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November 1, 2017

PHOTO: Philadelphia Younger Member Forum ASCE's Philadelphia Younger Member Forum toured the ongoing Viaduct Rail Park...
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March 2, 2017

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Expo Line Phase 2 Light Rail, a $1.5 billion, 6.6-mile-long project with seven stations, has received Envision recognition for sustainable...
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May 4, 2016

Hover Kenneth C. Hover, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, world-renowned for his advances in concrete technology and construction,...
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March 14, 2016

March is the anniversary of the birth of Theodore Judah, renowned engineer, visionary, and lobbyist for America’s first transcontinental railroad. Born March 4, 1826 in Bridgeport, CT, Judah and...
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May 1, 2015

April marks the birth of American civil engineer John Frank Stevens, a pioneer responsible for the construction of several key Western U.S. railroads and the building of the Panama Canal. Born...
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November 9, 2018

Somewhere along the way, the world mistakenly got the idea that civil engineers were shy, awkward number-crunchers, incapable of making eye contact during a conversation. The ASCE Plot Points...
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October 29, 2018

J.A. “Jay” Padgett, a well-respected, devoted ASCE member since 1972 who helped steer changes to the Society’s governance as a member of the Executive Committee’s Governing Documents...
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October 5, 2018

In September, the ASCE Pittsburgh Section marked its 100th anniversary. Since 1918, members have represented engineering and construction interests for communities throughout western...
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September 17, 2018

PHOTO: Cooper Union Student Chapter Cooper Union Student Chapter members kicked off the semester with a tour of the High...
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September 13, 2018

Robert B. Rhode, ASCE’s oldest active member, has died at the age of 104 in his hometown of Duluth, MN. Rhode, P.E., L.S., F.ASCE, leaves a legacy of civil engineering accomplishments both in...
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September 7, 2018

Tony Brown, Aff.M.ASCE, spent 10 years in safety with heavy construction companies and 25 years with the EPA and OSHA’s Construction Directorate. Since retiring, he has continued consulting and...
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September 6, 2018

Labor Day weekend around the United States brings with it the unofficial end of summer. Beach vacations are in the rearview. Cookout grills are stowed away. School is back in session. It feels...
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August 30, 2018

Earl Korynta, a former president of the Alaska Section who helped launch USKH, a former top 500 architecture-engineering-surveying firm now part of Stantec, has died at 74. Korynta, P.E., M.ASCE,...
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August 29, 2018

A year ago, the world watched as Hurricane Harvey battered southeastern Texas with historic levels of rainfall. The ensuing flooding changed lives there forever. Many ASCE leaders helped their...
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August 24, 2018

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure awarded Alliant Energy’s Dubuque Solar Project with an Envision Platinum rating. The solar project is the first of its kind to receive Envision...
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July 23, 2018

Gillam C. Michael Gillam, P.E., F.ASCE, a leader in the field of rail transportation project design and management, and...
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July 23, 2018

Souleyrette Reginald R. (Reg) Souleyrette II, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and...
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July 18, 2018

When London Bridge Train Station opened in 1836, its engineers surely couldn’t have envisioned that 182 years later the railway terminus not only would still be in operation but that it would be...
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July 16, 2018

Often these days, much of the talk around your office water cooler probably centers on what you need to be adding to your Netflix queue (hint: the answer is Dream Big.) ASCE is here to help you...
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July 12, 2018

It was your standard get-to-know-you activity. Go around the circle, give your name, where you live, your job, and one interesting fact about yourself. And it got your standard responses, the...
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July 1, 2018

The Seattle Younger Member Forum invited the Tacoma-Olympia Section’s Younger Member Group for a tour of the Concrete Technology Corporation in Tacoma, WA. The tour included a presentation about...
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June 26, 2018

Vincent Van Gogh would be proud. The Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo concrete canoe team’s performance at nationals – with its canoe named Van Gogh – was nothing short of a work of art. Cal...
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June 25, 2018

OK, so recent economic news notwithstanding, maybe Canada and the United States can get along after all. At the very least, the 2018 National Concrete Canoe Competition is doing its best to bring the...
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June 20, 2018

Nii O. Attoh-Okine, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Delaware and interim academic director of the university’s Cybersecurity Initiative,...
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June 18, 2018

The Seattle Younger Member Forum invited the Tacoma-Olympia Section's Younger Member Group for a tour of the Concrete Technology Corporation in Tacoma, WA. The tour included a presentation about...
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June 15, 2018

Marcellus and Linda Pitts are not the kind of parents to force their children to be interested in something or tell them what profession to pursue for their careers. That doesn't mean Marcellus...
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May 2, 2018

