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Designing tall buildings for wind

A new ASCE Manual of Practice brings much-needed consistency to criteria for tall buildings specific to wind effects.

ASCE Developing New Sustainability Standard

In civil engineering design, sustainability is too important to merely be implied or suggested. So, ASCE’s Committee on Sustainability is creating a performance-based, life-cycle sustainable infrastructure standard. The committee’s Standards Executive Committee has been developing “Standard Requirements for Sustainable Infrastructure” for nearly a year, aiming to have an innovative and essential industry standard ready for use in 2021. “As we move toward a civil engineering industry that’s...

Fully Updated ASCE 7-16 Now Available

This week, ASCE publishes its signature standard, ASCE/SEI 7-16, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. It is the first update to the essential resource in nearly seven years. “ASCE 7 continues to be the very best resource for information about loads that occur in structures,” said Donald Dusenberry, P.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, past-chair for the ASCE 7-16 Committee. “It has been updated...

Original ASCE 7 Chair, Former Ammann & Whitney CEO Cohen Dies at 96

ASCE Distinguished Member Edward Cohen, who oversaw the creation of ASCE 7 and shared in ASCE’s 1987 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award for restoration of the Statue of Liberty, has died at 96. Cohen, P.E., NAE, Dist.M.ASCE, was CEO of Ammann & Whitney in New York City from 1977 through 1996, where he spent the majority of his career, rising from associate engineer starting in...

Leader on Resilience Elected a 2016 Distinguished Member

Resilience has become a buzzword in civil engineering circles, but for Gary Y.K. Chock, the concept is nothing new. Across a 35-year career, it has been part of what he considers good, fundamental common engineering sense. “I’m really averse to the idea that we have to wait until people pay with economic losses or even their lives prior to there being a motivating factor to...