The New Paradigm Of Post-Disaster Reconnaissance: Using Virtual Methods to Enhance Systematic In-Field Data Collection
Virtual reconnaissance is the act of gathering information after an extreme event through virtual means. This information could be data on damaged regions, cultural data for an impacted region, and previous...

A Combo Foundation Does the Job: Piled-Raft Foundation Design for a Supertall Skyscraper
Lotte World Tower is a 123-story, 555-m supertall skyscraper with a 6-level basement for retail and car parking located at Jamsil-dong in Seoul, South Korea. (Editor’s Note: For additional information,...

Basements On The Beach: Overcoming South Florida's Shoreline Excavation Challenges
The South Florida beachfront is awash with an ever-increasing number of high-rise condominiums. As land becomes scarcer and increasingly expensive, and building regulations change to require above-grade...

Immortal and Ethereal Beauty in Stone: The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal, probably one of the most beautiful structures in the world, has withstood the vagaries of history and the environment. Lengthy tomes have been written on its beauty and the details of the...

What Lurks Below: The Geotechnical Intrigue of Boston’s Back Bay
In 1858, the great filling of Back Bay began. Completed in about 20 years, it led to nearly 100 city blocks of iconic 4- and 5-story brick rowhouses. In the past 60 years, about 50 high-rise buildings...

Teaching Cars to Drive
The Michigan-based American Center for Mobility is located at a former World War II bomber factory, later an auto plant, that was environmentally challenged after decades of industrial use. Though the...

Rapid Recovery
In May 2017, the California Department of Transportation had to contend with a massive landslide that closed a section of the iconic State Route 1 through central California’s scenic coastal region of...

Embracing Disruption
The benefits of strategically embracing technology research and development within architecture, engineering, or construction companies’ business models are varied. But at its core, doing so can enable...

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...

Turn for The Better
The Johnson Street Bridge has served as a critical link to the city of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, for many years. A single-leaf bascule bridge that is functional and visually appealing replaced...

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...

Greening Cities
The challenges that climate change poses for cities is leading many urban areas—large and small—to work to reduce their own carbon footprints. These measures are often aimed at decarbonizing buildings,...

Student Solutions
A multidisciplinary team of students from the University of Michigan worked at the Willow Run site in 2014 on a constructed wetlands system to help remediate contaminated groundwater....

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....

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...

Monumental Makeover
Visitors to St Louis's iconic Gateway Arch can now enjoy an even more monumental experience, thanks to an expanded underground museum with a new glazed entrance. The $380-million project also features...

Doubling Down on History
The developers of a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, preserved the facades, ornaments, and structural elements of several historical buildings—including a hotel visited by James K. Polk, the 15th...

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,...

Unexpected Delay
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,...

Crossing Grand Canyon: The Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge
Recently named a national historic civil engineering landmark in ASCE's Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Program, the 1928 Kaibab Trail Suspension Bridge proved uniquely challenging to access, spanning...

 

 

 

 

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