The Source November 2020
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November 2020

Feature

Sculptural NYC arts center facade designed to move

The Shed, New York City’s monumental new arts center, weighs roughly 8 million lbs yet easily rolls back and forth on enormous wheels and rails to turn a public plaza into a performance space.

Lessons learned in the Beirut blast

Experts compared established projections with the actual damage from the blast at the Port of Beirut. How well did the predictions do?

Efficiency, speed the hallmarks of Genoa bridge replacement

The Morandi Bridge was a vital transportation link in Genoa, Italy. When it collapsed, officials moved quickly. Its replacement, the Genoa-Saint George Bridge, has set new standards in efficiency.

The ASCE Report Card advocates for infrastructure

ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure and state assessments have had a lasting impact on the way politicians and policymakers address the nation’s critical infrastructure needs.
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Technology

Proposed ‘contagion’ model predicts roadway flooding in urban areas

Researchers at Texas A&M are repurposing a model that predicts the spread of viruses to forecast urban flood patterns in real time.

History Lesson

Getting the height right: The North American Vertical Datum of 1988

The success of the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 has set the stage for its replacement.

Fast Forward

Nomads of the future

Customizable, mobile intelligent micro-units are coming soon. Developed by a Slovakian company, the "cars" could transform where we live and work and how we get there.

A Question of Ethics

Engineers’ professional opinions must be grounded in observation and analysis

Perhaps unique among all learned professions is the extent to which an engineer’s services affect a multitude of interest groups.

Civil Engineering News

S-shaped pedestrian bridge spans Ohio’s Scioto River

A serpentine pedestrian bridge in Ohio features cables that switch from one side of the deck to the other to help balance torsion.

Georgia treatment facility will use membranes to boost performance

A replacement water reclamation facility in Roswell, Georgia, will improve the environment, reduce odors, and ensure adequate capacity through 2050.

Sydney to get high-tech civic center

Discover how Sydney is working to regenerate its central business district with a new tech-focused precinct.

Presidential library will be nestled into nature

The Badlands, near Medora, North Dakota, are set to be the site of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library.

The Law

The road to default termination is littered with risk

Here’s what you need to know to successfully terminate a contractor or subcontractor for default.

Policy Briefing

Yearlong extension of surface transportation program prompts funding concerns

Congress and the White House extended funding for the surface transportation program at a flat rate for one year. The move offers certainty — but there are concerns.

Next Step

Engage with empathy and jump on opportunities

Garit Poire, A.M.ASCE, rose to a business development role early in his career thanks to his ability to build good relationships and see things from others’ points of view.

Higher Learning

Introductory engineering course offers comprehensive foundation

Exploratory engineering course at Northern Essex Community College offers students an introduction to the field. Simulation software has been the key to this class's success.

President's Note

Feel the ASCE Wind

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Editor's Note

Introducing the Civil Engineering Source

Civil Engineering’s new digital magazine and exclusive web-only news articles are part of ASCE’s Civil Engineering Source, a comprehensive news and information website and newsletter designed for you.