Timber Rising
Ever-taller buildings made from engineered wood are being proposed and constructed around the world. To meet that demand, designers are being tasked with learning about the new capabilities, attributes,...

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...

A Different Angle (part of "West Side Extraordinary")
The unique, sloping shape of the VIA 57 West building is formed from cast-in-place concrete from the single, partial basement level up to the structure's 34th floor; braced galvanized steel framing completes...

Safer in Seattle
Constructed in the early 1900s, the Elliott Bay Seawall, in Seattle, protects the city’s downtown waterfront from the erosive forces of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. Because of its deteriorating condition...

Pipeline Protection
To improve the seismic reliability of three critical pipelines, California’s Santa Clara Valley Water District installed what is believed to be the first large-diameter earthquake-resistant ductile iron...

Dry Dams in the Desert: Chasing Land Subsidence and Earth Fissures with Geophysics
Homogenous embankment dam flood retention structures (FRSs) were built throughout central Arizona desert basins in the mid-twentieth century to protect mostly agricultural lands and military installations...

Avoiding Impacts of Collapsed Mines on Railways: A Multidisciplinary Geophysical Detective Approach
The presence of abandoned mine workings can pose a significant risk to the use and development of surface structures above them, including railway lines. Typically, the adverse and often sudden effects...

Hidden in Plain Sight
In Rome, the new headquarters of the BNL-BMP Paribas Group banking organization is squeezed onto a narrow stretch of land between a railway station and a set of roadways. Yet the site helped yield a stunning...

Infrastructure Solutions: Help for Highways
In recent decades, America’s highways have received inadequate funding despite experiencing substantial increases in use. This combination has resulted in growing congestion, especially in urban areas,...

First Person: Lucky Horseshoe
A $798-million Dallas highway project improved traffic flow into and out of the city’s downtown. The new “Horseshoe” interchange corrected the traffic bottlenecks and safety concerns of the original design...

Ready, Set, Launch
The replacement of a Warren through-truss bridge with a new structure similar in appearance over a very busy, 23-track rail yard in Minneapolis required prefabrication of steel trusses and an innovative...

A New Light
Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel to resemble a group of islands at sea topped by a shallow dome that appears to float above. BuroHappold Engineering first created water-resistant basements...

Infrastructure Solutions: For Dams, Safety Comes First
Because the bulk of dams in the United States were built before this century, they are particularly plagued by aging infrastructure. Over the generations, the goal of those working on dams has moved from...

Paleoflood Analyses For Dam and Levee Safety Assessments: Was that Really the "500-Year Flood"?
What is paleoflood hydrology? How are paleofloods analyzed? What are common paleoflood results? What are the implications of paleoflood analyses?...

Zeroing In
Across the United States, primary and secondary school buildings are leading the way in the so-called zero-energy movement, in which structures are designed to generate at least as much energy as they...

Step by Step
The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge has fully reopened after the completion of its “Big Lift” project in Nova Scotia, Canada. The endeavor involved replacing the entire suspended span and all the hangers of...

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....

Dramatic Production
The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare offers a configurable space for theatrical performances of many sizes beneath an existing protective tent. By fully modeling the oddly shaped space and carefully considering...

Transformative Tower
The tallest structure in San Francisco, Salesforce Tower, has transformed the city’s skyline. And by being the first skyscraper to extend deep foundations into the city’s bedrock, the first to extend performance-based...

STTARS Trek
A custom-designed container, known as STTARS, is one of several structures, devices, and other engineering systems that NASA relies on to safely transport key elements of the James Webb Space Telescope...

 

 

 

 

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