Tunnel Safety
As part of meeting the stringent safety requirements of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the State Route 99 tunnel is designed to be one of the safest ever constructed, with state-of-the-art...

Forecasting Method Could Improve Tsunami Warning
Researchers at Stanford University in California have developed a new method to analyze water pressure at the ocean floor, potentially offering better accuracy in forecasting tsunami wave heights....

“Touch Screens” for Roadways: Colorado Tests Smart Pavement
A smart pavement system will be installed in Colorado that can track movement atop it, detecting, for example, when a vehicle does not successfully navigate a dangerous, remote mountain corridor....

From Fame to Failure: The St. Francis Dam (Part 2)
In the July/August issue, History Lesson examined the construction of California's St. Francis Dam and its catastrophic failure in 1928. This month's instalment examines the causes and aftermath of the...

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....

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...

Training for Disaster
The structural complexes used to train first responders must accommodate a wide range of theoretical and practical learning. From classroom spaces to built-to-burn assemblies to buildings within buildings,...

Artificial Intelligence Boosts Engineering Tech
Artificial intelligence is boosting a variety of emerging engineering technologies, ranging from applications that record and identify archaeological remains to roadway damage and urban blight....

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,...

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...

A Ladder At Its Core
The ladder-core system is a novel structural system for supertall towers that was created by SOM for Tower 1 at Shum Yip Upperhills, a mixed-use development in Shenzhen, China. The system features eight...

Three Sources, One Quality Product
To keep pace with increasingly stringent regulations and growing demand, Lee County Utilities in southwest Florida recently constructed a new, larger drinking water facility that treats three separate,...

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,...

Design Criteria and Land - Use Practices: Is it Time to Consider Geo-Impacts of Wildfires?
Wildfires are extreme events with impacts that are notorious because of smartphone videos followed by news reports that feature sensational infrastructure damage and human suffering. The geo-impacts shown...

Landslides Driven by Extreme Events: Can We Learn More from More of Them?
Extreme events, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or major storms, typically cause thousands of landslides in mountainous topography over the course of minutes to hours. In the last few years alone, we’ve...

Dried Lakes Do Tell Tales: Seismic Soil Amplification in Mexico City
Mexico City is a vibrant, urban metropolis — a living and breathing example of an "old layered city," where past civilizations coexisted with one another. Standing more than 2.2 km above sea level, surrounded...

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...

Life-Cycle Design, Assessment, and Maintenance of Structures and Infrastructure Systems
Prepared on behalf of the Task Group 1 on Life-Cycle Performance of Structural Systems Under Uncertainty of the Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems...

When Bridges, Roadways, and Dams Need Our Help: Innovative Techniques Can Help Save Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure
The nation's infrastructure is showing its age. The signs are obvious with structure distress, lack of functionality, and failure reported frequently over the last several decades. Specialty geotechnical...

 

 

 

 

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