Ben Walpole
Ben Walpole

Ben Walpole is associate editor for ASCE News, celebrating member achievements, updating members on Society news, and promoting civil engineering as a whole.

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Society News

Transit authority teams replace a train switch in a subway tunnel damaged by Hurricane Sandy floodwaters. A short course at the ASCE 2015 Convention explores New York's response to Sandy and emergency preparedness overall.
September 11, 2015

With so many professional development hours available to earn at the ASCE 2015 Convention, attending civil engineers may need to take up a different field of expertise – cloning. “You might...
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Technical Notes

September 1, 2015

One of ASCE’s most referenced standards is getting an update, and civil engineers are invited to contribute. ASCE 7 outlines the minimum design loads for buildings and other structures. After...
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Society News

The Bayonne Bridge Raise the Roadway project is a great example of innovative approaches at work in civil engineering. Photo: State of New Jersey
August 28, 2015

It is a contradiction that defines our times. The need for new infrastructure is increasing as the available money with which to build that infrastructure is decreasing. Fortunately,...
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Society News

Nora Stanton Blatch Barney has been posthumously elevated to ASCE Fellow status in recognition of her significant contributions to civil engineering.
August 28, 2015

After 99 years, ASCE has righted a wrong committed against pioneering civil engineer and suffragist Nora Stanton Blatch Barney. Stanton Blatch Barney was among the first women in the United...
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Society News

ASCE President Bob Stevens prepares to cut the UESI ribbon, signifyinig the launch of the new Institute. Photo: Tenzing Barshee
August 25, 2015

It was a snip of the scissors more than two years in the making. The new Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute, after months of planning, organizing, and anticipation, officially opened for...
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Society News

August 24, 2015

During the annual meeting of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in Williamsburg, VA, last week, delegates voted to adopt a position statement that reiterates the NCEES...
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Society News

Students enjoy Huntington Beach, CA, during the Construction Institute's Student Days event. PHOTO: Jacqui Scibior.
August 21, 2015

Intense competition is at the core of the annual Construction Institute Student Days. Thirty of the best engineering students in the country are divided into teams of five and given a project to...
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Society News

A bicycle-driven wagon rides through the streets near Kolkata, India. ASCE leaders recently traveled to India for a pilot program aimed at fostering new partnerships.
August 21, 2015

Now comes the fun part. ASCE's new Global Strategy Council represents an exciting pivot between the Society's international achievements up to now and those to come. The council will put into...
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Society News

The research team inches out along a precarious perch to measure discharge waters at Imja Lake. Photo: Daniel Byers
August 10, 2015

Daene McKinney has been to the high-mountain lakes of Nepal many times. Ten research trips in the last five years – but nothing could prepare him for this. “The first thing we run into are...
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Society News

The project team tours McKinnell House as part of an information-gathering session.
August 7, 2015

Captain Diana Gomes knew from the time she arrived in Anchorage what she wanted to do. “I said, ‘First of all, I want to build a playground – but I need help,’” the Salvation Army...
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