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,...

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...

Cool Cities: Urban Sovereignty and the Fix for Global Warming, By Benjamin R. Barber. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2017

Sky High In Shenzhen
At 599 m tall, the Ping An Finance Center in the Chinese city of Shenzhen is the tallest office building in the world. Given all the challenges the project had to overcome, the structure also stands out...

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, By Jeff Goodell. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2017

Deconstructing the High Line: Postindustrial Urbanism and the Rise of the Elevated Park, Edited by Christoph Lindner and Brian Rosa. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2017

Ground Improvement for Underground Construction
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Underground construction is "special" because the work may be performed at great depths and under high groundwater pressures. All too often, it seems to take place in urban areas where there is limited...

Long-Term Performance Monitoring of a Hillside Retaining Wall
To accommodate expansion of the West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle, WA, a 3,000-ft-long soldier pile, tieback-anchored retaining wall was constructed from May 1991 to May 1992. An oblique...

The Hail Problem
Unlike some other forms of precipitation, hail comes in bursts of short duration, falls over isolated and unpredictable locations, and usually occupies only a small percentage of the total...

Ground Feature Monitoring Using Satellite Imagery: How Interferometric Stacking of SAR Can Mitigate Geo-Disasters Along Transportation Corridors
Landslides, debris flows, and other types of ground movements are among the most common hazards to humans and infrastructure. According to the United States Geological Survey, annual domestic...

The Transbay Transit Center: Breaking New Ground in Urban Geotechnics
A building boom centered around the construction of the new Transbay Transit Center (TTC) is transforming the South of Market neighborhood in downtown San Francisco, newly dubbed the Transbay...

Ground Freezing in a Congested Urban Area
Artificial ground freezing is a method of providing temporary earth support and ground water control for deep excavations and tunnels. The technique has been used for over 100 years in...

Challenges and Risks of Jet Grouting in a Congested Urban Environment
In the heart of London, one of Europe's largest jet grouting contracts is nearing completion. The jet grouting is part of the overall 7-year-long upgrade project to London...

A Vision for Urban Stormwater Management in 2050

A Vision for Urban Water and Wastewater Management in 2050

Design of Urban Stormwater Controls
Fully updated to address the paradigm shift in the way stormwater is viewed and managed, Design of Urban Stormwater Controls focuses on consolidating technologies to foster a convergence...

Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii: History of Its Transformation from a Natural to an Urban Shore

Green Roofs: A Solution for Urban Stormwater Management?

Geotechnical Evaluation of California Central Valley Urban Levees

Design Considerations for Wide and Deep Urban Excavations

 

 

 

 

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