Garrett James H. Garrett, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, currently dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon...
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May 2, 2018

Edward Stafford was born and raised in Colorado. He wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’ve always been in Colorado. I love Colorado,” said Stafford, P.E., PTOE, F.ASCE, a member of the...
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April 11, 2018

Coullahan Patrick M. Coullahan, P.E., F.ASCE, whose nationally significant engineering career spans over 40 years in the...
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April 11, 2018

Wishart-Smith Heather Wishart-Smith, P.E., F.ASCE, the vice president leading the strategy and growth of Jacobs Connected...
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April 5, 2018

Grantz Walter C. Grantz, who oversaw the design of many iconic transportation tunnels including the I-95 Fort McHenry...
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March 22, 2018

  More than 1,200 ASCE members participated in the ASCE News Women in Civil Engineering series by contributing their headshots for an ASCE collage. More than three dozen women contributed...
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March 19, 2018

As the ASCE News Women in Civil Engineering series continues this month, here’s a list of related ASCE resources and opportunities to supplement your reading.   Panel Discussion /...
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March 8, 2018

Sometimes the simplest questions have the most complex answers. For instance: Is there a gender wage gap in civil engineering? Depending on whom you ask, the gender wage gap is either a...
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February 26, 2018

Sondhi Jogesh Singh Sondhi, P.E., F.ASCE, Additional Director General, RDSO, Indian Railways, has been named a Fellow by...
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February 21, 2018

Alexa Ducioame was one of only two women in most of her civil engineering classes in college. She’s working now to make sure that the women of future generations don’t find themselves in...
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February 16, 2018

Werner Gumpertz, co-founder of the Massachusetts-based engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, and an Honorary Member of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section, has died at...
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February 16, 2018

Life Member John P. Bergson, a registered land surveyor and former president of the ASCE Duluth Section, whose works can be found across Minnesota, has died at 83. Bergson, P.E., M.ASCE, began his...
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February 7, 2018

ASCE Life Member Daniel L. Dornan, P.E., M.ASCE, is a special assistant to the director of the Prince George’s County (MD) Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement, a department he...
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February 5, 2018

PHOTO: Houston Section The Houston Branch participated in a clean-up event at the Greens Bayou watershed. Volunteers...
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January 31, 2018

Gyan Shrivastava, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, received his civil engineering education at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, Imperial College in London, and the University of the West Indies in...
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January 9, 2018

January marks the anniversary of the birth of structural engineer Joseph Strauss, most noted as chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, but deserving of recognition for his innovation in the...
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December 12, 2017

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure honored the newly completed Boston Landing project with an Envision Silver award. The station is the first transit project in New England to achieve...
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November 1, 2017

The Hohai University College of Civil and Transportation Engineering hosted the Greater China ASCE-International Stduent Group Conference, Oct. 20-22, in Nanjing, China. The conference brought...
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November 1, 2017

PHOTO: Northern Arizona University Student Chapter Members from the Northern Arizona University Student Chapter went for a...
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October 6, 2017

Tawresey John G. Tawresey, P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, former vice president and chief financial officer at KPFF Consulting...
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September 5, 2017

There is plenty of optimism surrounding the push for more sustainable infrastructure. Plenty of pessimism too. Richard Anderson, president emeritus of the New York Building Congress, falls firmly...
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August 25, 2017

Dowding Charles Dowding, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, for his decades of vital contribution to geotechnical engineering...
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July 28, 2017

July marks the anniversary of the certification of navigability for the Eads South Pass Navigation Works. The completion of the South Pass Navigation Works opened a channel at the mouth of the...
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July 27, 2017

Nash William R. “Bill” Nash, P.E., M.ASCE, who applied expertise from a career as a construction engineer to enhancing...
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July 27, 2017

Jang The project manager behind the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span and other major works, Dennis Jyh-Yeh...
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July 10, 2017

Winkelmann William J. Winkelmann, P.E., F.ASCE, an engineer entrepreneur with more than 43 years of experience in the civil...
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June 30, 2017

It’s time for ASCE members to help chart the Society’s public policy course in the United States for the coming year. The 2018 Priority Issues Survey is now open for all members to...
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June 20, 2017

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure awarded Envision Silver to the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s Marshview Park Phase 1 project. The park is the second project in Virginia to earn...
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June 16, 2017

Goodheart Gary F. Goodheart, P.E., F.ASCE, a vice president and senior project leader with Patrick Engineering Inc., in...
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June 16, 2017

It’s all how he envisioned it would be. ASCE student teams from across the country – from across the world – will travel to the Colorado School of Mines this weekend. They’ll come in...
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May 19, 2017

