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...

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...

Are Prescriptive Specifications in Design/Build Contracts Traps for the Unwary?
This month’s case, Appeal of American West Construction LLC, examines how one government board viewed the issue of prescriptive specifications in design/build contracts....

Restoration Through Reclamation
The people of the Netherlands have a long history of reclaiming land from the sea. In one of the lasted examples, the construction of an artificial archipelago represents a remarkable collaboration among...

Infrastructure Solutions: Schools Offer Resiliency
When natural disaster strike, public K-12 school buildings are often used as emergency shelters. Yet public school infrastructure received a D+ on ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. There are, however,...

Pipeline Partnership
Working together, two California agencies coordinated their water reuse efforts, facilitating the construction of a single transmission main, rather than the two that were originally planned. This coordination...

Bridging the Hudson
Replacing New York State's Tappan Zee Bridge involved traversing more than just water; the team also crossed the hurdles of poor foundation conditions and the enormous scale of the crossing. Creative solutions...

Shoddy Record-Keeping Costs Contractor Its Delay Claim
A recent case in the District of Columbia demonstrates that detailed and contemporaneous records are necessary if a contractor wishes to seek recourse for project delays....

Making It Work
Engineers are problem solvers. So, when new building projects present interesting and challenging issues, that's when engineers really shine. For three teams of engineers from three leading firms, especially...

Reuse Ramps Up
Water reuse has long been a staple of water providers in arid regions of the United States, especially for nonpotable uses. But facing demands to ensure greater resiliency and sustainability of future...

Civility Is Always the Correct Choice
Maintaining a professional demeanor in all circumstances—especially with children—is a wise ethical choice and sound business practice....

Unexpected Delay (part of "Transformative Tunnel")
The biggest project risk in Washington State's new State Route 99 tunnel was at the south end, where the tunnel begins. If the tunnel boring machine (TBM) could tunnel through that initial zone problem-free,...

An Evolving Alignment
As it pursued its plans to design and construct a critical sewer pipeline, the city of Springfield, Ohio, had to make numerous changes to the project's complex alignment to address the concerns of multiple...

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...

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...

Permanent Sensors Turn Construction Project into Long-term Research Study (part of "Room To Grow")
The Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) at Cambridge University, in conjunction with Arup, has placed fibre-optic cables that will serve as permanent sensors on the underground structure...

Helicopter-Based Geophysical Reconnaissance of Levees: A Faster, Cost-Effective Tool for Assessing Their Risk
As with much of the nation's infrastructure, people are becoming more and more aware of the condition of levee systems in the United States. The media cast a spotlight on the New Orleans levee failures...

Avoiding Impacts of Collapsed Mines on Railways: A Multidisciplinary Geophysical Detective Approach
The presence of abandoned mine workings can pose a significant risk to the use and development of surface structures above them, including railway lines. Typically, the adverse and often sudden effects...

Using Geophysics to Assess Geohazards Before Construction: Increase Your Odds for Success!
Understanding subsurface conditions is the key to any successful construction project, including new construction, excavation, and drilling. The consideration and understanding of the subsurface geology...

 

 

 

 

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