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

Luke Williams speaks during the ASCE 2015 Convention opening plenary. PHOTO: David Hathcox for ASCE
October 13, 2015

The ASCE 2015 Convention began officially Monday with a disruption. The bestselling author of Disrupt, a book that outlines ways "disruptive thinking" can lead to innovation, shared some of those...
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Society News

Lauren Kilroy, a student member from California State-Long Beach, weather-proofs a chair for the cafe area at Central Queens Academy.
October 13, 2015

No tape measure? No problem. A group of ASCE volunteers relied on their engineering resourcefulness Sunday during the ASCE 2015 Convention's community service project at Central Queens Academy in...
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Society News

Mark Woodson, ASCE 2015 President-Elect, takes in the dragon dance show at the welcome reception at the ASCE 2015 Convention. PHOTO: David Hathcox for ASCE
October 12, 2015

Amid the flurry of people and flashing lights in Times Square, the new ASCE 2015 Convention got started in the heart of New York City this weekend. There were plenty of old friends reuniting,...
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Society News

The COPRI-PARI Port Investigation Team at the Port of Onahama. The waterside tour included observation of breakwaters, seawalls, quaywalls, and construction of a major bridge linking a new coal terminal to the mainland. PHOTO: PARI
October 9, 2015

The ripples from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami that leveled the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11, 2011, are still being felt in civil engineering, notably in the updating of...
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Society News

October 9, 2015

A year ago, the Society's Industry Leaders Council launched its "Grand Challenge" program for infrastructure. It's now issuing a related grand challenge to engineering in the form of its ASCE...
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Society News

An overhead view of the award-winning Poplar Island restoration project.
October 2, 2015

Poplar Island was not much of an island at all in the early 1990s. Justin Callahan of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visited the site in 1993 and described it as more like “tiny, little...
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Society News

September 30, 2015

Don McMillan boasts a resume that stands out even among the talented, experienced group of speakers and presenters at the ASCE 2015 Convention. He has a master’s degree from Stanford in...
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Society News

A group of ASCE members meet during the annual Presidents and Governors Forum. Photo: Greg Kuklinski
September 24, 2015

’Tis the season for torch passing. With many Sections and Branches set to install new officers this fall, those incoming leaders came to ASCE’s headquarters in Reston, VA, Sept. 20 and 21 for...
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Society News

Project architects, community members and children join a ground-breaking for Beaverton's new resilient schools.
PHOTO: Scott Johnson/Beaverton Project Manager-Facilities Development
September 17, 2015

It’s not easy to face up to the frightening prospect of a major earthquake and tsunami striking your community. Two years ago, the state of Oregon adopted a resilience plan with a 50-year...
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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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