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Florida Engineer Maximizes Second Chance at Life

Life for Garit Poire falls into two boxes. There are the days before Nov. 16, 2014, and those that have followed. And that day in the middle, the line of demarcation? On Nov. 16, 2014, Garit, then a civil engineering student at Florida State University, was visiting Atlanta for his mom’s birthday. He didn’t feel well. He thought perhaps he’d accidentally eaten some gluten and triggered...

Tariffs Call for Innovation Where Least Expected

John Barton, P.E., M.ASCE, serves as HNTB Corporation's national DOT market sector leader and senior vice president. Barton's experience includes nearly 30 years at the Texas Department of Transportation, including his most recent role as deputy executive director. Today, he shares how what he calls the “new tariff reality” could bring out the best in civil engineers. Anyone who has taken a microeconomics course is not...

Fall Prevention vs. Fall Protection vs. Fall Restraint

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 working with construction and the crane industry, and is active on the ASCE Construction Institute’s Construction Safety Committee. He is a former chair of CI/ASCE’s Crane Safety Committee, a past member of the ASME Main...

When Summer ‘Vacation’ is Your Busy Season: The Life of Construction Engineers

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 like the party’s over. But for those in the construction industry, Labor Day weekend is a milestone of a different sort. Especially in the colder, northern parts of the country, the summer is...

Eighty Acres of Mud

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 Trinidad. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer in the United Kingdom. He spent seven years in design and construction before commencing a career in academia. In 2015, he retired as a professor of hydraulic engineering...

Reinforced Concrete Construction Innovator Named Distinguished Member

James O. Jirsa, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, a teacher, researcher, and engineering society leader, has been named to the 2017 class of ASCE Distinguished Members for his contributions to the development of reinforced concrete construction through research, mentoring, and professional activities, and in particular to the fundamental understanding of bond and anchorage in concrete and their impact on seismic design. Jirsa has contributed significant new...

A ‘Pillar’ of the Construction Institute, ‘Bill’ Nash Dies

William R. “Bill” Nash, P.E., M.ASCE, who applied expertise from a career as a construction engineer to enhancing ASCE’s policies and standards as a “pillar” of the Construction Institute, died unexpectedly on June 24. Nash represented ASCE and CI on the ANSI A-10 Standards Committee on Construction and Demolition, and served for a number of years as co-editor of CI/SEI’s award-winning journal Practice Periodical of...

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...

Ask Anthony: How Do I Get Enough Design Experience for My P.E. License If I Work in Construction?

Civil engineers working in construction often ask this question. There is not a catch-all answer here, but the short answer is you must be persistent in finding ways to do design work in your job. The reason this is a tricky question to answer is that professional engineering license experience requirements differ in every state. That being said, I will focus my answer on how...

71-Year ASCE Member, Former Colorado Section President Day Dies at 91

A Life Member who joined ASCE in 1945, David Allen Day, P.E., F.ASCE, a construction and excavation expert, has died at 91. Day served as president of the Colorado Section in 1965 and as editor and chair of the National Construction Division of ASCE. Born in Ann Arbor, MI, Day earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and his master’s at the University of Illinois. He...