In Iowa, Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Generating Station received the Envision Platinum award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. The facility is the first in Iowa to earn an...
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May 18, 2017

The only part of the tribute that doesn’t fit is the word boring. Trailblazing civil engineer Nora Stanton Blatch de Forest Barney was anything but boring. She would have been extremely...
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May 11, 2017

ASCE has honored Amit Bhasin, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; James K. Guest, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; Kaveh Madani, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE; and Jamie E. Padgett, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE with the 2017...
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April 28, 2017

April marks the births of father and son civil engineers Sir Marc Isambard Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Marc Isambard Brunel is most famous for the construction of the Thames Tunnel. His...
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April 18, 2017

This week, ASCE News celebrates Earth Day with a series of stories about sustainability and green engineering. Check ASCE News each day for updates and visit ASCE's hub of sustainability resources,...
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April 5, 2017

The scientific community uses a strong network of shared data and peer review to enlighten scientists and bolster the quality of their research across the globe. In engineering, it is similarly...
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March 15, 2017

The Greenough Greenway project in Watertown, MA, received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Bronze award, making it the first project in Massachusetts to earn an Envision...
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March 10, 2017

On Thursday, we released our 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. An overall grade of D+, the same as in 2013, shows that our nation’s infrastructure remains in poor condition. Though we saw modest...
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March 9, 2017

ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, released Thursday, offers the nation both bad news and good news. The bad is the average grade, D-plus, has not changed since the last Report Card four...
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February 23, 2017

Among the industry’s premiere honors, Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 25 Newsmakers list has included many ASCE members over the years. The award highlights engineers who “have gone...
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February 10, 2017

Different cities, different vibes, and a different Dream Big event to fit each. With the Feb. 17 movie launch approaching, the annual ASCE Multi-Region Leadership Conferences were positioned...
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February 10, 2017

Schaad David E. Schaad, Ph.D. P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, a Board-certified environmental engineer with specialties in both...
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January 12, 2017

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) awarded the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in central Florida with the Envision Platinum for its 21-mile reconstruction project. This is the first...
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January 12, 2017

Congratulations to ASCE’s 2017 class of New Faces of Civil Engineering – College. Make a mental note of the names of these budding engineers. They’re already demonstrating the potential to...
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January 6, 2017

DeRose Sr. Cesare DeRose Sr., F.ASCE, an AECOM vice president and manager of its Capital Cost Group (program and...
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January 6, 2017

The wait is almost over for the giant-screen film Dream Big: Engineering Our World. The giant-screen film, presented by Bechtel and produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with ASCE,...
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January 6, 2017

Gallagher James F. Gallagher, P.E., F.ASCE, a principal with Resolution Management Consultants Inc., and licensed as a...
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January 6, 2017

Yin Delan Yin, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a forward-thinking engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the bridge-design...
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December 30, 2016

New Year’s resolutions are tricky things. It’s easy to say you want to eat less and exercise more this year. One week in, those plans usually fall by the wayside. But what about New...
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December 15, 2016

December is the anniversary month for both the birth and death of Gustave Eiffel, best known for the tower in Paris that bears his name and the armature for the Statue of Liberty. Alexandre...
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December 2, 2016

Amid a contentious election season, one thing that the presidential candidates could agree on was the need for major infrastructure upgrades. President-Elect Trump has proposed financing up to $1...
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November 28, 2016

The Nutrient Management Facility located in Alexandria, VA, received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Platinum award. The project, developed by Alex Renew Enterprises, is the...
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November 21, 2016

Ning Lu ASCE has honored Ning Lu, Ph.D., F.EMI, F.ASCE, with the 2017 Ralph B. Peck Award for his multiyear case study...
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October 25, 2016

Wilke Raymond J. Wilke, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, senior watershed director with the Department of Watershed Management for the...
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October 25, 2016

October marks the anniversary of the George Washington Bridge, which was officially opened to the public Oct. 25, 1931. At its opening, the bridge surpassed the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit for the...
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September 30, 2016

Civil engineering and fashion models? Believe or not, there is a connection there. Frans Johansson, the ASCE 2016 Convention opening keynote speaker, challenged attendees Thursday morning...
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September 29, 2016

The only thing missing was the paparazzi. The ASCE 2016 Convention got underway Wednesday night with a movie-premiere style opening welcome reception worthy of Hollywood’s finest. Members who...
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September 14, 2016

ASCE has honored Marsha D. Anderson Bomar, M.ASCE, Anni H. Autio, P.E., M.ASCE, and Douglas J. Sereno, P.E., D.PE, ENV SP, F.ASCE, with the 2016 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer...
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September 2, 2016

