The AEC Economy: What to Expect in 2020
Following nearly a decade of steady growth, can infrastructure spending and nonresidential building construction keep the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry on an upward trajectory?...

LEADERSHIP REQUIRED: Civil Engineers and Resilient Infrastructure
Civil Engineering presents an edited transcript of an invitation-only roundtable held at ASCE’s International Conference on Sustainable infrastructure (ICSI) in November 2019 on the roles and responsibilities...

Presidential Candidates Discuss Infrastructure Plans At Las Vegas Forum

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Corvias Form Green Infrastructure Partnership

Beneath The Surface
Investigations related to subsurface utility engineering (SUE) traditionally have been used on linear infrastructure projects to provide detailed utility information within the public right-of-way. As...

The Best Places For Civil Engineers 2020
ASCE’s Civil Engineering magazine researched and wrote this feature article before the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequently declared pandemic in the United States. Since then, the health...

Cooperation Keeps Construction on Track
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...

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...

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...

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

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Florida Bridge Collapse
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....

Permanent Sensors Turn Construction Project into Long-term Research Study
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...

 

 

 

 

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