Go Online, Young Engineer!
One stereotype involving social intranets might be that younger engineers will use such systems more quickly or enthusiastically than older engineers—perhaps because the young engineers have grown up using...

Lava Tubes as Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitats: An Option For A Permanent Human Settlement Beyond Earth
The design, construction, and maintenance of safe and comfortable habitations are some of humankind’s oldest and most important activities. Millennia of experimentation and planning have led to earthly...

We Struck Water! Discovery of Artesian Groundwater Solves A 50-Year-Old Landslide Puzzle
Some unstable slopes fail dramatically, but most can be characterized by gradual, if not monotonously slow, movements. Yet these latter situations can pose a dilemma when a temporary repair is much simpler...

Advances In Geosynthetic Solutions For Sustainable Landfill Design: Geosynthetics Really Do Last!
Even though geosynthetics are now a well-established discipline within geotechnical engineering, ingenuity continues to play a significant role in projects involving their use. This is because it’s possible...

Geotechnics of the Suez Canal Construction: 150 Years Old, but Nearly Four Millennia in the Making
Construction of the Suez Canal created one of the most important waterways in the world, connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas. Its construction from 1854 to 1869 created three cities, Port-Said, Ismailia,...

Storage for One More Century
Since its completion more than a century ago by a previous owner, Denver Water's Antero Dam has experienced seepage problems, forcing the utility to limit the storage capacity of the associated reservoir....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

Pumping Up Flood Defenses
Completed in April 2018, the $731-million Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project represents the final component of the overall Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System that serves the greater...

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...

 

 

 

 

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