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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

State Statute Protects Architect From Owner's Indemnity Claim
This month's column features a previously litigated fee dispute that sprouted new life following its resolution....

Room To Grow
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s renowned decorative arts and design museum, has unveiled a new, expansive underground exhibition gallery topped by an elegant courtyard. The need to maximize the...

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...

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...

Drinking Water Advances
The U.S. drinking water sector faces many challenges, among them treatment and distribution systems that are showing signs of age. Innovations in how utilities procure projects, conduct operations, and...

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...

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,...

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...

Wireless Charging to Power Buses in Israel
A company in Israel has developed a system to charge fully electric buses as they operate on their routes — without the need for overhead cables or docking stations....

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...

Electric Vehicles: Charging Ahead
From plug-in cars to trucks that roll along an “electric road,” the world of surface transportation is becoming increasingly electrified. Surges in both consumer interest and proposals to ban fossil-fuel...

 

 

 

 

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