Rocio Rodriguez, one of three winners in ASCE’s Dream Big Contest, flew to California last week, bringing her family, to watch an early cut of ASCE’s forthcoming IMAX film, Dream Big: Engineering...
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August 22, 2016

Coombe John Coombe, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, an executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Hanson Professional...
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August 18, 2016

With the world premiere of ASCE’s giant-screen movie, Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World, drawing ever nearer, a new trailer has been released that will drum up your excitement even...
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August 12, 2016

The rain started Thursday morning and didn’t stop until Friday. Jeremy Brown tracked the storm with a fishing app on his phone. “I was watching the flood level,” Brown said. “And it...
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July 25, 2016

July marks the setting of the cornerstone for the first and only home of the Tennessee General Assembly. The Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville was laid out July 4, 1845, to great...
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July 21, 2016

The Holland Energy Park project in Holland, MI, has achieved a milestone in sustainability – the first power plant and park project designated Envision Platinum by the Institute for Sustainable...
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July 20, 2016

The Einstellung Effect – where the German word means “approach” or “way of doing something” – refers to trying to resolve an issue, problem, or opportunity only by using approaches that...
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July 7, 2016

One of ASCE’s longest tenured members has died, a professional who continued giving of his engineering abilities to projects in Alabama long after retirement. Richard Shaul Woodruff, who joined...
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June 10, 2016

There was reason to expect the ASCE 2016 National Concrete Canoe Competition to have a different – less colorful – look. The new rules for this year’s event prohibit teams from using...
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May 25, 2016

The attention on Minneapolis’ Surly Destination Brewery pours in from all over. From the engineering community. From the craft beer enthusiasts. From … the dentist? “When you tell people...
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May 17, 2016

May is the anniversary of the birth of noted civil engineer and inventor James Buchanan Eads, best known for his triple-arch steel bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis, MO. Born in...
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May 10, 2016

America’s infrastructure investment gap is hitting families where it hurts most – the wallet. ASCE’s Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future...
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May 3, 2016

The number is astoundingly small – 679. Of everyone who has been a member of ASCE across our 164-year history, only 679 have achieved Distinguished Member status, known as Honorary Member prior...
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April 28, 2016

The ASCE 2016 Convention is about to get “weird.” The Society’s flagship membership gathering is heading west Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 to the largest city in Oregon where the unofficial motto is...
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April 11, 2016

Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park project recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision rating system’s Gold Award. ISI was cofounded in 2011 by ASCE, the...
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April 1, 2016

“We each have the power to strengthen the fabric of our society and make the world a better place.” -President Barack Obama One of the pillars of ASCE is volunteerism. ASCE is led by...
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March 30, 2016

Tualatin Valley Water District’s Ridgewood View Park Reservoir and Pump Station in Portland recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision rating system’s Gold...
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March 11, 2016

There was nothing standard-issue about the Tanana River Bridge project. “It wasn’t a cookie-cutter bridge where we chose one of three superstructure options,” said Michael Pochop, P.E., vice...
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March 4, 2016

Ball Jeff Ball, P.E., F.ASCE, an executive vice president at Hanson Professional Services Inc. who serves as the company’s...
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March 3, 2016

When he was a college student at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, David Honan received a copy of the ASCE Bridges Calendar as a gift from his father. “I’ve liked bridges for a long...
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March 2, 2016

ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen” –John F. Kennedy A top...
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February 29, 2016

The Nashville Metropolitan Government West Park Equalization Facility earned the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision Platinum award. The project is the first joint wastewater and park...
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February 22, 2016

Onstage, Nathan Shellhamer was smiling, but truth be told, he wasn’t totally sure what he was doing there. ASCE President Mark Woodson began telling the Multi-Region Leadership Conference crowd...
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February 19, 2016

February marks the anniversary of the birth of civil engineer and professor Hardy Cross, known for his method for analyzing and solving indeterminate structures, which reshaped formal structural...
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February 12, 2016

Growing up in the Karachay community within Clifton, NJ, most of Ece Fatima Koch’s friends and peers were first-generation Americans. The Karachay hail from the North Caucasus – a territory...
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February 3, 2016

January marked the anniversary of the birth of Ralph Modjeski, Polish-born American civil engineer, best known for his distinguished work that spanned two eras of bridge engineering and...
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January 29, 2016

Every career is driven by a dream. It’s just that in civil engineering, those dreams tend to be a bit larger than in most professions. ASCE's Dream Big Contest is celebrating those big dreams,...
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January 22, 2016

