So, Why Do You Want to Write a GBR?
Since 1974, scores of papers, articles, conferences, and legal documents have been dedicated to explaining how to write and/or how to use a Geotechnical Baseline Report (GBR). But the...

Preparation of a Geotechnical Baseline Report
This section discusses the preparation of a geotechnical baseline report. Topics include organization and content, writing the GBR, wording suggestions, and consistency and compatibility....

A History of Progress
Selected U.S. Papers in Geotechnical Engineering
Sponsored by the Geo-Institute of ASCE This collection of 78 historical papers provides a wide view of the rich body of literature that documents the...

Small Business Report: The Home Advantage
Allowing at least some employees to work from home some of the time can help small businesses improve their ability to hire and retain talented engineers who are demanding flexibility....

Patents: What Every Engineer Should Know
Ignoring patent law can have serious consequences for civil engineers. They may sacrifice valuable patent rights or they may risk exposing themselves to a patent infringement lawsuit....

Development of Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual
A study was conducted to develop updated principles, practices, and procedures for transit capacity and quality of service. Such a study focuses on developing a new Transit Capacity and...

On the Question of Accepting Work Outside One's Field of Expertise: An Ethical Fail Safe
The winner of the Daniel W. Mead Prize for ethical writing by a student discusses the history of the development of ASCE's code of ethics. Although it may be legal for civil...

Branching Out
For small engineering firm owners who are interested in enlarging their businesses, adding a new service of specialty is a good way to satisfy clients and keep up with the competition....

Preparing Specifications for Design-Bid Build Projects
The Committee on Specifications of the Construction Division of ASCE has developed a guide to preparing construction specifications for design-bid build projects. The guide contains preparation...

Problems with Metrication in Transboundary Water Projects
This presentation discusses the lessons learned and difficulties encountered by the author in the conversion to SI (System International or modernized metric system) and provides a brief...

Capstone Course with a Writing Twist

Writing Effective Specifications
Specification writing is typically looked on as a minor detail, to be handed off to some junior staffer at the end of the design, but is it? Specification often take precedence over the...

Standards Processing 2000
Current software applications fall short of meeting user requirements for `intelligent' electronic access to building codes and standards. Hypertext is a useful tool, but it only assists...

Spotting Specs Offenders
About 80% of all specification related litigation is brought about by three different personality types all too common to construction projects. The problem is specifications abuse, when...

The Law of the River: Policy Expression
The need to accurately represent the law of the Colorado river has heretofore precluded the use of any general purpose river basin simulation model. In order to overcome the inflexibility...

Dynamic Communication for Engineers
Communications skills are essential to all professional practices, but often it is a skill for which most engineers are least prepared. The authors provide a hands-on approach on communicating...

Pierce Transit's Experience with an Alternate Fuel Compressed Natural Gas January-December 1992
At the end of 1992, Pierce Transit's CNG fleet consisted of 30, 40-foot Orion buses, 19 ElDorado Buses, on GMC 'New Look' bus, one 1990 Chevy Celebrity, and one Collins Shuttle van. As...

Taking the Pain out of the Punch List
Lengthy punch lists mean trouble for everyone involved, from the owner to the designer to the contractor, but the punch list doesn't have to be long and it doesn't...

Letter from Oman
The bonanza days of the 1980s are over, but the oil-rich sultanate continues to be a rewarding, if challenging, market. Oil remains a focus of investment, and the government is planning...

Computational Modeling of Sedimentation Processes
The Committee on Computer modeling is a part of the task force on updating ASCE Manual 54, `Sedimentation Engineering.' The task will require a new chapter since computer...

 

 

 

 

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