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...

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...

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...

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...

Calibration of Jackup Leg Foundation Model Using Full-Scale Structural Measurements
The fitness of jack-up rigs to operate in varying water depths and weather conditions is determined by "site-specific" structural assessments. These assessments are conducted by a wide range of companies...

Design of Submarine Pipelines Against Upheaval Buckling
This paper describes part of a comprehensive joint-industry project on upheaval buckling. It develops a semi-empirical simplified design method and detailed design methods based on a new numerical analysis,...

What Does the Crystal Ball Say? Energy and Water Issues Are Too Great to Ignore!
Over the past 15 years, the Geoprofessional Business Association's (GBA) Emerging Issues and Trends Committee has held a series of Crystal Ball Workshops (Workshops) to identify long-term emerging issues...

Over Open Water
Because of environmental considerations, construction of the wharf for the new Paulsboro Marine Terminal, in Paulsboro, New Jersey, could not cause the loss of in-water or intertidal habitat at the site....

Raising Gatun Lake (part of "A Greater Wonder")
Raising the maximum operating level of Gatun Lake was one of the four main undertakings of the Panama Canal expansion project. Its goal was to increase the storage capacity for water used for human consumption...

Testing the New Locks (part of "A Greater Wonder")
The recently completed third set of locks at the Panama Canal incorporates several civil components and hydraulic design features that are intended to reduce routine maintenance and conserve water. For...

Guidelines for Construction Vibrations: How Much Rattle is Too Much?
The study of construction/blast-related ground vibrations on structures, people, and objects is a surprisingly diverse field. Vibration sources vary from blasting, all types of construction equipment,...

Diving Into Engineering
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...

Attractive Alternative
The Lewis and Clark Bridge, an elegant cable-stayed bridge with diamond-shaped towers, connects highways in Indiana and Kentucky that had long been truncated and provides a clear alternative for interstate...

Fit for the Kings
Golden 1 Center, the $550-million sports and entertainment complex recently constructed in Sacramento, California, for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, may set a new standard when it comes to being high tech—certainly...

Trestle Triumph
As part of improvements to a marine oil terminal in California, the design team had to ensure that a nearly century-old timber trestle met contemporary requirements related to operations, seismic activity,...

BIM Belowground
Despite the wider use of building information modeling (BIM), the practice frequently focuses on aboveground details to the exclusion of those below the surface. But the BIM techniques used in the design...

Going Green Inside and Out
For some engineering firms, a focus on sustainability is not just one of the many services they offer their clients. It’s a critical tool—involving environmental, social, and economic benefits—that they...

Design for Major Flood-Control Project in Norfolk Begins to Take Shape

Grand Performance
The tallest tower in the city of Los Angeles was created using performance-based seismic design, a method that involves modeling and studying a specific building’s behaviors under real-world earthquake...

 

 

 

 

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