It’s not difficult to notice that Bill Wallace, ENV SP, M.ASCE, is a man of passion. Listen to him talk for two minutes about the importance of building sustainably in the modern world and it’s...
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December 21, 2015

Erica Antoine is living the dream these days. She is a project engineer for Burns Engineering Inc. and by age 30 already has several major transportation projects in Philadelphia to her...
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December 11, 2015

Established by ASCE in 1960, the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award has highlighted many of the most important civil engineering contributions of the last half-century. The 2016 group...
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November 20, 2015

Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World has had the ASCE community talking since its broad announcement at the 2015 Convention. At the Dream Big Educational Symposium, the conversation...
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October 16, 2015

It was a goosebumps moment. Images of the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Giza Pyramids moved across the screen to a swelling cinematic score, as a movie-trailer voice boomed: “The...
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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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September 24, 2015

For the first time, a transportation project has received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Platinum Award. Port Metro...
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September 10, 2015

Sujan Bhattacharya Sujan Bhattacharya, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a geotechnical engineer and consultant in the state of Georgia,...
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September 1, 2015

August marked the birth month of Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, who supervised construction of the Pentagon and directed the Manhattan Project’s development of the atomic bomb during World War...
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July 29, 2015

Amy Thorson Amy C. Thorson, P.E., F.ASCE, an engineering consultant specializing in geotechnical engineering programs and...
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June 22, 2015

The University of Florida earned the “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering” today at the 28th annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC)....
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June 2, 2015

ASCE Executive Director, Tom Smith The Kansas City Convention Center may be like the convention center in your town: a big,...
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May 29, 2015

May marks the anniversary month of the opening of the Empire State Building, the New York City icon that revolutionized the construction of tall buildings. Construction of the 102-story edifice began...
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May 9, 2015

I believe it’s fair to compare the relative skill difference between a graduating civil engineer and a 10-year PE (or SE) with the difference between a tennis hobbyist and a pro. The hobbyist and...
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April 20, 2015

The Highline offers a soul charging experience for walkers through the Chelsea and the West Village. An old elevated train line was converted into a public park and walking thoroughfare. Simple as...
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April 8, 2015

As part of ASCE’s global civil engineering information exchange and outreach, Tom Smith and I traveled to India and the United Arab Emirates in March. We chose these two countries because of the...
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March 31, 2015

Jessica Morrison, the 2015 ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award winner, is flanked by ASCE Executive Director Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP,...
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March 27, 2015

The leaders of civil engineering broke out black ties and evening gowns Thursday night for ASCE’s annual springtime celebration of outstanding people and projects  – the OPAL Gala. The event...
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March 26, 2015

ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award winner for 2015 is the flexible, portable Halley VI Antarctic Research Station, announced Thursday evening at the Society's OPAL Gala in the...
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March 9, 2015

The Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, in Ontario, Canada, has earned the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision rating system’s Platinum award, the highest ISI honor a...
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February 12, 2015

The Colton Crossing Flyover is a finalist in the 2015 ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) award. Established in 1960, the OCEA Award recognizes a project that makes a...
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January 30, 2015

Excellence in Journalism Award Jessica Morrison is the recipient of the Excellence in Journalism Award for her article...
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January 29, 2015

January marks the anniversary of the birth of American civil engineer Gouverneur K. Warren.  A prominent surveyor and mapper of our nation’s western territories and a heroic Union Army general...
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January 21, 2015

George W. Black, Jr., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, whose expertise and leadership in the area of transportation engineering and highway safety led to his service as the first practicing highway engineer to be...
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January 13, 2015

For their historical significance, special uniqueness in design and construction, and technical characteristics, ASCE’s Board of Direction has designated the Bonnet Carré Spillway in St. Charles...
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January 9, 2015

Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI.,  M.ASCE, and Thomas R. Walther, P.E., F.ASCE, have been selected by the Board of Direction’s Nominating Committee as the 2 official nominees for the...
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December 29, 2014

This past year, we’ve lost many of the civil engineers who helped shape our world.  Teaching icons, innovative thinkers, and leaders whose creativity and dedication to the profession will be...
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December 22, 2014

As a civil engineer, you are challenged by constantly changing work environments that require creativity, adaptability, good problem-solving skills and the ability to think on one’s feet. Your work...
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December 19, 2014

San Francisco's Peace Pagoda, designed by T.Y. Lin Last month marked the anniversary of the birth of Chinese-American...
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December 5, 2014

Today, more than ever, the engineering profession looks to young engineers who can articulate their passion for problem solving and their desire to improve the quality of life. Our nation’s...
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December 5, 2014

