ASCE Reads is a regular series on ASCE News highlighting the latest titles from the ASCE Library, giving you an in-depth look at cutting-edge research and innovations in the civil engineering industry.
Life-cycle analysis of infrastructure, by its very nature, requires time.
“We’ve made significant progress during the past decade, but there’s a long way to go,” said Dan Frangopol, Sc.D, P.E., F.EMI, F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE, the...
Five years in, the ASCE Innovation Contest has produced a remarkable legacy of bright ideas and infrastructure solutions.
Among the most successful of success stories is RoadBotics, a Pittsburgh-based company that uses smartphone and artificial intelligence technology to help monitor and maintain infrastructure assets.
At the 2018 ASCE Innovation Contest, RoadBotics earned five honors, including Greatest Impact on Delivering the ASCE Grand Challenge Award.
Two years later,...
What could be better than the return of ASCE’s Innovation Contest?
Two ASCE innovation contests.
In its fifth year, ASCE’s annual search for creative, new infrastructure solutions has grown into two related competitions – the traditional Innovation Contest and the ASCE Regional Student Innovation Contest.
Both contests will hold final competitions during the ASCE 2020 Convention in Anaheim, California, Oct. 30-31.
The ASCE Innovation Contest was developed as...
ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute issued the "Prestandard for Performance-Based Wind Design" early this year. Performance-based design continues to be one of the four focus areas (along with resilience, life-cycle cost analysis and innovation) of ASCE's Grand Challenge.
Don Scott, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, the prime investigator for the prestandard development team, talks about both the prestandard and, more broadly, the power of performance-based design to close...
Civil engineering is not a profession that lacks for great ideas. The 2019 ASCE Innovation Contest makes that much clear.
“The entries and winners have jumped another level higher in quality this year,” said Marc Hoit, Ph.D., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Innovation Contest chair and vice chancellor for information technology at North Carolina State University.
“This year's winners are the best yet and should attract investors.”
ASCE’s Industry Leaders...
What's your inventive infrastructure idea? The ASCE Innovation Contest can help it become a reality.
The fourth annual ASCE Innovation Contest is accepting submittals through March 4.
Enter in any of five categories:
• improvements in clean water
• Internet of Things
• new construction materials
• next-generation transportation
• sustainable engineering
“Innovation is how we lead change that improves the build environment, reduces life-cycle costs, and moves to a resilient future.,”...
For civil engineers climate change is more than a social obligation, it's a matter of business.
As Terry Neimeyer, CEO of KCI Technologies, said at the 2018 ASCE Industry Leaders Forum, "In my own company, we're being asked by our clients to design projects and facilities that are resilient and sustainable – and to account for future climate change."
Neimeyer hosted the ILF panel discussion, "From Disasters to...
“Engineers need to be the stars of innovative projects and practices, not the politicians.” This was an idea shared at a brainstorming session at the Multi-Region Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, on how we can advance ASCE’s strategic goals. The quest to make engineers the stars of innovation is something ASCE champions through the Grand Challenge, which looks at improving resilience, innovation, life-cycle costs,...
The brilliant minds behind this year’s ASCE Innovation Contest winners are now trying to solve their biggest challenge – how to win over investors.
It’s a harsh reality, but having a brilliant breakthrough is only half the process. Maybe not even half. It’s an entirely different challenge to bring that idea to market.
Fortunately, the ASCE Innovation Contest can help. The contest serves to showcase promising...
To satisfy the growing demands of evolving societies, civil engineering must innovate. Yet "innovation" defies a clear definition. How do innovations come about? How can they be inspired?
From the winners of ASCE’s first Innovation Contest, here are 10 insights:
“Innovation doesn’t always have to make sense. It may not make complete sense at first, the idea that you have in your mind, but it can lead to...