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...

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...

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...

Roxbury Reinvention
Complex engineering design and close collaboration transform Roxbury’s venerable Ferdinand Building into a reimagined cultural icon for Boston Public Schools and the community at large....

On the Right Track
With increased funding for most highway and mass transit programs, the recently enacted legislation known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act offers a measure of stability that the...

Under The Rivers and Through The Woods
Horizontal directional drilling was used to enable a large-diameter, 42 mi long pipeline to pass beneath two rivers. Despite late changes required by the limitations of the pipeline coating process, the...

Beneath Two Roofs
The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum is a new cultural complex in the heart of Washington, D.C. The $33-million project united various collections through the preservation of...

Lessons Learned from GeoLegends: Donald H. Gray, PhD, M.ASCE

Canals, Cutoffs, and the Vicksburg Campaign
During the American Civil War, the term “Union” was used to refer to the United States of America, and specifically to the national government and the 20 free states and five border slave...

Military Geotechnics in the Ancient World: Geo-Innovating the Hard Way
The technical expertise that is now part of geotechnical engineering was of paramount importance in the ancient worlds. This is because before, but also after, the invention of siege equipment,...

Cracking the Nuclear Code: Finding an Alternative to the Nuclear Density Gauge
Two of the most basic quality control tests made in the field during soil construction are the soil’s moisture content and density. The establishment of a uniform procedure to compare...

Translating the Language of Soils: Developing a Soil Classification System for International Engineering Projects
Soil classification systems are used to help predict soil behavior and provide information to farmers, engineers, builders, agricultural extension agents, homeowners, community planners,...

Remote Sensing: A New Revolution in Geotechnical Engineering
Remote sensing in the form of satellite imagery has become part of our everyday life—from displaying boring locations at a job site to the various mapping apps on our smart phones that...

A Faculty Internship: Reconnecting with the Profession
After spending eight years as a full-time academic administrator at Lafayette College in Easton, PA – one of only a handful of institutions where discipline-specific engineering programs...

A King Recrowned
The renovation and restoration of the Kings Theatre, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, rescued a beautiful venue of considerable historical importance that was quite literally falling to pieces....

Concealed Threat
The causes of corrosion in the steel reinforcement of concrete structures are generally thought to be well understood. But recent investigations reveal that unusual environmental circumstances can cause...

Baku’s New Crown Jewel
Situated near the shore of the Caspian Sea in the centuries-old city of Baku—the capital and cultural, scientific, and industrial center of Azerbaijan—the new, 68,700-seat Baku Olympic Stadium arose in...

Treatment Trio
As part of a plan to reduce its dependence on nonrenewable groundwater and diversify its drinking water sources, the Parker Water and Sanitation District, in Parker, Colorado, recently completed the Rueter-Hess...

Brownfield to Ball Field
CHS Field, the new home of the St. Paul Saints, the city’s independent professional baseball team, was constructed on a former brownfield site heavily contaminated from years of industrial use. But a collaborative...

 

 

 

 

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