Faster than a speeding bullet (and more expensive than Superman could have dreamed), the projected $9.95 billon California High-Speed Rail Project is designed to quickly connect commuters between...
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December 5, 2014

As if being a respected civil engineer was not hard enough, Aaron K. Martinez, P.E., M.ASCE, decided at the young age of 28 to open his own design and construction management firm, A.M. Engineering....
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December 5, 2014

The $1.35 billion Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Surge Barrier is a key component of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers new system to reduce the risk of storm damage to areas of southeast...
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December 4, 2014

The town of Berthoud, Colorado, about 45 miles north of Denver, is one of several notable landmarks named for Edward L. Berthoud, a railroad engineer who in 1877 located the Colorado Central Railroad...
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November 20, 2014

One of the highlights of the conference was the Technical Tour of the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Photo Credit: William A....
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November 3, 2014

Albert Fink October marked the anniversary of the birth of Albert Fink (1827-1897), a German-born civil engineer best known...
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October 27, 2014

“People don’t remember it, but if you look back at our involvement in the Panama Canal, it began with our involvement in the...
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October 24, 2014

St. Louis’ historic Union Station, once the world's largest and busiest train station, marked its 120th anniversary this past September, reminding us that at its height, 22 U.S. railroad lines from...
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October 22, 2014

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, and as we look to what it will take to be a successful civil engineer in the 21st century, let’s consider the words of John Findley...
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October 13, 2014

Gregory R. Fischer, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is a senior vice-president at Shannon & Wilson, Inc., with over 28 years of geotechnical and civil engineering experience. Fischer, who has a...
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October 7, 2014

Thirty engineering experts and government officials met in Beijing, China, in June to approve the first national design code for...
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September 17, 2014

Maryland has a rich civil engineering history. On July 4, 1828, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland, laid the cornerstone for the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad, starting construction...
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September 3, 2014

This is the first of a series about the five finalists for ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) awards. Established in 1960, the OCEA Award recognizes a project that makes a...
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August 25, 2014

Chicago’s city elders once resisted the establishment of train routes to service regional farmers. They feared that the local economy would collapse if the farmers didn’t travel to the city to...
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August 8, 2014

Shane I. Binder, P.E., M.ASCE; Timothy D. Brett, P.E., M.ASCE; Angela L. Matthews, P.E., M.ASCE; Brett A. Pope, P.E., M.ASCE; and Andres Torres, P.E., M.ASCE, are the recipients of the Edmund...
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July 24, 2014

Five remarkable projects have been selected as finalists in the competition for ASCE’s prestigious 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award (OCEA): the Colton Crossing Flyover in...
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June 24, 2014

N. Sathi Sathialingam, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, is a principal geotechnical engineer / senior project manager with HNTB Corporation and has over 25 years’ experience in geotechnical and...
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June 5, 2014

Carolyn J. Merry, Ph.D., M.ASCE, faculty emeritus and past chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at Ohio State University (OSU), tragically passed away when her...
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June 3, 2014

Douglas J. Sereno, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, is the director of Program Management with the Port of Long Beach (California), and his 27-year professional career has focused on program management –...
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May 13, 2014

Infrastructure impacts all of us. Help spread the word during Infrastructure Week. As stewards of our nation’s...
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May 1, 2014

Ahmad Bilal Faruqi, P.E., F.ASCE, chief engineer at National Engineering Services Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. (NESPAK), a state-owned enterprise of the Government of Pakistan, has been an ASCE member for...
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April 21, 2014

Joseph A. Kurrus, P.E., F.ASCE, an engineering supervisor with the City of Peoria, Illinois, for the past 7 years, has recently been elected an ASCE Fellow. His prior experience includes 30 years of...
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April 9, 2014

This post was contributed by civil engineer David Goldberg, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a co-founder of the Big Beacon movement for reform...
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March 21, 2014

The blast furnaces at the Arcelor Mittal mill in Burns Harbor, Indiana must operate continuously. Restarting a furnace costs approximately $5 million. Three shifts therefore work around the clock...
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March 5, 2014

This is the second of a series about the 5 finalists for ASCE’s Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) awards. Established in 1960, the OCEA Award recognizes a project that makes a...
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February 7, 2014

The South Los Angeles Wetland Park in Los Angeles, California, has earned the Envision™ Platinum award – the highest level attainable in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure's Envision...
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February 7, 2014

Three ASCE members are among the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2013 selected by the editors of Engineering News-Record. ENR chose the 25 individual engineers “for their innovations and achievements, for...
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February 5, 2014

This is the seventh profile of a series to introduce ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering 2014. Transportation engineers design and operate highways, airports, railroads, and public transit. They...
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January 22, 2014

