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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What Makes a Quality Paper?
A good paper is one that is easy for members of the intended audience to read and understand. It must contain an informative abstract. The introduction should include information on why...

How to Improve Writing Skills
Many papers submitted to ASCE journals are rejected because of poor writing. Moreover, the most common complaint employers have of newly graduated engineers is their lack of writing skills....

Right-of-Way Surveying
This manual, Right-of-Way Surveying Guide (Manual no. 75), is a revision and up-date of the Guide to Right of Way Survey Practices, published...

Construction Communications—What the Contractor Has to Write: And How
Only zero defects in scheduling, cost control, and specification compliance can maximize construction business profits. You can never produce a perfect project, but by clear, uncomplicated,...

 

 

 

 

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