups and Downs of Drone Inspections
Minnesota recently completed a trial using unmanned aircraft systems to inspect bridges. They found that the drones have their advantages—and disadvantages....

Tapping into the Pacific
In its first year of operations, the 54 mgd Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, in Carlsbad, California, has greatly boosted the volume and reliability of San Diego’s local water supplies....

The Engineering Economy, 2017
The economy grew in 2016, and overall, the rate of growth in the architecture, engineering, and construction professions was in line with predictions. But there were genuine surprises in certain markets...

Sound Solution
A timber dock built in Kodiak, Alaska, in 1965 and used for ferry service, bulk fuel deliveries, and general cargo operations was recently reconstructed to meet current displacement-based seismic design...

Restoring The Capitol Dome
While most construction projects serve only as local points of interest, some are conducted on a national stage. The restoration of the U.S. Capitol’s dome was one such project. The extent of the scaffolding...

Crowning Glory
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture was constructed on the last available site for a new museum on the National Mall, in Washington, D.C. Designed by a...

Second Act
For decades, New Yorkers were promised a new subway line along Manhattan’s Second Avenue, a replacement for the elevated line that was removed from the thoroughfare in the 1940s. As the first of four planned...

Railroad Tunnel Clearance Improvement and Linear Replacement: What Happens with Unexpected Ground Conditions during Tunnel Construction?
To increase the capacity and efficiency of transporting waste by rail to an existing landfill, Enviro Solutions Inc., the landfill owner, and CSX Transportation (CSXT), the rail line owner, sought the...

Fire in the Hole: Emergency Repairs to the Robinson Creek Tunnel
On the eve of April 26, 2014, an arsonist set fire to the CSX Transportation (CSXT) Robinson Creek tunnel. The tunnel is located about 120 mi. southeast of Lexington, near Pikeville, KY. The 742-ft-long...

When Old Meets New: Railway Geotechnics and Remote Sensing
Railroad track, like any other built structure, relies on a foundation of geomaterials for support. In its most basal form, the railway track is quite simple: steel load-bearing members (rails) supported...

All About ISSMGE: An Interview with Leaders of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
This article summarizes key discussions from an interview of a select group of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) leaders, conducted by a small group of students...

 

 

 

 

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