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...

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...

Learning to Live in Living Order: Adapting Infrastructure to a Changing Climate

The State of Soil Improvement in China: The G-I Soil Improvement Committee’s China Scan Tour
During the last four decades, China has made significant improvement in various sectors of its infrastructure, including high-speed railways, long-span and cross-sea bridges, large dams, long- and large-diameter...

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....

Infrastructure Solutions: Transit Transformation
Beset by long-term problems related to underinvestment and inadequate maintenance, the U.S. transit sector confronts challenges pertaining to funding, demographic changes, and an increasing array of new...

Cooperation Keeps Construction on Track (part of "Storage for One More Century")
As with the design process, each phase of construction of the Antero Dam rehabilitation saw Denver Water, RJH Consultants Inc., HDR, the Colorado Division of Water Resources (also known as the State Engineer's...

Infrastructure Solutions: Ports Modernize
ASCE's 2017 Infrastructure Report Card gave ports in the United States a grade of C+, a full grade higher than the nation's overall infrastructure score and a slight improvement over the category's previous...

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...

A Moving Mystery
Along the southeastern edge of California’s Salton Sea, there are areas that contain geothermal mud pots and mud volcanoes—Geological features that may change shape, but never location. In 2016, a large,...

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....

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...

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,...

Civil War and Labor Strikes: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Martinsburg Shops
The B&O roundhouse complex in Martinsburg, West Virginia, contains key examples of America's 19th-century railroad infrastructure—and was ground zero for America's first national strike....

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...

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Florida Bridge Collapse (part of Infrastructure Solutions: Bridges Move Forward)
In late May, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its preliminary report about the March 15 structural failure and collapose of a partially-constructed pedestrian bridge in Miami....

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...

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...

Sustainability and Resilience in Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnics: Integrating Advanced Technologies for Better Asset Management
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, enumerates 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be achieved by the member countries...

Proactive Management of Landslide- and Rockfall-Prone Slopes: A New Program for Federal Land Management Agencies
Most people realize that the nation's transportation infrastructure is aging faster than federal, state, and local governments can manage with traditional methods. In fact, a national and international...

 

 

 

 

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