In recognition of his 30 years of service at the Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (ERDC-CRREL) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,...
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January 16, 2014

William T. Weir, IV, P.E., M.ASCE, a Life Member of ASCE since 1986, and charter president of the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors from 1969 to 1971, passed away on December 30 at the age of...
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January 14, 2014

This is the second in a series to introduce ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering 2014. Among other things, civil engineers design and supervise large construction projects, including roads,...
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December 2, 2013

To deal with ever-increasing automobile traffic and congestion on downtown streets, the City of Austin, Texas, has put a new twist on a old solution—biking. This December, the city will begin its...
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December 1, 2013

Touring Denver’s architecture is to study the evolution of architectural styles in the 20th Century. I recently visited Denver to have Thanksgiving dinner with my sister, who has recently relocated...
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November 21, 2013

Yair Berenstein, M.Sc., P.E., F.ASCE, has over 26 years of experience in project management, transmission line engineering and design, rerating, sag measurements and analysis, inspections and...
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November 15, 2013

The Placer County Snow Creek Restoration Project, in North Lake Tahoe, CA, has received the Envision Platinum award. Snow Creek is the second project to receive an Envision rating. The project...
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November 8, 2013

From the opening plenary session with journalist and author Ali Velshi to the Industry Leaders Forum on shale energy opportunities and challenges, we certainly had an eventful week at our 143rd...
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November 5, 2013

From the opening plenary session with journalist and author Ali Velshi to the Industry Leaders Forum on shale energy opportunities and challenges, we certainly had an eventful week at our 143rd...
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October 22, 2013

Chicago owes its status among US cities to the railroad. In 1848, the first train chugged along five miles of track bringing two cars of wheat into town. At the time, Chicago had only about 14,000...
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October 17, 2013

Edwin S. Anthony, P.E., F.ASCE, in his 34-year career as an engineering practitioner in the arena of bridge design, has contributed to many significant projects and several professional...
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October 16, 2013

Enjoy a gallery of highlights from ASCE’s 143rd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, held Oct. 9 to 12 in Charlotte, NC. The 2013 conference featured many new and unique events. Ali Velshi,...
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October 11, 2013

What is the first thing you should consider if you want to start your own civil engineering business? “You will need an idea for a business before you do anything else,” says Doug Buchanan,...
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October 11, 2013

Ali Velshi is concerned. Like ASCE, Velshi, the former anchor of CNN’s International World Business Today, is worried about the consequences of the nation’s underinvestment in...
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October 3, 2013

In this episode of Insights, Peter J. Zipf, P.E., F.ASCE, shares his perspectives on civil engineering today, including challenges and opportunities, how he’s seen the profession evolve over the...
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September 27, 2013

Last November, the Indian government announced that it will spend approximately $1 trillion (US dollars) on infrastructure over the next 5 years, with about 40% coming from the private sector. While...
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September 4, 2013

I would like to invite you to watch the lastest Insights podcast episode featuring ASCE Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Thomas Smith III, CAE, M.ASCE. Tom strongly believes that it is...
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August 30, 2013

ASCE’s Los Angeles Section knows a thing or two about an anniversary celebration. The Section, which held its first official meeting on October 14, 1913, celebrated its 50th anniversary in fine...
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August 9, 2013

Charles Hinckley Baker had a vision. An unemployed engineer, Baker believed that he could bring affordable electricity to Seattle by harnessing Snoqualmie Falls to generate hydroelectric power....
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July 31, 2013

If as a civil engineer you were asked to inspect and assess an existing waterfront facility located nearshore, on the waterfront, or at an inland location exposed to fresh or salt water, and...
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July 30, 2013

As of June, the following winners had been announced.             TODD D. ATKINS, S.M.ASCE; GARIN HUGHES, S.M.ASCE; RACHEL M. JAMES,...
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July 9, 2013

A team of four civil engineers sponsored by ASCE’s Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering traveled to Sichuan Province, China, May 27–28 to investigate and report on a U.S....
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June 20, 2013

On March 15, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced that the Arctic had reached the end of the freezing season and begun its thaw. The U.S. information and referral center in support of...
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June 1, 2013

Klotz Reappointed to Coastal Water Authority Board D. WAYNE KLOTZ, P.E., D.WRE, Pres.09.ASCE, president of Klotz Associates, has been reappointed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker to the Coastal Water...
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April 4, 2013

The debut of ASCE's 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, featuring a marginally improved D+ overall grade and calling for $1.6 trillion in additional investment through 2020 drew...
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April 3, 2013

