I’m back from a trip to Spain in my official capacity as ASCE President, and as these pictures will attest, I saw examples of civil engineering at its most resilient, and at the cutting edge. Above, my wife Linda and I saw the Roman aqueduct at Segovia. In the U.S., we worry about 100-year-old pipes, yet this marvelous ancient infrastructure is still serving its purpose some 1,900 years after it was built. At right, I was granted a rare view of the engineer’s seat in the high-speed AVE (Alta Velocidad Espanola) train to Valencia from Madrid. The speedometer reads 300 km per hour!
The main purpose of my trip was to share our Vision 2025 message with the Asociación de Ingenieros de Caminos (Spanish Association of Civil Engineering) at their sixth annual congress in Valencia. I also took part in a panel discussion and signed an agreement of cooperation with the association.
In your travels to other countries, how much do you take note of the infrastructure? And what does it make you think and feel as you compare it with what you know back home?