A Preliminary Case for the Existence of Hurricane Alleys in the Gulf of Mexico
A review of hurricance intensity in the Gulf of Mexico suggests there are two alleys where hurricanes are roughly 20% more intense than elsewhere. This paper develops a physical basis for the alleys using...

Tailings Dam Engineer of Record (EoR): There's Nothing Conventional About It
Engineer of Record (EoR) is a simple and resolute concept that's applied throughout the western world for civil works construction. It's a term that fits in a nice neat box; it represents a single person...

Automated Vibration Monitoring for Construction Applications: A Retrospective and Current Practice or… Everything Is so Much Easier Now!
My career in vibration monitoring (VM) began in the late 1980s. At that time, the state of the practice was primarily focused on blasting operations, which was driven by a boom in highway construction...

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...

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...

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

Green Guardian
As part of a detailed flood control project, the City of Meriden, Connecticut, unearthed a hidden stretch of Harbor Brook, the waterway that passes through its downtown. Combining flood control and economic...

Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements
The Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements will contain technical and professional articles on the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of airport, roadway and other...

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

Engineering for Sustainable Communities: Principles and Practices, Edited by William E. Kelly, Barbara Luke, and Richard N. Wright. Reston, Virginia: ASCE Press, 2017

Fast Forward: Nurturing Nature
A zero-emission, zero-waste resort that joins facilities for ecotourism with those for scientific research is proposed as an antidote for overfishing, mass tourism, and pollution in the Philippines....

Deep Mixing Grows Up: The Evolution of Deep-Mixing Technology in the U.S. Market over the Last Decade
Over the last decade, deep mixing in the U.S. market has grown from being something of a mystery into a reliable ground modification technology that can be designed rationally, implemented with capable...

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...

Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering
What Can It Do for You?
There's been a lot of talk, and some confusion, lately about performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE). Many geotechnical engineers wonder -- what is it, how does it differ from what I've been doing,...

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...

Hydrologic and Hydraulic Design Methods
Computational methods for hydrologic analysis, hydraulic functions, and treatment capacity of permeable pavements vary depending on the complexity of the design and level of detail in...

Extreme Wave-Force Calculation Procedure for 20th Edition of API RP-2A
The paper describes the revised guideline design wave force calculation procedure approved for the 20th edition of the API-RP2A WSD and the first edition of the API-RP2A LRFD and contrasts...

 

 

 

 

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