My apologies for the long layoff between posts. March was an extremely busy month for me, including three very trying and tiring workweeks bookended by a great ski vacation in Colorado and the...
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March 21, 2013

The Alvarado Water Treatment Plant Ozone Upgrade and Expansion Project in San Diego, California, was named the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award at this...
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March 18, 2013

In a much anticipated release, ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, showing slight progress from the D in the last...
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March 14, 2013

Civil engineering has been an aspect of life since the beginnings of human existence. Historians believe that the first documented engineer was Imhotep, who around 2550 BC built a famous...
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March 13, 2013

Vermont Society of Professional Engineers Names Aldrich 2013 Engineer of the Year BRADLEY F. ALDRICH, P.E., F.ASCE, president of Aldrich + Elliott, PC, an Essex Junction,...
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March 5, 2013

Heralded by the West Point Brass and Percussion Band performing “Grand Central Centennial Fanfare,” a new piece commissioned for the occasion, the centennial celebration of New York City’s...
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March 1, 2013

WILLIAM GENE CORLEY, Ph.D., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, one of the world’s foremost experts in analyzing buildings damaged by bombs, earthquakes, fire, and tornadoes, who led the...
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February 18, 2013

This past weekend my wife and I took a short vacation to Galena, IL to practice our snowboarding in advance an upcoming trip to Colorado. We were encouraged by friends who recommended Chestnut...
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February 1, 2013

WILLIAM “BILL” BYERS, P.E., F.ASCE, who worked in the rail industry for more than 50 years, passed away on December 21 at the age of 84. Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1928,...
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January 27, 2013

Ever wonder how some actors can have a career-making year in which they seem to appear in every blockbuster. You wonder how they could have worked on so many projects at once. Well, they didn’t do...
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January 17, 2013

Finding and nurturing future leaders are a primary concern for any organization and, indeed, for any profession. ASCE offers assistance in this regard by calling attention to younger individuals...
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January 16, 2013

Sasaki Appointed to California Building Standards Commission California’s governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (D), appointed KENT K. SASAKI, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, the principal and San Francisco...
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January 13, 2013

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Each area of the city has its own unique atmosphere, though how the vibe is interpreted can be very subjective. Over the years some neighborhoods have changed...
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October 12, 2012

Look at the great condition the Huey P. Long Bridge is in. Thanks to Gaea Engineering Consultants for the great tour. Over my...
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August 22, 2012

The basketball arena, seating 12,000, was the largest temporary venue built for any Games and an engineering marvel. Let the...
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July 31, 2012

This summer vacation I traveled to South Florida. The timing was certainly out of season. However, given the heat wave striking the Midwest, I joked that I was going south to escape the heat. In...
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July 15, 2012

Last Friday I took a few hours from my normal schedule to attend a precast concrete plant tour. The opportunity was sponsored by the local ASCE-SEI chapter. It is always interesting to see how the...
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January 30, 2012

Historic landmarks and important engineers are frequent topics of this blog. I believe that modern engineers can learn a lot from our predecessors. Their historic accomplishments are all the more...
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November 18, 2011

                                        Photo by: Bernie Dennis For more than forty years, ASCE has officially conferred recognition on civil engineering...
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November 5, 2011

One of the best reasons to attend a professional conference is to explore a new city. Over the past several years the ASCE Annual Conference has been held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Kansas City, Las...
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August 5, 2011

Have you ever wondered how much congestion costs you in real dollars, or what underinvestment in infrastructure really means to the nation’s eeconomy? So have we at ASCE, and to get the answers we...
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January 24, 2011

Like most American’s I grew up with an affinity for big things. As a child, I used “big” to describe all things that I really liked. I lovingly named by maternal grandfather “Big Grandpa”...
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October 22, 2009

Since July, I’ve been living in the South of France, exploring the local culture, geography and historic marvels.  In the next few blogs, I’ll try to share some of the interesting...
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August 13, 2009

On a hot summer night, an air-conditioned movie theater is a good place to go for entertainment.  The studios understand this and typically roll out their most costly blockbusters.  Movies with...
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February 20, 2009

It Shrinks?! Although we may think of concrete as being very rigid, hard and solid, substantial changes occur throughout the life of a concrete element. The curing process is actually the result of...
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February 6, 2009

It may still be a few weeks before midterms, but it's not too early to start thinking about grades.  Every few years ASCE members grade the nation's infrastructure.  This year's gpa is a...
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August 19, 2008

The Great Chicago Fire of 1878 was a seminal moment in the history of the city.  Tragic at the time, it’s probably the single greatest reason for the thriving modern city.  It provided a chance...
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