Testing the Limits: The Marshall Space Flight Center's S-1C Static Test Stand
The massive S-1C Test Stand in Huntsville, Alabama, allowed NASA engineers to test-fire and refine the rocket engines that helped send astronauts to the moon....

Next-Generation Drones Bolster Bridge Inspections
A preflight, flight, and postflight drone system saves time and money in bridge inspections. It can also create a digital "twin" of bridges....

Next-Generation Sonar Improves on Best Existing Technology
A sonar system capable of visualizing underwater environments in real time can be used for underwater bridge inspections and other construction-related tasks....

Discouraging Women from STEM Careers Would Violate ASCE's Code of Ethics
The chief executive of a national engineering society writes a column that discouraging women from pursuing career in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. If he has had...

Fifty Years of Preservation: Historic American Engineering Record
On its 50th anniversary, the Historic American Engineering Record celebrates its chronicling of America’s industrial heritage while facing an uncertain future....

From Fame to Failure: The St. Francis Dam (Part 1)
One of the most devastating engineering disasters in American history, the 1928 St. Francis Dam failure has had a lasting impact on the profession of civil engineering....

Tied Together
The replacement of the John Greenleaf Whittier Memorial Bridge was one of the signature projects of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's $3-billion accelerated bridge construction program....

Delivering Olmsted Lock and Dam
The Olmsted Locks and Dam, the largest civil works project by the US Army Corps of Engineers since the Panama Canal, became operational in August 2018. More than 30 years in the making, the $3-billion...

Uplifted
The new Fore River Bridge, near Boston, leaves more room vertically and horizontally for passing ships, and its lift towers employ several cost-saving innovations....

Originality Built In
The new Goethals Bridge linking New Jersey and New York is a twin cable-stayed crossing that incorporates an innovative cable-stayed anchor in its towers, which angle outward to keep melting ice off the...

Restored & Revived
A multidisciplinary restoration project returned the iconic Minnesota State Capitol to its original stature while updating architectural and engineering systems for 21st-century functions. Weaving state-of-the-art...

Building on a Legacy
The new Statue of Liberty Museum is the most substantial development to break ground on Liberty Island since 1886 when its namesake debuted. The 26,000 sq ft facility introduces 15,000 sq ft of exhibition...

What Lies Ahead?
How will trends in climate change, alternative energy, high-tech construction, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and public funding affect communities, infrastructure, and the practice of civil engineering...

Arena of Books
The new Qatar National Library features a folded design with cantilevered corners on the exterior, while inside, an enormous single space for reading or socializing offers terraces stacked with bookshelves....

Force of Nature: The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory
The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel in Ontario, Canada, pioneered the field of wind engineering and improved a generation of thin and light bridges and towers....

Designed for Durability
The Marc Basnight Bridge, completed in February, carries North Carolina Highway 12 over the Oregon Inlet, an area that is one of the most dynamic and dangerous inlets on the Atlantic Coast. At 2.8 mi long,...

Crossing the Forth
Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing spans the Firth of Forth, connecting Edinburgh and the Kingdom of Fife. Built at a cost of $1.89 billion in six and a half years, the 1.6 mi long cable-stayed bridge, with...

Mixed Foundations Resolve Complex Conditions
A 46-story residential tower currently under construction in downtown Boston abuts an existing parking garage, necessitating extreme care to ensure its stability amid tight space constraints. Part of the...

Virtual Reality Helps Secure Public Approval
A design team used virtual reality to generate public approval of a proposed bike and pedestrian path for the west span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California....

Bridging History
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently rehabilitated the Frankford Avenue Bridge, also known as the Pennypack Creek Bridge. This stone-arch structure, originally built circa 1697, is the...

 

 

 

 

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